|DATE:||April – October|
|LANGUAGE:||English, Russian, Armenian|
|GROUP SIZE:||up to 15 people|
|ACCOMMODATION:||Hotel, Hostel or B&B|
|FOOD:||yes (Non-vegetarian or Vegetarian)|
|TOUR PRICE:||from 960 EUR equivalent AMD/per person|
Armenia offers every visitor it’s extensive and mysterious history. The dust-coated, millennia-old past has left its mark on Armenia and Armenians. At the same time you will experiance our original old-age folk traditions and discover the splendor of modern Armenia․ During this tour, you will become acquainted with the Armenian extraordinary cuisine, spectacular and globally-significant historical and cultural past. You’ll see how the forces of nature influence Armenia’s rural life, while exploring the customs and mores that govern the lives of Armenia’s villagers. This tour exposes the ancient rural and cultural soul of the Armenian. Join and discover it with us.
Arriving – Pick up from the Zvartnots International airport.
Yerevan City tour, including a visit to different museums (History museum of Armenia, Matenadaran ancient manuscripts museum etc.).
Excursion through old Armenian carpet factory with master class of carpet knitting for the guests.
Welcome dinner at the Mekeryan Carpet factory restaurant with master class of traditional dishes preparation by the famous chief cooker Artavazd Sarukhanyan.
Overnight in Yerevan
Sevan – Sevanavank – Birdwatching on a boat – Dilijan Old City – Haghartsin
After breakfast we will move to the Sevan Lake and will have an excursion to Sevanavank Monastery (founded in 874) which is located on a half-island . After monastery observation we will have an excursion on a boat with fishing and birdwatching.
Lunch: we will cook the fish together on the boat and enjoy it.
Moving to Dilijan: Dilijan is known as a spa town of Armenia which is located in Tavush Province. Usually called Armenian Switzerland or Little Switzerland by the locals, it is one of the most important resorts of Armenia, situated within the Dilijan National Park. The forested and reclusive town is a home to numerous Armenian artists, composers, and filmmakers and features some traditional Armenian architecture. The Sharambeyan street in the center, has been preserved and maintained as an “old town”, complete with craftsman’s workshops, a gallery and a museum. Hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking are popular recreational activities.
We will have a collection of wild herbs and tea making ceremony. Afterwards will visit Haghartsin Monastery complex, which is a 13th-century monastery built by the architect Minas.
We will have a Dilijan city walk and visit historical old Dilijan, monument of the famous movie “Mimino” (optional)
Dinner at the traditional restaurant
Overnight in Dilijan
Noratus Khachkars – “Gata” making – Areni wine tasting – Norvank – Hermon
After breakfast we will move to visit Noratus Khachkars to see one of the symbols of Armenian culture – old cross-stones: Noratus cemetery, is a medieval cemetery with a large number of old khachkars located in the village of Noratus. The cemetery has the largest cluster of khachkars in the Republic of Armenia. The oldest khachkars in the cemetery date back to the late 10th century.
Afterwards we will visit Bashinjaghyan tea-café where will have a “Gata” making master class for guests.
We will continue our way through the famous silk road, which was connecting China with Europe. Here we will have an excursion in the old stopover side for caravans (Caravanserai) – Selim karavanserai: Orbelian’s Caravanserai formerly known as Sulema Caravanserai or Selim Caravanserai had been built along the Vardenyats Mountain Pass in 1332, by prince Chesar Orbelian to accommodate weary travelers and their animals as they were crossing the mountainous Vayots Dzor region. Located at the southern side of Vardenyats Mountain Pass at the height of 2410 meters above sea level, Orbelian’s Caravanserai is the best preserved caravanserai in the entire country.
We will move to Areni village: region is famous for wine making traditions. Here we will have an excursion to the Areni 1 cave, which is an archaeological place where the oldest shoe in the world was found andalso other exponents related to wining: In 2010 Areni-1 cave complex was announced to be the only place where the earliest known shoe was found. A year later the earliest known winery in the world was announced to have been found in the same region.
We will have a lunch at a restaurant located in the cave.
Afterwards we will have an excursion to Noravank Monastery Complex authored by famous architecture and sculpture Momik (13th-century).
Following will be the wine making ceremony with your participation. You will have an opportunity to have a bottle of wine with your name, which will be ready and bottled next year.
Dinner at the local guest house with traditional dishes․
Overnight at Hermon village
Shatin – Zorats Karer – Goris – Tatev
After early breakfast we will move to Shatin village to observe Bezoar wild goats which are endemic for the region.
Afterwards we will continue to Syunik reagion to observe 6000 years old Zorats Karer, which is known as Armenian Stonehenge. Investigation by radio-physicist Paris Herouni and his research team during 1994-2001 led them to the now disputed conclusion that “Carahunge” is the world’s oldest astronomical observatory. Zorats Karer was investigated in 2000 by archaeologists from the Institute University of Munich. They identified the site as a necropolis dating mainly from the Middle Bronze Age to the Iron Age.
After we will move to Goris town where you will have a master class of “Jingyalov hats” making and lunch “Jingyalov hats”.
After lunch we will move to Halidzor station of the “Wings of Tatev”, which is the longest rope-way in the world (over 5 km). We will take the rope-way path, which will take us 15 minutes and will move to observe Tatev monastery, where we can observe the old oil making factory and monastery complex itself. The Tatev monastery is a 9th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery. The monastery is the “best-known site” in Syunik. Wings of Tatev, a rope-way from Tatev to Halidzor village was opened in October 2010. It was included in the Guinness World Records as world’s “longest non-stop double track cable car.
In Tatev village we will have master classes of cow milking, cheese, matsun (sour yogurt) and choratan making.
Dinner with traditional Armenian milk products at the houses of villagers
Overnight in Tatev village
Tegh village caves – Kndzoresk – Sisyan – Ughtasar – Jermuk
Breakfast with homemade products
Moving to Tegh village where we will have an excursion in caves, where people lived till 50′s of 20th century.
The next stop is Khndzoresk and it’s famous swinging bridge: Khndzoresk is widely famous for its canyon with picturesque rock formations and ancient cave settlement. The artificial caves, some of which are currently used as stables and warehouses, used to be inhabited till the 1950’s.
We will come back to Sisyan where you will have an opportunity to take a master class of traditional Armenian music and dancing by Arman Davtyan, Sisian’s national award-winning dance instructor and director of the Sisian Dance School
Depart for Ughtasar Mountain in four-wheel drive vehicles to see Armenian’s amazing millennium-old petroglyphs: Over 2000 decorated rock fragments extend to the foot of the mountain. The petroglyphs, some believed to date back to the Paleolithic Era (12.000 BC), are carved onto dark brownish-black volcanic stones left behind by an extinct volcano. Although the site was discovered in the early 20th century, it was not really studied until the 1920’s and again in the late 1960’s, it is still not fully understood today.
After Petroglyph tour we will move to Jermuk, which is one of the touristic towns of Armenia, famous by recreation tourism and mineral water springs.
City walking in Jermuk and mineral water tasting.
Overnight in Jermuk
Jermuk waterfall – Khor Virap – Monastery – Etchmiadzin – Yerevan
After breakfast we will visit Jermuk’s famous waterfall.
From Jermuk we will travel to Khor Virap Monastery complex which is located in Ararat valley and has a great view to the Biblical Mount Ararat. Here we will have an excursion in the Khor Virap Monastery complex. Khor Virap’s notability as a monastery and pilgrimage site is attributed to the fact that Gregory the Illuminator was initially imprisoned here for 14 years by King Tiridates III of Armenia. Saint Gregory subsequently became the king’s religious mentor, and they led the proselytizing activity in the country. In the year 301, Armenia was the first country in the world to be declared a Christian nation.
We will continue our way to Etchmiadzin – spiritual town of Armenia. t is one of the historic capitals of Armenia and the main religious center of the Armenian people with the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the most important Armenian Apostolic church, located in the city. It is thus unofficially known as a “holy city“.
We will arrive to Yerevan where a city tour and walking is planned.
Dinner with performance of traditional Armenian music and demonstration of traditional Armenian instruments, such as Douduk, Zurna etc.
Astrophysical – Observatory at Byurakan – Amberd – Geghard – Garni – Yerevan
After early breakfast we will move to Byurakan, where will visit Armenian Astrophysical Observatory. It was founded in 1946 by Viktor Hambardzumyan, it was one of the main astronomy centers of the USSR. Byurakan Observatory’s main telescope is a 2.6 m cassegrain reflector, along with a 1 and .5 m Schmidt camera as well as other smaller telescopes.
After Byurakan we will travel to Aragats, the highest mount of RA and will have an excursion to Amberd Fortress: Amberd is a 7th-century fortress located 2,300 meters (7,500 ft) above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Aragats. Amberd was invaded in the 1070s by the Seljuq Turks who turned it into a military base. In 1197, a joint-army of Armenians and Georgians led by General ZakarehZakarian liberated the fortress.
The next stop will be Ohanavank, but on our way to it we will observe Armenian Alphabet Stony sculptures. The main church of Ohanavank – was built in 1216 – 1221. In 1250 prince Kurd Vachutian built the narthex from the west of the church. There are ruins of a 4th century chapel in the western part of the complex.
Lunch in a village Ohanavan with traditional dishes.
Moving to Geghard and Garni monuments. Geghard is a medieval monastery in the Kotayk province of Armenia, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site.While the main chapel was built in 1215, the monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave.The Temple of Garni”pagan temple of Garni” is a classicalHellenistic temple in Garni. It is perhaps the best-known structure and symbol of pre-Christian Armenia. It was probably built by king Tiridates I in the first century AD as a temple to the sun god Mihr.
Farewell dinner in Garni with traditional dishes and lavash (Armenian bread) making master class for the guests.
Overnight in Yerevan
Price for the tour is:
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Tour price includes:
Airport pick up
Transportation during the all duration of the tour
Accommodation in Hotel
Meal including lunch, dinner and breakfast during the tour with hot tea/coffee
All the entry fees
City tour in Yerevan
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