Visit an Armenian Observatory

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Drive through the vast mountainous expanse and mysterious caves of Vayots Dzor, the wine producing province of Armenia. Vayots Dzor houses the world’s oldest wine cellar dating back almost 6200 years. Your first stop will be Noravank Monastery, a beautiful example of the construction of that era, it has three tiers, each with an increasing number of intricate designs from the bottom to the top.

After Noravank you visit the Tatev Monastery, a 9th century historic monument located at the end of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River, here you will have a chance to experience the World’s Longest Ropeway -Tatever, while going up to the basalt rock that the monastery is made on. Our exploration of Armenia then takes us to Zorats Karer, the best known archaeological landmark in Armenia, rich with stone settings, burial cists and standing stones – Menhirs, in total there are 223 registered stones. The site has been identified as a necropolis dating mainly from the Middle Bronze Age to the Iron Age.

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ITINERARY 

  • Head from Yerevan and cross through the wine producing province of Armenia – Vayots Dzor and stop at the architectural masterpiece – Noravank.
  • Then we will visit Tatev monastery which is situated in Syunik province. Here you will take the longest ropeway in the world – Tatever. Tatev monastery is gorgeous with the breathtaking view of the Vorotan river canyon.
  • On the way back we will visit Zorats Karer also called Karahunj, Qarahunj or Carahunge which is considered to be an ancient observatory (6th millennium BC). It is also often referred to as the “Armenian Stonehenge”.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION 

Hotel in Yerevan

DEPARTURE TIME
9:00 am

INCLUDED
Tour and transfers in a private car
English speaking guide
Water
Map of Armenia
All entrance fees
Ticket to Tatever Ropeway
All Taxes

NOT INCLUDED
Guide and driver gratuity
Meals and drinks

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Duration is  10 hours – 12 hours
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Please carry sunscreen, sunglasses if you take this tour in summer
  • Please wear  warm clothes if you take this tour in spring or autumn
  • Don’t forget to carry a camera
  • Please do carry a digital copy of your confirmation voucher
Image of a beautiful Monastery in the mountains of Armenia on a cliff edge with lots of green

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