Armenia for Wine Lovers
Winemaking in Armenia has a millennia-long history. According to popular Bible history, Armenia is the home of viticulture and winemaking. There are many wonderful and beautiful wine legends in the world, but the oldest is the Bible story. According to legend, humanity discovered the taste of wine and felt its impact when Noah planted the first vine in the foot of Mount Ararat after the flood.
The millennial history of winemaking in Armenia testifies to the fact that during the excavations at the Areni Complex of the Republic of Armenia in 2011, the world’s oldest 6000 years old winery was discovered.
There are many wineries in Armenia whose wines are exported to different countries of the world. During the tour you will have the opportunity to visit some of them and get acquainted with winemaking technologies.
Breakfast at hotel. We will start our excursion from Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, one of the world's oldest cities. According to popular opinion, Yerevan was founded by the name of Erebuni by King Argishti I of the Kingdom of Van in the 8th century B.C. In Yerevan you will visit a number of historical-cultural sites, such as the Matenadaran, where the written history of the Armenian and foreign nations is written in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman, Assyrian, Old Georgian, Greek, Latin, Russian (about 18,000 manuscripts). Yerevan Brandy Factory, where you can get acquainted with the history of Armenian brandy and enjoy its immortal taste. Take a stroll through the streets of Yerevan to discover its architecture, whose main attractions are pink tuff and sculptures with national ornaments. Therefore, Yerevan is often called the Pink City. In the evening you will visit the Noyan Tapan wine shop, where a wide assortment of Armenian wines is displayed and you will have the opportunity to make pleasant purchases from the shop.
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Lake Sevan, one of the most picturesque places in Armenia. Sevan is considered to be the second largest freshwater lake in the world. In the north-western part of Lake Sevan is the Sevan peninsula, where the unique Sevanavank monastic complex (built in the 9th-10th centuries) rises. In 874, two churches were built here by Ashot Bagratuni's daughter Mariam, the Holy Apostle (the Great) and St. Hovnann Karapet. The next stop will be in Dilijan. It is often referred to as "Little Switzerland" in Armenia. The rich nature and the fresh air create the perfect environment for a relaxing stay. In Dilijan you will visit Haghartsin Monastery, which was built in 10th -13th centuries. The monastery of Haghartsin, may become part of a natural site based on the state protected area of Dilijan National Park, an important forest in north-eastern Armenia. There is a beautiful restaurant called “Tava” in Dilijan where you will be able to take part in a cocktail making master class. Return to Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. The second day excursion starts from Khor Virap monastery complex, located in Ararat region. The Virap was a deep hole full of snakes, poisonous insects, where the prisoner was thrown. Gregory the Illuminator was kept there for the preaching of Christianity. After the adoption of Christianity, it became a pilgrimage site, and in the 17th century a chapel was built. The next stop will be in Areni village. The site has been the center of Armenian winemaking since ancient times and was the site of the world's oldest winery(6,000-year-old) in 2011. Areni Wine Factory is located in Areni, which was founded in 1994 in Areni village of Vayots Dzor region on the initiative of the Simonyan family. The factory has a wide assortment of Armenian wines. Here you will find the history of millennia of wine making. In the Vayots Dzor you will visit one of the unique churches of Armenia - Noravank. The monastery complex was built in 13th-14th centuries. In the second half of 13th century the architect Siranes acted and, in the first half of 14th century, prominent miniaturist, sculptor and architect Momik. The rich surrounding nature makes the look of the church even more breathtaking. Return to Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. Hovhannavank Church Complex was founded in the IV century, the main church - in 1221. The complex was an educational cultural center of medieval Armenia and was of key importance. Situated on the slope of Mount Aragats, it creates a wonderful panorama of the surrounding nature. Amberd is a medieval fortress town built in the 10th century. There has been castle in Amberd since ancient times. There are remnants of cyclopean structures in the Amberd area, and nearby dragonfly mounds. The monument consists of a three-storey castle, a fence, a bathhouse, a small chapel, a church, and underground passages. Continuing the theme of Armenian winemaking, we will visit one of the largest wineries in Armenia today - the Armenia Wine Factory. At the factory you will taste the wine and get acquainted with the works of the factory, after which you will get acquainted with the Yeganyan family living in Ashtarak and with their Armenian lifestyle and will taste homemade wine. Return to Yerevan.
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the Garni Temple, which is the only standing legacy of the Hellenistic era that has reached us. The castle was built probably in 2nd century BC..It was destroyed in the 1st century BC by Roman troops. In the 70s of the 1st century Garni was restored by King Trdat the 1st, whose Greek inscription calls it "the impregnable fortress". The Garni Temple was dedicated to Mihr, the god of war and the sun. In Garni village you will have the unique opportunity to attend lavash baking ceremony. It is no secret that lavash has a special meaning for Armenians and its baking process is a great and beautiful ritual. Not far from the Garni Temple is Geghard Monastery. It already belongs to the period of Christian Armenia. It was founded in the 5th century; the main church was built in 1215. It was firstly called Ayrivank because of the cave structures, and since the 13th century Geghard was held in honor of the holy spear in the monastery (by which Jesus was crucified). Return to Yerevan.
The price of tour for one person in 3* hotel
|Room category||2-3 pax||4-5 pax||6-7 pax||8-9 pax||10+ pax|
|DBL / TWN||723 USD||541 USD||464 USD||435 USD||385 USD|
The price includes
- Hotel accommodation 6 night
- Breakfast, 1 lunch
- Transportation services during the tour
- Professional guide services
- Museum entrance tickets during the tour
- Armenian cognac and wine tasting
- Lavash baking master class
- Cocktail making master class
The price excludes:
- Air ticket
- Lunches and dinners
- Personal expenses
- Prices refer to one person according to specified number of people.
- If needed, one can choose any other hotel in Armenia, which will cause changes in price.
- The program can be changed according to your wishes.
- The order of priority of excursions for technical reasons can be changed