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Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights
Location: Armenia
Price: 887 EURBest price : 845 EUR
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Rural Tour to Armenia

By choosing our Rural Tour to Armenia, you will travel around the most curious and cozy villages of Armenia, get acquainted with the way of life of the local population and taste delicious natural country products.

Day 1

  • Arrival to the airport, individual transfer to the hotel
  • City tour around Yerevan – 2799 year- old capital of Armenia
  • Day 1 detailed

    After your arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel in Yerevan and checked in. Your journey will start with the city tour around Yerevan. Some decades ago Alexander Tamanyan, the general architect of Yerevan, created the contemporary plan of the city which we can see today. From the observation area in the Victory Park, you will be able to enjoy an amazing view to Yerevan and Mount Ararat. The excursion will continue to the Cascade – the favorite place of Yerevan residents. The Cascade is a huge staircase that connects the city center with the residential area. Downstairs, you will see the unique sculptures, belonging to the world-famous foreign sculptors. Next, you will pass through the main street of the city, and see the building of the Opera and Ballet Theatre, several central streets of Yerevan, and the Republic Square – the “heart” of the capital.

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan

Day 2

  • Trip through the Ararat valley to the monastery of Khor Virap – the sacred place for all Armenians
  • Trip to the valley of red rocks to Noravank Monastery
  • Trip to Chiva village where you will try local rural delicacies
  • Master class of Armenian gata cake preparation
  • Wine tasting in Yeghegnadzor town
  • Day 2 detailed

    Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank – Chiva – Yeghegnadzor

    The second day will begin with a trip through the Ararat valley to the monastery of Khor Virap, the history of which is related to the adoption of Christianity in Armenia. It offers the most spectacular view of Mount Ararat as Khor Virap is located in close proximity to the mountain. The way will continue to the monastery of Noravank (XIII cent.), located among the red rocks of the gorge of indescribable beauty. After the excursion, you will go to the village of Chiva, where the locals will treat you with a delicious meal, prepared from natural products. Together with the hospitable hosts, you will be able to take part in the preparation of Armenian national sweet – gata. The day will end with a trip to Yeghegnadzo, where you will have a visit to the wine house producing the best sorts of wines in Armenia. Here you will enjoy wine tasting. Overnight will be in a guesthouse in Yeghegnadzor.

    Overnight: guesthouse in Yeghegnadzor

Day 3

  • Trip to Selim Pass – the part of the Great Silk Road
  • Visit to the caravanserai of Orbelian Princes
  • The tour will continue to Lake Sevan – one of the largest freshwater mountain lakes in the world
  • Stop at the largest medieval cemetery of khachkars
  • Day 3 detailed

    Eghegnadzor – Selim – Noratus – Sevan – Chkalovka

    In the morning, you will go along a segment of the Silk Road to the Vardenyats pass (2410 m). Here is located the caravanserai of Orbelian Princes, which has been preserved almost in its original form (XIV-th century). The trip will continue through the Selim Pass to Lake Sevan – the blue gem of Armenia, which is one of the largest freshwater mountain lakes in the world. It is located at an altitude of 1900 meters above sea level. Here you will visit the medieval cemetery of khachkars (cross-stones) – Noratuz. Khachkars are unique works of art, they can be found only in Armenian culture. In the stone patterns of khachkar the master embodied his soul and faith. A delicious lunch will be held at one of the houses of the local farmers. You will also visit Hayravank Monastery and learn the interesting legend connected with it. After the tour, you will go to the village of Chkalovka.

    Overnight: guesthouse in Chkalovka

Day 4

  • Trip to Martuni village where you will taste delicious local honey
  • The way will continue to the village of Getik, where you will make traditional Armenian cheese
  • Drive to Dilijan for an overnight
  • Day 4 detailed

    Sevanavank- Chambarak – Getik – Dilijan

    The tour will continue along the coast of Lake Sevan to the peninsula. After rising to the peninsula, you will see the monastery of Sevanavank (IX cent.). An amazing view to the lake and surrounding beauties opens from the hill. The tour will continue to the village of Martuni (Chambarak). Here you will have the opportunity to taste several varieties of honey. An experienced beekeeper will tell about the interesting process of honey producing. The way will continue to the village of Getik, where in a small farm-guesthouse you will have the opportunity to make traditional Armenian cheese with the assistence of hosts and feed hens. In the evening, you will drive to Dilijan – small resort town famous for its beautiful nature, tasty water and healing air.

    Overnight: guesthouse in Dilijan

 Day 5

  • Trip to Russian village Phioletovo where you will try local rural food
  • The tour will continue to yezidi mountain village where you will make friends with hospitable locals
  • Day 5 detailed

    Dilijan – Phioletovo – Aparan – Proshyan

    The day will start with a visit to painter’s house in Dilijan. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in batik-making master-class. Next you will go to Russian Molokan village Phioletovo. At home of hospitable local hosts, you will have a delicious lunch and have an opportunity to chat over a cup of tea from a samovar and try pancakes with jam. The way will continue through the town of Aparan to yezidi mountain village, situated at the foot of Mount Aragats. Here you will get acquainted with hospitable locals. They will treat you with fresh matsun – national fermented milk product. You will have the overnight in a hospitable guesthouse in Proshyan village.

    Overnight: guesthouse in Proshyan

Day 6

  • Visit to Ashtarak family and participation in bread and national sweets preparation
  • Return to Yerevan
  • Day 6 detailed

    Ashtarak – Yerevan

    On this day, you will visit the home of one of Ashtarak families, whose history goes back to the century before last. Here, together with the hostess, you will be able to participate in the preparation of the Armenian sweet sudjukh and see how they bake Armenian national bread lavash in tonir. The taste of freshly baked bread with homemade cheese can not be compared with anything else.

    Return to Yerevan

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan

Day 7

Transfer to the airport, departure

The price of the tour is 845 EUR per person

The single supplement is 161 EUR per person

Why book with Arara?

  • Unique itinerary, multi cultural experience
  • Visit to national minority communities
  • Local organic food
  • Local cooking experience
  • Overnight in family run B&B  
  • The best price in the market

Detailed Trip Information

  • The price of the tour includes:

    • Comfortable transport
    • Accommodation
    • Lunches
    • Master classes
    • English speaking guide service for all days
    • All admission fees

    The price doesn’t include:

    • Flights
    • Medical insurance

     

  • You will spend 3 nights in Yerevan in 3* hotel and 4 nights in regions in hotels and guest houses.

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

    Hotel in Yeghegnadzor: Old Bridge B&B

    Hotel in Sevan: Lavash Hotel is located in 70 meters from Lake Sevan. The windows overlook the mountains and the lake.

    Hotel in Dilijan: Art Guest House is located in the picturesque town of Dilijan surrounded by magnificent nature.

    • 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, sunglasses, sunhat

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

Guaranteed Tour Dates 2018

May 27 – June 2July 1 – 3August 12 – 18
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