A thrilling start to the day sees us take a trip across the Wings of Tatev cableway to the 'monastery on the edge of nothing'. Watch the epic scenery unfold as the world's longest aerial tramway delivers you to the 9th-century Apostolic monastery. Continue to Verishen village for your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience where you’ll meet the local community which makes a living from crafting traditional wool carpets and learn how your visit helps them to preserve their crafting traditions for generations to come.
Feel like a local as you enjoy lunch in a family's home nearby before continuing to your final stop for the day, Khor Virap Monastery. Here St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 14 years before he led Armenia to become the first country in the world to be declared a Christian nation. Admire the views of Mount Ararat, Armenia's national symbol, then head to Yerevan, the country's capital. (B/L) Stay: Ramada By Wyndham
Contemplate Yerevan’s contrasting ancient culture and vibrant modern vibe as you delve into the city’s history that spans over 2,800 years. Your sightseeing tour will start in Republic Square and continue to the Cascade Complex, home to the Gafesjian Centre which houses some of Armenia’s most important works of art. Take the Great Cascade to Victory Park for incredible views of the heart of the city before visiting the moving Armenian Genocide Memorial, dedicated to the memory of over a million Armenians who perished in the first genocide of the 20th century.
The rest of the day is free to explore the city your way. Consider spending your afternoon on an Optional Experience to visit the Ruins of Zvartnots, or perhaps enjoy dinner in the former home of a famous Armenian painter. (B)
Today’s excursion takes us to the UNESCO-listed Geghard Monastery. Hewn partly from the surrounding rock, Geghard is most famous for its incredible acoustics and spectacular natural beauty. You’ll Dive Into Culture during a moving performance of Armenian spiritual songs, or sharakans, performed by a live quintet before a scenic drive brings you to Garni. Here you’ll meet a local family who will teach you how to make Armenia’s national flatbread lavash paired with cheese and greens. Connect With Locals as you sample the brduj snack you’ve just made yourself and take a walk around your host’s garden and orchard, learning about the different fruits grown in the area.
On your return to Yerevan, enjoy delicious flavours of the legendary Armenian brandy during a local distillery visit. Tonight, you’ll end your epic adventure through Georgia and Armenia with a Farewell Dinner in a traditional Armenian tavern, paired with folk songs and dance. (B/FD)