DENDROPARK, LORI FORTRESS, SAGHMOSAVANK

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AMD 48,000.00
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Duration

9-10 Hours

Distance

300 km

Overview

A beautiful Dendropark in Stepanavan, Armenia, is a lush botanical garden featuring a diverse collection of trees and plants. Visitors can stroll through scenic pathways and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.
Lori Fortress, situated near Stepanavan, is a medieval Armenian fortress with historic significance. Perched atop a hill, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and is a testament to Armenia’s rich cultural heritage.
Saghmosavank is a medieval Armenian monastery perched on the edge of the picturesque Kasagh River gorge. Known for its unique architectural style, it provides not only spiritual tranquility but also breathtaking views of the surrounding nature.

Dendropark

Stop 1

One of the most specific sights of Armenia is Sochut Dendropark, commonly known as Stepanavan Dendropark – an arboretum located near the Gyulagarak village, Lori province. A huge forest-park is located on an area of ​​35 hectares, 17.5 of which are covered with natural forest, and 15 – grown ornamental plants.Seedlings of rare species were often acquired through exchange; so Stepanavan Dendropark collaborated with reserves of Tbilisi, Moscow, Kiev and other cities. Over the many years of existence, scientists have tried to grow up to 2500 different plant species here. However, as a result, only about 500 species were able to adapt to the conditions of highland Armenia. 

Stop 2

Lori Fortress was founded in the early 11th century. The place had ten thousand inhabitants and was quite lively during the Middle Ages being located at the crossroads of trade routes. After numerous attacks and destruction in the 13th century, Lori lost strategic importance. Fortress residents founded a village called Lori Berd in the 1920s and 1930s. Two baths, two pools with fountains and other unique architectural monuments were discovered here as a result of excavations carried out here since 1966. Lori Fortress has been visited by many tourists and Armenian residents as an interesting landmark. Besides the historical value, this place is also remarkable for its beautiful natural scenery.

Saghmosavank

Stop 3

Saghmosavank monastery is a 13th-century Armenian monastic complex located in the village of Saghmosavan in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. Saghmosavank is situated atop the steep gorge carved by the Kasagh river. The oldest building in the complex is Surb Zion (Holy Zion) Church, built by the prince of Ayrarat – Vache Vachutyan in 1215. Later, the Church of Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), a book depository and a narthex appeared. Once the monastery was surrounded by a fortified protective wall, which has not survived to this day. There is an old cemetery to the north of Saghmosavank, where you can see many carved khachkars of the 13-14 centuries.

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REGULATIONS OF THE PARTICIPATION IN THE TOURS.

Please read and confirm the tour participation regulations in detail, as they arise from your rights and responsibilities․

  • Group tours are confirmed at least 1 day in advance, depending on the number of participants.
  • The minimum number of participants required to organize the tour is indicated in the separate description section of each tour.
  • Payments for group tours are accepted only in advance by bank transfer or at ONE WAY Tour office (Parpetsi 16).
  • Russian-speaking and English-speaking participants can participate in group tours only with the service of a guide in the corresponding language, which is provided with a mandatory surcharge.
  • The average duration of group tours is indicated on the website, but sometimes, depending on the situation, the duration of the tour can be shortened or increased by 1-2 hours.
  • If the child (0-7 years) does not occupy a separate seat in the car, he can participate in the tour for free. When occupying a separate seat in the car, regardless of age, the full price of the group tour is paid for the child.
  • Desired seats in the car are not reserved in advance.
  • For proper check-in and seating of participants, participants are expected to be at the Komitas State Conservatory yard (Sayat-Nova 1a) at least 20 minutes before the start of the tour.
  • In case of a delay of 5 minutes or more after the start of the group tour, the Company is not obliged to wait for the late participant. In case of not participating in the group tour due to being late, the price of the booked tour will not be refunded.
  • The use of any type of food, alcoholic beverages, tea, coffee, other beverages (except water), or tobacco products is strictly prohibited during the group tour in the vehicle.
  • The presence of an exit stamp in the passport of citizens of the Republic of Armenia is mandatory for participating in a group tour to the Republic of Georgia.
  • When participating in a group tour to the Republic of Georgia, citizens of some countries must obtain a Republic of Georgia visa, and in some cases also a Republic of Armenia visa for return. The company does not provide assistance in obtaining visas. Issuance of visas is carried out on the basis of existing international agreements between the Republic of Georgia and (or) the Republic of Armenia and your country of citizenship.
  • In case of any passport and/or other document problems at the Armenian-Georgian border during the group tour, the company is not obliged to wait more than 15-30 minutes.
  • During group excursions, regardless of the direction, participants are recommended to wear sports, closed shoes, comfortable clothes, take:
  • protective cap
  • glasses
  • warm clothes
  • raincoat,
  • sunscreen,

in the case of hiking directions:

  • hiking sticks,
  • medicine box
  • raincoat,
  • flashlight,
  • replacement shoes,
  • enough food and water.
  • Weather conditions may vary between attractions and Yerevan.
  • Women and men are advised not to wear revealing clothing when visiting churches. In the case of women, it is desirable to have a headscarf.
  • Participants are not allowed to take pets with them on group tours.
  • The Company is not responsible for your belongings left, lost or damaged during group tours, both in the vehicles of the participants and in the places visited.
  • For some Group Tours, depending on the tour direction and location, the vehicle may not be able to reach the destination and require some walking and/or climbing. If the participant has difficulty walking or climbing stairs, it is recommended to check in advance the availability of such terrains in the places to be visited.
  • In addition to the stops mentioned in the group tour route, additional stops are possible only with the agreement of all group participants.
  • During the group tour, the participant undertakes to obey the guide’s instructions, otherwise, the Company is not responsible for the life and safety of the participant.
  • In case of cancellation of the booked group tour at least 24 hours before the participation, the amount paid for the reservation will be returned to the Client.
  • In case of cancellation of the reservation of the tour confirmed by the Client and the Company in violation of the specified period, the payment for the reservation will be charged in full.
  • In the event of adverse weather conditions or force majeure, the Company has the right to change, shorten or cancel the group tour program due to safety reasons.
  • In case of cancellation of the group tour by the company, the full cost of the purchased tour is returned to the Client.
  • If, due to the aforementioned circumstances, the Company has replaced the places visited or the services provided within the tour with equivalent places or services, it does not bear any obligation to the Client and does not return any money. In case of inadequate replacement or reduction, the Company returns to the Client the difference in value between the purchased group tour and the actual implemented program.

 

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