Armenia is one of the most ancient civilizations of wine. A few years ago in Armenia (in village of Areni) winery was found where wine was made more than 6,000 years ago.
Cognac & wine tour to Armenia is a special section of the tourism industry. We present you the excursion tour with cognac and wine tasting.
When in 1927 the Russian writer Maxim Gorky visited Armenia, he said: "It' easier to climb Mount Ararat than getting up from the cellars of ArArAt". Our cognac and wine tour to Armenia offers a unique opportunity to visit the most secret places of any winemaker - his cellars. As you know, tasting of national dishes is a part of any trip. No exception is also the tasting of national strong drinks.
The program of cognac and wine tour in Armenia provides acquaintance with the history and culture of Armenia, visiting the wine cellars of various manufacturers, wine tasting, and of course, tasting of national Armenian heritage - brandy - cognac. Beautiful sightseeing of Armenia, sun, delicious food, hospitable people - all, that's needed for a perfect holiday in Armenia.
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Cognac and wine tour program in Armenia (4 days/3 nights)
Day 1 - Airport - A walk in Yerevan - Yerevan Brandy Factory "ARARAT"
The tour starts with a walking tour through the city. Yerevan architecture is original and distinctive. Today, Yerevan is a city where there are a variety of architectural styles, with green alleys, numerous fountains. You will be able to see the sights in Yerevan: Grand Cascade (open air museum), the square of France, the Opera and Ballet House, Northern Avenue, the Republic Square.
Lunch at a restaurant with tasting of national dishes.
After that we continue our wine tour in Armenia and visit Yerevan Brandy (cognac) Factory, where we will taste 3 types of brandies - "Akhtamar", "Nairi" and "Dvin".
After we visit the Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and the Genocide Museum.
Day 2 - Yerevan - Khor Virap - Wine factory "Areni" - Noravank - Yerevan
This day trip begins with a visit to the monastery of Khor Virap - one of the symbols of Armenia. The Monastery is a fortress located just 40 kilometers far from Yerevan, and less than a kilometer from the republic's border with Turkey. Khor Virap is a place of pilgrimage, which is associated with the legend of Gregory the Illuminator (Grigor the Illuminator). According to church tradition, Gregory was imprisoned on the order of King Trdat III for preaching Christianity, and spent there 13 years. Those interested can go down to the prison, which has a depth of 6 m and a diameter of 4.4 m. Right in front of you, very, very close and in all its beauty you will see the symbol of Armenia - Mount Ararat.
Then we continue our way to the village of Areni in Vayots Dzor region of Armenia. We visit the "Cave of the birds", where the oldest winery in the world and the world's oldest shoe, which was more than 5500 years old, were found. Village of Areni is famous for its wines till now. Every year in October the annual festival of wines takes place there.
After lunch, we will visit "Areni" wine factory and taste Armenian wine in the tasting room of the factory. The wines of this producer differ in their unique tastes. The bouquet of the fragrance is revealed gradually leaving a pleasant aftertaste.
Next, we go to Noravank monastery complex, built in XIII-XIV centuries, which is located 1.5 kilometers east of the village of Areni. The complex is located on a narrow ledge winding gorge tributary of the Arpa River. The gorge is famous for its steep red cliffs, towering behind the monastery.
Back to Yerevan.
Day 3 - Yerevan - Sevan - Dilijan - Haghartsin - Goshavanq - Ijevan winery - Yerevan
After breakfast, we continue the tour to the pearl of Armenia - blue Sevan. Lake Sevan is a freshwater lake in the Armenian highlands. It is the largest lake in the Caucasus. It is guaranteed to be the largest source of fresh water in the region. We will also visit the Sevanavanq - a monastery in the north-west coast of Lake Sevan. The monastery is located on a peninsula, which was once a small island.
We continue our tour to Tavush region of Armenia – to a small town of Dilijan, located on the picturesque banks of the river Aghstev.
The next stop will be Haghartsin Monastery, which was built in the X-XIII centuries, mostly under the auspices of the Bagratuni Dynasty. We will also visit Goshavank - monastery complex, built in XII-XIII centuries in the village of Gosh in Armenia. Goshavank is the cultural, educational and religious center of medieval Armenia. The sources referred to it as a seminary, university, and so on.
Lunch in a restaurant with tasting of national dishes.
Afterwards we go to the city of Ijevan, where we will have an excursion to the Ijevan winery, built in 1951. The factory is located between the rivers Aghstev and Spitak Jur. Being located in the north-eastern part of Armenia its organic vineyards have favorable climatic conditions for the growth of European grapes. Ijevan winery is one of the leaders in the export of Armenian wines and brandy. And, of course, after the tour we will have wine tasting of 6 varieties of Armenian wines.
After lunch, we continue the tour to the pearl of Armenia - blue Sevan. Lake Sevan is a freshwater lake in the Armenian highlands. It is the largest lake in the Caucasus. It is guaranteed to be the largest source of fresh water in the region. We will also visit the Sevanavanq - a monastery in the north-west coast of Lake Sevan. The monastery is located on a peninsula, which was once a small island.
Back to Yerevan.
Day 4 - History Museum of Armenia - Yerevan Brandy-Wine-Vodka Factory "Noah" - Echmiadzin - Zvartnots temple
After breakfast, we visit the center of Yerevan – the Republic Square. Here is the country's main museum - the Museum of History of Armenia. The museum has collected about 400,000 exhibits. The museum exposition is divided into several departments: archaeological, ethnographic, numismatic department, historic architecture department, and the Department of Modern and Contemporary history of Armenia.
Afterwards we visit Yerevan Brandy-Wine-Vodka Factory "Noah". After the factory tour, we taste various types of brandy and wine.
Lunch at a restaurant with tasting of national dishes.
Next we visit the St. Echmiadzin - the center of the Armenian Gregorian Church, where the residence of the Catholicos is located. We will visit Echmiadzin Cathedral (301-483 AD), which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, the museum and the treasury of Echmiadzin, which houses the Spear of Longinus (Spear of Destiny, Spear of Christ), a part of Noah's Ark, the patella John Baptist,etc.
We visit the ruins of Zvartnots temple, which was destroyed in the earthquake. In 2000, the ruins of the temple and the archaeological area around it are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Transfer to the airport.
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- airport-hotel-airport transfers;
- accommodation in a 3 * hotel;
- breakfast in the hotel and lunch at various Armenian restaurants;
- comfortable transport service;
- accompanying guide service throughout the tour;
- entrance tickets to the historical and cultural centers;
- tasting of Armenian Brandy (Cognac) and wine;
- 2 bottles of spring water in the transportation;
- tourist support service over the phone.
Tour price does not include:
- airline tickets;
- an entry visa (if required);
- alcoholic beverages (other than those specified in the tour program);
- medical insurance.
- If you wish you can choose any other hotel in Armenia. Also possible to stay at a hostel or private flat (you should arrange that with the manager). The price of the tour will be reconsidered.
- Those under 18 can't participate in that tour.
Prices on cognac and wine tour to Armenia (price per person)
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