Armenian Way

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1,350 (incl. VAT) / per person

  • Tour duration 11 days
  • Armenia
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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This trip will lead you from South to North Armenia discovering the country’s natural and cultural treasures: UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Selim Caravanserai, the seaside resort of Dilijan, the “city of the masters” in Gyumri and other beautiful cities.

In addition, you will participate in the making of traditional dishes and a traditional folkloric show in Ashtarak, hiking in the Dilijan National Park, taking the longest cable car in the world and much more!

Locations you will visit

  • Yerevan
  • Dilijan
  • Goris
  • Dzoraget
  • Gyumri
  • Jermuk
  • Etchmiadzin

Included

  • TWIN/DBL room in 3* hotels
  • Full Board
  • Accompanying English speaking guide
  • Transport (depends on the number of travellers) and driver services
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, listed in the program
  • Folk Theatre
  • Wine and brandy degustation
  • Masterclass woodworking/jewellery
  • Cheese degustation

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Surcharge for special requests on meals and services
  • Entrance fees, transport service, permits and guide service during free time
  • Insurances
  • Tips (always optional, always appreciated)
  • Visas (if applicable) & any other administrative costs
  • Surcharge for public holidays
  • Fees for video and photo shooting

Your itinerary – in brief:

Day 1: Arrival Yerevan
Day 2: Yerevan
Day 3: Yerevan – Yeghegnadzor – Goris
Day 4: Goris – Jermuk
Day 5: Jermuk – Shatin village – Noratous Village – Sevanavank – Dilijan
Day 6: Dilijan – Dzoraget
Day 7: Dzoraget – Gyumri
Day 8: Gyumri – Ashtarak – Yerevan
Day 9: Yerevan – Etchmiadzin – Yerevan
Day 10: Yerevan – Garni Village – Yerevan
Day 11: Yerevan – Departure

Day 1Arrival Yerevan

Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable: City tour Yerevan:
• Opera House, the beautiful scenery of the two ice-covered biblical Mount Ararat,
Swan Lake, Northern Avenue and Republic Square
• Coffee stop with tasting of Ponchik, the only Armenian soft donut of its kind
• Visit to the State History Museum with a collection of exhibitions illustrating the
ancient history of the Armenian nation (closed on Mondays)
Lunch in the local restaurant
• Meet the programs of the TUMO Creative Technology Center
• Genocide Museum
Dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3Yerevan - Yeghegnadzor - Goris

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Visit to the Khor Virapklooster (IV) at the foot of Mount Ararat
• Excursion in the Bird Cave, Areni-1, with an exciting and mysterious past
Lunch in the local restaurant
• Noravank Monastery (XIII), an architectural pearl situated between red brick cliffs,
just above a deep gorge
• Guided tour of the Yeghegnadzor wine factory with tasting of local award-
winning wines produced from endemic grape varieties

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4Goris - Jermuk

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Visit to Khndzoresk located on the steep slope of a gorge and consists of both
natural and man-made caves, which were inhabited until the 1950s
• We cross the “Swinging Bridge” of Khndzoresk and hang on the gorge that
connects the old village with the new one
Lunch in the local restaurant
• Via the longest cable car in the world you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the
Vorotan Gorge!
• Tatev monastery complex (IX-XIII) at the top, one of the first universities in
medieval Europe
• Meeting with a local traditional Armenian shoemaker who will show you the
techniques to make the world’s oldest leather shoe
• Ride to Zorats Karer, the Armenian “Stonehenge”

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5Jermuk - Shatin village - Noratous Village - Sevanavank - Dilijan

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• We drive to Shatin village on the banks of the Yeghegis River, an observation
point where we have the opportunity to see bezoar goats (at 12:00 the goats
come down to drink water)
• We continue on our way to the historic Silk Road (XIV) and visit Selim
Caravanserai, a unique architectural monument from the time when Armenia
was at a crossroads of economic, cultural and military affairs
Lunch in the local restaurant
• Departure to the Noratous village near Lake Sevan, with its unique 7 hectare area
with almost a thousand khachkars (cross stones), each depicting a unique
ornamentation
• Cheese tasting at a local family farm (different types of cheese, sweet sauce or
jam, cracker, fruit) with excursion in the cheese maturing cellar
• Monastery complex (IX) on the Sevanavank peninsula
Dinner in the local restaurant with making Tolma (traditional dish)

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6Dilijan - Dzoraget

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Morning walk (40-50 min) in the national park with its natural and architectural
monuments of antiquity, the mountains and the forests that surround you
• Visit to Lake Parz, a famous hiking destination surrounded by dense forests of
the Dilijan Reserve
Lunch in the local restaurant
• We continue to the monastery of Goshavank (XII-XIII), a functioning church with
all necessary facilities
• Atelier in Dilijan where you will be involved in making handmade woodwork or
jewelry after which you can bring your own “masterpiece”

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7Dzoraget - Gyumri

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Sanahin Monastery (X – UNESCO) with many traditional Armenian khachkars
(cross stones)
• Museum of Mikoyan Brothers, who created the MIG21 fighter plane in the
Second World War (closed on Mondays)
Lunch at the local restaurant where you can watch and taste the process of
distilling homemade vodka
• Haghpat Monastery (X – UNESCO) with its unique architectural design and the
famous gavit (sacristy)
Dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8Gyumri - Ashtarak - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Morning city tour in Gyumri with its unique architecture from the XVIII-XIX and
visit the oldest hairdressing salon
• Talin Cathedral (VII), which stands out for its beautiful architecture
• Visit to the ruins of Aruch Caravanserai (XIII), a medieval inn
Lunch in the local restaurant
• Performance of the People’s Theatre Tonatsuyts in Ashtarak, a unique
performance of the ethnic rituals and lifestyle of the ancient Armenians (duration
2 hours)
• Drive to Yerevan and have time to relax and enjoy a cup of Armenian coffee or a
glass of local draught beer on one of the beautiful terraces in the city centre. You
can also take an evening walk via Northern Avenue to Republic Square, where
you can admire the Dancing Fountains.
Dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 9Yerevan - Etchmiadzin - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• We’re going to Etchmiadzin, the center of Armenian Christianity, which is
considered the “Vatican City”
• Visit to the Cathedral (UNESCO), built in 301-303 A.D. with its unique         architectural style and frescoes
• Visit to Zvartnots Cathedral (VII – UNESCO), which was excavated and
reconstructed at the beginning of the 20th century
Lunch at the Machanents Tourism and Art Centre, where you also have the
opportunity to spend some time with the children of the community, to prepare
food using solar energy (weather permitting)
• Visit a Brandy Factory, where you can experience true craftsmanship and
discover the history of Armenian cognac and enjoy the tasting
Dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10Yerevan - Garni Village - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• We go to Levon’s cave which digs a labyrinth under his house for 20 years using
simple tools
• Visit the Garni village, famous for its Hellenistic pagan temple (I) and famous for
its beautiful landscapes, the extraordinary view of the gorge and the surrounding
mountains
• We descend the Azat River Gorge where the “Symphony of Stones” or “Basalt
Organ” can be found
Lunch and enjoy Lavache baking (traditional Armenian bread – UNESCO)
• Geghardklooster (IV – UNESCO) carved out of a cave and contains a number of
churches and tombs
Dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11Yerevan - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure. The local partner will take you to the airport.

Armenia, officially the Republic of Armenia, is a country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located in Western Asia on the Armenian Highlands, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Republic of Artsakh and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and Azerbaijan's exclave of Nakhchivan to the south. Armenia is a unitary, multi-party, democratic nation-state with an ancient cultural heritage. Urartu was established in 860 BC and by the 6th century BC it was replaced by the Satrapy of Armenia. The Kingdom of Armenia reached its height under Tigranes the Great in the 1st century BC and became the first state in the world to adopt Christianity as its official religion in the late 3rd or early 4th century AD. The official date of state adoption of Christianity is 301. By the 19th century, Eastern Armenia had been conquered by the Russian Empire, while most of the western parts of the traditional Armenian homeland remained under Ottoman rule. During World War I, Armenians living in their ancestral lands in the Ottoman Empire were systematically exterminated in the Armenian Genocide. In 1918, following the Russian Revolution, all non-Russian countries declared their independence after the Russian Empire ceased to exist, leading to the establishment of the First Republic of Armenia. By 1920, the state was incorporated into the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic, and in 1922 became a founding member of the Soviet Union. In 1936, the Transcaucasian state was dissolved, transforming its constituent states, including the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, into full Union republics. The modern Republic of Armenia became independent in 1991 during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Armenia is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, the Council of Europe and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Armenia supports the de facto independent Artsakh, which was proclaimed in 1991. Armenia has a population of 2,924,816 (2016 est.) and is the third most densely populated of the former Soviet republics. There has been a problem of population decline due to elevated levels of emigration after the break-up of the USSR. In the past years emigration levels have declined and some population growth is observed since 2012. Armenia has a relatively large external diaspora (8 million by some estimates, greatly exceeding the 3 million population of Armenia itself), with communities existing across the globe. The largest Armenian communities outside of Armenia can be found in Russia, France, Iran, the United States, Georgia, Syria, Lebanon, Australia, Canada, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Poland, Ukraine and Brazil. 40,000 to 70,000 Armenians still live in Turkey (mostly in and around Istanbul). About 1,000 Armenians reside in the Armenian Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, a remnant of a once-larger community. Italy is home to the San Lazzaro degli Armeni, an island located in the Venetian Lagoon, which is completely occupied by a monastery run by the Mechitarists, an Armenian Catholic congregation. Approximately 139,000 Armenians live in the de facto independent country Republic of Artsakh where they form a majority. Ethnic Armenians make up 98.1% of the population. Yazidis make up 1.2%, and Russians 0.4%. Other minorities include Assyrians, Ukrainians, Greeks (usually called Caucasus Greeks), Kurds, Georgians, Belarusians, and Jews. There are also smaller communities of Vlachs, Mordvins, Ossetians, Udis, and Tats. Minorities of Poles and Caucasus Germans also exist though they are heavily Russified. As of 2016, there are an estimated 35,000 Yazidis in Armenia. Armenian is the only official language. The main foreign languages that Armenians know are Russian and English. Due to its Soviet past, most of the old population can speak Russian quite well. According to a 2013 survey, 95% of Armenians said they had some knowledge of Russian (24% advanced, 59% intermediate) compared to 40% who said they knew some English (4% advanced, 16% intermediate and 20% beginner). However, more adults (50%) think that English should be taught in public secondary schools than those who prefer Russian (44%).
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