Private Tour: Khor Virap Monastery, Charents Arch, Garni Temple, Noyan Garden, Geghard Monastery

Private Tour: Khor Virap Monastery, Charents Arch, Garni Temple, Noyan Garden, Geghard Monastery

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Private Tour: Khor Virap Monastery, Charents Arch, Garni Temple, Noyan Garden, Geghard Monastery

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DURATION
7 hours
PICK UP POINT
At your request
TOUR LANGUAGE
Russian, English

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WI-FI

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BOTTLED WATER

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Brief description

Discover two cultural highlights of Armenia during a one-day trip from Yerevan. This 7-hours tour in Armenia includes – Khor Virap monastery, Charents Arch, Garni – Greco-Roman pagan temple, UNESCO-listed medieval monastery of Geghard and masterclass of Armenian Lavash (bread) making. Choose this individual tour, book it with us and let us show you the Land of old Legends, Biblical Stories and Ancient History!

  1. Transportation on comfortable vehicles
  2. All tickets to mentioned historic and cultural sights, museums
  3. Drinking water in the vehicle
  4. Taxes
  1. Lunches during the tour. We can organize lunch by prior request
  2.  Additional alcoholic drinks
  1. Please e-mail us if there are children under 4 years with you
  2. In case the tour is organized in other language, changes of the prices are possible

Stop 1: 10:00
Khor Virap Monastery

The cloister of Khor – Virap is located in the territory of the Artashat historical city, between the Lusarat and Poqr Vedi villages. On the hills of Khor – Virap the citadel of the capital has been located. Khor – Virap is one of the armenian famous sanctuaries connected with the name of Gregory the Illuminator. The fortress-monastery of Khor – Virap was built in the 17 century in the place of the royal prison. The latter was a pit full of snakes and venomous insects where the prisoners were kept. According to the ”History” of historic Agatangeghos, Gregory the Illuminator has also been imprisoned there. In 642 Catholicos Nerses 3rd built here a Zvartnoc – type chapel, which was ruined in the future. The chapel, standing now, was built in 1662. The territory of the cloister is surrounded by a pyramidal rampart along the lenght of which a refectory, cells of the monastery and other auxiliary constructions are located. In the center of the territory the main church St. Astvatcatcin with its belfry is located. Khor – Virap was a literature and edocational centre. In the 13th century there was a clerical college there with 40 pupils. In 1260s Vardan Areveltsi was the headmaster here. Nerses Msheci, Hovhannes Erznkatsi, Gevork Lambronetsi and many other taught here. Most of the monuscripts of Gevork Lambronetsi, Murat Dpir, Grigor Syuneci and others were also created here, a part of which is kept in the Yerevan Matenadaran (depository of ancient monuscripts) named after Mesrop Mashtotz.

Stop 2: 12:00
Temple of Garni

The pagan temple of Garni was built in the second half of the 1st century by King Trdat III. This is the only pagan temple, which has been preserved on the territory of Armenia. After the adoption of Christianity it became the summer residence of Khosrovadukht, sister of King Trdat III. It was destroyed in 1679 by an earthquake. Parts, fragments of graceful columns and wall stones were spread around the temple. It is supposed that the temple was dedicated to Mithra, the God of the Sun.

Stop 3: 13:00
The Noyan Garden Gallery

The Noyan Garden Gallery presents Armenia with its entire palette. For thousands of years Armenia has been famous for its cultural achievements, cuisine and winemaking. Our goal is to present deeply the Armenian culture making it accessible to everyone. We want to involve in this project the layers of society who have alienated their roots and, of course, tourists visiting us to recognize Armenia. There is a hall where rarest samples of Armenian artifacts, pottery and carpet weaving are kept. Here you can taste Armenian wines, dried fruits and other Armenian dishes prepared from the sun-warming and ripe fruits that are made by preserving the traditions of Armenian traditional cuisine. The Noyan Garden Gallery will introduce you to Armenia and make you a part of it.

Stop 4: 14:00
Geghard Monastery

Geghard Monastery is one of the greatest medieval architectural structures in Armenia. Geghard is completely hollowed out in a cave, it is also called a “cave monastery”. This monastery was founded in the 4th century AD. in place of the sacred spring, originating in the cave. The name of the monastery complex Geghard (spear) comes from the Langin’n spear, which pierced the body of Jesus Christ on the cross. At the moment this spear is kept in the museum of Etchmiadzin. The monastery complex Geghard is included in UNESCO World Heritage List.

Stop 5: 15:00
Charents Arch

Charents Arch is located near Yerevan, between the pagan temple of Garni and Geghard Christian monastery complex in the village of Vokhchaberd. At first glance, the Arch seems to be the most ordinary and unremarkable, but coming closer, passing to the platform inside the arch and looking at the panorama, everything becomes clear – this is the best place to admire the great and sacred mountain of Ararat, to be in unity with it and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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