Private 9-hour Echmiadzin, Zvartnots, Garni And Geghard Trip From Yerevan

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    Flexible
  • Departure Details :
    Hotels in Yerevan
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point

Overview

On this 9-hour tour visit Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, the main cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church and is the very first Christian cathedral in the World. It is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Also see the church of St. Gayane and St. Hripsime churches that are among the three churches in Echmiadzin dedicated to the Christian women-martyrs escaped from Rome with their abbess Gayane. Stop in Zvartnots, the medieval temple of St. Gregory built in the 7th century. It was one of the tallest buildings of the time (45-49m). Today the ruins of the temple can be seen in Zvartnots. Visit Garni, the only pagan temple which exists in Armenia before moving onto Geghard monastery, a complex which is carved in a cave. All the sights are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Inclusions

  • Professional English or Russian speaking guide service
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Fuel surcharge and parking fee
  • Water
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All taxes and fees

Exclusions

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)

Know More about this tour

The starting place and time of the tour can be tailored to your preferences.

The first stop of the day is the Armenian Apostolic church of St. Echmiadzin, just outside of Yerevan. The Cathedral of Echmiadzin was founded at the beginning of the forth century and is one of the oldest churches in the world. According to the legend the church was built in the place where an apparition of Jesus Christ was seen by Grigory the Illuminator, and its interior is decorated with beautiful frescoes.

The next stop is St. Hripsime church, another one of the famous ecclesiastical buildings in the city of Echmiadzin, and a perfect example of an Armenian cross-cupola church. The tomb of the Christian martyr Virgin Hripsime is in the sacristy of the church. 

Continue to visit St. Gayane church, which was built in the 7th century and belongs to the domed-basilica style. According to the legend this church was constructed over the tomb of Virgin Gayane, who was martyred for preaching Christianity. Stop in Zvartnot temple, built by Armenian architects in the 7th century.

After stopping for lunch (own expense), continue to Garni pagan temple which towers over a triangular cape, is the unique survived example of heathen culture in Armenia. It is a blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles. King Trdat the First ordered building the temple in the first century A.D. and dedicated it to the God of Sun. After adopting Christianity in 301 the pagan temple lost its significance and the fortress of Garni became the summer residence of the kings. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple.

You will then visit Geghard monastery, the unsurpassed masterpiece of the 13th century Armenian architecture. Some of the churches of the complex are masterfully hewed in a huge rock. From the outset the complex was called Ayrivank (cave monastery), later it was renamed Geghard (lance), as the lance used by the roman soldier to sting Jesus Christ's side, was kept in this monastery for many centuries. Due to its construction Geghardavank serves the best place for singing spiritual songs. The complex is rich in subtle sculptural embellishments and many striking khachkars (cross-stones).

Your tour ends back in Yerevan.

Additional Info

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Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.