Art and Crafts Armenia
Now that the world seems to have become a part of the same culture, it is thrilling to think that in some corners of the world there are well-preserved and unique cultural traditions. “Cultural Revival” Arts and Crafts Festival gives you the opportunity to experience the diversity of Armenian culture. Even though it might be difficult to imagine, but every region in this small country has its own culture and traditions.
Breakfast at the 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. Visit to Megerian Carpet, where you will get acquainted with the history of Armenian carpet weaving. Armenia is famous for its ornaments that are found and expressed in carpet weaving. In the evening you will learn Armenian folk dances, which are the most important part of Armenian culture. Dance has been a unique way of preserving the Armenian nation for centuries.
Breakfast at the hotel. Amberd is a medieval fortress town built in the 10th century. There has been a 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. Then we will visit the Teger Monastery Complex, which is also a unique example of church building. The church was built in the 13th century. At Byurakan Studios you will make your own handmade paper and print it out as a souvenir. Return to Yerevan.
Breakfast in 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. Hovhann 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. This Monastery, may become part of a natural site based on the state protected area of Dilijan. You will attend a batik or jewelry master class in Buduart Studio, which will make your trip even more interesting. The handmade souvenirs you can carry with you. Return to Yerevan.
Breakfast in 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. You will also attend a master class in pottery. 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 saint spearheaded in the monastery (by which Jesus was crucified). Return to Yerevan.
The price of tour for one person in 3* hotel
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The price includes:
- Hotel accommodation 5 night
- Transportation services during the tour
- Professional guide services
- Museum entrance tickets
- Brandy tasting
- Lavash baking master class
- Master class in pottery
- Master class in batik or jewelry making
- Master class of handmade paper
- Folk dance master class
The price excludes:
- Air ticket
- Lunch, dinner
- 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