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Spiritual Armenia

Price $785 7 days
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Spiritual Armenia

$785 per person

The “Spiritual Armenia” 1-week radial pilgrimage tour in Armenia is ideal for those travelers who want to take a spiritual tour to the first Christian country of the world and visit the most important sites in a brief period of time.

This pilgrimage tour provides travelers with an opportunity to participate in Armenian liturgy, listen to the chanting of the priests and visit various monasteries of different periods. You also visit the second largest city of Armenia – Gyumri, known for its cultural and religious heritage. Spend your day exploring the revival of the city after the devastating earthquake of 1988.

During the tour, travelers will have a chance to visit natural and man-made caves dating from 3rd millennium BC to our modern times. Spiritual and folk music, traditional and modernized food, city culture and countryside nature will enrich your special journey with Armenian motives.

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Tour highlights:
  • Yerevan city tour
  • Garni pagan temple and Geghard monastery
  • Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
  • Lake Sevan
  • Dilijan and Haghartsin monastery
  • Khor Virap monastery and Mt. Ararat
  • Areni-1 cave and Noravank monastery
  • Gyumri city tour
  • Marmashen monastery
  • ArmAs vineyards
  • Traditional Armenian cuisine
  • Armenian wine tasting

IMPORTANT: The mentioned price is calculated for a group of 10 people with double occupancy at the Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel. 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
    Workshops
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 – 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.
3

Yerevan – Etchmiadzin Mother Cathedral – St. Hripsime Church - Zvartnots Cathedral - Yerevan

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.
4

Yerevan – Lake Sevan – Dilijan – Haghartsin Monastery - Yerevan

On the fourth day of our tour, we’ll travel to the largest body of water in the Republic of Armenia – Lake Sevan. Considered the second highest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Sevan has an elevation of over 1900 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by volcanic mountain ranges. The lake is also famous for its peninsula, where a 10th-century monastery is located. The monastery provides a magnificent panoramic view of the lake.

Leaving the lake behind, we’ll drive to Dilijan, the spa resort city of Armenia, surrounded by the dense forests of the Dilijan National Park. You will see the rural style wooden houses with traditional furniture and attributes exhibited in the town’s ethnographic museum.

Visit the nearby medieval monastery of Haghartsin, which also served as a spiritual academy in 12-13th centuries. Education is modernized in the Dilijan International School (UWC), where you can have a guided tour to see the best high class boarding school in the region.

Drive back to Yerevan
5

Yerevan – Khor Virap monastery – Noravank monastery – Areni-1 cave - Yerevan

A 40-minute drive will take us to 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 was imprisoned here for 13 years. And the area where Khor Virap is located was once part of one of the ancient capitals of Armenia - Artashat, known as the “Armenian Carthage” during the Roman era.

Continuing our road through the Ararat valley and up the breathtaking mountains of Urts range, we head to the cradle of wine making in Armenia. Archaeological excavations of the last decade unveiled a history of local viticulture dating back to 3rd millennium BC. Visit the Areni-1 Cave where several major discoveries were made, including the world’s oldest leather shoe and the oldest winery.

Driving through a volcanic canyon of Amaghu, we then head to Noravank monastery, a 13th-century architectural masterpiece with elaborated ornaments and unique stone reliefs, once a major religious and cultural center of medieval Armenia.

Return to Yerevan.
6

Yerevan - Gyumri – Marmashen Monastery - ArmAs Vineyards – Yerevan

Following the northern routes, we’ll visit the second largest city in Armenia – Gyumri. Proclaimed the cultural capital of Armenia, Gyumri was severely damaged during the 1988 earthquake. Witness the revival of the city, with its classical style buildings and narrow cobblestone streets. Walk in the city center and explore its 2-century old buildings, parks and cultural sites. Visit the Dzitoghtsyan museum to learn about the daily urban life of Gyumri. Meet villagers at the agricultural market to get acquainted with local produce.

Leaving Gyumri, we head to Marmashen, a medieval monastery situated on the bank of Akhuryan river, facing the Armenian-Turkish border.

On the way back to Yerevan, we’ll visit the ArmAs winery. Tour around the vast vineyards and taste some fine Armenian wines.

Return to Yerevan. Free time to enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Yerevan in the evening.

7

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

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