Kon-Tiki Armenia Tour welcomes its old and new friends!
Kon-Tiki Armenia Tour was established on May 8, 2018 in Yerevan, Armenia.
Our travel agency was named after the Inca god of sun Viracocha and “Kon-Tiki” was supposed to be an old name. Kon-Tiki was also the raft used by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl in his 1947 expedition across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands.
Kon-Tiki Armenia tour is a family established agency, and our family is 15 years old, we met each other thanks to tourism. The idea to start our own business came when we (spouses) realized that we want to spend more time together. That is why we decided to do our favorite work together. Full of love we are ready to welcome our guests and show them all the beauty of our country. Our team is as united as was the team of Kon-Tiki raft and we are full of team spirit in achieving our goals. One of our goals was to introduce innovations in our country. And, so, we managed to become first official representative of BeerBike in Armenia and Georgia.
Kon-Tiki Armenia is a complete Incentive and Destination Management Company (DMC) at your service! Our mission is to provide our guests with well-organized and professionally presented offers. Our services include tours all over Armenia, special events, conference planning, team building, special interest tours, hotels, restaurants and transportation logistics from A to Z.
Hope you will enjoy travelling with us in one of the most beautiful countries of the world —Armenia
95 % population in Armenia are Christian. Armenia is the first state who declared Christianity as its state religion. That took place in 301 A.D. thanks to Armenian King Trdat III. Big role played also Gregory the Illuminator, who became the first Cathilocos of all Armenians. Armenia has its own branch of Christianity, which has quite a lot of differences from Orthodoxy and Catholicism.
Etchmiadzin Cathedral was the first official church built in the 4th c., in 301-303 A.D. Since 2000, the cathedral is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The spear of Christ (Longine's Spear), which the Roman warrior Longinus drove into Jesus Christ, is kept in the museum of St. Echmiadzin Cathedral.
The main symbol of Armenia is the Ararat Mountain, which is on the territory of Turkey. It has 2 peaks – Masis and Sis. The cout-of-arms of Armenia also features the mountain. Once Ararat was on the territory of Armenia, but in 1921 the territory on which Ararat is located was transferred to Turkey. And, according to the Bible, Ararat is the place where Noah's Ark came, when the waters of the Flood began to descend.
The capital of Armenia, the city of Yerevan is a very ancient city, it was founded in 782 BC, even 30 years earlier than Rome. According to the Armenian legend, Yerevan is also associated with Noah and the Flood. The legend says that when Noah saw the peak of Ararat that appeared from the water, he exclaimed, 'Erevats!', which means 'it appeared.' It is thanks to this phrase, according to the Armenian legend, that the city of Yerevan got its name.
There are 11 million Armenians in the world, and only 3 million of them live in Armenia itself. Historically, Armenians had to settle in different countries of the world due to persecutions. At the moment, in addition to Armenia, many Armenians live in the USA, Russia, France, Greece and other European countries, as well as in Latin America. And in Lebanon and Iraq, the Armenian language is even recognized as one of the official languages.
The greatest tragedy of the Armenian people is the Armenian Genocide, which took place in 1915 on the territory of the then existing Ottoman Empire. About 1.5 million people were killed. In Armenia, April 24 is the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Genocide. In some countries, public denial of the Armenian Genocide is a violation of the law.
The letters of Armenian alphabet do not resemble any other alphabet in the world. It was created in 405 by the Armenian scientist Mesrop Mashtots and since then it has been used with few changes. The alphabet consists of 39 letters and is one of the three most perfect in the world. On the slope of Mt Aragats there is a monument to the Armenian alphabet in the form of all its letters carved out of stone and exhibited in a special order.
Armenia is the homeland of apricot, it was called “Armenian apple” (lat. mela armena). The world-famous Armenian instrument duduk, which is included into the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO, is made from the apricot tree.
The oldest shoe was found in Armenia. It happened in 2008 in the cave of Areni, in the province of Vayots Dzor. The age of the shoe is more than 5500 years. In the same place was found the world`s oldest winery, the wine was produced here more than 6000 years ago.
Armenia has the world's longest ropeway (Guinness Book of Records). It is called Wings of Tatev and connects two villages in the mountains. The length of this road is 5 km and 752 m. And the way to one side in the booth takes 11 minutes, the maximum height is 320 m., the capacity is 25 passengers.
Chess is very popular in Armenia. Chess in Armenia is a school subject, which children study in class.
Lavash is a soft, thin unleavened flat bread made in a tandoor and eaten all over the South Caucasus, Western Asia and the areas surrounding the Caspian Sea. Lavash is one of the most widespread types of bread in Armenia. In 2014, “Lavash, the preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional Armenian bread as an expression of culture“ was inscribed in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.