Jewelry traditions in Armenia date back to ancient times. Yerevan’s Arts and Crafts shops are a reflection of the bargaining tourist and art industry in Armenia. The legend says, hundreds of centuries ago inhabitants of Armenian highlands received a mission from the God of sun: “Develop the noblest metal which contains my powerful light and warmth. Decorate it with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and other precious stones with the colors from the rainbow. As the Armenian nation exists, let people fulfill my errand from generation to generation as an edict on the planet Earth”. Today the mission still lives through the works of Armenian jewelers.
“Zvartnots” International Airport
|more than 16 travelers||$520|
Arrival at “Zvartnots” International Airport. Our tour manager will meet you at the airport and accompany to the old and new Yerevan, Capital of Armenia. Short city tour and welcome dinner. Overnight in the city center Hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Matenadaran, which is one of the richest and fascinating depositories of manuscripts and books in the world. The collection now numbers over 100,000 manuscripts, documents, and fragments and dates back to 405, when Saint Mesrop Mashtots created the Armenian Alphabet. Then we will visit Geghard Monastery, a unique architectural monument, founded in the fourth century, partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will continue our way to Garni, the only pagan temple in Armenia, where you can admire the unique mosaic baths and ruins of the Royal Palace. Overnight in Yerevan.
Breakfast at the Hotel. We will continue exploring arts and crafts of Armenia, paying a visit to the unique woodcraft museum in the center of the city, where you can admire the works co-existing of modern and ancient Armenian craftsmen. A visit to “Megeryan Carpet” carpet weaving factory with selection of original materials and dyes, painstaking attention to knotting technique, the completely thorough final inspection in the antique carpet making. A visit to the showroom of Megerian Carpets allows tourists the opportunity to purchase a piece of Armenian tradition to bring home as well as view the cleaning and spinning of raw wool, the use of natural dyes to produce vibrant colors, and the weaving process itself. Leisure in Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Breakfast at the Hotel. No Art Tour is ever complete without a visit to Parajanov Museum, unique in its style. You will pass a special day full of colorful impressions. A Visit to the art center “Three Jugs” and life-long memories are guaranteed. You will be introduced to the secrets of studio pottery and carpet weaving, meantime savoring Armenian national dishes. Overnight in Yerevan.
Breakfast at the Hotel. No one will ever leave Armenia without visiting Ararat Brandy factory and miss the chance of sampling the famous Armenian cognac and learning brandy making process with the factory specialists. Brandy factory will be followed by a visit to the famous fruit market in the center of the city, with astonishing variety of fresh, marinated and dried Armenian fruits and vegetables. Farewell dinner at one of the best restaurants of Armenian national cuisine. Overnight in a very cozy, rich with Armenian traditional features Hotel called “Silk Road” Hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel. An unforgettable visit to Metsamor Archeological Museum. The excavations have shown that back in the early Bronze Age (late 4th-3rd millennia BC) Metsamor was a flourishing cultural center that had a substantial influence on the historical and cultural development of the local people. Recent studies define the monument as a large urban-type settlement which, according to preliminary data, occupied an area of 10.5 hectares and consisted of a citadel fenced in by a sturdy Cyclopean wall and a Zikkurat observatory sited on a low mountain ridge. A vast archaeological site, now a museum with a spectacular collection of over 22,000 artifacts, jewelry and weapons dating from Neolithic times. There is ample time to explore the museum and have a walk around the setting with the remains of burial sites, and a fire temple built 28 centuries ago. Half day of free lance time in the city. Overnight at the “Silk Road” Hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Day is given to discover a piece of paradise called Dilijan with its monastery ensembles Haghartsin and Goshavank, which are situated in dense oak woods, in the gorges of small but turbulent mountain rivers. The most ancient of the group is the church of Saint Grigor (11th century) with its cupola on an octagonal drum. A second near by gavit is rectangular in shape and built in the 12th century. The refectory built in 1248 by the architect Minas, who’s one of the best representatives of medieval Armenian architecture. The local terrain and scenery determined the compositional peculiarities of these ensembles. Having explored Haghartsin and Goshavank monasteries we will visit the Museum of Folk Art. “Dilijan” Historical and Cultural Reserve Museum will make this special day more specially memorable. The works of Woodmaster Garnik Alikhanian are of wide acknowledgement both in the republic and abroad. The carpet made of small pieces of different tree types is done with special mastery. Overnight at the “Silk Road” Hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to Zvartnots International Airport.