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Yerevan: Garni, Geghard & Lake Sevan Tour with Lavash Baking

1. Yerevan: Garni, Geghard & Lake Sevan Tour with Lavash Baking

Start the tour at 10 AM by arriving at the local operator's office in Yerevan. After checking in, set off towards the Eastern part of Armenia in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. First, make a short stop at Charent's Arch where you can soak up the wonderful views to the biblical Mount Ararat. Them, head over to the Garni pagan temple which towers over a triangular cape. Admire the temple's blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles and see the ruins of the former royal palace with its stunning mosaics. After this, continue on to a masterpiece of 13th-century Armenian architecture at Geghard Monastery. Learn about how this cave monastery was believed to have housed the relic of the lance that pierced the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross. Experience its incredible construction which boasts fascinating acoustics which has served as a good place to sing spiritual songs. Marvel at some of the churches in the complex which are masterfully hewed into a huge rock. Discover how the complex is rich in subtle sculptural embellishments and many striking khachkars (cross-stones). Next up, stop for lunch at a cozy family-style restaurant called Abelyan House. Here, also watch the process of baking the Armenian lavash bread. Observe how the dough is rolled out flat and slapped against the hot walls of a clay oven. Have a good opportunity to participate in a lavash baking procedure. Savor the opportunity to taste it afterward with local cheese and greens. Following this, pop over to the amazing Lake Sevan, which is one of the world's greatest high altitude fresh-water lakes. Learn about how the lake is of volcanic origin and is surrounded by mountains of 3000 m and higher. Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape surrounded by crystal-clear water. Check out the medieval church complex of Sevanavank Monastery on the peninsular before you head off. Finally, hop back into the vehicle and take the return journey back to the meeting point in Yerevan where the tour concludes.

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From Yerevan: 4.5-Hour Garni-Geghard Tour

2. From Yerevan: 4.5-Hour Garni-Geghard Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel where the tour will start at 10:00 am and last approximately 4 to 5-hours. The first stop is Garni, a Pagan Temple referred to as the well-known symbol of pre-Christian Armenia that was converted into a royal summer house. After exploring the grand structure, you will then stop at Ararat ARC where you'll have a fantastic view to mount Ararat, a snow capped dormant volcano situated in Turkey. From here, you will visit the UNESCO listed Geghard Monastery Complex. Some of the churches are situated in caves, whilst others are dug out of the surrounding rock surface. You will then be transferred back to Yerevan.

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4.8 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Wonderful excursion into the landscape, culture and history of Armenia

Our guide Nvard was extremely friendly and charming. Although she speaks English much better than we do, she had a feeling for bringing the history of Armenia so close that we felt well informed. Nvard supplemented historical and geographical facts with legends and stories that enabled us to gain a deeper insight into the culture and way of thinking of the Armenians. We don't want to miss Tigran, our driver, who politely and kindly contributed to the success of the tour. The trip to Garni and Geghard was definitely an enrichment for our stay in Armenia.

Amazing tour. Very well organized Excelent guide. She knew a lot and transfered her knowlede in a wonderful way. She was flexible . She gave us the feeling that this is our tour. The connection between her and also the driver was incredible A good car and very welcoming and helful driver

It was a wonderful tour beautiful scenery and lot of history. thanks Ms. Nvard our guide for enlightening us with history

Thank you for the most interesting excursion! The guide answers all your questions, an attentive driver.

Tour guide is very informative and cheerful. Thanks for a great tour.