Sevan National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.  Continue to Dilijan, a city 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 Tbilisi To Armenia: Dilijan – Sevan Lake Full-Day Tour

2. From Tbilisi To Armenia: Dilijan – Sevan Lake Full-Day Tour

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!

Private tour to Lake Sevan, Noratous, Hayravank, Sevanavank

3. Private tour to Lake Sevan, Noratous, Hayravank, Sevanavank

During this tour you will visit “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 remnants of the monastery that was constructed in the 9th century include only two temples – Surb Arakelots and Surb Astvatsatsin, standing among numerous khachkars. The church buildings were constructed from black tuff, which probably gave the monastery its name Sevanavank - “the Black Monastery”. After visiting Sevanavank we will go to Noratus, which is famous for its cemetery, the oldest part of which includes over 800 khachkars (stone crosses), carved between the 9th-17th centuries. The carvings are from each period of the art form's development, which are distilled into three main periods: 9th-10th cc, 11th-12th cc and 13th-16th cc. The last stop will be Monastery Haravank, which dates back to the 9th-12th centuries. The three main constructions of the monastery are the church, the chapel and a gavit. The interior of the church is rather simple, but very thrilling when the sun hits the narrow windows of the church. The rays of the sun attack the interior, creating a thrilling sensation of holiness for every single visitor.

Tsaghkadzor (Kecharis), Lake Sevan (Sevanavank)

4. Tsaghkadzor (Kecharis), Lake Sevan (Sevanavank)

Our wonderful tour will take you to the famous mountain-ski resort - Tsaghkadzor. Translated from Armenian the word “Tsakhkadzor” means the Gorge of Flowers. Indeed, the gorge, the mountains, snow tops, rapid rivers, picturesque valleys are covered with a flower carpet. In the north-western part of Tsakhkadzor one can find the 11th century monastic complex of Kecharis. The last 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. Due to easier accessibility, good highway and railway connections with Yerevan, a well developed tourist industry in the town of Sevan, and the picturesque location Sevanavank is one of the most visited sights in Armenia.

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

5. 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.

Garni, Gegard and Lake Sevan Day Trip from Yerevan

6. Garni, Gegard and Lake Sevan Day Trip from Yerevan

Start your day early at 9:30 AM. After pick–up from your hotel in Yerevan, make your first stop at the Arc of Ararat, slow down and take in the fantastic view of mount Ararat. Move on to the Garni Pagan Temple, and learn about the only Pagan Temple to exist in Armenia. Explore the Pagan Temple, a well–known symbol of pre–Christian Armenia that was converted into a royal summer house.  For your next stop, head to the unique UNESCO listed Geghard Monastery complex, dating back as far as the 13th century. Your tour continues to Sevan Lake and Sevanavank. Stop here and savor your lunch at with Sevan Lake Iishkhan, a type of local trout, before transferring back to Yerevan.

Tsaghkadzor Town and Sevan Lake Day Tour

7. Tsaghkadzor Town and Sevan Lake Day Tour

Get ready in order to explore Tsaghkadzor Town, located in the homonymous valley. This town is considered as the most developed ski resort in the whole country. The very name Tsaghkadzor means “The valley of flowers or flower canyon” in Armenian. Also, it is well-known as a major spa and health resort. Upon arrival to this town, you will be taken by the majestic beauty in each corner. Later, you will take the cable car and rise up to the top, from where the magnificent atmosphere and spectacular nature of Tsaghkadzor unfolds. Enjoy the bird’s eye view of Tsaghkadzor Town and Teghenis Mount. The next stop is the turquoise Lake Sevan, the “Blue Pearl” of Armenia. Take a walk along the shores of this splendid lake and enjoy some free time to explore the beaches, or relax on one of the deck chairs. Visit Sevanavank Monastery, which is considered to be one of the most visited places and tourist attraction in Armenia. This monastery complex was constructed in the 9th century. It consists of two churches, Surb Arakelots “Holy Apostles” and Surb Astvatsatsin “Holy Mother of God”. Get acquainted with the history of this important site from the experienced guide. Overall, this trip to Sevanavank Monastery offers a unique combination of nature’s grandeur with the history and architecture. The tour concludes later that evening with a return back to Yerevan City.

Sevan: Half-Day Lake Sevan Tour from Yerevan

8. Sevan: Half-Day Lake Sevan Tour from Yerevan

Get ready to explore the Armenian Highlands on a full-day tour. Head to many of the most dramatic and breath-taking places in Armenia, starting from the capital city Yerevan and traveling northwest through this mountainous, historic region. Make your first stop at the famous peninsula of Sevan to enjoy the wonderful view of the Lake Sevan. Listen to your guide explain to you the architectural composition of Sevanavank, and the secrets of Lake Sevan, 1900 meters above sea level. Continue on and pass by the blue waters of Lake Sevan, and arrive in the village Noratus. Here, take the chance to explore the beautiful khachkars of Noratus. At the end of the tour, return to the capital Yerevan.

From Yerevan: Haghartsin and Yell Extreme Park Private Tour

9. From Yerevan: Haghartsin and Yell Extreme Park Private Tour

Visit the historic Haghartsin Monastery Complex and try extreme sports at Yell Extreme Park on this private trip starting with pickup in Yerevan. Feel alive as you paraglide, mountain bike, and zip line. Join a paintball fight or embark on an off-road tour.  After pickup, head to Haghartsin, a spiritual and cultural center of medieval Armenia located 12 km from Dilijan and surrounded by thick woods and beautiful landscapes. Explore this unique example of architecture and natural harmony.  Spot hundreds of inscriptions containing rich material on the socio-political history of medieval Armenia. See St. Grigor Church, St. Katoghike Church, St. Stepanos Church, a refectory, and more. Later, get the opportunity to do extreme sports without being a professional at Yell Extreme Park located in Yenokavan (activities are at your own cost). Test out your paintball skills, go horseback riding, or head into the wild on an off-road adventure.  Suit up and paraglide through the sky, bike in the mountains, or visit the Rope Park where you can try rope climbing, obstacle courses, and zip lines. After your thrilling adventures, get driven back to Yerevan for drop-off. 

From Yerevan: Off-Road and Horseback Riding Adventure Tour

10. From Yerevan: Off-Road and Horseback Riding Adventure Tour

This tour gives you the opportunity to combine extreme with culture. During this tour you will explore Lake Sevan which is the largest body of water in Armenia and the entire Caucasus region. You will also enjoy the view of monastery Sevanavank, which is a great example of Armenian architecture and history. Your next stop will be in village Haghartsin, from where you will start the jeeping with the cars called Uaz. After reaching the mountains where the horseback riding starts, the professionals will instruct you. In case you are a beginner, the specialists will support you and you can experience the emotions of horseback riding in the nature of evergreen Tavush. During this trip you will also have a short stop near Old Dilijan Complex and will have free time near Lake Parz, which will amaze with its nature and landscapes.

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4.9 / 5

based on 15 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).

It’s was an amazing trip.. the driver took me to Sevan lake, Dilijan and monastery and after that went to yell park to experience the amazing Zip-line activity And Ara was really nice and very helpful it wouldn’t be a good trip without him I highly recommend

I had a great time, Anahit was very knowledgeable and Arayik was the best. I wish you all the success in the future. Thank you, Jasmine

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