Sheep Shearing and Bread Festivals
11 Days/ 12 Nights

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There is no better way to experience the rich cultural heritage of a destination than by witnessing one of its vibrant local festivals. With hundreds of unique cultural events to choose from, we’ve selected some of the most popular in Armenia: the “Sheep Shearing” festival which takes place in an area adjacent to the Halidzor station of TaTever aerial tramway and “Bread in the Mountains” ritual and holiday food festival in Yerevan.

Time your next trip to coincide with two of these events and fully immerse yourself in the colorful local culture of Armenia.

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Day 1

Arrival to Yerevan. Meeting at the airport.

Transfer to the hotel in Yerevan. Check in. Time to rest.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2

Breakfast served 

Day 2  (1)YEREVAN CITY TOUR – Our journey through Armenia begins today in Yerevan – the capital, one of the most ancient cities in the world. Today the first visit of the tour is the remarkable Matenadaran Library and Research Institute of Armenia with close to 17,000 rare manuscripts, one of the richest depositories of manuscripts and books in the world. Continuing our city tour, our second stop is Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum dedicated to the 1915 Genocide. The mission of today is to visit the exhibition, see the textual and visual documentation, including artifacts related to the first Genocide of the 20th century.  You may get a better understanding, learn and just become better informed about this tragic page of Armenia’s history, as well as World history.

Day 2 (2)“MEGERIAN RUGS” Factory & Show Room: Which brings together time-honored traditions and a rang 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 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”.

Our next stop is the  Cascade, which is a huge white staircase built on the Yerevan hillside, in the 1970s, with water fountains running down the sides, 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.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

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Day 3

Breakfast Served and CHECK OUT

Day 3 (1)Driving through the fertile plains of the Ararat valley, we will reach Khor Virap Monastery – the beginning of the History of Christianity in Armenia, magnificently set against the towering slopes of the Biblical Mountain, Ararat. we have some 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. It is especially a time for reflection upon the work of Armenian Church’s patron saint, Gregory the Illuminator, who spread the light of Christianity in Armenia and inspired King Trdat to proclaim Christianity as a state religion in 301. This had a determinate impact on the Armenia people and their history.

On the way to Noravank, will be a stop for enjoying a guided Day 3 (2)tour and tasting some wine at the famous “Areni Winery”.  In Armenian, 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 at a restaurant near Noravank Monastery.

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

CHECK IN

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

Day 4 

Festival Day  – “Sheep Shearing

Breakfast Served

Day 4 (1)Today we are going to be involved into the festival of “Sheep Shearing” in Halidzor station of TaTever aerial tramway. On our way we will have a very attractive stop in Old Khndzoresk, a cave village including exotic rock formations. This village looks like a vertical multi-storied rocky amphitheater. Troglodytic dwelling at Khndzoresk – Prehistoric era. A winding road leads your pleasant ascent. Lunch.  

Then you will be able to enjoy the time in the area of Festival for today. This is where people from Halidzor and neighboring communities exhibit their forgotten traditions, handmade works with sheep images and symbols, and carpet art. We Day 4 (2)could taste traditional dishes, listen and watch live performances, take a dancing lesson. There are special pavilions for soft drinks, picnic areas, a playground, samples of national crafts and weaving will be also in display. Enjoy it…

Drive back to Goris.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

Day 5

Day 5After 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, but most significantly, it will link you to one of the jewels of Armenia’s medieval legacy – Tatev Monastery. The Tatev Aerial Tramway – the longest passenger aerial tramway in the world – is poised to be one of southern Armenia’s most popular attractions, arriving you the picturesque monastery 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 will be served in the foothills of Vorotan Canyon. Nothing compares to enjoying tasty food in the picturesque natural restaurant area… 

Return to Yerevan.

CHECK IN

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 6 

Breakfast Served

Day 6 (1)Today is the day which we will best contrast the difference between the pre-Christianity/paganism era and the conversion of Armenia to Christianity. 

This morning you will travel to Garni, the location of the only pre-Christian pagan temple still standing in Armenia.

Later on, we will reach Geghard, a cave monastery, (UNESCO) architectural complex (12-13th centuries), carved out of one monolithic rock. Due to the extraordinary acoustics, when the individual begins to sing in this chamber it is hard to believe that it is not a large… A visit to Geghard is truly a spiritual experience.

Lunch and traditional table/lavash making in Geghard.

Lavash is loved Day 6 (2)and famous 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 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 7

Day 7

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 atop which Sevan Monastery is nicely nestled dating to the 9th century. Dilijan: “A Piece of Switzerland in Armenia”Day 7Earth 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, show the typical 19th century living with its all local customs and handmade wood furnishings… Goshavank Monastery (10-13th centuries). 

Lunch in Sevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 8

Breakfast served 

Day 8As we have been in various corners of Armenia, today is the time to explore northern Armenia with its beautiful nature and sightseeing. The typography is unparalleled….divine.

After some drive we’ll rich to the town of Alaverdy which is a town in a canyon between Yerevan and Georgia – and it is very famous for its copper mines from the historical time. We proceed to two more outstanding masterpieces of Armenian architecture Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries (World UNESCO Heritage) in which artistic merits transcended the limits of the national culture.

Lunch on the way

Return to Yerevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

 Day 9

Day 9 (2)Breakfast 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.Day 9 (1)

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

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

Day 10

Breakfast served

Day 10We embark on a journey to the land of ancient treasures of our Christian history – the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (UNESCO World Heritage), 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.

We continue our tour to 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 11

Festival day – “Bread in the Mountains”

Day 11Breakfast served

Today we are going to be involved in to the exhibition-festival of ritual meals ’’BREAD IN THE MOUNTAINS’’ near the Erebuni Museum. During the festival the Armenian national holidays, ritual cuisine is presented by separate pavilions. Every visitor has the ability to taste the blessing of Armenian ritual cuisine in the area of festival; the ethnographers the origins of that food to the guests, the advice and the meaning of holidays.

Also we’ll have a chance to visit Erebouni Fortress which was founded in 782 BC.

EVENING: FAREWELL DINNER in a typical Armenian Restaurant with live Day 11Armenian music completing your journey with unforgettable memories.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 12

Day 12CHECK OUT

TRANSFER TO ZVARTNOTS INTERNATIONAL 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, 9 x Lunch, 4 x Dinner
  3. Entrance fees to all sightseeing destinations
  4. 11 nights in Armenia
    • 9 x night in Yerevan
    • 2 x night in Goris
  5. Events Bi-lingual tour guide

 

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