Khor Virap, Areni Cave, Noravank, Areni wine factory (excursion and wine tasting),
Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni (wine testing) – Noravank – Jermuk – Yerevan
Monastery of Khor Virap is a famous place of pilgrimage visited by Christians. The monastery is situated on the place of imprisonment of St. Gregory the Illuminator who is the patron saint and first official head of the Armenian Apostolic Church. He was a religious leader who is credited with converting Armenia from paganism to Christianity in 301. Khor Virap means ”deep ditch” a place where also Grigory the Illuminator was jailed for thirteen years, a place which shows the splendid and breathtaking view of biblical Ararat mountain.
Jermuk is a mountain spa town in the southern Armenian province of Vayots Dzor Province. nowadays is still famous for its hot springs and mineral water brands bottled in the town. It is attractive for its fresh air, waterfalls, artificial lakes, walking trails, the surrounding forests and mineral water pools.
The town is being redeveloped to become a modern centre of tourism and health services. Jermuk is also being set up to become a major Chess centre, with numerous chess international tournaments scheduled in the town.