Khor Virap, Areni, Noravan, Noratus and Sevan
Duration: 7-8 hours
Meet your guide and driver at your hotel in Yerevan and head to Khor Virap Monastery (“deep pit”). According to the legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator, the patron saint of Armenia, was kept here in the basement for 13 years for the disseminating of Christianity until King Tiridates decided to adopt new religion. The monastery's location allows you to enjoy the best views of the Mt. Ararat. Continue to Noravank Complex (12th century), situated on the ledge of a deep winding gorge of the Arpa River. Last stop is at Areni, city known for producing famous Armenian wine from pomegranate and apricot. Drop off at your hotel.
Ancient relict Lake Sevan – “The Jewel of Armenia” is one of the largest high-mountainous fresh water lakes in the world. The coastline of Lake Sevan is very picturesque with its thick woods, white bare steep rocks, mountain steppes and Alpine meadows.. Continue to Noraduz, a village famous for its big khachkar cemetery. There are about 900 khachkars of various styles and epochs there. Next step is Sevanavank. And visit the remnants of the monastery that include two temples – Surb Arakelots and Surb Astvatsatsin standing among numerous khachkars. The buildings were constructed from black tuff which probably gave the monastery its name “Sevanavank – “the Black Monastery”. Today the two black temples of Sevan stand deserted like two guards of this ancient lake. The view from there is simply magnificent: the mountains surround lake from all sides and snow tops are seen almost on the entire perimeter and disappear behind horizon. Return to Yerevan.
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