Armenia is a beautiful country with stunning, contrasting landscapes; in the north, stone churches lie hidden in luxuriant verdant gorges, whilst in the south remote monasteries perch atop red, craggy mountains. Enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the ever-changing colours of Lake Sevan or try a drop of the local tipple at Yerevan’s Brandy Company. From the museums of the capital to the ancient caravanserais of the Silk Road, discover the highlights of Armenia on this tailor-made tour with private guide and car.
We have included visits to a traditional Duduk maker (Duduk is an Armenian oboe made from the apricot tree), a village home to learn how they make that delicious Armenian bread and a master class in preparing Armenian Sujukh - threaded walnuts dipped in fruit syrup and dried.
This morning check out of your hotel in Gyumri and, after an early breakfast, transfer to Gyumri Railway Station, the oldest railway station in Armenia. Depart Gyumri (schedules subject to change) at 08:25 on the 681 Yerevan-bound train. After approximately 2.5 hours slowly trundling towards the capital disembark (scheduled for 11:00) in Etchmiadsin, here meeting your driver who will have pressed on ahead with your luggage. In Etchmiadsin visit Etchmiadsin Cathedral, the religious centre of Armenia. From here visit the 7th century ruins of the marvellous medieval cathedral Zvartnots and Saint Hripsime Church. This entire area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch return to Yerevan and visit the Ararat Brandy Factory for a brief tour of the plact followed by brandy tasting. From here return tot he Republica Hotel for your final night in Yereva. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon and all evening free to explore at your leisure. (B,L)
Today you will be transferred to the airport to depart Yerevan on yor flight back to the UK with Ukraine International, via Kiev. (B)
Just thought we'd drop you a line to thank you for the excellent tailor-made trip you organised for us to Armenia. This must now be our 6/7th trip with Regent and while they have all been good we can safely say that this rates as one of the best. Although a lot of our travel is independent we do occasionally use small specialist travel agents, but nobody comes close to the attention to detail shown by Regent. The local representatives, drivers and hotels are always of the highest efficiency and quality. We are aware of the many years of experience you have in dealing the old Eastern Block etc but you still retain reasonably priced trips and value for money. It's also nice to be able to ring and speak to people who are obviously very knowledgeable and experienced about the destinations you travel to. Thanks again and we look forward to many more trips with you in the future.