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Khor Virap, Areni, Noravan, Noratus and Sevan

Duration: 7-8 hours

Tour route:

You will be met by a guide and driver at your hotel and you will go to Khor Virap Monastery. According to legend, sv. Gregory the Illuminator, the patron saint of Armenia, was here in the basement for 13 years for the spread of Christianity. The location of the monastery allows you to enjoy the best views of the mountains. Travel to the Noravank complex (12th century), located on the ledge of the deep winding gorge of the Arpa River. Last stop in Areni, famous for producing the famous Armenian wine from pomegranate and apricot.

The ancient relict lake Sevan - “The Pearl of Armenia” - is one of the largest high-mountain freshwater lakes in the world. The coastline of Lake Sevan is very picturesque with its dense forests, white exposed steep cliffs, mountain steppes and alpine meadows. Continue to Noraduz, famous for its large Khachkar cemetery. There are about 900 cross-stones of different styles and eras. The next stop is Sevanavank. Visit the remains of the monastery, which include two temples - Surb Arakelots and Surb Astvatsatsin, standing among numerous cross-stones. The buildings were built of black tufa, which probably gave the monastery the name "Sevanavank" - "Black Monastery". Today, two black temples of Sevan are deserted. The view from there is simply magnificent: mountains surround the lake from all sides, and snowy peaks are visible almost all around the perimeter. Return to Yerevan.