Tour to Armenia

(6 days)

Day 1

Arrival in Yerevan and meeting with local guide. Transfer to hotel for accommodation and relax.
You’ll start your trip with walking tour of Yerevan, exploring new and old streets.  Yerevan has been strategically important as a crossroads for the caravan routes passing between many countries. The modern city of Yerevan was built on the ruins of the ancient city in the beginning of XX century, now rich of parks and modern squares in the center of the city. Continue to Cascade, a long stairway alongside multiple levels of fountains with it's amazing sculptures square of  world famous artists as Botero, Chadwick, Flanagan, the Republic Square with it magnificent buildings enhanced by singing fountains, via Northern Avenue, an ambitious project of independent Armenia to Freedom Square and Opera House.
After lunch a visit to “Ararat” Brandy factory will be waiting for you. Yerevan Brandy Company, commonly known with its famous brand "ArArAt", is the leading enterprise of Armenia for the production of cognac. It was founded in 1887, during the period of the Russian Empire. Degustation of 3 types of Brandy will help you to understand better the soul of Armenia.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 2

After breakfast you’ll proceed for Vayots Dzor region famous for its wines.
Passing by famous Ararat valley, you’ll enjoy the view of Biblical Mount Ararat. Stop at Areni Cave. A wine press was found in one room of the cave, where there is a hard place that drains into a jug. Traces of seeds, stems, and the compound that gives red wine its signature color were found, which led a wide array of scientists to conclude that the area was used as a winery about 6,000 years ago. Areni Cave is now recognized as the oldest winery in the world. The oldest leather shoe was also found in Areni Cave (3 500 BCE). 
The next stop is at the monastery Noravank (IX-XIV centuries), the masterpiece of master Momik.

You’ll have lunch in family run winery Old Bridge. Its vineyards are located on the right-hand bank of the Arpa River, next to the little village of Arpi at an altitude of 1250-1300m above the sea level. The seedlings were meticulously selected, in order to grow the high quality Areni grape.
Return to Yerevan, on the way stop at Tushpa cellar - to discover the harmony of the Ararat Valley terroir, Armenian native grapes, and passionate winemaking.
Dinner in the Club with tasting of famous Trinity wines.
Overnight at hotel.
 

Day 3

After breakfast visit to Ruins of Zvartnots. The temple was a tree tiered central - domed structure that astounded with its magnificence. According to the opinion of European specialists the temple of Zvartnots may be ranked with greatest monuments of ancient architecture. 
Next stop is Echmiadizn Cathedral Echmiadzin is the spiritual center of Armenia, the Armenian Vatican. It is truly amazing experience to visit to Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, one of the world’s ancient churches built and consecrated by St. Gregory the illuminator and St. Trdat the Great in 303 AD.
Proceed for Karas Winery.  Karas has more than 400 hectares of vineyards located at an average altitude above sea level. The vineyards are part of Tierras de Armenia CJST that owns 2300 hectares of land in the west of Armavir region. Both international and indigenous varieties are planted in the vineyards including Chardonnay, Viognier, Kangun for white wines and Malbec, Tannat, Syrah, Merlot and cabernet Franc for red ones. 
Lunch at Tasty Zaras with master class of Armenian Pasta and sweets.
Return to Yerevan.
Free evening when you’ll have time for exploring Saryan street, so called Wine street. Yerevan Wine days, which is annual festival of wine, takes place in Saryan Street. 
Overnight at hotel.

Day 4

After breakfast you’ll depart for Amberd fortress. Named after the tallest mountain peak of Armenia Aragats (4090m), the region Aragatsotn boasts numerous historical and architectural monuments. Amberd fortress and castle (X-XIII centuries) was the familial estate of the Pahlavouni princes.
Next stop is visit to Nairian cosmetics for exploring the process of organic cosmetics production, based on local herbs & rose petals. Degustation of herbal teas and lunch.
Proceed for ArmAs Winery founded in 2007 where you’ll have lunch and wine tasting.
Return to Yerevan. Free Evening for relax. 
Overnight at hotel.

Day 5

After Breakfast we’ll go to visit Garni temple that is the only pagan temple on the territory of Armenia built in I century AD by the Armenian King Trdat the First. It is dedicated to God of Sun Mithras. The Garni temple lies about 32km east of Yerevan and the complex hosts a number of buildings including a royal palace, Roman bath and a church. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1679, the Garni Temple was reconstructed in the 1970’s and is now made up of both original and replacement masonry.
You’ll visit Geghard (UNESCO World Heritage site in Armenia) is incredible medieval Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. Though the monastery had been founded before the IV century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. The existing ensemble dates back to the XII-XIII centuries, the time of the flourishing of national culture, especially architecture.
Lunch in Garni village with demonstration of Armenian bread Lavash cooking. 
After lunch you’ll proceed for the final wine tasting to Armenia Wines. Beginning with the plantation of vineyards in 2006, the winery was built two years later in 2008. Nowadays, the company is the icon of modern winemaking of Armenia with its award winning wines and state of the art winery. 
Return to Yerevan and farewell Dinner in a National restaurant with music and National food.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 6

Breakfast.
It’s time to say Goodbye. Transfer to the airport for departure.

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