➤Visiting Khor Virap Monastery
➤Drive to the ruins of Zvartnots Temple (7th century)
➤Visiting a local house for lunch and cooking class
➤Proceed to Khachpar village to visit the ''Art Trap'' center
➤Drive back to Yerevan for dinner and overnight
We drive our way through the Ararat Valley surrounded by green pasture lands, vineyards and grape fields. Visit Khor Virap Monastery, the site of royal prison where St. Gregory the Illuminator was held for thirteen years before converting Armenia into the first Christian country in 301. Standing before the snowcapped flanks of Mount Ararat it offers astounding views of the mountain, the national symbol of Armenia. Drive to the ruins of Zvartnots Temple (7th century) which is listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Temple used to a splendid monument of Armenian architecture. A long while ago the earthquake ruined the temple and now even in ruins, the temple impresses the visitors. We visit a local house for lunch and cooking class. There the owner Mrs Zara, a former TV host, will arrange a master class and share her secrets of cooking traditional Armenian dish, “tolma”- minced beef in grape leaves. Proceed to Khachpar village to visit the ''Art Trap'' centre. It’s the sculptor’s house with its outdoor exhibition of abstract objects and interesting collection of contemporary art. The philosophy of the name reflects the challenge for creative freedom in the appealing trap of art. In this art-residence, we’ll have a cosy coffee/tea break with signature dessert by the host. Drive back to Yerevan for dinner and overnight.