Barbeque Festival in Armenia
August 15-22, 2017

DISCOVER THIS ANCIENT LAND THROUGH YOUR EYES

AUGUST 15 – AUGUST 22, 2017

Armenian Cuisine Master Class

Let’s Cook Together

 As for Armenian cuisine, nothing can beat these rich and tasty dishes. The Armenian cuisine is a wonderful world of many different tastes and smells, various spices, greens and verdure, which grow only on the Armenian land.

Armenian cuisine is the art form of delicious and organic meals that speaks to all senses …

This culinary tour in Armenia hands-on cooking enjoyable classes where you make regional specialties and traditional Armenian staples such as homemade dolma, flavorful khorovats (barbecue), succulent meat and fish dishes, scrumptious and out-of-this-world desserts. You will be accompanied by chefs and professional or a nonna, a grandmother who passes traditional family recipes and  the passionate dedication to Armenian cuisine along generations. Your Armenian cooking holiday will also include wine, brandy and vodka tasting, visits to fruit and vegetable market and local sites of interest. Make and taste those various and tasty foods during this tour. Let’s start!!!

Day 1 - August 15, 2017

 

Early arrival at Zvartnots International Airport where  you will be met by your Tour Guide and immediately begin your unique journey in Armenia; Transfer to the hotel; Check-in; Rest Time

Wine & Brandy Tasting Day

Day 1 before breakfast in the center

Breakfast served

Yerevan….the rose-colored capital of Armenia…. it is named as such because most of its buildings use a pink shade of “tuf” stone which is quarried in Armenia. This is the most prominent feature of Yerevan’s cityscape.

As we get acquainted with Yerevan, we should start with the Erebouni museum and Fortress. Wine – making epoch in Armenia began from – 782 B.C. when was found the fortress. During excavations in Erebouni fortress, 18 clay vats (karas) for wine were discovered, each having more than 600 liter capacity. During the day we’ll have a chance to not only see the vats and barrels of wine and brandy, but also to taste some kinds of Armenian brandies and oldest wine in “NOY” ARARAT Brandy, Wine Factory: “…one does not drink brandy, one derives pleasure from it”.

Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide, one of the most impressive monuments in Yerevan.

Lunch in Armenian Traditional Restaurant

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2 - August 16, 2017

 

Bread Making Day

Breakfast served  

Day 2 (1)Ashtarak, where we can find numerous churches and various ancient buildings at every turn; Artashavan – New Complex of Armenian Letters: “It is difficult to express the deep feeling Armenians have for their language, which many regard as the lifeblood of their culture”, Saghmosavank Monastery perch on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasakh river. Oshakan – most famous as the last resting place of Mesrop Mashtots; Lunch and traditional table/lavash making is loved and famous all over the country. Armenian cuisine without lavash simply does not exist. Not without a reason the expressions meaning to eat, have dinner, have breakfast, have supper in Armenia are replaced with one – “to eat bread”. 

Day 7  (2)Our first task is making our own Armenian bread. It’s not an easy task but the grandmother of the family will show the techniques used to make this bread. Here we will experience the true hospitality of the Armenian people. Roll up your sleeves and proceed to opening the soft dough into broad sheets, not thicker than 3-4mm by a rolling pin, after we have to bake the draw-stretch-open sheet in a tonir. This thin bread is baked by a traditional Armenian way – in tonirs with dry grapevines – a traditional Armenian hearth. Now it’s the time to feel the real taste of fresh lavash. “Eat thy bread with joy”.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 3 - August 17, 2017

 

Dolma Making Day

Breakfast served

Day 3Today we embark on our Journey to the lands of ancient treasures of Christian history…the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, It’s the “religious capital” of the Armenian Church and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians. It has 4 main churches, including the Cathedral. Built in 303AD, the cathedral is a masterpiece of Armenian classical architecture and is considered to be one of the world’s earliest Christian churches. Admire Hripsime and Gayane Churches (7th c) named after faithful virgins. In this holy place we’ll visit one very unusable cultural, traditional area for Dolma making and Lunch. 

Dolma is an Armenian traditional and delicious dish. It’s a stuffed kind of meal. First we have to prepare the filling; in a medium mixing bowl we combine the rice with the meat, tomato paste, lemon juice, spices and salt.
Before rolling let’s taste and correct seasoning and start the surfacing decoration of Dolma. We place about a tablespoon of the filling along the stem end of each grape leaf, fold over the sides, and roll from the stem up to form a sausage-like roll. Cover the bottom of the pan with some of the leftover leaves.

Although it takes time and effort to make, it is very delicious.

Depending on seasonality, we can make Summer Dolma with cabbage leaves, eggplants, tomatoes and peppers.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 4 - August 18, 2017

 

Harisa Making Day

Breakfast served and CHECK OUT

Driving to Sevan – Dilijan

We are ready to visit Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia, a beauty under the sky. Lake Sevan is considered  to be one of the biggest lakes in the world with sweet water situated at the altitide of 1,897 meters above sea level. Gorgeous view to Lake Sevan is opened from the peninsula atop which Sevan Monastery is nicely nestled dating to 9th centuray.

As we are in special lakeside location we’ll have different kind of Lunch. It’s easy, fast and tasty!

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I17355151_10212455030868261_271188523_nn the charming town of Dilijan we’ll enjoy an extraordinary cooking class together with a housewife in a private house. This special cooking class experience in Dilijan is a “hands-on” lesson based on the preparation of 1st course of dinner – HARISA!!

To make Harisa, we combine skinless whole wheat kernels with chicken, with a good amount of hot water and broth, salt, butter, cumin, and if desired, paprika too. The trick is to cook this for a very long time without stirring. We will leave it to cook and dine when we return from the tour!

Dilijan: “A piece of Switzerland in Armenia” – Earth and sky, woods and fields, rivers, the mountains are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn otherwise… The old approach in the new century … “Old Town Dilijan” complete with craftsmen workshops, small shops with traditional Armenian products and crafts, museum, showing typical 19th century living with all its local customs and handmade wood furnishings…10-13th centuries Goshavank Monastery

Rest Time

Dinner! Today it’s much tastier than before!

OVERNIGHT IN DILIJAN

 

Day 5 - August 19, 2017

 

Breakfast served – CHECK OUT

Day 5From the Tavush Region we’ll drive to Lori Region. The nature of the pass between the regions is full of genius, full of the divinity… Just enjoy it!!!

The day will be busy with sightseeing in Lori Province. First we’ll pass through Vanadzor city – the historical and modern center of the province of Lori. Alaverdy – town in a canyon, between Yerevan and Georgia, our visit will start and end with the wonderful monasteries Haghpat and Sanahin where artistic merits transcend the limits of the national culture (UNESCO) Lunch on the way.

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OVERNIGHT & DINNER IN LORI REGION

 

Day 6 - August 20, 2017

 

Khorovats (Barbeque) Making Day

Breakfast served – CHECK OUT

Day 6 (1)Today we will have a special day witnessing another interesting event of the Armenian traditional meal making process – it’s Khorovats (Barbeque) Festival in Akhtala, where we can have a chance to see all the different ways Armenians make Barbeque: “Barbeque in the fireplace”, “Barbeque on the horizontal bar”, “Barbeque in the hole” (shepherd barbeque), “Barbeque in ground oven”, etc. During this festival there will be various interesting events such as competitions of “The Best Taste”, “The Best Look”, “The Best Idea”, “The Best Traditional Barbeque”; tDay 6 (2)here will be music, dances, etc.

Lunch – taste BBQ.

Return to Yerevan!

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OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 7 - August 21, 2017

 

Breakfast served

Day 7  (1)Today we will proceed to Garni, the rare pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia and Garni canyon, with a view magnificent sheer vertical cliffs, which appear to be a gigantic basalt organ carved in the rocks.

Continuing we are driving to Geghard (Cave monastery) architectural complex, rising out from the mountain, carved from one monolithic rock in the 12th-13th centuries. Sing an ancinet hymn while inside; the acoustics in this chamber are extraordinary.

Return to Yerevan

Free time

EVENING: FAREWELL DINNER at Armenian Traditional Restaurant

Enjoy live Armenian music and Folk Dances, completing your journey with unforgettable memories!

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 8 - August 22, 2017

Day 8

 

Transfer to the Airport.

 

Have a safe flight!

 

 

 

**Itinerary is a subject to change at any time

Price per person includes:

Hotel Accommodation 7 x night

  • 5 nights in Yerevan
  • 1 night in Dilijan
  • 1 night in Alaverdy

Full transportation and transfers in Armenia as specified in itinerary
Meals as indicated – Breakfast, 6 x Lunch, 1 x Farewell Dinner
Entrance fee to all sightseeing destinations
Bi-lingual tour guide

Price does NOT include:
Airplane Ticket
Visa to Armenia
Travel Insurance

Alcoholic drinks
Additional tours and transfers not included in itinerary

 

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