This is a four day (five nights) tour of Armenian churches and monasteries south and east of Lake Van. Explore Lake Van and its surroundings, from Varakavank (The Seven Churches) to St. John’s church on Gduts (Carpanak) island and taking in Garmir Vank and, St. Thomas’ church near the village of Kanzak (Altinsac), before finishing with Arter (Kusadisi) and, of course, the beautiful Sourp Khach (Church of the Holy Cross) on Aghtamar Island built by King Gagik in the 10th Century. As a Catholicosate until 1916, Sourp Khach embodies a central place in Armenian religious history. One of only a few Catholicosates, the Brotherhood at Aghtamar and Sourp Khach had the authority to create new bishops and bless the chrism essential to important rites and sacraments such as marriage, baptism, funerals and the consecration of bishops.
Even today Aghtamar Island is celebrated within Armenian and local folk culture, with many songs and legends associated with it. It is a place of celebration, as well as worship. The backdrop for this unique tour is the incomparable Lake itself.
|Fitness Level||Low - Able to walk up to 500 metres over level ground.|
|What is included?||
All road transport (tolls etc) English speaking guide All state and local taxes All museum and site entries
|What is not included||
All meals (Unless otherwise stated) Personal expenses Beverages Insurance (unless otherwise stated)
|Terms & Conditions||
Please note that there is a 20% surcharge for single room occupancy.