Day 1, October 3, Wednesday: On arrival at Zvartnots International Airport in the evening, you are met by your Tour Guide and you immediately begin your unique journey with the Great Trains of Armenia; Transfer to the hotel. Check-in. Rest Time. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2, October 4, Thursday: Breakfast Served. Yerevan city tour. Yerevan, known as the rose-colored capital as most of its buildings use a pink shade of "tuf" stone which is quarried in Armenia. This is a most prominent feature of Yerevan: "Pink Yerevan..." Get acquainted with Yerevan by starting off at the Erebouni museum and Fortress, founded in 782 B.C., 29 years before Rome, the “Eternal City”, was built; Republic Square, Yerevan State University, Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide, Sports and Concert Complex, Kievian Bridge, Bagramyan Avenue, Presidential Palace, Academy of Sciences, National Parliament, Opera Theater; “NOY” Yerevan Brandy, Wine Factory: “…one does not drink brandy, one derives pleasure from it.” Now let's do it in one of the oldest factories in Yerevan "NOY" Brandy factory; Lunch in Yerevan– Armenian Traditional Restaurant. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 3, October 5, Friday: Breakfast Served. The tour begins with visiting the heart and the center of Armenian Apostolic Church (301- 303 AD), and the Holy See of the Supreme Catholicos Holy Etchmiadzin, visit the Museums, as well as the Churches of St. Hripsime and Gayane. Lunch in Etchmiadzin. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 4, October 6, Saturday: Breakfast Served. Check out. The day is full of events - Harvest Festival and Winemaking: it is the day of wine harvest and the national food festival in Armenia! Food, Music and Fun! You’ll find it all at the Harvest Festival in the Vayots Dzor region. So witness, and even take part in the process of port harvest on this tour, offering the unique opportunity to experience treading the grapes and to be involved in the harvest festival! Just join us. As well you might know, from ancient times, the human foot is considered to be far gentler than any form of mechanical grape pressing. Let's put in our efforts to make this delicious wine together and taste the aroma of natural wine in the area.
Let’s start our amazing journey from Khor Virap Monastery, presenting us with some quite spectacular photo opportunities not only on the way, but also when you climb up the nearby hill to see the border of Armenia and present Turkey. So now it’s time to visit one of the famous wineries of Vayots Dzor region, while visiting let’s test different kinds of Armenian wine: “Wine is bottled poetry”, just try it. Noravank monastery (9th – 14th centuries): “Human-and-nature-created wonders”; this being the main area of the Harvest Festival. Lunch in Noravank. Check in. Dinner and overnight in Vayk.
Day 5, October 7, Sunday: Breakfast Served – Check out. After this unforgettable day we have another unique day full of interesting stops in other regions – Gegharkunik, which is famous for its historical and natural sightseeing. First stop in Selim Caravanserai the part of the “Silk road” on the way from Vayots Dzor to the Gegharkunik region, the unique inn was founded as a transit point along the most famous of the caravan routes of old; Lunch- Next stop will be in Hayrivank 9th century church. After you will enter a field of khachkars - Noraduz - “Forest of Khachkars - Cross Stones”: this being a masterpiece of stone art. Check in. Dinner and overnight in Sevan.
Day 6, October 8, Monday: Breakfast Served – Check out. Visit to Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia, a beauty under the sky. 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. A gorgeous view of Lake Sevan is opened from the peninsula atop which the Sevan Monastery is nicely nestled dating to the 9th century; Lunch.We continue on our way to Dilijan – a small piece of Switzerland in Armenia. 10-13th centuries Haghartsin Monastery. Check in. Dinner and overnight in Dilijan.
Day 7, October 9, Tuesday: Breakfast Served - Check out. Today we again travel from region to region, this time from north to north-west. As it is harvest time, on the way you will see the workers in the fields gathering the bounty. In reality every region has its’ specialty to offer. Let’s find out what kind of harvest this region is famous for. Vanadzor, a town largely constructed from multi-color tuf /tufa/ stone; Wonderful monasteries Haghpat and Sanahin where artistic merits transcend the limits of the national culture (UNESCO recognized). Lunch. Kobayr – the spatial constructions and functional solution unify architectural currents and the expressive methods of simple solemnity. Check in. Dinner and overnight in Lori.
Day 8, October 10, Wednesday: Breakfast Served - Check out. Time to return to the capital – Yerevan. On the way back we have more sightseeing - Artashavan – 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”; Ashtarak – where you can find numerous churches or various ancient buildings at every turn; Oshakan -being most widely known as the last resting place of Mesrop Mashtots; Lunch and traditional table/lavash making: “Eat thy bread with joy”;with a local family, where you will experience the true hospiatlity of the Armenian people and taste "lavash" which you can bake yourself, if you choose to. Check in. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 9, October 11, Thursday: Breakfast served. Matenadaran - Depository and Museum of ancient manuscripts. We will travel to Garni, the location of the rare pre-Christian pagan temple maintained in Armenia. Later on, we will reach the Geghard cave monastery, an architectural complex (12-13th c.), carved out of one monolithic rock. With the participation of the Saghmos (Psalm) choir, we’ll have another chance to experience the ancient hymns and feel the extraordinary acoustics of the upper chamber. A visit to Geghard is truly a spiritual experience. Lunch in Geghard. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 10, October 12, Friday: Breakfast served. Free day in Yerevan. Use this time to explore the city on your own! Evening: Farewell Party Dinner with Armenian traditional cuisine, along with Armenian folklore live music.
Day 11, October 13, Saturday: Transfer.
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