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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.

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

3. 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.

Tsaghkadzor/ Kecharis, Lake Sevan, Dilijan/ Haghartsin

4. 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.

From Yerevan: Sevan, Dilijan, Haghartsin, Goshavank

5. 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.

Tbilisi to Yerevan transfer with 2 sightseeing stops

6. Tbilisi to Yerevan transfer with 2 sightseeing stops

We will pick you from your hotel and start our beautiful trip to Yerevan.On the way first visiting Sevanavank monastery,located in Lake Sevan.Lake Sevan is the pearl of Armenian mountains.A valcanic creation blue eyes beaty located 1900m. above sea level is the second highest sweetwater lake in the world rounded by beautiful mountains.In lake sevan you will visit one of the most beautiful monasteries in Armenia,Sevanavank monastery.Sevanavank monastery is located on the pick of Sevan penin 1950m. from where is opening an amazing view to the lake.After enjoying this beauty we will continue our trip and before we reach Dilijan we will pass a tunnel and here is the most interesting,you will see how quickly can the nature change before and after tunnel.In Dilijan you will visit Haghartsin monastery complex located deep in Dilijan national park.Haghartsin monastery is 10-14th century monument and built in the forest in a very piecful place.After enjoyin this piecful stop you will be full of positive energy to continue your trip to Yerevan.In Yerevan we will drop you in your hotel.You will have professional experienced driver who will drice calm and safe that you can relax and enjoy the beautiful mountains who will guide you all your way.I hope to see you soon.

Private: Garni, Geghard, Symphony of stones, Sevan, Dilijan

7. Private: Garni, Geghard, Symphony of stones, Sevan, Dilijan

The monument "Arch of Charents" was created by architect Raphael Israelyan. One day on his way to Garni he stopped at this place and, noticing that a picturesque view opens from there to the Mount Ararat, he decided to build an arch as a "temple" to Ararat. The Arch was constructed in 1957, on occasion of the 60th anniversary of the great Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents. It is said, that the poet was also fond of walking around this place. It is like a picture frame, from where a mesmerizing view opens to the Ararat valley with Masis floating in distance. The pagan temple of Garni is supposed to be built in 77 AD. It is located in Kotayk region of Armenia at the left bank of Azat River. The temple was dedicated to God Mihr, the Armenian pagan god of light and the Sun. The temple is constructed of grey basalt. It is supported by a total of twenty-four 6.54-metre high columns of the Ionic order: six in the front and back and eight on the sides. The 24 columns symbolize the 24 hours. The complex was strategically built upon a promontory above high cliffs and surrounded by walls, making it a powerful fortress. The complex included a Roman bath, a royal summer palace and a 7th-century church. The Roman bath contains a mosaic crafted from fifteen different colours of natural stone that bears the inscription. “We worked but received nothing”. The name "Geghard'' means spear in Armenian. For centuries, the Geghard Monastery was the repository of the actual spear from which the monastery derived its name. Geghard monastery is an architectural gem among the Armenian churches and monasteries. Founded in the 4th century, it acquired its present appearance in the 13th century. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most majestic structures in Armenia. The Monastery of Geghard contains a number of churches and tombs, most of them cut into the rock, which illustrate the very peak of Armenian medieval architecture. The Symphony of Stones or “Basalt Organ” is a natural monument located in the basin of the Azat River, in the area of Garni village. It is included in the list of RA natural monuments. The monument consists of huge symmetric hexagon and pentagon basalt columns (nearly 50 meters high), which seem to be handmade due to their amazing symmetry. These stones hanging against the gravity resemble an organ, which explains why it is also referred to as “Basalt Organ Pipes”. The Azat River flows through the gorge, filling the stone splendor with the sound of water. Sevan, Dilijan offers an immersive exploration of the diverse Armenian landscapes, from desert to dense forests. The tour includes visiting the ancient Sevanavank Monastery, a sail on the alpine Sevan Lake, and a journey to the forest-enclosed Haghartsin Monastery in the Tavush region. Additionally, it presents a glimpse of 19th-century Dilijan through the Old Dilijan complex and statue of Mimino.

History and nature: Sevan lake, Dilijan, Tsaghkadzor

8. History and nature: Sevan lake, Dilijan, Tsaghkadzor

Tsaghkadzor is a spa town in Kotayk province of Armenia, it is popular ski and climate destination. Tsaghkadzor means “ravine full flowers”. It is a very beautiful place full of colors. Here you will also visit wonderful medieval monastery Kecharis, it was built in the early-mid ages. This monastery includes four churches, courtyard, two chapels and many cross-stones. Here you can experience relaxing nature and amazing architecture. During this tour we will explore together one of the largest freshwater, high-altitude lakes – Lake Sevan and Sevanavank monastery, built by the princess Mariam in 874. Then in Dilijan the betaking forests will surround you. And the last stop is well-known travel destination in Armenia – Hagharstin Monastery – its beauty is breathkaing unreal. Hasghartsin monastery was built in the 10th century by the Bagratuni dynasty. It was built in the place of pagan temple. This amazing complex includes 4 churches and cross-stones (khachkars). Highlights: -Tsaghkadzor resort -Tsaghkadzor ropeway -Kecharis Monastery -Lake Sevan -Sevanavank Monastery -Dilijan old city -Haghartsin Monastery -Lake Parz

Blue Sevan, Evergreen Dilijan

9. Blue Sevan, Evergreen Dilijan

While staying in Armenia, you simply cannot miss the opportunity of visiting one of the country’s most renowned landmarks – the 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. 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. The first stopover in Dilijan will be a visit to the Local History Museum. After that, you will make a stop at the monastery of Haghartsin, dating back to the 10th-14th centuries. The name is translated as “the play of the eagle.” The scenery is somewhat similar to a stunning work of art, with both the monastery and the nature surrounding it providing a breathtaking view. It is one of those spots in Armenia that feels like a breathtaking unreal movie set. The refectory of Haghartsin is considered the biggest amongst Armenian Church architecture; it was an absolute innovation of its time! If you are curious as to why there will be nothing better than seeing it for yourself!

Transfer Yerevan to Tbilisi with 2 sightseeing stops

10. Transfer Yerevan to Tbilisi with 2 sightseeing stops

We will pick you from your hotel and start our beautiful trip to Tbilisi.On the way first visiting Sevanavank monastery,located in Lake Sevan.Lake Sevan is the pearl of Armenian mountains.A valcanic creation blue eyes beaty located 1900m. above sea level is the second highest sweetwater lake in the world rounded by beautiful mountains.In lake sevan you will visit one of the most beautiful monasteries in Armenia,Sevanavank monastery.Sevanavank monastery is located on the pick of Sevan penin 1950m. from where is opening an amazing view to the lake.After enjoying this beauty we will continue our trip and before we reach Dilijan we will pass a tunnel and here is the most interesting,you will see how quickly can the nature change before and after tunnel.In Dilijan you will visit Haghartsin monastery complex located deep in Dilijan national park.Haghartsin monastery is 10-14th century monument and built in the forest in a very piecful place.After enjoyin this piecful stop you will be full of positive energy to continue your trip to Tbilisi.In Tbilisi we will drop you in your hotel.You will have professional experienced driver who will drice calm and safe that you can relax and enjoy the beautiful mountains who will guide you all your way.I hope to see you soon.

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4.8
(47 reviews)

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!