In Armenia, Easter is a Christian holiday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion on             Calvary, as described in the New Testament. The Armenian Church celebrates the Easter Feast on the first Sunday following the full moon of the vernal equinox, with 35 days movability, during the period from March 21 –April 26.

2018 Easter is 1st of April.

On the day of the Easter feast people dye eggs red as a symbol of fruitful life, salvation and joy. St. Gregory of Datev 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. That 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.” The children play Alkadis, Utisi and other games, fighting with colored eggs.

Holy week

Day 1 (26.03.2018 (Holy Monday)
Arrive at the International airport in Armenia. Meet at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Rest

Day 2(27.03.2018 (Holy Tuesday)
(“The Parable of the Ten Virgins” is commemorated (Mt 25:1-13). This parab  le from the Gospel, tells the story about the five foolish and the five wise virgins.  The message exhorts us to be vigilant and prepared for the Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ.)

City tour in Yerevan, visit Cafesjan art garden, Cascade, then Matenadaran manuscript museum. There are more than 23,000 books and documents, where you can see Armenian bible (from 5th c.), gospels and other valuable books.  Lunch then use Armenian metro to go to Yerevan Railway station. Visit Armenian bazar. 

In the evening participate Evening Service in Armenian church. 

On Holy Tuesday, during the Evening Service, ten young women approach the Holy Altar of the Church. Five of the girls have burning candles or oil lamps in their hands, symbolizing the wise maidens, and the other five have extinguished candles or unlit lamps in their hands, symbolizing the foolish maidens.

Day 3 28.03.2018 (Holy Wednesday)
Holy Wednesday anointing of Jesus Christ by a woman in Bethany and the Betrayal of Christ are commemorated.

Drive to Khor Virap monastety. From Khor Virap Monastery to can see holy mountain of Ararat, where Noah's ark landed. Continue to the south, visit Noravank monastery. This monastery is unique of its architecture and sculpture on it. Return to Yerevan.

Day 4 (29.03.2018 (Holy Thursday)
Holy Thursday is dedicated to the Last Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ and symbolizes the establishment of the Sacrament of Communion. In the morning, Divine Liturgy is celebrated in our churches.

Drive to Aragatsotn region, Visit Armenian alphabet field to take photo. Then visit Saghmosavank monastery (13th century), lunch visit Karmravor church (7th c.). Return Yerevan.

In the evening participate in Service.

In Evening Service priests in the Armenian Church humble themselves and kneel down on the bema, in front of the Church altar, and wash the feet of 12 children or servants of the church, anointing their feet with blessed oil.

Day 5 (30.03.2018 (Good Friday)
Good Friday,is the day of commemoration of Christ’s tortures, Crucifixion, Death and Burial. 

Drive to Gegharkunik region, lake Sevan, it is  the biggest lake in Caucasus region, which is located in 1900m high place from sea level. visit Noradus cross stone field (9th -17th c.), then continue to Sevan monastery (9c.).  Return Yerevan.

Day 6 (31.03.2018 (Holy Saturday)
Holy Saturday, Eve of Feast of the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ or the Easter Feast, Candlelight Divine Liturgy 

In the morning visit Mother of Armenian statue, from where you can see Yerevan and Mt. Ararat. Then drive Kotayk region visit Garni temple and Geghard monastery (13th c., UNESCO). It is the monastery where was kept holly spear of Jesus Chris. It is the spear that was put in the body of Jesus Chris when he was on the cross. Return Yerevan visit vernissage open air art and craft bazar.

In the evening participate Evening Service.

Day 7 (01.04.2018 (Easter)
Drive to Armavir region, visit Hripsime, then visit Echmiadzin cathedral (4c.)-the seat of the Catholicos of all Armenians, the Holy center of Armenian Christianity, included in UNESCO World Heritage List, take part in Holy Mass of Easter. After service visit Armenian home to celebrate Easter. 

Day 8 (02.04.2018 (Mon)
Departure

 Pax   4* hotel per person Opera suite hotel 4* hotel per person Metropol hotel  
10-14 pax + 1 free by minibus  $ 890 USD $ 820 USD
 15-19 pax + 1 free by bus $ 860 USD $ 795 USD
20-24 pax + 1 free by bus  $ 820 USD $ 755 USD
25-29 pax + 1 free by bus   $ 795 USD $ 730 USD
Single suppliment $ 230 USD $ 225 USD

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Transportation as mention in the program
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Meal: FB
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