Wine Tour in Armenia and Georgia

duration 04-15 October 2018
duration 04-15 October 2018

The viticulture in Armenia and Georgia has  more than 3000-year-old tradition and is an integral part of the historical heritage. For generations, traditions and modernity keep going together offering fine wines that delight the palate.

We invite you to a fascinating wine journey through these beautiful countries, through charming wine-growing regions, where the joy of life and hospitality are an everyday occurrence, where the wine is another cause for great meetings, conversations and good toasts. Join this trip and enjoy cultural experiences and good taste with excellent wines and culinary delights.

Experience the difference!

ITINERARY

 

Day 1     Yerevan
Arrival at the Zvartnots International airport. Welcome and transfer to the hotel. Settle in and rest time.

Day 2     Yerevan – Matenadaran – Megerian Carpets – Ararat Brandy Factory
Yerevan - one of the oldest cities in the world welcomes you and invites you to a nice stroll. We will explore Matenadaran museum, the storage place of the sacred treasures, the ancient manuscripts, which talk about the tradition of several millennia Armenia. In the Megerian Carpets factory we admire the artful products of hand-knotted rugs. In a traditional hall we try the delicious  Armenian cuisine with a glass of good wine. In the Ararat Brandy factory we are experiencing an interesting tour through the history of winemaking in Armenia. We enjoy the evening in a cozy wine tavern.

Day 3     Yerevan – Khor Virap – Village Rind: Winery „Zorah“ – Areni
The provinces of Ararat and Vayots Dzor are home to the Armenian wine regions. The fine taste of the wines and the Armenian Brandy is thanks to the warm and dry climate, the fertile soil of the Ararat Valley. We visit the monastery and the Sanctuary Khor Virap. You can see the mount Ararat majestically behind the monastery. Going to the village Rind where we will visit the winery Zorah. Wineries in Armenia are wild and beautiful, old but vital, full of life and deeply connected to the history. We admire the fascinating vineyards and experience wine tasting.

Day 4     Areni – Noravank – Winery „Maran“ – Yerevan
Areni is a delightful wine village, with many vineyards and has a rich winemaking tradition. The annual wine festival takes place in this village and is called after its name. To the South of Areni, in the Amaghu gorge, we admire Noravank, one of the most beautiful monasteries of Armenia. During a visit to the winery we experience a wine tasting and dishes selected from the local cuisine. Return to Yerevan. Dinner in a wine bar or a traditional restaurant, where good wine is their visiting card.

Day 5     Yerevan – Amberd – Winery „Golden Grape ArmAs“ – Yerevan
The Aragatsotn Province also offers good wines and has a long winemaking tradition. At the beginning of the day we explore the partially destroyed fortress Amberd (2300m above sea) of the 11th century and the Vahramashen church. Next we drive to a vineyard, where everything is so impressive. Before enjoying good food and wine, we do a nice stroll through vast vineyards and orchards. After a good time we will return to Yerevan. A nice evening is guaranteed.

Day 6     Yerevan: „Noy“ Wine-Brandy Factory– Zvartnots – Etchmiadzin – Aknashen – Yerevan
During a visit to the "Noy" Wine-Brandy factory we gain into the production history of Armenian wine and brandy. Reconnaissance trip to Etchmiadzin, the most important religious center of Armenian Christianity. Continuing to the village Aknashen. Exciting encounters and the warm hospitality invite around the Armenian table for beautiful toasts and conversations, laugh and joy. You will have a unique opportunity to participate in the preparation of "lavash", the traditional Armenian flatbread, also to taste the Armenian specialities. Here you can enjoy a good homemade wine. Full of memories we will return to Yerevan. Rest time.

Day 7     Yerevan – Sevan – Dilijan – Tbilisi
Today we say goodbye to Armenia. Remember the taste  of Armenian wines and take time for new wine experiences in Georgia.  At the beginning of the day we drive to the beautiful Lake Sevan, "the blue pearl of Armenia". On the peninsula of Sevan we explore the church Sevanavank where you can find one of the five most holy cross stones. The route continues to the picturesque city Dilijan, "Armenian Switzerland". We will visit very beautiful and with rich colors Sharambeyan city. The Old City was restored by the Tufenkian Foundation. Here is the hotel-museum "Old Dilijan", a wooden device with quite an original style, with antique furniture and handmade carpets. Here, in a gourmet restaurant we enjoy our lunch and go to Georgia. Arrival in Tbilisi. Rest time.

Day 8      Tbilisi: City Tour – Sighnaghi
A nice stroll in Tbilisi. In the city center, on the left bank of the river Kura, we will visit the Sameba Cathedral which is the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox church. From here you can have a beautiful view of Mount Mtatsminda and the Old Town. Next we explore the Metekhi church on the steep bank of the Kura. A cable car takes to the fortress Narikala of the 4th century. We will visit  the Orbeliani Baths and Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral and Anchiskhati Church (6th century.). After lunch we will drive to the Sonneland Kakheti. Arrival in Sighnaghi. Rest time.

Day 9      Sighnaghi – Velistsikhe – Telavi
Walking tour in Sighnaghi, a color-rich city with beautiful streets, small wooden balconies with magnificent views of the river Alazani Valley and the giant mountains of the Great Caucasus. In the village Velistsikhe we will visit the open air museum Numisi and the wine cellar of the 16th century. Wine tasting. Departure to Telavi, a center of Georgian viticulture and home to many wineries. We will stay in Shuchmann Wines Chateau, a boutique hotel. There are very nice vineyards to see here. In a very cozy atmosphere we enjoy the delicious specialties of Georgian cuisine and the good local wine.

Day 10    Telavi –Ikalto Monastery – Kvareli – Winery „Khareba“ – Tbilisi
The Telavi town is situated on one of the most beautiful valleys of the river Alazani. Feel the amazing atmosphere in Georgian bazaar. Find everything your heart desires: delicious fruits, homemade wine, Georgian grape vodka Tshatsha, various spices and sauces, cheese and traditional bread, sweet specialties such churchkhela, Gosinaki etc. We will also explore the beautiful monastery Ikalto and drive to Kvareli, which is famous for its wines. We will visit the unique winery "Khareba", famous for its high-quality wine types. In the cozy winery we will enjoy good wine with dishes selected  special for wine. Returning to Tbilisi. We will enjoy our dinner at Shuchmann Wine Restaurant. The location of the restaurant is specially selected. Originally here was the Tbileli caravanserai. Here we find the premium wines "Shuchmann" or "Vinoterra". The experienced sommelier will tell us about the history of wine and serving food.

Day 11    Tbilisi –Mtskheta– Château Mukhrani – Tbilisi
Trip to the ancient royal capital Mtskheta. Visit the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. We will visit the monastery Jvari on a projection of Sagurani-ridge together with other monuments of Mtskheta. This monastery was also included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way back to Tbilisi, in the heart of the old town, we will visit the Château Mukhrani. Fascinating vineyards, royal family history, interesting legends and a cozy wine studio are an interesting discoveries for every wine lover. We drink again and say good bye and good luck to you. Preparing for the trip to home.

Day 12     Return Flight
Transfer to the airport. End of our services.

PRICES & SERVICES

Price per Person: 1650 €
Single room surcharge: 250 €
Small group: 4-12 people

Services Included

Transport
• All transfers and transport

Supervision
• Local English speaking guide

Accommodation, Food, Drinks

• 11 nights in cozy boutique hotels (double room), homestay
• Full board
• Drinking water
• Wine tasting

Entrance
• All entrance tickets

Travel preparation
• Travel documentation
• Maps

*International flight is not included in the price.

DATES

 

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Available 04.10.18 15.10.18 € 1650 € 250  

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NOTES

The tour route may be modified due to reasons of security, climate conditions, unexpected environmental damages, problems with road access, strikes, or local festivities. In such cases, we will strive to find the best possible solution.

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 ITINERARY «Wine Tour in Armenia and Georgia» 

 

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