Great silk road of Armenia
GREAT SILK ROAD OF ARMENIA
Human beings have always moved from place to place and traded with their neighbours, exchanging goods, skills and ideas. Throughout history, Eurasia was criss-crossed with communication routes and paths of trade, which gradually linked up to form what are known today as the Silk Roads, routes across both land and sea, along which silk and many other goods were exchanged between people from across the world. These vast networks carried more than just merchandise and precious commodities however: the constant movement and mixing of populations also brought about the transmission of knowledge, ideas, cultures and beliefs, which had a profound impact on the history and civilizations of the Eurasian peoples. ‘Silk Road’ is in fact a relatively recent term, and for the majority of their long history, these ancient roads had no particular name. In the mid-nineteenth century, the German geologist, Baron Ferdinand von Richthofen, named the trade and communication network Die Seidenstrasse (the Silk Road), and the term, also used in the plural, continues to stir imaginations with its evocative mystery. The significance of Armenia in this vital exchange of goods, technologies, cultural, scientific achievements was also reflected in the diplomatic documents of the antiquity. In the treaties between the Roman Empire and Parthia (166 AD) and later Byzantium and the Sassanid Empire (408 AD), the capital of the Classical Armenia – Artashat and later Medieval Dvin were stated as one of the three points for the goods exchange for these “perpetually fighting partners”. In spite of the trials and ordeals imposed during the centuries, Armenia preserved its position on the Great Silk Road. Through the current territory of the Republic along the Ararat valley, stretches one of the principal branches of the Road. Not surprisingly five capitals of Armenia including the capital of nowadays Republic – Yerevan, are on this road. All of them, as Armenia itself, are hospitably open for inquisitive visitors.
Day 1 Arrival
Arrival in Yerevan. Meeting at the airport, transfer to hotel. Welcome dinner in the restaurant.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2 IN THE HEART OF “PINK TOWN”
Breakfast at the hotel. Our trip starts with a visit to the History Museum of Armenia – the museum contains over 400,000 artifacts representing the history of the country. City tour around Yerevan – the ancient capital of Armenia. Explore the uniqueness of the city streets; you will enjoy the warm atmosphere, friendly smiles of local people and unique coloring of this wonderful ancient city-Opera House, Cascade Complex, Republic Square, the Governmental Building, Statue of Victory, the Stadium and the canyon of Hrazdan. Visit to Tsitsernakaberd- the Armenian Genocide memorial complex – dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Dinner in the restaurant.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 3 Fortress In The Clouds
We leave in the direction of the highest mountains of Armenia – Aragats. Along the way, make a stop near the monasteries Saghmosavank, Ovanavank. Then we’ll go up to a height of 3000 m, where the fortress of Amberd is situated and then even higher to an altitude of 3300 m to the beautiful Lake Kari Lich ( “Stone Lake”).
After this, we are waiting for a master class: cooking Armenian food Hapamy (pumpkin stuffed with rice and dried fruit) as well as the traditional Armenian barbecue.
Nourishing dinner, it’s time to try new Armenian wines. We will visit the ultramodern plant ArmeniaWine, where we will have a degustation of 4 varieties of wine.
In the evening return to Yerevan
Day 4 Blue Pearl
Sevan-Dilijan-Ijevan Wine Factory-Yerevan
We go to Lake Sevan – the blue pearl of Armenia, where there is also one of the oldest monasteries of Armenia – Sevanavanq. Next, we’ll go to Dilijan surrounded by dense forest. There we’ll take a walk through the old town, visit the monastery complex Haghartsin and have lunch in the Eastern Armenian restaurant. After that we will wait for an excursion to the Ijevan wine factory, where we’ll try 8 varieties of wine, two of which were bottled up in 1977 and 1982, as well as 20-year-old Armenian cognac.
In the evening, in a very good mood we’ll return to Yerevan.
Day 5 Rock Cut monastery
After breakfast, we go to the village of Garni, which is the only surviving monument in Armenia belonging to the era of paganism and Hellenism. Walk through the gorge, where you will see a small miracle of nature called “stone symphony”. Departure to Geghard monastery complex – a unique architectural structure, part of which is carved into the rock.
Then you and I will take a direct part in Armenian bread lavash baking and tasty lunch making by visiting locals.Traditionally, in the afternoon we’ll wait for a wine tasting. This time we’ll go to the factory Maran, where we’ll try a large number of red, white and fruit wines.
On the way back we’ll stop at the ruins of the ancient temple of Zvartnots, which was destroyed by a strong earthquake at the end of the last millennium.
Evening walk in Yerevan.
Day 6 Return to Yerevan
After we we’ll wait for a sightseeing tour in Yerevan, during which we’ll visit the Historical Museum, the Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, and Erebuni Museum, located on the hill of Arin-Berd, where you’ll learn about old Yerevan.
Well, what a wine tour without a real Armenian brandy! We’ll visit Yerevan Brandy Factory, where we’ll talk about all the secrets of the production of Armenian brandy, we’ll also taste the most famous brands of cognac of the world’s famous factory.
In the evening we’ll wait for an excursion to the plant where you can participate in the process of production of ancient Armenian carpets and in cooking process of old Armenian dishes for dinner.
Day 7 Departure Home
Visit the famous open-air market in Yerevan, “Vernissage”
Transfer to the airport
740 EUR / 696 USD
565 EUR / 600 USD
452 EUR / 480 USD
20 and more person
300 EUR / 318 USD
The price includes:
- Accommodation in comfortable and famous hotel;
- Transportation service according to the program;
- Welcome dinner, farewell dinner, 3 dinners, breakfasts in hotel
- Guide service (who speaks on your language)
- Entrance fees.
- Travel map of Armenia.
- 3 bottles of water a day.
- Master Classes
The tour price does not include:
- Airline Tickets
- You can choose any other hotel in Armenia;
- Tour can start from any place you prefer in Yerevan;
- Tour package for children under 5 is free of charge;
- For children from 6 to 11 – 50 % discount;
- Monday is non working day for Yerevan museums.
We take into account your wishes and preferences during making our tours. We will actualize all your cultural desires.
Relax… You are with us! We make it simple!
With best Regards Kartour