Aromas and Flavors of Wine in Yerevan
June 1 – 8, 2021

Wine Days in Armenia

7nights/8days

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Wine is love, personified. Wine enters thru the mouth, love thru the eyes…

We have an exciting and attractive couple of days… It’s the festival of the creation of Wine and is a chance for you to experience two days June 4 and June 5 the aromas and flavors at the evening events.

The Wine events will be held on Saryan Street at the intersections of Tumanyan and Pushkin streets in downtown Yerevan

Wine is the drink of philosophers, kings, poets and ordinary commoners.

 

Day 1 - June 1, 2021

 

Upon arrival at Yerevan Airport our representative will be waiting to welcome you at the meeting point. Transfer to your hotel, check in and relax in the comfortable room with full facilities.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2 - June 2, 2021

 

Breakfast served

Picture2YEREVAN CITY TOUR! Let’s start our acquaintance with the city of Yerevan by stepping through its ancient history at the Erebouni museum and Fortress, which was founded in 782 B.C. Republic Square, Sports and Concert Complex, Kievian Bridge, Bagramyan Avenue, Presidential Palace, Academy of Sciences, National Parliament, Opera Theater. Visit to Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide, which is one of the most impressive monuments in Yerevan.

The next stop is Cascade, which is a huge white staircase built on the Yerevan hillside in the 1970s, with water fountains running down the sides, all reminiscent of a natural river or stream cascading. It connects the central district to Haghtanak Park –“Victory” Park to the center of the city. The structure has escalators so that it is unnecessary to manually ascend the stairs all the way to the top. Today you will enjoy a tour of the most enigmatic of cities, visiting the remarkable Matenadaran Library and Research Institute of Armenia which houses about 22000 rare manuscripts. This is one of the richest depositories of manuscripts and books in the world. 

Picture3“NOY” ARARAT Brandy, Wine Factory:  “…one does not drink brandy, one derives pleasure from it.” We will have a sampling as we conclude our first day.

Next we are off to the “MEGERIAN RUGS” Factory & Showroom: which brings together time-honored traditions and a range of exquisite aesthetics, from organic materials, to create objects of art for modern living and you will become acquainted with the ancient craft of Armenian carpet making.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 3 - June 3, 2021

 

Breakfast served

Picture4Driving through the fertile plains of the Ararat valley, you will reach Khor Virap Monastery – the beginning of the History of Christianity in Armenia, magnificently set against the towering slopes of the Biblical Mountain, Ararat. You have some quite spectacular photo opportunities before a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty. The monastery is the site where St. Gregory the Illuminator was

incarcerated and it is a pilgrimage destination for every believer.

As we continue through ancient wine country we will have a short stop to taste and enjoy a guided tour at the “Areni Winery.” Next, we will take the path through the narrow gorge, revealing Noravank Monastery, nestled inside the deep red landscape of the tuf stone mountains.

On our wine journey is a stop at the oldest winery in the world, located in the Caves of Areni. It is also one of the rarest and best-preserved late Chalcolithic (Copper Age) monuments in the South Caucasus, proving the historic facts of wine-production in Armenia for at least a 6000 years.

Back to Yerevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 4 - June 4, 2021

 

Breakfast served

Picture5Today is the day that we’ll see the clear contrast between the pre-Christianity /paganism era and the conversion of Armenia to Christianity. Garni Temple is the only pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia. Afterwards we’ll reach Geghard (Cave monastery) (UNESCO) architectural complex (12-13th centuries), carved out of one monolithic rock. Due to the extraordinary acoustics, when the local singer begins to sing in this chamber it is hard to believe a large choir isn’t singing… be aware it is only one man…

A visit to Geghard is truly a spiritual experience.

Lunch with a traditional table/lavash making: “Eat thy bread with joy” in Geghard

Back to Yerevan.

Evening is free to enjoy the Wine Festival and explore the wine bars and restaurants on Saryan Street.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 5 - June 5, 2021

 

Breakfast served

Picture6From early morning we’ll start our travel day by visiting Arakadzotn Region – this part of Armenia, especially Mt. Arakats has always attracted the attention of travelers, tourists and geologists due to a tremendous number of historical monuments and beautiful landscapes. ArtashavanField of Armenian Alphabet: “It is difficult to express the deep feeling Armenians have for their language, which many regard as the lifeblood of their culture”. 

Saghmosavank Monastery perched on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasakh River. Visiting the village of Oshagan, you will see the church which is built over the grave of Mesrop Mashdots, who is the founder of the Armenian alphabet, and one of Armenia’s greatest benefactors. Next is visit to Chir’s house which offers a masterclass on making Armenian dried fruits, which is a fascinating and unique process. Today there is an opportunity to visit one of the other wineries in Armenia – producing “Armenia Wine”.  This will be one more opportunity to indulge.

Back to Yerevan and free evening

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 6 - June 6, 2021

 

Breakfast Served

Picture777We embark on our journey to the land of ancient treasures of Christian history – Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (UNESCO) the “religious capital” and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians. The story holds that the place where Noah made the fire after the flood is the site upon which the main Cathedral, one of the earliest Christian churches, was built. Nowadays, it is located in the lower chamber, underneath the main Altar of the Cathedral. Participation in DIVINE LITURGY

Then we will admire the Churches of Sts. Hripsime and Gayane (7th century) named after the faithful nuns, these churches are dedicated to these virgins, 3rd century followers of Christ who were martyred.

Next visit is to the Zvartnots Cathedral. The ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral are located on a flat plain within the Ararat Plateau between the cities of Yerevan and Etchmiadzin. Built in the middle of the 7th century, under the instructions of the Catholicos Nerses the III. 

On our return to Yerevan we will stop by the “PAK SHUKA” (covered market) which is an iconic and unique market of vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, etc.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 7 - June 7, 2021

 

Breakfast served

Picture888In the morning we’ll start with a trip to Dilijan: “A piece of Switzerland in Armenia” – Earth and sky, woods and fields, rivers, the mountains become excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn otherwise… The old approach in the new century … “Old Town Dilijan” complete with craftsmen workshops, small shops with traditional Armenian products and crafts, museums, and ultimately showing typical 19th century living with all its local customs and handmade wood furnishings….. We will also visit the 10-13th centuries Haghartsin Monastery, nestled in the forest.

On our way back to Yerevan, we will visit Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia, a blue eyed beauty under the sky. Lake Sevan is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, situated at an altitude of 1,897 meters above sea level. The most picturesque view of Lake Sevan is seen from the peninsula atop which Sevan Monastery (9th c.) towers over the lake. 

Back to Yerevan and free evening.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 8 - June 8, 2021

 

Transfer to Yerevan Zvartnots International Airport

HAVE A NICE FLIGHT!!!

 

SERVICES:

  • Full transportation and transfers in Armenia as specified in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated
  • Entrance fee to all sightseeing destinations
  • Hotel Accommodation: 7 x nights
  • English-speaking tour guide

 

**Itinerary is subject to change at any time