Lake Sevan, Dilijan, Haghartsin Monastery, Tolma making master class, Ijevan wine-brandy factory

Lake Sevan, Dilijan, Haghartsin Monastery, Tolma making master class, Ijevan wine-brandy factory

1. Lake Sevan
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Lake Sevan
The fascination and the "pearl" of mountainous Armenia is Lake Sevan, which is one of the world’s greatest high altitude fresh-water lakes. It is about 1900 m above sea level. The lake is of volcanic origin and is surrounded with mountains of 3000 m and higher. The beautiful landscape and the crystal water serve nice preconditions for excellent rest.The lake is also famous for its peninsula and medieval church complex, built in 874.
2. Dilijan
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Dilijan
Dilijan entices people with its unforgettable beauty and mild climate. The city stretches on the banks of Aghstev river, surrounded with mountains and forests. Dilijan has the fame of a health resort. The warm sun, fresh air and natural spas have great healing influence on people. Dilijan is also rich in interesting architectural monuments.
3. Haghartsin Monastery
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Haghartsin Monastery
Haghartsin monastery, situated in the woodlands of Tavush region, represents an indescribable example of blend of nature with architecture. It was founded in the 10-11th centuries, though new buildings were added in the 12-13th centuries. Now it consists of St. Grigor, St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), St. Stepanos churches and some other buildings.The refectory, due to its skillful architectural composition, is of great interest. Near Haghartsin there used to grow a huge oak tree, almost at the age of the monastery, completing the whole scene. Unfortunately, only a small part of the hollow has remained till the present day, however, it is still of much interest among the visitors, and preserves the tradition, according to which, when one makes a wish and at the same time manages to pass through the tree (hollow), it is expected to come true in the nearest future.
Tolma making master class
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Tolma making master class
Tolma is one of the exquisite dishes of Armenian cuisine. The classic tolma is made of beef, lamb and spices wrapped in grape/cabbage leaves or else vegetables. Usually the dish is served with matzoon (Armenian yogurt) and garlic. It is cooked both on holidays and ordinary days. Another popular version is Lenten (Pasuts) tolma – cabbage leaves stuffed with red beans, lentils, croup, tomato paste, onions and lots of spices. Making tolma demands some skills and mastery, as all those ingredients should be perfectly turned in order to achieve a beautifully tight and delicious looking small roll that will "overcome" the boiling process. Depending on the region, tolma differs in ingredients and, therefore, in taste.

You will learn the essentials of making tolma during this special master class, which is followed by tasting (included in the price).
4. Ijevan wine-brandy factory
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Ijevan wine-brandy factory
Founded in 1951, Ijevan wine-brandy factory is one of the oldest factories in Armenia. It is located in beautiful city Ijevan, Tavush province. The factory produces vast range of brandies, grape, fruit and berry wines, fruit vodkas and even canned products, thus it is a nice opportunity to taste both wine and brandy in one place. There are several tasting options for visitors:

  • Option 1 – 3 types of wine at 2 500 AMD p/p;
  • Option 2 – 3 types of wine and 2 types of brandy at 3 500 AMD p/p;
  • Option 3 – 3 types of wine and a 20-year-old brandy at 5 000 AMD p/p.

The reservations should be made in advance.

Inclusions

  • Professional drivers
  • Air-conditioned vehicles
  • Bottled water
  • Free pick-up & drop-off within Yerevan
  • Vehicle & passengers insurance
  • Extra stops on the route upon request
  • Admission price covers Option 1 wine tasting package
  • Admission price covers master class & tasting

Exclusions

  • Significant deviations from the route
  • Audio guides
  • WiFi in the vehicles
  • Visit the "Blue pearl" of Armenia
  • Wonder at unique forests of Armenia
  • Learn the culinary secrets of Armenian traditional cuisine
  • Taste flavorful Armenian wine