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Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Location: Armenia
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Christian Tour in Armenia

 

Christian Tour to Armenia  is the most highlighted trip to this first Christian Country in the world. During your the trip you will learn Armenian Church history and see one of the holy relics of Christianity – the Holy Spear by which Roman soldier pierced Jesus body.  Armenia is the cradle of civilization and has rich culture and was one of the leading and most developed states of the Ancient World.

The Highlights of this Trip

  • Visit the first Christian country in the world
  • Be the eyewitness of the Holy Spear, one of the relics of Christianity
  • Enjoy the view of Biblical Mount Ararat
  • Set foot at the first official Christian church in the world
  • Enjoy amazing landscapes of lash forests and rocky mountains where Christianity has a footprint in every corner

Day 1

  • Arrival in Yerevan, transfer to the hotel
  • Start Yerevan exploration with a visit to Saint Sargis Church, nicely located on the left bank of Hrazdan River Canyon
  • Visit Matenadaran-depository of manuscripts home to one of the three largest collections in the world
  • Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral is the symbol of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as a State Religion in Armenia
  • Visit to the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, the religious center of all Armenians around the world, see the Holy Spear, one of the relics of Christianity
  • Next stop is Saint Hripsime Church founded in 618
  • Day 1 detailed

    The first-day trip will begin with a visit to Saint Sargis Church. The church is nicely located on the left bank of Hrazdan River Canyon facing the 16th century Yerevan fortress. The trip will continue to Matenadaran – the repository of manuscripts which holds one of the three largest collections in the world. Not to be missed a visit to Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, which is the symbol of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as a state religion in Armenia. The huge Cathedral is a complex, consisting of three churches with the total area of 3,822 square meters.  After lunch, the tour will continue to the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, the religious center of all Armenians around the world. The residence of Catholicos Supreme Patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church is located in the main Cathedral of Etchmiadzin – the first official Christian church in the world. Our next stop is Saint Hripsime Church founded in 618.  In the evening you will be back in Yerevan to experience the calm evening of this bustling city. (70 km /7 hours)

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: Lunch

    Duration: 7 hours (70 km)

Day 2

  • Drive to Azat River Canyon to Geghard Cave Monastery, the lance which pierced Jesus’s body was kept here during several centuries
  • Continue trip to Garni the Hellenistic-inspired temple of 77 AD dedicated to the Armenian God of the Sun “Mitra”
  • Visit to the Armenian Genocide Museum to commemorate the innocent victims of the biggest crime against humanity of 20th century
  • Day 2 detailed

    After a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, the second day’s tour involves a drive to the scenic canyon of the Azat River. The 7th-century Geghard Cave Monastery is located deep at the bottom of the canyon and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heirate Site. Following on from the tour of the monastery, the tour is continued by bus to Garni village, where is located the HellenisticGarni temple. Garni’s complex also consists of a royal bath which exhibits a fascinating hypocaust along with a well-preserved original mosaic tiling. A visit to the Armenian Genocide Museum – Institute is the next stopping point. The museum was founded to commemorate the innocent victims of the biggest crime against humanity of the 20th century and to raise international awareness among the international community. In the evening you will have a walk in the city center. (90 km /7 hours)

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

    Duration: 7 hours (90 km)

Day 3

  • Day 3 detailed

    After breakfast, the tour will begin with a journey to the south of Armenia. At about 40 km south from Yerevan we will visit Khor Virap – a historic site located amidst the Ararat Valley. Here at the place of the monastery once was a prison where Gregory the Illuminator suffered for 13 years for preaching Christianity in Armenia during. Nowhere else in Armenia does the biblical mountain of Ararat seem within arm’ reach than at the site of KhorVirap on a clear day. Noravank Monastery will be your next stop. A drive through a narrow canyon is in order to reach the valley of red rocks. This region of Armenia has been made famous for its unique grape sort “Areni” hence where “Areni” wines are derived from. One cannot pass through without a stop at a local winery for a tasting of some locally produced, exquisite wines. The tour will continue to the southeast, where you will visit to Qarahunge – a 6,000-year-old observatory also known as the “Armenian Stonehenge”. In conclusion to the day’s tour, a visit is made to the town of Goris, encompassed by rocky caves and mountains. (270 km / 9 hours)

    Overnight: hotel in Goris, Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

    Duration: 9 hours (270 km)

Day 4

  • Head to Tatev Monastery the pearl of Armenian Medieval architecture and important religious center
  • Don’t miss a chance to ride on the longest cable car in the world 5.7 km over the 320 m deep canyon
  • At the bottom of canyon, the natural bridge called Devil’s Bridge
  • Stop at the 14th century Selim Caravanserai, one of the best-preserved hostels along the ancient Great Silk Road
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of Lake Sevan at 2000 meters above sea level
  • Day 4 detailed

    This day is dedicated to the pearl of Armenian Medieval Architecture – the monastery of Tatev. Thanks to its strategic location, Tatev was unreachable for centuries by enemies of the Armenian Kingdomand, so it is well preserved. Here, one has a chance to ride on the longest cable car in the world which flies over the 320 meter-deep Vorotan River Canyon (optional). On the way back a drive down to the bottom of Vorotan Canyon awaits and a passing over the “Devil’s Bridge”.  The next stop is 14th century Selim Caravanserai, which is one of the best-preserved hostels along the ancient Great Silk Road. From here, one can enjoy the magnificent view over the wide valley and the surrounding mountains. Only after a few kilometers the landscape changes dramatically and one can immerse themselves in the surrounds of Lake Sevan, the blue pearl of Armenia, sitting at 1,900 meters above sea level. (290 km / 9 hours)

    Overnight: hotel at Lake Sevan, Meals: Breakfast/lunch

    Duration: 9 hours (290 km)

Day 5

  • Head to Sevan Peninsula, the stunning hilltop where Sevanavank Monastery is located
  • Continue trip to Dilijan, a lush town surrounded by forest
  • Stroll in the center, experience the atmosphere of the old town as it was in the 19th century
  • Drive uphill to Hagartsin Monastery dramatically located among picturesque mountains covered with dense forest
  • Continue trip to Haghpat village where Haghpat Monastery – UNESCO World Heritage Site is located
  • Day 5 detailed

    After morning fresh coffee we head to Sevan Peninsula, the stunning hilltop view of the azure lake framed by the surrounding mountains makes you feel inspired yet powerless by the same token. Sevanavank Monastery located on the hilltop was founded in 874 by Armenian Princess. You will continue your trip to Dilijan, a lush town known as a spa resort. A stroll in the historical district lets you experience the atmosphere of the old town as it was in the 19th century. The imaginatively carved balconies so typical of 19th century Dilijan display the region’s historical love for fine woodwork. You will continue to Hagartsin Monastery dramatically located among picturesque mountains covered with dense forest. You will continue your trip to Haghpat village where Haghpat Monastery – UNESCO World Heritage Site is located. (160 km / 7 hours)

    Overnight: hotel in Haghpat village, Meals: Breakfast/lunch

    Duration: 7 hours (160 km)

Day 6

  • Start day with a visit to Sanahin Medieval Monastery listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant where Armenian traditional dishes are introduced to the palate
  • Visit Aparan Basilica, a well preserved, triple-nave basilica-type church of 4th century
  • Continue trip to Saghmosavank Monastery located atop the yawning deep gorge
  • Not to be missed a visit to Saint Gevorg Church in the Village of Mughni
  • Day 6 detailed

    After fresh coffee and a scrumptious breakfast, the day starts with a journey in Lori region of Armenia. The tour consists of a visit to the Sanahin Medieval University, which is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Marvel at the intricate reliefs showing biblical scenes and characters whilst relishing the captivating old auditorium of Sanahin University. In addition to the many architectural attractions, the Lori region delivers beautiful landscapes of lush forests, the rocky deep canyon of Debed river and quaint little villages scattered along the canyon. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant where Armenian traditional dishes are introduced to the palate. Upon the journey returning to Yerevan, allow yourself to appreciate the view from the Lori highlands, where the nearby Pambak pass brings astounding views over the quadruple-peaked Mount Aragats. You will visit a well preserved, triple-nave basilica-type church of 4th century in the town of Aparan, The tour progresses on to stop at the Saghmosavank Monastery, located atop the yawning gorge carved by the Kasakh River. Not to be missed a visit to Saint Gevorg Church in the Village of Mughni. With nightfall nearing, we approach your hotel in Yerevan for rest, dinner and the evening at your leisure.

    Overnight: hotel in Yerevan, Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

    Duration: 9 hours (190 km)

Day 7

  • Free day in Yerevan for your leisure

 

Overnight: hotel in Yerevan

Day 8

  • Transfer to airport, departure

Detailed Trip Information

  • The price of the tour includes:

    • Airport transfers
    • Accommodation in hotels 7 nights (3* / double rooms)
    • Half board (breakfast + lunch)
    • All transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • English speaking guide service for all days
    • All admission fees

    The price doesn’t include:

    • Flights
    • Medical insurance

  • You will spend 4 nights in Yerevan in 3* hotel and 4 nights in regions in hotels and guest houses.

    Hotel in Yerevan: 3 * Cascade Hotel is located in the city center within walking distance of the main attractions:

    Hotel in Goris: Lucytour Hotel is located in a picturesque place in the mountains of Armenia at an altitude of 1720 meters above sea level.

    Hotel in Sevan: Lavash Hotel is located in 70 meters from Lake Sevan. The windows overlook the mountains and the lake.

    Hotel in Akhpat: Qefilyan Hotel is located in Akhpat village surrounded by magnificent nature.

    • Documents:
    • Passport, flight ticket (printed or electronic), insurance, visa (if required)

    • First aid kit:
    • bandaids / plasters, special medicine or drugs in permanent use, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, lip balm

    • Essentials:
    • Credit/debit cards, cash (cards can be used in city, cash in regions), moneybelt, laptop/tablet/phone, chargers, camera with extra memory cards and batteries, outlet adapter

    • Dressing:
    • There are no restrictions regarding clothes; scarf or shawl is advisable for churches (obligatory in Georgia for women)

    • Spring / Autumn
    • long pants/jeans, long sleeve blouses, light raincoat, jacket, comfortable waterproof shoes, umbrella

    • Summer
    • T-shirts, shorts, long sleeve blouses for evening, sandals, umbrella, sun protection, sun glasses, sunhat

    • Winter
    • Warm coat, warm wool sweater, long warm trousers, long boots (waterproof), scarf, gloves

 

Why book from us?

  • Guides with 5+ year experience *
  • Central located hotels
  • Licensed air conditioned transport
  • Overnight in regions**
  • The best price in the market for high-quality service
  • 3000+ satisfied clients per year

*For Christian Tour we use the service of guides who have a good knowledge of Christianity history, religious rituals, and holidays of Armenian Apostolic Church

**We provide accommodation in the regions which allows our tourists not to get tired of a long journey, experience the full color of Armenia and minimize driving distance.

Guaranteed Tour Dates 2017

May 11 – 18

 

June 10 – 17

 

August 10 – 17

 

September 9 – 16

 

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