In the Wake of Armenian Ceramics
Armenian Ceramics history and now days.
Meeting with Artists and Masters.
Visiting excited Armenian sites of Nature and Culture.
8 days of Inspiration!
Arrival in Yerevan. Transfer from Zvartnots International Airport. Check in a hotel. Overnight in Yerevan.
After breakfast at the hotel we will start our introduction with the history and culture of Armenia. We will start the day with a spectacular view of the biblical Ararat mountain, and then continue to Garni Temple. We will continue to visit the Geghard Monastery, one of the first monasteries in Armenia, founded in the 4th century. The second part of the day we will spend in a nice studio UP SE with artists Anush Ghukasyan and Vahram Galstyan. Their main accent is jointing classical traditions with avant-garde way. In the evening we will have a nice dinner among the artists company in the studio.
Overnight in Yerevan.
After breakfast at the hotel we will visit Folk Festival in an Cultural Center in Byurakan village. We will discover Armenian traditional ceremonies, songs and dances. After we will visit ceramicist Mushegh amirkhanyan’s studio. In the evening we will have a nice walk in Yerevan and will get acquainted with its night life.
Overnight in Yerevan.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit Parajanov museum: a well known director and painter. After visiting the museum we will up to the Armenian Genocide memorial. We will continue and drive to the North of Armenia to city Gyumri, which was and is considered to be an artist’s city. Gyumri is located not far from the ancient capital of Armenian kingdom Ani, famous for the traditions of various crafts as well as ceramics. The city was destroyed and plundered by the wars and earthquakes and became empty, but Gyumri kept the traditions of the old craftsman. Here in Gyumri we will get acquainted with the important and interesting project – Gyumri ceramics, which is reviving the old traditions of Armenian ceramics of Iznik and Kutahy. Reaching Gyumri we will visit a studio, will meet with the local artists and will learn about the peculiarity and the main techniques of this style of ceramics.
In the evening dinner with folk show. Overnight in Gumri.
After breakfast at the hotel we will visit Gyumri ceramics studio and later we will have a nice city tour in Gyumri, we will walk in the historical central part of the city, will visit the local market the Gallery of Aslamazyan Sisters. After all we will drive to resort town Dilijan located in the Dilijan National Park. Dinner and overnight in Diljan.
After breakfast we will take our way towards to Lake Sevan, which is the largest lake in Caucasus as well as one of the largest, and highest freshwater lakes of the world. It is located on 1900m above sea level. We will go to Sevan Peninsula to visit Sevanavank monastery. After excursion in Peninsula, we will continue our way around the lake towards Vardenyants Pass. Climbing up over 2,410m and following the historical Silk Road we will stop at the place to see the medieval Caravanserai built in the XIV century. Continuing our way through Vardenyats Pass we will take our way to Sisian, where we will be met by a potter, keeping and improving the traditions of the old masters. Dinner and overnight in Sisian.
After breakfast at the hotel we will take our way to Tatev Monastery Complex built in 895-906, which was one of the most important Education and Religion Centers situated in medieval Syunik region. On the way we will take Tatev Wings ropeway, which is the longest two-way ropeway of the world. Leaving Tatev Monastery we will continue our way to visit Armenian Stonehenge called Zorats Karer. After the excursion we will visit Noravank Monastery, one of most beautiful and elegant examples of Armenian Medieval architecture. We will continue and back to Yerevan in a late evening.
Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
After breakfast at the hotel we will have City tour around beautiful Yerevan, we see Cascade complex, Opera house, Northern avenue, Republic square. After this we will have free time and by choice to visit Vernissage market, one of the Yerevan museums or just enjoy the "Rose City". According to the flight will drive to the Airport.