NORAVANK, ARENI, SHAKI, TATEV MONASTERY

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AMD 72,000.00
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Duration

12-13 Hours

Distance

540 km

Overview

Medieval monastery in Armenia with unique architecture, dating to the 13th century, set against red cliffs in the Amaghu Valley.
Picturesque village in Vayots Dzor, Armenia, known for historical significance and winemaking, with the Areni-1 cave revealing Chalcolithic artifacts.
Historic monastery complex in southeastern Armenia, accessible by the Wings of Tatev aerial tramway, offering stunning views and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Natural marvel near Sisian, Armenia, cascading down from the Syunik Plateau, surrounded by lush greenery, popular for nature enthusiasts and hikers.

Noravank

Stop 1

Noravank monastery (translated as “new monastery”) is located in Vayots Dzor province, 3 km northeast of Amaghu village. Noravank was built in the 13-14th centuries. The territory is “framed” by unusual cliffs of bright red color, which create a very picturesque background for the buildings. Noravank was an important cultural and spiritual center in the Middle Ages; it also served as the residence of the bishops of Syunik province. Noravank monastery is one of the most visited attractions in Armenia. The complex is a magnificent architectural and artistic creation. 

The monastery complex consists of St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) mausoleum-church, which is also called Burtelashen, Saint Stephen church, the narthex adjacent to it from the west, St. Grigor chapel, ruins of medieval chapels and khachkars.

Areni

Stop 2

People who appreciate good wines and are interested in the history of ancient architecture, will definitely fall in love with the tiny Armenian Areni village. The old village is considered to be the “cradle” of Armenian winemaking. It is here that one of the oldest grape varieties is grown, used in the production of wines and bears the same name – “Areni”. During the archaeological finds, in one of the caves of Areni (“Birds’ cave”) an ancient wine press was discovered, the age of which was estimated at about 6000 years. Numerous jugs, dishes and utensils, used in ancient times for winemaking, were found here. The “Areni Wine” festival has been arranged here every autumn since 2009; over 100 types of finest Armenian wines are presented at the festival and visitors can taste and purchase young and old wines manufactured at the Areni winery. 

Shaki waterfall

Stop 3

Shaki waterfall is located on the Shaki River (a tributary of the Vorotan) 3 km northwest of Sisian city. The height of the waterfall is 18 m. The territory of the waterfall is very picturesque. You can see many small grottos and caves here, and the waterfall itself has a truly fabulous sight. According to a legend about a blue-eyed beauty named Shake, the girl was kidnapped by foreign invaders. However, proud Shake managed to slip away and, fleeing from her pursuers, threw herself from a steep high cliff. The girl’s snow-white dress, fluttering in the wind, turned into a powerful waterfall at that very moment. So, since then, the waterfall has been named after the beautiful Shake.

Stop 4

Our last stop will be Tatev Monastery (IX-X century), located in Syunik province. The name “Tatev” is translated from Armenian as “give wings”. The monastery has a rich history and was  a spiritual and educational center. 

Tatever ropeway (Wings of Tatev) holds the record for the longest non-stop double track cable car in the world. It gives a lot of amazing unforgettable impressions. According to a legend, the master who built the monastery, after finishing his work, went to the very edge of the gorge and said: “Hogin Surb ta tev” – “The Holy Spirit gives wings!” After that he rushed down a steep cliff. The Holy Spirit gave the great master wings, so he could fly away safely.

 

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REGULATIONS OF THE PARTICIPATION IN THE TOURS.

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  • 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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