After breakfast head to Areni, a village famous for wine production, and visit an archaeological site with evidence of wine making 6,100 years ago.
Continue to the 13th-century Noravank monastery complex, set in a deep gorge of red sandstone cliffs, to see two interesting churches, a chapel and several khachkars. After lunch at a restaurant head to Armenia’s capital, Yerevan (124 miles, three hours and 30 minutes), stopping en route at the Khor Virap Monastery complex, where Noah's Ark was said to have beached after the great flood. Legend has it that a Christian called Grigor was buried in a rock pit at this site for 13 years and fed in secret by Christian women. When he cured the King of an illness the King, and his country, converted to Christianity. The man went on to become Saint Gregory the Illuminator and a succession of churches were built on the site.
Continue to the 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton (4Q) in Yerevan where you’ll stay for three nights. The hotel is in the centre of the capital, within a 10-minute walk of Republic Square – famous for its singing fountains – and the History Museum of Armenia. There is a spa and a fitness centre. Enjoy meals at the Gold Restaurant, cocktails and music on the first-floor terrace and traditional Armenian coffee in the 24-hour lobby bar. All 176 rooms have a television with satellite channels, telephone, free minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, a hairdryer, bath robes and slippers. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. B, L, D
Accommodation Name: Double Tree by Hilton