Wine Festival
May 1-7, 2018


Day 1 - May 1, 2018

Arrival to Yerevan. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel in Yerevan.

Check in. Time for resting. Rest time



Day 2 - May 2, 2018

Breakfast served

1.-Armenia-is-really-not-beautifulYour acquaintance with Yerevan will start with a look at the history of its foundation – a visit to Erebouni museum and Fortress founded in 782 BC. Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide.

Today the lunch will be provided in a special restaurant, a part of the Megerian Carpet Factory which is a great opportunity to taste Armenian traditional meals, old recipes by the “Araratyan Khohanots” – “Armenian Cuisine”. “MEGERIAN RUGS” Factory & Show room: Which brings together time-honored traditions and a ring of exquisite aesthetics to create objects of art for modern living. Here you will also become acquainted with the ancient technology of Armenian carpet making.

You will enjoy a tour of the most enigmatic of cities, visiting the remarkable Madenataran Library and Research Institute of Armenia with close to 17,000 rare manuscripts, one of the richest depositories of manuscripts and books in the world.



Day 3 - May 3, 2018

Breakfast served

3Driving through the fertile plains of the Ararat valley, you will reach Khor Virab 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.  Later on we will taste and enjoy a guided tour of the famous “Areni Winery.”  In Armenian, there is a famous saying that “Wine is bottled poetry”. Next, we will take the path through the narrow gorge, revealing Noravank Monastery, nestled inside the deep red landscape of the tuf stone mountains.

Lunch will be served near Noravank Monastery. After we’ll drive back to Yerevan.



Day 4 - May 4, 2018

Breakfast served

The upcoming 2 days will be very different … they are Wine days in Yerevan …

The event will be held at Saryan Street on the intersections of Tumanyan and Pushkin streets in Yerevan.

Wine is a drink of philosophers, kings, poets and ordinary mortals. Armenia became the cradle of wine-making, and it’s capital, Yerevan, has become the center with picturesque restaurants and pubs where you can taste this divine drink. The festival “Wine days in Yerevan” will be held outdoors and will occur on May 4th and 5th.  So we have a chance to participate in the event and to take part after tours… 

4We will begin the tour of the day and later enjoy test of variety Armenia wines … 

Today is the day that will best contrast the differences between the pre-Christianity /paganism era and the conversion of Armenia to Christianity.  This morning you will travel to Garni, the location of the only pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia. Later on, we will reach Keghard (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 Keghard is truly a spiritual experience.

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

So the time for wine has come! There will be white, rosé and red to begin with but different restaurants also take part, serving foods to complement your wine tasting on top of all this, your evening will be accompanied with live classical, jazz and rock music …

Enjoy your time ..



Day 5 - May 5, 2018

Breakfast served

The second day of wine tasting …

5From early morning we’ll start our travel day by visiting Arakadzotn Region – this part of Armenia, especially Mt. Arakadz, has always attracted the attention of travelers, tourists and geologists due to a tremendous number of historical monuments and beautiful landscapes.

Ardashavan – New Complex of Armenian Letters: “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 Mesrob Mashdots, who is the founder of the Armenian alphabet, and one of Armenia’s greatest benefactors. Lunch and hospitality with an Armenian Family.

The day will continue in the area of wine festival. Today will also be full of events connected with Armenian wines, offering special dishes to these wines, folk music and Armenian dances … 



Day 6 - May 6, 2018

Breakfast Served

6We 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 c.) named after the faithful virgins, these churches are dedicated to these virgins, 3rd century followers of Christ who were martyred.

Lunch is in one of the educational and cultural centers of Etchmiadzin



Day 7 - May 7, 2018

Breakfast served

DSC_0539In the morning we’ll start with the 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.

Later on, we will visit Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia, a beauty under the sky. Lake Sevan is considered  to be one of the largest sweet water lakes in the world, situated at an altitide of 1,897 meters above sea level. The most picturesque view of Lake Sevan is seen from the peninsula atop which Sevan Monastery is nicely nestled dating to the 9th century.

Lunch in Sevan



Day 8 - May 8, 2018

Transfer to Zvartnots International Airport


**Itinerary is subject to change at any time

Price includes: 

  • Full transportation and transfers in Armenia as specified in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated – Breakfast, 6 x Lunch
  • Entrance fee to all sightseeing destination
  • 7 x night at Hotel – based on double occupancy in Armenia
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Bottle water 

Price does NOT include:

  • Airticket
  • Visa to Armenia (Free entrance for US and EU citizens)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional tours and transfers not included in itinerary