OCTOBER 29, YEREVAN:
We’ll travel overland to Armenia and on the way to Yerevan, we will photograph Haghpat Monastery, one of the most important historical cathedrals in Armenia. Overnight in a 4 star hotel. (L, D).
OCTOBER 30, YEREVAN:
Before sunrise, we will go to "Cascade", a 400 step stairway built on the side of a hill which offers a great view of the city and the 2 peaks of the Mt. Ararat. We’ll return to the hotel for breakfast then we will photograph Khor Virap, one of the most important churches in Armenia, located right at the foot of the Mt Ararat. Our next stop will be the Cathedral in Eicmiadzin, the spiritual and administrative centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church. In the afternoon, we head to the amazingly located Temple of Zvartnos which has Mount Ararat in the background. (B, L, D).
OCTOBER 31, TATEV:
The next stop is Tatev Monastery which is located on top of a high cliff and ressembles an eagle’s nest. We will cross 2 canyons to get to Tatev, which has the longest cable car ever built. Overnight in the mountain town of Goris, in a 3 star hotel. (B, L, D)
NOVEMBER 1, NORATUS:
Today our journey will offer a number of photo opportunities, first being Karahunj where we’ll photograph the stones with holes called "Armenian Stone Henge". It is believed they were built in 6000 BC and used for astronomical observations. Our next stop will be a historical caravansary located in a mountain pass which was part of the Silk Road. In the late afternoon, we’ll arrive at the historical cemetery of Noratus, known for its 1000 year old "Khachkars" -- beautifully carved out tomb stones with crosses. This is one of the most photogenic ancient cemeteries in the world. After a drive along the scenic Lake Sevan, we’ll proceed to our hotel. Overnight in a 4 star hotel. (B, L, D).
NOVEMBER 2, YEREVAN:
We drive to the UNESCO site of the medieval Geghard Monastery which is carved out of the rock face and surrounded by high cliffs. Our next stop will be the Garni Temple which was built in the 1st century, in greco-roman style and is the only remaining building of its type in the whole of the former Soviet Union. We will then photograph the impressive basalt columns known as the“Symphony of the stones”, along the side of a river gorge. Overnight in a 4 star hotel in Yerevan (B, L, D).
*This tour is designed to run in conjunction with the Georgia Tour. Both tours are co-led by Mehmet and Tim who joined us in 2022 to run the outstanding Silk Road tour. It was so good that we've decided to run another trip together! Mehmet is from Turkey and has run over 10 tours in Georgia and Armenia and is a real expert on the region. It will be a truly memorable trip!