• Sanahin Monastery
• Haghpat Monastery
• Akhtala monastery to witness the northern tradition of Christian architecture
• Overnight near Alaverdi
The prefinal day of the trip well present to you the beauty of the North. A land of jaw-dropping cliffs, freedom and oxygen, the Region of Lori will set you free and stun with its religious heritage.
After a captivating journey through remarkable mountain ranges, where you will also get to see two of the unique villages inhabited by Russian Molokans, Fioletovo and Lermontovo, and witness the local agricultural and architectural tradition, the stunning Haghpat Monastic Complex will amaze you with its architecture and history. The monastery has been a cradle of literacy and education, catering for the intellectual and spiritual needs of the local population for centuries.
Following the scenic lunch at a local restaurant, the other gem across the gorge, Sanahin Monastery, will submerge you into a similar, but a varyingly authentic atmosphere. The beauty of its courtyard, fascinating chambers and tombstones will leave you speechless. The final site of the trip, the Akhtala Monastery, is a worthwhile and justified culmination. Among other things, the monastery stands out with its most striking feature- its rare frescoes. The abundance of scenes and vividness of color are striking.
The day will end at a lovely rural guesthouse near Alaverdi to experience the true vibe of the Armenian life.
Distance- ~ 170 km
Accessibility- No dirt roads or stairs need to be passed to access the sites.
Altitude Changes- 90% of the road, gradually
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty - EE