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From Yerevan: Lake Sevan and Dilijan Full-Day Tour

1. From Yerevan: Lake Sevan and Dilijan Full-Day Tour

Spend a day enjoying the stunning natural scenery and ancient monasteries of north-western Armenia. Check out a volcanic lake surrounded by mountains, admire the majestic lake-front Sevanavank Monastery, and see how nature blends with the architecture of the Haghartsin Monastery. Learn the stories of these historic places in English, Russian, and, depending on availability, in Armenian. The first stop is Sevan Lake, which at 1,900-meters above sea level is one of the world's greatest high-altitude freshwater lakes. The lake is of volcanic origin and is surrounded by mountains of 3,000 meters and higher. Admire the beautiful landscape and the crystal waters as well as the medieval church complex built on the peninsula in 874. The next stop is Sevanavank Monastery, which was built on the peninsula in 874 by the order of King Ashot Bagratuni's daughter, Princess Mariam. The silhouette of the church against the background of the turquoise lake and blue sky is sure to impress.  Have a short stop in Dilijan, a town on the banks of the Aghstev River surrounded by mountains and forests. Dilijan has the fame of a health resort as its warm sun, fresh air, and natural spas have a great healing influence on people. Take a break to have lunch at a cozy nearby restaurant before continuing to Goshavank Monastery, founded by the famous medieval scientist Mkhitar Gosh. The complex consists of several religious and secular buildings. Make sure to stop and admire the khachkar (Armenian cross-stone) situated in front of the basilica. One of the most famous Armenian symbols, this khachkar was carved by the skillful master Poghos in 1291. The last stop is Haghartsin Monastery, situated in the woodlands of the Tavush Region. Founded in the 10th-11th centuries, it consists of St. Grigor, St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), and St. Stepanos churches. The huge oak tree, which is almost the same age as the monastery, completes the whole scene and is a great example of architecture blending with nature over the years. The monastery has been recently renovated by the donation of Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, the Ruler of Sharjah, who was impressed by the monastery when visiting it. After a day full of exploring, return to the meeting point in an air-conditioned van.

Yerevan: Sevan, Haghartsin, Goshavank, & Dilijan Group Tour

2. Yerevan: Sevan, Haghartsin, Goshavank, & Dilijan Group Tour

Begin your tour in Yerevan from where you will be driven to Lake Sevan to visit the Sevanavank Monastery. On the drive, take in scenes of Armenia's unique blend of desert and dense forest landscapes. Arrive on the northwestern shore of the lake and find yourself at the picturesque monastery perched on a peninsula. Immerse yourself in the monastery's rich history. Venturing onward, head into the Tavush region, home to Goshavank and Haghartsin monasteries and architectural gems dating back to the 10th and 13th centuries. Nestled amidst forested mountains, these sites offer awe-inspiring vistas and profound historical insight. Head back towards Yerevan and stop at the Old Dilijan Complex, which epitomizes the 19th-century spirit of Dilijan. Explore its charming lanes and atmospheric surroundings, a testament to the city's cultural heritage, before concluding your tour.

From Tbilisi: Dilijan & Sevan Lake Full-Day Tour to Armenia

3. From Tbilisi: Dilijan & Sevan Lake Full-Day Tour to Armenia

Explore the beauty of Armenia on a picturesque day trip from Tbilisi to Lake Sevan. This unique tour offers a chance to witness the mesmerizing beauty of Sevan Lake, also known as the Geghama Sea, and visit the historic Sevanavank Monastery, one of the most significant landmarks of medieval Armenian architecture. After being picked up from your hotel in Tbilisi, the tour begins with a scenic drive to Dilijan town, situated in the heart of the Armenian countryside. Take a short walk around Dilijan lake, enjoy the peaceful surroundings and marvel at the clear waters of the lake. Afterwards, head to Sharambeyan Street, situated within the national park, also known as "Little Switzerland" for its forested hills and picturesque houses made of stone and wood. The area remains home to many Armenian visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers, and you can browse through the small shops, discover an art gallery, or visit a museum. Then, continue the tour towards the highlight of the day, Lake Sevan. Upon arrival, explore the Sevanavank Monastery, which stands on a peninsula overlooking the serene lake. Built in the 9th century, the monastery complex consists of two churches, a semicircular gavit, and a small chapel. Learn about the history and significance of this historic monastery as you enjoy stunning views of the lake and surrounding landscapes. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to stroll around the area, relax by the lakeside, or indulge in some local cuisine in one of the nearby restaurants. The tour ends with a comfortable drive back to your hotel in Tbilisi. This tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the natural and cultural beauty of Armenia, from the stunning Lake Sevan to the historic Sevanavank Monastery. With knowledgeable guides, comfortable transportation, and ample time to explore the surroundings, this tour is perfect for travellers seeking a special and unforgettable experience in Georgia. Private and budget-friendly group tour options are available!

Yerevan: Private Day Trip to Sevan, Dilijan, and Tsaghkadzor

4. Yerevan: Private Day Trip to Sevan, Dilijan, and Tsaghkadzor

This day trip itinerary is designed to give you a taste of some of the most beautiful and historic destinations in Armenia. Starting from Yerevan, you will first visit Sevan Lake, which is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and a popular tourist destination. Here, you can take a stroll along the beach and enjoy the stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. You will then visit the nearby Sevanavank Monastery, which offers breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding landscape. After leaving Sevan, you will head to Dilijan National Park and visit Parz Lake, a small but picturesque lake located in the park. Here, you can take a walk around the lake and enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding forest. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Haghartsin Monastery, which is nestled in the forest and is known for its picturesque setting and historic architecture. Next, you will head to Dilijan city and take a leisurely walk through the charming town. Dilijan is known for its 19th-century architecture and artisan shops, and you can take in the sights and sounds of this delightful town at your own pace. Finally, you will return to Tsaghkadzor, a popular mountain resort town known for its skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Here, you can take a cable car ride up the mountain for stunning views of the area and explore the town at your leisure. The tour concludes with a return to Yerevan, where you can reflect on the day's experiences and memories of the beautiful sights and sounds of Armenia.

Yerevan: Private Garni, Geghard, Lake Sevan, & Dilijan Tour

5. Yerevan: Private Garni, Geghard, Lake Sevan, & Dilijan Tour

This fantastic tour will introduce you to the exotic Pagan history of Armenia, before then showing the later development and spread of Christianity throughout the country. Your first stop will be Garni Temple (77 A.D.), which is the only standing heathen temple in the whole post-Soviet area. The monastic complex of Geghard is another historical site included in this daily tour. Approximately translated into English as “Monastery of the Holy Lance”, it refers to the lance with which Longinus pierced Jesus whilst he was still hanging on the cross. The complex is a representation of 13th century Armenia, which is considered to be the Golden Age of the country’s architecture. On the way to the temple, there will also be short stop at the Charents Arch where you will be given the chance to enjoy one of the best moments of your trip to Armenia: a picturesque view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. From here, your tour will progress to the beautiful Lake Sevan. Merely an hour’s drive from the capital city of Yerevan, Sevan is situated at the height of 1,900 meters above sea level and surrounded by a vast chain of mountains. Your lake tour begins by climbing a flight of stairs to the Sevan Peninsula, a pleasant morning workout that will compensate itself with unforgettable panoramic views of the lake from the top. You will also visit the monastery of Sevanavank, which was built by the princess Mariam to honor the life of her deceased husband in the 9th century. The tour will then take you to the north of Armenia, where you will be surrounded by beautiful nature. Passing through the city of Dilijan, you will make a stop at the monastery of Gosh-Goshavank. The final destination during this trip will be the monastery of Haghartsin, which dates back to the 10th-14th centuries.

One day in Armenia from Tbilisi, Akhpati-Sevan-Yerevan.

6. One day in Armenia from Tbilisi, Akhpati-Sevan-Yerevan.

We will depart from Tbilisi at 07:00 in the morning to the border of Armenia, after crossing the border we will visit the Akhpat Monastery. The old monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. And we will leave for the capital Yerevan, on the way we will stop at a fast food place where you can taste traditional and vegetarian dishes, after that you will visit the capital of Armenia Yerevan, in Yerevan you will see the monument of the Mother of Armenia and discover Mount Ararat. Walk down the stairs from top to bottom on the cascade and take a lot of unforgettable pictures, as well as visit the Genocide Museum at the Republic Square. and take a walk in the center of the capital city of Yerevan. And on the way back visit Sevan Lake, then we will continue to Sevan Lake, where we will visit the best restaurant spread over a huge area, here we will have the opportunity to taste the delicious products of Sevan Lake. Views Sevanavanki is a monastery on the Sevan Peninsula, the existing temples were built at the end of the 9th century. The patron saint of the monastery, the complex consists of the churches of St. Karapet and St. Apostles built in the 9th century. Once the monastery served as an outpost of the castle. And go back to Tbilisi...

From Yerevan: 1-Way Private Transfer to Tbilisi & Vice Versa

7. From Yerevan: 1-Way Private Transfer to Tbilisi & Vice Versa

Ensure your travels are hassle-free with this convenient private 1-way transfer from your hotel or address in Yerevan to Tbilisi. Enjoy your own personal driver and ride in comfort on an air-conditioned, high-quality vehicle.   On your day of travel, get picked up by your driver in Yerevan, then simply sit back and relax as you’re taken to your destination in Tbilisi. During your ride, take in views from the car as you pass through Lake Sevan, Dilijan, and more. Our polite drivers will meet you at your preferred place and move you in the mentioned direction. We provide Yerevan-Tbilisi transfer services with the best & high-class vehicles. We employ professional and experienced drivers, most importantly, we have car, driver and passenger insurance. WI-FI is provided in the cars and bottled water is provided for each guest. Depending on the number of guests, we offer cars with large luggage compartments, with the ability to carry different amounts of luggage. All cars are cleaned and disinfected before each trip.

Tsaghkadzor/ Kecharis, Lake Sevan, Dilijan/ Haghartsin

8. Tsaghkadzor/ Kecharis, Lake Sevan, Dilijan/ Haghartsin

Our wonderful tour will take you to the famous mountain-ski resort - Tsaghkadzor. Translated from Armenian the word “Tsakhkadzor” means the Gorge of Flowers. In the north-western part of Tsakhkadzor one can find the 11th century monastic complex of Kecharis. The next destination during this trip will be “The Jewel of Armenia” or the “Geghama Sea” - Lake Sevan, which is one of the largest high-mountainous freshwater lakes in the world. In the northwest part of Sevan Lake, on a narrow rocky peninsula, there stands one of the most prominent examples of medieval Armenian architecture – Sevanavank Monastery. It was founded in 874 AD by princess Mariam. The next destination of the tour is “Armenian Switzerland” - Dilijan. In 13 km northeast of Dilijan in a cozy place one can find Monastery complex Haghartsin ('Dance of the Eagles’). It was built between the 10th and 13th centuries. There are stunning khachkars, a sundial on the wall of St Gregory, a ruined gavit and a refectory with stunning arched ceiling.

Join in Transfer: Yerevan to Tbilisi or Tbilisi - Yerevan

9. Join in Transfer: Yerevan to Tbilisi or Tbilisi - Yerevan

During this tour-transfer, you can explore the beauty of Lake Sevan and the nature of Dilijan. This tour will allow you to combine your transfer with interesting sightseeing. Organize your transfer from Yerevan to Tbilisi in an interesting way. Whilst leaving Armenia, you simply cannot miss the opportunity of visiting one of the country’s most renowned landmarks – beautiful Lake Sevan. Merely an hour’s drive from the capital city of Yerevan, Sevan is situated at the height of 1900m above sea level and surrounded by a vast chain of mountains. We will also visit the monastery of Sevanavank, built by Princess Mariam to honor the life of her deceased husband in the 9th century. Sevanavank is also home to the most beautiful Amenaprkich (All Savior) Khachkars of Armenia. This is one of the 13 rarest cross-stones (khachkars) depicting Jesus. The tour will then take you to the North of Armenia, where you will be surrounded by beautiful nature. You will visit the ‘’ Armenian Switzerland ’’ - the city of Dilijan. We will have a stop at Old Dilijan Street or Old Dilijan Complex, which is considered to be the oldest street of Dilijan.

From Yerevan: Sevan, Dilijan, Haghartsin, Goshavank

10. From Yerevan: Sevan, Dilijan, Haghartsin, Goshavank

One of the most popular destinations for both local and foreign tourists is Sevan, Dilijan. This fact is not accidental at all, as within the framework of the tour one can simultaneously discover the desert, and dense forest landscapes of Armenian nature. Our first stop will be in Sevanavank monastery, to reach which we have to climb several dozen steps starting from the peninsula. After getting acquainted with monastery we will see the Sevan lake. Continuing the way, we will reach the Tavush region, where we will visit Goshavank and Haghartsin monasteries built in the 10th and 13th centuries. Surrounded by forested mountains, these two famous monasteries will surely impress you. During the tour, we will have a shortstop in the area of the Old Dilijan complex. The complex fully reflects the real spirit of the city of Dilijan in the 19th century.

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Our guide Karen was great and driver Hovsep got us there safe, despite there being very inclement weather. There was a lot of drive time but that is to be expected considering the stops you are visiting. We saw many monasteries and our guide Karen even sang a wonderful Armenian church song in one of them. The guide gave the tour in both English and Russian at the same time. I believe most guests were Russian speakers but we were the few English speakers. The guide Karen spoke very good English. Monasteries were nice -- a classic Armenian experience. A little time in Dilijan was also very nice. The tour was heavy on monasteries. The lunch restaurant was pretty crowded but I mentioned it to the tour and they accomodated.

I liked that the tour was given in both English and Russian sequentially. This meant that, while the Russian tour was being given, I had free time to look around the monasteries, buy tea, etc.. The guide (Arpine) was also very knowledgeable, and the driver (Joseph) coped well in bad conditions.

Very experienced and very knowledgeable driver. Sergey made sure the trip was SAFE and comfortable. If you have any safety concerns like we did, you will be safe with Sergey. He was also very friendly and always patient with us. Definitely recommend!

We appreciated the very good organization of this day and our Yeznik guide who was very good. Lake Sevan is a wonder to behold. We recommend this excursion full of wonders.

We had a really great day with Arto, he was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun 😊 Bring your walking boots!