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

1. 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.

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Explore the Beauty of Dilijan

2. Explore the Beauty of Dilijan

Start your trip early in the morning by visiting Dilijan, which is well-known as “The Little Switzerland” of Armenia. It is a worthwhile place to spend at least a single day. Unforgettable memories will be created while strolling in the Old Dilijan Complex. Here, you will have the opportunity to explore and participate in the wood and ceramic workshops, as well as buy some unique handmade souvenirs from the mineral and silver, ideal for your loved ones. Depart to the most romantic part of this trip - The Parz Lich (Clear Lake). It embodies the majestic site of this city. Here, you will enjoy your time in the nature embrace while listening to incredible facts from your expert guide. Take a boat trip on the calm water of this lake, while capturing memorable photographs of the heavenly surrounding nature. Then to end this magnificent day trip by relaxing your mind from the daily hustle and bustle on the lakeside, before the comfortable return back to the Capital city Yerevan.

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From Yerevan: Haghartsin and Yell Extreme Park Private Tour

3. 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. 

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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.

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Yerevan: Private Tour to Lake Sevan & Dilijan Spa Town

5. Yerevan: Private Tour to Lake Sevan & Dilijan Spa Town

Visit Lake Sevan, the world’s second-largest high-altitude lake at 1900m above sea level. Explore this huge mountain lake that takes up 5% of Armenia's surface area. Marvel at stunning turquoise waters and dramatic mountain scenery after climbing up the peninsula hill. Continue to Dilijan spa town in Dilijan National Park, a protected area renowned for its serene lakes, picturesque hill trails, and peaceful villages. Words alone can’t describe the natural beauty of Dilijan. Soak in the forested mountains and mild climate of Dilijan. Take a stroll in Old Dilijan Complex on the historic Sharambeyan street. Then, continue your journey to Haghartsin, a fairy-tale medieval monastery nestled in the middle of the forest.

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Yerevan: Two Day Adventure Trip

6. Yerevan: Two Day Adventure Trip

Your trip will begin with hotel collection in Yerevan, where you will depart for the first discovery on your way, the turquoise Lake Sevan. The tour will then continue to the Sevan Peninsula, where you will witness the black ancient Monastery Sevanavank as well as breathtaking views over the top of the peninsula. Following this, you will venture to the emerald town of Dilijan, whose lush forests and green hills will remind you of a 'Little Switzerland'. Afterwards you will head to Parz Lake, where you will be able to immerse yourself in the divine nature of this green oasis. That evening, you will depart to Lastiver, a fairy spot with caves, waterfalls, wooden huts and thick forests. You can even enjoy swimming in the Khachaghbyur River near the campsite. Lastiver is an ideal place to breathe fresh mountain air, and you will rest around the campfire and spend a night camping. After breakfast the following day, you will continue to the Yenokavan village to experience the beauty of this cozy place. This will also be where the exhilarating part of your tour takes place, with the opportunity to go both paragliding and horse riding on hand. That evening your driver will drop you off back at your hotel in Yerevan.  

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Mountain Bike Tour in Armenia

7. Mountain Bike Tour in Armenia

Begin with a pick up from your hotel accommodation in Yerevan. Stopping in at the Monastery of Khor Virap, here get a great view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Then hit the road on your bike, heading for Zangakatun, located at the gateway of the Vayots Dzor province. From here descend to the Areni Village, as the immense red cliffs are unveiled before you. Pass the Arpa Valley, and stop at the Areni cave, where many artifacts of the region's millennia-old win history have been found. This cave famously harbored the oldest shoe of the world, once. Then cycle to the Noravank Monastery through canyons. This medieval monastery will marvel you with its splendor. Rest for the night in the village of Herher.  Departing Herher, head to Noratus cemetery, stopping at the Selim pass and the Lake Sevan by car. Start your biking at the stone-cross in Noratus' Khachkars. Cycle around the side of the lake shore, taking a break at the Sevan Peninsula, here admire the Monastery of Secanavank. Heading toward the town of Dilijan, find a dramatically different landscape of forest along the way. In the late afternoon visit the Sanahin monastery in Odzun.  Departing Odzun, cycle to the Stepanavan. Explore diverse landscapes,  vast plateaus and green meadows. Watch out for herds of cows or horses galloping in freedom. Here, canyons that cross through huge plateaus, seem to be created by divine hand. Make your first stop at the fortress of Lori, located at the crossroads of two canyons, which used to be a strategic location for the Armenian Kingdom of Bagratuni. Later, continue the route to reach the town of Stepanavan. Then on to Vanadzor, which will be the final stage of the 3-day circuit. After you reach Vanadzor, a vehicle will take care of the transfer back to Yerevan.

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Yerevan: Monastery of Kirants Guided Hike

8. Yerevan: Monastery of Kirants Guided Hike

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in the morning in order to drive you comfortably to your hiking site, located about 2.5 hours from Yerevan in the Tavush region. The small village of Kirants itself is located near the border with Azerbaijan. The Kirants Forest however is situated inland, far from the steppe which already marks the border. Your hike will begin in the hamlet of Acharkut, located at the edge of the forest. You will move slowly along a fairly straight footpath which has very little altitude difference, and later you will stop in a heavenly spot to rest at the hike's halfway point. You will then continue trekking before reaching the highest point on your tour, the Monastery of Kirants. This monastery is perched on a hillside outcrop, and dates back to the 8th century. It was founded by Armenians, who adopted Chalcedonism. The monastery is composed of small bricks, and its architecture is sometimes reminiscent of classic Armenian character, yet sometimes represents different styles due to the materials used in its construction. After a break in the refreshing silence of this monastery, you will descend back down the hill. Your tour vehicle will then be waiting for you at your starting point to take you comfortably back to Yerevan.

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4.8 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Guide was very patient and knowledgeable about the history of Armenia. Great English, amazing views and even better food along the way. Highly recommend to all tourists.

I really enjoyed the trip. Our guide Tigran was very knowledgeable and the driving was safe (unfortunately I forgot the diver's name!).

Very diligent and caring girl-guide Ward and driver Levon. They told and showed a lot, helped in everything

Informative, comfortable and must go trip to enjoy nature as well as History of Armenia

Professional guide Ward and attentive driver Leva worked with us. We really enjoyed.