- Duration : 8 days / 7 nights
Meet and greet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Check in formalities at the hotel. Overnight at a hotel in Yerevan.
Day 2/Yerevan city tour (Parajanov museum, Noy Wine & Brandy factory, Presidential residence)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will have an early morning walk in the pink city of Yerevan. We are proud to say that this ancient city is 29 years older than Rome. We will start our tour from Parajanov museum to get acquainted with unique art of Great Armenian – Sergey Parajanov. Afer we will visit Noy Wine & Brandy Factory to learn the techniques of wine production in the homeland of wine. In the evening we will walk up one of the oldest streets in Yerevan start in the most pleasant Republic Square with Government buildings, History Museum and Marriott Hotel surrounding it. We will appear in the richest avenue in Yerevan – the Northern Avenue with many brand shops, luxurious cafes and restaurants. Our next stop – the Opera and Ballet House and the Swan Lake – faces the Northern Avenue. We will then move to Presidential residence opened to public from 2018. Overnight at a hotel in Yerevan.
Day 3/Yerevan – Etchmiadzin –Karas Winery- Zvartnots temple – Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a UNESCO tour in the region of Armavir with the Holy See of the Armenian Catholicos being the first in the list. According to most scholars, it was the first cathedral (4th century), but not the first church, built in ancient Armenia, and is considered one of the oldest cathedrals in the world. Armenia's patron saint Gregory the Illuminator had a vision of Jesus Christ descending from heaven and striking the earth with a golden hammer to show where the cathedral should be built. Hence, the patriarch named the church Echmiadzin. We will visit Karas Winery to test wine and return to Yerevan. Drive back to Yerevan with a stop at the church of the Guardian Angel – Zvartnots Temple (UNESCO) – 7th century. The structure stands out among others with its unique architectural solutions. We will move to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Day 4/Yerevan - Armenia wine factory – Oshakan – ArmAs winery– Megerian carpet
After the breakfast at the hotel, we will move to Armenia wine factory, which is considered to be the icon of modern Armenian winemaking. Here we will have wine tasting and continue our tour to Oshakan which is best known for Mesrop Mashtots Cathedral - the burial place of Saint Mesrop Mashtots, the creator of the Armenian alphabet. We will then move to ArmAs Winery - a picturesque display of agricultural achievement, set against the backdrop of the inspiring Mount Ararat. In the evening we will continue our tour to Megerian carpet factory, to have a master class of carpet weaving and Dolma making and tasting. Dolma is a unique made of minced meat, onion, rice, different types of spices all mixed together. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.
Day 5/ Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni Bird Cave – Areni wineries – Jermuk
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start a most panoramic tour of the Northern part of Armenia - changing views that cannot be admired anywhere else in the world. Drive to Ararat valley and pay a visit to the Monastery of Khor Virap. This is the very place where Armenia adopted Christianity as a state religion in 301, thus becoming the first in the world. Here we can descend the deep pit where the first Armenian Catholicos Gregory the Illuminator was jailed for long 13 years for disseminating Christianity in Armenia. The monastery offers the closest and the best view to Biblical Mount Ararat. On the way to our next stop, we will stop in Areni Bird cave. The discovery of 6100 year old winery is a perfect proof that the village has the oldest traditions of wine production. We will continue our tour and visit 2 Wine Factories, where we will enjoy changing views and listen to the interesting stories of the guide. We will a great opportunity to taste the exquisite Armenian wines. The tradition of wine making in Armenia comes from times immemorial and the secrets of this marvelous country are still being explored. In the evening we will drive to Jermuk. Overnight at the hotel in Jermuk.
Day 6/Jermuk – Karahunj – Shaqi waterfall – Tatev monastery
After breakfast at the hotel, we will explore the spa town of Jermuk. From ancient times Jermuk was known for its curing mineral water. The princes of Syunik regarded the Jermuk sources and water as healing and built several pools filled with it, thus, making the little town their holiday destination. The mineral waters in Jermuk belong to the list of the most compound sorts. The city has its own brand of mineral water bottled near the natural springs. After half an hour drive, we will visit Zorats Karer or Karahunj - the oldest observatory in the world. We can boast of having the oldest astronomical observatory ever found in the history even older than the British Stonehenge and even the pyramids in Egypt. This is another evidence of primeval civilization in Armenia existing from times immemorial, when neither Mesopotamia, nor Egypt, nor any other civilization on earth existed. We will then move to Tatev on our way stopping to admire one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Armenia – Shaqi, the treasure of Syuniq region. We will continue to experience the longest in the world tramway, called “Wings of Tatev” (5.7 km long) and visit one of the most attractive spots in Armenia – Tatev Monastery. Perched atop the Vorotan River Gorge, the 9th century Tatev monastic complex was one of Armenia’s most advanced medieval universities hosting students in humanitarian sciences and an important political stronghold. In the evening at local’s we will participate in vodka making and tasting. Overnight at the eco hotel near Tatev monastery.
Day 7/Tatev – Noravank – Garni - Geghard – Yerevan
After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a short drive along the beautifully changing panorama, we will appear in a most unusual and peaceful spot – Noravank Monastery (13th century). The whole magic of Noravanktrip attracts a traveler just at the point of turning the road to the Monastery. The narrow road, leading to the monastery, is blocked by beautiful rocks on both sides. After spending wonderful time in Sevan we will continue our tour to explore the top tourist attractions of Armenia: Garni Temple (a pagan temple built in 1st century, the only survival of the Hellenic epoch in the whole territory of the Caucasus). Here in Garni, we can also participate in wine tasting and “lavash” baking (optional*). The second attraction Geghard Monastery (UNESCO) was first recorded in a document of 1250. Geghard is famous due to the relics, among which the most important one is the spear which wounded Christ on the Cross. Its geographic position makes it the best place to sing spiritual songs. After having this unforgettable food and wine experience we will finish our tour in Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel In Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Farewell.