Musa Ler(Musa dagh) was situated on the Mediterranean coast, on the territory of historical Armenia. The event that has come to symbolize the people of Musa Ler with its unique Armenian culture, history and language unfolded during the bloody year of 1915 when Turkish plan of ethnic cleansing of Armenians was started. Armenians have been announced to leave their homeland, but the population of Musa Ler ignored deportation edict issued by Young Turk regime and chose to resist against Turkish troops and decided to climb the mountain and organize self-defense. The 4300 inhabitants of Musa Ler for 53 days repelled onslaughts by Turkish armies. They were starving without food and water, they were out in the rain for days and in order to warm themselves and not to lose the presence of mind and courage they were dancing to the music of zurna and drum.
And Musa Ler
resisted and the death was weak against the immortal heroes of Musa Ler. They
noticed warships in the sea and French sailors sighted a banner the Armenians
had tied to a tree on the mountain emblazoned with the words: "Christians
in Distress: Rescue."
French and British naval ships
evacuated 4,200 people from Musa Ler to Port Said in Egypt. The Armenians were
allowed to return after World War First to their homeland in the newly formed
Syria, but in 1939 Musa Dagh Armenians abandoned their villages for second and
final time, when Turkey annexed the region. Many of them were resettled in
Lebanon, in the village Aynchar, and many others settled in Armenia, in the
village of Musa Ler. The people of Musa Ler, wherever they are in the world,
always remember their history, culture and language. Every year on the
anniversary of the heroic stance on the mountain, descendants of the Musa Ler
pay tribute to the fallen and celebrate the victory every year on the third
Sunday of September. Only once a year one can see forty cauldrons boiling
Harisa, a traditional food of Musadaghians. People are up all night until
sunrise, preparing this delicious meal made from wheat and red meat under
beating of drums.
Type: historical, folkloric, event, excursion
Meal plan: BB
Price: 500euro /pppt /(calculated for 8 pax)
Day 1. 13.10.13/Arrival(40km)
Meeting at "Zvartnots" International airport,
Transfer to the hotel,
Evening walking tour round the center of Yerevan
Overnight at the hotel (Yerevan)
After breakfast at the hotel meet your
tour guide and start city tour round The contemporary capital of
Armenia is 13th and is one of the oldest cities in the world
founded in 782 BC. During tour visit which stands at the foot of the Arin Berd hill, on the top
of which the Urartian Fortress Erebouni has been constructed. The next visit
is which throws light
on the history of the city beginning from ancient times up to our days.
Visiting dedicated to the memory of the 1.5 million
Armenians who perished in the first genocide of the 20th century, at
the hands of the Ottoman Empire. Return to the hotel. .
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to (Armenian Vatican). (303) is the official residence of Armenian Catholicos. At the Museum of the Mother Cathedral you will see a number of reliquaries: the Holy Lance (Geghart) which pierced the side of Christ; the relics of Noah's Ark in a reliquary that was created in 1698; "Khotekerats Sourp Nishan" reliquary with the relic of Jesus Christ's wooden cross (914-929); the cross of King Ashot Yerkat with it chest, one of the oldest processional crosses in existence. Continue the tour to (7th century)- a Temple of Vigil Forces. Return to Yerevan. Leisure time. Visiting one of the national dance schools in Yerevan. Here you will learn one of Armenian national dances and will dance with the group.
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue the tour to Musa Ler village. Here you will participate in the Festival of Musa Ler. Every year on the anniversary of the heroic stance on the mountain, descendants of the Musa Ler pay tribute to the fallen and celebrate the victory every year on the third Sunday of September. Only once a year here you can see forty cauldrons boiling Harisa, a traditional food of Musadaghians. People are up all night until sunrise, preparing this delicious meal made from wheat and red meat under beating of drums. Everyone is dancing national dances and singing heroic songs as the Musadaghians did in 1915. Overnight in the tents at the village.
In the morning participation in
Harisa tasting process and in the official part of the Festival of Musa Ler.
Drive to Yerevan. Leisure time. Evening tour to town. Tour round the
historic monuments of Ashtarak town: (5th century), (7th
century), (7th century), St. Sargis(1281) Churches as well as the Ashtarak Old Bridge(13-18th
centuries) and at last you will visit Perj Proshyan's house-museum in Ashtarak. Hear you will
participate in a performance about national , in
the program: national instruments, dances, songs, games, rituals, and light
entertainments. Return to Yerevan.
After breakfast at the hotel trip
to the "Armenian Pearl" - which is the 2nd
high-altitude lake in the world with its sweet and astonishingly
blue water. Visiting Monastery Complex(9th century) on the Sevan peninsula. The Monastery is comprised of Sourb Arakelots (Holy Apostoles) and Sourb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) Churches, both cross-shaped and quite similar in appearance.Then you will visit the popular (9-12thcenturies). The church, a quatrefoil central cross, is a "peripherial" example of Armenian architecture in siunik Region in the 9th-10th centuries. Drive to famous (cemetery 9-15th centuries) in the village of Noratus. In the same
village visit khachkar's carver workshop, where the guests will be able to
watch the process of khachkar carving and will be given explanations about Armenian Cross Stone's symbolism. Continue tour to the city of . Walking tour round Old Dilijan with visiting Trip to .(12-13th centuries) and (10-13th centuries) Monasteries which became cultural and
religious centers of the region in the 20th century. Return to Yerevan. .
Breakfast at the
hotel. Check out from the hotel. Tour to (4-18th centuries) Monastery the
importance of which is connected with Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced
. On the way to Khor Virap Monastery you can enjoy the spectacular
view of the sacred - an immortal symbol of Armenia. Then
excursion to (13-14th centuries) Moanstery Complex situated among amazing sheer
rocks on the bank of a twisty gorge. After that you'll enjoy your dinner in a
grotto with a spirit of mystery and antiquity. On your way back you will visit
Areni village. The village of Areni is famous also for its excellent wine, which you
are welcome to taste in the factory. In the cave of Areni you will have a
chance to be in the . The 6000 years old winery has been found in the cave
recently. Archeologists have unearthed the oldest wine-making facility, using
biochemical techniques to identify a dry red vintage of the winery. In the same
cave there has also been found the (5500 years old). Return to Yerevan. Transfer to the airport 3 hours before
flight. Support in airport check-in. Weepy parting. Departure.
Tour package includes:
- All transfers by program
- Accommodation in 3* hotel in DBL room
- High-qualified guide-interpreter in your preferred language
- All entrance tickets
- Professional friendly driver
- Comfortable mini bus with climate-control system
- 24-hours tourist support
- Souvenirs as presents from SacVoyage
- Air ticket
- Visa to Armenia
- Medical insurance(1.2$ per day)
- HB Supplement is 80 EUR
- FB Supplement is 160 EUR