DISCOVER AN OLD COUNTRY WITH US
TRAVEL TO ARMENIA AND NAGORNO-KARABAKH
Mark your calendar for one of these dates! June 3-14, 2013
September 16-27, 2013
We offer a unique and exciting opportunity for you to deeply immerse in the cultural heritage of Armenia while learning about its modern life. You will have opportunities to do more than just site see as you meet with university students, farmers, business people, and visit JMF internationally recognized programs to expand your appreciation and understanding of modern day Armenia. The tour is designed to give a more enriching experience simply missing from most commercial tours.
Jinishian Memorial Foundation’s (JMF) Study Tour Program is an ideal combination of experience sharing and learning about JMF distinguished projects while exploring and enjoying Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, renowned with their old history, traditions, Christian values, art, cultural events, food and fun. The program usually is 12 days and is tailored to each group’s specific needs beforehand. Thanks to your financial contribution included in the Study Tour Fee the proceeds will directly benefit a JMF project of your choosing after the study tour. Experience Sharing/Learning Activities
Our Study Tour provides a unique opportunity to explore JMF projects witnessing the changes JMF makes in the communities. You will see diversified urban and rural life and visit Armenian families, meet with high school and university students engaged in civic activities, meet and lunch (local food) with farmers in one of the organic gardens, meet JMF partners and stakeholders, learn and exchange your experience with people from this distinctive culture, while immersed in Armenian hospitality. Most importantly, discover ways you can be involved in making positive social change in Armenia.
Participate in excursions to historical sites and cultural attractions, visit Echmiadzin – the spiritual center of Armenia, spend three days in Nagorno-Karabakh, admiring its breathtaking landscapes, visit historical sites and ancient churches, shop in Armenia’s largest open air marketplace, the Vernissage, and discover Armenian carpets, local art work, handcrafted jewelry, wood carvings and ornaments, and more…
Besides, learn about Armenian history, culture, politics and socio-economic problems in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
Services and Benefits of Study Tours
• Your care begins with a welcome at the airport and continues throughout your stay.
• Itineraries designed to maximize your overall experience.
• Comfortable accommodations in Yerevan and Karabakh.
• All tours accompanied with guides.
• Tours can be customized to the group’s interests.
• Access to your Study Tour coordinator/guide for free help and advice 24/7.
• Get a better value for the whole package than available by traveling on your own, or even with another group.
• No worry about visiting territories with unfamiliar customs and habits.
• No hassles about where to stay or how to get around.
After arrival you will stay at a 4 star Ani Plaza Hotel (www.anihotel.com). Ani Plaza Hotel is comfortably situated in the Business and Entertainment Center of Yerevan. It is about 15 minutes far from the Zvartnots airport by taxi. Upon request we will book a single or double, nicely decorated and comfortable rooms having modern amenities and conveniences.
Trip cost is $2,500 per person (double occupancy). Single occupancy is by request with additional charges.
Deposit of $500 is required per applicant. Final Payment is due 30 days before departure. If the payment is not received, space will be cancelled.
This trip is LAND ONLY to allow you the option of airlines and best fares as well as the opportunity to extend your trip on an independent basis. U.S. Domestic and International air transportation to and from Armenia are not included. However, all ground transportation in Armenia for the duration of the trip is included. Once accepted, participants will need to make their own flight arrangements to and from Armenia.
Any deposit and/or total trip price will be refunded upon your participation cancellation within 60 days of departure. JMP changes/cancellation: All trips are subject to change of itinerary and/or cancellation.
Once airline tickets have been purchased and issued they are typically non-refundable and airline rules apply. Cancellation and a variety of travel supplementary protections are available from www.travelguard.com, www.csatravelprotection.com, www.travelinsure.com or other vendors.
For air travel and visa guidance, please go to the following web-site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia /www.mfa.am/. Visas for Karabakh will be acquired in Yerevan during one business day. Please take with you two passport size photos if you have.
If you are interested in the Jinishian Memorial Foundation’s Study Tour Program please push the above-right Application button, completely fill out the Application and Pre-tour Questionnaire and return both documents along with your deposit to Eliza Minasyan, the Coordinator/Executive Director of the Jinishian Memorial Program, so we can process your application.
PLEASE MAKE ALL CHECKS PAYABLE TO PCUSA listing in the memo area either“JMP-SE12011” for the summer study tour, or “JMP-SE12012” for the fall study tour.
For more information and an application, please contact:
Eliza Minasyan, JMP Coordinator/Executive Director
Tel: 888-728-7228 Ext.5291; E-mail: