Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross & Independence Day
September 12 - 22, 2020

Discover this Ancient Land Through Your Eyes 

ARMENIA

SEPTEMBER 12 – 22, 2020

10nights/11days

We adore thee, O Christ, and we praise thee,
for by thy cross thou hast redeemed the world.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son,
that whosoever believeth in Him may not perish, but have everlasting life.

– John 3:16

Day 1 - September 12, 2020

 

Arrive at Zvartnotz International Airport Meeting; Transfer to Hotel; Check in; Rest

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 2 - September 13, 2020

 

Dying, you destroyed our death; raising you restored our life.
Save us by your cross, Christ our Redeemer.

FEAST OF EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is the last one of the five major feasts of the Armenian Apostolic Church. It is the most important feast among the feasts dedicated to the Holy Cross, as it is dedicated to the history of the return of the Holy Cross from imprisonment, its elevation and glorification.

For Christians the Cross is God’s power and strength and pride of all prides, on by which Christ’s innocent blood was shed. By means of the Cross Jesus proved His love towards mankind, and the Cross became for us the symbol of hope, love and salvation.

 

Breakfast served

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Today we embark our journey to the land of ancient treasures of Christian history – (UNESCO) At the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the “religious capital” and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians. Participation in DIVINE LITURGY
Then, admire the Monasteries of Sts. Hripsime and Gayane Churches (7th c) dedicated to the faithful virgins, 3rd century followers of Christ who were martyred.

Lunch in Etchmiatsin

The ruins of Zvartnots temple speak of its majestic beauty and richness.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 3 - September 14, 2020

 
Breakfast served

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Ashtarak – where you can find numerous churches as well as various ancient buildings at every step; Artashavan – New Complex of Armenian Letters: “It is difficult to express the deep feeling Armenians have for their language, which many regard as the lifeblood of their culture”; Saghmosavank Monastery perch on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasakh river. Oshakan – most famous as the last resting place of Mesrop Mashtots; Lunch: “Eat thy bread with joy”; with a local family, where you will experience the true hospitality of Armenian people.

CULTURAL PERFORMANCE: which represents the inimitable characteristics of various events, traditions and customs of different regions, as well as national and traditional dances of both Historical Armenia and present day Armenia.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 4 - September 15, 2020

 

Breakfast served and Check out

K0f741c7a-70a9-4461-8c1c-b05122c0fa55-largehor Virap Monastery (St. Gregory the Illuminator’s underground pit); amazing view of Biblical Mt. Ararat: “The blessed Mountain for Armenians. Driving via the fertile plains of Ararat valley you reach “Areni Winery” as in Armenia: “Wine is bottled poetry”; you’ll taste the wine and enjoy a guided tour of the winery. After this we take the path through a narrow gorge, which reveals “Human-and-naturally-created wonder”- Noravank Monastery.   Lunch in Noravank

Returning to the main highway we shall start driving south to Goris.

Hotel accommodation in Goris

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

Day 5 - September 16, 2020

 

Breakfast Served

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After Breakfast we leave Goris for Tatev Monastery in the early morning; on the way you will admire a splendid view of the area. The Aerial Tramway of Tatev – spanning 5.7 kilometers across the spectacular Vorotan River Gorge, offers a spectacular journey with breathtaking views of the river gorge below, but most significantly, it will link you to one of the jewels of Armenia’s medieval legacy – Tatev Monastery. The Tatev Aerial Tramway – the longest passenger aerial tramway in the world – is poised to be one of southern Armenia’s most popular attractions. Reaching the picturesque monastery nestled at the top of an impregnable plateau, crowned by the ramparts walls from the upper part of the territory, you will have time to discover the interior of the monastery which was founded in the 4th century, and became an important religious and educational center of medieval Armenia in 9-10th cc..

 Lunch in the foothills. On your return, you have a very attractive stop in Khndzoresk, a cave village and exotic rock formations. This village looks like a vertical multi-storied rocky amphitheater.  Troglodytic dwelling at

Khndzoresk – Prehistoric era. Winding road leads your pleasant ascent.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN GORIS

 

Day 6 - September 17, 2020

 

Breakfast served and Check out

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On the way back we’ll visit Karahunge – 7000-year-old Observatory: an uncannily similar construction to the English Stonehenge but more ancient.  Clouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Karahunge is an amazing feat of engineering and the most important pre-historic site in Armenia, but beyond its archeological significance and possible astronomical role, Karahunge also holds a mystical charm. Lunch on the way

Trip to JERMOOK

Return Yerevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 7 - September 18, 2020

 

Breakfast served

YEREVAN CITY TOUR  – Republic Square, Yerevan, the rose-colored capital, so called because most buildings use a pink shade of “tuf” stone, quarried in Armenia.  Let’s start our acquaintance with the city of Yerevan by stepping through its ancient history at the Erebouni museum and Fortress, founded in 782 BC. Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide, Commemorating the 100 years of Genocide.

Matenadaran – Depository and Museum of ancient manuscripts.

Lunch in Yerevan – Armenian Traditional Restaurant

Cascade and Gerard Cafesjian Art Museum, which is Armenia’s largest repository of modern art with the Sculpture Garden at the base of the Cascade. “Victory” Park with panoramic view of Yerevan and Mt. Ararat

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 8 - September 19, 2020

 

Breakfast served

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Visit to Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia, a beauty under the sky. Lake Sevan is considered  to be one of the biggest lakes in the world with sweet water situated at the altitide of 1,897 meters above sea level. This gorgeous view to Lake Sevan is captured from the peninsula atop which Sevan Monastery is nicely nestled, dating to the 9th century; Dilijan: “A piece of Switzerland in Armenia” – Earth and sky, woods and fields, rivers, the mountains are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn otherwise… The old approach in the new century … “Old Town Dilijan” complete with craftsmen workshops, small shops with traditional Armenian products and crafts, museum, showing typical 19th century living with all its local customs and handmade wood furnishings….. 10-13th centuries Goshavank Monastery.  Lunch in Sevan

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 9 - September 20, 2020

 

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Garni the rare pre-Christian pagan monument maintained in Armenia; wonderful canyon of Garni, where you can see magnificent sheer vertical cliffs, which look manmade; Geghard (Cave monastery) architectural complex in the 12-13th century, cut in one monolithic rock; Lunch and traditional table /lavash making in Geghard

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 10 - September 21, 2020

 

 

Breakfast served

FREE DAY

ARMENIA INDEPENDENCE DAY

Independence Day celebrates the birthday of the 19059_bSecond Republic of Armenia. Founded on September 21, 1991, after 70 years of Soviet rule, with the Declaration of Independence, Armenia will celebrate the 29th anniversary this year (2020).

The 21st of September is a time for the Red, Blue and Orange. A time for Parades and Marching Bands and “Bombs Bursting in Air.” So join us for this birthday celebration of Armenia.

 

EVENING: Farewell Dinner Party in the restaurant with Armenian traditional cuisine &

Folklore live music

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OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 11 - September 22, 2020

DAY 11 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – Breakfast served

TRANSFER

HAVE A NICE FLIGHT

 

SERVICES:

Full transportation and transfers in Armenia as specified in itinerary

Hotel Accommodation based on Double occupancy hotel – 10 x night

  • 8 x night Yerevan
  • 2 x night Goris

Meals as indicated – Breakfast, 8 x Lunch, 3 x Dinner
Entrance fee to all sightseeing destinations
Bi-lingual tour guide

Armenian Souvenirs

 

Price does NOT include:
Airplane Ticket
Visa for Armenia (free entrance for US and EU citizens)
Travel Insurance

Alcoholic drinks
Additional tours and transfers not included in itinerary.