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Armenia - The Hidden Land

5 October 2020

9 days from £2,745pp

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Step off Asia’s beaten track and discover the ancient and captivating country of Armenia. Boasting spectacular scenery, world class art and remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Zvartnots Temple, you’ll explore the very best of it with Dr William Taylor.
  • Discover Armenia, the world's oldest Christian nation, and immerse yourself in the fascinating history, dramatic landscapes, and world class art
  • Artistic highlights include the vast collection of illuminated manuscripts of the Matenadara and the lace-like delicacy of the medieval standing stone khakhars
  • See UNESCO world heritage sites including the eleventh century monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin, in their dramatic mountain settings
  • Discover the preserved and unspoilt traditions of Armenian hospitality and cuisine
The sheer span of Armenian history is difficult to comprehend. The land called Armenia appears next to Colchis and Parthia in ancient maps, was a Hellenistic vassal state, and later a province of Rome. It was fought over by Byzantines, Arabs, Mamelukes, and the Mongol Golden Horde. It suffered conquest and periodic slaughter by the empires of Persians, Russians, and, most notoriously, Ottomans. Yet, despite its precarious position surrounded by powerful and hostile neighbours, or perhaps because of it, Armenian culture has been uniquely independent: the Armenian language has its own script and their national religion for over 1700 years, The Armenian Apostolic Church. This Art Pursuits Abroad study tour will explore this land’s distinctiveness, as expressed in its extraordinary monastic architecture, which both complements and competes with the stony beauty of the natural landscape. Apart from Yerevan, the thirteenth Armenian capital and a city founded before Rome, we will also visit the turquoise Lake Sevan in the east and the foothills of Turkish occupied Ararat in the west.
 

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Avan Dzoraget Hotel, Dzoraget

★★★★

The four-star Avan Dzoraget Hotel is a modern building designed in local style and constructed from basalt stone, typical of the area. Beautifully located beside the Debed River and near the Caucasus mountains, the hotel has scenic views. Armenian and Georgian specialities are served from the restaurant, which has a terrace and a lounge bar. The fitness centre has a swimming pool and sauna. 

 

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • Tea and coffee making facilities 
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
 

Historic Yerevan Hotel, Yerevan

★★★★

This new hotel reflects the architecture of the early 20th-century in an impressive corner building in the centre of Yerevan. The interior is decorated with Armenian fabrics in a contemporary setting and facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor café and outdoor swimming pool. 

 

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bathrobes
  • Air conditioning