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Program Armenia trip summer 2009

Day 0 16-8
Travelling Day

Departure from Schiphol to Armenia. Depending on the Company (Armavia, Austrian or Czech Airlines) we will arrive in Yerevan at 23.00 AM time or 00.40 AM
Zvartnots International Airport

Day 1 17-8
Day of arrival

Arrival in Yerevan
Transfer to Gyumri
(Little) rest
Walk through Gyumri, visiting places of interest
Evening in hosting families
About Gyumri

Day 2 18-8
Day of the three borders

Arpa Lake by minibus through small villages
Walking back to Voskehask (village near Gyumri) by the mountains (± 6 hours)
Visiting Turkish border near Voskehask
Supper in Voskehask
Evening in hosting families
Arpa lake
Shirak region
The deserted city of Ani

Day 3 19-8
Day of Debed Canyon

Bustrip to Haghpat monastery and Hagardsin monastery
Alaverdi bridge and evt visit to ore fabric
To Odzun monastery by bus
Walk to Kurtan village by old mountain paths ± 3 hours
Meeting with mayor of Kurtan
Night in a Kurtan family’s house
Lori region

Day 4 20-8
Vanadzor Day

Walk from Kurtan to Vanadzor by the mountains
Excursion by bus to Spitak earthquake zone and orphanage
Driving back to Vanadzor
Night in the Special School nr 1 ‘s lodge

Day 5 21-8
Holy Heights

Climbing Surp Hovhannes (Holy John) Cliff ± 4 hours
Picknick at the mountain
Transfer to Gyumri 
Free afternoon in Gyumri / for the “hard core” swimming in ice cold Marmashen lake
Night in Gyumri hosting families
The monastery of Horomos

Day 6 22-8
Alvan Tsarik Day

Visit to the Shirak Marz Regional Library
Lunch in Ravenna restaurant in Gyumri
Village of Azatan with visit to farmers’ houses and Alvan Tsarik Preschool 
Supper in Azatan
Night in Gyumri hosting families

Day 7 23-8
Yerevan Day

Bustrip to Yerevan
Visit to Matenadaran Museum
Evt visit Zatik Orphanage
Supper in Georgian restaurant
Evening Yerevan evt visit Opera House
Night in hosting families
Matenadaran museum

Day 8 24-8
Holy Depths

Bustrip to Noravank Monastery in Vayots Dzor Marz ± 2 hours
Evt Mountainwalk ± 2 hours
Lunch at typical restaurant at the riverside
Visit to Chor Virap (Deep Source) at the foot of Ararat
Back to Yerevan
Night in hosting families
The monastery of Noravank

Day 9 25-8
The Long Trip Day

Visit to the Roman Temple of Garni and the monastery of Geghard
Bustrip to Sevan Lake
Time for a good bath in the lake
Going back to Gyumri by Dilidjan
Night in hosting families
The Hellenistic temple of Garni
The monastery of Sevan

Day 10 26-8
Resting day

Visit to Marmashen Lake to swim in very cold water
Having fish khorovats (barbecue) at the fish farm there
Trip/walk from Amasia to Gyumri ± 1 hour
Artist Manik would like to show her skills in her typical environment
Night in hosting families
The monastery of Marmashen

Day 11 27-8
Day of Heading South and High again

Visit to Edchmiadzin, the Vatican of the Armenian Apostolic Church
Visit to Metsamor/Zvartnots area
Supper in Shirak restaurant/ Udjan
Night in Byurakan Space Observatory with excursion 
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Day 12 28-8
Aragats Day

Trip by bus to the lake at the foot of the South Peak
Chash meal for the one who dares
Climbing the South Peak ± 4 hours
Transfer to Gyumri
Night in hosting families

Day 13 29-8
Duduk Day

Gyumri musea
Duduk concert in Art Academy
Afternoon free for shopping in Gyumri or Yerevan 
Night in hosting families

Day 14 30-8
Artik Day

Bustrip to Artik Special School
Walk from Artik to Sanaghpyur
Walk from Sanaghpyur to Lanjik
Transfer to Gyumri
Last supper
Night in hosting families

Day 15 31-8
Departure Day

See some of our pictures of this trip..