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Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Location: Armenia
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Food & Wine – Gastronomic Tour to Armenia

By choosing Food & Wine Gastronomic Tour to Armenia you will visit families in rural areas, taste appetizing dishes of Armenian cuisine, and enjoy  mountainious landscapes of the country. During this gourmet tour to Armenia you will feel true local hospitality, taste traditional dishes such as dolma and Armenian national bread lavash and taste Armenian wines and well-known ArArAt Cognac. Moreover, you will have sightseeing tours to museums and historical sites of the country and get back home with sweet memories of your Armenian Holidays.

 

 

The highlights of this trip to Armenia

  • Feel the life pulse in the high mountain villages
  • Visit the oldest wine cellar in Noah’s land
  • Taste the well known ArArAt cognac
  • Learn the secrets of Armenian BBQ preparation

Day 1

  • Arrival in Yerevan, transfer to the hotel
  • Visit to Matenadaran- the repository of manuscripts which has one of the three largest collections in the world
  • City tour around Yerevan – the ancient capital of Armenia
  • Visit to the food market where you can buy fresh and dried fruits and marinated vegetables
  • Wine tasting in “Enoteca” wine bar. Here, you will find out many interesting things about Armenian wine-making traditions.
  • Day 1 detailed

    After your arrival at the airport, you will have a transfer to the hotel in Yerevan. The tour will begin with a visit to Matenadaran-the repository of manuscripts which has one of the three largest collections in the world. You will continue the city tour by bus around this ancient city which is 29 years older than the Eternal City of Rome. Nowadays Yerevan is lively and charming city with green parks, pink buildings, cheerful and hospitable people. Not to be missed visit to Food Market where you can enjoy the bright colors of fresh and dried fruits and marinated vegetables. The tour will continue to Marani Winery for wine tasting and lunch. Here the head of winemaker’s Association of Armenia will tell you about Armenian winemaking traditions. In the evening you will be back in Yerevan to experience the lively evening of this bustling city. (90 km / 6 hours) 

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L

    Duration: 6 hours (90 km)

Day 2

  • Drive to Azat River Canyon, to Geghard Cave Monastery included into the UNESCO world heritage list
  • Visit to Garni pagan temple – the only preserved example of Hellenistic architecture in the Caucasus region
  • Enjoy outdoor lunch accompanied with traditional bread lavash baking demonstration in tonir (oven in the ground)
  • Taste some excellent cognacs in ArArAt Brandy Company
  • Day 2 detailed

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will head to the picturesque Azat River Canyon, where Geghard Cave Monastery is located. You will continue your trip to Garni Pagan Temple of the 1st century AD, the only preserved sample of Hellenistic architecture in the Caucasus region. The surrounding landscape with deep Azat River Gorge and Geghama Mountain Range gives a distinct charm to the temple. Your lunch will be served outdoors, accompanied with traditional bread baking demonstration in tonir (oven in the ground). Hot, newly baked lavash with cheese and fresh greens smells fantastic and is worth tasting. You will continue to Yerevan to taste some excellent cognacs in Yerevan Brandy Company. In Armenia, the cognac making tradition goes back to the 19th century. ArArAt trademark of Yerevan Brandy Company is well known over the world. (110 km / 7 hours)

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L

    Duration: 7 hours (110 km)

Day 3

  • Head to the south to Khor Virap Monastery which offers the best view of Mount Ararat
  • The trip continues to the second largest winemaking areas of Armenia, Arpa River Valley.
  • Visit to “Areni” winery to taste local wines
  • Noravank – another jewel of Armenian architecture stands amidst the red rock valley
  • Visit to the small winery for tasting local wines in Areni (the oldest wine-making facilities were found in Aren 1 Cave)
  • Stop at the ancient archaeological site known as Carahunge or Armenian Stonehenge
  • Trip to Goris town
  • Day 3 detailed

    After breakfast, you will head to the south to Khor Virap Monastery which offers the best view of Mount Ararat. In clear days Biblical Ararat stands so close as if on the hand reach. The next stop will be Noravank Monastery – another gem of Armenian architecture which stands amidst the red rock valley. You will continue your trip in the second largest winemaking areas of Armenia, Arpa River Valley.  This region is well known for its endemic sort of grape Areni, the red wine made of this grape. In Areni caves the archaeologists found the oldest winemaking facilities in the world. In the town, you will visit a small winery to taste local wines. Your next stop en route is Qarahunge – an ancient archaeological site from Middle Bronze Age. It is referred as Armenian Stonehenge. The road leading to the south will lead you to the town of Goris. You will stay this night in B&B where the host will share his skills of Armenian BBQ making. The mouthwatering fragrance of BBQ made by your own hands is a fantastic experience. You’ll have a dinner by the host family with best traditions of Armenian hospitality. (280 km /11 hours)

    Overnight: B&B in Goris, Meals: B, L

    Duration: 7 hours (280 km)

Day 4

  • Take the longest cable car in the world and fly over 320 m deep Vorotan River Canyon to Tatev Monastery
  • Visit to Tatev Medieval Monastery and University in a very picturesque location
  • The tour continues to your cozy rural hotel in Hermon village, located in Yeghegis River Valley of unparalleled beauty
  • Here you will learn the secrets of Armenian BBQ preparation
  • Day 4 detailed

    After breakfast, you will head to Tatev medieval monastery and university – the gem of Armenian medieval architecture located on the edge of the canyon. You will reach the monastery by the cable car which is the longest in the world and has the height of 320 m over deep Canyon of Vorotan River. Then you will continue to Vaik where you will participate in the preparation of traditional local soup karshim, prepared of local endemic herbs, lentil, and milk. After lunch, you will continue to your cozy rural hotel in Hermon village, located in Yeghegis River Valley of unparalleled beauty. The hotel has all the amenities for pleasant evening leisure.

    Overnight: hotel in Hermon village, Meals: B, L

    Duration: 7 hours (170 km)

    Note: Tatever Cable car’s fee is not included in the price

Day 5

  • Drive to the Great Silk Road, where is located well-preserved Caravanserai on the Silk Road
  • Stop to admire at Lake Sevan, one the highest and biggest freshwater lakes in the world on 1900 meters above sea level
  • Dinner and master class by one of most honored chefs of Armenia, the head of “Armenian Cuisine Traditions” NGO. He will demonstrate cooking of Armenian dish tolma made from minced meat whipped in vine leaves.
  • Day 5 detailed

    This day you will have a very scenic journey along the section of Great Silk Road. Here you will have an opportunity to see one of the well-preserved caravanserais on the Silk Road. In a few kilometers, you will reach azure Lake Sevan. It is one of the highest and largest freshwater lakes in the world, located at about 2000 meters above the sea level. Here on Sevan peninsula you will have a chance to taste local fish in the restaurant with amazing view over the lake. After lunch you will be back in Yerevan for dinner and master class by one of most honored chefs of Armenia, the head of “Armenian Cuisine Traditions” NGO. He will demonstrate cooking of Armenian dish tolma made from minced meat wrapped in grape leaves. (220 km / 9 hours)

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L

    Duration: 9 hours (220 km)

 

Day 6

  • Get closer to Armenian Traditions in Sardarapat Ethnographic Museum which represents national garments, jewelry, carpets, furniture, tools starting from Bronze Age up to the contemporary life of the country
  • Wine tasting in one of the regional wineries MAP Winery
  • Lunch and master class in a small traditionally furnished bakery
  • Visit to Echmiadzin Cathedral – the spiritual heart of Armenia and the first Christian Church in the world
  • Day 6 detailed

    This day will take you to another page of Armenian history, to the Sardarapat Memorial and Ethnographic Museum. This museum has the rich collection of Armenian national garments, jewelry, carpets, furniture, tools starting from Bronze Age up to the contemporary life of the country. This collection allows perceiving the Armenian lifestyle in different decades. You will continue to MAP Winery for wine tasting. Lunch will be served in a small traditionally furnished bakery where hosts will share with you the principles of qyufta dish making, made from beaten meat. After lunch, you will have a walk in Echmiadzin the spiritual heart of Armenia, which is the seat of Catholicos of Armenian Apostolic Church. (140 km / 8 hours)

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L

    Duration: 8 hours (140 km)

Day 7

  • Trip to the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, the religious center of all Armenians around the world.
  • Excursion to St. Hripsime church which is a unique sample of Armenian architecture.
  • Excursion to Echmiadzin Cathedral
  • Lunch and master class on the preparation of Armenian national sweet cake gata
  • Lunch is served in P. Proshyan Museum along with Ethnic Performance
  • Return to Yerevan and visit to the ruins of Zvartnots temple on the way.
  • Day 7 detailed

    In this last trip day in Armenia, you will visit Saghmosavank Monastery standing on the edge of marvelous Kasakh River Canyon. Saghmosavank is the best viewpoint over the canyon. You will continue to Armenia Winery for another wine testing. This day’s lunch will be served in P. Proshyan Museum where you will watch Armenian Ethnic Performance – a great finale for your food and wine trip. After lunch, you will have free time in the city to get your last impressions or maybe even get some souvenirs for your relatives and friend. (110 km / 6 hours)

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L

    Duration: 6 hours (110 km)

Day 8

  • Transfer to airport, departure

 

Why book with Arara?

  • Guides with 5+ year experience
  • Licensed air conditioned transport
  • Central located hotels
  • Overnight in regions*
  • Participation in cooking classes
  • Еthnic dances and performances
  • The best price in the market for high-quality service
  • 3000+ satisfied clients per year

We provide accommodation in the regions which allows our tourists not to get tired of a long journey, experience the full color of Armenia and minimize driving distance.

Detailed Trip Information

  • The price of the tour includes:

    • Airport transfers
    • Accommodation in hotels 7 nights (3* / double rooms), guesthouse 1 night
    • Half board (breakfast + lunch or dinner)
    • All wine and cognac tasting
    • All transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • English speaking guide service for all days
    • All admission fees

    The price doesn’t include:

    • The fee of the cable car  “Wings of Tatev”
    • Flights
    • Medical insurance
  • You will spend all nights in Yerevan in a 3* hotel:

    Hotel in Yerevan: 3 * Cascade Hotel is located in the city center within walking distance of the main attractions:

    Hotel in Yermon: Lucytour Hotel is located in a picturesque place in the mountains of Armenia at an altitude of 1720 meters above sea level.

    Hotel in Goris: 3* Christy Hotel is located in the city center

    • Documents:
    • Passport, flight ticket (printed or electronic), insurance, visa (if required)

    • First aid kit:
    • bandaids / plasters, special medicine or drugs in permanent use, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, lip balm

    • Essentials:
    • Credit/debit cards, cash (cards can be used in city, cash in regions), moneybelt, laptop/tablet/phone, chargers, camera with extra memory cards and batteries, outlet adapter

    • Dressing:
    • There are no restrictions regarding clothes; scarf or shawl is advisable for churches (obligatory in Georgia for women)

    • Spring / Autumn
    • long pants/jeans, long sleeve blouses, light raincoat, jacket, comfortable waterproof shoes, umbrella

    • Summer
    • T-shirts, shorts, long sleeve blouses for evening, sandals, umbrella, sun protection, sun glasses, sunhat

    • Winter
    • Warm coat, warm wool sweater, long warm trousers, long boots (waterproof), scarf, gloves

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