Tour to Khor Virap, Noravank, Areni winery, Bird Cave, Tatev, Cable car
We will begin our tour by visiting the Khor Virap architectural monument on one of the hills of the historical city of Artashat. The 17th-century monastery-fortress was one of the famous Armenian pilgrimage sites connected with the name of Gregory the Illuminator. Let’s continue our trip to the Noravank monastery complex, built-in 13-14th centuries. It is one of the magnificent medieval monuments of Armenia, which stands out with its beautiful natural environment. Noravank was looted by the Mongols in 1238, but peace was established by a peace treaty between Agha Khan and Orbelyans. One of the ancient places in Armenia is Birds’ cave. As a result of studies, metal knives, fruit seeds, grain residues, rope, dishes, clothing, dried grapes and plums, dated to 4200-3500 BC, were found in the cave. The oldest leather shoe of the world was found right here. It is more than 5500 years old. Then the Devil's Bridge awaits us. For millennia, water and wind have been creating this miracle of nature, grinding and cutting through the frozen lava. The main attraction of the day is Tatev. Standing proudly over the abyss, the monastery holds many secrets. Looking down, it seems that you yourself are hovering over the gorge, hence the name which translates as "Will give wings". We will descend from the monastery on the cable car, which is the longest reversible cable car in the world.