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Armenia - Christian Oasis

Armenia - Cultural Tour (8 days)

Due to its location Armenia seems really a Christian Oasis. It's the country where the first religious war took place. The Noah's Arc descended on the Biblical Mt.Ararat situated in the Historical Armenia. It's a country where you can feel authentic Christianity!

Day 1Arrival / Yerevan City tour

Day 2Arrival in Zvartnots airport.
Meet and greet transfer to the hotel, early check in, rest. Breakfast at the hotel. City tour around Yerevan. The history of Yerevan dates back to the 8th century BC. A little part of the capital city's 3,000-year history has survived: Central Yerevan was once dominated by huge Soviet-style buildings, but now, due to the nowadays active constructions, many modern-style buildings appear and are going to appear. While your tour you will see the Republic Square which is designed in the traditional Armenian architectural style and includes the Government House Republic square, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Central Post Office, the National Art Gallery. You will also see Opera house, Victory Park with the statue Mother Armenia, the Sports and Concert complex, Kievyan Bridge, Baghramyan Avenue, the Presidential Palace, Academy of Sciences, National Parliament, Writers Union, and the fruit market. Lunch in a local restaurant. Visit to the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial park and museum of the victims of Genocide. While his visit to Armenia Pope commemorated the Armenians killed by Ottoman Turks between 1915 and 1920 by laying a wreath at genocide memorial and planting a fir tree in the memorial park. Visit to the Armenian History Museum. Excursion to the biggest pan Armenian church Grigor Lousavorich - the opening ceremony of this church was blessed by his holiness John Paul II. Visiting Armenia John Paul II has brought the holy relics of Grigor Lousavorich - the first Catholicos of all Armenians from the church S. Gregorio di Napoli in Italy. Welcome dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 3Holy See Echmiadzin / Zvartnots / Vernissage
After breakfast at the hotel departure to Echmiadzin which is mere 20 km from Yerevan. It is known as the center of the Armenian - Gregorian Church and appears to be one of the world's first Christian churches. Legend has it that it was here that Jesus Christ descended from heaven to show were he wanted a church built. So Echmiadzin means "The only-begotten descended". The Church was built between the years 301 - 303 AD under the Armenian king Tiridates III and the first Armenian Catholicos, St. Gregory the Illuminator. Visit to the Cathedral Treasury that hosts the main relics of Armenian apostolic church such as the Holy Spear which had wounded Jesus during his crucifixion, the famous piece of Noah's Arc found by Hakob Mtsbnatsi, the Chrism Bowl where the holy chrism is made once in 7 years. Being the center of the Armenian Church Etchmiadzin was visited by his holiness John Paul II. Visit The Churches of St. Hripsimeh St. Gayaneh (630 AD) that are veritable masterpieces of Armenian architecture and St Hripsime is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of Armenia. Return to Yerevan with stop at the ruins of Zvartnots temple - the pearl of the 7th c. architecture. Lunch in a national restaurant in Yerevan city. Visit open air market Vernissage that bustles with hundreds of vendors selling a variety of crafts on weekends. The market offers woodcarving, antiques, fine lace, and the hand-knotted wool carpets and kilims that are a Caucasus specialty. Dinner in a national restaurant and overnight at Yerevan.

Day 4Sagmossavank / Amberd Fortress / Sanahin & Haghpat Monasteries / Dzoraget
Excursion to Sagmossavank monastery of 13 c. Sgmossamvank is translated as "monastery of psalms". According to the tradition when the first church of the monastery was built the priests kept reading psalms 40 days long so the monastery was called monastery of psalms. Then visit to Amberd fortress. Amberd is a fortress complex and means "a fortress in the clouds" - a fitting name given for its elevation at 2,300m on the slopes of Mount Aragats. The princely castle of Amberd was built in the 9th to 13th centuries. A two-storied structure fitted with a majestic staircase, the castle is protected by walls with inclined towers. The church, built in 1026 by the architect Vahram Pakhlavuni, is slightly down the hill from the fortress. So wherever you go, it will be a fortress or something else you will always find a church as a testimony of Armenians' Christian Faith. Drive to Lori region. Start tour to the architectural complexes of Sanahin (966 AD) and Haghpat (976 AD) which are among the outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture and are inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. The architectural details and decoration of the monuments, which belong to the same epoch, have much in common and are even exactly alike in some cases, which gives us ground to presume that they were created by craftsmen of the same school. Dinner and overnight at the hotel Avan Dzoraget.

Day 5Dzoraget / Dilijan / Goshavank / Lake Sevan / Noradouz / Yerevan
Early departure from picturesque Dzoraget village for Dilijan which is one of the famous resort areas in Armenia. People say, "If Paradise had mountains, woods, and mineral springs, it would be just like Dilijan". The natural beauty of Dilijan is so, that it is also called "Armenian Little Switzerland". In the upper reaches of the Agstev river, there is Goshavank (12-13 cc), the monastery ensemble of the Dilijan district. It is situated in dense oak woods, in the gorges of small but turbulent mountain rivers and is unique with one of the most interesting and famous Armenian cross-tone. Continue tour to Lake Sevan. Lunch in Sevan tasting local fish. About 70 miles north of Yerevan sits Lake Sevan the largest alpine in the world. This huge mountain lake which takes up to 5% of Armenia's surface area is about 2,000 meters above sea level and is the second highest freshwater lake in the world. The monastery peninsula is the most popular spot, and is the closest place to visit as well. Proceed to Noradous - an ancient cemetery of Middle Ages, this is the biggest cemetery of khachkars (cross-stones) in Armenia, dating back to 7-10 c. Drive to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.

Day 6Khor Virap / Areni / Noravank
Sightseeing tour to Khor-Virap monastery 4- 17th cc. 45 km. from Yerevan the monastery of Khor-Virap has a very rich history, both religious and secular. Khor Virap was built in Artashat during the reign of the Arshakids dynasty. At that time it was used as a pit- dungeon for convicts. In the 60s of the 4th century Artashat was ruined by Persian invaders. It is situated in the Ararat valley against the biblical Ararat Mountain, were Noah's arch cast anchor. The importance of it is connected with Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia and is considered to be the first Armenian catholicos. Here you will also have an opportunity to take a lit candle from the pit like His holiness Paul II did while his visit to Khor Virap. Continue tour to Noravank monastery - a great religious and cultural centre of 12th c. On the way visit Areni wine factory to taste local wine made from special sorts of vines. Noravank ("New Monasterey") is 122 km away from Yerevan and is located in an inaccessible location throughout the stunning nature. The oldest structure of the monastery is the church of St. Karapet (9-10 c) that has not survived. The principal church is known as St. Karapet as well, which was built in the 13th c. The church has an atrium, which was rebuilt by the famous architect and sculptor Momik and is decorated with bas-relives on religious themes. Lunch in a local cave cafe. Drive back to the capital city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 7The Matenadaran / Garni / Gueghard
Visit to the depositary of ancient manuscripts the Matenadaran which contains historical documents from all over Europe and Asia throughout many centuries. There is also the first copy of the Bible in Armenian and the Gospels that fascinate with their beautiful miniatures. Departure to Garni Temple. The citadel and pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture. It was built in the first century A.D. by the Armenian King Tiridates and it is dedicated to a heathen god, probably to Mithra, the god of the sun whose figure stood in the depth of the sanctuary. After proclaiming Christianity as a state religion in Armenia in 301, the temple was probably used as a summer residence of the kings. Lunch at a local house in Garni where you will have opportunity to watch Armenian national bread "lavash" baking and barbeque making process in the underground stove called "tonir". Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of the Azat river, there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture - Geghard monastery inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list (inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list). Geghard is another incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. The meaning "the Monastery of the Spear", originates from the spear which had wounded Jesus during his crucifixion, allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Thaddeus, and stored amongst many other relics. Now the historical spear is displayed in the Etchmiadzin treasury. Though the monastery of Gueghard was around before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. The entrance of the compound is surrounded by high walls on three sides and mountain on the other. Outside the monastery complex there are some caves which have a bunch of little cave rooms and are quite interesting. Return back. Farewell dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 8Departure
Transfer to the airport.


Other details available upon request
Note: Duration of the tour must be fit to your arrival and departure Flights.

Package Includes:
- Airport - Hotel - Airport Transfer
- Inland transportation
- Tour Guide
- Hotel Accommodation (in the cities) Double room
- Guest House Accommodation (in the villages)
- FB Meal: BLD
- 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day
- Museums Entrance fees
- Leaving party at the National restaurant
- Wine tasting

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