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What makes for a great Congress or Corporate Experience venue? Beautiful, modern infrastructure? Easy air access to cities around the world? A cultural pre-disposition to hospitality?A unique and memorable destination that will stick in the memories of congress attendees for years to come?

Armenia boasts all of this and more!

Bursting with a fully built modern tourist infrastructure that hasn’t interfered with the old-world charm of the city, Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, is a city built for congresses. A thriving metropolis of 1 million people, it is also highly centralized, which means that everything congress-goers would want to experience in the city is within walking distance.

If you are wanting a corporate experience that walks on the wild side, Armenia is built for year-round adventure. With massive mountains or deep hidden valleys, Armenia is ready to give you the thrill of a lifetime, be it paragliding, rock climbing, horse-trekking, or winter skiing and snowboarding.

Armenia is also easy to get in and out of. Boasting a new, ultra-modern airport that opened in 2011, Yerevan is accessible with direct flights from the region’s major capitals. Frequent flights from Paris, Vienna, Rome, Prague, Warsaw, Dubai, Beirut, Kiev, Minsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and many other cities make getting to and from Yerevan an afterthought.

But what makes Armenia special as a venue for your next congress or corporate experience is Armenia’s unique brand of hospitality that had been a defining trait of Armenians the world over. Armenia is a nation of people who take pride in and get great joy from making guests feel welcome.

Indeed, organize your next congress or corporate experience in Armenia and give your participants an experience unlike any other!

Recent congresses hosted in Armenia include:

  • The Young Medics International Conference
  • The European Movement International (EMI) Congress
  • The Men’s Health Regional Conference
  • The Armenian International Congress on Telemedicine and eHealth

Contact Amistad today to start planning your next congress or corporate experience!

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An Unforgettable Congress in Armenia:Option A 3 nights/4 days

A Congress shouldn’t just be another meeting.  It should be an experience that creates exceptional memories.  And there is no place better suited to create such memories than Armenia – an undiscovered ancient land on the far western end of the old Silk Route.
Depending on the schedule of the Congress, the tours are flexible: either in the morning or in the afternoon. 

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An Unforgettable Congress in Armenia:Option B 4 nights /5 days

A Congress shouldn’t just be another meeting.  It should be an experience that creates exceptional memories.  And there is no place better suited to create such memories than Armenia – an undiscovered ancient land on the far western end of the old Silk Route.

Depending on the schedule of the Congress, the tours are flexible: either in the morning or in the afternoon. 

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An Unforgettable Congress in Armenia:Option C 5 nights/6 days

A Congress shouldn’t just be another meeting.  It should be an experience that creates exceptional memories.  And there is no place better suited to create such memories than Armenia – an undiscovered ancient land on the far western end of the old Silk Route.
Depending on the schedule of the Congress, the tours are flexible: either in the morning or in the afternoon. 

Explore the tour
by days:

Days 1/2

Yerevan

Airport assistance
Two young women in traditional costumes will welcome the group.  The guests, accompanied by their guide, will head to the hotel.  Luggage will be sent directly to the hotel by our staff.
Upon arriving in their rooms, our guests will find a welcome card from "Amistad Tour” along with a souvenir, a fruit basket, and a bottle of Armenian wine.

Our guests will stay at the Marriott Hotel, a 5 star property, located on Republic Square, and offering the following facilities:

  • 9 meeting rooms (the largest one with a maximum seating capacity of 1,000)
  • Spacentre
  • Fitnesscentre
  • Guide dogs allowed for persons with disabilities
  • Business centre
  • Wireless connection
  • Restaurantsandlounges

A buffet breakfast will be served daily in the VIP lounge room exclusively for the group. 
Our professional guides will be waiting in the lobby to accompany the guests in a comfortable air-conditioned coach for each leg of the tour.
The Full Day Tour will begin with the familiarization of Yerevan - the capital of Armenia. We start the tour from the History Museum of Armenia. After the visit a short coffee break in theCafé Jazzve with delicious desserts, which is located near the History Museum.  Next is a visittothe Genocide Memorial Complex and Museumto pay respects to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide in 1915. 

    
   
We’ll have lunch at the "Old Erivan”restaurant, which is known for its warm hospitality and wonderful cuisine.  Here our guests will taste the best of Armenian dishes. 

  

After lunch we’ll take a tour of the Matenadaran– one of the oldest and richest book depositories in the world.  Its collection of about 17,000 manuscripts includes almost all the areas of ancient and medieval Armenian culture and sciences - history,  medicine, philosophy, law, mathematics-cosmography, calendar theory, alchemy-chemistry, translations, literature, chronology, art history, miniature, music, and theatre.

    

We’ll have dinner at the Ararat restaurant.  During the first part of the evening, our guests will be introduced to traditional folk dance, and enjoy the mystical sounds of the ancient Armenian duduk, a wind instrument, and will watch a charming ensemble playing  stringedQanons. During the second part of the show, a showman will entertain the guests by singing popular hits in their native languages. 

      
    
Overnight at the Marriott Hotel in Yerevan.

Day 3

Yerevan – Echmiadzin – Zvartnots – Yerevan

Buffet breakfast in the VIP lounge room for the group.
Following breakfast, we’ll drive to Echmiadzin, the religious center of Armenia.  The excursion will cover the territory of residence of the Catholicos – the head of Armenian Apostolic church, then visit to the First Cathedral of St. Echmiadzin (303 A.D.).  On the way, we’ll stop at the settlement of Aknashen. We will continue with the visits to churches of Saint Hripsime and Saint Gayane (VIIc.), as well as the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral which is a monument that embodies the centuries old traditions of Armenian architects.Echmiadzin and Zvartnots came on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, because they ''graphically illustrate the evolution and development of the Armenian central-domed cross-hall type of churches, which exerted a profound influence on architectural and artistic development in the region. 

    

We’ll lunch in Echmiadzin, at a local restaurant called MiasnutyanKhach which reconstructs the old-fashioned lifestyle of Armenian people. The restaurant is a part of a children’s art school, and their work helps to create an authentic ambiance.  Here one can taste Qufta, which is a favorite Armenian dish of ground beef served with cereals, and accompanied by Armenian wine.

 

After touring Echmiadzin, we’ll return to Yerevan in the afternoon and visit to Ararat Brandy Factory and Museum where our guests will explore the 120-year history of one of the world’s most renowned brandy factories, and see the oldest Armenian barrels produced and the awards that Ararat has won down through the decades.  The visit includes a cognac tasting.

    



Day 4

Yerevan – Garni – Geghard

Buffet breakfast in the VIP lounge room for the group.
We’ll then drive to the Kotayk region. On the way, we’ll stop at the Charents Arch, named after the great Armenian Poet.  Here there is a spectacular  view of Mt.  Ararat (weather permitting). Then, will proceed to visit the GeghardMonestary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Geghard was founded in the IV century by Gregory the Illuminator around a spring in a cave and carved from the rock.
Afterwards we’ll visit to the pagan temple Garni(1st century A.D.) and the fortress (2nd century B.C.) in the village of Garni. 

    
   
There will then be a visit to the Greco-Roman Garni Temple, a pagan temple (1stc. A.D.) and the fortress (2nd c. B.C.) in Garni village.  The visit includes an opportunity to listen to a capellaconcertin the natural acoustic hall of Garni and is followed by a khorovats(barbeque) prepared in a traditional tondir.  Our guest will also see the process of making Armenian bread (lavash) at the home of an Armenian family.

  

Return to Yerevan. 
Dinner at the Mezzo Jazz Clubwhichorganizes a variety of live concerts of local and foreign popular singers and bands.  The music heard at MEZZO will make one’s evening complete and memorable. The club offers exquisite dishes from an international menu.

    

Overnight at the hotel Marriott in Yerevan.
Day 5

Yerevan – KhorVirap – Noravank – Yerevan

Buffet breakfast in the VIP lounge room for the group. 
After breakfast at the hotel we’ll drive towards KhorVirap Monastery (4-17th c.) whose name means deep dungeon.  This complex is the place where the founder of the Armenian church, St. Gregory the Illuminator, was imprisoned for being a Christian evangelist.  He was freed when Armenia became Christian state in 301 A.D.  Its location, near the closest point to Mount Ararat within Armenian borders, offers a spectacular view of the mountain, the national symbol of Armenia.
From there we’ll drive to the VayotsDzor region. On the way we’ll visit a wine factory in the Arenigrowing regionwhere our travellers can taste delicious Armenian wine.
Then, we’ll drive through a rocky canyon and experience the unique scenery in the Amaghou Valley.  Lunch will be served in the restaurant next to Noravank Monastery (13-14th century A.D.) where local organic food is served. The guests will have a great view of the canyon.

    

Surrounded by red and grey limestone cliffs our guests will then tour the monastery (13-14th cc.). It’s the only church in Armenia decorated with a unique relief representation of the large-headed and beardedGod the Father with large almond shaped eyes blessing the Crucifix with his right hand and holding in his left hand the head of Adam, with a dove - the Holy Spirit - above it. Noravank is a highly artistic monument reminiscent of the tower-like burial structures of the first years of Christianity in Armenia.  
Dinner back in Yerevan will be in the scenic Hrazdan Gorge at the restaurant Florence where you can choose either Armenian or European fare. 



Overnight at the Marriott hotel.
Day 6

Departure

Buffet breakfast in the VIP lounge room for the group.
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport.  Luggage will be transported separately and assistance at check-in will be offered.  Before departure you can pay a visit to the duty free shops, offering local products and handicrafts, as well as traditional high-end duty-free fare.
Useful Tips: 
  • For lunches and dinners casual dress is recommended. 
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended for excursions outside Yerevan.
  • Vernissage, the open market in Yerevan, blossoms on the weekends as all kinds of national crafts, including jewelry, carpets, woodwork, ceramics, canvases, paintings, and many other works of art.