Rocky Treasures

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780 (incl. VAT) / per person

  • Tour duration 7 days
  • Armenia
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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Discover the hidden treasures of Armenia with this tailor-made tour: walk through the cosy and hospitable Yerevan. Explore one of the richest repositories of medieval manuscripts and books in the world, Matenadaran. Enjoy the view of the azure blue Lake Sevan, the pearl of Armenian nature and get to know the winemaking traditions.

Locations you will visit

  • Yerevan
  • Dilijan
  • Voskevaz Winery
  • Byurakan Village
  • 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
  • Cheese and wine tasting

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 – Garni village – Yerevan
Day 4: Yerevan
Day 5: Yerevan – Dilijan – Yerevan
Day 6: Yerevan – Etchmiadzin – Buyrakan Village – Yerevan
Day 7: 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.
• Admire the process of engraving the Armenian Khatchkar (cross stone)
• 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
• Memorial complex of Tsitsernakaberd
Dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3Yerevan - Garni village - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Departure to Garni village, famous for its Hellenistic pagan temple.
• We descend the Azat River Gorge where the “Symphony of Stones” or “Basalt
Organ” can be found
Lunch in the local restaurant
• Drive to the Geghardklooster (IV – UNESCO) carved out of a cave and contains a
number of churches and graves
• Visit to Matenadaran with the world’s largest collection of Armenian manuscripts
Dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Visit to the Khor Virapklooster (IV) at the foot of Mount Ararat.
• Bird Cave (Areni 1): Interesting excursion into the old cave with an exciting and
mysterious past
• Next stop is the village of Areni, famous for its variety of wines
Lunch at the local restaurant.
• Then to the Noravank Monastery (XIII), an architectural gem situated between
red brick cliffs, just above a deep gorge
• Wine tasting in Tushpa Wine Cellar with a selection of 3 Tuhspa wines, 5 year old
Arnak Armenian brandy, fruit, bread & cheese platter (visit possible from 4
persons)
Dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5Yerevan - Dilijan - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Departure to the Noratous village 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
• Drive to Dilijan
Lunch in the local restaurant
• Enjoy Dilijan’s natural and architectural monuments of antiquity, the mountains
and forests that surround you at every point in the city
• Observation of the Caucasian red deer in the Dilijan National Park
• Visit to Lake Parz, a famous hiking destination surrounded by dense forests of
the Dilijan Reserve
Dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6Yerevan - Etchmiadzin - Buyrakan Village - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Zvartnots Cathedral (VII – UNESCO), which was excavated and reconstructed at
the beginning of the 20th century
• We’re going to Etchmiadzin, the centre of Armenian Christianity, which is
considered to be the “Vatican City”
• Visit to the cathedral, built in 301-303 A.D. (UNESCO) with its unique architectural
style and frescoes
Lunch at Machanents Tourism & Art Center and enjoy lavash (local bread) baking
• Drive to Byurakan village where you will learn to make traditional Armenian dried
fruit using solar energy. You will be offered tea and coffee, homemade vodka,
dried fruit and Armenian sweet bread

OPTIONAL (if time permits):
• Visit the Vernissage flea market in the open air where you can find handmade
jewellery, handicrafts and traditional carpets, books and t-shirts with a traditional
design
OR:
• Visit to “Gumi Shuka”, an Armenian covered market where you can buy mainly
local homemade products: dried fruit, gherkins, herbs, etc
Dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7Yerevan - 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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