EASTER IN ARMENIA / 8 DAYS

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It’s a pleasure to welcome to Silk Road Armenia Travel Agency.Easter is the celebration of Resurrection of Christ. In Armenian the word Easter is translated as “Zatik” and means “being separated from sin”. On the day of the Easter feast Armenians dye eggs red as a symbol of fruitful life, salvation and joy. A very famous Armenian scientist and philosopher St. Gregory of Tatev considers the egg to be the symbol of the world, the shell of which is the sky, the membrane is the air, the white is the water and the yolk is the earth. Dyeing eggs red symbolizes the salvation of the world by means of Blood of Christ. People usually fight their eggs to see whose egg is stronger and they may even bet on this. On Easter day the faithful welcome each other on the occasion of the Glorious Resurrection of Christ conveying the great tiding: “Christ is Risen from the dead” and receive the answer: “Blessed is the Resurrection of Christ.”
ItineraryDay 1: Day 1: ArrivalStop At: Yerevan Cascade, YerevanArrival to AirportDuration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Day 2: Easter Thursday / Yerevan tourStop At: Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, YerevanBreakfast. After a short rest, the excursion to the city of Yerevan begins. The city of Yerevan was founded by King Argishti in 782 B.C. Visit to the Institute of Ancient Monuscripts - Matenadaran. Continue the tour visiting of the Museum and the Memorial of the victims of the Genocide. Lunch in a local restaurant. Later we will visit the church of St Gregory Illuminator to participate in the liturgy of Holy Thursday and the impressive ceremony of washing of the feet, which takes place in memory of the gesture made by Jesus during the Last Supper. End of the day you will pass by visiting Cascade with a beautiful view of the city of Yerevan. (B)Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 3: Day 3: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Sevan - YerevanStop At: Garni Temple, Garni, Kotayk ProvinceAfter breakfast take trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple built in the 1st century AD. It is the only temple that has been preserves from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the god Mihr, who was the god of cleanness. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Then we will continue our trip to Geghard Monastery. Its name came from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ. It has been kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the mid – 13th century. Afterwards we will a local house where you will have the chance to see and participate in the preparation of Armenian national bread: lavash. It is a very thin, usually sold in very large forms. It is usually cooked in a ground oven: “tonir''. In 2015 it has been inscribed in UNESCO intangible heritage list. Here we will enjoy the “Armenian fast food” with lavash and cheese. Here we will see how the Armenians are coloring Easter eggs and we can do it ourselves and decorate eggs. The egg symbolizes a life that is born, the resurrection of Christ that gives a start to a new life. Overnight in Yerevan. (B/L)Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 4: Day 4: Saint Saturday / Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank - Yerevan Stop At: Khor Virap, Lusarat, Ararat ProvinceBreakfast. Visit Khor Virap Monastery, one of the places which is a popular tourist destination. In the Armenian territory Khor Virap is the closest place to Mount Ararat, the most suitable place to observe or take pictures of the biblical mountain, which is not far from Araks river. Participation in the annual Liturgy. During the liturgy the fire is blessed, the paschal candle is lit, symbol of the light of Christ. Fire as a fundamental symbol in the Christian liturgy is the highest expression of the triumph of light over darkness, of heat over cold and of life over death. Continuation of the visit to the Noravank monastery. The oldest building of the complex dates back to the IX-X centuries. Overnight in Yerevan. (B)Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 5: Day 5: Easter Sunday / Yerevan – Ejmiatsin – Zvartnoc - Yerevan Stop At: Ejmiatsin Church, TbilisiBreakfast. Departure for Echmiadzin. Entering the city of Echmiadzin you can see an eccentric church of the VII century of Santa Hripsime. It is known for its refined architecture in the classic Armenian style. Then going forward we will visit the Cathedral of Echmiadzin, a truly spiritual place that shows the particularity of the Armenian Church. In the course your guide will tell the story how Armenia first adopted Christianity as an official religion. Today Echmiadzin is the Holy Residence of the Catholicos, the spiritual heart of the Armenian Apostolic Church. We will spend Easter in the most important cathedral of the Armenian church with the liturgical bread offered at the end of the liturgy. Visit the ruins of the Zvartnots Cathedral (built in the 7th century). Return Yerevan. Visit to the famous open air market of the contemporary arts "Vernissage". Overnight in Yerevan. (B)Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 6: Day 6: Easter Monday / Yerevan – Haghpat – Sanahin - YerevanStop At: Haghpatavank, Haghpat, Lori ProvinceBreakfast. Today we will visit two unique masterpieces of Armenian architecture of X-XIV centuries: the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Literally the name ’’Sanahin’’ in Armenian means "this one is older than the other," which probably means that this monastery is older of than Haghpat. These two monasteries are very close to each other and can be easily seen from one to the other. Both are located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep crack formed by a small river that flows into the river Debed. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia. Return to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan. (B)Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 7: Day 7: Saint Friday / Yerevan – Saghmosavank – Hovhanavank – Yerevan Stop At: Saghmosavank Monastery, Artashavan, AragatsotnBreakfast. Departure for Ashtarak. Visit the medieval monasteries of Saghmosavank and Hovhanavank. Saghmosavank stands out with its architecture and besiudes that it is situated on the gorge of Azat rever creating fantasic image of the nature. Return Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. (B)Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel Day 8: Day 8: Departure Stop At: Yerevan Cascade, YerevanBreakfast. Transfer to the airport.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 7x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accomodation in hotels in DBL rooms
  • Professional English speaking gide
  • Transportation / 2-4 pax- Mini van, 5-13 pax- Mercedes Sprinter, 14-20 pax - Mercedes Atego
  • All entrance fees to monuments mentioned in the program
  • A bottle of water per day per person
  • Master class of “lavash” and dying the eggs
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Yerevan Cascade
  • Entry/Admission - Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts
  • Entry/Admission - Garni Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Khor Virap
  • Entry/Admission - Ejmiatsin Church
  • Entry/Admission - Haghpatavank
  • Entry/Admission - Saghmosavank Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Yerevan Cascade

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Air Tickets
  • Visits outside the program
  • Meals not mentioned in the program

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Stop At: Yerevan Cascade, Yerevan Arrival to Airport Duration: 30 minutes No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 2: Easter Thursday / Yerevan tour Stop At: Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, Yerevan Breakfast. After a short rest, the excursion to the city of Yerevan begins. The city of Yerevan was founded by King Argishti in 782 B.C. Visit to the Institute of Ancient Monuscripts - Matenadaran. Continue the tour visiting of the Museum and the Memorial of the victims of the Genocide. Lunch in a local restaurant. Later we will visit the church of St Gregory Illuminator to participate in the liturgy of Holy Thursday and the impressive ceremony of washing of the feet, which takes place in memory of the gesture made by Jesus during the Last Supper. End of the day you will pass by visiting Cascade with a beautiful view of the city of Yerevan. (B) Duration: 7 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel
Day 3: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Sevan - Yerevan Stop At: Garni Temple, Garni, Kotayk Province After breakfast take trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple built in the 1st century AD. It is the only temple that has been preserves from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the god Mihr, who was the god of cleanness. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Then we will continue our trip to Geghard Monastery. Its name came from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ. It has been kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the mid – 13th century. Afterwards we will a local house where you will have the chance to see and participate in the preparation of Armenian national bread: lavash. It is a very thin, usually sold in very large forms. It is usually cooked in a ground oven: “tonir''. In 2015 it has been inscribed in UNESCO intangible heritage list. Here we will enjoy the “Armenian fast food” with lavash and cheese. Here we will see how the Armenians are coloring Easter eggs and we can do it ourselves and decorate eggs. The egg symbolizes a life that is born, the resurrection of Christ that gives a start to a new life. Overnight in Yerevan. (B/L) Duration: 7 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel
Day 4: Saint Saturday / Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank - Yerevan Stop At: Khor Virap, Lusarat, Ararat Province Breakfast. Visit Khor Virap Monastery, one of the places which is a popular tourist destination. In the Armenian territory Khor Virap is the closest place to Mount Ararat, the most suitable place to observe or take pictures of the biblical mountain, which is not far from Araks river. Participation in the annual Liturgy. During the liturgy the fire is blessed, the paschal candle is lit, symbol of the light of Christ. Fire as a fundamental symbol in the Christian liturgy is the highest expression of the triumph of light over darkness, of heat over cold and of life over death. Continuation of the visit to the Noravank monastery. The oldest building of the complex dates back to the IX-X centuries. Overnight in Yerevan. (B) Duration: 7 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel
Day 5: Easter Sunday / Yerevan – Ejmiatsin – Zvartnoc - Yerevan Stop At: Ejmiatsin Church, Tbilisi Breakfast. Departure for Echmiadzin. Entering the city of Echmiadzin you can see an eccentric church of the VII century of Santa Hripsime. It is known for its refined architecture in the classic Armenian style. Then going forward we will visit the Cathedral of Echmiadzin, a truly spiritual place that shows the particularity of the Armenian Church. In the course your guide will tell the story how Armenia first adopted Christianity as an official religion. Today Echmiadzin is the Holy Residence of the Catholicos, the spiritual heart of the Armenian Apostolic Church. We will spend Easter in the most important cathedral of the Armenian church with the liturgical bread offered at the end of the liturgy. Visit the ruins of the Zvartnots Cathedral (built in the 7th century). Return Yerevan. Visit to the famous open air market of the contemporary arts "Vernissage". Overnight in Yerevan. (B) Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel
Day 6: Easter Monday / Yerevan – Haghpat – Sanahin - Yerevan Stop At: Haghpatavank, Haghpat, Lori Province Breakfast. Today we will visit two unique masterpieces of Armenian architecture of X-XIV centuries: the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Literally the name ’’Sanahin’’ in Armenian means "this one is older than the other," which probably means that this monastery is older of than Haghpat. These two monasteries are very close to each other and can be easily seen from one to the other. Both are located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep crack formed by a small river that flows into the river Debed. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia. Return to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan. (B) Duration: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel
Day 7: Saint Friday / Yerevan – Saghmosavank – Hovhanavank – Yerevan Stop At: Saghmosavank Monastery, Artashavan, Aragatsotn Breakfast. Departure for Ashtarak. Visit the medieval monasteries of Saghmosavank and Hovhanavank. Saghmosavank stands out with its architecture and besiudes that it is situated on the gorge of Azat rever creating fantasic image of the nature. Return Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan. (B) Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel
Day 8: Departure Stop At: Yerevan Cascade, Yerevan Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Duration: 30 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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