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Routes of Faith

Price $855 8 days
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Routes of Faith

$855 per person

“Routes of Faith” is a 8-day pilgrimage tour in Armenia designed for those who aim to see the archaic Armenian religious centers and explore the various forms of manifestation of spiritual aspirations of the Armenians – from pagan times to Christian era.

Pilgrims spend four nights in Yerevan and three nights outside the capital. Visit the most important locations in the south and then head to the north where to discover Armenian medieval educational centers where most of our philosophical heritage was created. Attend an Armenian liturgy, listen to the chanting of monks, get to know their modest lives in the past and now.

Enjoy the nature and the friendliness of local people, taste traditional food and drinks, admire the country’s varied landscape. This trip also includes some off-the-beaten track sites that preserved their authentic forms and significance.

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Tour highlights:
  • Yerevan city tour
  • Visit the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the spiritual center of Armenia
  • Monasteries of Khor Virap, Noravank and Tatev
  • Explore the mysterious prehistoric archaeological site of Zorats Karer
  • Vardenyats mountain pass and Orbelian caravanserai
  • Noratus khachkar field
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of Armenia’s blue pearl – Lake Sevan
  • Akhtala and Haghpat monasteries
  • Odzun church
  • Saghmosavank monastery
  • Garni pagan temple and Geghard monastery
  • Taste mouthwatering dishes of traditional Armenian cuisine

IMPORTANT: The mentioned price is calculated for a group of 10 people with double occupancy at the Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel. Accommodation outside Yerevan is provided at Tufenkian Avan Dzoraget Hotel (Dzoraget), Mirhav Hotel (Goris), Harsnakar Hotel (Sevan). Travelers can choose to stay in a different hotel. Please note that the final price may change depending on the number of the travelers, or your preferences.

  • Included
    Accommodation
    Meals
    Museum Tickets
    Personal Guide
    Transfer to/from airport
    Transportation
  • Not Included
    Air tickets
    Alcohol
    Coffee break
    Insurance
    Subway tickets
    Visa
    Wine tasting
1

Arrival, transfer to hotel.

Yerevan City Tour – Mother Armenia – Cascade – Matenadaran - St. Sarkis Cathedral - Matenadaran – St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral – Agricultural Market - Megerian Carpet museum

A city tour in Yerevan. Explore the different layers of the history of Armenia’s capital. Visit the Mother Armenia monument located in the Victory Park, which provides one of the best panoramic views over Yerevan with Mount Ararat in the background. A tour in the Yerevan History museum will introduce the three transformation phases of the city. Next stop is the Cascade complex and the Cafesjian park and its contemporary art center with a unique collection of art works. From here, we head to Matenadaran – the museum of ancient manuscripts. Learn about the ancient Armenian alphabet and the long traditions of translation skills.

Visit one of the most favorite churches of locals of Yerevan - the St. Sarkis cathedral. Overlooking the Hrazdan canyon, Victory bridge and the setting of the former Yerevan fortress, this cathedral was rebuilt on the same site where a monastery consisting of 3 churches was operating since the early days of Christianity. The old monastery was destroyed during an earthquake in 17th century.

Next stop is the St. Gregory the Illuminator cathedral, considered as largest church on the territory of Armenia. Built in 2001, ahead of the 1700th anniversary of establishment of Christianity as Armenia's state religion, the cathedral is home to the relics of St. Gregory the Illuminator that were from to Armenia from Italy. Pope John Paul II visited the cathedral shortly after its consecration.

In the evening, we’ll visit the Megerian Carpet museum and factory to discover the unknown history of ancient carpet weaving traditions of Armenia.

(The schedule of the first day of the tour program will be adjusted in accordance with the arrival time.)

2

Yerevan – Etchmiadzin Mother Cathedral – St. Hripsime Church - Zvartnots Cathedral – Komitas Museum – Vernissage Market

On the second day, make a pilgrimage to the spiritual center of all Armenians. Visit the mother cathedral of Etchmiadzin founded in 301AD, a year when Armenia officially adopted Christianity as its state religion.

Next stop is the St. Hripsime church where pilgrims will learn the history of women martyrs and explore the typical Armenian national architecture principles developed in the 7th century.

We will then head to the open-air museum of Zvartnots where you’ll see the ruins of St. Gregory church. Lean about its excavation and reconstruction history at the nearby museum.

Etchmiadzin Cathedral, St. Hripsime church and Zvartnots cathedral are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

Return to Yerevan.

Visit the museum of Komitas, dedicated to one the greatest Armenian intellectuals who made an enormous contribution to Armenian music and arts in general.

Explore the Vernissage of Yerevan, an arts and crafts market in the heart of Armenia’s capital.

3

Yerevan – Khor Virap Monastery – Noravank Monastery – Tatev Monastery – Goris

Driving 40 minutes south, we’ll visit the monastery of Khor Virap (translated from Armenian as ‘deep pit’), truly the witness of historical conversion of Armenia from paganism to Christianity. The first Armenian Catholicos and the patron saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned here for 13 years.

Following a winding road through the volcanic canyon of Amaghu, we’ll travel to the monastery of Noravank, a secluded Christian monastery built in the 13th century - a masterpiece of Armenian architecture, with elaborated ornaments and unique stone reliefs.

Our next destination is the Tatev village. Take a ride on the longest reversible aerial tramway in the world listed in Guinness Book of world records. The aerial tram takes travelers to Armenia’s largest medieval monastery and educational center – the monastery of Tatev. Situated on a vast plateau, it overlooks the Vorotan gorge and provides some breathtaking views. A choir of local children will introduce you to the spiritual and folk music in the monastery’s garden.

Overnight in the nearby town of Goris.
4

Goris – Zorats Karer – Zorats Church of Yeghegis – Vardenyats Mountain Pass - Noratus – Lake Sevan

First destination of the day is Zorats Karer, a mysterious prehistoric archaeological site, known among travelers as the Stonehenge of Armenia. Learn about the ancient petroglyphs discovered in the nearby mountains.

Visit the village of Yeghegis to see the one of its kind church of Zorats (translated as ‘the church of soldiers’), where the military men were blessed before going to war.

We leave the southern regions of Armenia and travel up north, crossing the spectacular Vardenyats mountain pass, known among locals as Selim pass. Once a part of the famous Silk Road, the Vardenyats pass is home to the only well-preserved caravanserai in Armenia. It was built by the Orbelian noble family as an overnight stop for merchants.

Continue to the shores of Lake Sevan, the largest body of water in the Republic of Armenia. Considered the second highest freshwater lake in the world, Sevan has an elevation of over 1900 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by mountain ranges.

Visit the medieval cemetery in the village of Noratus, home to the largest field of Armenian khachkars (cross stones) dating from 9th to 20th centuries.

Overnight in Sevan.
5

Sevan – Dilijan – Akhtala Fortress and Monastery – Haghpat Monastery – Dzoraget

Visit the Lake Sevan peninsula and climb up to the 10th-century Sevanavank monastery from where a stunning view over the lake opens up.

Following a road winding through the forests of Dilijan National Park, we’ll then visit the spa town of Dilijan. See the rural style wooden houses, get acquainted with traditional furniture and attributes exhibited in the town’s ethnographic museum.

Next destination is the 10th-century Akhtala monastic complex famous for its well-preserved colorful murals. From here, we’ll head to the monastery of Haghpat, a large monastic complex listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its unique location and elaborate architecture, this monastery is an impressive site to sum up the day’s program at.

Overnight in Dzoraget.
6

Dzoraget – Odzun Church – Stepanavan – Aparan – Saghmosavank Monastery – Yerevan

We’ll start the sixth day of our pilgrimage tour in Armenia by visiting the 5th-century basilica of Odzun, featuring a unique architecture. Traveling along the Debed canyon, we’ll visit an extraordinary botanical garden located in the vicinity of the city of Stepanavan. Learn about the history of the Dendropark and enjoy a relaxing walk around.

Our next destination is the town of Aparan, home to one of the archaic 4th-century basilicas in Armenia – the Kasagh Basilica. Continue to Saghmosavank - the monastery of the Psalms. The monastery seats on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the 60-meter deep Kasagh canyon. On a sunny day, three mountains can be seen from Ara – Mt. Ara, Mt. Aragats and Mt. Ararat.

Return to Yerevan.
7

Yerevan – Garni Pagan Temple – Geghard Monastery – Levon’s Divine Cave – Yerevan

Visit the 1st-century AD Hellenistic temple of Garni, located in the Kotayk province of Armenia, a 40-minute drive north-east of Yerevan. The temple seats on a cliff overlooking the breathtaking Azat gorge. Continuing the road, we’ll reach a stunning monastery carved out of a mountain – the monastery of Holy Spear or Geghard, sometimes referred to as the Armenian Petra. Part of the monastery was carved in a single massive rock in the 13th century AD. Both the temple of Garni and the Geghard monastery are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Back in Yerevan, visit another man-made wonder – the Levon’s Divine Cave. It’s an astonishing large maze dug right under a small house where the family of the cave’s creator still lives. Levon dug this labyrinth after he had a divine vision. He made a vow and dedicated the rest of his life to dig the labyrinth, eventually creating a stunning maze of wonders.

Free time in Yerevan.
8

Checkout from hotel. Transfer to Zvartnots Airport. Departure from Yerevan.

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