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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.  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.

Private tour to Tsaghkadzor, Lake Sevan, Dilijan

2. Private tour to Tsaghkadzor, Lake Sevan, Dilijan

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: 5-day Private Guided Hiking & Cultural Tour

3. From Yerevan: 5-day Private Guided Hiking & Cultural Tour

During our 5 days we will hike Armenian mountains on moderate trails with duration of 3 - 7 hours hike per day and get familiar with the Armenian historical and religious monuments, ancient culture and national cuisine. We will visit memorials, markets, temples, monasteries and many more to learn about Armenian history. During our 4th day we will reach Alaverdi and spend overnight there. The town is located at the only direct rail link between Armenia and Georgia. Day 1 / Airport pick up and drive to your hotel / City Tour(Visit Erebuni fortress which is an Urartian fortified city) / walking tour / Lunch / back to your hotel Duration: 7 hours Day 2 / Yerevan - Echmiadzin - Hike from Garni village to Garni temple(distance - 4km; duration 2-3 hours) - Lunch - Geghard cave monastery - drive back to Yerevan Duration: 8 hours Day 3 / Yerevan - Drive to Khor virap monastery -Hike from Gnishik village to Noravank monastery(distance - 13km; duration 5-6 hours) - Lunch - drive back to Yerevan Duration: 10 hours Day 4 / Yerevan - Drive to Lake Sevan - Visit Sevanavank monastery - Dilijan - Hike Goshavank Monastery to Parz lake(distance - 8km; duration 3-4 hours) - drive to Alaverdi- o/n in Alaverdi Day 5 / Hike from Sanahin to Haghpat(distance - 10km; duration 4-5 hours)- Lunch - Drive to back to Yerevan - farewell dinner / Airport drop off Duration: 12 hours

Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor, Lake Sevan, and Dilijan Private Tour

4. Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor, Lake Sevan, and Dilijan Private Tour

Tsaghkadzor famous either as a winter activity or summer. Tsaghkadzor City is a really loved tourist destination for all seasons Tsaghkadzor literally means valley of flowers or flower canyon in Armenian. Lake Sevan is pearl of Armenia the largest fresh water in the area. Dilijan is a spa town we call "Armenian Switzerland" forested region, Haghartsin monastery it is unique complex of nature and architecture. While Parz Lake is a smaller-in-size , it has much to offer to each of its visitors. Among them are four-wheeled motorcycles, boats, crafts, fishing and camping. The Goshavank Monastery is one of Armenia's most famous religious sites for a variety of reasons. Its fascinating location, surrounded by dense forests, the color palette of the buildings,

Tbilisi transfer with a stop in Dilijan to or from Yerevan

5. Tbilisi transfer with a stop in Dilijan to or from Yerevan

Our employee/s will pick you up from your address/ hotel in Yerevan or Tbilisi and accompany you to Yerevan or Tbilisi. On the way you will have opportunity to explore Monastery complex which comprises several structures, including the St. Gregory Church, St. Astvatsatsin Church, St. Stepanos Church, and a refectory. Each building showcases intricate stone carvings, ornate khachkars (cross-stones), and detailed architecture, reflecting Armenian medieval design. It holds profound religious importance in Armenian history. It served as a center for spiritual enlightenment and education, attracting monks, scholars, and pilgrims seeking solace and wisdom. Surrounded by verdant forests and the melodious sounds of nature, Haghartsin offers a tranquil retreat. The monastery's setting amidst the emerald greenery creates a harmonious blend of spirituality and natural beauty. Haghartsin Monastery stands as a testament to Armenia's rich cultural heritage, inviting travelers to delve into its history, architectural marvels, and spiritual aura amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Tavush region.

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What people are saying about Goshavank Monastery Complex

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 28 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).

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

It was a remarkable experience. The tour guide Mr.Yervant was so good

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