|Day 1||Khor Virap, Areni, Noravank, Jermuk (overnight)|
|Day 2||Selim, Lake Sevan (Noratus, Hayravank, Sevanavank)|
Day 1: Starting our trip from Yerevan we will leave for Monastery Khor Virap which stands before the snowcapped flanks of Mount Ararat offering a spectacular view of the mountain, the national symbol of Armenia. It is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years. In fact, the name Khor Virap means “deep pit”, named after the prison where St. Gregory the Illuminator was held. You can still open climb down the pit using a narrow ladder in order to experience its atmosphere. After, we will head to Areni winery, where you will have a degustation of Armenian wine.
The next stop will be Monastery Noravank, which dates back to XIII—XIV centuries. The complex includes the 1339 St. Astvatsatsin (“Burtelashen”) sepulchre-church, St. Stepanos Nakhavka and gavit, the St. Grigor Church and Stepanos Orbelian Sepulchre, the remains of medieval chapels and residential quarters and a modern office and hall.
The last point of the first day of the trip will be the mountain spa town - Jermuk, where we will stop for overnight. The name of the town is derived from the Armenian word of "jermuk" or "jermook" meaning "warm mineral spring". Jermuk is famous for its hot springs and mineral water brands bottled in the town. It is attractive for its fresh air, waterfall, artificial lakes, walking trails, the surrounding forests and mineral water pools.
Day 2: In the morning, after having breakfast we will leave for the best preserved caravansary in Armenia, Selim built of basalt blocks in 1332 by Prince Chesar Orbelian, according to an inscription in Armenian and Arabic. This caravanserai offered hospitality to travelers along the highway crossing the Selim mountains. This building is an excellent example of Armenian architecture in the Middle Ages.
After visiting Selim we will head to Noratus, which is famous for its cemetery, the oldest part of which includes over 800 khachkars (stone crosses), carved between the 9th-17th centuries. The carvings are distilled into three main periods: 9th-10th cc, 11th-12th cc and 13th-16th cc
The next stop will be Monastery Hayravank, which dates back to the 9th-12th centuries. The interior of the church is rather simple, but very thrilling when the sun hits the narrow windows of the church. The rays of the sun attack the interior, creating a thrilling sensation of holiness for every single visitor.
And the last destination of our wonderful trip is Sevanavank - one of the most prominent examples of medieval Armenian architecture. It was founded in 874 AD by princess Mariam. The church buildings were constructed from black tuff, which probably gave the monastery its name Sevanavank - “the Black Monastery”.
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