Armenia-The Homeland Of Wine DU04

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Since ancient days Armenia was famous for the wine makers where original traditions were kept until this day. It is possible to learn about this even from works of such philosophers, as Herodot and Strabon.

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Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Yerevan, Armenia
End Location: Yerevan, Armenia
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travelers

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Since ancient days Armenia was famous for the wine makers where original traditions were kept until this day. It is possible to learn about this even from works of such philosophers, as Herodot and Strabon. In 401-400 B.C., when the Greek armies led by Ksenophon "were passed" on the country Nairi (one of the most ancient names of Armenia), in the Armenian houses they were treated with wine and beer which was kept in deep dugouts in special "karases".
It's interesting, that in karases with beer have been inserted reeds which served for our ancestors as saltcellars. Carried out by academic Pyatrovski at 19-20 centuries archeological excavations have confirmed the fact, that else in the ninth century B.C. Armenia was developed as wine-making state. Archeologists have found out in fortress Teyshebaini wine storehouse with 480 karases, in which could makespace for 37 thousand decalitres of wine. During excavation in Karmir Blur (one of the most ancient settlements of Armenia where first attributes of life are found out a little thousand years ago) and Erebouni (city-fortress in territory of present Yerevan, build 2800 years ago and become in 2700 the capital of Armenia) had been found 10 wine storehouses in which were 200 karases. Still ancestors of Armenians - inhabitants of one of the most ancient states of the world - Urartu, were engaged in wine growing. In historian certificates, that in thus one of the most ancient states in the world the special attention was given development of wine growing and fruit growing were kept. Often in the historical data which have reached to us manufacturing techniques of wine and beer are mentioned.
In 2011 archaeologists in Armenia announced the discovery of the world's oldest-known wine production facility. Located in the Areni cave complex, it consisted of a shallow basin to press grapes, a vat for storage, and fermentation jars. They also found grape seeds, remains of pressed grapes, and dozens of dried vines. The seeds were from Vitis vinifera a grape still used to make wine. The cave remains date to about 6000 BC - 900 years before the earliest comparable wine remains, found in Egyptian tombs.
On October 8 the village of Areni will host a wine festival. The first Areni Wine festival was held in 2004 before the latest discoveries. The festival aims to promote and develop Areni Community and other communities tourism of Armenia in the international and domestic tourism market as favorable and attractive touristic location and as a winemaking cradle and one of the most important components of international wine market.
Taking into consideration this fact we present 5 days tour round the most famous wine making places of Armenia. The homeland of wine is waiting for you.

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A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
-All transfers by program
-Accommodation in 4* hotel in DBL room
-Breakfasts
-High-qualified guide-interpreter in your preferred language
-All entrance tickets
-Professional friendly driver
-Comfortable mini bus with climate-control system
-24-hours tourist support
-Souvenirs as presents from SacVoyage

Excludes
-Air ticket
-Visa to Armenia
-Medical insurance(1.2$ per day)
-HB Supplement is 50 EUR
-FB Supplement is 100 EUR

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Itinerary
Day 01. Arrival-Yerevan City Tour(80km) Arrival to Yerevan, Meeting at Zvartnots International airport, Transfer to the hotel, Check-In Support, After rest,meet your tour guide and start city tour round Yerevan. The contemporary capital of Armenia is 13th and is one of the oldest cities of the world founded in 782 BC. During tour visit Erebouni Museum of the History of the Foundation of Yerevan which stands at the foot of the Arin Berd hill, on top of which the Urartian Fortress Erebouni has been constructed. The next visit is Yerevan History Museum which throw light on the history of the city beginning from ancient times up to our days. Visiting Tsisernakaberd Memorial Complex dedicated to Armenian genocide. Return to Hotel. Overnight at the hotel (Yerevan).
Day 02. Garni-Gegard-Yerevan (70km) Breakfast at the hotel. Visiting History Museum of Armenia, where you will get acquaintance with the large collection of materials connected with history of Armenia and ancient eastern countries in the Armenian Highland. Drive to Garni temple(1stA.D.) is the only witness of Hellenistic Epoch in the territory of CIS. The temple dedicated to Mithra, the God of Sun. Continue tour to Gegard Monastery(12-13thcc..). Geghard initially known simply as Irivank (Cave Monastery). The name refers to the biblical lance used by Roman soldier to pierce the Christ's body. Hundreds of Khachkars and caves are built in the rocks surrounding the Monastery. Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Return to Yerevan with stop at the Charents's Arch. It is from here that the Greatest Armenian poet of XX c. admired the view of the double-peaked Ararat. Here you can enjoy the great Armenian poet's poems dedicated to Ararat: (Pass the whole world, there's no summit as white as that of Ararat, Like glory road, unreachable, I love as well my Mount Massis). Return to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel (Yerevan).
Day 03. Yerevan-Ejmiatsin-Zvartnots-Yerevan(70km) Breakfast at the hotel. Visiting Matenadaran-one of unique Institutes of Ancient Manuscripts in the world. Excursion to centuries-old monuments Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. Visiting the churches of 3 Virgins: centre-domed cruciform church of Saint Hripsimeh (618), domical basilica of Saint Gayaneh (630) and 'domed gallery' type church of Shoghakat (1694). The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin (303) is an official residence of Armenian Catholicos. At the Museum of the Mother Cathedral you will see many reliquaries: the Holy Lance (Geghart) which pierced the side of Christ, housed in a silver reliquary; the relics of Noah's Ark in a reliquary that was created in 1698; Khotekerats Sourp Nishan reliquary with the relic of Jesus Christ's wooden cross (914-929); the cross of King Ashot Yerkat with it chest, one of the oldest processional crosses in existence, etc.Visiting Zvartnots(7-10th cc..)- a Temple of Vigil Forces. Return to Yerevan. Excurtion in Yerevan Ararat Brandy-Wine-Vodka factory. During the tour the guests visit distillation department, cooperage department, the museum, wine-cellar, where they taste our old wines and we finish the tour with testing famous brandies ''Noah''. Return to hotel. Overnight at the hotel(Yerevan).
Day 04. Yerevan-Khor Virap- Noravank-Areni(Wine Festival)- (250km) Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to Khor Virap(4-18th cc..) the importance of which is connected with Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity in Armenia. On the way to Khor Virap you can enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred Ararat Mountain - an immortal symbol of Armenia. Then excursion to Noravank(13-14thcc..)situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. Drive to Areni village. Participation in Areni Wine Festival. In the program: 1. Opening ceremony 2. Armenian Wine-makers' Fair; public and professional wine tasting 3. Contests 4. Presentation of the history and development of Armenian winery as well as the show of the excavated ancient place and winemaking findings. 5. National music, dances, games, theatrical performances 6. A visit to the village church 7. The closing ceremony. Return to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel(Yerevan).
Day 05. Yerevan-Lake Sevan-Dilijan-Haghartsin-Yerevan(240km) Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from hotel. Trip to the Armenian Pearl - Lake Sevan which is the 2nd high-altitude and largest lake in the world with its sweet and astonishingly blue water. Visiting Sevanavank in Sevan peninsula. Continue tour to Dilijan. walking tour round Old Dilijan with visiting Dilijan Branch of National Museum of Folk Art after V. Sharambeyan. Trip to Haghartsin(10-13th c.) monastery which became a great cultural and spiritual center of the region in XII century. Return to Yerevan. Transfer to the airport 3 hours before flight. Support in airport check-in. Departure.