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Meet the Tour Leader – Armenia – Oct 10th with Reverend Alison Newman

For solo travellers this departure has a low single supplement!

I am a Vicar in the Church of England and I became associated with McCabe after co-leading a McCabe pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2007. Since then I have led many McCabe trips to places such as the Holy Land, Turkey, Greece, Jordan and Oberammergau.

I am particularly excited about going to Armenia. It’s a place I have never visited before but Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity about 301 AD when St. Gregory the Illuminator converted the Arsacid king Tiridates III. So it can be called the ‘first Christian nation’. The country also has connections with two of the lesser known Apostles, Thaddeus and Bartholomew.

Armenians suffered terribly in 1915, the first holocaust of the 20th century in 1915, when at least a million were killed and many churches destroyed by the Turks. They then suffered huge loss in the 1988 earthquake, three years before the country regained its independence at the break-up of the Soviet Union.

We will be visiting two UNESCO sites, Sanahin and Haghbat monasteries as well as other historical and cultural sites. Armenia has some breath-taking scenery to enjoy and good food as well as opportunities to engage with the Armenians themselves.

The great bonus of travelling with McCabe is that all the tours have been tried and tested. My trips also comprise of people from various churches and are not therefore dominated by my own parish. This means people mix well and indeed make new friendships.