Armenia / Rural tour / 9 days

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Welcome to dreamland Armenia. Experience a beautiful and light holiday in the most hospitable country accompanied by the kindest people of the world. The miracles of nature and culture are waiting for you to explore them. Be treated with the best of the best; you deserve it!

This unique tour will give you the opportunity to discover the natural, cultural and the delicious wonders of Armenia. You will visit the most wonderful holy places and will explore the secrets of Armenian cuisine and life.

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$1,749

NZD

Duration

9 days

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  • What's included :
    • 8x Breakfast
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 8 nights
    • Accomodation in hotels in DBL rooms;
    • Professional English speaking guide
    • Transportation / 2-4 pax- Mini van, 5-13 pax- Mercedes Sprinter, 14-18 -Mercedes Atego,
    • All entrance fees to monuments mentioned in the program;
    • Water with reused plastic bottles
    • Wine factory visit and degustation
    • Master class of Sudzukh and Arishta
    • Master class of “lavash”
    • Tatever Ropeway
    • Master class of Vodka and Gata
    • Master class of Ceramics
    • Master class of sculptor
    • Master class of straw crafts
    • Entry/Admission - Echmiadzin Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Khor Virap
    • Entry/Admission - Dilijan National Park
    What's excluded :
    • Travel insurance
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Air Tickets
    • Visits outside the program
    • Other meals not mentioned in the program

  • Day 1: Arrival

    Stop At: Yerevan, Yerevan
    Arrival at the Zvartnoc airport and transfer to the hotel.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: overnight at 4* hotel

    Day 2: Yerevan /city tour /50 km 50 min. drive and approx. 6 hours’ tour /

    Stop At: Yerevan, Yerevan
    Breakfast. We will start the tour with the tour in the capital of Armenia: Yerevan. For ages this city has been known as a “pink city” because of the color of the stone it has been built with. So we will visit Republic square, Mashtoc Avenue, the House of Opera and Ballet after Aram Khachatryan, the park “Cascad”. Then we will visit the Manuscript Museum of Armenia, which is called Matenadaran; here all ancient Armenian Manuscripts are kept. Visit Terracota Ceramic Studio for master class of clay art and craft. You are welcome to paricipate and leave your own masterpeice. Visit local market of fruits and dry fruits and homemade sweets. Overnight in the hotel. (B)
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: overnight at 4* hotel

    Day 3: Yerevan - Arshaluis Village - Ejmiatsin – Zvartnoc - Parakar Village - Yerevan

    Stop At: Echmiadzin Monastery Complex, Vagharshapat 1101 Armenia
    Breakfast. Drive to Arshaluis Village in Armavir region. Here we will visit famous Sculptor and Painter Rouben Nalbandyan, whose works of art are participating in world exhibitions. Here we will also see his small school where many children are studying. We will see the small exhibition of paintings of children. We will have coffee break with home made sweets treated by the hostess. We will start the excursion to centuries-old monuments Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots. These sites are listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, founded in 303, is the official residence of the Catholicos of Armenia. We’ll continue the trip to Zvartnots Temple, which was built on 7th century by Nerses Builder Catholicos. Drive to Parakar village and at a local house we will have lunch and will enjoy the cooking master class of Armenian desserts “gata” and “Sudzukh”. The show will by run by a famous Armenian TV star. The active participants will get gifts by the host and will be treated by homemade lyquior. Drive back to Yerevan. (B,L)


    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: overnight at 4* hotel

    Day 4: Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni – Noravank – Yeghegnadzor - Goris

    Stop At: Khor Virap, Highway 11 - Near the village of Pokr Vedi Artashat, Lusarat 0612 Armenia
    Breakfast. Take trip to Khor Virap Monastery (4-18th cc.). This monastery is very prominent because of its history; Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, has been imprisoned there about 13 years as at that time there was a prison in the place of the monastery. Here we can enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred Ararat Mountain - an immortal symbol of Armenia. On our way towards Noravank we will visit village Areni which is considered to be an important center of wine production industry. You are welcome to taste its excellent wine. We will continue our tour to Noravank - a monastery of XII century situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where we may find a unique sculpture of Father God. Drive to Yeghegnadzor. We will visit here a local house where we will take part in the master class of vodka preparation. We will see how is homemade vodka prepared. We will also participate in preparation of Armenian cake “Gata”, make it with our hands and bake and taste it. We will have lucnh here and we will taste the very special meal of the hostess, Dolma with Onion. Drive to Goris and overnight there. (B,L)
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: overnight at 4* hotel

    Day 5: Goris - Karahunj / Stonehenge / - Sisian - Shinuhair - Tatev - Goris

    Stop At: Karahunj, Karahunj, Syunik Province
    Breakfast. We will explore the ancient observatory of Karahunj quite similar to Stonehenge in England. The columns sit like soldiers on a hill. The 204 stones near Sisian have been ascribed with mystical, fertility and cosmic powers, but rarely have ancient monuments caused such a sensation in astronomical circles. Drive to Sisian. Visit a crafts centre of a straw maker, and will enjoy heartily communication and talk with him and we will try to make the easiest things with our hands. Coffee break with the master. Drive to Shinuhair village. Here we will visit “the Centre of Woman Recourses” which owns a small factory of wool. Visit and tour in the factory. Lunch in the centre prepared with by the member women. We will continue our trip visiting the monastic complex of Tatev. The complex was found within the ages of 9-13. Formerly it was a very famous educational center in Armenia and all famous contemporary scientists and philosophers were educated there. It used to accept students from abroad as well. Here we can use the world’s longest rope way, which has length of 5700 m. Drive back to Goris. Overnight there. (B,L).
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: overnight at 4* hotel

    Day 6: Goris – Selim – Noraduz - Sevan – Dilijan

    Stop At: Goris, Goris, Syunik Province
    Breakfast. Today we are going to pass the pathways that have been used by the travellers of Great Silk Road. We will drive through the Selim Caravanserai, which served as an important center of exchange, trade and for overnight during the times of Great Silk Road. Here we can see the immortal tracks of world history. Visit to Noraduz. After here we will drive to Lake Sevan which is one of the largest lakes in the world. It stands out with its sweet and astonishingly blue water. Here we can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the beautiful lake. Then we will visit Sevanavank Monastery which is situated on Sevan Peninsula. There are 2 monasteries actually; one of them is destroyed but the other stands still. They have been built in the middle Ages, around 10th century. Lunch at a local restaurant.Then we will drive to Dilijan. Walking along the Sharambeyan Street, which is one of the oldest streets of the city, we may buy souvenirs and see the life of the small city. During the walk you will breathe the clean mountain air. Overnight in Dilijan. (B,L)
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: overnight at 4* hotel

    Day 7: Dilijan - Transcaucasian Trail in Dilijan National Park - Goshavank - Yerevan

    Stop At: Dilijan National Park, Dilijan Armenia
    Breakfast. Small stroll in Dilijan, the small Switzerland of Armenia, surrounded by mountains covered by dense forests. This is the best place to be near nature. Walking along the Sharamberyan Street we will come across with many museums, souvenirs’ markets, small shops and so on. We will also observe two traditional houses built of wood, with tiled roofs and balconies with meticulously carved being typical examples of Dilijan. Today we will do a hiking tour which will start from Parz lake, which is very beautiful clear mountainous lake. This route is a part of Transcaucasian trail of hiking and trekking routes. Our paths pass through green forests and will take us to Goshavank monastery. Lunch at a local house in Dilijan with a family. Overnight in Dilijan. (B,L)
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: overnight at 4* hotel

    Day 8: Yerevan - Garni – Geghard - Yerevan

    Stop At: Garni, Garni, Kotayk Province
    Breakfast. Take trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple was built in the 1st century AD. It is the only temple that has been preserves from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the god Mihr, who was the god of cleanness. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Then we will continue our trip to Geghard Monastery. Its name came from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ. It has been kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the mid – 13th century. Afterwards we will a local house where you will have the chance to see and participate in the preparation of Armenian national bread: lavash. It is a very thin, usually sold in very large forms. It is usually cooked in a ground oven: “tonir''. In 2015 it has been inscribed in UNESCO intangible heritage list. Here we will enjoy the “Armenian fast food” with lavash and cheese. Lunch with the family in the garden. Get back to Yerevan and overnight at hotel. (B,L)
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: overnight at 4* hotel

    Day 9: Departure

    Stop At: Yerevan, Yerevan
    Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Yerevan Airport, Yerevan Armenia
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Silk Road Armenia

Activity ID: V-61718P72

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