During this daily off-road trip we will visit Khor Virap Monastery on the foot of Byblical Ararat Mount, will climb to Smbataberd fortress by off-road, will have lunch in a village, will do an excursion in Areni Cave with 6000 years old winery, will have a wine tour in Old Areni winery with degustation and will drive back to Yerevan.
We will meet early morning in Yerevan and head to the South on the way enjoying the panoramic view of Biblical Ararat mount. We will visit the monastery Khor Virap located at the foot of Ararat mountain, where the Ancient Deep Prison is located and where at the end of the 3rd century A.D. the future first patriarch of Armenian Apostolic Church, Grigor Lusavorich (Gregory the Enlightener), was imprisoned and suffered for 13 years. From Khor Virap, we will continue our way to the South and will get to Yeghegis State Sanctuary where we will take an exciting off-road path to Smbataberd Fortress located on the top of mountain and built in X – XI centuries. The fortress has high and wide (2-3 m) pyramid type fort-walls and is protected by the Artabuni River and deep canyons. From the fortress there is an amazing view to Tsakhats Kar Monastery and magic jeep route connecting it with the Citadel and telling us about the local legends and stories about these two historical monuments. Leaving the fortress we will drive to Areni village, which is famous for its winery. Areni is a sort of grape, which is used for making wine from ancient times. We will have lunch in the local family, exploring Armenian village life typical to Vayots Dzor region culture and traditions. Introduction of old Armenian lifestyle, experiencing the hospitality and participating in homemade wine and vodka tasting. Our next stop will be famous Areni Cave (Birds Cave), where the oldest leather shoe (5500 years old) and oldest winery (6000 years old) in the world have been found by an international group of local and foreign archeologists. After the cave we will visit Old Areni winery for a wine tour and degustation. Leaving the winery we will drive back to Yerevan.
Transportation by Toyota Land Cruiser or similar vehicles, guiding and visits to mentioned sites.
Meal that can be ordered additionally with a cost of up to 5000 AMD per person.