Armenia - one of the oldest and most religious countries for the organization of religious tourism, pilgrimage tours and visits to holy places. The most famous natural symbol of Armenia is Mount Ararat, the legendary Noah's Ark berth. Pilgrimage to Armenia - a journey into the history of one of the oldest Christian churches - the apostolic church. In 301 Armenia was the first in the world to adopt Christianity as a state religion. One of the most popular saints of seats in Armenia's Etchmiadzin is considered. This pilgrimage the faithful all over the world. According to legend, y St. Gregory had a vision of Christ, indicating a golden hammer to the place where there should be erected the first church in Armenia. The temple was built and became the cathedral is named Echmiadzin, which means "Came down the only begotten," ie, Jesus Christ. The museum of Echmiadzin are the sacred relics are preserved as a particle of the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified, a particle of Noah's Ark, Gegard - the biblical lance which, according to tradition, the apostle Fadey has brought in Armenia in the I c..
At the initiative of Gregory were built in Armenia and other Christian churches, basilicas and chapels that were built on the foundations of pagan temples.
Pilgrimage tourism is very developed in Armenia because the Armenian Apostolic church is really unique because it does not belong to one of the branches of other Christian churches. From the middle of V in. The Armenian Apostolic Church has decided to secede from the Eastern and Western churches after the failure of its decisions IV (Chalcedon) Ecumenical Council 451
Khor Virap is one of the shrines of the Armenian Apostolic Church is a place of pilgrimage for Christians and all believers in the world. The monastery is also known that the proximity to Mount Ararat and therefore see the legendary peaks in the vicinity only of this ancient monastery.
In addition to these well-known spiritual centers and architectural monuments in Armenia are many other places where we suggest you take a different duration pilgrimage tours.
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Day 1: Arrival in Yerevan. Transfer to the hotel. Guided Tour to Yerevan. Republic Square, the Opera House, the Church of Gregory the Illuminator (the largest church in Armenia). A visit to one of the largest repositories of ancient manuscripts in the world Matenadaran. Lunch at the restaurant. The architectural complex Cascade. Return to the hotel.
Day 2 Drive to Echmiadzin the spiritual center of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians. UNESCO World Heritage Site). Hripsime and Gayane Churches. A visit to the ruins of Zvartnots - the greatest temples of early medieval Armenian architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Yerevan and visit to the Brandy Factory Ararat on a tour and tasting.
Day 3 Drive to Khor Virap Monastery ('' deep dungeon ''), which offers one of the most beautiful views of the biblical Mount Ararat.
* Selection of sites and combining routes can be modified according your wishes.
Friday: Arrival in Yerevan. Transfer to the hotel. Intense day should start with a hearty breakfast, for example, in donut Grand Candy, that habitants of Yerevan called "PONCHIKANOTS" (str. Mashtots 54). Grand Candy - a private interest: the company became famous for its chocolate (they even got into the Guinness World Records, having prepared the largest chocolate in the world!), Coffee and ice cream. This is favorite place for local people. Especially since the price of "taste of childhood" only 100 drams. Coming out of the Grand Candy, do not forget to buy souvenirs sweet home: fruits in chocolate, nuts and roses, coffee candy. Guided Tour to Yerevan - the building of Opera and Ballet, Cascade Yerevan, you will like to enjoy the evening walk in Yerevan. Favorite place among Yerevan residents and tourists route starts from the Freedom Square, also known as the Opera area and the nearby Swan Lake. On summer evenings, this place turns into a movie theater in the open air, and the youth snuggles on a lawn and benches around the pond, treating different kinds of Armenian ice cream. Then stroll through the Northern Avenue, who built a few years ago - is the most fashionable part of town with expensive boutiques, cafes with beautiful summer terrace and street musicians who have already become a local landmark. After a short walk it is time for dinner. It's time to try the national cuisine with folk music. In Armenia, in particularly tasty prepared both Armenian and georgian dishes. Take the time to go to the famous "tavern", in addition to traditional khinkali meat here is to try boiled and fried with cheese and khinkali Ajarian khachapuri. However, having arrived in Yerevan, the first thing travelers looking for a delicious barbecue. Ask addresses local pointless: every Armenian adamant that he, his brother and father cook the most delicious meat in the world. Perhaps one of the best national cuisine in the city - Restaurant Dolmama (Pushkin str., 10), the most expensive restaurant in Yerevan. Local Khashlama (boiled meat), dolma (minced in grape leaves) and tzhvzhik (fried liver with vegetables) admired, such as Charles Aznavour and Hillary Clinton. After dinner, the most extraordinary time to continue your evening walk to the Republic Square. Every night, tourists and residents of Yerevan admire here singing fountains.
Saturday: Departure from Yerevan. Visit to Garni pagan temple (Ic.) - a unique monument of ancient architecture in Armenia, the pagan temple of the Sun God ('66), the remains of others, IX century buildings. Tour to Gegardavank monastery complex ("Monastery spear "founded in the IV century. The architectural complex was built in the XIII century. Gegard - biblical lance which, according to tradition, the apostle Fadey has brought in Armenia in the Ic.. Ayrivank name is associated with a part of the cave complex (World UNESCO heritage). Tour to Sevan, Akhtamar peninsula, visiting Sevanavank. Unique dinner on the shore of Lake Sevan (barbecue: Sevan whitefish, trout, kebabs Sevan crayfish). Rest, swimming / if you wish /. Return to Yerevan. For dinner, one of the restaurants at the foot of "Cascade." For example, in your favorite coffee shop advanced youth Charles (str. Tamanyan, 3/40), where in the evening live music. In general, the music, especially jazz, Armenians have a very reverent attitude. There are several excellent jazz clubs. Here the ball ruled the famous Armenian jazzman Levon Malkhasyan.
Sunday: On the third day of stay in Armenia offer a trip to Echmiadzin the spiritual center of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians. UNESCO World Heritage Site). Hripsime and Gayane Churches. A visit to the ruins of Zvartnots - the greatest temples of early medieval Armenian architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch at a local restaurant. Degustation of an echniadzinian kyufta. Return to Yerevan and visit to the Brandy Factory Ararat: for a tour and tasting. Visit Vernissage. Buying souvenirs. Farewell dinner. Transfer to the airport.
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Summer - one of the perfect season to visit Armenia. In the summer you may well be able to discover for yourself the beauty of the bright sun of Armenia, learn the rich history of the country, in a small territory which is countless valuable historical and architectural monuments of all eras. Another distinct advantage - it is an opportunity to fully enjoy the rich assortment of fruits and vegetables of Ararat valley.
Summer in Armenia, you can also breathe the mountain fresh air, swim in the pearl of Armenia - in Lake Sevan and enjoy the legendary sunsets.
Day 1: Arrival in Yerevan. Transfer to the hotel. Guided tour to Yerevan. Republic Square, the Opera Theatre, Victory Park. A visit to one of the largest repositories of ancient manuscripts in the world Matenadaran. Lunch at the restaurant. The architectural complex Cascade. Walk in the center of Yerevan. Return to the hotel.
Day 2 Tour to Garni - Fortress (I century AD.) In the territory of which is a unique monument of architecture of ancient Armenian pagan temple of the Sun God ('66), the remains of others. IX centuries facilities Tour to the monastery complex Gegardavank ("Monastery of the spear", founded in the IV c.. The architectural complex was built in the XIII century. Gegard - the biblical lance which, according to tradition, the apostle Fadey has brought in Armenia in the I century. Ayrivank name is associated with a part of the cave complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Lunch at Geghard. Stay in the resort town of Tsakhkadzor (Gorge of flowers). Overnight in Tsakhkadzor.
Day 3 City Tour in Tsaghkadzor: visit Kecharis monastery ensemble XI-XIII centuries. Tours in Sevan Akhtamar peninsula. Visiting Sevanavank. A unique dinner on the shore of Lake Sevan (barbecue: Sevan whitefish, trout, kebabs Sevan crayfish). Rest, swimming / if you wish / and overnight in Sevan.
Day 4 Tour to the resort town of Dilijan (Armenian Switzerland). Visit Monasteries complex of Haghartsin (X-XIII century) and Goshavank (XII-XIII century). Rest in Lake Parz. Lunch and rest on the shore of the lake. Bake pita. Overnight in Dilijan.
Day 5: Tour to Alaverdi, visit Monasteries complex Haghpat (X-XIIIc.c.) and Sanahin (X-XIIIc.c.). Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.
Day 6 Tour to Ijevan. Visit a winery, wine tasting, horsing. Lunch in Ijevan. Return to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
10-day tours to Armenia and Georgia
Day 1 Arrival in Yerevan. Transfer to the hotel. Evening short walk through the center of Yerevan: visit to the Cascade, Opera House, North Avenue, the Republic Square with singing fountains.
Day 2 Visit Matanadaran - library of ancient manuscripts. Echmiadzin the spiritual center of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians. (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Temples Hripsime and Gayane. A visit to the ruins of Zvartnots - the greatest temples of early medieval Armenian architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch at local restaurant. Return to Yerevan and visit to Ararat Brandy Factory and tasting. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 3 Tour to Khor Virap (literally. "Deep dungeon"). The tour to Areni village - visit to a winery in Areni. Tour in Noravank. Lunch in cave. Return to Yerevan.
Day 4 Tour to Garni - Fortress (I - XIII cc. AD) in which there is a unique monument of ancient architecture Armenian pagan temple of the Sun God (66), the remains of others constructions I - X centuries.. Tour monastery complex Gegardavank ("Monastery spears", founded in the IV. BC.,. The architectural complex was built in the XIII century. Gegard - Biblical spear, which, according to tradition, the apostle Thaddeus has brought to Armenia in Ic.. Ayrivank name associated with the cave part of the complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Lunch at Geghard. Return to Yerevan.
Day 5 Visit the historical museum. Walking through the city. Lunch. Free day.
Day 6 Tour in the resort town of Tsakhkadzor Monastery Kecharis (X-XIIIc.c.). Tour to Lake Sevan. Sevan Monastery. Lunch on the shore of Lake Sevan. Tour in the resort town of Dilijan, or as it is often called "Armenian Switzerland". Visiting monasteries Haghpat (10-13c.c.) and Sanahin (10-13c.c.). Overnight in Lori.
Day 7 Crossing the Armenian-Georgian border. Arrival in Tbilisi. Accommodation in hotels. Lunch. Walk through Tbilisi: Metekhi Monastery built on the rocky banks of the river Kura in the 12th century, where a wonderful view of the Old Tbilisi. Narikala Fortress, Old Tbilisi and sulfur baths, which are found giving the king of Iberia, Vakhtang Gorgasali while hunting. Sioni Cathedral. Welcome dinner with folk songs and dances. Return to the hotel.
Day 8 Tour in Kakheti, the center of Georgian wine. Stop in Sighnaghi, which is known as the City of Love. Wine tasting in the famous wine cellar "Tears of a pheasant." At 3 kilometers from the Sighnaghi, in a grove of cypresses, located Bodbe convent Ninotsminda, where he is buried St. Nino, it was she who brought Christianity to Georgia. House-museum of Pirosmani in the village Mirzaani. Lunch in the wine museum in Numis Velistsikhe. The visit to the village Napareuli where there is a unique museum of its kind kvevri, wine cellar and guest house Old cellar twins. Dinner and overnight in Napareuli.
Day 9: Departure from Napareuli. The royal castle and fortress Grammy. Grammy city was the capital of Kakheti kingdom in the XVI-XVII centuries, based Levan of Kakheti, the capital was the royal residence and bustling market town. Tour Tsinandali house-museum of Alexander Chavchavadze. Lunch in Telavi. Palace Museum of Georgian King Irakli II-nd. Visit to Ikalto, the oldest monastery and Academy in Kakheti region, where according to legend studied outstanding Georgian poet of XII century - Shota Rustaveli. A visit to the Cathedral of the XI century. Return to Tbilisi and hotel accommodation.
Day10 Tour day in the capital: a visit to Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi (Holy Trinity Cathedral), the main cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Tour in the ethnographic open-air museum - a kind of Georgian village where every house and the estate are a reflection of the different eras of Georgian history. Shopping: souvenirs, wine, chacha, churchkhela and e.s.t.. Lunch. Transfer to the airport.