Tour Type: Gastro & Wine Tours
Gastronomy can tell more about the spirit of the people than works of architecture and painting. Armenian cuisine is considered to be one of the oldest in the world. Impressions from visiting the country will be incomplete if you do not try the main dishes of each region. For true connoisseurs of delicious food, we offer a Tour of Armenia-getting acquainted with the main sights and tasting delicious dishes and drinks. The program also includes several master classes that will help you to recognize recipes for dishes and desserts better under the careful guidance of the chef. NationalGeographic included Yerevan in the list of “6 unexpected cities for food lovers”, calling the capital one of the best places in Asia with rich cuisine – the publication advises gourmets to take advantage of gastro tours to Armenia, which it calls the top place to travel.
Day 1 - Arrival / Yerevan / City Tour
Meeting at Zvartnots international airport. Transfer to the hotel. Rest. We begin our acquaintance with one of the oldest cities in the world – the pink city of Yerevan. The city is located on the left bank of the Hrazdan river, away from the Ararat valley. It is impossible to imagine Yerevan without the famous Opera and ballet Theater, Republic square with its colorful fountains and government buildings. Mount Ararat is an integral part of Yerevan. Visit the carpet factory “Megerian Carpet”, where you can observe the production of carpets, which includes dyeing threads with vegetable dyes, weaving, cutting, finishing, etc. Dinner at the factory’s restaurant from a famous Armenian chef, with a master class on cooking a dish called “Ararat”. Overnight in a hotel in Yerevan.
Day 2 - Khor Virap / Noravank / Areni / Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel. We start the tour with a visit to the 17th-century monastery of Khor Virap, which is famous for its deep dungeon, where the first Armenian Catholicos spent 13 years of imprisonment. Drive to the village of Areni with a stop at the winery. In this village you can see the world’s oldest winery. Then visit the magnificent Noravank monastery, where the road leads through high picturesque rocks. Lunch in a rural house, where you can try “khashlama” from young lamb and get lessons in making homemade cheese. The way back to Yerevan. For dinner try the dish “Tjvjik” – a dish of beef liver, lungs and heart. Overnight in a hotel in Yerevan.
Day 3 - Yerevan / Dilijan / Sevan / Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the amazing forest area of Dilijan, called “Armenian Switzerland”. Tour of the monastery complex of Haghartsin (11-13 centuries). On the way back, we will visit the pearl of Armenia – the high-mountain Sevan Lake. Visit to the summer residence of the Armenian king Ashot Yerkat – Sevanavank monastery. Lunch at a fish restaurant, where we will try Armenian “Ishkhan” (trout) and Sevan crayfish. The way back to Yerevan. We will visit one of the restaurants in the city, where we will be waiting for dinner – “Arisa” (porridge made of boiled wheat and poultry). Overnight in a hotel in Yerevan.
Day 4 - Yerevan / Garni / Geghard / Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel. The tour starts in the Kotayk region. Passing through beautiful landscapes, we will visit the pagan temple of Garni, which proudly took its place on the top of the Azat river gorge and is the only preserved example of the pagan era. The UNESCO world heritage Christian monastery complex Geghard is a 15-minute drive away. The monastery became famous for its relics, among which the most important is the spear used to wound Christ on the cross. Lunch at a local restaurant, where you will watch and take part in the baking of the Armenian national bread “lavash”, the national cake” Gata “and prepare barbeque and vegetables in the “tonir ” (Caucasian clay oven in the form of an inverted truncated cone, leaving the base in the ground). The way back to Yerevan. Next, we will try the real Armenian cognac at the Yerevan brandy factory. Armenian cognac literally conquered Winston Churchill in 1943. This well-known expert and connoisseur of alcohol recommended Smoking Havana cigars, never being late for dinner and drinking Armenian cognac. For dinner, try the pride of Armenian cuisine – “Kufta” (boiled beef). Overnight in a hotel in Yerevan.
Day 5 - Yerevan / Echmiatsin / Zvartnots / Yerevan
Breakfast at the hotel. We begin acquaintance with the spiritual Armenia at the very origins of Christianity – Etchmiadzin with the Cathedral (UNESCO), with the churches of Saint Gayane (UNESCO), Saint Hripsime (UNESCO). Throughout its history, Holy Etchmiadzin was not only the religious center of Armenia and managed vast estates, but also a place where the miraculous relics of the Armenian Church and rich gifts received from all over the Armenian world were stored. For lunch at the “Machanents” restaurant, try the famous Armenian “dolma” with grape leaves and get lessons on its preparation. On your return to Yerevan, visit Zvartnots temple (7th century, UNESCO). For dinner, try the soup of dried sorrel and “Garni Yarakh”. Overnight in a hotel in Yerevan.
Day 6 - Departure
Transfer to the airport. Departure