From Paganism To Christianity: The arch of “Yeghishe Charents”, Garni temple, Geghard monastery, national bread “Lavash” baking and tasting, the gorge of “Symphony of stones”,traditional lunch
New comfortable vehicles
Pick up from your hotel in the city center upon request
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the tour
“Lavash” baking master-class
Professional guide service (English,Russian)
Wi-Fi on board
All entrance tickets
10:00 – 10:45 The first stop near the arch of “Yeghishe Charents”
11:15 – 12։00 A visit to Geghard monastery
12:15 – 13:00 A visit to the pagan temple of Garni
13:10 – 14:40 “Lavash” baking, tasting and traditional lunch
14:55 – 15:25 A visit to the gorge of “Symphony of stones”
16:15 Ending of the program at the monument to A.Tamanyan
This fantastic tour will introduce you to the exotic Pagan history of Armenia, and show the later development and spread of Christianity in the country.
The first stop is near Charent’s arch which was names in honour of Armenian poet Eghishe Charents, who loved this place and used to visit it frequently.
The next stop will be is the Monastery complex of Geghard. St. Geghard symbolizes the lance with which the Roman centurion pierced Jesus after crucifixion. Later the lance had been brought to Armenia and kept in Geghard Monastery for 5 centuries. The complex presents Armenia of 13th century, which is considered to be the Golden Age of the country’s architecture. However, the most astonishing part of this complex is its architectural solution churches drilled into the solid rock that were constructed in accordance to the rules of Armenian architecture. Geghard Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Garni Temple (77 A.D.) is another historical site included to this tour. It is the only standing heathen temple in the whole post-Soviet area. The temple gracefully stands on a high plateau overlooking the Azat river gorge. The surrounding area itself is incredibly beautiful. The greek-roman bath house with the mosaic, made out of 30,000 pieces of natural stones, as well as the ruins of the royal palace, will take you to 3rd century A.D.
Not far from the temple of Garni (about 10 minutes’ walk), there is a cozy local restaurant with an amazing view of the temple, where you can relax and take part in master-class of tasting of freshly baked lavash – traditional Armenian flatbread. Here you will also enjoy traditional Armenian lunch.
After having a lunch, your last stop before returning to Yerevan will be the gorge of “Symphony of stones” . These rocks start from the beginning up to the highest point of the canyon. The monument consists of huge paradoxically symmetric hexagon and pentagon basalt columns (nearly 100 meters high). The gorge got its name from the amazing resemblance to the church organ. There are especially many such rocks in the gorge of the Azat River, which is included in the UNESCO heritage list.
Starting point: the monument of A.Tamanyan near Cascade Complex. Please be at the starting point 20 minutes before the start of 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.