Immersion of Culture

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870 (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 uniqueness and taste of Armenia during this 7-day tour. We will show you the country with its traditions and history. You will have the opportunity to be part of the local community, to participate in the best local master classes such as: preparation of traditional dishes such as Arishta (Armenian spaghetti), demonstration of baking Lavas (traditional Armenian bread – UNESCO Cultural Heritage), Khorovats (barbecue), Tolma (traditional dish). There is also a tasting of cheese with cognac, presentation of how the dried fruits are made, visit to wineries with tasting of award-winning wines. Visit to a 7-hectare area with almost a thousand khachkars (translated as cross stones), each depicting a unique ornamentation.

Locations you will visit

  • Yerevan
  • Dilijan
  • Voskevaz Winery
  • Byurakan Village
  • Etchmiadzin

Included

  • TWIN/DBL room in 3* hotels
  • Full Board
  • English speaking Guide during the sightseeing
  • Transport (depends on the number of travellers) and driver services
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, listed in the program
  • Masterclasses mentioned in the program
  • Tastings mentioned in the programme

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Alcohol and soft
  • 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 – Etchmiadzin – Yerevan
Day 3: Yerevan – Byurakan village – Yerevan
Day 4: Yerevan – Yeghegnadzor
Day 5: Yeghegnadzor – Noratous village – Sevanavank – Dilijan
Day 6: Dilijan – Garni 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 - 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 Tasty Guest House and participation in Arishta’s (Armenian
traditional spaghetti) master class
• In Yerevan a half day city tour: Opera House, the beautiful scenery of the two ice-
covered biblical Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Northern Avenue and Republic Square.
• Visit a Brandy Factory, where you can experience true craftsmanship and
discover the history of Armenian cognac and enjoy the tasting.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3Yerevan - Byurakan Village - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Visit to Amberd Fortress (VII – translates: “fort in the clouds”) located at 2.300 m
above sea level. The particularly secret water supply system is a particular
attraction and highlight of the place.
Lunch in the local restaurant
• Drive to Byurakan village where you take part in the paper preparation process,
making handmade paper, then use a printing press to get the photo you want
and take it with you as a souvenir. (Duration 1-2 hours, including coffee/tea
break)
• Another activity with a local family: making traditional Armenian dried fruits
using solar energy. You are offered tea and coffee, homemade vodka, dried fruit
and Armenian sweet bread.
• Visit to the Voskevaz winery (translates: “golden forest”) where you will see the
unique “karasen” (large wine pots) in which the award-winning wines are
produced with a tasting of course.
• Transfer back to Yerevan

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4Yerevan - Yeghegnadzor

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 participation in making the Armenian khorovats (barbecue)

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5Yeghegnadzor - Noratous Village - Sevanavank - Dilijan

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• We will head for 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.
• 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 (4 different types of cheese, sweet sauce or
jam, cracker, fruit) with excursion in the cheese maturing cellar
Lunch in the restaurant
• Monastery complex (IX) on the Sevanavank peninsula
• Drive to Dilijan
Dinner in the local restaurant with making Tolma (traditional dish)

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6Dilijan - Garni Village - Yerevan

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 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
Lunch and demonstration Lavache baking (traditional Armenian bread –   UNESCO) and then enjoy “brduj” (stuffed bread) and taste the freshly baked bread   with young cheese and local herbs
• Drive to the Geghardklooster (IV – UNESCO) carved out of a cave and contains a
number of churches and graves

Dinner and 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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