Date: 12.10 – 13.10
Starting Time: 08:00
Duration: 2 days
Starting Point: Mariott Hotel, Yerevan, 1 Amiryan St.

Day 1: Yerevan – Haghpat – Akthala – Gyumri
Day 2: Gyumri city tour – Black castle – Harichavank – Yerevan

Day 1

Stop 1.
Haghpat monastery complex is located in the north of Armenia. Haghpat is one of Armenia’s biggest and most famous monasteries, where the characteristics of medieval Armenian architecture are best reflected. For several hundred years, Haghpat was not only a religious, but also an educational center. The library of Haghpat monastery was founded in the 11th century. Many ancient manuscripts and books were written here.

Stop 2
Akhtala is a 10th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery. The monastic complex impresses with the beauty and uniqueness of the frescoes that decorate the walls. The underground tunnels, the magnificent defensive fortress, the numerous admirable khachkars and the two-story building, which is believed to be a residence for guards, capture attention. The architecture of the church is an interesting combination of the Armenian and Georgian styles, which is particularly visible in the exterior. The beautiful frescoes are preserved on the walls of the church Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), only the Holy Mother’s face was damaged during Tamerlane’s invasion.

Overnight: Gyumri, Grand Gyumri Hotel by Apricot
Single Room – 55.000AMD
Double/Twin Room – 65.000AMD

 

Day 2

Stop 1.
Gyumri City Tour Gyumri is the second largest city in Armenia, after the capital. There are various interesting sights in the city and its surroundings. Here you can visit the art gallery, local history museum or historical and cultural reserve. There are five different churches in Gyumri and in its surroundings, the ancient Marmarashen monastery and the Orthodox chapel. One of the symbolic and recognizable sights of the city is a monument to the legendary commander Vardan Mamikonyan, who was considered the defender of Armenia and the Christian faith and was ranked among the saints. Another iconic historical monument of Gyumri is the Alexandropol Fortress. The fortress was a military defensive object and played the role of protecting Russian territories from Persian or Turkish invasions. Gyumri is considered the “capital of art” in Armenia, as well as an important cultural center. The city is also usually called the “capital of humor”, as many prominent Armenian artists and comedians come from here.

Stop 2.
Black Fortress Built in 1834, the Black Fortress is one of the famous monuments of Gyumri. The fortress is a complex of military and architectural buildings. In the central part there stands the
Alexandropol Fortress with 3 gates, in the center – the layout of St. Alexandra church together with the southern and northern fortresses, serving as the General Protection Complex of Alexandropol. Underground roads were built for the Black Fortress and there were roads leading from the fortress to the present Mother Armenia Monument and the Red Fortress. Black Fortress is included in the list of intangible monuments of history and culture of Gyumri.

Stop 3.
Harichavank Monastery The monastery complex of Harichavank is situated on the western slope of Mount Aragats, on a rocky cape. According to the architects’ studies, the complex was founded in the 7th century. In the 13th century the main church was built. In the 19th century the complex became the summer residence of Catholicoses. Not far from the main buildings there is a small chapel which is of great interest. It is built on a piece of rock, which, as a result of an earthquake, split from the cape and the chapel is now towering over the canyon.

Food Stops

Day 1. Tufenkian, Avan Dzoraget
Day 2. Herbs & Honey Tea-Shop Restaurant / Ponchik – Monchik / Apricot hotel

The Price Includes:

✓ Transportation services
✓ English speaking guide services
✓ Bottled water p/p p/d

The Price Excludes:

✓Accommodation services
✓ Meals
✓ Any extra fees
✓ Museum tickets

Reserve This tour

The Price per person is 40,500 AMD