Karmravor Church, Chocolate House, Oshakan and Wine Factory Private Tour
Private tour that equally focuses on thoughtful itinerary and fun! Visit Karmravor church, which allegedly served as a chapel for one of the princely families, Chocolate House, Oshakan village, see the church of St. Mesrop Mashtots, and the "Armenia Wine" factory.
- Ashtarak town
- Karmravor church
- "Gourmet Dourme" Chocolate House
- Oshakan village
- "Armenia Wine" factory
- wine tasting
- chocolate tasting
- a guide
- Yerevan pick-up and drop-off
- tasting of 2 types of "Armenia" wine
- entrance fees
- bottled water
- chocolate tasting
- extra stops on the route upon request
Please note:the price for a solo traveler is €130. For a group of 2 people, the price is €72 per person.
You will be picked up from your hotel to begin this one-of-a-kind private tour. Your first stop will be at the Karmravor church in Ashtarak, a small town near Yerevan. This beautiful church is regarded as Ashtarak's crown jewel, resembling a monolith pillar due to its small size and architectural solutions. It was built in the seventh century and has survived almost entirely to the present day. Karmravor's church has a cross-shaped ground plan from both inside and outside.
The "Gourmet Dourme" chocolate factory, founded in Armenia in 2007 by Pierre and Diran Bagdadians, two brothers from France and Austria, will be the next stop. The brand's name is of Armenian and French origin: "gourmet" means epicure, and "dourme" means chocolate. The chocolate factory is in Ashtarak, and there are shops in Yerevan where chocolate lovers can find a wide variety of chocolates, including regular, gift, and personalized chocolates. The tour of the chocolate house lasts approximately 30-40 minutes, during which visitors observe the production process from behind a transparent window, followed by a delicious chocolate tasting. Here, one can also listen to an audio version of chocolate history and production stages.
Following that, you will travel to Oshakan village, which has been a holy place since the 5th century, when the creator of the Armenian alphabet Mesrop Mashtots was buried there in 440, thanks to the efforts of duke Vahan Amatuni, and a small church was built over his tomb. In the 19th century, a larger church called St. Mesrop Mashtots was constructed in place of the old one. Every year, many first-grade students learn this church's first letter of the alphabet after swearing an oath at St. Mashtots' tomb.
Your final stop will be at the "Armenia Wine" winery, which was founded in 2008 and is one of Armenia's most prominent wineries. It is equipped with modern facilities and a comprehensive set of resources to ensure quality winemaking throughout the entire production process of sparkling and still wines. During the tour, you will visit the cellars, witness the unique production process, and sample various wines produced here in a unique tasting room.