SAGHMOSAVANK, HOVHANNAVANK, MUGHNI, ALPHABET MONUMENT

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AMD 23,000.00
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Duration

4-5 Hours

Distance

80 km

Overview

Saghmosavank and Hovhannavank are medieval Armenian monastic complexes near Ashtarak, known for their picturesque settings and architectural beauty. Mughni, a historic village, houses a 17th-century church dedicated to Saint George, showcasing Armenian ecclesiastical architecture. The Armenian Alphabet Monument, located on Mount Aragats, celebrates the creation of the Armenian alphabet with giant stone letters, serving as a unique tribute to linguistic heritage.

 

 

Saghmosavank

Stop 1

Saghmosavank monastery is a 13th-century Armenian monastic complex located in the village of Saghmosavan in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. Saghmosavank is situated at 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.

Hovhannavank

Stop 2

Later we will visit Hovhannavank monastery. It rises majestically above a steep cliff. The size and complicated architectural structure of the monastery make it a distinctive historical monument constructed in the Middle Ages. The monastery was established by the first Catholicos of Armenia Gregory the Illuminator who buried John (Hovhannes) the Baptist’s relics in this location. So that is why the monastery  was called “Hovhannavank”. The most ancient part of the monastery complex is St. Karapet church. The distinctive characteristic of Hovhannavank is the compact arrangement of the buildings around the dominant building.

Mughni

Stop 3

Our next stop will be St. Gevorg church in Mughni, which was a popular pilgrimage place, as well as the center where the manuscripts were copied during the Middle Ages. Old buildings were demolished and the three-nave basilica, monastic cells and the fence were erected in their place in the 17th century. The church was completely rebuilt in 1660 and its roof, dome and the living quarters were repaired later, in the 19th century. Black and dark yellow tuff has been used for the construction of St. Gevorg church. Walls are decorated with frescoes made in the 19th century and bas-reliefs, in the form of evangelists, are depicted on the dome.

Stop 4

There is a unique monument of the Armenian alphabet on the western slope of Mount Aragats, in Artashavan village. The sculptural group is located directly under the open sky and includes 39 elements repeating the shape of the letters of the Armenian alphabet. The figures of letters, almost reaching the height of human growth, are carved from local tuff in different shades: pink, orange, gray, black. The letters are also expertly decorated with carved ornaments. Stonecutters from all over Armenia took part in the creation of the monument. The monument is a favorite place to visit for tourists. And among local residents it is considered almost mandatory to have a photo with the first letter of their name.

Inclusions

 

  • Professional drivers
  • English speaking guide
  • Bottled water
  • Air-conditioned vehicles

Exclusions

  • WiFi in the vehicles
  • Lunch

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․


1. Booking conditions

  • 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.


2. Cancellation and changes to the tour program

  • 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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