Group Tour: Hovhannavank, Saghmosavank, Armenian Alphabet Monument, Amberd Fortress
New comfortable vehicles
Pick up from your hotel in the city center upon request
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the tour
Professional guide service
Comfortable vehicles with Wi-Fi and air conditioning
This day trip takes you to explore one of the most beautiful gorges of Armenia: the Gorge of Qasakh River, famous for its beautiful churches standing right on cliff’s edge.
Both monastic complexes included in this group tour date back to the 13th century, and were built by the same noble family.
Saghmosavank is translated as the monastery of psalms. According to the legend, the psalm singing of Gregory the Illuminator was heard for several miles, when he asserted in the caves underneath the church. It was also famous for its medieval manuscripts and book-repository. Although quite modest compared to Hovhannavank (which is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Armenia), Saghmosavank possesses a particular charm.
The monastery of Hovhannavank is about 5km south from Saghmosavank. The complex includes the 4th century basilica church of St, John the Baptist, which was built by Gregory the Illuminator himself on the relics of St, John the Baptist, and the main church of St. Karapet (St. John’s other name). It is also famous for its tympanum, which is engraved according to the parable of the Wise and Stupid Virgins from the book of Matthew.
Our next destination is the Amberd fortress, located on the slopes of Mount Aragats – the highest peak in Armenia. In the 13th century, the Zakaryan noble family started the liberation of Armenia from the Seljuk Turks from this very fortress. The name “Amberd” originates from the fact that the fortress is located at the altitude of 2300m above the sea level, translating as “Fortress in the Clouds”.
On the way to Amberd, we will have a short stop at the Alley of the Alphabet, where you will be given the chance to find the first letter of your name and even snap a picture with it. Not only is Armenian a very old language, but it is also an independent branch of the Indo-European languages, making it unlike any other tongue in the world.
Starting point: “Yerani Travel” office (2/80 Baghramyan Ave., near “Cascade” complex).
Please approach the office 15 minutes before starting the tour.
The duration of the tour may vary depending on the weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances.
For security reasons the trip might be modified or cancelled in case of bad weather conditions.