THE TASTE OF ARMENIAN WINE
7 Day / 6 Night
Armenian, English, Russian
Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport. Transfer to the hotel, check in, rest, Traditional Armenian welcoming dinner with Armenian Folk Songs and Dances (included in the price). Leisure time.
After breakfast move to the Monument of Armenian Alphabet, thirty - nine giant, carved Armenian letters. Then continue our way to Amberd fortress and the architectural complex - Saghmosavank Monastery (13c.) situated at the edge of an imposing Kasakh gorge. Enjoy the beautiful view of Kasakh gorge. Move to Ashtarak, lunch in a uniquely designed place, where you can enjoy traditional Armenian food, experience a wine or vodka making master-class. Incredible homemade wine, delicious national homemade organic food is provided. Have a wonderful day in a family atmosphere. Return to Yerevan.
After breakfast head to Geghard Monastery(UNESCO World Heritage). Stop at Charents arch – the best point to view Mt. Ararat. Continue to Geghard monastery which is hewn out from a cave. Right at the entrance, local women sell candies, dried fruit, sweet sujukh, Geghard gata and various souvenirs. Depart to Garni village, lunch at a local restaurant in Garni. Visit the only survived Hellenistic architectural example - Garni temple(entrance fee is included). Lavash baking master-class(Armenian traditional bread; UNESCO Cultural Heritage). Return back to Yerevan.
After breakfast depart to Khor Virap Monastery. The monastery location gives the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful view of the biblical Ararat Mountain. On the way to Noravank we will stop in Areni village which is famous for its variety of wines. Our next stop is Bird Cave (Areni 1) located near the tributary of Arpa River. After having a delicious lunch in a beautifully designed tavern where we can drink homemade wine and eat traditional Armenian food, we wll visit a 13th-century Armenian monastery Noravank. Drive back to Yerevan.
After breakfast depart to Echmiadzin, the spiritual center of Armenia. Continue to the Mother Cathedral of Holy Echmiadzin /301-303 AD / (UNESCO World Heritage), a wonderful example of early Christian Armenian Churches. Visit 7th-century Zvartnots Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage). It was one of the tallest buildings of the time (45-49m). Depart to Armas Wine Factory. Lunch. Start a trip in Armas Wine Factory. All the guests will have a guided tour in vineyards and gardens, be acquainted with the factory, and, of course, taste a variety of wines and get closer to the culture of wine and spend some unforgettable hours here. Overnight in a comfy hotel in the suburbs of Yerevan close to nature.
After breakfast, we return to Yerevan. Checkin in the hotel. Then we will have a walking city tour of Yerevan (which older than Rome) which bears the mixture of the old and new architecture. We will visit Victory park & Mother Armenia Statue enjoy a panoramic view of the city that opens up a breathtaking view with the magnificent scenery of the two ice-capped Mount Ararat. Then visit Cascade Complex where you will also find the Cafesjian Center for arts, famous for the most impressive and unique artworks. Walk to Matenadaran( if you will not be tired of course), one of the oldest and richest book-depositories in the world. Proceed with Opera House, Republic Square. You will have an alternative option to explore the city yourselves.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Airport according to your flight times.
Wi-fi on the transport
A bottle of water