WINE WEEK IN ARMENIA

Discover the most distinct wineries and traditional cellars of Armenia through a unique wine tasting journey.

Day 1: Arrival in Yerevan and Yerevan City Tour.

Arrival and transfer after lunch, we’ll take afternoon walking tour of the Yerevan’s shopping district where we’ll visit the National Museum and the Yerevan Opera House on our way to the Matenadaran - one of the oldest and richest book depositories in the world. We’ll have dinner at one of Yerevan’s leading restaurants. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 2: Yerevan - Khor-Virap - Areni - Noravank - Yerevan.

After breakfast we’ll drive Khor Virap Monastery (4-17th c.) whose name means deep dungeon. This complex is the place where the founder of the Armenian church, St. Gregory the Illuminator, was imprisoned for being a Christian evangelist. He was freed when Armenia became Christian state in 301 A.D. Its location, near the closest point to Mt. Ararat within Armenian borders, offers a spectacular view of the mountain, the national symbol of Armenia.

From there we’ll drive to the Vayots Dzor region, which is Armenia’s most storied wine growing region. It is here that Areni-1, the world’s oldest winery (over 6000 years old) was discovered recently in a local cave.

The Areni-1 winery is a 6,100-year-old winery that was discovered in 2007 in the Areni-1 cave complex in the village of Areni in the Vayots Dzor province of the Republic of Armenia by a team of Armenian and Irish archaeologists.

From there, we’ll travel to Noravank Monastery. Built in the 13th-14th centuries and surrounded by dramatic red and grey limestone cliffs. The Noravank canyon area is famous for its numerous caves (Bird, Mageli, Archeri and Mozrov Caverns), its Flora (Wild Yellow Rose, pistachio, wild pear, herbs and berries) and fauna. This area has been recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) hosting some globally threatened bird species. Driving back to Yerevan. Dinner in Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 3: Yerevan - Maran Winery - Zvartnots - Echmiadzin - Yerevan.

After breakfast visiting the Maran Winery which is near Echmiadizin. Maran Winery was founded in 1991. Maran is a boutique winery. They produce wines from grapes, apricot, pomegranate. There we will have opportunity to taste fruits wines, grape wines. Maran special is their Bagratouniand Bagratouni Reserve wines. These delicious white wines competitive with the better chardonnays from California. Driving to Zvartnots Cathedral. Zvartnots Cathedral is a 7th-century centrally planned aisled tetraconch type Armenian cathedral built by the order of Catholicos Nerses the Builder from 643-652. Now in ruins, it is located at the edge of the city of Etchmiadzin in Armavir Province of Armenia. Visiting Echmiadzin Cathedral which was constructed in 303 A.D. and is the first church built in the world. It continues to be the oldest church in Christianity. We’ll also visit other famous churches including the Church of St. Hripsime (618 A.D.) and The Church of St. Gayane (630 AD). Etchmiadzin is the residence of the Catholicos, the head of the Armenian apostolic Church. Back to Yerevan. Dinner in Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 4: Yerevan - Ararat Brandy, Wine, Vodka Factory - Ararat Brandy Factory - In Vino wine club.

After breakfast visiting "Noy" Brandy-Wine-Vodka Factory. During the tour you'll visit the distillation department, the cooperage department, the museum, the wine-cellar. Tasting wine from 1924 and two cognac varieties of 10 and 20 years' maturity. Visiting famous Ararat Brandy Factory. Ararat Brandy Factory is the leading enterprise of Armenia for the production of alcoholic beverages. Its main brand name is Ararat. Walk around the ageing cellar and see how the brandy spirits are preserved, know who have nominal barrels and enjoy the delicate aroma of the cellar. Pass a pleasant and memorable time in the tasting hall enjoying the delicious "THREE STARS", "AKHTAMAR".

For those having a passion for wine, here is the place, there are different types if wine from different part of world, from Armenia to Chile and ...Dinner in Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 5: Yerevan - Saghmosavank Monastery - Oshakan Winery - Yerevan.

After breakfast driving to Saghmosavank Monastery. It is a tiny, but a very beautiful cruciform church dating back from the 7th century, in the town of Ashtarak. Its unique red tiled roofing came down to us completely unharmed. Proceed to Saghmosavank Monastery situated on the edge of a deep gorge at the foot of Mt. Ara, with Mt. Ararat and Mt. Arargats rising majestically on the western and northern horizons. It's an 11th century structure. Visit Oshakan-St. Mashtots Church where the primordial alphabet-giver, St. Mesrop Mashtots, is buried, just under the altar of the church. It's a hall-type church with frescoes. The church is surrounded by a garden with ornamented Armenian alphabet letter statues.

Wine tasting tour in Oshakan village ‘’Armenia wines ‘’ winery. Here you will have another opportunity to get acquainted with the stories of the wine and cognac producing. Today, the company offers the assortment of high-quality “Armenia” wines to the most demanding local and foreign buyers. “Armenia Wine” is the largest Armenian winery. It’s involved in winemaking as well as producing cognac and vodka, and has own vineyards. Armenia has been famous for the best traditions of winemaking in the whole world for many centuries. Another striking demonstration of is discovery of the oldest winery dating back more than 6 000 years during 2011 excavations in Areni. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 6: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan

Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast drive to Charents Ark. Charents was an Armenian poet, writer and public activist. Higher up the gorge of the Azat river, there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture Geghard monastery inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Geghard is another incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. Departure to Garni Temple. It was built in the first century A.D. by the Armenian King Tiridates and it is dedicated to a heathen god, probably to Mithra, the god of the sun whose figure stood in the depth of the sanctuary. Back to Yerevan. Dinner in Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 7: Check out – Transfer - Departure

The Price Includes:

  • Transportation during the whole tour
  • Entrances
  • Guide
  • HB ( breakfast & dinner )
  • 3 * Hotel

The Price Excluded:

  • Flight tickets
  • Alcoholic beverages (except given above)
  • Travel insurance
  • IATA
  • Amadeus
  • UITO
  • Japan association of travel agents
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