Ararat Province Culinary & nightlife

Our most recommended Ararat Province Culinary & nightlife

From Yerevan: Echmiadzin Full-Day Trip and Cooking Class

1. From Yerevan: Echmiadzin Full-Day Trip and Cooking Class

Discover the world’s first Christian cathedral and the holy land of Armenians accompanied by an expert local guide. Learn how to cook traditional dolma in a cooking master class. Meet your guide in Yerevan and hop on your comfortable tour vehicle to head to Echmiadzin. Begin your tour by visiting the 7th-century Zvartnots Cathedral, the first of many UNESCO heritage sites on the tour. Explore St. Hripsime church, constructed in 618 A.D. on the sepulcher of a Christian nun who fled from the Roman Empire. Take part in a master cooking class and learn to make dolma. Enjoy a full traditional Armenian meal. Head to the Echmiadzin Cathedral, and visit the museum of Christian relics, including pieces of the Holy Cross and Noahs' Ark, as well as the spear which wounded Jesus.

Khor Virap, Hin Areni Winery, Tolma master class, Noravank

2. Khor Virap, Hin Areni Winery, Tolma master class, Noravank

The most fascinating attractions of Armenia are here to amaze you! Visit Khor Virap monastery, a great place for embracing picturesque views of the Holy Mount Ararat. Next, have wine tasting in ”Hin Areni” wine factory, which is one of the oldest settlements in Armenia, famous for its wines. Afterwards there comes the amazing master class of Armenian traditional dish Tolma. Last in the program, see the monastery complex Noravank, that is magnificent in its construction, as the church of Holy Mother of God is 2-storied monastery.

Yerevan: Full-Day Wine Excursion of Areni

3. Yerevan: Full-Day Wine Excursion of Areni

At the beginning of the day, your guide will wait for you at your hotel before you leave for the Southern Province of Vayots Dzor, which is considered the ancient cradle of wine-making. For thousands of years, it has been an important center of viticulture in the region, with authentic grape varieties that grow on its fertile soil. You will soon arrive at the wine-village Areni, at which point you will be able to take a pleasant stroll through the vineyards. Whilst here you will have a delicious traditional breakfast (paired with good local wine), before you drive to the village Amaghu. Once here you will begin trekking to the architectural masterpiece which is the Noravank Monastery. Afterwards, you will head to the Areni Cave, where 6,000-year-old artifacts together with wine vessels and other accessories help testify that Armenia is an ancient and authentic center of wine-making. Following lunch in a cozy guesthouse, your local guide will share with you the secrets of pure honey-making and wine-making. In the evening, you will be accompanied back to your hotel in Yerevan, complete with a stop at the Khor Virap Monastery where the flawless view of the Biblical Mount Ararat will be an absolute treat to your eyes.

Armenia: Wine, Brandy and Crayfish Party

4. Armenia: Wine, Brandy and Crayfish Party

Begin your day with a private transfer to Ararat Brandy Factory, where your local guide will share with you the secrets of making and preserving the legendary cognac. After learning the history of Armenia's number one brand, you will have a brandy tasting session, paired with dark delicious chocolate. In the afternoon, you will be driven to the western region of the country - Aragatsotn. The fertile lands of the province are the best for the production of world-class wines. In a cozy restaurant, have a delicious dining experience and a glass of good wine in the spacious balcony that overlooks ArmAs Estate with Mount Ararat in the background. In the evening you will be driven back to Yerevan, in order to take part in traditional beer and crayfish eating evening. Fresh and plentiful crayfish always goes smoothly with good local beer. This is a real ritual for Armenians and is one of the most entertaining ways of spending the evening in a friendly atmosphere. At the end of the day, you will be dropped off at your hotel for enjoying well-deserved rest. 

Armenia: Wine Talks in Yerevan

5. Armenia: Wine Talks in Yerevan

If you are passionate about wine and winemaking history then this is the tour for you! In the evening, you will be invited to Saryan Street to taste local wine made from the finest grapes in Armenia’s Southern region. During this informative experience, you'll visit 3 famous wine bars on Saryan street: Voskevaz, Tapastan, and In Vino. Your wine guide, who is French, will share with you the secrets of winemaking, and you will learn to distinguish wine and its varieties. Pair your red, rosé and white wine with a specially selected delicious cheese platter. Once you've acquired the status of a true wine connoisseur, choose an exceptional Armenian wine to purchase. The wine talks with the expert will continue until you reach your hotel, where you'll be dropped off.

Yerevan: Carve Khachkar and Lavash Baking with Lunch

6. Yerevan: Carve Khachkar and Lavash Baking with Lunch

At the beginning of the day, your guide will pick you up from your hotel from where you will head to the religious center of Armenia, Etchmiadzin. Due to its rich history and symbolic importance, it is a sacred spot for all Armenian Christians. Together with a few ancient churches situated nearby, its cathedral was included as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. After getting acquainted with the history of the oldest church in the world, you will head in the direction of the “Khachkar Master School” in the village of Arshaluys. There, you will observe the tradition of Armenian stone carving up close, and will potentially spark some inspiration for your own project. Learning under the master Ruben's guidance and supervision, you'll soon be able to carve traditional Armenian patterns on a small piece of volcanic stone. It is worth to mention that because of its unique craftsmanship, the symbolism of khachkars (cross-stones) has been added into the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. As you finish your workshop, you will be invited to taste delicious traditional specialties around a hospitable Armenian table. The locals will also demonstrate how to bake traditional Armenian flat-bread lavash, you will also have the opportunity to take part in the process yourself. As your activity comes to a close, it will be time to return to Yerevan with your driver transferring you smoothly back to your hotel.

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Very good idea of activity for an evening in Yerevan

We had a great time discovering Armenian wines and products. Aram, our guide made us spend an excellent evening in 3 places with different and friendly atmospheres. It is cultivated and interesting and has answered our questions both culturally and gourmet. We tasted 8 different wines and discovered the young Armenian oenology with a lot of pleasure. At In Vino, the tasting was led by a young talented sommelier. We are very satisfied with this original experience.

Nice tour, very good guide! The tour lasted enough to visit the places and enjoy the lavash experience. I was expecting a 20/25 people max group, however we were around 50/60. This did not prevent the guide to explain in details, everything was well explained - the guide managed to do so, despite the high number of people. It would have been nice to have an audio device, to listen to her when visiting places around - to boost the quality of the experience.

Beautiful tour with competent, motivated management. The food was very good too. All in all a very nice day. I then went on 3 more tours with this organization.

The tour guide Maisa I believe was her name was incredibly knowledgeable and very attending to the visitors. Incredible experience!

The guide Tadev was very knowledgeable and energetic. She gave us all the required information and managed two groups effectively.