Rural Tour to Armenia

7 days/6 nights
Small Group (2-13)
Any Date
Half Board
Age: 0+
Price:
71,311RUR
83,272RUR

The Highlights of the Tour

Travel around the most curious and cozy villages of Armenia Get acquainted with the way of life of the local population Taste delicious natural country products Try to prepare Armenian sweet cake gata by your own hands Learn the secrets of Armenian honey making Watch the demonstration of Armenian national bread lavash baking
Armenian villages and national products

ITINERARY

Introduction

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 - City Tour

The sights of Yerevan
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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 2 - Yerevan - Khor Virap - Noravank - Chiva - Yeghegnadzor

Khor Virap - Noravank
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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 - Eghegnadzor - Selim - Noratus - Sevan - Chkalovka

Armenian village
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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Sevanavank - Chambarak - Getik - Dilijan

Armenian village
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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Dilijan - Phioletovo - Aparan - Proshyan

Phioletovo village
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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - Ashtarak - Yerevan

Armenian national food
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
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 - Departure

Transfer to the airport, departure
Meals: Breakfast

INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS

The tour price includes

  • Comfortable transport
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts and Lunches
  • Master classes
  • English speaking guide service for all days
  • All admission fees
  • 1 bottle (0,5 l) of water per day
  • Local SIM card

The tour price doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Medical insurance

REVIEWS

Greta Gilbert 16.10.2017

What did you like best in your trip?
Everything! It was a wonderful tour. We saw so many amazing, beautiful things, including wonderful Yerevan, the Gerhard Monastery and the Garni Temple, with the incredible symphony of stones formation just below it, Etchmiatsin Church, the museum of manuscripts, the fascinating Zvarnots Ruins, the haunting church of Saint Rhipsime,the Genocide Memorial, the ancient Khor Virap Monastary, the beautiful and isolated Noravank Monastary, the Areni cave ruins (so incredible!), the picturesque journey to the Caravansarai at the top of Selim Pass, Armenian Stonehenge (also just incredible!), the Noravus cemetary and the incredible ancient ruins around beautiful Lake Sevan, the sublime Sevanavank Monastary, the spectacularly situated Tatev Monastary (and the exciting, scenic tram ride to it) the Debed gorge and the fascinating ruins of Sanahin and Hagpat Monastaries that dot its edges, and the incredible painted Monastary of Akhtala. This is not to mention the delightful home visits we had with beekeepers' and cheesemakers' families, or the incredible meals we had throughout. It was an absolutely wonderful trip and we loved every minute of it!

What didn't you like in trip?
We didn't like that it had to end!

What would you add to your trip?
We would have made it longer if we could have.

Guide: Vahe was our guide for all but one of the days of the tour and he was just magnificent! He made the trip so special for us. He was always looking for ways to enhance our tour, including taking us to additional places of interest beyond what was planned, and delighting us with little surprises. He was so knowledgeable and passionate about Armenia, and we were so grateful for his openness, thoughtfulness, and warmth. He went above and beyond for us. We love you, Vahe!

Arthur was our guide for one day of our tour (the tour of Yerevan) and he was also just wonderful. Thank you, Arthur!

Both of our guides spoke excellent English and were great communicators.

Driver: Vahe was an excellent driver. We felt totally safe in his very capable hands.

Car: Perfect car for the tour.

Hotels: Great. We especially loved Qefo Hotel.

Would you recommend our company to your friends?
Yes--wholeheartedly. Lucine was our contact for organizing the tour and she was very responsive, knowledgeable, professional, kind, and patient with us. When we requested several last minute changes to the itinerary, she was able to make them happen for us. She was an absolute delight to work with.

Ken Kanjian 17.09.2017

My family and I have now returned safely to Sydney (New York in the case of my eldest daughter)  and are resuming our daily lives but with very fond memories of our stay in Armenia. It was a truly wonderful time for us and we were fortunate to have your guidance in planning the itinerary and in having Ara as our accompanying and knowledgeable tour guide and Ardag as our most skilled driver.

As my eldest daughter said to me as we were leaving Armenia, there was something in the itinerary for each one of us. There was culture, religion, art, wine tasting, excellent food, history, beautiful scenery and panoramic walks – an eclectic blend. We loved Yerevan and its nightlife. We loved the hospitality and friendliness of the common folk – I in particular felt at home even though my Armenian is not very good. I had waited all my life (60 years) to make this pilgrimage and I was not disappointed.

It is very good to see that Armenia is a sovereign and independent state but I was able quite quickly to pick up on the undercurrent of problems which this young state faces. Nevertheless, I regard the existence of the state to be a miracle of sorts and I have every confidence that the intelligence and resourcefulness of the Armenian people will resolve their difficulties one by one and overtime. After all, do not forget that it took centuries of evolution and progress for the West to develop its present day administrative institutions and legal system. These critical underpinnings of society do not occur in short periods but take many years to evolve and require the goodwill and selflessness of generations to bring about fair and equitable societies.

The trip there and back was quite arduous. Our trip to Armenia took 32 hours from Sydney and the return trip was even longer because of an overnight layover in Dubai. Distance is tyrannical for us but I can say without reservation that if Yerevan was say only four hours away by plane, I would gladly visit two or three times a year – that is how much I liked your city and country.

Thank you again for your assistance.

With my best wishes

Vasken

Mohammed al Makhmari 08.04.2017

What did you like best about your trip?
1-Generally very well organised. Tour guide and driver had phone numbers of guest houses, places of activity, e.t.c.
who were always there on time to meet us. Rooms were chosen to provide comfort for the family. Activities suited for the children.

4- Interaction with guest house owners and their families was very valuable. All were kind and some spoke very good English. Our best experiences were in old bridge B&B (Guesthouse and lady owner), Lavash and sudjuk making (Activity & the very kind people), cheese and Gata making (activity & people).
5- Food quality and variety was great.
We had some reservations on the quantity   (too much).

What didn't you like about trip?
1- Long driving day (Tsaghkunk – Chambarak – Berd – Idjevan). This might not be an issue on longer summer days with adult tourists, however the drive was a bit long for the children. Arrived at Berd late and there was little time for the activity. Had to drive back at night in foggy conditions which did not feel safe. Suggestion: Sleep over in Berd instead of Idejevan or sleep over in Idjevan and allocate an extra day for Berd.
2- Sanitation: Overall we were very happy with the cleanliness of facilities. Idjevan guesthouse: owner must have done her best to keep place clean and was a very jolly lady however lifting the toilet lid there were unpleasant stains below the lid.
Berd: Toilet available during toy making  event was not sanitary and had no door.

What would you add to your trip?
NIL comments.

Guide: Haykuhi did very best to convey information about places visited and was flexible to change program, e.g. time used for children to play with snow as we found out "Caravan Seray" was not accessible due snow, dry fruit market and jewelry shop on final day. She also interacted with the children and always translated other people's conversations around us and that kept us comfortable.

Driver: Driver was very good. Drove safely and kept comfort of passengers in mind.
He always helped with the bags and would like to thank him for that.
He was also very helpful to other people (helped preparing wood for Lavash making)

Car: Comfortable. No breakdowns.

Hotels: Cascade hotel: excellent location and amazing staff (no wonder the good reviews online). The only two issues were the sound proofing and smoking rooms (smoke enters from other rooms). Suggestion: Inform tourist of those two issues as they can not be fixed, while recommending the hotel at the same time for its good location and staff.

Would you recommend our company to your friends?
Yes. Definitely.

ACCOMMODATION

Cascade Hotel

Lavash Hotel

Art Guesthouse

Old Bridge B&B Hotel

Silachi Hotel

Ararat Hotel

TRIP MAP

PACKING CHECKLIST

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

WHY BOOK WITH ARARA

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Unique itinerary, multi cultural experience
Visit to national minority communities

During the tour, you'll visit the village belonging to Russian Molokan minorities and will get acquainted with their way of life

Local organic food

During the tour, you will have a degustation of local honey and other village products

Local cooking experience

During the tour, you will take part in the master class of sweet gata and traditional Armenian cheese

Overnight in family run B&B

During the tour, you will stay for overnight in villages in guesthouses belonging to local families. Thus you will get in touch with the local population and contribute to the local infrastructure.

GUARANTEED TOUR DATES

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from Yerevan
7
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Sep 21, 2019

to Yerevan

74,566 RUR

2+

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May 15, 2019

from Yerevan
11
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Saturday

May 25, 2019

to Yerevan

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Sunday

Jul 7, 2019

from Yerevan
7
days
Saturday

Jul 13, 2019

to Yerevan

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11

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Sunday

Sep 15, 2019

from Yerevan
7
days
Saturday

Sep 21, 2019

to Yerevan

71,311 RUR

13

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Any Day

Any date

from Yerevan
7
days
Individual

Sep 21, 2019

to Yerevan
Space left

2+

74,566 RUR

Wednesday

May 15, 2019

from Yerevan
11
days
Saturday

May 25, 2019

to Yerevan
Space left

13

71,311 RUR

Sunday

Jul 7, 2019

from Yerevan
7
days
Saturday

Jul 13, 2019

to Yerevan
Space left

11

71,311 RUR

Sunday

Sep 15, 2019

from Yerevan
7
days
Saturday

Sep 21, 2019

to Yerevan
Space left

13

71,311 RUR

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