Delicate Flavor Of Armenia
- Duration : 8 days / 7 nights
Day 1/Arrival - City Tour
Arrival, meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After a short rest at the hotel start the city tour with the Brandy Factory to taste delicate Armenian high quality cognac and learn about the techniques of brandy making. Continue the tour visiting the depository of ancient Armenian manuscripts called Matenadaran. The depository contains about numerous valuable items among them the oldest parchment book that is the Gospel of Lazarus written in 887, as well as the heaviest Armenian manuscript, weighing 34 kilograms. Continue the tour in the Megerian Carpet Weaving Factory, where, along with the techniques of weaving, dyeing and restoring of famous Armenian rugs and carpets, we will learn the history of the Armenian cuisine in different regions of the country. This will be a special event headed by the main cook of Armenia. We will then taste traditional dishes prepared with lost and found recipes. Drive back to Yerevan to have an evening walk in the peaceful city center: Opera House, State Conservatory, the Monument “Men” in the Saryan Park, named after the famous Armenian painter Martiros Saryan. The monument is devoted to an outstanding Armenian film called “Men”, Then visit Lake Swan, Monument of Aram Khachatryan, William Saroyan, Arno Babajanyan, Hovhannes Tumanyan. Start a street tour including Republic Square, Yerevan State University, Victory Bridge, Sports & Concerts complex, Kiev Bridge. Later drive along the Baghramyan Avenue with the House of Parliament and the Academy of Sciences and other important buildings on both sides. Master class-dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2/Yerevan – Tsitsernakaberd - Garni - Geghard - Food Market
After breakfast at the hotel start the tour to Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Park visiting the Genocide Museum. Proceed to Garni temple, the only surviving pagan temple in the territory of Caucasus. Garni is one of the most favorite tourist spots in Armenia located in the gorge of Garni. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes at a local house-garden. Master class of lavash baking and barbeque making in the underground oven “tonir”. Proceed to the magnificent monastic complex of Geghard, which is inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Return to Yerevan with a stop in the Food Market, where you can buy local vegetables, fruits, dairy products and so on. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 3/Yerevan - Echmiadzin - Zvartnots - Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel start tour to Echmiadzin, the holy city of Armenia. Visit the Holy See of Armenian Catholicos, Echmiadzin with its main Cathedral (4th c.), St. Gayane (7th c.), St. Hripsime (7th c.), St. Shoghakat churches (17th c.). All of them are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes in a most traditional environment at an art school. Drive back to Yerevan with a stop at the ruins of Zvartnots Temple or Church of the Guardian Angel (7th c.). The latter is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Dinner with a folk show and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 4/Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Jermuk
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Khor Virap monastery, which is famous for its deep dungeon where the first Armenian Catholicos was jailed for long 13 years. Here you can enjoy the most amazing view to Mt. Ararat. Proceed to the gorgeous Noravank Monastery passing through high picturesque rocks. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes in a natural cave café. See how the traditional Armenian bread “lavash” is baked near the natural cave café. Continue to the spa town Jermuk famous with its healthy mineral waters. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Jermuk.
Day 5/Jermuk - Yeghegnadzor - Areni - Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel drive to the city of Yeghegnadzor, famous for its wine, cheese and canned fruit. A unique type of cheese is Yeghegnadzor Buried Cheese which is made nowhere else in the world. Goat milk and herbs are mixed together and buried for six months. It is ready to eat when it becomes salty and sharp. Lunch tasting traditional Armenian dishes. After lunch continue to the village of Areni to taste delicate and gentle Armenian wine. Recent archaeological expeditions in this region have unearthed the oldest in the world winery, thus proving that the village has the oldest traditions of wine production. Drive to Yerevan. Dinner with a folk show and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 6/Yerevan - Noratus - Sevan - Dilijan
After breakfast at the hotel drive to the region of Gegharkunik to visit the khachkar cemetery Noratus. Many of these khachkars date back to the 13-17th centuries, and the oldest one dates back to the 5th century. Visit the Sevanavank monastery. During the 8th century a few monks settled on the former island of Sevan and began to build their churches. Due to its strategically good location, many others came here. For a while it was the residence of the king Ashot Erkat. With the time the walls of the monastery were destroyed and in 1930 the last monk left the monastery. Lunch tasting Ishkhan (Prince Fish) typical to the waters of Armenia and crab barbeque. Drive to Dilijan - the gorgeous forested region rich in mineral waters some of which are comparable to those at Vichy in France and Davos in Switzerland. Dinner and tea party tasting Armenian tea, made of local healing herbs. Overnight in Dilijan.
Day 7/Dilijan - Amberd - Tegher - Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel drive to the monasteries of Goshavank (12th c.) and Haghartsin (10-13th c.). Both are wonderful examples of Armenian architecture. Drive to the region of Aragatsotn and pay a visit to the fortress and church of Amberd. The site started as a Stone Age settlement. During the Bronze Age and Urartian periods, a fortress had been built that is now obsolete. Some sources say that Amberd used to be a summer residence for kings. The castle of Amberd and some sections of walls were constructed in the 7th century as a possession of the noble House of Kamsarakan. In twenty minutes’ drive, we will have village food for lunch at a local house and will learn what dishes are popular in Armenian villages. Visit the small village of Tegher and pay a visit to the monastery of Tegher. Numerous foundations may be seen, along with the remains of a Tukh Manuk funerary chapel of the 5th century. Nearby is also the medieval to 19th century cemetery with some mausoleums and khachkars. Drive to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Transfer to the hotel. Departure.
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The rates include*
- Accommodation at a hotel
- Transfer to. from the airport
- Transfer during the tours in a comfortable air conditioned car or bus
- Guide and driver services
- Meals (BB): Breakfast at the hotel
- Entrance tickets to all museums and attractions
- A bottle of water per person per day
- Company presents
- Porterage at the hotels 24 hour service
- Maps of Armenia and Yerevan
The rates do not include*
- Air tickets
- Travel insurance
- Meals except described
- Armenia visa fee 3000 dram (~6 EUR)
- Medieval vocal concert in Geghard Monastery (lasts 30 minutes) – 150 EUR total
- Opera and Ballet Theatre – starting from 6 EUR per person
- Tonacuyc Theatre – 150 EUR total
- Cooking Master Class – 20 EUR per person
- Dinner (including wine) and big folk show in Ararat Restaurant – 50 EUR per person
- Lavash baking master class – 16 EUR per person
- One full day trip to Mount Aragats for unforgettable views and Armenian style breakfast
- Balloon flight - starting from 145 EUR