Mulberry Festival
June 24-July 04, 2017

Join our tour of Mulberry Festival in Goris this season!!!

Take part in picking and making some food with the mulberries themselves and enjoy it!  See beautiful and unique Armenia. Experience the culture, heritage, history, nature, cuisine and the amazing hospitality of the Armenian people!

The annual Mulberry Festival in Goris in July is an important event and the major goal of the festival is to foster the development of tourism in the region, develop local industry, popularize the cuisine of Syunik Region and revitalize cultural life in the communities. Mulberry and the goods made from mulberry are of great significance for the people of Syunik Region. Evidence of that is the presence of numerous mulberry gardens across the region.  There are cultural activities and performances that reflect the Armenian culture and more specifically the Armenian people so that the world and new generations can benefit by learning about the heritage of country.

Day 0 (1) Day 0 (3) Day 0 (2)

 

 

Day 1 - June 24, 2017

Day 1On arrival at Zvartnots International Airport in the evening, you are met by your Tour Guide and begin your unique journey with the Great Trains of Armenia.

Transfer to the hotel; CHECK-IN;
Rest Time

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2 - June 25, 2017

Breakfast served

Day 3We embark on our journey to the land of ancient treasures of Christian history – Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (UNESCO) the “religious capital” and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians. The story holds that the place where Noah made the fire after the flood is the site upon which the main Cathedral, one of the earliest Christian churches, was built. Nowadays, it is located in the lower chamber, underneath the main Altar of the Cathedral.

Participation in DIVINE LITURGY

Then, admire the Churches of Sts. Hripsime and Gayane (7th c.) named after the faithful virgins, these churches are dedicated to the virgins, 3rd century followers of Christ who were martyred.

Lunch is in one of the educational and cultural centers of Etchmiadzin

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 3 - June 26, 2017

Breakfast served

Day 4Visit 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 back to the 9th century.

Lunch in Sevan

Trip to 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 and crafts, museum, shows typical 19th century living with all its local customs and handmade wood furnishings…Goshavank Monastery (10-13th centuries).

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 4 - June 27, 2017

YEREVAN CITY TOUR 

Day 2 (1)Breakfast served
Your acquaintance with Yerevan will start with a look at the history of its foundation – a visit to Erebouni museum and Fortress founded in 782 BC. After you will take an excursion to the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator (20th c), the symbol of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as a state religion in Armenia. The holy relics of St. Gregory were brought from Italy in time for the opening, and Pope John Paul II came to pay an official visit shortly after the consecration. This is one of the truly unrepeatable structures; the FUTURE built on the PAST.

Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide.Day 2 (2)

“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. 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 Rugs” Factory which is one of the opportunities to taste the Armenian traditional meals with old recipes by “Araratyan Cuisine”.

 

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 5 - June 28, 2017

Breakfast served  

Day 4- 5The day will start with a visit to Cascade, which is a huge white staircase built on the Yerevan hillside in the 1970s, with water fountains running down the sides, all reminiscent of a natural river or stream cascading. It connects the central district to Haghtanak Park –“Victory” Park to the center of the city. The structure has escalators so that it is unnecessary to manually ascend the stairs all the way to the top.

You will enjoy a tour of one of the most enigmatic cities, visiting the remarkable Matenadaran Library and Research Institute of Armenia which houses about 17,000 rare manuscripts. This is one of the richest depositories of manuscripts and books in the world. The history of the Matenadaran dates back to the creation of the Armenian alphabet in 405.

Today is the day which will best contrast the difference between the pre-Christianity/paganism era and the conversion of Armenia to Christianity. In the morning you will travel to Garni, the location of the only pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia. Later on, we will reach GeghardDay 5a cave monastery (UNESCO) architectural complex (12-13th centuries), carved out of one monolithic rock. Due to the extraordinary acoustics, when the local singer begins to sing in this chamber it is hard to believe a large choir isn’t singing… be aware it is only one man… A visit to Geghard is truly a spiritual experience.

Lunch with a traditional table/lavash making: “Eat thy bread with joy” in Geghard

Return Yerevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 6 - June 29, 2017

Day 6Breakfast served 

Visit 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.

 

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 7 - June 30, 2017

Breakfast served & CHECK OUT

Day 7Driving through the fertile plains of the Ararat valley, you will reach Khor Virap Monastery – the beginning of the History of Christianity in Armenia, magnificently set against the towering slopes of the Biblical Mount Ararat. You will have some quite spectacular photo opportunities before a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty. The monastery is the site where St. Gregory the Illuminator was incarcerated and it is a pilgrimage destination for every believer.

Later on we will enjoy a guided tour as well as taste some wine in the famous “Areni Winery.” In Armenia there is a famous saying; “Wine is bottled poetry”.

Next, we will take the path through the narrow gorge, revealing Noravank Monastery, nestled inside the deep red landscape of the tuf stone mountains.

Lunch will be served near Noravank Monastery.

Returning to the main highway we shall start driving South to Goris.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

Day 8 - July 1, 2017

Breakfast served & CHECK OUT

Day 8After Breakfast we will depart from Goris to finally arrive at 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, offer a spectacular journey with breathtaking views of the river gorge below, but most significantly, 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 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. After you will have time to discover the interior of the monastery which was founded in the 4th century, becoming an important religious and educational center of medieval Armenia in 9-10th cc..

Lunch in the foothills and return to Goris.

Day 9 (2)The day is very special, long but full of events as well we are going to be involved in Mulberry Festival in the area adjacent into the Central Park of Goris town. The pavilions representing Armenia and the other towns and villages of Syunik will showcase the goods made from mulberry, including mulberry vodka, syrup, raisins and jam, the festival will include a presentation of the ways of making mulberry vodka and syrup in Artsakh, as well as the culture of distillation and more. The cultural event promises to be interesting. The festival will include performances of traditional and modern Armenian songs. At the art corner, you will be introduced to the works of gifted painters, masters and ceramists of Armenia. There will also be a presentation of silk production and the art of refining silk.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

Day 9 - July 2, 2017

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On the way back to Yerevan we’ll visit Karahunge 7000-year-old Observatory: an uncannily similar construction to the English Stonehenge but more ancient.  Clouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Karahunge is an amazing feat of engineering and the most important pre-historic site in Armenia, but beyond its archeological significance and possible astronomical role, Karahunge also holds a mystical charm.

Lunch on the way

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 10 - July 3, 2017

Day 11Breakfast served

FREE 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 11 - July 4, 2017

Day 9 (3)Breakfast Served

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TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

HAVE A NICE FLIGHT!

 

Services:

  1. Full transportation and transfers in Armenia as specified in the itinerary
  2. Meals as indicated – Breakfast, 8 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner, 1 x farewell dinner
  3. Entrance fees to all sightseeing destinations
  4. Hotel Accommodations in Armenia – 10 nights
    • 8 nights in Yerevan
    • 2 nights in Goris
  5. Events (5th and 6th days)
  6. Bi-lingual tour guide
  7. A complimentary bottle of water daily

 

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