3- Day tour to Southern Armenia and Karabakh
Day 1 Visit Noravank One of the masterpieces of medieval Armeni-an architecture – Noravank – the religious centre of Syunik province, is nestled in the spectacular mountains of Vayots Dzor. The Noravank complex was built in XIII-XIV centuries by architects Sinares and Momik and is renowned for its rich laced ornaments.
Qarahunge (Stonehange) is one of the miracles of Armenian history. It is a Bronze Age observatory built some 6000 years ago. Series of standing cyclopean stones, some with holes pierced in them, used to serve as an astronomical tool in ancient times.
Tatev monastery is among most impressive sites in Armenia. By the 9th century, it was one of the largest and most famous monasteries in Armenia. The longest in the world ropeway (5,7 km.) is built near Tatev to give visitors a chance to enjoy the gorgeous nature and get an indelible impression of the monastery. Overnight in Stepanakert.
Day 2 Shushi was founded as a fortress-city in 1752. In the 18 th century, it was the commercial and cultural center of the entire region.
Stepanakert is the capital of Artsakh – the Republic of mountainous Karabakh. The first town plan was designed by the renowned architect Alexander Tamanyan. The city has an abundance of sites to be visited: markets, museums, offering a rich exposition and guidance through the history and culture of Karabakh.
Gandzasar monastery one of the brilliant examples of the Armenian architecture. According to an old tradtion the head of St. John the Baptist buried here. Thus, miracles happening here are ascribed to relice of St. John the Babtist. Overnight in Stepanakert.
Day 3 Kndzoresk is a historical site with interesting caves and mysterious rocks. Since the Bronze Age and almost till the 20th centure, Kndzoresk is fabulous place to stop and spend some time there.
Jermuk is a popular Armenian health spa, is famous for its mineral springs and scenic panorama. A small roadside will bring you to a picturesque waterfall. The resort was founded in 1935. Back to Yerevan .