Holy Mother of God
August 11 - 20, 2017

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

Mid August is the beginning of the harvest time, a time of rebirth and regeneration. Particularly, this is the best time to taste grapes…

Blessed Grapes in the Holy Land – Armenia….

Day 0

Day 1 - August 11, 2017

 

Arrive at Zvartnotz International Airport;

Transfer to the Hotel;

Check in and Rest.

 

Day 2 - August 12, 2017

 

Breakfast served

Day 1-2Yerevan….the rose-colored capital of Armenia…. it is named as such because most of its buildings use a pink shade of “tuf” stone which is quarried in Armenia. This is the most prominent feature of Yerevan’s cityscape.

As we get acquainted with Yerevan, we should start with the Erebouni museum and Fortress, which was founded in 782 B.C., 29 years before Rome, the “Eternal City”, was built. Furthermore, we’ll pass through Republic Square, as well as by Yerevan State University. Our next stop is essential to all who visit Armenia… Tsitsernakaberd memorial and museum to the 1915 Genocide, which is one of the most impressive monuments in Yerevan; Sports and Concert Complex, Kievian Bridge, Bagramyan Avenue, Presidential Palace, Academy of Sciences, National Parliament, Opera Theater. “NOY” ARARAT Brandy, Wine Factory:  “…one does not drink brandy, one derives pleasure from it”. Let’s just do it in one of the oldest factories, in “NOY” Yerevan Brandy factory.

Lunch in an Armenian Traditional Restaurant.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 3 - August 13, 2017

 

Day 3On the day of the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God, honoring Mary’s journey into heaven, the blessing of the grapes takes place immediately after the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Led by the presiding clergymen the process ascends onto the open air Holy Altar of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Echmiadzin.

As thanksgiving for the fruitfulness of the year, the grapes; the queen of fruits and distributes to all people, are being blessed in the church.

The Holy Virgin Mary is considered the “Tree of Life” who bears the “Good Fruit” – Christ, for our salvation. Christ resembled Himself to the Vine (John 15:1) and blessed the cup of wine to be His Blood.

Breakfast served

Today we embark on our Journey to the lands of ancient treasures of Christian history…the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, you will also participate in DIVINE LITURGY. It’s the “religious capital” of the Armenian Church and the seat of the Supreme Patriarch-Catholics of all Armenians. It has 4 main churches, including the Cathedral. Built in 303 AD, the cathedral is a masterpiece of the Armenian classical architecture and considered to be one of the world’s earliest Christian churches. Admire Hripsime and Gayane Churches (7th c) named after faithful virgins.

Lunch in Etchmiadzin

Let’s take a branch of grapes with us, put it on the altar for blessing and eat the blessed grapes… This truly is a different kind of experience…

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 4 - August 14, 2017

 

Breakfast served 

Day 4Garni the rare pre-Christian pagan monument maintained in Armenia; wonderful canyon of Garni, where one can see magnificent sheer vertical cliffs, which look manmade; Geghard (Cave monastery) architectural complex in the 12-13th century, cut in a monolithic rock.

Lunch

“MEGERIAN RUGS” Factory & Show Room: Which brings together time-honored traditions and a range of exquisite aesthetics to create objects of art for modern living and you will become acquainted with the ancient technology of Armenian carpet making.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 5 - August 15, 2017

 

Breakfast served and Check-Out

Day 5Visit 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 an altitude of 1,897 meters above the sea level. Gorgeous view of Lake Sevan is opened from the peninsula atop which Sevan Monastery is nicely nestled, dating to the 9th century.

Lunch in Sevan

Dilijan: “A piece of Switzerland in Armenia” – Earth and sky, woods and fields, rivers, 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… Haghartsin Monastery (10-13th centuries).

CHECK IN

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN DILIJAN

 

Day 6 - August 16, 2017

 

Day 6Breakfast served and Check-Out

This day your morning will start with an ideal confluence of pure mountain air, the fragrant aroma of the woods and meadows, and the secluded natural environment.  After breakfast, we’ll visit Vanadzor, largely constructed from multi-colored tuf stone. On the way, through retained ancient village setting on the slope of the hill, you will get acquainted with inhabitant’s life. After descending from this area, we follow the road of two magical and beautiful monasteries: Sanahin and Haghpat. Where artistic merits transcend the limits of the national culture. Before this let’s not forget about Lunch which will be served in an open air restaurant where you can enjoy the meal with fresh and clear air.

CHECK IN

DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN ALAVERDY

 

Day 7 - August 17, 2017

 

Breakfast served and Check-Out

Today’s visiting will be full of spectacular scenery.
Day 7This part of Armenia, especially Mt. Aragats, has always caught the attention of travelers, tourists and geologists due to a tremendous number of historical monuments and beautiful landscapes. It is worth seeing the four magnificent peaks of the highest mountain in Armenia – Mt. Aragats. 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. Ashtarak – where you can find numerous churches and various ancient buildings at every turn. Oshakan – mostly famous as the last resting place of Mesrop Mashtots.
During this day you will take part in the traditional Armenian  LAVASH making process and have lunch in a private house with a local family.

Return to Yerevan and CHECK IN

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 8 - August 18, 2017

 

In the Armenian Church grapes are given preference over other fruits to be blessed as the first fruit of the harvest. This is conditioned by a number of historical and religious circumstances. After the devastating flood, our ancestor Noah planted a vineyard in the valley on the slopes of Mt. Ararat and grew grapes: “Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard” (Genesis 9:10) The fruit of the vineyard became the decoration of the Ararat valley, it was considered to be the noblest fruit and was called the QUEEN OF THE FRUITS. Jesus Christ repeatedly assimilated himself with the vine: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower” (John 15:1).

So today we’ll try blessed grape in the Ararat valley …

 

Day 8Breakfast served

Khor Virap Monastery (St. Gregory the Illuminator’s underground pit); amazing view of Biblical Mt. Ararat: “The blessed Mountain for Armenians.  Driving through the fertile plains of the Ararat valley we reach the “Areni Winery” where they say, “Wine is bottled poetry”; we’ll taste wine and enjoy a guided tour in the winery. After this, we travel through the narrow gorge, towards Noravank Monastery.  Upon this road it is revealed the miracle of both “Human and Naturally Created Beauty”.

Lunch in Noravank

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 9 - August 19, 2017

 

Breakfast served 

Day 9Matenadaran – Depository and Museum of ancient manuscripts, Cascade and  Gerard Cafesjian Art Museum, which is Armenia’s largest repository of modern art; Vernissage – outdoor market featuring handmade arts and crafts.

EVENING: Farewell Party Dinner in a restaurant with Armenian traditional cuisine and live folk music.

OVERNIGHT IN YEREVAN

 

Day 10 - August 20, 2017

 

Breakfast served

TRANSFER to ZVARTNOTS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

HAVE A NICE FLIGHT!!!

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  SERVICES:

  • Full transportation and transfers in Armenia as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated – Breakfast, 7 x Lunch, 3 x Dinner
  • Entrance fees to all sightseeing destinations
  • 9 nights based on double occupancy in Armenia

                 7 nights in Yerevan

                 1 night in Dilijan

                 1 night in Alaverdy

  • Bi-lingual tour guide
  • A bottle of water  
  • Armenian souvenirs and gifts

 

**Itinerary is subject to change at any time

**Prices will vary with daily exchange rate

 

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