Gegharkunik Province Nature & adventure

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From Yerevan: Lake Sevan, Dilijan, Lake Parz, and Lunch

1. From Yerevan: Lake Sevan, Dilijan, Lake Parz, and Lunch

Discover Lake Sevan, Dilijan, Lake Parz, and more on a multi-stop guided trip from Yerevan. Try traditional food in Sevan and marvel at the architecture of Monastery Sevanavank and the Haghartsin Monastery Complex. Start your trip by visiting one of the country’s most renowned landmarks: Lake Sevan. Merely an hour’s drive from the capital city of Yerevan, Sevan is situated at a height of 1900 m above sea level and surrounded by a vast chain of mountains. Then, prepare to be surrounded by incredible nature as you head to the north of Armenia. Visit the city of Dilijan before making a stop at the Monastery of Haghartsin, dating back to the 10th century. Haghartsin is one of those spots in Armenia that feels just like a movie set. The refectory of Haghartsin is one the biggest examples of Armenian Church architecture. It was an absolute innovation at the time it was constructed.

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 Lake Sevan, Sevanavank Monastery

3. Armenia: Private Tour to Lake Sevan, Sevanavank Monastery

Whilst staying in Armenia, you 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 by climbing a flight of stairs to the Sevan peninsula – a pleasant morning workout that will be compensated for by the 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. Sevanavank is also home to one of the most beautiful Amenaprkich (all savior) Khachkars of Armenia. This is one of the 13 rarest crosstones depicting Jesus.

From Yerevan: Ski Day at Tsaghkadzor and Lake Sevan

4. From Yerevan: Ski Day at Tsaghkadzor and Lake Sevan

Start your day bright and early with a warm greeting by your guide who will be waiting for you in the lobby of your hotel. After a short meet and greet, you will be ready to kick start the day's adventures. Take a short and scenic drive in the direction of the most famous ski resort in the country, Tsaghkadzor, where you can enjoy skiing through Mount Teghenis. Get your skiing underway with a ropeway ride to reach the first ski path of the mountain from where can hit the slopes. Whilst you ski, take in the magnificent views of the proud Armenian snow-covered peaks.   After your skiing fun, you will head to the biggest lake in Armenia, Lake Sevan, which is partially covered with ice during the winter season and a magnificent view to behold. Next, drive towards the Sevan Peninsula to see the old monastic complex of Sevanavank and marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views.   Following your visit to the monastery, you'll hop back on board your comfortable vehicle and return to your hotel in Yerevan.

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

5. 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.

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.

From Yerevan: 2-Day Garni, Geghard & Azhdahak Hiking Tour

7. From Yerevan: 2-Day Garni, Geghard & Azhdahak Hiking Tour

In the morning, meeting your guide in the lobby of your hotel and start the adventurous camping tour. Head to the Western part of Gegharkunik Region to start the hiking mission to the highest point of The Geghama Range. First, discover the crater Lake Akna on the foot of the extinct volcano Azhdahak. Climb up the slopes and enjoy fragrant flowers and the beauty of virgin landscapes. Afterward, reach the summit of the mount and unveil the views of the biblical Mount Ararat, the valley of Kotayk, Lake Sevan and the whole Geghama mountain range. Later, descend to Vanki Lake and set up the tents for overnight. Along the way, explore the petroglyphs and dragon stones near the Lake, which date back from 2 B.C. to 1 B.C. In the evening, delicious meals, a friendly atmosphere, and a warm campfire will fill your evening with joy. In the morning, fresh alpine air wakes you before you descend the Mount to drive to the next location, the UNESCO heritage site Geghard Monastic complex. Later, head to the Pagan Temple of Garni, another ancient marvel surrounded by divine backgrounds. In the evening, the comfortable vehicle will transfer you back to the capital city.

Tsaghkadzor Town and Sevan Lake Day Tour

8. 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.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 11 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.

The tour guide (a young woman) was fantastic, so knowledgeable, so friendly and with a great sense of humour. Im really sorry i cant remember her name. The food was good too

The tour guide Maisa I believe was her name was incredibly knowledgeable and very attending to the visitors. Incredible experience!

Great trip to beautiful Dilijan and Lake Seven. Our tour guide Sascha was amazing!!

Great tour, great explanations from the guide, answered all questions, very polite