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ArmeniaPilgrimage to Armenia

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Armenia was the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion that’s why the Armenian Apostolic Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in the world. Its exclusivity lies primarily in the richness of rituals and democratic governance. Along with the supremacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church there is also a Catholic community in Armenia. The story of Armenian Catholics in Armenia a...

Armenia was the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion that’s why the Armenian Apostolic Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in the world. Its exclusivity lies primarily in the richness of rituals and democratic governance. Along with the supremacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church there is also a Catholic community in Armenia. The story of Armenian Catholics in Armenia and the Caucasus is long. There is no doubt that their roots go back many centuries and involve an interminable and controversial Christology concerning the Chalcedonies tradition. 

We invite you to discover the religious heritage of Armenia through its ancient legends, countless monasteries and marvelous temples.

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    City
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    Sightseeing
  • Countryside
    Countryside
  • Local culture
    Local culture
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Day 1: Welcome to Armenia!

Arrival at Yerevan International Airport Zvartnots. Meet and transfer to the selected hotel in Yerevan.

Visited:
Yerevan

Day 2: ​“Mother Teresa’s Sisters” center

Breakfast at the hotel. We begin to discover the capital of the Republic of Armenia. Yerevan was born in 782 BC, that's why it's one of the oldest cities in the world. Visit the History Museum of Armenia. Continue to the Tsitsernakaberd memorial park and the museum of victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The memorial sits on one of three hills along the Hrazdan River that carry the name Tsitsernakaberd (literally "swallow's fortress"), and was the site of what was once an Iron Age fortress. Visit the catholic center “Mother Teresa’s Sisters”, a charitable organization and orphanage. Participation in a mass. Overnight at the selected hotel in Yerevan.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Visited:
Yerevan

Day 3: Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the city Vagharshapat to visit Etchmiatsin Cathedral,  the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church. According to most scholars it was the first cathedral built in ancient Armenia, and is often considered the oldest cathedral in the world. Continue to Zvartnots temple, the pearl of the architecture of the seventh century. Drive to the temple of Garni, monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture. Then we’ll enjoy the duduk flute performance in Garni temple. Inscribed as a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the ancient duduk double reed woodwind is an indigenous heritage of Armenia made from apricot wood, believed to have been played since 1200 BC and is the only surviving Armenian instrument from the ancient times.

During the lunch in Garni we’ll participate in the preparation of national bread lavash, inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Visit the Geghard monastery. We’ll admire an a cappella performance in another haunting Armenian World Heritage Site. Here, in one of the rock chapels, the acoustics make a small a cappella ensemble sound like a choir of angels. Return to Yerevan. Overnight at the selected hotel in Yerevan.

​Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Visited:
Yerevan

Day 4: Armenian Catholic community in Gyumri

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the monastery Saghmosavank and  the cathedral of Talin. Drive to Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia and the capital of the Shirak Province. Gyumri is considered one of the centers of Armenian Catholic community, which sharing the historical destiny of the Armenian people for centuries went through many trials, hardships, persecutions, but have fought  the good fight,  have kept the faith the major catholic community in Armenia. Visit the Catholic Educational Center of Gyumri (“Our Lady of Armenia” Center). The mission of the “Our Lady of Armenia” Center is to secure the overall development of orphaned, abandoned and needy children. The Center also aims to provide its teenagers the necessary means to become educated, skilled, independent and self-sufficient adults. Here we’ll have a meeting with one of the representatives of the Center. Visit the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Martyrs. Overnight at the selected hotel in Gyumri.

​Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Day 5: Diocese of Tavush

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Stepanavan to meet the representatives of Diocese of Tavush, one of the newest dioceses of the Armenian Catholic covering the Tavush Province. The diocese was established in 2010, when it was separated from the Diocese of Gougark. Visit Stepanavan church. Continue to the monastic complex of Haghpat. It’s described as a masterpiece of religious architecture and a major center of learning in the Middle Ages. Continue to the town Dilijan.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Day 6: A unique open-air collection of Armenian cross-stones

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Sevan lake,  the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region. Visit Sevanavank, a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of lake Sevan. Drive to the village Noratus to visit a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars (cross-stones). Continue to Selim Caravanserai, situated in the Selim mountain pass, 2410 m above the sea level, on the old road that connected historical Gegharkunik region with Vayots Dzor. Drive to the village Yeghegis. Overnight at the hotel in Yeghegis.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Visited:
DilijanYegheguis

Day 7: The vital scholastic, enlightenment and spiritual center of Medieval Armenia

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Karahunge (Zorats Karer), a prehistoric archaeological site considered the world's oldest astronomical observatory. Continue to Tatev monastery (9th-century). Tatev is known as the bishopric seat of Syunik and played a significant role in the history of the region as a center of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity. Here in Tatev we'll have the opportunity to meet the local priest (or  his substituent). Drive to Goris. Overnight at the selected hotel in Goris.

​Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Visited:
Yegheguis, Karahunge , TatevGoris

Day 8: The most visited pilgrimage site in Armenia

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Noravank, a 13th-century monastic complex located in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River. Continue to the monastery Khor Virap. Originally established in 642 CE, the Khor Virap (Armenian for “deep dungeon”) did not take on its current and final incarnation until the 17th century, but even before its founding the former prison site was notable for holding the man who would become Saint Gregory the Illuminator in a pit for 13 years before he helped turn the country into the first Christian nation. Khor Virap Monastery continues to be a holy site of the Armenian Apostolic Church and an important pilgrimage location. Drive back to Yerevan. Visit St. Gregory of Narek Catholic Church in Yerevan. Overnight at the selected hotel in Yerevan.

​Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Visited:
GorisYerevan

Day 9: Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and departure.

Breakfast included

Visited:
Yerevan

YerevanGyumriStepanavanDilijanYegheguisKarahunge TatevGoris

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The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

For 2 Adults
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All year round $1,790

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