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- Arrive in Yerevan
- Visit tourist information office (Nalbandyan 3)
- Visit the Parajanov Museum (surrealist director able to make art out of all manner of junk)
- Half day trip to Echmiadzin Cathedral (mother church), Zvartnots Cathedral ruins.
- Dinner at the Club (Agump), drink at Melody Cafe in the Opera Square
- Breakfast at Artbridge before heading to the following sites in Central Armenia
- Take a day trip to Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery (UNESCO)
- Hike to Aghjots Vank from Garni. Continue to explore Khosrov Reserve if you are inclined (S. Stepanos Monastery, Fortress, old inhabited caves, canyons - might need car/guide).
- Dinner at Amrots, stroll the Northern Avenue, check out the fancy fountains of Republic Square
- Quick breakfast sandwich at Yum Yum (try the basturma!)
- Head north to Lori
- Visit Saghmosavank en route
- Visit Akhtala
- Visit Odzun
- Spend night at Tufenkian Avan Dzoraget.
- Breakfast at Tufenkian hotel.
- Head to Haghpat and Sanahin UNESCO Monasteries.
- Hike to Kobayr Monastery (15 min)
- Hike to Horomayri Monastery (45 min) or Surp Grigori Monastery (35 min)
- Head back to Yerevan, spend the night
- Visit Matenadaran (Illuminated Manuscripts Collection)
- Visit Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum
- Explore the city (and vernissage if it's the weekend)
- Have dinner at Central Cafe
- Sleep in Yerevan
- Head to Southern Armenia, get an early start.
- Visit Khor Virap Monastery and the views of Mt. Ararat en route
- Visit Noravank Monastery's two double decker church and brick red cliffs
- Visit some other sites of your choice in the area. Choose from:
- Selim Caravanseray
- Smbataberd Fortress
- Mozrov or Arjeri Caverns (requires guide)
- Tsakhats Kar Monastery
- Areni wineries
- Sleep in Jermuk
- Soak in one of the spas in Jermuk, take a bath, and hit the long road to...
- Zorats Karer - Armenia's cruder and much older roadside "Stonehenge"
- Tatev Monastery
- Satan's Bridge spring fed pools (risk a treacherous climb down to the cavern and underground river below if you like)
- Spend the night in Goris at Mrhav B&B.
- Return to Yerevan or take a side trip to nearby Nagorno-Karabakh (see separate section on page)
- Head north to Yeghegnadzor where you can take the highway directly to Lake Sevan (Martuni). Head northwest along the shores.
- Visit Noratus, Armenia's largest khachkar cemetary
- Visit Hayravank Monastery, overlooking the lake
- Visit "Kghzi", the peninsula with Sevanavank and the more popular beaches
- Eat fish and crayfish on the shores of the lake!
- Head to Dilijan and spend the night.
- Explore Dilijan
- Visit Haghartsin and/or Goshavank Monastery
- Have fish by the river - try Getap Restaurant
- Visit a Molokan (Russian Amish type sect) Village
- Head back to Yerevan to depart the following day, or on to Georgia
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