“Wine Stories” is a weekend tour in Armenia that takes travelers to the wine making region of Armenia – the province of Vayots Dzor. Archaeological excavations of the last decade unveiled a history of local viticulture dating back to 3rd millennium BC.
We will visit the Areni-1 Cave near the village of Areni where several major archaeological discoveries were made, including the world’s olders shoe and the oldest winery. The 6100-year-old winery consisting of jars, pottery, wine press and even fermentation vats was discovered in 2007.
During the tour, travelers will also visit such masterpieces of Armenian architecture as the monasteries of Khor Virap and Noravank. And of course, wine tasting, because no trip to Armenia is complete without tasting some fine Armenian wines!
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- Yerevan city tour – explore the different layers of the history of Armenia’s capital
- Travel to the monastery of Khor Virap and enjoy a stunning view of the Biblical Mount Ararat
- Explore Areni-1 cave where the world’s oldest winery and shoe were discovered
- Noravank monastery, a masterpiece of medieval Armenian architecture
- Taste delicious Armenian wines
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Yerevan City Tour – Mother Armenia – Republic Square – Yerevan Metro - Cascade – Matenadaran - Genocide Memorial – Agricultural Market
A city tour in Yerevan to explore the different layers of its history. Visit the Mother Armenia monument located in the Victory Park, which provides one of the best panoramic views over the capital of Armenia with Mount Ararat in the background. Explore the central Republic Square and the surrounding parks, then take an underground tour to the administrative district of the downtown where the Parliament building, the Presidential Palace, the National Academy of Science and other cultural buildings are located. Walking along the Baghramyan Avenue, we’ll visit the Cascade complex and the Cafesjian park to see the contemporary art center with its unique collection. Our next stop is Matenadaran – the museum of ancient manuscripts. Learn about the ancient Armenian alphabet and the long traditions of translation skills. From here, we’ll drive to the Genocide memorial, representing one of the most tragic events in Armenian history which today makes a significant part of Armenian national identity. Another stop at the agricultural market of Yerevan, where you can get acquainted with local produce.
Yerevan – Yerevan Metro Tour - Sasuntsi Davit Train Station - Khor Virap Monastery – Old Artashat – Areni-1 Cave - Noravank Monastery – Yerevan
We take a ride on the Yerevan Metro and head to Sasuntsi David train station to see the Soviet neo-classicist building of the station with a contemporary spatial artwork by an Italian artist. From here, a 40-minute drive will take us to the monastery of Khor Virap (translated from Armenian as ‘deep pit’), truly the witness of historical conversion of Armenia from paganism to Christianity. The first Armenian Catholicos and the patron saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church was imprisoned here for 13 years.
The area where Khor Virap is located was once part of one of the ancient capitals of Armenia - Artashat, known as the “Armenian Carthage” during the Roman era. Explore the archeological site of Old Artashat and get acquainted with the discoveries and ongoing excavations of the city.
On our way further south, we’ll visit an artist’s house in one of the nearby villages to get acquainted with the art of Armenian cross-stones – khachkars, inscribed in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
From here, we head to Armenia’s wine making region. Archaeological excavations of the last decade unveiled a history of local viticulture dating back to 3rd millennium BC. Visit the Areni-1 Cave where several major discoveries were made, including the world’s oldest leather shoe and the oldest winery.
Following a winding road through the volcanic canyon of Amaghu, we’ll travel to the monastery of Noravank, a secluded Christian monastery built in 13th century - a masterpiece of Armenian architecture, with elaborated ornaments and unique stone reliefs.
Return to Yerevan. Enjoy the stunning sunset over Ararat valley on the way.