Armenia, Cradle of Christianity

6 DAYS BY PLANE BUS

DAY 1 ZAGREB – YEREVAN

Meeting at the airport 2 hours before the flight. Plane takeoff for Yerevan. Transportation to the hotel in Yerevan. Accommodation. Overnight stay

DAY 2 ECHMIADZIN / ARMENIAN VATICAN – YEREVAN

Breakfast. Travel to the central part of the Armenian Church – Echmiadzin, also called the Armenian Vatican. It is also the location of the seat of the Patriarch / Catholicos / of the Armenian Church. Armenia is the first state to adopt Christianity for another 301 years. B.C. We will visit the cathedral in Echmiadz, the Cathedral of the Holy Mother of God and a museum within the cathedral. After visiting the cathedral on the return to Yerevan we will also visit the remains of the cathedral in Zvartnoc which was built from 641 to 653. It is located in the eastern part of Echimiadzin. It is unique in its form: a planetary circular plan with a central dome on arcade columns and polygonal outer walls with 32 corners. Next to it was the Patriarchal palace and winery, and the interior was painted with frescoes. It has strongly influenced many of the buildings built in Armenia and beyond (Turkey, Iran) later. It was destroyed in a strong earthquake in 930 and was discovered only at the beginning of the 20th century. Lunch break. After lunch, we visit Erevana, one of the oldest cities in the world. You will enjoy the most beautiful panorama of the city and Mount Ararat from the top of the Erwan Cascade. Walk to the city center. Back to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay

DAY 3 YEREVAN – KHOR VIRAP – NORAVANK / PRIEST ENCOUNTER / – ARENI – YEREVAN

Breakfast. Departure to the south of Armenia. Travel to Hor Virap Monastery, the most important pilgrimage site in Armenia. Hor Virap is one of the largest and most famous monasteries of the Armenian Apostolic Church. It is located on Mount Ararat 8 km from Artashate, near the border with Turkey. Hor Virap is closely related to the acceptance of Christianity in Armenia. It has become a great religious center thanks to St Gregory the Enlightener, who was imprisoned within it 13 years. The pagan Armenian king Tiridat III. The Great imprisoned the saint in Hor Virap and immediately after began to lose his mind. His sister had dreams in which an angel tells her that only a prisoner at Hor Virap can cure her brother. After 13 years the king listened to his sister and ordered st. Gregory be released. As the dream predicted, the saint healed the king, and Christianity was proclaimed the main state religion. We continue our pilgrimage to the Noravank monastery from the 13th century, which is unique and the landscape is characterized by red rocks. Here we will have a meeting with the members of the monastery to talk about the specifics of the Armenian Church. On the return to Yerevan, we will stop at the winery in Arena to taste Armenian wine and brandy. Return to Yerevan to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay

DAY 4 YEREVAN – GEGHARD – GARNI – YEREVAN

Breakfast. After breakfast we will visit the Charent arches, the most beautiful place with a unique view of the Ararat. Continuing to the Gehard Monastery, the unique monastery complex of the Armenian Apostolic Church in the Armenian province of Kotajk, is partially carved out of the rocks of the surrounding mountain. The fantastic steep cliffs surrounding the monastery are part of the Azat River’s upper stream, which, together with the Geghard Monastery, is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The original monastery was destroyed by Arabs in the 9th century, and it was restored in the 12th and 13th centuries during the medieval Bagratid Armenia, mostly thanks to the financial assistance of many pilgrims who came to see the relics of St. Andrew and St. Thaddaeus. The monastery was then known as the “Seven Church Monastery” or “Forty Forty Monastery”. The fantastic acoustics of the monastery will be experienced in the short private concerto of the monastery choir. We continue our pilgrimage to the Garni Temple from the Roman Age, dedicated to God in the sun. Return to Yerevan to the Hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay.

DAY 5 YEREVAN – SEVAN LAKE – DILIJAN – GOSHAVANK AND HAGHARTSIN MONASTERIES

After breakfast, departure to Dilijan, which is also called the Switzerland of Armenia. The fortified town is home to numerous Armenian artists, composers and directors, and has preserved elements of traditional Armenian architecture. The Sharambeyan street in the center is preserved and maintained as an “old town”, along with workshops, galleries and museums. Continue to the 13th-century Hagharts Monastery where you will see the perfect harmony of nature and Mohawk architecture. Continue to the Goshavank Monastery, previously known as Nor Getik, an Armenian 12th or 13th century monastery located in the village of Gosh in the Tavush province of Armenia. Today the monastery is not a functional religious complex, although it remains a popular destination and has recently been reopened after the reconstruction. We will also go to the old town of Dilijanon, which is the seat of the National Parliament, Dilijan. Continue the journey to Lake Sevan, the largest freshwater lake in Armenia and the largest lake in the Caucasus region, and at an altitude of 1900 meters, one of the highest lakes in the world. Along with the lakes Van and Urmiya represent one of the three great lakes of ancient Armenia. Its surface is 940 km² and is deep up to 83 meters. There are 28 tributaries and only one island, Hradzan, which is connected by channels to Arax. We will also visit the lake at Sevanava Monastery. Return to Yerevan. Dinner. Overnight stay.

DAY 6 YEREVAN – ZAGREB

Breakfast / probably luch packages. After breakfast departure to the airport. Departure to Zagreb. Arrival scheduled in the evening

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

Air transport ZURICH – KIEV – YEREVAN KIEV ZURICH

All airport fees

Bus transport in Armenia

Accommodation in hotel 4 **** in Yerevan based on half board / breakfast and dinner  / www.anihotel.com

Professional guide throughout the trip

Agency Chaperone

Tickets

Wine tasting and choir concert

Water on the bus throughout the trip

Travel Organization Costs

IN THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Lunches

Drinkgs

Anything not listed under the price includes

Program deviation

1/1 ROOM UPDATE 160,00 CHF

The price is based on 35-40 pilgrims. In the case of a smaller number of pilgrims and changes of the EURO / CHF ratio, the Agency reserves the right to change the price of the arrangement.

 

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1.dan: ZAGREB- EREVAN 

Susret u zračnoj luci u 2 sata prije polijetanja zrakoplova. Obavljanje zrakoplovnih formalnosti. Polijetanje zrakoplova za Erevan. Transfer do hotela u Erevanu. Smještaj. Noćenje

2.DAN:  ECHMIADZIN/ ARMENSKI VATIKAN/-EREVAN 

Doručak. Putovanje do centralnog dijela Armenske Crkve-Echmiadzin koji se još naziva I Armenski Vatikan. Tu je I sjedište Patrijarha /Catholicos/ Armenske Crkve. Armenija je prva država koja je primila kršćanstvo još 301 god. prije Krista. Posjetit ćemo katedralu u Echmiadzinu, Majčinsku katedralu Svete Majke Božje i muzej u sklopu katedrale. Nakon posjete katedrali na povratku u Yerevan posjećujemo i ostatke Katedrale u Zvartnocu koja je  izgrađena prema nalogu katolikosa Nersesa III. od 641.-653. godine i nalazi se na istočnom kraju Ečmijadzina. Ona je jedinstvena po svom obliku: tlocrt kružnog plana sa središnjom kupolom na kolonadi arkada i poligonalnim vanjskim zidovima od 32 kuta. Uz nju su se nalazila Patrijarhalna palača i vinarija, a unutrašnjost joj je bila oslikana freskama. Ona je snažno utjecala na mnoge građevine izgrađene poslije u Armeniji i šire (Turska, Iran). Uništena je u snažnom potresu 930. godine i otkrivena je tek početkom 20. stoljeća. Pauza za ručak. Nakon ručka razgled Erevana jednog od najstarijih gradova na svijetu. Uživat ćete u najljepšoj panorami grada i brda Ararat s vrha erevanskih kaskada. Šetnja centrom grada. Povratak u hotel. Večera. Noćenje

3.dan:  EREVAN- KHOR VIRAP-NORAVANK/SUSRET SA SVEĆENIKOM/-ARENI-EREVAN 

Doručak. Polazak za jug Armenije. Putovanje do Hor Virap samostana, najvažnijeg hodočasničkog mjesta u Armeniji. Hor Virap  jedan je od najvećih i najpoznatijih samostana Armenske apostolske Crkve. Nalazi se na planini Ararat 8 km od Artašata, blizu granice s Turskom. Hor Virap je usko povezan s prihvaćanjem kršćanstva u Armeniji. Postao je veliko religiozno središte zahvaljujući sv. Grguru Prosvjetitelju, koji je u njemu bio utamničen 13 godina. Naime, poganski armenski kralj Tiridat III. Veliki zatvorio je sveca u Hor Virapu i ubrzo nakon toga počeo gubiti razum. Njegova sestra imala je snove u kojima joj anđeo govori da samo zatvorenik u Hor Virapu može izliječiti njenog brata. Poslije 13 godina, kralj je poslušao sestru i naredio da se sv. Grgur oslobodi. Kao što je san predvidio, svetac je izliječio kralja, a ovaj je kršćanstvo proglasio za glavnu državnu religiju.  Nastavljamo svoje hodočašće do Noravank samostana iz 13.stoljeća, koje je poseban i po krajoliku kojega karakteriziraju crvene stijene. Ovdje ćemo imati susret sa monahom samostana koji će nam govoriti o specifičnostima armenske Crkve. Na povratku u Erevan zaustavljamo se u vinariji u mjestu Areni. Kušanje armenskog vina i rakije. Povratak u Erevan u hotel. Večera. Noćenje

4. dan: EREVAN-GEGHARD-GARNI-EREVAN 

Doručak. Nakon doručka odlazak do Charent lukova, najljepšeg mjesta s kojeg se pruža jedinstven pogled na Ararat. Nastavak do  samostana Gehard, jedinstvenog  samostanskog kompleksa Armenske apostolske Crkve u armenskoj pokrajini Kotajk, dijelom isklesan iz stijena planine koja ga okružuje. Fantastične strme stijene koje okružuju samostan su dio klanca gornjeg toka rijeke Azat koje su, zajedno sa samostanom Geghard, upisane na UNESCO-v popis mjesta svjetske baštine. Izvorni samostan su uništili Arapi u 9. stoljeću, i on je obnovljen u 12. i 13. stoljeću za vrijeme srednjovjekovne Bagratidske Armenije, ponajviše zahvaljujući novčanoj pomoći mnogih hodočasnika koji su dolazili vidjeti relikvije sv. Andrije i sv. Tadeja. Samostan je tada bio poznat kao “Samostan sedam crkava” ili “Samostan četrdeset oltara”. Fantastičnu akustiku samostana doživjeti ćemo u kratkom privatnom koncertu samostanskog zbora. Nastavljamo naše hodočašće do Garni  hrama iz Rimskog doba, posvećen Bogu suncu.. Povratak u Erevanu hotel. Večera. Noćenje.

5.dan: EREVAN-JEZERO SEVAN-DILIJAN-SAMOSTANI GOSHAVANK I HAGHARTSIN 

Doruča. Nakon doručka odlazak do Dilijana kojeg još i zovu Armenska Švicarska. Šumoviti i smirujući gradić dom je brojnih armenskih umjetnika, skladatelja i redatelja, a ima i sačuvane elemente tradicionalne armenske arhitekture. Sharambeyan ulica u centru, sačuvana je i održavana kao “stari grad”, zajedno s obrtničkim radionicama, galerijom i muzejom . Nastavak do Haghartsin samostana iz 13.stoljeća gdje ćete vidjeti savršeni sklad prirode i mohaške arhitekture. Nastavak do Goshavank samostana,  prethodno poznat kao Nor Getik,  armenskog samostana iz 12. ili 13. stoljeća koji se nalazi u selu Gosh u provinciji Tavush u Armeniji . Danas samostan nije funkcionalan vjerski kompleks, iako ostaje popularno  odredište i nedavno je nakon obnove ponovno otvoren. Prošetat ćemo i starim gradom Dilijanon koji je sjedište Nacionalnog parla Dilijan. Nastavak putovanja do Jezera Sevan, najvećeg slatkovodnog jezero Armenije i  najvećeg jezera u Kavkaskoj regiji, te nadmorskom visinom od 1900 metara jedno od najviših jezera na svijetu. Zajedno s jezerima Van i Urmija predstavlja jedno od tri velika jezera starovjekovne Armenije. Površina mu je 940 km² i duboko je do 83 metra. Ima 28 pritoka i samo jedan otok, Hradzan, koja je kanalima spojena s Araksom. Na jezeru ćemo posjetiti i Sevanavak samostan. Povratak u Erevan. Večera. Noćenje.

6.dan: EREVAN- 13.05.2018

Doručak/vjerojatno luch paketi/. Nakon doručka odlazak u zračnu luku. Obavljanje zrakoplovnih formalnosti. Polazak leta za Zagreb. Dolazak predviđen u večernjim satima

U CIJENU UKLJUČENO:

Prijevoz zrakoplovom na liniji ZURICH-KIJEV-EREVAN-KIJEV- ZURICH

Sve pristojbe zrakoplovnih luka

Prijevoz autobusom u Armeniji

Smještaj u hotelu 4**** u Erevanu na bazi polupansiona /doručak+večera/ www.anihotel.com

Stručni vodič tijekom cijelog putovanja

Pratitelj Agencije

Ulaznice

Degustacija vina i koncert zbora

Voda u autobusu tijekom cijelog putovanja

Troškovi organizacije putovanja

 

U CIJENU NIJE UKLJUČENO:

Ručkovi

Piće za vrijeme obroka

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NADOPLATA ZA JEDNOKREVETNU SOBU 160,00 CHF

Cijena je na bazi 35-40 hodočasnika. U slučaju manjeg broja hodočasnika i promjene odnosa EURO/CHF Agencija si pridržava pravo promjene cijene aranžmana.