Harvesting & Winemaking in Armenia
October 03-10, 2017

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During this tour we suggest that you be involved in one of the highlights of Armenia’s culture, agriculture and a true historic treasure. In the center of reviving and celebrating Armenia’s rich harvest, customs and traditions.

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Day 1 - October 3, 2017

On arrival at Zvartnots International Airport in the evening, you are met by your Tour Guide and you immediately begin your unique journey with the Great Trains of Armenia; Transfer & CHECK-IN to the hotel. Rest Time

OVERNIGHT in YEREVANDay 0 (3)

 

Day 2 - October 4, 2017

Breakfast served 

sYEREVAN CITY TOUR – Republic Square, Yerevan, the rose-colored capital, so called because most buildings use a pink shade of “tuf” stone, quarried in Armenia.  Let’s start our acquaintance with the city of Yerevan by stepping through its ancient history at the Erebouni Museum & Fortress, founded in 782 BC.

Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide. Sports and Concert Complex, Kievian Bridge, Bagramyan Avenue, Presidential Palace, Academy of  Sciences, National Parliament,  Opera Theater.

“MEGERIAN RUGS” Factory & Show Room: Which brings together time-honored traditions and a range of exquisite aesthetics to create objects of art for modern living and you will become acquainted with the ancient technology of Armenian carpet making. Today the lunch will be provided in a special restaurant, part of Megerian Carepet Factory which is an opportunity to taste an Armenian traditional meal with old recipes by “Araratyan Khohanots”, chief Artavazd Sarukhanyan.

 “NOY” Yerevan Brandy, Wine Factory:  “…one does not drink brandy, one derives pleasure from it”. Now let’s do it in one of the oldest factories in Yerevan “NOY” Brandy factor.

OVERNIGHT in YEREVAN

 

Day 3 - October 5, 2017

Breakfast served

Matenadaran – Depository and Museum of ancient manuscripts.
Day 3We will travel to Garni, the location of the rare pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia. Later on, we will reach Geghard, cave monastery (UNESCO), an architectural complex (12-13th c.), carved out of one monolithic rock. A visit to Geghard is truly a spiritual experience.

Lunch and traditional table/lavash making in Geghard.

Lavash is loved and known all over the country as a traditional Armenian bread. Armenian cuisine without lavash simply does not exist. Until today this thin bread is baked using the traditional Armenian way – in tonirs with dry grapevines – a traditional Armenian hearth. Now it’s the time to witness the real taste of hot, fresh lavash. “Eat thy bread with joy”.

OVERNIGHT in YEREVAN

 

Day 4 - October 6, 2017

Breakfast served 

Day 4Visit Aragatsotn Region – this part of Armenia, especially Mt. Aragats, has always attracted the attention of travelers, tourists and geologists due to a tremendous number of historical monuments and beautiful landscapes.

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.

Visiting the village of Oshakan, you will see the church which is built over the grave of Mesrop Mashtots, who is the founder of the Armenian alphabet, and one of Armenia’s greatest benefactors.

Lunch and hospitality with an Armenian Family.

CULTURAL PERFORMANCE: which represents the inimitable characteristics of various events, traditions and customs of different regions, as well as national and traditional dances of both Historical Armenia and present day Armenia.

Return to Yerevan.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 5 - October 7, 2017

Breakfast served and CHECK OUTDay 5  (1)

The day is full of events – Harvest Festival and Winemaking: this is the day of wine harvest and the national food festival in Armenia!
Food, Music and Fun! You’ll find it all at the Harvest Festival in the Vayots Dzor region. So witness, and even take part in the process of port harvest on this tour, offering the unique opportunity to experience treading grapes and becoming involved in the harvest festival! As you might know, from ancient times, the human foot is considered to be far gentler than any form of mechanical grape pressing. Let’s put in our efforts to make this delicious wine together and taste the aroma of natural wine in the area.

Before reaching Vayots Dzor, we travel past Khor Virap Monastery, presenting us with some quite spectacular photo opportunities not only on the way, but also when you climb up the nearby hill to see the border of Armenia and present day Turkey. So now it’s time to visit one of the famous wineries of Vayots Dzor region, while visiting let’s test different kinds of Armenian wine: “Wine is bottled poetry”, just try it… this being the main area of the Harvest Festival. Noravank monastery (9th – 14th centuries): “Human-and-nature-created wonders”.

Lunch in Noravank.Day 5  (2)

CHECK IN


DINNER&OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

 

Day 6 - October 8, 2017

Breakfast served – CHECK OUT

ADay 6 (1)fter Breakfast we leave Goris for Tatev Monastery in the early morning; on the way you will admire a splendid view of the area. The Aerial Tramway of Tatev – spanning 5.7 kilometers across the spectacular Vorotan River Gorge, offers a spectacular journey with breathtaking views of the river gorge below. Most importantly, it will link you to one of the jewels of Armenia’s medieval legacy – Tatev Monastery. Tatev Aerial Tramway – the longest passenger aerial tramway in the world – is poised to be one of southern Armenia’s most popular attractions. The picturesque monastery is nestled at the top of an impregnable plateau, crowned by the ramparts walls from the upper part of the territory. Afterwards, you will have time to discover the interior of the monastery which was founded in the 4th cent., becoming an important religious and educational center of medieval Armenia in 9-10th cc..  visit to Devil Bridge

Day 6 (2)Lunch in the foothills.

On your return, you have a very attractive stop in Khndzoresk, a cave village and exotic rock formations. This village looks like a vertical multi-storied rocky amphitheater.  Winding road leads your pleasant ascent.

Return Yerevan

CHECK IN

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 7 - October 9, 2017

Breakfast servedDay 7 (1)

Visit Lake Sevan the emerald of Armenia, a beauty under the sky. Lake Sevan is considered  to be one of the largest sweet water lakes in the world, situated at an altitude of 1,897 meters above sea level. The most picturesque view of Lake Sevan is seen from the peninsula which Sevan Monastery is nicely nestled atop, dating to the 9th century.

Dilijan: “A Piece of Switzerland in Armenia” – Earth and sky, woods and fields, rivers, mountains become 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 Day 7 (2)and crafts, museum, shows typical 19th century living with all its local customs and handmade wood furnishings…Goshavank Monastery (10-13th centuries). 

Lunch in Sevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 8 - October 10, 2017

Breakfast served

Day 8The tour begins with visiting the heart and the center of Armenian Apostolic Church (301 – 303 AD), the Holy See of the Supreme Catholicos, Holy Etchmiadzin (UNESCO), visit the Museums, as well as the Churches  of  St. Hripsime and Gayane. Lunch in one of the educational and cultural centers of Etchmiadzin.

OVERNIGHT in YEREVAN 

 

Day 9 - October 11, 2017

Breakfast Served 

Day 9FREE DAY in Yerevan
Use this time to explore the city on your own!

EVENING: Farewell Dinner Party with Armenian traditional cuisine, along with Armenian live folk music

OVERNIGHT in YEREVAN

 

Day 10 - October 12, 2017

TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

HAVE A NICE FLIGHT!

 

**Itinerary is subject to change at any time   Services:

  1. Full transportation and transfers in Armenia as specified in the itinerary
  2. Meals as indicated – Breakfast, 7 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
  3. Entrance fees to all sightseeing destinations
  4. Hotel Accommodations in Armenia – 9 nights
    • 8 nights – in Yerevan
    • 1 night in Goris
  5. Events
  6. Bi-lingual tour guide
  7. Bottled water

 

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