Meeting at the “Zvartots” airport, transfer to the hotel in Yerevan. We’re leaving the luggage here and getting ready for the upcoming trip.
The tour is 180 kilometers, starting from Yerevan up to spa town of Jermuk. The 120 kilometers – long road to Areni is completely smooth.
Village of Areni
On our way we’ll stop at the village of Areni. The area has a very rich history. Recently in one of the caves of Areni a 5500-year-old shoe was found, which is the oldest shoe in the world. There have also been found ancient jugs, proving that winemaking in Areni has a long history. Of course, we’ll take the chance to visit the famous cave. After having dinner we’ll have the opportunity to taste natural Armenian wine.
The distance from Areni to Jermuk is 60 kilometers. The nature is indescribably beautiful and charming. On the both sides of the road we can see high cliffs and densely growing trees. There are numerous cultural and historical monuments in the Vayots Dzor Province and one of them is Noravank, where we’re heading to.
The monastic complex of Noravank was built in the XII-XIV centuries. It’s located in a narrow gorge made by the river Amaghu. The gorge is famous for the steep red rocks, towering above the monastery. The monastic complex was the residency of the Armenian Orbelian princes. In the territory of the monastery we can see unique khachkaars carved by the skillful Armenian masters.
We’ll have dinner in nature, then we’ll have a rest and then will continue our tour.
One of the main attractions of Jermuk is the reservoir of Kechut with a beautiful name – “Pearl”. The reservoir, with the average depth of 20 meters, was built in 1981. Standing on the bridge, which leads to the reservoir, we can admire the gorgeous view of the endless forests and steppes of Jermuk. The beauty of nature is just admiring.
Further on, an unforgettable walk in the picturesque Jermuk is waiting for us. We’ll see the healing geysers and the waterfalls of Jermuk. We’ll also visit the Gallery of Jermuk which is really a unique place. In the territory of the gallery there are water taps, from which you can drink mineral water. After tasting the miraculous water, enjoying the fresh air and the admiring nature, no one wants to leave this place, in order to extend the pleasure.
Jermuk is divided into two parts by the gorge of Arpa River. Through the gorge runs the waterfall, named “Mermaid’s curls”. Also there are stone monuments here – The Arch of Wishes and the Peerless Heart.
We’ll spend the night at the hotel in Jermuk.