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Wine festival in Armenia

Wine festival in Armenia

Each year in Areni village takes place already a traditional “Areni Wine” Festival, where besides the inhabitants of the region there are also present representatives of various departments.

“Areni Wine Festival” gives a great opportunity to discover Armenia. Those who even once have taken part in Areni Wine Festival in Armenia will never forget the bright impressions. During the Areni Wine Festival you will be able to taste the best range of Armenian wines, which are very highly valued by European consumers.

The “Areni Wine Fetival” opens with the bright and colorful and spectacular parade of the best wine-makers, combined with the song and dance combination.

 

Arrival

Program

Dura.

 

 

 

Sep. 29 T

Arrival to Yerevan, meeting in the airport, transfer to the hotel, day free to enjoy Yerevan

 

Sep. 30 Fr

Garni, Geghard, lavash baking

5 hours

Aug. 1 Sat.

Khor Virap, Noravank, Areni wine festival

6-8 hours

Aug. 2 Sun.

Tsaghkadzor (Kecharis, Ropeway*), Lake Sevan (Sevanavank)

7 hours

Aug. 3 Mon.

Saghmosavank, Armenian Alphabet Monument, Amberd, Karmravor, Oshakan

7 hours

Aug. 4 T.

Transfer to the airport

 

 

Day 1:                                                                

  • Arrival to Yerevan
  • Meeting in the airport
  • Transfer to the hotel

 

Day 2: 

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • First stop will be near arc of Charenc from where openes amazing view to Ararat mountain.
  • Garni. Garni temple which towers over a triangular cape, is the unique survived example of heathen culture in Armenia. It is a blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles. King Trdat the First ordered building the temple in the first century A.D. and dedicated it to the God of Sun. After adopting Christianity in 301 the pagan temple lost its significance and the fortress of Garni became the summer residence of the kings. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple.
  • Geghard. Geghard monastery is the unsurpassable masterpiece of the 13th century Armenian architecture. Some of the churches of the complex are masterfully hewn in a huge rock. From the outset the complex was called Ayrivank (cave monastery), later it was renamed Geghard (lance), as the lance used by the roman soldier to sting Jesus Christ's side, was kept in this monastery for many centuries. Due to its construction Geghardavank serves the best place for singing spiritual songs. The complex is rich in subtle sculptural embellishments and many striking khachkars (cross-stones).

 

 Day 3:

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Khor Virap. Khor Virap is the most famous pilgrimage site in Armenia, as it is directly connected with the adoption of Christianity. As a state religion Christianity in Armenia was adopted in 301 due to endeavors of Saint Gregory the Illuminator, who before converting king Trdat the 3rd to Christianity, was imprisoned in the dungeon over which a church of Khor Virap monastery was built in the 17th century. From the monastery one can admire the stunning view of the Biblical Mount Ararat.
  •  Noravank. Passing a narrow road surrounded by rocks of hundred caves one discovers a scene of harmony of architecture with nature. The monastery enshrined with fine architectural solutions and luxurious embellishments is one of the brightest examples of Armenian architecture of the 13th century. Noravank consists of St. Karapet, St. Grigory the Illuminator churches and St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) two-storey church, which is notable for its ideal constructive and sculptural work.
  • We will take part in Areni wine festival

 

 Day 4:

  • Tsaghkadzor. Tsaghkadzor city ("Valley of flowers") is considered to be one of the most popular winter resorts of Armenia. It is one of the places of our mountainous country, where the beauty of the nature appears with its whole variety. Tsaghkadzor is situated in Kotayk region, 50 kilometers North from Yerevan, on the eastern slope of Teghenis Mountain and is surrounded with virginal woods and alpine meadows. Kecharis. Kecharis monastery is in the north-western part of Tsakhkadzor. It was built in 11-13th centuries. The monastery consists of four churches and a half-destroyed mausoleum of Grigorius Pahlavuni, who financed building the monastery.
  • Lake Sevan. The fascination and the pearl of mountainous Armenia is Sevan Lake, which is one of the world's greatest high altitude fresh-water lakes. It is about 1900 m above sea level. The lake is of volcanic origin and is surrounded with mountains of 3000 m and higer. The beautiful landscape and the crystal water serve nice preconditions for excellent rest.The lake is also famous for its peninsula and medieval church complex built in 874. Sevanavank. A marvelous scene opens in the north-western part of Sevan Lake, where the peninsula towers over the transparent surface of the lake. Sevanavank monastery was built on the peninsula in 874 by the order of king Ashot Bagratuni's daughter princess Mariam. The silhouette of the churches against the background of the turquoise lake and blue sky casts unexplainable impression on the visitors.

 

 Day 5:

  • Saghmosavank. 5 km far from Hovhanavank monastery on the edge of Kasakh river canyon, in the 13th century Vachutian dukes built Saghmosavank monastery. The main church is adjacent to the scriptorium, where many manuscripts have been produced during centuries. Saghmosavank underwent the devastating influence of the earthquake in 1988. The reconstruction comleted in 2000 returned the church its beauty and glory.
  •  Armenian Alphabet Monument is located in the village of Artashavan, at the east side bottom of Mt. Aragats. It was erected in 2005 to the 1600 anniversary of creation of the Armenian alphabet by the design of the famous Armenian architect Jim Torosyan. The monument is an interesting demonstration of the stone carvings of 39 Armenian letters. The Armenian alphabet has been used to write the Armenian language since the year 405 or 406 and is still used to present Armenian language in written form. It was devised by Saint MesropMashtots, an Armenian linguist and ecclesiastical leader, in order to make the Bible accessible to Armenians and spread Christianity. Originally it contained 36 letters and had been completed in the Middle Ages.
  • Amberd Fortress. The principal architectural features of medieval fortress-building have found their reflection in this fortress. Having been built on a naturally well-defended cape, Amberd has for long time served as an important military fort. Next to this secular edifice there is a church built in 1026 by the duke VahramPahlavuni.
  • Karmravor. This exquisite church is considered to be the jewel of Ashtarak. It resembles a monolith pillar due to its small sizes and architectural solutions. It was built in the 7th century and has come to our days almost intact. It has a cross-shaped ground plan from inside and outside.

  • Oshakan, Tomb of St. Mesrop Mashtots. Oshakan village has been a holy place since the 5th century, when in 440 due to the duke Vahan Amatuni's efforts the creator of Armenian alphabet Mesrop Mashtots was buried there and a small church was built over his tomb. In the 19th century a bigger church bearing the name of St. Mesrop Mashtots was constructed in the place of the old one. Every year many first class schoolchildren learn the first letter of the alphabet in this church after an oath at the tomb of St. Mashtots.

 

Notes:

  • We can offer you another hotel in Yerevan, on request
  • Ararat brandy factory – price 10$ per person – includes degustation of brandies 3 years old and Akhtamar 10 years old.
  • 15$ per person – degustation of Akhtamar 10 years old, Nairi 20 years, Dvin 10 years
  • Tour program con be changed due to your arrival and departure
  • In case of bad weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances, for security reasons the Agent has the right to change, shorten or cancel the tour.

 

Price is given per person – 429$

 

Tour price includes:

  • Transfer to the hotel and airport;
  • 3* hotel for 5 nights (center of city)
  • Breakfasts
  • Transportation
  • Guide service;
  • Entrance tickets;

 

Tour price do not includes:

  • Air tickets;
  • Visa support;
  • lunches, dinners