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Wine and gastronomy tour

Duration

9 Days

Wine and gastronomy tour

Armenia has its own gastronomic identity. Armenian cuisine, as one of the components of the culture, is represented as a blend of East and West. Its traditions stem from ancient cuisine. As old as it is young, today you can discover it as a harmony of tastes and flavors. This tour allows you to explore culinary specialties, attend masterclasses on traditional dishes, visit distilleries, taste brandy and wines produced in different regions of the country, and engage in authentic encounters with families. Adding to this recipe are cultural visits, museums, historical monuments, craft shops, breathtaking landscapes, resulting in the perfect cocktail for an immersive journey. A trip designed for epicureans curious to experience extraordinary culinary traditions.

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Itinerary

We have carefully planned each day to give you the best possible experience. From exploring historic sites to sampling delicious local cuisine, every day is filled with adventure and excitement. Join us on a journey through some of the world's most fascinating destinations.

Arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

After breakfast, explore the city of Yerevan, with a history spanning over 2800 years. Take a stroll through the downtown area: Cascade, where contemporary art is showcased in all its diversity, Republic Square, and Opera Square. Visit the Matenadaran or Institute of Mesrop Mashtots, a museum of ancient manuscripts.

Lunch in a Gastro yard where we will have the master-class of the national bread of Karabagh – Jengyalov hats.Continuation to Tsitsernakaberd,memorial to the victims of the Armenian genocide of 1915. Visit the ARARAT distillery and taste the legendary Armenian brandy.
Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Yerevan

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Etchmiadzine, the religious center of Armenia, home to the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church. We’ll visit the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral (7th c., UNESCO) and the Mother Cathedral (303 A.D., UNESCO).

Lunch in a Gastro Yard where we’ll have a master-class in Armenian Arishta (noodles) and Gata (cake). Departure for the Armenia Wine distillery, an exemplary winery where century-old Armenian viticulture is enjoying a renaissance. The company has become a symbol of modern Armenian viticulture. Visit to the unique wine museum, an exceptional testimony to the history of winemaking in Armenia. Wine tasting. Return to Yerevan.
Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Yerevan

“Breakfast and departure to explore the south of Armenia. Visit the Khor Virap Monastery (deep pit) from the 4th to the 17th centuries, a major pilgrimage site. At the foot of Ararat, Khor Virap is the best place to contemplate the biblical mountain. Continuing to the Vayots Dzor region. Visit the Noravank Monastery (9th-14th centuries). In Areni, we will see the preparation of Khorovats, chicken grills made in a traditional oven.

Lunch with tasting of wines made from endemic grape varieties. The final destination is the village of Egheghis.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Departure towards the Selim Pass and visit to the 14th-century caravanserai at an altitude of 2,400 meters, built on the Silk Road. Continuing to the village of Notarus,renowned for its cemetery adorned with numerous khachkars dating from the 9th to the 17th century. In the village, we will visit a local family farm where they will demonstrate how they produce their cheeses and offer us a tasting paired with local wine. Continuing to the village of Tsakhkunk,where, at a Gastro Yard, we will participate in a masterclass on preparing lavaret fish and sample it.

After lunch, we will head to Lake Sevan, known as the “Emerald of Armenia,” one of the highest freshwater lakes globally, located at nearly 2000 meters altitude. Visit to the Sevanavank monastery, then on to the Tavush region, the “Little Switzerland of Armenia”. Arrival in Dilijan. Stroll through the old quarter, “Old Dilijan”.

Dinner and overnight in Dilijan.

After breakfast, we will go to discover Parz Lich (Clear Lake) in the middle of the national forest. Continuation to the Gochavank Monastery, dating from the 12th-13th centuries, founded by the famous legislator and fabulist Mkhitar Gosh.

Lunch on your own. We continue towards Yenokavan. A short walk through the lush forest will lead us to the discovery of a hidden treasure – the Sarnajur waterfall, a marvel of nature with a simply breathtaking view. On the way back, weather permitting, we’ll visit the small church of Surb Saghis(St. Serge) in Lastiver and contemplate the picturesque countryside. Arrival at Yenokavan. At the Gartro Yard in Berkri, we will be taught how to make traditional Tolma (an Armenian dish with grape leaves and minced meat) and we will taste them along with local wines.

Dinner and overnight in Yenokavan.

Departure for the village of Fioletovo to meet the Molokan community (Russian Protestants) to learn about their way of life and to taste samovar tea and Natasha’s pirozhki. Continuation to the Aragatsotn region. In the town of Aparan, we will taste hot bread from an “animated” oven. Departure for Byurakan, where the astronomical city of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia is located, founded in 1946 by Viktor Ambartsumian. It is one of the main astronomical centers of the USSR. Visit to the Basilica of Saint John, dating from the 10th century. In the village, we will visit the “Sunny Snails” farm where we will be shown snail farming. Late lunch of snail-based dishes. If time permits, we will visit the Saghmosavank Monastery, the Monastery of the Psalms, built on the Kasagh canyon in a spectacular setting. Return to Yerevan.

Dinner on your own. Overnight in Yerevan

In the morning, we will depart for the village of Ptghni to visit a local family who has a small production of various dried fruits and jams. We will be given a short tour of the garden to explain the process of preparing dried fruits and we will have a tasting. Departure for the pagan temple of Garni, located in the gorges of the Azat River. Visit to the Garni Temple (1st century).

Lunch at a Gastro Yard where we will taste the famous pork kebabs and have the opportunity to see the preparation of Lavash, traditional Armenian bread. Our journey continues with a visit to the Geghard Monastery, a testament to the creative genius of Armenian architects. The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Yerevan.

Dinner on your own. Overnight in Yerevan

Transfer to the airport. End of our services.

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