In the morning you will have a trip to Etchmiadzin town – the religious center of all Armenians. First, you will visit the church of St. Hripsime (7th century), which is one of the most beautiful Armenian churches of the early Middle Ages. It was built on the place of the death of one of the Christian virgins who fled to Armenia from Rome. The main sight of the town is Echmiadzin Cathedral which is considered the first Christian Church in the world. It is included in the UNESCO heritage list. Lunch will be served in a unique art center, where the owners will share with you their secrets of Armenian traditional sweet cake preparation. Then you will go to Van Ardi Winery. Van Ardi brand is a family enterprise of winemaker Varuzhan Muradyan. The owner, a financier by profession, has recently returned to his homeland from the United States in order to devote himself to the winemaking. He admits that first, he considered winemaking as a hobby, then he attended special courses at Californian University and went to France to learn more about the technology of producing French wines. Later he got a dream that Armenia famous mainly for cognac would start producing elite wines that could take a worthy place among foreign competitors. Thus appeared Van Ardi wines which were awarded medals during wine festival in Areni as well as well as five gold and two silver medals in one of the most important international venues – Mundus Vini. The tour will continue to Ashtarak town famous for its fruit sweets. The most popular among them is sudjuk. It is made from walnuts and grape juice. Here you will have a master class and will try to make an Armenian traditional sudjuk with your own hands.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L