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Easter is the celebration of Resurrection of Christ. Christ rose from the dead, by means of His Death He destroyed Death and granted eternal life. In Armenian the word Easter is translated as “Zatik” and means “being separated from sin”. Onthe day of the Easter feast Armenians dye eggs red as a symbol of fruitful life, salvation and joy. A very famous Armenian scientist and philosopher St. Gregory of Tatev considers the egg to be the symbol of the world, the shell of which is the sky, the membrane is the air, the white is the water and the yolk is the earth. Dyeing eggs red symbolizes the salvation of the world by means of Blood of Christ. In Armenia people may have some fun as well. People usually fight their eggs to see whose egg is stronger and they may even bet on this. On Easter day the faithful welcome each other on the occasion of the Glorious Resurrection of Christ conveying the great tiding: “Christ is Risen from the dead” and receive the answer: “Blessed is the Resurrection of Christ.”
Why Armenia for Easter?
The world’s oldest Christian country celebrates this holiday with greatest joy, happiness and faith as the testimony of belief, hope, and love of this old nation. Here only in the world you can celebrate it with warm family atmosphere, kind people and see the unique traditions for this holiday, as well as taste the nations meals and dishes served only during Easter.
DAY 1/ Arrival
Arrival at the Zvartnots International Airport in Yerevan. Meeting with the guide, transfer to hotel and overnight in Yerevan.
DAY 2/ Holy Thursday
Yerevan city tour
Breakfast. We will start the tour with the tour in the capital of Armenia: Yerevan. For ages this city has been known as a “pink city” because of the color of the stone it has been built with. So we will visit Republic square, Mashtoc Avenue, the House of Opera and Ballet after Aram Khachatryan, the park “Cascad”. Then we will visit the Manuscript Museum of Armenia, which is called Matenadaran; here all ancient Armenian Manuscripts are kept. Then we should visit Genocide Memorial known as Tsitsernakaberd. After here we will visit the church St. Gregory the Illuminator to attand the liturgy of Holy Thursday and the ceremon of washing the feet which reminds us of the same gesture of Jesus at the last Supper. Dinner at a traditional Armenian Restaurant. (B/L/D)
DAY 3/ Holy Friday
Yerevan – Saghmosavank – Hovhanavank - Yerevan
Holy Friday is the remembrance day of the crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus. During this prayer we remember the last days and hours of the earthly life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, reading the relevant sections from New Testament. After breakfast our trip took us to the village where we will see Saghmosavank monastery of the 13th century. Lunch at a local house where we will have a master class of Armenian National pasta “Arishta” and sweet “Gata”. Then we will taste what we have made during the master class. Visit cross-domed monastery Karmravor. We will also visit the monastery of Hovhanavank. Get back to Yerevan. Dinner. Overnight. (B/L/D)
DAY 4/ Holy Saturday
Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank - Yerevan
Yerevan – Khor Virap – Noravank - Yerevan
Breakfast. After breakfast visit the monastery of Khor Virap, where the first Armenian Catholicos Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 13 years until Christianity was adopted as a state religion. Here we will participate in the liturgy. Visit the winery in the village of Areni, which is very famous with its red wine and is considered to be an important center of wine making. Here we will have degustation of red wine. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then we will drive to the monastery Noravank -a monastery of XII century situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where we may find a unique sculpture of Father God. In Noravank we will have a meeting with the priest who will tell you about the religious life and traditions of Armenia.Return Yerevan. Dinner and Overnight. (B/L/D)
DAY 5/Resurrection Sunday
Yerevan – Ejmiatsin – Zvartnoc - Yerevan
Breakfast. Today, the tour will be in the sacred center of the Armenia, Echmiadzin, and the seat of the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church. We will have the opportunity to attend the Easter Liturgy. On the way back to Yerevan visiting the ruins of Zvartnots Temple. Zvartnots Temple was built in 7th century by Nerses Builder Catholicos. Drive back to Yerevan. We will visit “Vernisage” Market where the samples of contemporary art are shown. Dinner. Overnight. (B/L/D)
DAY 6/Easter Monday
Yerevan – Haghpat – Sanahin - Yerevan
Today we will visit two unique masterpieces of Armenian architecture of X-XIV centuries: the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Literally the name ’’Sanahin’’ in Armenian means "this one is older than the other," which probably means that this monastery is older of than Haghpat. These two monasteries are very close to each other and can be easily seen from one to the other. Both are located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep crack formed by a small river that flows into the river Debed. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia. Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan.(B/L/D)
DAY 7/Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Sevan - Yerevan
After breakfast take trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple built in the 1st century AD. It is the only temple that has been preserves from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the god Mihr, who was the god of cleanness. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Then we will continue our trip to Geghard Monastery. Its name came from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ. It has been kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the mid – 13th century. Afterwards we will a local house where you will have the chance to see and participate in the preparation of Armenian national bread: lavash. It is a very thin, usually sold in very large forms. It is usually cooked in a ground oven: “tonir''. In 2015 it has been inscribed in UNESCO intangible heritage list. Here we will enjoy the “Armenian fast food” with lavash and cheese. Here we will see how the Armenians are coloring Easter eggs and we can do it ourselves and decorate eggs. The egg symbolizes a life that is born, the resurrection of Christ that gives a start to a new life. Dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant where you will enjoy Armenian folk music. Get back to Yerevan and overnight at hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Yerevan. (B/L/D)
DAY 8/ Departure Breakfast.Transfer to the airport.