Meeting at the “Zvartnots” airport, transfer to hotel in Yerevan, registration. We’re leaving the luggage here and getting ready for the upcoming trip.
We’re heading to Gyumri. Gyumri is the second largest city of Armenia, the administrative center of the Shirak province, situated on the Shirak Plateau. The city is located near the northern branches of Mount Aragats. According to the chronicles, the history of Gyumri dates back to the Bronze Age. Till 1840 the city was called Kumayri, in 1840-1924 it was called Alexandropol, after Lenin’s death in 1924 it was renamed into Leninakan. After the independence of Armenia in 1991 the city was given the name Gyumri.
The city tour promises to be very interesting as there are sights, that worth seeing. There are situated 5 churches, an orthodox chapel, the Kumayri historic district, the Dzitoghtsyan Museum of Social Life and National Architecture, the Aslamazyan sisters Gallery.In Gyumri were born such famous people as actor Frunzik Mkrtchyan, actress Svetlana Svetlichnaya, poet Avetik Isahakyan, jazz musician Tigran Hamasyan.
People of Gyumri are very hospitable, kind and have a sharp sense of humor as we’ll see while walking in this sunny city and talking to them.
We’ll have dinner in nature and then we’ll continue our trip.
Vardbakh is a historical area, located near the Akhuryan River, 5-7 kilometers from Gyumri. The area is really picturesque. In spite of the fact, that it’s almost uninhabited, it still causes quenchless interest. Before the Spitak earthquake (1988), this area was a resort area. We’ll spend the night in tents here, but before, we’ll have enough time to set fire, bake potatoes, gather around the fire and sing songs, play some games and tell interesting stories.