The Taste and Smell of Armenia

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Highlights
  • Visit the historic sites of Yerevan
  • Visit the most famous Armenian brandy factory
  • Enjoy local wine and Amenian BBQ
  • Visit Knor Virap Monastery
  • Visit cave village Khndzoresk
  • Witness some important aspects of the Great Silk Road
  • Explore Lake Sevan
  • Taste the local sea food, Armenian desserts and local beer
  • Visit Geghard Monastery
  • Master class of BBQ
  • Master class of Armenian desserts
  • Master class of vodka
  • Master class of “lavash”
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Overview

Taking a visit of Armenia is like walking into a dynamic fabric of culture, history, and breathtaking scenery. You are engulfed in an atmosphere that embraces the vitality of modern life while also whispering tales of centuries past the moment you step foot in this magical region.

Armenia's terrain is a work of art, featuring stunning views from the serene banks of Lake Sevan, one of the world's largest high-altitude lakes, to the rough summits of the Caucasus Mountains. Whether you're a passionate hiker, a nature lover, or just a fan of gorgeous scenery, Armenia has a wide range of outdoor activities that will astound you.

Visitors are enthralled with the rich tapestry of cultural legacy woven into every aspect of Armenian life, not simply the scenery. Many of the architectural treasures that embellish the nation's towns and cities are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Discover Yerevan's historic streets, where remnants of the city's millennium-old past coexist peacefully with modernity. Discover Dilijan, a town renowned for its charming ambiance and verdant forests, and sometimes dubbed the "Little Switzerland of Armenia," by becoming lost in its winding lanes.

Whether set amidst breathtaking scenery or atop jagged cliffs, Armenia's mediaeval monasteries are a highlight of any travel experience. Admire the exquisite stone sculptures at Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO-designated monument partially cut into the surrounding rock, or stroll through Tatev Monastery's ethereal splendour, accessible by the longest reversible aerial tramway in the world.

Enjoying Armenia's delectable cuisine is a must-do while there. A sensory adventure awaits you as you savour a variety of local dishes, including as flavorful pilafs, delicate pastries, and robust stews and delicious kebabs. Savour the sharp flavours of classic meals like lavash (unleavened flatbread) and dolma (stuffed grape leaves), each bite a monument to the nation's rich culinary history.

The friendliness and kindness of Armenians, however, may remain the most memorable aspect of the country. A society known for its warmth and generosity will embrace you whether you're exchanging tales over a typical Armenian feast or are invited into a neighbor's home for a cup of steaming coffee.

Ultimately, a trip of Armenia is a soul-stirring expedition that will leave an enduring impression on your heart and mind, not merely a travel experience. Come and experience Armenia's enchantment for yourself; every moment is a chance to find the extraordinary inside the ordinary.

Itinerary

Arrive at Zvartnots International Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel or Similar

Meals included: None

After Breakfast the tour will begin in Armenia's capital, Yerevan. Because of the colour of the stone used in its construction, this city has been dubbed the "pink city" for centuries. So we'll go to Republic Square, Mashtoc Avenue, the House of Opera and Ballet named after Aram Khachatryan, and the "Cascad" park. Visit the Matenadaran, a manuscript museum that also houses the world's greatest collection of ancient Armenian manuscripts. Matenadaran is the only one of its kind in the world. It houses texts not just from Armenia, but also from Persia and Arabia. During the visits, we eat at a restaurant. Following that, we shall go to the History Museum. The museum's national collection of 400,000 items is undoubtedly its most impressive feature. After that, go to the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex: Tsitsernakaberd, which is devoted to the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Visit the most well-known Armenian Brandy Factory. It is far too vital to state here that one of the most prominent enthusiasts of Armenian cognac was Winston Churchill if you want to ensure Armenian brandy has a distinct taste. Dinner in a local restaurant with folk music, where the most delectable and natural masterpieces of Armenian cuisine await you.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel or Similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wine Factory and Brandy:
After Breakfast. We will begin the journey by visiting the centuries-old monuments of Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots. These locations are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, built in 303, is the official residence of Armenian Catholics. Echmiadzin is a significant site for Armenians and the spiritual centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church. We'll continue our journey to Zvartnots Temple, which was created by Nerses Builder in the 7th century. There are currently only ruins of Zvartnots, but their mystery has not faded through time. Lunch at a nearby restaurant. Visit the winery and the brandy distillery. Get back to Yerevan. Pay a visit to the "Megeryan" carpet factory. The industrial restaurant serves dinner.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel or Similar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Local wine and Armenian “barbeque”

Following breakfast, visit Khor Virap Monastery (4-18th century). This monastery is well-known for its history; Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, was imprisoned there for roughly 13 years because there was a prison nearby at the time. We may enjoy a wonderful view of the sacred Ararat Mountain, an eternal icon of Armenia, from here. Khor Virap literally translates to "deep gorge." Visit the village of Areni, which is regarded an important centre of the wine producing industry and has a history dating back over 6000 years. Archaeologists uncovered the oldest specimen of a leather shoe in this location. You are welcome to sample this delicious wine. You will also get the opportunity to participate in the preparation of a famous barbecue. Continue our excursion to Noravank, an XII century monastery set among stunning sheer cliffs on the bench of a twisting gorge. This is the only monastery where we may see a one-of-a-kind sculpture of Father God. Lunch at a local Areni restaurant.Karahunj or Zorats Karer is 3500 years older than Stonehenge and 3000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids. Some experts determined the age of the stone circle based solely on the position of stars in the sky at the time - the result was 7.6 thousand years ago. This would make Karahunj the world's oldest astronomical observatory.

Accommodation: Mina Hotel Goris or Similar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Local dishes and fruits vodka

Following breakfast. Visit Khndzoresk, a cave village. Continue our journey to the monastic complex Tatev (9-13th century), a well-known centre of learning at the time. To get to the monastic complex, we should take a cable car, which is the world's longest nonstoppable double-track cable car. Lunch at a residence where you may sample local cuisine and see a master class in the preparation of vodka from various fruits. After all of this, travel to the well-known spa town of Jermuk. You will be able to experience fresh mountain air while seeing one of Armenia's most magnificent cascades. Dinner and overnight in Jermuk. 

Accommodation: Jermuk Hotel & Spa or similar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cultural tour

Following breakfast. Today we will travel along the routes followed by Great Silk Road travellers. We will pass via the Selim Caravanserai, which served as a significant exchange, trading, and overnight stop throughout the Great Silk Road era. We can see the indelible footprints of world history here. Lunch at a nearby restaurant. A trip to Noraduz. After that, we'll go to Lake Sevan, one of the world's largest lakes. It is notable for its delicious and stunningly blue water. We may enjoy the wonderful scenery of the gorgeous lake from here. Then we'll go to Sevanavank Monastery, which is located on the Sevan Peninsula. Actually, there are two monasteries; one has been demolished, while the other remains standing. They were constructed in the Middle Ages, about the 10th century. Then we'll head to Dilijan. We may buy souvenirs and experience the activity of the small city while walking down Sharambeyan Street, one of the city's oldest streets. You will breathe pristine mountain air while walking. Visit a brewery to learn about the process of producing Armenian beer. Dilijan for dinner and the night.

Accommodation: Best Western Paradise or similar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Brandy, White wine and sea food

Travel to Alaverdi. On the way, we'll stop at a wine and brandy factory known for its white wine products. Lunch at a nearby restaurant. Visit a one-of-a-kind masterpiece of Armenian architecture from the X-XIV centuries: the Haghpat monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Haghpat Monastery was one of mediaeval Armenia's most important religious, cultural, and educational centres. Arrival in Gyumri. Dinner at a neighbourhood restaurant known for its delectable and flavourful fish dishes.

Accommodation: Viktoria Plaza or similar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Armenian desserts and local beer 


Following breakfast. Walking through the picturesque streets of Gyumri, a city that has had various names. Originally named Kumayri, it was eventually renamed Alexandrapol. After that, it was known as Leninakan, and finally Gyumri. This is Armenia's second most populous city. It is roughly 120 km from Yerevan and is situated on the banks of the Akhurian River. We will visit Dzitoghtsyan's house-museum, an architecture and ethnography museum, while exploring Gyumri. The museum is mostly impressive because it allows visitors to see closer into the pages of history and learn more about the traditions and habits of Armenians in the nineteenth century. Pay a visit to the Alexandrapol brewery. Travel to the Aragatsotn area. Lunch at a local home, complete with a master class in Armenian sweets '' Sujukh '' and '' Gata ''. Pay a visit to the Armenian Alphabet Monument. Proceed to the enigmatic and mediaeval Amberd castle (7th-13th centuries AD), which is located on the slope of Mount Aragats (4091 metres above sea level). Pay a visit to the Saghmosavank monastery. After all of this, we'll return to Yerevan and eat at a typical restaurant. Spend the night in Yerevan.

Accommodation: Grand hotel or similar

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Traditional dishes

After Breakfast. Travel to Garni. This Pagan Temple was constructed in the first century AD. It is Armenia's sole Pagan temple that has survived to the present day. It was dedicated to Mihr, the deity of cleanliness. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1679. The Temple was refurbished in 1975. Then we will proceed to Geghard Monastery. It got its name from the fabled lance that was used to pierce Christ's body. It's been here for centuries. Though the actual date of the monastery's foundation is unknown, the current building was built in the mid-13th century. Following that, we will go to a local home where you will be able to watch and participate in the creation of Armenian national bread, lavash. It is incredibly thin and is frequently sold in very big quantities. It is typically prepared in a ground oven: "tonir." It was added to the UNESCO list of intangible cultural treasures in 2015. We'll eat "Armenian fast food" with lavash and cheese here. Get back to Yerevan. Go to the fruit market. The final meal will be the most memorable and impressive because you will meet a famous "show woman - Zara" and try to make the most famous "Khapama" and enjoy traditional cuisine. 

Accommodation: Grand hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in hotels in DBL rooms
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Transportation / 2-4 pax- Mini van, 5-13 pax- Mercedes Sprinter, 14-20 pax, Mercedes Atego
  • All entrance fees to monuments mentioned in the program
  • A bottle of water per day per person
  • Brandy Factory visit and degustation
  • Wine factory visit and degustation
  • Master class of BBQ
  • Master class of vodka
  • Master class of Armenian desserts
  • Master class of “lavash”
  • Tatev Ropeway ticket
  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Visits outside the program
  • Air tickets