Pilgrimage to Armenia and Georgia
An ancient land that preserves both its uniqueness and its religious spirit
Armenia is the first country to have adopted christianity as an official religion in 301 A.D. Together with us you will discover places of World Heritage as well as the traditions and culture of this country. 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 we be 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 Kiev) 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.
Arrival in the capital around 1:20 AM. Transfer to the hotel. Rest for the remaining portion of the night. 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 afternoon visit the Memorial of the Genocide. Return to the hotel for dinner and 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 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. Continue to Matenadaran to visit the collection of ancient armenian manuscripts. Dinner and overnight.
Visit 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. Dinner and overnight.
Visit to the medieval monastery complex of Haghpat, also known as Haghpatavank, built halfway up a hillside overlooking the Debed River by Queen Khosrovanuysh. Continue to the Sadakhlo border for customs clearance. Arrival in the historic town of Mtskheta. Visit the Cathedral of Svetitskhoveli and the Monastery of Jvari. Arrival to Tbilisi in the evening. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Today we visit Historic city center of Tbilisi: the Church of Metekhi, the Cathedral of Sioni, the Basilica of Anchiskhati, the Fortess of Narikala, the Abanotubani neighbourhood (Sulphurous Spas). In the afternoon we will visit the Georgia National Museum with it's unique collection of artefacts found throughout the Georgian territory. We will then close the visits with a stroll along Viale Rustaveli, the main avenue of the city. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.
Departure for the Rock-cut city of Uplistsikhe, one of the oldest settlements of the Caucasus region. In the nearby town of Gori we will stop by the Stalin Museum.
Departure for the south-west region of the country where we will arrive in Akhaltsikhe. Visit the Rabati Fortress. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight.
Visit the Rock-cut city of Vardzia, carved into volcanic rock. The city was built in the 12th century by Queen Tamara and is representative of this nation. We will stop by the Khertvisi fortress. Departure for Tbilisi. Dinner in a restaurant, overnight.
Early morning transfer to the airport and departing flight for Rome via Kiev at 4.35 AM. Arrive in Rome Fiumicino airport around noon time.
INITIAL DEPOSIT€ 500,00
single room € 300,00
* high season€ 30,00
OUR TOTAL TRIP FEE FROM ITALY INCLUDES
- sign-up fee of € 30
- flight Rome/Kiev/Yerevan - Tbilisi/Kiev/Rome ( scheduled flight Ukraine International Airlines )
- fuel tax and airport taxes
- transportation in private coach throughout the pilgrimage
- entrances to museums and monasteries as per the itinerary
- local guide in Armenia and Georgia
- 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 eighth 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