Insights into rural life

duration 18 July-28 July 2018
duration 18 July-28 July 2018

Armenia is one of the oldest cradles of civilization in the world. Together with sustainable development and adoption of modern lifestyle, Armenians stick to their customs and traditions, especially in the rural areas of the country.

This travel package is for those who are enthusiastic and passionate about rural idyll, tranquility, pleasant acquaintances, fine homemade delicacies and fresh organic products.
This is a unique opportunity to be part of a simple life and feel home due to a warm and friendly atmosphere. If you want to visit the best places in Armenia, this is the best itinerary to follow.

 

Experience the difference!

ITINERARY

 

Day 1      Yerevan
Arrival at Zvartnots International Airport. Greeting and meeting, transfer to your hotel, check-in, one day at leisure.

Day 2      Yerevan: Yerevan City Tour: Matenadaran − Geghard − HyeLandz Eco Village
Good morning and welcome to Yerevan! Our guide will be waiting for you at the lobby of the hotel. We will explore the landmarks and the main places of interest in the city. The first destination to be visited is the Matenadaran − a research institute, museum and repository of ancient manuscripts and books preserved in special storage conditions over many centuries.
After discovering the treasures of the Matenadaran, we will travel on to Geghard. The monastery of Geghard was built in the 13th century, most of which is cut into a massive rock. It is surrounded by Azat Valley, which has much to see and admire. In 2000 Geghard was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List.
We are going to spend the end of the day in HyeLandz Eco Village situated in the small village of Geghadir on Yerevan-Garni Highway.
HyeLandz Eco Village is a unique place, where you can see a great variety of domestic animals, trees, plants and enjoy your rest in one of the most ecologically friendly resorts in the country.

Day 3      HyeLandz Eco Village − Garni – Basalt Organs – HyeLandz Eco Village
Our day will begin with an exploratory tour to Garni.
Garni Hellenistic Temple was bulit in the 1st century BC. It is the only pre-Christian pagan monument in Armenia. This historic and beautiful place and the lovely view of the gorge will stay in your memory forever.
After 15-minute walk, you can discover the “Symphony of Stones” or, in other words, “Basalt Organs”. This is a huge, impressive rock, which looks like a musical instrument.
After enjoying your day full of new discoveries, you will return to the eco village, where you can spend your late evening, have some drinks, play different games, enjoy delicious meals and prepare yourself for new explorations.

Day 4      HyeLandz Eco Village – Khor Virap – Areni – Noravank – Herher
In the morning we will depart to Khor Virap (meaning deep dungeon) − a monastery located near the closed border with Turkey. This is one of the best places where you can have a spectacular view of the Mount Ararat.
Being one of the oldest civilizations, Armenia has centuries-old wine making traditions, this is why let us not miss our chance and visit Areni, which is considered the winemaking capital of Armenia. Areni is also called “Armenian Bordeaux”, where a wine festival is hosted once a year.
After a tour in Areni, you will continue your day in a hospitable village called Herher.

Day 5      Village Herher
Take a chance to spend the beginning of your interesting day in this hospitable village. You can walk through the farm, help local people with gardening, take part in the process of making Armenian traditional bread called "lavash". Not far from Herher we will unveil the half-destroyed monastery of Saint Sion, which dates back to the 8th century.

Day 6      Herher – Selim Caravanserai – Lake Sevan – Sevanavank – Dilijan 
We will enjoy another delicious breakfast in picturesque Herher, later we will take you to Selim Caravanserai, located on the top of the Selim Pass, to the southern part of Lake Sevan. Selim Caravanserai was built in 1332 and used to be a shelter for travellers and their animals.
Our next discovey will be amazing Lake Sevan or "the pearl of Armenia". Sevan is one of the largest clean and fresh mountainous lakes in the world. The water of the lake is cool even on the hottest days of summer.
Next, we will take a direction to the top of the peninsula of the lake, where the ancient Sevanavank Monastery its marvelous and natural surroundings will wait to amaze you.
After delicious lunch in Sevan we will drive to Dilijan.
Armenians call Dilijan "Little Switzerland", as it is a mountainous city full of green landscapes and rolling hills. Nice and hospitable people will welcome you in their comfortable guesthouses where you can have a rest.

Day 7      Dilijan – Haghartsin – Goshavank – Dilijan
Mornings in Dilijan are always fresh and cool. After breakfast you will depart to Haghartsin (built in the 11th C.) and Goshavank Monasteries (built between 12th-13thCC.), hidden in green and dense forests not far from Dilijan. At the end of the day you can enjoy a stroll around the colorful Old Town.

Day 8      Dilijan – Village Pambak – Odzun
After exploring Tavush Province, we will proceed our tour to Lori − located in the north of Armenia. We will have a stop in Pambak Village, where we can get acquainted with local lifestyle, make traditional dishes, enjoy local Armenian dances and music. The rest of the day will be spent in a hospitable guesthouse in Odzun Village.

Day 9      Odzun – Sanahin – Haghpat – Yerevan
Your morning will start with a fresh and healthy breakfast in Odzun. Later we will discover Odzun Basilica Church constructed between 5th-7th centuries. Next, we will reveal Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries that are located in Debed Canyon in the northern province of Lori. These structures are dating back to the 10th century. The untouched complexes are partly overgrown with grass, which makes them must-see landmarks in summer and spring seasons. Both monasteries are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are considered to be masterpieces of the Armenian architecture.
In the evening, on our way back to Yerevan treat your eyes to dazzling landscapes unfolded one after another; from foothills, lush forests to plains and small villages.
Our day will be concluded as we arrive, and new discoveries will wait for us the upcoming day.

Day 10   Yerevan – Zvartnots – Etchmiadzin – Aknashen – Yerevan
After breakfast, we will depart to Armavir Province, where we will discover the main places of interest of this region. First, we will have a stop at the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral, which once used to be the circle-shaped architectural masterpiece.
Later, we will visit the spiritual city of Etchmiadzin. We will take a tour inside the religious complex of the city, where the oldest church of the country is situated.
Afterwards, we will proceed to Aknashen Village, where hospitable people will be waiting for us to have a traditional lunch with unique Armenian dishes. In this place, we will have an opportunity to take part in the process of making Armenian bread − ''lavash''.

Day 11   Return Flight
Transfer to the airport. End of our services. Have a safe flight!

PRICES & SERVICES

Price per Person: 970 €
Single room surcharge: 120 €
Small group: 4-12 people

Services Include

Transport
• All transfers and transport

Supervision
• Local English speaking guide

Accommodation, Food, Drinks

• 10 nights in cozy Boutique hotels (double room), homestay
• 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 18.07.18 28.07.18 € 970 € 120  


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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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