Gourmet Tour in Armenia

duration 13 June - 21 June 2018
duration 13 June - 21 June 2018

Making a gourmet journey in Armenia means exploring a delightful combination of culture and cuisine. The local cuisine is not only a pleasure but a healthy life. We invite you to discover the colorful culinary traditions and atmosphere in the beautiful regions and taste very special dishes.

Experience a culinary masterclass with a top chef, join the preparation of the Armenian national dishes in the regions and enjoy the harmonious blend of selected ingredients and spices. For gourmets, the exquisite wines and the world famous Armenian cognac will be a special experience.

 

Experience the difference!

ITINERARY

 

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

Day 2      Yerevan: Matenadaran – Megerian Carpets – Cooking Class Strolls
Yerevan - one of the oldest cities in the world welcomes you! We will visit the Matenadaran museum, the storage place of the sacred treasures, the ancient manuscripts, which talk about the traditions and of several millennia Armenia. The building is located at the end of Mesrop Mashtots avenue. In the Megerian Carpets factory we admire the wonderful variety of hand-knotted rugs. Next we invite you to a cooking class. With the experienced chef we will prepare exquisite specialties and try to discover the secrets of Armenian cuisine.

Day 3      Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Cooking Experience – Sevanavank – Sevan
At the beginning of the day we're going to Kotayk, the Western province of Armenia. We will visit the Geghard monastery of the 13th century. Since 2000, the monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Driving to Garni. We admire the organ symphony of stones, an ensemble of magnificent organ pipes made of basalt. Continuing to the pagan temple of Garni of the 1st century. After the tour, we expect an enjoyable time at a nice host family. We will have a real cooking experience. The main course will be the "Tolma": grape or cabbage leaves are stuffed with minced meat, rice, onions and spicy herbs and then curled like little fat cigars. Depending on the season you can prepare summer Tolma. There are stuffed eggplant, peppers and tomatoes. After enjoying the homemade dishes we continue 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. Rest time.

Day 4      Sevan – Goshavank – Haghartsin – Cooking Experience – Dilijan
Today we visit the picturesque city Dilijan, "Armenian Switzerland". Dense forests, pristine landscapes and rolling hills surround the city like a green wall. Very close from Dilijan, in deep forests, we visit the Haghartsin (11th c.) and Goshavank monasteries (12 -13 c.), witnesses of ancient history and culture of Armenia. 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 the gourmet restaurant we will have our next cooking class. Step by step you will learn how to make "Ghapama", the Armenian popular pumpkin dish: pumpkin, raisins, dried fruit, apples, walnuts, cinnamon and honey - tastes just wonderful.

Day 5      Dilijan – Gyumri: Cooking Experience
Today we go to the Shirak plateau. Visiting the second largest city of Armenia Gyumri - a city of art and culture, traditions, hospitality, humor and indomitable zest for life. Here you can explore the old town with its beautiful old  houses, colorful facades and wooden typical balconies. In the friendly atmosphere we enjoy our lunch. We will be present in the preparation of fish dishes and enjoy the fine taste of fresh trout. You will also taste tea with mint or thyme, sea buckthorn or walnut jam. Rest time.

Day 6      Gyumri – Haritchavank – Yerevan
During a beautiful city walk through Gyumri we will observe the everyday and artisanal life of the locals. Continuing to the village Haritch. Exploring the monastery Harichavank of the 7th century. Return to Yerevan. Free time for individual discoveries.

Day 7     Yerevan – Zvartnots – Etchmiadzin – Aknashen – Khor Virap – Yerevan
Reconnaissance trip to Echmiadzin, the most important religious center of Armenian Christianity. Along the way we will visit the ruins of "the Zvartnots Round cathedral" of the 7th century. Then we will visit Etchmiadzin Cathedral. Continuing to the village Aknashen. The warm hospitality invites you around the Armenian table for nice conversations, laugh and joy. In the culinary menu is included  "lavash", the traditional Armenian flatbread, "Khorovats" (barbecue) and "Gata", an Armenian butter cake. On the way to Yerevan, we explore the Sanctuary Khor Virap of the 4th century. Rest time.

Day 8     Yerevan:  Vernissage – Cooking Experience
Today we will visit the colorful craft market, where you can admire beautiful and creative crafts and a small piece of Armenian culture and traditions, a nice atmosphere will be around. Our next culinary experience is "Pakhlava", a puff pastries stuffed with chopped walnuts, almonds or pistachios. As long as it is still hot, it is poured with honey and then cut diamond-shaped. In the evening we will visit a real gourmet restaurant with fine cuisine and a good Armenian wine.

Day 9     Return Flight
Transfer to the airport. End of our services.

PRICES & SERVICES

Price per Person: 990 €
Single room surcharge: 160 €
Small group: 4-12 people

Services Included

Transport
• All transfers and transport

Supervision
• Local English speaking guide

Accommodation, Food, Drinks
• 8 nights in cozy Comfort hotels  (Double)
• Full Board
• Drinking Water

Entrance
• All entrance tickets

Travel preparation
• Travel documentation
• Maps

*International flight is not included in the price.

DATES

 

STATUSFROMUNTILPRICE PPSGL SUPPL.NOTES
Available 13.06.18 21.06.18 € 990 € 160  


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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 «Erebuni-Yerevan» 

 

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