Day 1: You will be met at Zvartnots International Airport and led to Yerevan. Introductory tour in Yerevan – Republic Square with its singing fountains, a visit to Parajanov Museum, a pleasant walk in Cascade.
Supper and overnight in Aghveran Hotel, a high class hotel, nestled in the heart of the forests.
Day 2: Breakfast in the hotel. We will begin the day with a visit to Yerevan Brandy Factory, to savor the famous Armenian cognac and to learn brandy making process with factory specialists. Dinner in one of the best restaurants of Yerevan. A visit to famous fruit market in the centre of the city, with astonishing variety of fruits and vegetables. Supper in one of the best restaurants of traditional Armenian cuisine. Overnight in Aghveran hotel.
Day 3: Breakfast in the hotel. You will visit Holly Echmiadzin – the centre of Armenian Apostolic Church, where Holly Cathedral and the residence of Catholicos of All Armenians are located. After Echmiadzin you will visit famous wine factory “NOY”. Overnight in Aghveran hotel.
Day 4: The day will begin with a traditional Armenian breakfast you will never forget. A tour to Geghard, another incredible ancient Armenian monastery, entirely carved out of a mountain, will be followed by a visit to the magnificent temple of the Sun in Garni, the only pagan temple in Armenia, where you can admire the unique mosaic baths and ruins of the royal palace. Your first cooking class will begin with baking lavash and making khorovats/a traditional Armenian barbeque/in tonir, a traditional wood burning oven. Then you will savor your own masterpiece in a lodge surrounded with lush forests. Overnight in Aghveran Hotel.
Day 5: Breakfast in the hotel. An unforgettable trip to the famous Wine Factory “ARENI” with sampling famous Armenian wines and learning wine making secrets with factory specialists. You will continue your way to Noravank. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is best known for its two-storey S. Astvatsatsin church, which grants access to the second floor by way of narrow stones jutting out from the face of building. A traditional dinner in a natural cave-café. Noravank will be followed by a visit to the Famous Cheese factory in Eghegnadzor. Here you will be introduced to cheese making process and secrets and sample various kinds of specific Armenian cheese. Supper and Overnight in Aghveran Hotel.
Day 6: Breakfast in hotel. After breakfast we are leaving for the lake Sevan – the Blue Pearl of Armenia. This huge mountain lake about 2,000 meters above sea level. On a clear and sunny day, the waters, of a deep turquoise color, are like a piece of the sky that have descended to the earth among the mountains. In the restaurant Ashot Erkat, located on bank of Sevan, you will sample the specific kinds of armenian fish: Sig and Trout. After dinner an impressive trip to picturesque Dilijan, nestled in the heart of the forests of northern Armenia. You will be captured by the breathtaking architectural monuments: Haghartsin and Goshavank monasteries, as well as khachkars/cross-stones. Supper in Dilijan. Overnight in Aghveran.
Day 7: Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Yerevan, free time in Yerevan, Master class with the chief cook in the famous restaurant Ararat Hall. Return to Aghveran. Farewell dinner in Aghveran.
Day 8: Early breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Zvatrnots International Airport.
Airfare is not included in the tour price
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