5 Day Wine Tour In Armenia
5 days / 4 nights
Top Best Wineries & Local Experiences
An Unforgettable Trip to Warm Your Soul…
Deluxe Private Tours of Armenia with a Local Expert Guide to Iconic and Culturally Significant Destinations and Top Best Wineries in Different Wine Regions Each of Them Offering a Completely Different Terroir.
Explore gorgeous Armenia in an intimate setting with an expert guide in comfort. Our modern and luxury Audi Q7 or Ford Flex will take up to 4 guests on a completely customizable tour of Armenia.
With 8000 years of history in winemaking, Armenia is the oldest wine country on this planet with an archaeological evidence, the world’s oldest winery in the world, 6100 years old which are you going to see on this tour.
From majestic private Vayots Dzor Wine Country (oldest wine region) tour covering gems of medieval architecture including the world’s oldest winery, to the most stunning boutique wineries on the Ararat Valley nestled between the slopes of the snow-capped giant mountains of Aragats and Mount Ararat with a completely different terroir, we cover it all. We want to make this a lifetime experience.
Tour Highlights - 5 Day Wine Tour in Armenia
- Reveal the oldest wine region on our planet. See and tour the oldest winery in the world in Areni-1 Cave, a world-class archaeological site, and enjoy a family-hosted lunch with wine tasting in a local winemaker’s house in a warm atmosphere in Areni village, the oldest winemaking village in the world.
- Your expert wine guide will walk you through the most amazing experiences in your life by building a bond between you and the local wine culture through visits to the most unique wineries which have a character, soul and they are full of warmth and love. You will have deep conversations with the people behind the glass of wine you are drinking as wine is not just a delicious beverage it’s a story, poetry and a romance between the person who makes it and the person who enjoys it. Isn’t it an amazing experience to memorize the flavor of the wine you are enjoying alongside memories of conversations and stories behind its creations and inspiration of the one who made it.
- Visit all top best both artisan and famous brand wineries in Armenia hand-picked by us after researching over a hundred of them.
- Visit the newly opened Wine History Museum which is undoubtedly one of them most beautiful world-class wine museums ever built and tour the stunning Armenia Winery out of a fairy-tale.
- Chat with the founders of the wineries who are often the winemakers themselves, enjoy their fascinating narration with passion on how they started accomplishing their dream. It’s very inspiring!
- Enchant your taste buds with the rich flavors of the Armenian cuisine, one of the oldest cuisines in the world, enjoy a cooking class and other unique local experiences.
- Tour the most iconic and culturally significant historic sites in Armenia in extremely beautiful natural settings such as Khor Virap, Noravank, etc.
Private Tour Price (4* hotels)
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- Single Supplement is the additional amount applied to the cost of the trip to those who are travelling solo and do not wish to share.
- Other hotels are available as 3 or 5 star hotels
Accommodation at 4* hotel in DBL/Twin rooms (4 nights)
Transportation with a comfortable cars with AC
English speaking guide
Breakfast at the hotel
Entrance fees to all visited places
Armenian bread Lavash making in a local house in Garni village
Wine tasting at the best wineries
4 Lunches during the tours
Dinners in Yerevan
Visa to Armenia (if required)
Single room supplement
Bank transfer fees
For private tours, you will benefit from more flexibility and advantages included:
- Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually, or in a family or friends group. The tour is run exclusively for you without strangers.
- We can customize an itinerary to meet your specific interests/ wishes, that is, you can choose your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget, etc, free of charge.
- Start the tour on any date you want.
- Escort you through the whole tour. All private transfers during the tour are offered, including airport/train station transfer, hotel-attractions round trip transfer.
- The sightseeing during the tour could be based on your own timetable and pace. Flexible to change at your short notice.
- Ideal for people who need considerate care and assistance, such as elderly, the disabled, families with small children
Welcome to Armenia! Private transfer (from Zvartnots Airport) to take you to your hotel in Yerevan.
Today you reveal the secrets and hidden gems of Yerevan, the pink “pearl” of Armenia, a beautiful European city mostly built with different shades of local pink stone called “tuf” quarried in Armenia. Founded in 782 B.C. Yerevan is reputedly one of the oldest cities in the world to have been continuously inhabited.
We start the exploration with the “Victory Park” and “Mother Armenia” monument offering a “bird’s-eye” view of the city with the fantastic view of the majestic snow-capped Mount Ararat (5165m) dominating the skyline. Continue to the colossal monument of Cascade and Cafesjian Center for the Arts which includes a world-class sculpture garden and indoor modern art museum with works from Botero, Chihuly, Barry Flanegan and many others.
For lunch, we drive to a charming Armenian village and have delicious traditional Armenian home-cooked lunch in an 18 th century heritage house of a grandma who cooks with her own grandma recipes.
We tour the impressive Wine History Museum of Armenia. The development of viticulture and 8000 year-old winemaking traditions in the Armenian Highlands is presented in the museum not only by interpreting facts, but also by interactive and innovative solutions.
Afterwards we tour Armenia Winery, perhaps the most beautiful winery in Trans-Caucasus. The winery building reminds of a medieval Armenian fortress the facade of which is coated with polished orange tufa stone and national Armenian ornamental art. It's considered among the most modern equipped winemaking facilities in the former USSR territory. French and Italian specialists work here to produce a super-premium wine. Premium wine tasting during which we will enjoy their best white
and full-bodied red wine.
Later we drive to another town and meet a passionate winemaker who is an absolute delight to chat with. He will be hosting us in his family-owned artisan winery with natural wine production. Their wines are produced from Armenian grape varieties with wild indigenous yeasts, spontaneous fermentation. Their highlight is the delicious full bodied red wine from the native grape variety coming from Nagorno Karabakh.
Tour duration: 9 hours
Overnight in Yerevan
This morning we visit an amazing wine cellar, a traditional Armenian winery, both family-owned and managed. The winery is located in the heart of the Ararat Valley, opposite the Biblical Mount Ararat. Its founder creates remarkable wines through winemaking traditions that his ancestors had passed down to him. Together with his son they combine these traditions with modern technologies to create the unforgettable essence of Armenian wines.
*This winery produces true masterpieces and every single wine they make is so memorable and delicious in taste, they are simply unforgettable. There are big chances here you will find the wine of your heart.
Later we visit Khor Virap Monastery, a 4 th century castle-like fairy-tale monastery, the most iconic site in Armenia and one of the most important Christian sites in the world. Its location, near the closest point to biblical Mount Ararat within Armenian borders, offers a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountain, the national symbol of Armenia.
We drive through the agricultural heartland of Armenia, Ararat Plain offering an amazing panorama of endlessly stretching apricot orchards and vineyards guarded by the remote majesty of the mysterious twin peaks of Mount Ararat.
We continue driving to the south marveling at the untamed beauty of Southern Armenia – surreal red rocks providing an eerie echo, honey-colored villages sandwiched between them. Our next stop is Areni village, where world’s oldest wine making facility has been found (6100years old) in an incredibly well-preserved condition due to the wonderful microclimate of the Cave Areni-1,the site it was found!
Family-hosted lunch in Areni village at a local winemaker’s place, a lovely artisan winery with warm atmosphere where you can enjoy the Armenian hospitability at its best and taste their delicious wine (white, rosé, red, red reserve).
Later we visit Noravank, the jewel of the crown among all the medieval sites in South Caucasus. The monastery is nestled among giant red rocks and mountains, just above a deep gorge.
Later we have winery tour and wine tasting in one of top best wineries in Armenia led by three wine enthusiasts since 2009, including one who has literally written the book on the history of Armenian wine. Their focus has been on producing as organic wine as possible, with minimal yield and without the use of modern mass production practices – quality over quantity. They also continue to experiment with both endemic and foreign grape varieties.
Tour duration: 9-10 hours
Overnight in Yerevan
We start later in the morning today and immediately we embark on our journey to the lands of ancient treasures of Christian history…Vatican City of Armenia, Holy Echmiadzin with its world’s earliest Christian churches included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral originally built by Saint Gregory the Illuminator in 301-303A.D., when Armenia became the first officially Christian state in the world. We will visit Treasury Museum to see the most important relics of Holy Echmiadzin.
We stop at St. Hripsime Church, a real masterpiece of the Armenian early medieval architecture. Later we tour the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral under the gaze of the biblical Mount Ararat.
Cooking class and lunch in a small Armenian village with our absolutely charming host!
Next we visit a small family-owned winery surrounded by vineyards under the gaze of the snow-capped twin peaks of the the majestic Mount Ararat (5165m). Meet the winemaker who moved to Armenia from California dreaming of his own vineyards in the motherland. All 6 kinds of wine produced here are characterized by a very high level of professional work and an unbelievable beauty of style. In each sample one feels the spirit and the smile of its author… Their Sirah Reserve has to be the most elegant Armenian wine ever made.
Afterwards we drive to a truly stunning winery, a property with a long history founded in 1932. In the territory of the winery there is a real town with its city hall, tavern and even a bazaar. The whole place reminds of a movie decoration for a fairy-tale or a legend. The frescoes, the bas-relieves, the painting of the complex are the works of a famous American Armenian painter whose brother is the owner of the winery. The use of old amphorae is the most unique concept of the project. There are over 30 amphorae the oldest of them dating back to 1899. After touring the place we will taste 2 kinds of classic wines and 3 kinds of aged wines.
*The winery masterpiece is Areni Noir Karasi Collection (50% native grape sort Areni)
Overnight in Yerevan
Tour duration: 9 hours
This morning we drive to Lake Sevan, one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world (it’s the second largest highest lake after Titicaca) at 1900m above sea level.
Optional: You can marvel at deep blue waters of the lake and its surrounding snow-capped mountains from the remote monastery of Sevanavank on top of the peninsula hill (240 steps).
Continue to Dilijan spa town in Dilijan National Park, a protected area renowned for its serene lakes, picturesque hill trails and peaceful villages. Words alone can’t describe the natural beauty of Dilijan.
Many poets used to say “If there are woods, mountains, streams and mineral waters in paradise, it must be like Dilijan”. Due to its forested mountains and mild climate, Dilijan is named “Armenia’s Little Switzerland”. Take a stroll in the most beautiful part of the town, Old Dilijan Complex on historic Sharambeyan Street. Here you experience the town as it was in the 19th century.
Next, we drive to the depth of the forest and tour the fairy-tale Haghartsin medieval Monastery tucked away on a hidden remote glade.
Later we visit truly a hidden gem house-winery in a stunningly beautiful mountain village. The house has its organic farm and garden and we enjoy a fabulous Armenian feast with barbecue and refined Armenian wine. All our food is organic cooked by our lovely hosts, a local winemaker and his family.
While we enjoy our meal we learn about his life, stories and Tavush region wines (different terroir). Afterwards we visit one of the biggest wineries in Armenia operating since 1951. Wine variety of this factory includes red and white, dry, semisweet and liqueur as well as special edition of red and white dry wine. It also produces red and white vintage wine from the 1977 and 1982 harvest. The company has a variety of fruit wine including pomegranate, blackberry, cornelian cherry, quince, tea rose and cherry.
Overnight in Yerevan
Tour duration: 10-11 hours
Hotel check-out. Transfer to Zvartnots International Airport. Departure.