Khor Virap, Noravank, Jermuk and Areni Tour from Yerevan

Khor Virap, Noravank, Jermuk and Areni Tour from Yerevan
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$29
Duration: 12 hours
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This 12 hour tour starts by visiting Khor Virap monastery, the closest point to the Biblical mount Ararat on the territory of Armenia. It is a great place for embracing the most picturesque views of the mountain. Then visit the monastery complex Noravank, which is unique in its construction as the Church of Holy Mother of God is the only two-storied monastery in Armenia. Jermuk is another stop and is a resort city surrounded by wonderful nature. It is well-known due to its Gallery of Mineral Water where one can taste spring water with different temperatures. Finally, see Areni, one of the oldest settlements in Armenia and today is famous for its wines. It was here grapes were found that were 6000 years old.

Make your way to a central location in Yerevan for 9am departure—pickup is available at certain centrally-located hotels. Leave the city for southern Armenia, where the first stop of the day is Khor Virap Monastery, the most famous pilgrimage site in Armenia, with stunning views to the Biblical Mount Ararat.

Continue along a narrow road lined by hundreds of rock caves to Noravank Monastery, among the finest examples of 13th century Armenian architecture, with the churches of St. Karapet, St. Grigory the Illuminator, and St. Astvatsatsin. 

Pause for lunch in a picturesque restaurant, where you can choose between four set meals (own expense). 

After lunch head to Jermuk, a mountain health resort in the north-eastern part of Vayots Dzor. Learn about the city's mineral water at a drinking gallery and pump room, with water temperatures that vary from 86 F (30 C) to 122 F (50 C). The final stop of the day is at the wine-making village of Areni, known for a wide range of wines with delicate flavor. 

This tour concludes with return to Yerevan and drop-off at the original departure point.

This 12 hour tour starts by visiting Khor Virap monastery, the closest point to the Biblical mount Ararat on the territory of Armenia. It is a great place for embracing the most picturesque views of the mountain. Then visit the monastery complex Noravank, which is unique in its construction as the Church of Holy Mother of God is the only two-storied monastery in Armenia. Jermuk is another stop and is a resort city surrounded by wonderful nature. It is well-known due to its Gallery of Mineral Water where one can taste spring water with different temperatures. Finally, see Areni, one of the oldest settlements in Armenia and today is famous for its wines. It was here grapes were found that were 6000 years old.