Hin Areni Wine factory (tour and tasting), Tatev (wayback on Wings of Tatev Ropeway), Khndzoresk Caves and swinging bridge

Hin Areni Wine factory, Tatev Monastery, Wings of Tatev Ropeway, Khndzoresk Caves and swinging bridge

1. Hin Areni wine factory
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Hin Areni wine factory
Vayots Dzor and Areni village in particular has been the cradle of Armenian winemaking for millennia. "Hin Areni" wine factory opens up the doors of this region to the world to showcase the historic and indigenous Armenian grape varietals. At the winery the historic traditions of winemaking are well combined with state-of-the-art modern equipment. "Hin Areni" wine factory has the capacity to process over 250 tonnes of grapes.
Lunch stop
Lunch stop
Optional lunch in the local traditional restaurant on own expense. One may choose between 3 different options:
Option 1 (vegeterian) – 3500 AMD per person
Option 2 – 3900 AMD per person
Option 3 – 4500 AMD per person
2. Tatev Monastery
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Tatev Monastery
Among the architectural pillars of Zangezour, the monastery of Tatev does not have its "rivals". It used to be the wealthiest medieval monastery in Armenia. Besides being a religious center, Tatev was also the important strategical center of Syunik kingdom. Being situated on a naturally defended place, Tatev monastery has always been an impregnable fortress for alien. In non-stable political conditions several secret ways in the territory of the fortress led to the canyon and served as a link between the monastery and the external world.
3. Wings of Tatev Ropeway
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Wings of Tatev Ropeway
Church bells were ringing loud in Tatev on October 16 of 2010, heralding the launch of a program to revive a medieval monastic complex and the opening of "Wings of Tatev Ropeway". The 5.7 km ropeway, built within 11 months, passes through a deep gorge of the River Vorotan and over hills, covered with lush forests. The tramway is supported by three towers between its two terminals. One terminal is on a hill, overlooking the village of Halidzor and the other is near Tatev Monastery, on the road to Tatev village. Two cabins operate at once, traveling in opposite directions. There are 6 cables altogether (3 for each cabin), each uniquely foreseen for the specifications of this project. Within about 11 minutes a tramway cabin takes passengers, 30 at a time, from the village of Halidzor to the magnificent complex of Tatev.
4. Khndzoresk Caves
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Khndzoresk Caves
Khndzoresk is located at a distance of 8 km from Goris. The village is famous for its natural "stone carpets". Old Khndzoresk is situated on the two slopes of the mountainous valley. There were no flat areas on those slopes for building settlements and for this reason people used caves. During the national liberation movement of Syunik (1722-1730), due to its inaccessible geographical position, Khndzoresk served as a stronghold for Syunik. Armenian commander Mkhitar Sparapet is buried in Khndzoresk. Next to him there rest his son Aharon and the Lady of Syunik – Gohar. Recently a unique structure – a "swinging bridge" has been opened in Khndzoresk, the length of which is 160 m, the height from the deepest point in the gorge is 63 m and the width is 1.5 m. 700 people simultaneously can go across this bridge weighing 14 tons. The bridge, from where there opens a magnificent view, connects the two banks of old Khndzoresk.

Inclusions

  • Professional guide: ENG + RUS + ARM consecutively
  • Air-conditioned vehicles
  • Bottled water & pastries
  • Admission tickets
  • WiFi in the vehicles
  • Vehicle & passengers insurance
  • Wine tasting

Exclusions

  • Lunch cost (3 500 AMD – 4 500 AMD)
  • Hotel drop-off after return to Yerevan
  • Reveal the unique taste of Armenian wine
  • Enjoy the inspiring melody of nature
  • Explore the mystic vibes of the canyons
  • Take a ride on the longest reversible cableway in the world, recorded in the Guinness Book of Records
  • Experience adrenaline walking on the high swinging bridge 

*365 steps to descend to Khndzoresk
*Take with you cash Drams: it is not always possible to pay for lunch in the restaurant by Credit Card