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Garni, Geghard, Tsaghkadzor and Sevan

Duration: 8 hours (~290 km, 4 hours on road)

Tour route:

You will be met at the hotel and taken to the city of Tsaghkadzor. Here you will like the Kecharis Monastery - a large religious center of the 11-13th centuries with its own school. The complex reflects the classic Armenian medieval architecture. It was managed and supported by academics and politicians who paid particular attention to the magnificent interior decoration. The vicinity of the monastery is rich in graceful cross stones and gravestones.

Next, a short stop at Lake Sevan to enjoy the “Pearl of Armenia”, which is one of the largest alpine freshwater lakes in the world.

Next place is Garni. Garni is one of the largest villages in Armenia. It is famous for the fortress of Garni. The fortress is the only pagan sacred place that survived the introduction of Christianity in the 4th century. He was dedicated to Mihr, the sun god.

It is the only Greco-Roman temple with 24 ionic columns, both in Armenia and in the territory of the former USSR. The devastating earthquake of 1679 destroyed the temple. It was reconstructed in the 20th century.

Last place is Geghard monastery complex which is an outstanding medieval architecture that has come down to us well preserved. Geghard's beautiful landscape is surrounded by high cliffs. Decorative art carved in the rocks reflects and explains the development of the Middle Ages throughout the region. The complex was entered into history in the 4th century as a sacred source inside the cave. Today it is included in the UNESCO list as a World Heritage Site. Return to Yerevan.