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When September Comes

(Akhtala Barbecue Festival)


Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Type: event, gourmet, classic, excursion

Accommodation: 3*

Meal plan: BB

Kilometrage: 555km


Day 1. Arrival

Arrival to Yerevan,

Meeting at "Zvartnots" International airport,

Transfer to the hotel,

Check-In Support,

Overnight at the hotel (Yerevan)


Day 2. Yerevan

After breakfast at the hotel meet your tour guide and start city tour round Yerevan. The contemporary capital of Armenia is 13th and is one of the oldest cities in the world founded in 782 BC. During the tour you will visit Erebouni Museum of the History of the Foundation of Yerevan which stands at the foot of the Arin Berd hill, on the top of which the Urartian Fortress Erebouni has been constructed. Visiting Brandy factory “Ararat”, where the guest will have an excursion with local guide and tasting of famous Armenian Brandy. The next visit is Yerevan History Museum which throws light on the history of the city beginning from ancient times up to our days. Visiting Tsisernakaberd Memorial Complex dedicated to the memory of the 1.5 million Armenians.  Return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel (Yerevan).


Day 3. Yerevan- Garni- Gegard- Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Visiting   History Museum of Armenia, where you will get acquaintanted with the large collection of materials connected with the history of Armenia and ancient eastern countries in the Armenian Highland. Drive to Garni Temple (1stA.D.) which is the only "witness" of Hellenistic Epoch in the territory of CIS. Temple is dedicated to Mithra - the God of Sun. Continue the tour to Gegard Monastery (12-13th centuries). Geghard Monastery complex was initially known as Ayrivank (Cave Monastery). The name refers to the biblical lance with which a Roman soldier pierced Christ's body. Hundreds of Khachkars (cross-stones) can be observed in the rocks surrounding the Monastery. Geghard Monastery and the upper Azat Valley are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Return to Yerevan with stop at the Charents's Arch. It is from here that one of the greatest Armenian poets of 20th century admired the view of the double-peaked Mount Ararat. Drive to Hotel. Overnight at the hotel (Yerevan).


Day 4. Yerevan-Lake Sevan-Qobayr-Akhtala (Barbecue fest in Akhtala)

Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to the "Armenian Pearl" - Lake Sevan which is the 2nd high-altitude and largest lake in the world with its sweet and astonishingly blue water. Drive to Lori Region. Visiting Kobayr which is a 12th century Armenian monastery located in the village Kober. The monastery was built on a shelf of a gorge by the princes of the junior Bagratuni branch, Kyurikids in 1171. Continue tour to Akhtala town. Akhtala fortress, built in the 10th century, while maintaining Kyurik Bagratouni's government. Inside Akhtala's fortress there is a monastery which consists of 3 churches, a bell-tower, hall and stone made dwellings. Here you will participate in the annual barbecue fest which will be held with the title "When September Comes". In the program of the festival: Armenian national songs, dances, games, performances and tasting of Khorovats (Barbecue) made by different nations. Return to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel (Yerevan).


Day 5. Yerevan-Echmiadzin-Zvartnots-Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Check Out from hotel. Morning visit to Matenadaran-one of the unique institutes of ancient manuscripts in the world. Tour to centuries – old monuments Echmiadzin and Zvartnots included on UNESCO World Heritage list. Also is possible excursion to the churches of 3 Holy Virgins: centre-domed cruciform Church of Saint Hripsimeh (618), domical basilica of Saint Gayaneh (630) and 'domed gallery' type Church of Shoghakat (1694). In Echmiadzin Holy city is situated the official residence of Armenian Catholicos.

On the way back to Yerevan visiting Zvartnots temple (7-10th centuries).  Zvartnots is aslo famous as temple of Vigil Forces.

After tour transfer to the airport 2-3 hours before flight.

Support in airport check-in.

Weepy parting


Tour price per person:

2 pax

600 eur pp

4 pax

398 eur pp

6 pax

353 eur pp

8 pax

338 eur pp

10 pax

330 eur pp

12 pax

315 eur pp

Sngl supplement

73 eur


Tour package includes:

All transfers by program

Accommodation in 3* hotel in DBL room


Highly qualified guide-interpreter in preferred language

All entrance tickets

Professional friendly driver

Comfortable mini-bus/bus with climate-control system

24-hours tourist support

Souvenirs as presents from SacVoyage


Tour package does not include:

Air ticket

Alcoholic beverages

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