Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan
At 10 AM- Half-day trip to Garni Pagan Temple and Geghard Monastery
This pagan temple of Garni was built in 1st. c. AC and was devoted to one of the Armenian
Pagan Gods - Mitra
. After Armenia converted to Christianity in the 4th c., the rulers of the country used the
temple as their summer residence. Proceed to Geghard Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage)
initially known simply as Ayrivank (Cave Monastery). The present buildings comprising it date back
to 10-13th cc., at which time it was renamed as Geghard meaning "lance" (spear) in Armenian. The name
refers to the biblical lance used by a Roman soldier to pierce Christ's body to find out if he was alive or not. Lunch
. Return to Yerevan and visit Vernissage (souvenirs, arts and crafts market).
Overnight in Yerevan.