Yerevan – Saghmosavank – Alphabet Monument – Hovhannavank – Voskevaz Winery– Yerevan
Drive along the eastern slopes of Mount Aragats. The route offers a magnificent panorama of the extinct volcanoes Aragats and Arailer.
Inspection of the Saghmosavank monastery, located on the edge of the cliff of the Kasakh river gorge. The monastery is built with an extensive vestibule (1250) and a book depository (1255). Some halls of the monastery have excellent acoustics. The monastery offers breathtaking views of the bottom of the gorge.
Stop at the monument to the Armenian alphabet – a unique open-air monument dedicated to all 39 letters of the national Armenian alphabet: each letter was carved from stone and set in an open field
Inspection of the monastery of Hovhanavank, located on the edge of the cliff of the gorge of the Kasakh River. The Basilica of St. Gregory is the oldest building of Hovhannavank, erected in the 5th century, rebuilt in 573. and has since been updated several times. In the basilica there is one of the few iconostases in Armenia.
St. Karapet – the main temple of the monastery, built in 1216-1221. Prince Vache Vachutyan. Cross-domed, with two-storey limits in all corners. The laying of the monastery buildings is interesting: red and black stones are made in a checkerboard pattern.
Winery tour and tasting. The Voskevaz winery produces wines according to modern technology, using at the same time karases (large earthenware jugs) created back in the 19th century. Only local grape varieties are used as raw materials here, and the wine is aged in high-quality oak barrels.
Return to Yerevan.