According to biblical legend, Noah came down from Mountain Ararat, planted the first vine. Thus began the tradition of wine making in Armenia. And recently in a cave near the village of Areni the archeologists have found the oldest wine-growing areas, dated back more than 6000 years. Development of wine-making in Armenia became possible due to favorable natural conditions, the availability of technologically advanced indigenous grape varieties and a thousand-year experience of winemakers. In Armenia the current wine production combines this experience and tradition, as well as new high-tech processes. And we invite all fans and lovers of this noble and very useful drink make a trip to the best wineries and small domestic wineries. Well, what kind of wine without feasts!
Day 1 Welcome To Yerevan
Arrival in Yerevan-Meeting at the airport-Transfer to hotel.
After a short rest we’ll go to a wine bar, where we’ll wait for a wine tasting and dinner. Then walk in the evening Yerevan (Republic Square, singing fountains, cascade, an observation deck with panoramic views of the city).
Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2 Oldest Winery
Check-in located at the foot of Mount Ararat Khor Virap, which is known by tha fact that here the first Catholicos of All Armenians Gregory the Illuminator have spent many years in prison.
Further our path lies on one of the most beautiful monasteries of Armenia — Noravank, surrounded by steep red cliffs.
After that, we are waiting for lunch in a restaurant, which is located in a cave.
After lunch, we visit the Areni cave complex where archaeologists found the oldest winery building in the world, as well as shoes, that date back many thousands of years.
After seeing the cave, we’ll go to the local wineries that will offer you different varieties of fruit wines: raspberry, blackberry, pomegranate, cherry and others.
Next, we are waiting for tasting at local wine factory, which is one of the largest wine producers in Armenia.
Return to Yerevan
Day 3 Degustation
We leave in the direction of the highest mountains of Armenia — Aragats. Along the way, make a stop near the monasteries of Saghmosavank and Ovanavank.
Then we’ll go up to a height of 3000 m, to the fortress of Amberd 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.
After nourishing dinner, it’s time to try new Armenian wines. We’ll visit the ultramodern plant ArmeniaWine, where we’ll have a degustation of 4 varieties of Armenian wine.
In the evening return to Yerevan.
Day 4 Taste of 20-year-old Armenian cognac
We’ll go to Lake Sevan — the blue pearl of Armenia, where there is also one of the oldest monasteries of Armenia — Sevanavanq.
Next, we go to Dilijan surrounded by dense forest. There we take a walk through the old town, visit the monastery complex Haghartsin and have lunch in the Eastern Armenian restaurant.
After that we’ll wait for an excursion to the Ijevan wine factory, where we’ll try 8 wine varieties, 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 will return to Yerevan
Day 5 Last Evidence of Paganism Era
After breakfast, we will 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 visiting locals.
Traditionally, in the afternoon we will wait for a wine tasting. This time we will go to the factory Maran, where we’ll try a large number of red, white and fruit wines.
On the way back we will 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 Real Armenian brandy
After we will wait for a sightseeing tour in Yerevan, during which we will visit the Historical Museum, the Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, and Erebuni Museum, located on the hill of Arin-Berd, where you will learn about old Yerevan.
Well, what a wine tour without a real Armenian brandy. We’ll visit Yerevan Brandy Factory, where we will talk about all the secrets of the production of Armenian brandy, we’ll also degustate the most famous brands of cognac in the world’s famous factory.
In the evening we’ll have an excursion to the plant where you’ll participate in the production of ancient Armenian carpets and in cooking old Armenian dishes for dinner.
Day 7 Departure With More Impressions
Transfer to Airport
Visit the famous flea market «Vernissage»
Transfer to the airport
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The price includes:
- Accommodation in comfortable and famous hotels ;
- Transportation service according to the program;
- Welcome dinner, farewell dinner, breakfasts in hotel
- Guide service (who speaks on your language);
- Entrance fees.
- Travel map of Armenia.
- 2 bottles of water a day.
- Master classes
The tour price does not include:
- Airline Tickets
- Some alcoholic drinks
- 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 in Yerevan.
We take into account your wishes and preferences during making our tours. We will actualize all your desires.
Relax… You are with us! We make it simple!
With best Regards Kartour