An ancient land that manages to preserve its uniqueness and its religious spirit
This fascinating itinerary full of history will bring you to discover an ancient land which is both a place of pilgrimage and a site of unique cultural and religious experiences.
May be we worthy, even at the conclusion of this day, of the dawn of the everlasting tomorrow, to glorify you, giver of life, by early arrival for the unending adoration, to belong to that line of worshipers widely spread, over a vast area. You that are always worshiped with affable singing, the mighty weapon of Jesus, inundated with the blood of the One who was in you, with you and beside you when your wings spanned across the sky with the speed of lightning in your form, O cross.
day by day
Departing flight for Yerevan (via Moscow) in the early afternoon from Rome. Arrival in Armenia's capital city after midnight, around 12:30 am. Transfer in private coach to the hotel. Overnight.
In the morning visit Musaler, a town that is a symbol of the steadfastness of the Armenian people. Continue to Vagharshapat, the religious center of Armenia, where the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin is found which hosts the governing body of the Armenian Apostolic Church and is the seat of the Catholicos of All Armenians, the supreme patriarch. Visit to the Cathedral, the museum and the churches of Saint Hripsime and Saint Gayane. In the afternoon continue to the ruins of the Zvartnots Cathedral (lit. “of the celestial angels”), built by order of the Catholicos Nerses III the Builder between 643 and 652 AD. Return to Yerevan and meeting with the Sisters of Charity of Mother Theresa. Dinner and overnight.
Full day dedicated to a guided tour of Yerevan: visit to the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator, to the Matenadaran (Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts), to the Armenian Genocide memorial complex and musem on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd. Meeting with the Catholic community in Kanaker (on the outskirts of Yerevan), the place where Pope John Paul II stopped to visit while visiting Armenia in 2001. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Visit to the monastery of Khor Virap, famous pilgrimage site. According to tradition Saint Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for 12 years here in 303 A.D. in a 20 foot deep well, still visible today. The monastery was built around the well in the 12th century. To the south of the monastery you can see Mount Ararat, almost 17000 feet high, in Turkish territory. According to the biblical narrative Noah's ark landed here. Continue to Noravank where there is a 13th century monastery in a narrow gorge formed by the Amaghu river. The monastic complex includes the church of S. Karapet, S. Grigor chapel with a vaulted hall, and the church of S. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God). The fortress walls surrounding the Noravank complex were built in the 17th-18th centuries. Arrive in the evening to Goris. Dinner and overnight.
Visit to the Tatev Monastery, built on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Continue to Zorats Karer, a prehistoric archaeological site often referred to as the "Armenian Stonehenge" since numerous basalt standing stones can be found perhaps for astronomical purposes. Continue to Sevan and visit Lake Sevan, “a piece of blue sky descended from the heaven to the Earth in the midst of the mountains” as the Russian poet Maxim Gorky wrote as he beheld the deep turquoise colored waters. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Visit to the medieval monastery complex of Haghpat, also known as Haghpatavank, built halfway up a hillside overlooking the Debed River by Queen Khosrovanuysh, and to the nearby monastery at Sanahin, built around the same time by Armenian princes originating from Constantinople in the 10th century. Arrive at Yerevan in the evening. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Visit to Garni, the center of hellenistic culture with its Temple built by King Tiridates I in the 1st century, and royal summer house of Khosrovidukht, the sister of Tiridates III. Continue to visit the 4th century Rock-cut Monastery of Geghard. Meeting with the Mekhitarists – Benedictine monks of the Armenian Catholic Church. In the evening dinner in a traditional Armenian restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.
Early in the morning transfer in private coach to the airport and return flight for Rome at 2:45 PM (via Moscow). Expected arrival around 9:30 PM in Rome Fiumicino airport.
INITIAL DEPOSIT€ 460
single room € 250
DISCOUNTED FEES FOR CHILDREN
0-1 year olds TOTAL TRIP FEE of € 170
2-11 year olds TOTAL TRIP FEE of € 1,200
The child discounts are only available when the child is in the same room as two adults
OUR TOTAL TRIP FEE FROM ITALY INCLUDES
- sign-up fee of € 30
- flight Rome/Moscow/Yerevan - Yerevan/Moscow/Rome ( scheduled Aeroflot flight )
- fuel tax and airport taxes
- entrances to museums and monasteries as per the itinerary
- local guide in Armenia
- accomodation in 4 star superior category hotels (two-bed room with private bathroom)
- full board from the breakfast of the second day to the dinner of the seventh day (drinks not included)
- document holder
- spiritual and technical assistance throughout the pilgrimage
- airport assistance in Rome from our staff
- insurance: assistance, medical expenses, baggage
OUR FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- drinks at meals
- Extras in general
- City taxes (to be paid directly to the hotel where required)
Signed and valid passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the departure date for the pilgrimage
WHO CAN SIGN UP
For non-Italian speaking pilgrims we can only take group requests, and we can organize a personalized experience with the group leader. Please contact our offices in order to receive information and pricing.
Palazzo del Vicariato Vecchio
Via della Pigna, 13/a - 00186 Rome ITALY
Monday to Friday
9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 5:30 PM (CEST)
Office at St. John Lateran Diocesan Offices
Piazza di Porta S. Giovanni, 6 - 00184 Rome ITALY
Monday to Friday
9 AM to 1 PM
Offices at St. Peter's
Piazza Pio XII, 9 (Saint Peter Square) - 00193 Rome ITALY
Monday to Saturday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM