DAY 1 FRIDAY YEREVAN
Arrival to Zvartnots International Airport. Meet your Phoenix Tour representative. Transfer to the hotel. Check in. Overnight in Yerevan.
DAY 2 SATURDAY YEREVAN CITY TOUR
Breakfast. Start exploring Yerevan, the Armenia’s capital city and one of the oldest cities in the world. Stop at the Victory Park and Mother Armenia monument to get a spectacular view of the Biblical Mt. Ararat with a panorama of central Yerevan. Visit one of the richest depositories of manuscripts and books in the world, the Matenadaran Institute of Ancient Manuscripts.
Take a walking tour of the Cascade Complex, with its Sculpture Park and Cafesjian Center for the Arts. Visit the magnificent building of the Opera House, the postmodern Northern Avenue and the city's main Republic Square. Be sure to return to Republic Square after dark to see the "Dancing Fountains", a choreographed water show synched with lights and music (The fountains are on from May until the end of October).
Take a tour of an open air "Vernissage" market, where you can buy some gifts, souvenirs, jewelry and other handicrafts. Stop at the popular fruit market "Shouka" to buy traditional sweets and dried fruits. Overnight in Yerevan.
DAY 3 SUNDAY YEREVAN – KHOR VIRAP – ECHMIADZIN – ZVARTNOTS – GARNI – GEGHARD – YEREVAN
Breakfast. Drive to the Khor Virap Monastery, where the Mt. Ararat reveals its breathtaking size and splendor. Khor Virap is one of the most popular destinations in Armenia, primarily because it is where the St. Gregory the Illuminator, the future head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, was imprisoned here for 13 years.
Continue to Echmiadzin, the spiritual and administrative center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Visit the Main Cathedral of Echmiadzin, the oldest state-built church in the world, having been built by St. Gregory the Illuminator in 303 AD (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Attend the colorful service of the Holy Liturgy, which attracts a numerous visitors and pilgrims from around the world.
Drive back to Yerevan. En route to Yerevan visit ruins of the 7th century Zvartnots Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Zvartnots Cathedral was destroyed by an earthquake in 930 AD, and was lost to history until its discovery in the early 20th century.
Continue to one of the most beautiful monasteries in Armenia, the 13th century cave monastery of Geghard (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The name of the monastery originates from the spear, which had wounded Jesus at the Crucifixion, allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Jude, and currently stored amongst many other relics in the Echmiadzin's Cathedral Museum.
Drive to the oldest surviving building on the territory of Armenia, the 1st century Garni Pagan Temple. The Garni Temple was built by the Armenian King Tiridates with the money he received after visiting Emperor Nero in Rome, and was dedicated to Sun God Mithra. Return to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
DAY 4 MONDAY YEREVAN – LAKE SEVAN – DILIJAN – HAGHARTSIN – YEREVAN
Breakfast. Drive to Lake Sevan. The lake's proximity to Yerevan, coupled with its cooler summer temperatures, outstretched blue waters and historic sights make it one of Armenia’s key places to visit. Walk up to the 8th century monastery of Sevanavank on Sevan Peninsula, one of Armenia’s iconic landmarks.
Continue to Dilijan, a resort town renowned for its charming nature and some traditional Armenian architecture. Stroll through the Dilijan’s Historic Center, the cobbled Sharambeyan Street, with its collection of stone and wooden traditional buildings, shops, restaurants, souvenir stalls and workshops.
Visit the splendid 12th century Haghartsin Monastery, situated in the picturesque gorge of the upper reaches of Haghartsin River. The monastery is famed for housing an image of the Virgin and Child, which has distinct Mongolian features - added to convince the next wave of Mongol invaders not to destroy the church.
Return to Yerevan. Take a tour of the "Ararat" Brandy Factory, featuring degustation of the two types of the world renowned Armenian brandy. Overnight in Yerevan.
DAY 5 TUESDAY YEREVAN – NORAVANK – ARENI CAVE – OLD BRIDGE WINERY – YEREVAN
Breakfast. Drive to the masterpiece of medieval Armenian architecture, the 14th century Noravank Monastery, a major religious and cultural center of Armenia in the past.
Continue to the Areni-1 Birds Cave. In 2007, a team of Armenian and Irish archeologists were doing excavations in the Areni-1 Cave, and they have discovered a 6,100-year-old winery and a 5,500-year-old leather shoe. The shoe was officially acknowledged as the oldest leather footwear in the world, and it is on the permanent display in the History Museum of Armenia.
Drive to Yeghegnadzor and stopover for wine tasting at the local Old Bridge Wine Factory, which is very popular for its delicious wines. Depending on the time of year, the visitors can take part in grape-picking, distillation or bottling process at the vineyards. Return to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
DAY 6 WEDNESDAY YEREVAN DEPARTURE
Breakfast. Check out from hotel. Transfer to Zvartnots International Airport. Departure from Yerevan.