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

1. 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.

Yerevan: Private Tour to Lake Sevan & Dilijan Spa Town

2. Yerevan: Private Tour to Lake Sevan & Dilijan Spa Town

Visit Lake Sevan, the world’s second-largest high-altitude lake at 1900m above sea level. Explore this huge mountain lake that takes up 5% of Armenia's surface area. Marvel at stunning turquoise waters and dramatic mountain scenery after climbing up the peninsula hill. Continue to Dilijan spa town in Dilijan National Park, a protected area renowned for its serene lakes, picturesque hill trails, and peaceful villages. Words alone can’t describe the natural beauty of Dilijan. Soak in the forested mountains and mild climate of Dilijan. Take a stroll in Old Dilijan Complex on the historic Sharambeyan street. Then, continue your journey to Haghartsin, a fairy-tale medieval monastery nestled in the middle of the forest.

Explore the Beauty of Dilijan

3. Explore the Beauty of Dilijan

Start your trip early in the morning by visiting Dilijan, which is well-known as “The Little Switzerland” of Armenia. It is a worthwhile place to spend at least a single day. Unforgettable memories will be created while strolling in the Old Dilijan Complex. Here, you will have the opportunity to explore and participate in the wood and ceramic workshops, as well as buy some unique handmade souvenirs from the mineral and silver, ideal for your loved ones. Depart to the most romantic part of this trip - The Parz Lich (Clear Lake). It embodies the majestic site of this city. Here, you will enjoy your time in the nature embrace while listening to incredible facts from your expert guide. Take a boat trip on the calm water of this lake, while capturing memorable photographs of the heavenly surrounding nature. Then to end this magnificent day trip by relaxing your mind from the daily hustle and bustle on the lakeside, before the comfortable return back to the Capital city Yerevan.

From Yerevan: Dilijan, Parz Lake, and Makaravank Monastery

4. From Yerevan: Dilijan, Parz Lake, and Makaravank Monastery

Explore the natural beauty of Armenia on this tour to from Yerevan to Dilijan's Old Town in the National Park. Stop at lake Parz and learn how this lake was formed. Travel to Makaravank monastery and step back in time as you see its 10th-13th century architecture. Be picked up from the meeting point in Yerevan. Take in the natural beauty of the forest on the airconditioned drive to Dilijan's Old Town. Snap pictures of the old stone and wooden buildings. Heard to the shores of lake Parz for some time relaxing in a natural and serene environment. Hear about the facinating way in which this lake was formed. Continue to the well-preserved Makaravank monastery. Look up at the dome in the hall and see the sun dial. Observe detailed carvings of animals, sphinxes, and sirens. Return to the meeting point in Yerevan at the end of your tour.

Yerevan: Two Day Adventure Trip

5. Yerevan: Two Day Adventure Trip

Your trip will begin with hotel collection in Yerevan, where you will depart for the first discovery on your way, the turquoise Lake Sevan. The tour will then continue to the Sevan Peninsula, where you will witness the black ancient Monastery Sevanavank as well as breathtaking views over the top of the peninsula. Following this, you will venture to the emerald town of Dilijan, whose lush forests and green hills will remind you of a 'Little Switzerland'. Afterwards you will head to Parz Lake, where you will be able to immerse yourself in the divine nature of this green oasis. That evening, you will depart to Lastiver, a fairy spot with caves, waterfalls, wooden huts and thick forests. You can even enjoy swimming in the Khachaghbyur River near the campsite. Lastiver is an ideal place to breathe fresh mountain air, and you will rest around the campfire and spend a night camping. After breakfast the following day, you will continue to the Yenokavan village to experience the beauty of this cozy place. This will also be where the exhilarating part of your tour takes place, with the opportunity to go both paragliding and horse riding on hand. That evening your driver will drop you off back at your hotel in Yerevan.  

Mountain Bike Tour in Armenia

6. Mountain Bike Tour in Armenia

Begin with a pick up from your hotel accommodation in Yerevan. Stopping in at the Monastery of Khor Virap, here get a great view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Then hit the road on your bike, heading for Zangakatun, located at the gateway of the Vayots Dzor province. From here descend to the Areni Village, as the immense red cliffs are unveiled before you. Pass the Arpa Valley, and stop at the Areni cave, where many artifacts of the region's millennia-old win history have been found. This cave famously harbored the oldest shoe of the world, once. Then cycle to the Noravank Monastery through canyons. This medieval monastery will marvel you with its splendor. Rest for the night in the village of Herher.  Departing Herher, head to Noratus cemetery, stopping at the Selim pass and the Lake Sevan by car. Start your biking at the stone-cross in Noratus' Khachkars. Cycle around the side of the lake shore, taking a break at the Sevan Peninsula, here admire the Monastery of Secanavank. Heading toward the town of Dilijan, find a dramatically different landscape of forest along the way. In the late afternoon visit the Sanahin monastery in Odzun.  Departing Odzun, cycle to the Stepanavan. Explore diverse landscapes,  vast plateaus and green meadows. Watch out for herds of cows or horses galloping in freedom. Here, canyons that cross through huge plateaus, seem to be created by divine hand. Make your first stop at the fortress of Lori, located at the crossroads of two canyons, which used to be a strategic location for the Armenian Kingdom of Bagratuni. Later, continue the route to reach the town of Stepanavan. Then on to Vanadzor, which will be the final stage of the 3-day circuit. After you reach Vanadzor, a vehicle will take care of the transfer back to Yerevan.

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What people are saying about Dilijan

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 44 reviews

It was an enjoyable tour although I could not understand why some people complained at the end. I am not the easiest person on the planet, and I enjoyed it! The tour guide was knowledgeable (I can't remember the name right now, a man with a name starting in S, maybe Samuel?), patient and friendly. The tour had a good pace although it was long - a good day out. The sightseeing was interesting. I went solo and met some interesting people too. Lunch was tasty and I could order a glass of good wine for a minimal fee. I suggest you go early as I arrived exactly on time and I did not have a good seat on the coach. Very good tour, recommended.

This is excellent value for money. The tour guide was really friendly and struck a good balance between giving information and not being annoyingly over-talkative. The itinerary is great and a lot is packed into one day. I would have liked to have spent more time in Dilijan is the only thing, we literally stopped for a photo and then continued. Lunch was also excellent (not included in the price but it was equivalent to about €10 for two courses + coffee).

Amazing experience. Even though it was a very misty day and was not possible to fully appreciate the surroundings, it was a great way to understand the culture and past of the region. Be ready to climb lots of stairs! We were lucky enough to get snow when we reach to the top of lake Sevan monastery :D Highly recommended!

Everything perfectly prepared. The guide, Mrs. Maria, has great knowledge of the places shown and care for the participants. This is one of the most popular tourist offices in Yerevan. Tours can be purchased before leaving for Armenia (I did just that) or on site at the company's headquarters.

I loved the tour, and our tour guide and the driver were great.