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Garni Temple, Geghard, and Lavash Baking from Yerevan

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Garni Temple, Geghard, and Lavash Baking from Yerevan
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Garni Temple, Geghard, and Lavash Baking from Yerevan
US$19.00
Overview
Discover two highlights of eastern Armenia and a local culinary tradition on a 5-hour trip from Yerevan. Traveling by air-conditioned vehicle, visit the Greco-Roman pagan temple of Garni, perched high on a mountain plateau. Hear its history and then explore UNESCO-protected Geghard, a medieval monastery carved into rock cliffs. Finally, watch and join a ‘lavash’ (flatbread) making demonstration, learning how to create this Armenian staple. Entrance fees and central or hotel pickup in Yerevan included.
What to Expect
Begin your tour with pickup from your central hotel in Yerevan or from a central meeting point at 10am.

Settle inside your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and travel into eastern Armenia for a short stop at Charent's Arch. Soak up the wonderful views from here to Mt. Ararat, and then make your next stop at Garni Temple, a stunning temple that looms over mountain gorges.

A blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian architectural styles, this unique example of pagan culture is the only surviving of its kind in the country.

Believed to have been built by the Armenian King Trdat in the first century AD as a temple to the sun god, Mihr, it lost its significance when Armenia converted to Christianity in the early 4th century. The temple was then used a summer residence by the country’s kings and today, the remnants of the palace and its bathroom, complete with stunning mosaic work, can be seen nearby.

After exploring here, visit the Geghard Monastery, an unsurpassed masterpiece of 13th-century Armenian architecture. This UNESCO-listed complex of churches is partially carved from a mountainside, with cliffs surrounding the buildings, and was originally called Ayrivank, a name that translates as ‘Monastery of the Cave.’

The monastery was later renamed as Geghard, meaning ‘lance,’ after the spear used by a Roman soldier to stab Jesus on the cross was kept here for several centuries.

The architectural design of one of Geghard’s rock churches is such that it provides extraordinary acoustics, making sacred songs sound remarkably rich and divine. The whole complex is awash with detailed sculptures, cliffside monks’ cells, and many striking stone crosses (khachkars), elaborately etched into the rock faces.

Your last stop is the family-run Three Jugs restaurant for a presentation on Armenian lavash. This traditional flatbread is made with flour, water, and salt, and its thickness depends on how thinly it’s rolled out. Toasted sesame or poppy seeds — or both — are sometimes then sprinkled on top before baking. Traditionally, the dough is rolled out flat and slapped against the hot walls of a clay oven where it then cooks.

Watch a demonstration on how lavash is made and take the opportunity to try your hand at preparing and baking it. Then, once it’s ready, enjoy a tasting: savoring it with local cheese and green vegetables.

Afterward, return to Yerevan where your tour ends at the original central meeting point.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Armenian memories ...

This year I decided to travel to beautiful Armenia. I took daily group tour to Garni, Geghard, lavash from Hyur Service at the recommendation of my friend. People in the office were so kind and they did their best to be helpful in everything. The...More

Thank hilagobian
Marianna K, Manager at Hyur Service, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We very much appreciate your highest mark and recommendations! We will be very glad to organize your trips anytime you visit our lovely country!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
great

This was one second tour with the same company and it was great again. We even had the same guide, who was absolutely lovely. Everything was well organized, we got refreshments on the way, had enough time to explore the visited places and there was...More

Thank Monika A
Marianna K, Manager at Hyur Service, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We very much appreciate your highest mark and recommendations! We will be very glad to organize your trips anytime you visit our lovely country!

Reviewed 17 June 2018
Very professional and enjoyable tour. HYUR provides an excellent service.

First of all, the tour services provided by HYUR are excellent. On this tour we had a very professional, friendly and attentive guide and driver. The minibus was very comfortable and in perfect condition. Information was provided both in Russian and English. The stops were...More

Thank Carlos A
Marianna K, Manager at Hyur Service, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

Thank you for the warm words! Thank you for choosing our company! Hope to have another chance to host you!

Reviewed 4 June 2018
FUN RELAXING GREAT FEELING

I have just started to live in Yerevan for one week now and in my first week I went to Garni Temple with Hyur Service! My tour guide was Samvel and he was amazing! Very easy to understand and he gives great information about the...More

Thank Vicky N
Marianna K, Manager at Hyur Service, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Thanks a million! We will be glad to host you whenever you decide to visit us again!

Reviewed 2 June 2018
We enjoyed our tour.

The guide Manya is very knowledgeable , in fact we did two tours with her and thoroughly enjoyed the same.

3  Thank Bertiesawhney
Marianna K, Manager at Hyur Service, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

We are very grateful for the nice review! You are always welcome to Armenia!

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Adam M
6 May 2018|
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Response from lukreciaherra | Reviewed this property |
about an hour as far as I remember :)
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Nicola H
23 April 2018|
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Response from Marianna K | Property representative |
The tour finishes at about 3pm, so you will easily get to the airport.
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