Private Tour: Alphabet Monument, Hovhannavank and Saghmosavank Monasteries
From 22.000 AMD
Comfortable vehicles with air conditioning (1-3 pax – sedan, 4-7 pax – minivan, 8-19 pax – minibus)
Pick up and drop off at your hotel
Bottled water provided
Free Wi-Fi on board
Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior the tour
This tour 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 daily 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).
On the way we will have a 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. Armenian is not only 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 time and place: at request
Possible languages: English, Russian. In case the tour is organized in other language, changes of the prices are possible.