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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.

From Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor & Lake Sevan Guided Tour

2. From Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor & Lake Sevan Guided Tour

Meet at the office of the local partner in Yerevan at 10:00 AM. Travel out of the city towards the north-western region of Armenia. First, stop at the city of Tsaghkadzor, situated in the Kotayk region 50 kilometers north of the capital. This city is considered to be one of the most popular winter resorts in Armenia. Explore the city which is surrounded by picturesque mountains and forests. Visit the Kecharis Monastery which dates back to the 11th century.  The monastery consists of four churches and a half-destroyed mausoleum of Grigorius Pahlavuni, who financed the construction of the monastery. Next travel to the beautiful Lake Sevan, which is one of the world's highest fresh-water lakes, located about 1,900 meters above sea level. Enjoy a stroll beside the lake surrounded by tall mountain peaks. Admire the crystal-clear water of the lake in a truly tranquil location. Visit the nearby Sevanavank Monastery, which was built on the peninsula in the year 874. Admire the reflection of the churches on the still lake surface. Then, make your way to a restaurant located on the shore where you can enjoy some lunch, at your own expense. After lunch, be returned to the meeting point in Yerevan.

Yerevan: Garni, Geghard & Lake Sevan Tour with Lavash Baking

3. Yerevan: Garni, Geghard & Lake Sevan Tour with Lavash Baking

Start the tour at 10 AM by arriving at the local operator's office in Yerevan. After checking in, set off towards the Eastern part of Armenia in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. First, make a short stop at Charent's Arch where you can soak up the wonderful views to the biblical Mount Ararat. Them, head over to the Garni pagan temple which towers over a triangular cape. Admire the temple's blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles and see the ruins of the former royal palace with its stunning mosaics. After this, continue on to a masterpiece of 13th-century Armenian architecture at Geghard Monastery. Learn about how this cave monastery was believed to have housed the relic of the lance that pierced the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross. Experience its incredible construction which boasts fascinating acoustics which has served as a good place to sing spiritual songs. Marvel at some of the churches in the complex which are masterfully hewed into a huge rock. Discover how the complex is rich in subtle sculptural embellishments and many striking khachkars (cross-stones). Next up, stop for lunch at a cozy family-style restaurant called Abelyan House. Here, also watch the process of baking the Armenian lavash bread. Observe how the dough is rolled out flat and slapped against the hot walls of a clay oven. Have a good opportunity to participate in a lavash baking procedure. Savor the opportunity to taste it afterward with local cheese and greens. Following this, pop over to the amazing Lake Sevan, which is one of the world's greatest high altitude fresh-water lakes. Learn about how the lake is of volcanic origin and is surrounded by mountains of 3000 m and higher. Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape surrounded by crystal-clear water. Check out the medieval church complex of Sevanavank Monastery on the peninsular before you head off. Finally, hop back into the vehicle and take the return journey back to the meeting point in Yerevan where the tour concludes.

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

4. 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!

From Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor and Sevan Lake Day Tour

5. From Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor and Sevan Lake Day Tour

Experience the beauty and culture of Armenia with this amazing full-day guided tour, including Tsaghkadzor ski resort and Lake Sevan. Enjoy a comfortable ride from Yerevan to the stunning countryside of Tsaghkadzor, Kecharis Monastery, Lake Sevan, and Sevanavank Monastery. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking views, rich history, and unique culture of Armenia as you explore these wonderful sites. Don't miss out - book your Tsaghkadzor & Lake Sevan Guided Tour today!

Discover Armenia: Akhpat, Sanahin-Sevan-Yerevan-Tbilisi

6. Discover Armenia: Akhpat, Sanahin-Sevan-Yerevan-Tbilisi

Aghpati Monastery It was founded by Queen Khosrovanush (wife of the Armenian king Ashot III) in 976. This active monastery consists of one vestibule, two sepulchral corridors, a refectory, a scriptorium, an Amazaspi chapel, a bell tower and several chapels. You will admire the architectural ensemble, as well as visit the ancient tombs and Khachkar crosses. Sanahini Monastery, Alaverdi (1 hour) Sanahin was one of the main medieval centers of Northern Armenia. Here was the ancestral tomb of Kurik Bagratids (10th-11th centuries) and the episcopal residence of the diocese (until the 11th century). You will see the church ensemble, the roofs of the green buildings, and the interior spaces with vaults and columns. On Lake Sevan there is a huge restaurant stretching out from where there are beautiful views of Lake Sevan, here we will have the opportunity to taste the delicious products of Lake Sevan. Mother Armenia monument (the main monument of the country, an observation deck of the city); Cathedral to them. Gregory the Illuminator (the largest temple in Armenia (Kaskad) We will visit the Cascade in the heart of Yerevan city, the beauty of which overlooks the city, when you turn to the top of the Cascade you will see Mount Ararat, In the heart of Yerevan, we will visit the beautiful fountain and shopping street on Republic Square. Return to Tbilisi around 23:00. Vakhtang Gorgasali 3

From Yerevan: Tsakhkadzor and Lake Sevan Day Tour

7. From Yerevan: Tsakhkadzor and Lake Sevan Day Tour

Embark on a winter adventure to Tsakhkadzor and Lake Sevan, immersing yourself in Armenia's natural beauty and cultural treasures. Begin your journey with a visit to the historic Kecharis Monastery complex in Tsakhkadzor, steeped in centuries of spiritual significance. Then, traverse to the Kotayk region, where Tsakhkadzor's enchanting mountain vistas captivate visitors year-round. Continue your adventure with a pilgrimage to the awe-inspiring Lake Sevan, nestled amidst towering peaks and azure skies. Marvel at the pristine freshwater expanse, one of the highest mountain lakes globally, exuding tranquility and majesty. Indulge in some leisure time amidst the winter wonderland, with opportunities for cable car rides, skiing, and snowboarding. Accessible only via the cable car, the skiing, snowboarding, and sledding areas promise exhilarating experiences against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks and pristine landscapes.

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

8. 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.

9. 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

10. 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.

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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!

Everything was great! A wonderful experience! The guide, Edward, was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful! Only the lunch was not so great. However that’s not the tour company, it’s an external provider.

Everything was amazing! Our guide Karen and driver Spartak were very knowledgeable and fun. Highly recommmend this trip to anyone wanting to get a sense of Armenia on a short trip.