Barbeque Festival in Armenia
August 15 - 23, 2021

CULINARY TOUR AND BARBECUE FESTIVAL IN ARMENIA

August 15 – 23, 2021

8nights/9days

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When it comes to Armenian cuisine, nothing can beat the rich and tasty flavors. The Armenian cuisine is full of various spices, greens and verdure, which grow only on the Armenian highlands.

Armenian cuisine is an art itself made up of delicious and organic meals for everyone …

This culinary tour in Armenia offers a hands-on enjoyable cooking classes where you will have the opportunity to learn different recipes from all regions such as homemade dolma, flavorful khorovats (barbecue), succulent meat and fish dishes, scrumptious and out-of-this-world desserts. With the help of professional chefs and/or a nonna (a grandmother who passes along family recipes and a passionate dedication to Armenian cuisine through generations) you will have many master classes and dive into the art of cooking Armenian dishes.

Your Armenian cooking holiday will also include wine, brandy and vodka tasting, visits to fruit and vegetable markets and local sites of interest. Let’s start!!!

Day 1 - August 15, 2021

 

Upon arrival at Zvartnots International Airport you will be welcomed by your Tour Guide and immediately begin your unique journey in Armenia. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2 - August 16, 2021

 

Wine & Brandy Tasting Day

Breakfast served

YEREVAN CITY TOUR!

Picture2Our trip through Armenia begins today in Yerevan – the capital, one of the most ancient cities in the world – Erebouni Fortress which was founded in 782 BC. We will start from Erebouni museum located at the top of Arin-Berd hill. You will also have a chance to discover this ancient fortress.

Afterwards, we will stop by the eternal flame and memorial symbolizing the Armenian Genocide in 1915Tsitsernakaberd. It is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Armenian Genocide and to honoring 1.5 million innocent Armenian victims who went through the horrors in the beginning of the 20th century.

“NOY” ARARAT Brandy, Wine Factory:  “…one does not drink brandy, one derives pleasure from it.” Be prepared to leave the factory a bit tipsy as we will be offered to taste different brandy types.

Finally, we will visit Cascade – Gerard Cafesjian Sculpture Garden. The Cafesjian Center for the Arts is dedicated to the best of contemporary art and presents some of the best Armenian cultural pieces to the world. 

Free time in the evening to explore the wine bars and restaurants on Saryan Street.

 

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 3 - August 17, 2021

 

Lavash Making Day

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Let’s head to the north-west of Armenia towards Mt. Aragats, which is a combination of the highest peaks in Armenia and the fourth highest summit in the Armenian Highland. Aragatsotn Region is very famous for “Armenia Alphabet Park”. Located near a tall Holy Cross hovering in the background we will see the monument of 39 giant carved Armenian letters in stone and statues of famous Armenians. The park is dedicated to the creator of the Armenian language invented over 1,600 years ago, Mesrop Mashtots. We use the same alphabet today.

Saghmosavank (“Monastery of the Psalms”) is located in the village of Saghmosan, on the right bank of the Kasagh River. It used to be one of the richest and most prominent spiritual and cultural centers in the Middle Ages. 

We will then stop for lunch and taste traditional “lavash” (UNESCO) which is loved and famous all over the world. 

Picture4Our first task is to make Armenian bread – “lavash” (flat bread) ourselves. It is baked in a “tonir” (ground oven). It’s not an easy task but the grandmother of the family, where we will experience the true hospitality of the Armenian people, will demonstrate and teach us all the techniques to bake this bread. 

“Armenian Wine” Winery – as they say “let’s discover Armenia in their wines with its indigenous grapes and diversity”. Armenia is notorious for its ancient. Be prepared to taste a variety of wines and taste cheese and cold cuts.

 

Back to Yerevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN 

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 4 - August 18, 2021

 

Dolma Making Day

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We embark on our journey to the land of ancient treasures of Christian history, to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (UNESCO), the “religious capital” and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians.

Next stop will be at the monastery of St. Hripsime Church (7th c) dedicated to the faithful nuns, 3rd century followers of Christ who were martyred.

Continuing our tour, we will then reach the ruins of the Zvartnots Cathedral which stands out for its rare architectural design which was not common in the 7th century and the techniques and details used were considered exceptionally advanced.

 

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 5 - August 19, 2021

 

Breakfast served

Picture6In the morning we’ll drive to 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.  Next stop will be Dilijan: “A piece of Switzerland in Armenia” – Earth and sky, woods and fields, rivers… Dilijan truly is a piece of paradise. We will make sure to stop at the Old Town Dilijan to admire the craftsmen workshops, small shops with traditional Armenian products and crafts as well as museums.

This town stands out with its typical 19th century living with all its local customs and handmade wood furnishings.

We will also visit the 10-13th centuries Monastery Goshavank nestled in the forest. The gem of the complex is the “embroidered” cross stone. This is an exceptional piece of artwork and a must-see.

Lunch will be provided next to Goshavank Monastery in Hnots Gastro-Yard, which offers delicious cuisine and one of a kind experience in Tavush Region!

 

OVERNIGHT IN DILIJAN

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

 

Day 6 - August 20, 2021

 

From the Tavush Region we’ll drive to Lori Region. You will truly enjoy the exceptional natural beauty on the way to Lori.

Picture7We will have a busy day full of sightseeing in Lori Province. First we’ll pass through Vanadzor city – the historical and modern center of Lori. Alaverdi – town in a canyon, located between Yerevan and Georgian boarder. There is a lot to do and see around Alaverdi, and we’ll make sure to stop by all the important spots not to miss anything. We are also going to visit the wonderful monasteries Haghpat and Sanahin where artistic merits transcend the limits of the national culture (UNESCO). The two monasteries present the blossoming period of Armenian religious architecture between the 10th and 13th centuries. This unique style is a blend of Byzantine ecclesiastical architectural elements and the traditional vernacular Caucasian architecture.

 

OVERNIGHT IN LORI REGION

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

 

Day 7 - August 21, 2021

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Khorvats (Barbecue) Making Day

Breakfast served

Today is a special day as we will have another interesting event of Armenian traditional meal making – Khorvats (Barbecue) Festival in Akhtala. We will have a chance to witness all the various methods of making Armenian Barbecue: “Barbecue in the fireplace”, “Barbecue on the horizontal bar”, “Barbecue in ground oven”, etc. There will be various interesting events and contests in the festival such as competition for “The Best Taste”, “The Best Look”, “The Best Idea”, “The Best Traditional Barbecue”, etc. It’s going to be a fun day with music, dances and lots of food!

Akhtala Monastery is one of the unique monuments of Christian history, and we will make sure to visit it. The Monastery was built back in the 10th century and till today it’s very famous for its well-preserved murals.

 

Lunch – BBQ

Return to Yerevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch

 

Day 8 - August 22, 2021

 

Breakfast served

Today we will visit Garni, which is a rare pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia, dating back to the 1st century AD. 

It is said that music has a way of speaking without lyrics and can somehow speak directly to a person’s soul. Today will be filled with the sounds of DUDUK, an Armenian national instrument.

Next is an enjoyable walk down to the Garni Canyon where one cannot help admiring the volcanic basalt formations and natural beauty of this area. There’s a reason why it’s called a “Symphony of Stones” – one of the most dramatic scenes in Armenia. 

Then we will reach Geghard (Cave Monastery) (UNESCO) Architectural Complex dating back to 12-13th centuries, carved out of one monolithic rock. We will enjoy the local singer’s performance inside the monastery. Due to the extraordinary acoustics it is hard to believe a large choir isn’t singing.

We will complete our journey with a FAREWELL DINNER in a typical Armenian Traditional Restaurant with live Armenian music and Folk Dances!

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OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 MEALS: Breakfast/Dinner

 

Day 9 - August 23, 2021

 

TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

HAVE A SAFE FLIGHT!!!

 

 

**Itinerary is subject to change at any time

SERVICES

  • Hotel Accommodation 8 x night
    • 6 night in Yerevan
    • 1 night in Dilijan
    • 1 night in Alaverdy
  • Full transportation and transfers within Armenia as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated
  • Entrance fees to all sightseeing
  • Bi-lingual tour guide