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

Anybody who tasted a dish from Armenian cuisine would definitely assure you that it was one of a kind. With our Food and Wine Gastronomic tour to Armenia you will have an experience not only to taste different dishes from Armenian cuisine but also take part in making some of them. This tour will allow you to have family visits in rural areas, enjoy mountainous fresh air and try very unique and delicious meals from Armenian traditional cuisine. By choosing Food and Wine Gastronoic tour to Armenia you will have an opportunity to make Armenian traditional lavash, tasty tolma, taste Armenian famous wine and world-famous ArArAt Cognac. With our tour you will get the true taste of Armenian cuisine, moreover you will be amused by the spirit and hospitality of Armenians.

 

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
  • City tour around Yerevan – the ancient capital of Armenia
  • Welcome dinner, wine tasting
  • 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 city tour around Yerevan – the ancient city which is 29 years older than the Eternal City of Rome. Nowadays Yerevan is a lively and charming city with green parks, pink buildings, cheerful and hospitable people. From the observation platform of the Victory Park, you will admire the whole city from a bird’s eye view. The walk will continue to the Cascade – this unique construction is a museum of modern art, as well as a favorite place of Yerevan residents. Further, you will walk along the main street of the city, see the Opera and Ballet Theater and several central streets of Yerevan. In the evening, you will have a welcome dinner and a wine tasting in the wine restaurant.

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: D

Day 2

  • Visit to the monastery of Saghmosavank, located on the edge of the picturesque gorge of the Kasakh River
  • Trip to Amberd Fortress
  • Lunch in Amberd Tavern
  • Trip to the real wine castle – Voskevaz Winery
  • Return to Yerevan
  • Day 2 detailed

    In the morning you will head to Saghmosavank Monastery located atop the yawning gorge carved by the Kasakh River. Amazing view of the canyon will open in front of you once you reach the monastery. You will continue uphill to the Amberd fortress proudly standing on the foot of Mount Aragats (2300 meters above sea). Amberd was once the patrimony of Pahlavuni princes and was a strategically important stronghold of the Armenian kings of Bagratuni. The lunch will be organized in the Amberd Tavern. A bit later you will head to the real wine castle. It is Voskevaz Winery the name of which is translated as “a golden bunch”. Here you will have a wonderful tour around the old winery. You will get acquainted with all the stages of wine fermentation and taste the wines that received the gold and silver medals at MUNDUS VINI exhibition held in Germany.

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L

Day 3

  • 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 3 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 by 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 ArArAt 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.

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L

Day 4

  • 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.
  • Noravank – another jewel of Armenian architecture stands amidst the red rock valley
  • Trip to Yeghegnadzor town
  • Stop in Hermon village for a rest and overnight
  • Day 4 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 seems so close as if on the hand reach. You will continue your trip to 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. The next stop will be at Noravank Monastery – another gem of the Armenian architecture which stands amidst the red rock valley. Then you will go to Yeghegnadzor town to meet winemaker Arman. He will treat you to local wines and vodka. After lunch, you will head to a cozy rural hotel in the village of Hermon, located in the valley of incomparable beauty. During the dinner, the hospitable hosts will share the most valuable skills of cooking Armenian barbeque. The appetizing aroma of barbeque prepared by your own hands – what can sound more tempting? The hotel has all the conveniences for a cozy evening rest.

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

Day 5

  • Drive to the Great Silk Road, where is located well-preserved Caravanserai
  • Stop to admire at Lake Sevan, one the highest and biggest freshwater lakes in the world on 1900 meters above sea level
  • Meeting with the cheesemaker
  • Trip to the village of Tsakhkunq
  • Acquaintance with the chef and master class
  • Day 5 detailed

    This day you will have a very scenic journey along the section of the Great Silk Road. Here you will have an opportunity to see one of the well-preserved caravanserais where merchants and travelers stayed for an overnight during their journey. 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. Have you ever tried cheese aged in wine? If not you will have such an opportunity as we will organize a meeting with an interesting person who prepares such dainties with great success. A little later you will spend some pleasant time at Lake Sevan and then continue your tour to Tsakhkunq village. Here the chef cooker Yuri will surprise you with dishes made according to old recipes, as well as conduct a master class for you.

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: B, L

 

Day 6

  • 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 – the first Christian church in the world
  • Lunch and master class on the preparation of Armenian national sweet cake gata
  • Return to Yerevan
  • Day 6 detailed

    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

Day 7

  • Free day
  • Day 7 detailed

    This day we advise you to visit the food market famous for its fresh fruits, beautifully decorated dried fruits, delicious pickled vegetables and spices.

    Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan Meals: B, L

Day 8

  • Transfer to the 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
    • 1 bottle (0,5 l) of water per day
    • Local SIM card

    The price doesn’t include:

    • The fee of the cable car  “Wings of Tatev”
    • Flights
    • Medical insurance
  • 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.

    • 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

Guaranteed Tour Dates 2018

May 3 – 10June 9 – 16June 23 – 30
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Guaranteed Tour Dates 2019

May 11 – 18June 8 – 15June 22 – 29
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Sep 7 – 14Sep 21 – 28 Any date
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