July 25 – August 3, 2016
Dates
10 days
Duration
up to 15 people
Group size
Hotel
Accommodation
English, Russian, Armenian
Language
DATE: 25 July – 3 August 
DURATION: 10 days
LANGUAGE: English, Russian, Armenian
GROUP SIZE: up to 15 people
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel, Hostel or B&B
FOOD: yes (Non-vegetarian or Vegetarian)
TOUR PRICE: from 860 EUR equivalent AMD/per person

During this tour you will have a unique opportunity to travel across Armenia filming natural and cultural monuments, admiring landscapes, animals in wild nature from close distance, meeting florid local people, enjoy the taste and aroma of Armenia.

In Armenia there are specific hidden places, which can be considered a real heaven for documentary cinematographers, location managers of fiction films, amateurs and all others who enjoy shooting videos.

In the daily program on the itinerary there are mentioned mostly cultural places to visit because it’s impossible to describe by words the concealed and multilayered nature you going to see on the roads of or near the chosen directions. It will be more suitable to speak about them in the language of film and video. Detailed information will be provided before the visits about the chosen directions and its legends.

Professional editing support can be provided for the materials shot during the tour upon request.

1

Arrival. Yerevan City tour

Arrival. Pick up at the “Zvartnots” international airport. Yerevan City tour, including a visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum, State Museum of Nature of Armenia, Museum of Sergey Parajanov, Victory Park (city view from high point), food market of Gum. In some of these museums the filming is forbidden, but the general idea about Armenian culture and nature could be useful for the coming days in the regions.

Welcome dinner.

Overnight in Yerevan

2

Yerevan – Aragats Mountain – Kar Lake – Gyumri

Visit to Aragats Mountain, which is the highest point in Armenia. You will have chance to capture mountainous and highlands’ images from the hillside. On the slopes are the Byurakan Observatory, the medieval Amberd Fortress and the Lake Kar (Stone Lake).

Visit to city of Artik and its surroundings that are rich with the monuments of Armenian culture. In that area tombs from the ancient times built from layers of tuff were discovered. We will have also a short time to stop at Harichavank, which is 7th century Armenian monastery with unique grace. Arriving to Gyumri, which is considered the cultural center of Armenia and the second largest city.

Overnight in city of the Gyumri.

3

Gyumri – Debed River – Odzun village – Sanahin village

Arriving to Haghpat Monastery, a religious complex founded in the 10th century and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are also a number of splendid khachkars (cross-stones) of the 11th-13th centuries standing on the territory of the monastery. The location of Haghpat Monastery overlooks the Debed River, which is the most discharge river of Armenia (178 KM). Looking to the river from the top of rock you will feel a real freedom. Arriving to Sanahin Monastery complex, founded in the 10th century and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It excels with its significant design. Overnight in the village Odzun village. The Church of Odzun or the same as the Church of Saint Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother) was built by King Tiridates III in 303-313 and was then consecrated by GrigorLusavorich (Gregory the Illuminator), the first Armenian Catholicos.

Overnight in Sanahin village.

4

Sanahin village – Parz Lich – “Dilijan” National Park – Dilijan

Arriving to Parz Lich (Lake “Clear” which is located in “Dilijan” National Park, to the north of the city of Dilijan at the altitude of 1400 meters above sea level. It looks like a yet unpolished diamond surrounded by thick forest. Afterwards, we will visit Haghartsin- the monastery of the soaring eagle (“Hagh” means a game, “Artsin” a form of “Artsiv” means eagle in Armenian). The name itself promotes the shooting style of the church and its surroundings, even you have no dron with you.

Overnight in the city of Dilijan, one of the most picturesque and architecturally traditional towns in Armenia.

5

Dilijan – Gosh village – Dilijan

Visit to Goshavank, a 12th- or 13th-century Armenian not-functioning religious complex. Lake Gosh is located near Gosh village. The length of the lake is 100 m. There are lots of different hand-made monuments in the territory of the lake: various rock formations, mineral springs etc. Be ready to capture the tranquility and the seductive set of nature’s elegance.

Overnight in the city of Dilijan.

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Dilijan – Sevan Lake – Shatin village – Hermon village

Arriving to Sevan Peninsula where a panoramic view of the lake will appear. The great blue eye of Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world. Lake Sevan is situated at the altitude of 1,900 m above sea level. Sailboat visit to the Armenian Galls’ Island where thousands of endemic galls can be seen. Especially the lovers of slowmotion shootings will enjoy this part. Visit to the caravansary of Selim, which was built in 1332 by Prince Chesar Orbelian, according to an inscription in Armenian and Arabic. The best preserved of all medieval caravanserais in Armenia. This building is an excellent example of Armenian secular architecture in the Middle Ages. Arriving to Shatin, which is the only village in the Caucasus where man and the Bezoar goats live abreast. Dozens of Bezoar goats (Capra aegagrus) can be seen in front on a cliff. So here you can shoot the animals that are not only the Armenian, but also in the globally Red Listed.

Overnight in the village Hermon.

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Hermon village – Shaki Waterfall – Syunik province – Vorotan River – Goris city

Visit to to Shaki Waterfall that is the highest waterfall of Armenia with a height of 18m. It will provide a reach footage for inspiring shots with water. Arriving to the most unusual place in Syunik province – “Zorats Karer” (Armenian Stonehenge) stone formation, possibly the world’s first astrological observatory. 223 giant boulders are described, inevitably, as the Armenian Stonehenge, but which you are free to wander between, touch, and film. The low angle shots can provide powerful effect of human desire the reaching high into the air. Visit to Tatev monastery that is a 9th-century Armenian church complex located on a large basalt plateau. The architecture of complex are not the only thing you will enjoy filming. Here you will experience also the world’s longest non-stop reversible aerial tramway called ” Wings of Tatev” with a length of 5,752 meters. At its highest point over the gorge, the car travels 320 m above ground level. Visit “Satani Kamurj” (Devil’s Bridge) nature monument to see a bridge formed by hot springs in one of the deepest parts of the Vorotan River gorge. The bridge’s spectacularly splashed colors and an impressive array of stalactites are at the end of a 700-800 meter descent from the Tatev plateau to the bottom of the gorge.

Overnight in the Goris city, which is truly called a “prince” of mountainous Armenia. The rocks surrounding the city are known as “Stone Forest of Goris ”. They appear as labyrinths of colored columns, pyramids, cones and towers. The city is famous with its homemade vodka and locals like to share it with guests.

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Goris city – Khndzoresk village – Lusarat Village – Yerevan

Arriving to Khndzoresk village where 160 meter long handmade bridge swings over 63 meters high above the ground. So you will have chance to experience a little more extreme with your camera on a 14 tons handmade bridge. The bridge connects two banks of old Khndzoresk village, where one can see 4 churches located within this region and the famous “Nine Children” fountain. Arriving to Noravank Gorge which is a stunning canyon the power of which will feel through the camera lens as well. There is also a 12th century medieval Armenian monastery Noravank standing out not only with its appearance but also the surrounding marvelous scenery.

Visit to Khor Virap (meaning “deep pit” or “deep well”) monastery located in the Ararat plain, about 100 meters away from the Turkish-Armenian border zone. Mountain Ararat not always shows its face to tourists of Armenia, but in case you are lucky and there are no clouds, from here you will see the holy mountain of Armenians- Ararat, as close as you can see the church near you. Khor Virap is a unique place also because of the wells in the churches: according to the legends the Gregory Illuminator was 12 years imprisoned in that pit depth of 60 meters. The whole story is impressive but you should know it on place to make shootings with hot impressions.

Overnight in Yerevan

9

Yerevan – Etchmiadzin – Garni – Kotayk province – Yerevan

The last day is full of the usual touristic places which are waiting for your new approach and new look with camera. Visit to Etchmiadzin mother Cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church. According to scholars, it was the first cathedral built in ancient Armenia, and is considered the oldest cathedral in the world. Visit to Temple of Garni, a reconstructed classical Hellenistic temple near Garni, Armenia. It is the only Greco-Roman colonnaded building in Armenia and the former Soviet Union.

Arriving to Geghard (meaning “spear”) medieval monastery listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has several floors and a cave rooms. Part of the church is carved out of the rocky mountain. There is a wellspring in the church coming out from the rocks which is considered a holy water and people heal their diseases with this water. While the main chapel was built in 1215, the monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave.

Overnight in Yerevan.

10

Free day in Yerevan

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Departure

Price for the tour is:

860 EUR equivalent AMD/per person with accommodation in double room

1060 EUR equivalent AMD/per person with accommodation in single room

Tour price includes:

Airport pick up
Transportation during the all duration of the tour
Professional guide
Accommodation in Hotel
Meal including lunch, dinner and breakfast during the tour with hot tea/coffee
All the entry fees
City tour in Yerevan

Tour price excludes:

International airfare
Entrance Visa
Travel insurance

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