Armenia

Treasures of The Caucasus

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Nestled against the Caucasus Mountains, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are emerging as go-to destinations. Fabulous cuisine, rugged mountain peaks and lush valleys, narrow medieval streets and glass skyscrapers inspire travelers in this enchanting mix of cultures and traditions. Explore this pillar of early civilization; a bridge between Europe and Asia, on your journey to a region spanning continents, culture and history – travel to the Caucasus!

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Easter in Armenia – The Cradle of Christianity

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Easter or “Zatik” in Armenia is one of the most colorful, joyful celebrations of the year. With traditions dating back thousands of years, visitors are invited to church ceremonies, to participate in community events, to feast like the locals and enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the region. Incense wafts from inside candlelit cathedrals, Easter eggs are dyed, often in dark red for the blood of Christ. Voices everywhere are raised in greeting and response of “Krisdos haryav ee merelotz!” – Christ is risen!” and “Orhnyal eh harootiunun Krisdosee!” – “Blessed is the resurrection of Christ!” while Easter eggs are cracked together! Sweet bread is shared and the table is decorated with colored eggs nestled in dishes of fresh spring grass. Armenia is filled with ancient temples, monasteries and churches, rich sacred and historical sites and the Holy Week of Easter is the most important time in this most ancient of Christian cultures. It was here in 301AD that Armenia officially adopted Christianity as the state religion. The rich history and culture, incredible scenery, continental climate, and modern amenities combine to make Armenia an unforgettable experience for travelers. From the mountain meadows of Tsakhkadzor to the historic churches of Echmiadzin, the cognac cellars and urban pulse of Yerevan, come and celebrate this most joyous of holidays in Armenia!

This is a tour suitable for Religious, Cultural, Photography, Family, Archaeological and Sightseeing. Available as a Group Tour or Private Tour. Suitable for family, boomers, anniversary, romantic and business.

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Discover the Hidden Riches of the Caucasus

Published in Caucasus Travel

The Caucasus countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan hold unique enchantments for travelers to discover. Thousands of years of history beckon from this bridge between Europe and Asia, nestled between Russia, Turkey and the Black and Caspian Seas. Relatively untraveled, visitors will find adventure like it used to be with fabulous food, warm hospitality and amazing cultural diversity. Hike up to lone monasteries in Armenia, take a moonlight swim in the Black Sea, taste unforgettable Georgian wine and dance under the minarets of Azerbaijan. It's a land of forgotten wilderness, ancient cities, and traditions from the beginnings of Christianity and Islam, Circassia and the Ottoman Empire. Experience the most incredible adventure in your life in the Caucasus!

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Treasures of Armenia

Published in Armenia

Armenia is an ancient and beautiful country, modernizing and blossoming after years of Soviet rule. Incredible landscapes, a rich history and modern amenities combine to make Armenia an unforgettable travel experience. Bustling, lively cities give way to rolling hills, flowing rivers, and tall mountains and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From the mountain meadows of Tsakhkadzor to the historic churches of Echmiadzin and the urban pulse of Yerevan, Armenia offers something for everyone!

The fascinating Armenia journey begins in the nation’s capital Yerevan, which is surrounded on three sides by awe-inspiring Mount Ararat which slopes down to the Hrazdan river, giving the city a variety of elevations and neighborhoods and even a cable car to get to the top!

In Yerevan we offer a walking tour between museums and art galleries spaced around the spectacular Victory Park. Then explore the old Vernisaj bustling bazar stocked with carpets and crafts. The Cascade Stairway Complex is a must-see destination, there you can taste the most delicious apricots, berries or pomegranates. Armenian cuisine is one of the oldest in the South Caucasus. Our hand-picked local guides will take you to traditional authentic restaurants to enjoy Armenian Kufta, or Dolma along with Lavash, the pliable flatbread cooked on the walls of a wood-fired clay oven.

We continue the tour with the Holy Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the first Christian cathedral in the world. Then on to explore the many majestic architectural treasures in Armenia. Visit Zvatrnos Cathedral, Khor Virap, Geghard Monastery and Garni. For that special lifetime experiences, you can capture the most picturesque views of Yerevan and Mount Ararat at the monastery of Khor Virap.

Armenians are very warm and hospitable, near Garni you will be invited by a local family to see the preparation of the local bread Lavash, you can help them cook Armenian style mouthwatering kebab with lamb and vegetables. Throughout the trip you will also have a chance to sample creamy homemade Armenian yogurt and cheeses. They are delicious.

Continuing along the old Silk Road we will travel to the charming city of Dilijan and stop by at the breathtaking Lake Sevan for a local fish lunch whilst taking in the spectacular views of Lake Sevan, the largest and one of the most beautiful lakes in Caucasus. Depending on the light the colors change from azure to turquoise to navy blue. Many locals call this lake “Armenian Sea.”

Then on to Dilijan which is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage ancient monasteries Haghartsin and Goshavank dating from the 11- 13th century. Dilijan is “Armenia’s Switzerland” we will take you to the workshop of a local artists. There you will see their talents but also get a chance to make you own wooden jewelry, pencil box or porcelain ornaments.

Finally, we offer you the chance to go hiking on the foothills of Mount Ararat, a magnificent natural landmark of Armenia. It is also the symbol of the motherland for all the Armenians. Your local guide knows the best location for you to see the beauty of Yerevan and entire region. It is an excellent place to taste Armenian famous soup Khash. For your farewell dinner, the special folklore group will perform for you and you may join them to dance. 

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