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Armenia New Year Tour 2018

Phoenix Tour Armenia / Armenia New Year Tour 2018

Armenia New Year Tour 2018

$475 per person

You get to see it all in this bestselling 9 days/8 nights Armenia New Year Tour! The festive New Year’s Eve in Yerevan, splendid snowy mountains, many natural wonders and historical landmarks, an amazing world of ancient monasteries and vibrant holiday markets in Armenia and Karabakh. Become acquainted with our traditional cuisine and our warm hospitality, and return home with lasting memories of the infinite beauty of the winter Armenia.

  • Duration
    9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Arrival
    Yerevan
  • Departure
    Yerevan
  • Group size
    min 2 persons - $475 p.p.
  • Included
    all transfers according to a program in a car or minivan with A/C
    accommodation in an a DBL room in 3 star hotel (8 nights with an early check-in on arrival day)
    breakfasts
    English speaking guide services
    entrance fees to museums and temples
    "Ararat" brandy degustation
    Tsaghkadzor ropeway ride
    wine tasting in Areni
  • Not included
    airfare
    entry visas (if applied)
    insurance
    lunches & dinners
    all additional tours not mentioned in the program
    tips
9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
  • Included
    Armenia New Year Tour 2018
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DAY 1 (30 DEC SATURDAY) YEREVAN
Arrival to Zvartnots International Airport early in the morning. Meet your Phoenix Tour representative. Transfer to the hotel. Check in. Breakfast. Free day at leisure or shopping in Yerevan. There is plenty to keep you occupied in the city with its shopping malls, museums, exhibitions, film screenings, concerts and performances. There are numerous cafés and wine shops line the main streets and side alleys around the city’s downtown. The city fills up with people at night, and you’ll find a number of trendy clubs, pubs and bars, where you can party till dawn Yerevan style! Overnight in Yerevan.
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DAY 2 (DEC 31, SUNDAY) YEREVAN
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. 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. Continue to the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex on the hills of Tsitsernakaberd. The Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex houses both the Armenian Genocide Museum, and the Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial. Take a tour of the "Ararat" Brandy Factory, featuring degustation of the two types of the world renowned Armenian brandy. Planning the New Year's Eve activities. Although the New Year is considered a family holiday, which is usually celebrated with family members at home, in recent years there is a new tendency among Armenians to gather on New Year’s Eve at restaurants, clubs, and other venues that offer various New Year Night show programs – from 10:30 pm on the Eve of December 31 to the next morning. Overnight in Yerevan.
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DAY 3 (JAN 01, MONDAY) YEREVAN – GEGHARD – GARNI – YEREVAN
Breakfast. Drive 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. Continue 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.
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DAY 4 (JAN 02, TUESDAY) YEREVAN – TSAGHKADZOR – TEGHENIS – LAKE SEVAN – YEREVAN
Breakfast. Drive to the popular Tsaghkadzor spa town and a ski resort,  which is located on the slopes of Mount Teghenis at 1,841m above sea level. Take a thrilling ropeway ride through the slopes to the top of the Mount Teghenis, for some of the Armenia's most dramatic displays. Skiing, snowboarding or sledding. Return to Tsaghkadzor town. The architectural complex of Kecharis is the highlight of the town, comprising three churches and three chapels dating back to the 11th century. Do not miss out to see the beautiful khachkars (cross-stones) around the monastery. Continue to Lake Sevan. Lake Sevan’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. Return to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
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DAY 5 (JAN 03, WEDNESDAY) YEREVAN – KHOR VIRAP – NORAVANK – ARENI – YEREVAN (OPTIONAL TOUR EXTENTION TO NAGORNO-KARABAKH IS AVAILABLE)
Breakfast. Check out from hotel. 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 in the Vayots Dzor Province, which is Armenia’s most storied wine growing region. Visit the masterpiece of medieval Armenian architecture, the 14th century Noravank Monastery, a major religious and cultural center of Armenia in the past. Stopover for wine tasting at the local winery in Areni village, which is famous for its delicious dry red wine. Return to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. OPTIONAL TOUR EXTENTION TO NAGORNO-KARABAKH If desired, after visiting the Noravank Monastery, instead of coming back to Yerevan for overnight, you can continue driving further down the road to Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, and stay in Artsakh for 2 nights. Learn more about Nagorno-Karabakh trip itinerary in the ADDITIONAL tab of the menu.  
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DAY 6 (JAN 04, THURSDAY) YEREVAN (OPTIONAL TOUR IS AVAILABLE)
Breakfast. Free day in Yerevan for your own exploration of the city and the nearby areas. Or just choose from a variety of our half to full day trips, which include a good number of the country’s major attractions. Overnight in Yerevan.
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DAY 7 (JAN 05, FRIDAY) YEREVAN (OPTIONAL TOUR IS AVAILABLE)
Breakfast. Free day in Yerevan for your own exploration of the city and the nearby areas. Or just choose from a variety of our half to full day trips, which include a good number of the country’s major attractions. Overnight in Yerevan.  
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DAY 8 (JAN 06, SATURDAY) YEREVAN – ECHMIADZIN – ZVARTNOTS – YEREVAN
Breakfast. Drive to Echmiadzin, the spiritual and administrative center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Visit the churches of St. Hripsime and St. Gayane (UNESCO World Heritage Sites). 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). Visit the Cathedral's Museum, where amongst other relics, you can see the Holy Spear, with which Jesus Christ was pierced on the cross. 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. Return to Yerevan. Stop at the popular fruit market "Shouka" to buy traditional sweets and dry fruits. Overnight in Yerevan.
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DAY 9 (JAN 07, SUNDAY) YEREVAN  
Early check out from hotel. Transfer to Zvartnots International Airport. Departure from Yerevan.

TOUR LOCATION

OPTIONAL TOUR EXTENTION TO NAGORNO-KARABAKH

  DAY 5 (JAN 03, WEDNESDAY) YEREVAN – KHOR VIRAP – NORAVANK – ARENI – GORIS – STEPANAKERT Breakfast. Check out from hotel. 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 in the Vayots Dzor Province, which is Armenia’s most storied wine growing region. Visit the masterpiece of medieval Armenian architecture, the 14th century Noravank Monastery, a major religious and cultural center of Armenia in the past. Stopover for wine tasting at the local winery in Areni village, which is famous for its delicious dry red wine. Continue to Goris, a major junction stop between Yerevan, Stepanakert and Iran. Goris is known for its variety of homemade fruit vodkas, including the deliciously potent Mulberry and Cornelian cherry vodkas. Drive to Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) via Lachin Road and start the Karabakh part of the tour. Arrive in Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Check into a hotel. Overnight in Stepanakert.   DAY 6 (JAN 04, THURSDAY) STEPANAKERT – GANDZASAR – STEPANAKERT Breakfast. Take a stroll in the Stepanakert’s main food market, where you can try the popular local bread zhingyalov hac. This herb filled bread is a unique specialty of Nagorno-Karabakh and a typical street food you’ll find in Stepanakert, where they will make it freshly in front of you. Stop by the popular "We Are Our Mountains" monument in the outskirts of Stepanakert. Also known as "Grandma and Grandpa" it is widely regarded as a symbol of Karabakh’s identity, representing the mountain people of Karabakh. Drive to the 10th century Gandzasar Monastery, where the relics believed to belong to St. John the Baptist and his father St. Zechariah are being kept. Return to Stepanakert. Overnight in Stepanakert.   DAY 7 (JAN 05, FRIDAY) STEPANAKERT – SHUSHI – HUNOT CANYON – GORIS – ZORATS KARER – YEREVAN Breakfast. Check out from hotel. Drive to the small town of Shushi, the heart and the cultural and economic center of Artsakh for many centuries. Visit the Shushi Fortress, built in 1752 by Khan Panah Ali Bey to defend northern part of the plateau, a geographically the most vulnerable part of a city. Continue to the St. Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, the main cathedral in the center of Shushi. It was built between 1868 and 1887 and is supposed to be one of the architectural-ecclesiastical masterpieces ever built in the Nagorno-Karabakh. Be ready for the most spectacular acoustic experience after you enter one of the mystical basement rooms of the church. When in the room, stand in the center of this hemispherical area, under the hole made in the ceiling and speak to hear your voice. Drive to Hunot Canyon, one of the most beautiful sites in Karabakh. Called Jdrduz by the locals, it is located on the southwest edge of Shushi. You can view in awe, the sheer 250 meters deep canyon walls soaring above the Karkar River. This beauty is one of the most photographed sites by visitors to Artsakh. Start your journey back to Armenia and drive to Yerevan. Pass Goris, and stop by the one of the oldest observatories in the world, the megalithic complex Zorats Karer. Zorats Karer (often called Karahunj) is a prehistoric monument consisting of hundreds of vertically set large stones with holes in the top, and frequently referred to in international tourist lore as "Armenian Stonehenge". Continue to Yerevan. Arrive in Yerevan. Check into a hotel. Overnight in Yerevan. Continue with your remaining itinerary on the Day 8 (Jan 06, Saturday) (see the ITINERARY tab of the menu).