St. George Feast 3 days / 2 nights Dates: from 23 to 25 September 2018
Day 1 Arrival – Echmiatsin – Zvartnots – Yerevan
A trip to the ancient capital city of Armenia, Echmiadzin (Vagharshapat). Visit to the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin (303 AD) and the outstanding monuments of Armenian architecture of VII century Saint Hripsime Church and the ruins of Zvartnots Temple (Vigil Forces). City tour in Yerevan : Victory Park, Cascade, Opera House, Republic Square.
Day 2 Yerevan – Haghartsin – Yerevan
A trip to the blue pearl of Armenia – Sevan Lake (1900m). Visit to the Monastery of Sevan (IX c.), then drive to the Haghartsin Monastery. Lunch.Participation in the ethnographic program dedicated to Vardavar which is certainly one of the major holidays of the Armenian Church and one of the favorite summer festivals in the nation. The feast is celebrated 98 days after Easter and established in honor of the Transfiguration of the Lord, which occurred on Mount Tabor. Return to Yerevan.
Day 3 Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni – Noravank – Yerevan
A trip to Khor Virap. Visiting the Monastery of Khor Virap (deep well, IV-XVII centuries.). A trip to the village Areni. Wine tasting in the wine plant. Lunch in a peasant’s house. A trip to the monastery of Noravank (XIII-XIV centuries) nestled among the red rocks. Return to Yerevan.
Day 4 Yerevan – Geghard – Garni – Airport
A visit to the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts – Matenadaran. A trip to the cave monastery Geghard (Monastery of the Lance, XII-XIII cc.). Visiting the Monastery of Geghard. A trip to the village of Garni. Lunch in a peasant’s house in Garni.Visit the pagan temple of the Sun (I century AD.), dedicated to the main god of the pantheon – Mitre. Transfer to airport.
Tour price per person: from 320 EUR
Minimum number of participants 5
The price includes:
• Transfer airport-hotel-airport
• Accommodation in 3 * hotel (accommodation in DBL, SGL supplement – 60 euros)
• Meals – half board HB
• Entrance fees to museums
• english-speaking licensed guide
• Comfortable transport
The price does NOT include:
• Air ticket
• Medical insurance
• Alcoholic drinks
• Tips & other personal expenses