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Armenia: Amberd, Alphabet Alley and Saghmosavank Day Trip

1. Armenia: Amberd, Alphabet Alley and Saghmosavank Day Trip

On this tour, you will visit Amberd, a fortress on the southern slope of Mount Aragats, founded in the 7th century. Next up is Tegher monastery, built in the first half of the 13th century, offering picturesque views of the Byurakan observatory. Discover the secrets of Armenian sweets during a master class in an Armenian village garden. There comes the Alley of Armenian Letters (Alphabet Alley), which was built on the slopes of Mount Aragats in honor of the 1600th anniversary of the creation of the Armenian alphabet. This monument is unique not only in Armenia but all around the World. At the end of the program, visit Saghmosavank, a 13th-century Armenian monastic complex, unique due to its frescoes with biblical themes and the perfect harmony with the environment – vertical cliffs of Kasakh gorge.

Armenia: Private Tour to Amberd Fortress and Lake Kari

2. Armenia: Private Tour to Amberd Fortress and Lake Kari

The tour will take you to the Amberd Fortress, located on the slopes of Mount Aragats – the highest peak in Armenia. In the 13th Century, the Zakaryan noble family started the liberation of Armenia from the Seljuk Turks from this very fortress. The name Amberd originates from the fact that the fortress is located at the altitude of 2300m above sea level, it translates as Fortress in the Clouds. Lake Kari is also located on the slopes of Mount Aragats. Looking straight across from the Lake’s shore, you will see the Biblical Mount Ararat. The word Qari translates as Stone, giving the name Stone Lake, which originates from Armenian folklore. It is believed that the Lake was formed and maintained by stone rivers.

Armenia: Private Tour to Amberd, Hovhannavank & Saghmosavank

3. Armenia: Private Tour to Amberd, Hovhannavank & Saghmosavank

This tour takes you to explore one of the most beautiful gorges in Armenia: the Gorge of Qasakh River, famous for its beautiful churches standing right on the cliff’s edge. Both monastic complexes included in this daily tour date back to the 13th Century, and were built by the same noble family. Visit Saghmosavank, which possesses a particular charm - as you will discover. The monastery of Hovhannavank is about 5 km south from Saghmosavank. The complex includes the 4th century basilica church of St John the Baptist, which was built by Gregory the Illuminator himself on the relics of St John the Baptist. On the way, you will stop at the Alley of the Alphabet, where you will be given the chance to find the first letter of your name and snap a picture with it. Armenian is not only a very old language, but it is also an independent branch of the Indo-European languages, making it unlike any other tongue in the world.

From Yerevan: Byurakan, Oshakan and Amberd Fortress Day Trip

4. From Yerevan: Byurakan, Oshakan and Amberd Fortress Day Trip

Discover the best of the Aragatsotn Province on this half-day trip. After getting picked up from the lobby of your hotel, travel to your first destination, Byurakan Observatory, which is considered the scientific pearl of Armenia. Enjoy a guided tour of the observatory and discover what was once the largest telescope in the USSR. Next, head to the 10th-century Amberd Fortress and get an overview of traditional Armenian fortress construction. Later, continue to the village of Oshakan, where you can see the resting place of the inventor of the Armenian alphabet, Mesrop Mashtots. After his death, a small chapel was built over his tomb, which you can visit. Finally, experience Armenian hospitality at a local family home. Sample traditional specialties around the dinner table, washed down with homemade wine. You can also enjoy a demonstration of how to make traditional lavash. After your meal, get dropped off back at your hotel in Yerevan.

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