Festival Boom on August 8-14
One week + Two Festivals. Unforgettable tour in Armenia and a unique opportunity to take part in two Armenian festivals. In one of the miracles of Armenia, you will have an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful evening and music on the beach of Lake Sevan. The next day will be a “sweet day”, because you will spend this day in Honey and Berry Festival. After After the honey-berry holiday, the taste of that day will remain in your mouth for a long time. Sweet and healthy yummies with spicy jazz music. Besides the festivals, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the taste of Armenian wine in Areni, to see how the cheese producers cultivate the cheese. ur guide will acquaint you with the history of Armenian churches and all sights. You will see the Temple of Garni, Goshavank, Noravank and many other historical values of Armenia.
day 1 -
Arrival to Zvartnots International Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Our guide will meet you at the Airport. After that you will be transferred to Hotel. Check-in.Free time. Overnight in Yerevan.
day 2 -
Khor Virap - Areni Winery – Noravank – Jermuk gallery – Hermon. Breakfast at the Hotel. Take trip to Khor Virap Monastery (IV-XVIII th cc.). This monastery is very prominent because of its history: Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, has been imprisoned here about 13 years as at that time there was a prison in the place of the monastery. Here we can enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred Ararat Mountain - an immortal symbol of Armenia. Afterwards we will continue our tour to Armenian Wine Village Areni. This village is very famous with its red wine. Visit the wine factory of the village where we will have wine degustation. Heading to Noravank, a monastery of XIII century, situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where we may find a unique sculpture of Father God. The small city of Jermuk, which features a comfortable modern layout, is one of the major resorts of Armenia. The city’s name is associated with the existing hot mineral springs here. In Armenian language these mineral water have a common word “Jermuk” (“Jerm” – in Armenian means “hot”, “warm”). Jermuk is one of the most demanded recreational areas of Armenia. There are numerous sanatoriums here with high-quality service, which are popular not only in Armenia, but among people all over the world. The town is located in Vayots Dzor province of Armenia. It is also popular for its fresh air, waterfalls, artificial lakes, walking trails, the surrounding forests and mineral water pools. Jermuk gallery of waters represents several pipes, coming out from the walls. Natural and healthy mineral water flows from them right into stone urns designed for that purpose. What is special about the Water Gallery is that the temperature of water, flowing from each pipe is noted on the corresponding wall, so that people know what they are going to try beforehand. Jermuk particularly known for its 44 healing hot springs has rich chemical composition. The main sightseeing and the most popular place among the tourists is the drinking gallery. The water temperature of hot springs is about 55°C, which by its composition and curative properties is similar to the waters of Karlovy Vary in Czechoslovakia. Overnight at Lucy Tour Hotel.
day 3 -
Selim – Artsvakar - Noratus cemetry – Hayrivank - Sevan Music Fest Breakfast at the Hotel. Take trip to Orbelian's Caravanserai (also known as Sulema Caravanserai and Selim Caravanserai). It was built along the Vardenyats Mountain Pass in 1332, by prince Chesar Orbelian to accommodate weary travelers and their animals as they crossed from, or into, the mountainous Vayots Dzor region. The next stop will be Mikayelyan Family Farm. Farm is engaged in livestock breeding, milk production and milk processing, in particular, cheese production. They produce wine-cheese, cognac-cheese, “horac” and parmesan-type cheeses. The farm has a spacious and comfortable space for visitors. By visiting here: You will see underground cellar of cheese, learn about Armenian cheesemaking traditions, see cheesemaking process, taste our different cheeses. After cheese degustation we will continue our tour to Noratus cemetery, which is a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars located in the village of Noratus, Gegharkunik marz near Lake Sevan. Heading to Hayravank. This is a 9th to 12th century Armenian monastery located just northeast of the village of Hayravank along the southwest shores of Lake Sevan in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia. The monastic complex consists of a church, chapel, and gavit. Surrounding the monastery are numerous khachkars and gravestones that are part of a small cemetery. To the northwest a short distance from the site, are the remains of Bronze Age through medieval fortification walls and foundations of a settlement. A polished black vessel of the Early Bronze Age was discovered during archaeological excavations in the area. Weapons of metal and stone, tools, clay idols, numerous vessels, fireplaces and two tombs, all from the Iron Age were discovered in the vicinity as well. Going to Sevan first beach for Sevan Music Festival. Sevan Music Festival is the only festival that is dedicated to Lake Sevan, the main slogan of which is #ThankyouSevan. It takes place in the second week (Saturday and Sunday) of August. The event aims to gather all positive and creative young people from all over the world around Lake Sevan, to sing, compose together, and to raise the love towards Sevan through the music festival. The beach festival is for those who love Lake Sevan, sun, sand and good music. One of the aims of the festival is to share Armenian folk music among young people, to discover young bands and individuals who cover modern fol songs. Overnight in Hotel & Tea House Bashinjaghyan
day 4 -
Dilijan - Goshavank – Parz lake – Haghartsin Monastery. Breakfast in Vanatun. Heading to Dilijan. Dilijan usually is called Little Switzerland by the locals. Mild climate and gorgeous nature made this town well known as a beautiful resort. Walking in the Sharambeyan Street, Old Town Dilijan. Next stop will be Goshavank. The monastery was built not far from the ruins of an older monastery named Getik which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1188. The current monastery is sometimes referred to as Nor Getik (New Getik). In the 12th-13th centuries Goshavank became one of the most famous religious and scholarly centers in medieval Armenia, led by one of Armenia's most accomplished scholars, legal experts and scientists, Mkhitar Gosh (Mkhitar from Gosh, 1130–1213). The monastery was renamed Goshavank upon his death. Going to Lake Parz which is located in Dilijan National Park (Tavush region of Armenia), at the altitude of 1400 meters above sea. It is about 7 kilometers far from Dilijan city, so you can choose to drive to lake or to walk through forest.Don’t forget to bring your photo cameras with you, because you’re about to find something fantastic. There is no “best time” for visiting lake Parz : it is beautiful any time of the year. The view of lake is stunning in winter, spring, summer and especially in autumn. But no matter which season it is, lake Parz is a heaven for those who love to enjoy peace and silence. Haghartsin is a 13th-century monastery located near the town of Dilijan in the Tavush Province of Armenia. It was built between the 10th and 13th centuries (in the 12th under Khachatur of Taron); much of it under the patronage of the Bagratuni Dynasty. Overnight in Vanatun.
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Day 5 –Berd (Honey and Berry Festival) – Yerevan. Breakfast at the Hotel. Heading to Berd town for enjoying Honey and berry festival. 'Honey and berry festival' is an annual festival which aims to show the richness of the community to the world by emphasizing its importance as a center of honey and berry production. This year 'Shamshadin Honey and Berry festival' and ArPR Holding will organize 7th festival which will be held in the beautiful nature of Berd in the Sorians National Park. Participants of the festivals will have a chance to taste and buy honey and agricultural produce made by locals, attend exhibitions and open-air fair of handmade crafts and souvenirs. It is curious to note that honey and berry will be available for tasting in all forms and types. So, you can try a whole variety and decide which one you love most. The festival will start with an amazing jazz concert, and will proceed with other pieces of music performed by local emerging artists. In addition, the venue for Honey and Berry Festival is tailor-made for children too. There will be trampolines and other engaging games to keep your children busy while you will try sweets or buy handmade items. Overnight in Yerevan.
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Garni Temple - Geghard Monastery - Arch of Charents- Yerevan. Breakfast at the Hotel. Take trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple was built in the Ist century AD. It is the only temple that remains from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the God of the Sun Mihr, and was a gift to the queen. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Lavash(Armenian Bread) baking ceremony and degustation. This traditional flatbread is made with flour, water, and salt, and its thickness depends on how thinly it’s rolled out. Toasted sesame or poppy seeds — or both — are sometimes then sprinkled on top before baking. Traditionally, the dough is rolled out flat and slapped against the hot walls of a clay oven where it then cooks. Watch a demonstration on how lavash is made and take the opportunity to try your hand at preparing and baking it. Then, once it’s ready, enjoy a tasting: savoring it with local cheese and green vegetables. We will continue our trip to Geghard a medieval monastery being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the main chapel was built in 1215, the monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave. The whole complex is awash with detailed sculptures, cliffside monks’ cells, and many striking stone crosses (khachkars), elaborately etched into the rock faces. . Afterward you will see Charents Arch that is located on the road to Garni and is used as a spectacular place to view Mt. Ararat and its valley. Overnight in Yerevan.
day 7 -
Markets GUM and Vernissage. Transfer to the Airport. Departure. Breakfast at the Hotel. Check out. A visit to traditional food market – GUM, and handmade and jewelry market Vernissage in Yerevan. Transfer to the Airport. Departure