Date: 14.10
Starting Time: 08:00
Duration: 12-13 hours
Starting Point: Mariott Hotel, Yerevan, 1 Amiryan St.

Stop 1.
Our first stop will be Tatev Monastery (IX-X  century), located in Syunik province. The
name “Tatev” is translated from Armenian as “give wings”. The monastery has a rich history and was a spiritual and educational center. Tatever ropeway (Wings of Tatev) holds the record for the longest non-stop double track cable car in the world. It gives a lot of amazing unforgettable impressions. According to a legend, the master who built the monastery, after finishing his work, went to the very edge of the gorge and said: “Hogin Surb ta tev” – “The Holy Spirit gives wings!” After that he rushed down a steep cliff. The Holy Spirit gave the great master wings, so he could fly away safely.

Stop 2.
Khndzoresk is a unique place of interest, famous for its ancient caves, where people lived until the 1950s. Khndzoresk was considered a historical monument, which was preserved by the Soviet Union. “Old Khndzoresk should be preserved and protected as the largest museum of antiquities,” said Martiros Saryan. “There are few such wonderful places in the world.” The history and nature of Khndzoresk are reflected in the works of a number of Armenian writers and artists. In the end of the 19th century Old Khndzoresk was the biggest village of Eastern Armenia. In the beginning of the 20th century the community had 8300 inhabitants (1800 households). In 1913 there were 27 shops, 3 dye-houses, tanneries, and 7 schools. The village is famous for taking part in the liberation movement of David Bek. The fortress of Khndzoresk served as a military base for Mkhitar Sparapet in 1728-1730.

Stop 3
Shaki waterfall is located on the Shaki River (a tributary of the Vorotan) 3 km northwest of Sisian city. The height of the waterfall is 18 m. The territory of the waterfall is very picturesque. You can see many small grottos and caves here, and the waterfall itself has a truly fabulous sight. According to a legend about a blue-eyed beauty named Shake, the girl was kidnapped by foreign invaders. However, proud Shake managed to slip away and, fleeing from her pursuers, threw herself from a steep high cliff. The girl’s snow-white dress, fluttering in the wind, turned into a powerful waterfall at that very moment. So, since then, the waterfall has been named after the beautiful Shake.

Stop 4
People who appreciate good wines and are interested in the history of ancient architecture, will definitely fall in love with the tiny Armenian Areni village. The old village is considered to be the “cradle” of Armenian winemaking. It is here that one of the oldest grape varieties is grown, used in the production of wines and bears the same name – “Areni”. During the archaeological finds, in one of the caves of Areni (“Birds’ cave”) an ancient wine press was discovered, the age of which was estimated at about 6000 years. Numerous jugs, dishes and utensils, used in ancient times for winemaking, were found here. The “Areni Wine” festival has been arranged here every autumn since 2009; over 100 types of finest Armenian wines are presented at the festival and visitors can taste and purchase young and old wines manufactured at the Areni winery.

Food Stop – Old Bridge

The Price Includes:

✓ Transportation services
✓ Areni wine testing
✓ English speaking guide services
✓ Bottled water p/p p/d

The Price Excludes:

✓Tickets for the ropeway
✓ Meals
✓ Any extra fees

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The Price per person is 19,000 AMD