Home Travel tours Undiscovered side of Armenia
duration: 8 days / 7 nights
location: Armenia,
  • Yerevan
  • Khor Virap
  • Noravank Monastery
  • Zvartnoc
  • Amberd
  • Lake Sevan
  • Garni
  • Alphabet Park

Undiscovered side of Armenia

The highlights of this tour:

  • Whatever your passion, we’ll find the perfect performance venue, private museum event, vineyard tour or other components to make your tour unique and memorable.
  • There are no generic tours, we start with your ideas and add our expertise to create the perfect tour for you.
  • Have a chance to discover the undiscovered!
1days
WELCOME TO ARMENIA
  • Yerevan

Arrival in Yerevan, transfer to hotel Check-in at the hotel City tour around Yerevan - the ancient capital of Armenia. Explore the uniqueness of the city streets; you will enjoy the warm atmosphere, friendly smiles of local people and unique coloring of this wonderful ancient city-Opera House, Cascade Complex, Republic Square, the Governmental Building, Statue of Victory, the Stadium and the canyon of Hrazdan. Visit to Tsitsernakaberd- the Armenian Genocide memorial complex- dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide. 

2days
baking Armenian flat bread “lavash”
  • Yerevan    |   Garni    |   Geghard    |    Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. The trip begins from Garni Pagan Temple. On the road have a visit to the Arch of Charents. From which opens a breathtaking view of the Ararat valley with Ararat soaring on the horizon. Continue to Geghard Monastery - a medieval monastery being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have a lunch and master class in baking Armenian flat bread "lavash". 

Lavash is a very thin (0.2-0.5cm), long (90-110cm) and easy to wrap flatbread that does not contain a yeast or traditional bread starter. This versatile bread can be soft, crisp or cracker-type. It is healthy and suitable for almost any diet. It is the most suitable and multi-functional bread to take with for hiking - can be used as a tablecloth, a plate, etc. Lavash is baked in traditional underground clay tonir oven, which in pagan times used to be the symbol of sun. Tonir oven is sacred in Armenian culture. In old times, in small villages of Armenia where there were no churches, the priest would hold a marriage ceremony around the tonir over.  The taste of tonir baked lavash cannot be described with words. There are many factors contributing to the taste, one of the important is constituents of fire, which vary from manure to grapevine chunks. Therefore, we recommend you try lavash baked in a bakery of a small Armenian village. Here you can not only witness the process of baking, but also taste the crusty remnants, which are considered to be the very palatable among Armenians. Come back to Yerevan. Dinner in a restaurant. 

3days
the ceremony of an Armenian Christening/Baptism
  • YEREVAN   |   ECHMIADZIN   |   ZVARTNOTS   |   YEREVAN

Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to Etchmiadzin Cathedral- the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church, located in the city of Vagharshapat/Etchmiadzin. As well, you have a visit to Saint Hripsime Church - a seventh Armenian Apostolic century church. Proceed to the Ruins of Zvartnots- the 7th century architecture listed as a UNESCO World Heritage. Come back to Yerevan. Lunch. You have a chance to participate in the ceremony of an Armenian Christening/Baptism. Baptism is the Sacrament through which the believer is absolved of sins, is regenerated by the Holy Spirit, becomes a Christian and attains adoption by God. 

The ceremony of the Baptism can be performed in two ways: 

1. After having consecrated the water by the sign of the cross and with the holy chrism and emerging the body of baby into the water three times, 

2. Pouring holy water three times upon the head of the person being baptized and washing the face and the senses of adults. 

The ceremony is accompanied with the following words of the priest: "This servant of God, coming from the state of catechumen to baptism, is being baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and, being expiated by the blood of Christ from the captivity of sin, receives the adoption of Heavenly Father, becoming co-heir with Christ and a temple for the Holy Spirit". 

The Creed acknowledges one Baptism. It is not repeated, because it is a spiritual birth: a man is born once, that is why he should be baptized only once. 

The Armenian Church accepts as authentic the baptism of those Churches, who confess the Holy Trinity and baptize people in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. If a believer, who has been christened in an Orthodox, Catholic or other Church, wishes to become a member of the Armenian Church, he does not need to be baptized for a second time. 

Dinner in a restaurant with traditional dishes. 

4days
the ceremony of Armenian Wedding
  • Yerevan    |    Khor-Virap   |    Areni   |   Noravank   |   Yerevan 

Breakfast at the hotel. Continue trip to Khor Virap Monastery (17-18 centuries). Enjoy the impressive view of Mount Ararat. Visit to Areni wine factory with wine degustation. Visit to Noravank Monastery (13 century). You have a chance to participate in the ceremony of an Armenian Wedding.

Armenian wedding is just as much about bringing together families as much as couples. With the original Armenian custom of arranged marriages fast declining, many Armenian these families may now be multi-cultural and accepting of a more westernized wedding. However, anyone marrying into an Armenian family might surely want to include many of the Armenian wedding customs into their wedding where possible, because so much of it has an emphasis on love and sharing - everything a marriage is traditionally about!   

Lunch in the restaurant. Return to Yerevan. Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

5days
PHOTO SESSION in Armenian national dress
  • Yerevan    |  Saghmosavank  |   Amberd   |   Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Start day with a visit the Saghmosavank, the 13th-century Armenian monastic complex. The main structures of the monasteries are the Church of Zion in Saghmosavank and the Church of Karapet in Hovhannavank. Visit to the Armenian Alphabet Monument. In 2005, the Armenian alphabet celebrated its 1600th birthday. In commemoration, It was given a gift of 39 giant, carved Armenian letters, strategically placed near the final resting place of the man who created the alphabet, Mesrop Mashtots. Visit to Amberd Fortress, the site started as a Stone Age settlement. The name translates to "fortress in the clouds" in Armenian. Lunch in a local restaurant. Return to Yerevan. PHOTO SESSION in Armenian national dress "Taraz" at "Photo Atelier Marashlyan".

Armenian folklore, literature, architecture and other creative arts are prominent in the whole Caucasus. In this article, we’ll only focus on the traditional dress of Armenia which is so colorful and diversified having so many varieties. Again, the varied nature of the traditional Armenian costume is mainly dependent upon the dominance established by the invaders during the different periods of history. The Armenians absorbed the fashions and trends from the intruders and the migrants. These derivations produced an amazing fusion in the clothing tone of the Armenians. The Armenian men also used to wear the outer garment that was actually a cotton or silk made arkhaluk outerwear with low collar fastened waist down with hooks or small buttons. A heavier item was called chokha; it was made of wool and worn with a narrow big buckled belt. Some Armenians also traditionally wore waist coats or jackets with full sleeves without fasteners in front. The belt was replaced with long wide woven scarf wrapped around the waist several times. The historians believe that the Armenian women costumes date back to the Urartu era (the biblical Kingdom of Ararat) wherein dresses were designed with creamy white silk, embroidered with gold thread. The reason of this belief is as the archaeologists discovered the signs of this ancient civilization during excavations near Lake Van and according to them the women costume of Armenia was a replica of this medallion. Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

6days
Armenian national dance courses
  • Yerevan   |    Tsaghkadzor  |  Sevan   |   Yerevan 

Breakfast at the hotel.  Visit to the museum of Sergei Parajanov. Drive to Tsaghkadzor - a spa town and a popular health resort in Armenia. Lifting through the ropeway to the Mount Tegenis (2858m). Visit to Kecharis Monastery (11-13cc.). Head to Lake Sevan, considering the blue pearl of Armenia. Its only peninsula is home to a medieval monastery - “Sevanavank”. Lunch at the restaurant. Return to Yerevan. Armenian national dance courses.    

Having a thousand-year history, Armenian national dance art derives its origin from a pre-Christian period-time marked by the worship of pagancy. On the whole, the Armenian dance art has long been one of the most revealing expressions of its character and aesthetic thinking as well as highlights its national idiosyncrasy, inner world and attitude towards nature and life at large.

In these latter days, the Republic of Armenia, being one of the smallest parts of remote Historical Armenia, is enormously rich with its national dances and folk songs. The main features of Armenian folk dance art are, as it were, preserved in modern Armenian group dances, involving men and women national and traditional dances respectively. Traditional dancing is still popular among expatriate Armenians, and has also been very successfully "exported" to international folk dance groups and circle dance groups all over the world. Dinner at the restaurant. 

7days
Crosstone crafting master class
  • Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Cognac tasting in "Ararat" cognac factory. "ArArAt" has preserved the traditions of the legendary brandy manufacturing since 1887 when a merchant named Nerses Tairyan built the first wine and brandy factory in Yerevan.  Crosstone crafting master class with the experienced master. 

A khachkar, also known as an Armenian cross-stone is a carved, memorial stele bearing a cross, and often with additional motifs such as rosettes, interlaces, and botanical motifs. Khachkars are characteristic of Medieval Christian Armenian art. Khachkars are used as items of decoration. Their religious overtones make them beautiful fits for Armenian churches around the world. Often monuments and memorials are in the form of khachkars, whether an Armenian Genocide monument or any other solemn tribute. Certainly more elaborate gravestones take on the khachkar tradition in Armenia and abroad. The priceless works that had stood since as early as the 13th century – over two thousand of them at that point, comprising the largest Armenian cemetery in the world – were finally bulldozed, despite reactions from the European Parliament, among others.

Since 2010, khachkars, their symbolism and craftsmanship are inscribed in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Lunch at the retsurant. Free time for shopping. Recommended sites: Vernissage Armenian market. 

Visit to "Megerian Carpets" factory. The Megerian Family has been involved in selling, restoration, and production of fine iriental rugs for over four generations.

Each work is a product of the integrity of the Megerian touch, from the discriminating selection of original materials and dyes, to the painstaking attention to knotting technique, to the completely thorough final inspection in the antique making . 

Dinner at the restaurant. 

8days
DEPARTURE WITH MORE IMPRESSIONS
  • Yerevan  "Zvartnots" International Airport

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport. Depurture home!

In the price is included:

Accommodation in a double room / Full board: breakfast, lunch, dinner / Comfortable air-conditioned transport with a professional driver / Entrance tickets on the mentioned monuments / Guide service / All mentioned excursions / Master-classes / Degustation / Water in a transport 

The price is not included:

Air tickets / Alcoholic and soft drinks / Cost for visa / Fee for a photo and video in a museums / Tips / Personal expenses and other services, which are not mentioned above

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