Khor Virap, Noravank and Areni Winery from Yerevan

Khor Virap, Noravank and Areni Winery from Yerevan
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$23
Duration: 8 hours
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Join this small group tour to explore most amazing attractions of Armenia! Visit Khor Virap monastery, a great place for embracing the most picturesque views of the mountain. Next see the monastery complex, Noravank, that is unique in its construction as the Church of Holy Mother of God is the only two-storied monastery in Armenia. After that visit an ancient cave called "Birds-Cave" or Areni 1. Finally see Areni, one of the oldest settlements in Armenia and today is famous for its wines.

Make your way to an office in central Yerevan for 9am departure—pickup may be available from centrally-located hotels. Drive into southern Armenia, where the first stop of the trip is Khor Virap, the most famous pilgrimage site in Armenia. Explore a monastery with sweeping views of the Ararat Plain and Mount Ararat, then continue to Norovank Monastery, among the best examples of 13th-century Armenian architecture. 

At Norovank Monastery, visit the churches of St. Karapet, St. Grigory the Illuminator, and St. Astvatsatsin, a two-story church notable for its sculptural work.

The next stop is at T'rchuneri (Bird) Cave on the left bank of river Areni, where you'll find three halls that once contained metal knives, fruit seeds, grain residues, rope, dishes, clothing, dried grapes, and plums from 4200 BC to 3500 BC. The oldest leather shoe in the world was found here, as well as the first winery in the world. 

Pause for lunch in a local restaurant, where you'll have the option to choose between four set menus (own expense). 

The last stop is Areni, a village that's famous for wine with a delicate flavor—visit the village's wine factory to learn about local wine production, and see the distinctive St. Astvatsatsin Church on a hillside outside of town. This tour concludes with return transfer to Yerevan, and drop-off at the original departure point.

Join this small group tour to explore most amazing attractions of Armenia! Visit Khor Virap monastery, a great place for embracing the most picturesque views of the mountain. Next see the monastery complex, Noravank, that is unique in its construction as the Church of Holy Mother of God is the only two-storied monastery in Armenia. After that visit an ancient cave called "Birds-Cave" or Areni 1. Finally see Areni, one of the oldest settlements in Armenia and today is famous for its wines.