Pagan Armenia 4 days
Armenia is known to the world for its multi- national and traditional features. However, today, when we say Armenia, the first thing which comes to our mind is the Christianity and the Christian culture, since Armenia is the first country, which officially obtained Christianity as a state religion in 301. The tourists arriving to Armenia are mostly eager to get introduced to Armenian Christian culture, the architecture, history, legends. We would like to offer you an alternative tour to this by the following package. Pre-Christian culture of Armenia is not less rich, especially Armenian temples, legends and the God's Pantheon, which was called Pantheon of Ararat. Lots of pre-Christian beliefs are inherited, according to which, Armenia is the land of the Creator's sacred principles and is the human ancestral.
In this tour package we are pleased to offer you to get introduced to Armenian pre-Christian culture, with its rich heritage, rituals, history and architecture. Armenians are a unique nation in the world, which had a God of Hospitality-Vanatour. Hospitality in Armenia is a daily tradition, for which Armenia is also well- known worldwide. Welcome to Armenia-the sacred ancestral of the Creator.
Welcome to Armenia - the sacred ancestral of the Creator.
Day One. YEREVAN city tour
a. The Erebouni Museum
b. The Armenia History Museum
c. The Matenadaran
d. The Blue Mosque
e. Enjoy the view of Yerevan city from the terrace of the Mother Armenia statue…
Day Two. SEVAN - LASTIVER- GOSHAVANK
a. Lastiver… arriving to Ijevan town, and after one hour of trаcking, you will reach Lastiver Cave. Here you will see several layers of culture, including the culture of pre-Christian period,the relief caving of Pagan Gods, Medieval Khachkars (Cross Stone). Then, in the gorge you will have time to rest near the mountain waterfall, and even swim in the clean waters of Mountain Rivers.
b. Goshavank is a 12th century marvelous masterpiece…
Day Three. GARNI temple and GEGHARD monastry
a. Garni pagan temple is already 3000 years old. In the present style it was built in 78 A.D. It is considered to be the masterpiece of Armenian architecture, which had its huge influence on the Hellenic culture. It is worth mentioning, that Garni temple is the only preserved temple on the territory of post-Soviet countries. In Garni temple you will take part in a pagan ceremony, feel the spirit of Armenian Gods, and then will have chance to dine at the pagan priest’s house , enjoy the evening accompanied with priests and various interesting stories about Armenian Pantheon. If there are people in the group, who would like to get married like pagan Armenians did, the priests will perform marriage ritual inside the temple.
b. Geghard monastery-the monastery complex is built in 13th century…
Day Four. METSAMOR- SARDARAPAT- EJMIATSIN
a. Metsamor …originally it used to be the temple of Goddess Anahit here, the foundation of which can be seen on the spot. Here you will have a chance to visit the museum with very rich collection of exhibits, which will definitely make an unforgettable impression on you. Here you can expect to see the world’s oldest copper foundries, which are over 5000 years old.
b. Sardarapat… Here you can find Armenia’s glory museum.
c. Ejmiatsin….The Main Cathedral of all Armenians. Under the altar of the cathedral up to day there are the fragments of the temple of Sandaramet.
d. Zvartnots temple… At the end of the day, you will visit the temple of Zvartnots. Here, as a crown of your visit to Armenia, you will enjoy a show with Armenian dances, performed by the dance show Karin. You will get acquainted with the history of war dances, which were performed by Armenian warriors after the victories in the wars with enemies.
Day Five. Departure from Armenia
SUBJECT TO CHANGES.
OUR PRICE COVERS (PER PERSON):
1. Hotel accommodation;
2. Breakfast, lunch and dinner;
3. Land transportation with AC and WC buses;
4. Tours and transfers (meet and greet at airports);
6. Entrance fee to all sightseeing destinations.
OUR PRICE DOES NOT COVER:
1. Visa for entry;
2. Insurance premiums (optional);
3. Expenses of personal nature;
4. Alcoholic drinks.
DEPOSITS AND REFUNDS
1. A deposit is required upon reservation.
2. Balance due 60 days prior to departure.
3. Penalty applicable for cancellations prior to departure.
4. No refund after departure date.
5. Insurance available upon request