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ARMENIA GOURMET & CULTURAL TOURS
26.08.2015

Program

1st day Tuesday    

Breakfast (9h - 10h)
City tour: Duration about 3 hours,
The excursion will starts: Monument and museum of Victims of Genocide 1915, (Museum is open till 16:00)
Memorial of victims of genocide-commemorating the 1.5 million Armenians who perished during the first Genocide of the 20th century in the Western Armenia and in the territory of Ottoman Empire.

The panoramic view of the city and acquaintance with the Center of the city, the sightseeing of Cognac factory,

1)Visit of Cognac Factory “Ararat” (duration 1.5 hours)   (16h - 17h30)

 

Opera and Ballet building, the Parliament and Residency of the President of Armenia.

Visit of Victory park, monument Mother of Armenia,Cascade, Gafesjian museum


2nd Day Wednesday

Trip to Echmiadzin: Hripsime church, 7th c. (10h-13h)

Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral, Museum in Cathedral.Etchmiadzin Cathedral. The cathedral is one of the ancient churches in the Christian world; included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (2000).It is the center of Armenian Apostolic Church. It was founded in 301 A.D. by St. Gregory the Illuminator. Later, it was rebuilt and currently it stands as a complex including the Cathedral, Spiritual Academy, residency of the Catholicos of all Armenians, Synod of Armenian Church and a library.
The museum of the Cathedral, located behind the Altar, has collection of religious artifacts about Holy Mass, subjects made of gold, silver, precious stones, decorations, colossal silver boiler for making the myrrh and legendary Holy spear.

2)Visit of Great Valley Wine and Cognac factory (14h30)


 

 

3rd day Thursday

Check-out
Trip to Lake Sevan, (10h-14h)
Lake Sevan is one of the wonders in Armenia. The blue lake is one of the greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of Eurasia. On a clear and sunny day, the water is often of a deep turquoise color.
Dilijan, Hagharcin monastery
Haghartsin is a 13th century Armenian monastery that was built between the 10th and 14th centuries under the control of Bagratuni Dynasty and is situated in the town of Dilijan,

 

Lunch at lakeSevan


 

4th day Friday

Breakfast (9h-10h)
Khor –Virap,(10h-14h)
This exciting tour will bring you to the holy place of imprisonment of St. Gregory the Illuminator accused by Armenian king of preaching Christianity. He stayed here in the small dungeon for 13 years without any food, neighbored with scorpions and snakes. However the punishment from on high came down and King Trdat turned into swine. After king repented, he came back to human appearance and freed St. Gregory. In that same period, in 301 A.D. the king was christened with the people near the river Aratsan. Christianity was adopted as a state religion throughout Armenia.

Noravank.Noravank Monastery complex (XIII- XIV cc.)

Lunch in Noravank

3)Visit of 2 small wineries in Areni village. (14h-15h30)
They produce wines, fruit wines, and fruit vodkas


 

5th day Saturday


Breakfast (9h-10h)
Vernisage-open air souvenir market (10h-13h)
Lunch (13h-15h)


 

6th day Sunday

Breakfast (9h-10h)
Trip to Geghard and Garni (Duration with lunch 6hours) (10h-16h)
GeghardGeghard -cave monastery, 13c.

Geghard dates back to XII-XIII centuries and presents itself a unique caved temple. The word Geghard means “holy spear” in the honor of the long-preserved spear, the same spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ.

Trip to Garni,

Tour to Garni, pagan temple 1c.
One of the most interesting places to visit during your trip to Armenia is the Pagan temple devoted to the God of Sun - Myhr in Garni. According to some cuneiform records in Greek language, the temple was built in 77AD by King Trdat (Arshakid Dynasty). The temple is Greco-Roman style with characteristic pillars. It stands proudly on a rocky ridge with the deep canyon presenting a beautiful view. The temple was a summer residence for Arshakid dynasty.
Lunch in Garni –Fish Barbeque


 

7th day Monday

Breakfast (9h-10h)
Visit of “Megeryan” carpet factory (10-13h)
Shopping for sujoukbasterma and traditional dried fruits from Armenia at the Market.(13h-16h)
Lunch (16h30-18h)

4)Visit of “Noy” cognac factory

We’ll visit following wineries:
1. “Ararat cognac factory”
2. “Noy” cognac factory
3. “Great valley”
4. 2 “Areni” wineries

Price includes
Round trip Beirut Yerevan Beirut
Airport taxes
Accomodation in Yerevan.
Visa to Armenia (obtainable at the airport)

 

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