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

1. 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.

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

2. 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.

Armenia: Private Tour to Garni, Geghard, and Lake Sevan

3. Armenia: Private Tour to Garni, Geghard, and Lake Sevan

This tour will introduce you to the mysterious pagan history of Armenia and explain the spread and influence of Christianity in the country's history. Visit the Temple of Garni, the only standing Greco-Roman temple in the whole post-Soviet area. Standing on a high plateau overlooking the Azat River gorge, the temple is home to a Roman bathhouse which houses a mosaic, made out of 30,000 pieces of natural stones. It also hosts the ruins of the royal palace, dating back to the 3rd-century. Head to the monastic complex of Geghard. The complex is from medieval times, which was considered to be the Golden Age of the country’s architecture. Check out the impressive church cut right out of solid rock.  Drive to the beautiful Lake Sevan surrounded by a vast chain of mountains. Climb a flight of stairs to the Sevan peninsula for an unforgettable panoramic view of the lake and see the 9th-century monastery of Sevanavank. Built by the princess Mariam in honor of her late husband, Sevanavank is also home to one of the most beautiful Amenaprkich Khachkars of Armenia.

Yerevan: Echmiadzin, Zvartnots, Lake Sevan, and Dilijan Tour

4. Yerevan: Echmiadzin, Zvartnots, Lake Sevan, and Dilijan Tour

After departing from Yerevan, you will make your way to 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 1,900 meters above sea level and surrounded by a vast chain of mountains. The tour begins by climbing a flight of stairs to the Sevan Peninsula, a pleasant morning workout that will compensate itself with an unforgettable panoramic view of the lake from above. 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. Sevanavank is also home to one of the most beautiful Amenaprkich (all savior) Khachkars of Armenia. Next, you will travel 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 last destination during this trip will be the monastery of Haghartsin, which dates 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.

Private Tour: Lake Sevan, Dilijan, Goshavank and Haghartsin

5. Private Tour: Lake Sevan, Dilijan, Goshavank and Haghartsin

Whilst staying in Armenia, you simply cannot miss the opportunity to visit the country’s most renowned landmark – the beautiful Lake Sevan. Merely an hour’s drive from the capital city of Yerevan, Sevan is situated at a height of 1900m above sea level and surrounded by a vast chain of mountains.The tour begins as you climb a flight of stairs to the Sevan peninsula – a pleasant morning workout that will reward you with unforgettable panoramic views of the Lake from the top. You will also visit the monastery of Sevanavank, built by 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. Near to the city of Dilijan, you will make a stop at the monastery of Gosh-Goshavank. This historical church is located in the heart of nature and by a beautiful village with the same name. Mkhitar Gosh was one of the great intellectual powers of his day, authoring numerous works, including the first code of civil and Canon law that was used in both Greater Armenia and Cilicia. The last destination during this trip will be the monastery of Haghartsin, dating back to the 10th -14th Centuries. The name translates as “the play of the eagle”. The scenery here is stunning, with both the monastery and the nature surrounding it providing breathtaking views.

From Yerevan: Haghartsin and Yell Extreme Park Private Tour

6. 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 Tbilisi To Armenia: Full-Day Tour to Sevan Lake

7. From Tbilisi To Armenia: Full-Day Tour to Sevan Lake

Your picturesque trip to Lake Sevan starts from Tbilisi; you will be picked up at your hotel and driven to Dilijan town. Visit Lake Parz. It is a small lake located in Dilijan National Park east of Dilijan in Armenia. The lake was formed by natural climatic changes. "Parz" in Armenian means clear. Take a short walk to Sharambeyan Street. Situated within the national park, the area, popularly known as "Little Switzerland" for its forested hills and picturesque houses made of stone and wood, remains home to many Armenian visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers. Browse through the small shops or discover an art gallery and museum.  Continue your tour to Lake Sevan - the Jewel of Armenia, known as the Geghama Sea. It is one of the largest high-mountainous freshwater lakes in the world. Here, visit the Sevanavank Monastery, the most prominent landmark of medieval Armenian architecture.

Yerevan: 2 nights in Armenia Experience

8. Yerevan: 2 nights in Armenia Experience

Day 1: You will be greeted at the airport before being transferred to your hotel. Following some rest you will receive a city tour, visiting Republic Square, Northern Avenue, Opera Square, Cascade, the Genocide Memorial, and the Konyak Factory. Outside of enjoying the legends of Armenian Konyak and wine making, you'll also receive a tour inside the building where a part of the Old Yerevan fortress was found. Day 2: Following breakfast, you'll enjoy a day trip to the Lake Sevan Peninsula and Sevanavank Monastery. Following that, your tour will continue to the Garni Pagan Temple, which is the only pagan temple remaining in Armenia. Your last stop is to the Geghard Monastery, after which you will return to Yerevan. Day 3: On the morning of your final day, you will be transferred to Yerevan Airport.

Private Tour to Echmiadzin, Zvartnots, and Lake Sevan

9. Private Tour to Echmiadzin, Zvartnots, and Lake Sevan

This daily tour will begin with a visit to St. Hripsime Church. This amazing building has stood upright since the day of its construction in 618 A.D, making it one of the oldest standing churches in the world. A 5-minute drive away is the next stop on your tour: the 7th Century Church of St. Gayane. After this stop, you will head to observe the world’s first Christian Cathedral – the Holy Echmiatsin. Echmiatsin is considered to be the spiritual center of Armenians all over the world. According to legend, Jesus Christ descended on the same spot where the Dissention Altar stands today, where Gregory the Illuminator ordered the church to be built. You will make a final stop at another beautiful 7th Century temple, also included in the UNESCO heritage list.  Whilst staying in Armenia, you simply cannot miss the opportunity to visit 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 a height of 1900m above sea level and surrounded by a vast chain of mountains. The tour begins with a climb to the Sevan peninsula – a pleasant workout that will reward you with unforgettable panoramic views of the lake from the top. You will also visit the monastery of Sevanavank before returning back.

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4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

A fantastic service, a professional and very nice driver, whom was very very committed to showing me the beauty of Armenia. The driver went all-in, was friendly and professional. I recommend that you try this company. They certainly deliver!

We had a great trip and saw amazing places. We also had a few surprise stops, for example to see the preparation of traditional Armenian bread (a very tasty stop). Everything was perfectly organized and went very smoothly. Would recommend

The trip was organized in a great way and I was grateful to observe these beautiful landscapes. The group was international and the overall experience was very positive.

Beautiful tour with competent, motivated management. The food was very good too. All in all a very nice day. I then went on 3 more tours with this organization.

What a super day - great guide and driver all to myself- thank you !!