Rural Tour to Armenia
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
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 rural cheese and national sweet – gata. The day will end with a trip to Yeghegnadzor, where you will have a visit to a wine house and wine tasting.
Overnight: guest house in Yeghegnadzor
Eghegnadzor – Selim – Noratus – Sevan – Tsaghkunk
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 jem 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. 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. After the tour, you will go to the village of Tsaghkunk.
Overnight: guest house in Tsaghkunk
Tsaghkunk – Chambarak – Bers – Ijevan
The day will begin with a tour by the scenic road 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 path continues to the town of Berd, where you will visit the workshop in which local women make toys. Subsequently, they sell them worldwide. Here you will be able to make your own hand made toy or bracelet. Here you will be also treated to fragrant tea from thyme (mountain herb) with berry jam and peanut cookies. In the evening, you will drive to Ijevan.
Overnight: guest house in Ijevan
Ijevan – Phioletovo – Aparan – Ashtarak
On this day, 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 continues 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.
Overnight in the guest house
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
Transfer to the airport, departure
Guaranteed Tour Dates 2017
April 16 – 22
May 28 – June 3
July 31 – August 6
September 24 – 30