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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.

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

2. 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.

Explore the Beauty of Dilijan

3. 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.

Yerevan: Private Tour to Lake Sevan & Dilijan Spa Town

4. 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.

From Yerevan: Dilijan, Parz Lake, and Makaravank Monastery

5. From Yerevan: Dilijan, Parz Lake, and Makaravank Monastery

Explore the natural beauty of Armenia on this tour to from Yerevan to Dilijan's Old Town in the National Park. Stop at lake Parz and learn how this lake was formed. Travel to Makaravank monastery and step back in time as you see its 10th-13th century architecture. Be picked up from the meeting point in Yerevan. Take in the natural beauty of the forest on the airconditioned drive to Dilijan's Old Town. Snap pictures of the old stone and wooden buildings. Heard to the shores of lake Parz for some time relaxing in a natural and serene environment. Hear about the facinating way in which this lake was formed. Continue to the well-preserved Makaravank monastery. Look up at the dome in the hall and see the sun dial. Observe detailed carvings of animals, sphinxes, and sirens. Return to the meeting point in Yerevan at the end of your tour.

Armenia: Trip to Lake Sevan, Tsaghkadzor, Dilijan

6. Armenia: Trip to Lake Sevan, Tsaghkadzor, Dilijan

Explore Armenia with Sati Tour Armenia, and you will see and get to know more about beautiful Armenia, with hidden corners of the country.

Urbex photo tour In Armenia

7. Urbex photo tour In Armenia

The 7-day URBEX photo tour in Armenia is a one-of-a-kind adventure that allows visitors to explore the country's hidden treasures and abandoned buildings. What makes this tour truly unique is the access it provides to exclusive and hard-to-reach locations that are not typically open to the public. The tour takes visitors through a variety of locations, including abandoned factories, and other structures that have been left untouched for years. These sites offer a glimpse into the past and showcase the industrial and architectural history of Armenia.The tour is designed for adventure seekers who want to explore Armenia from a different perspective. Visitors will be accompanied by experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the locations and can provide insights into their history and significance. The guides will also ensure that visitors have access to all sites and will help them navigate through challenging terrain. We will not share the exact location , in this program but we guarantee all access without troubles . Day1 Yerevan overnight Meeting at the airport , transfer to hotel . In the evening we meet in a restaurant for dinner (optional ) Day2 Yerevan -Yeghegis ( overnight) Visiting Khor Virap -Noravank and an abendoned factory for photogaphy Day3 Yeghegis -Haghpat (overnight) Silk road , Orbenlian carvansararai- lake Sevan -obendoned Cable car- Haghpat Day 4 Alaverdi -Sanahin- Haghpat ( overnight ) Sanahin monastery -Mikoyan museum - Old factories for phototour Day5 Haghpat- Amberd After our 9am departure, we soon reach this insane site. Everything is there: the machines, the Stalin-era architecture, the production line etc. A unique place and exceptional that we have permission, Drive to Amberd for overnight , on the way a stop at a bakery Day6 Amberd -Yerevan (overnight) drive to Amberd Castle. This historic site (10th century) begs to be photographed. After this, we drive past the old Tegher monastery and our lunch spot then one of the highlights of this trip. Drive to Yerevan Day 7 GEGHARD Rock-hewn Unesco monastery This beautiful monastery complex is not to be missed when in Armenia. After our departure at 9am, we are here with an hour and can walk around, take pictures or enjoy this mystical place. GARNI & ROCK FORMATION/ URBEX POOL Unique and beautifully located Not far from Geghard is a Roman temple from 77. Complete and working. We visit this super photogenic site along with the adjacent 'Symphony of Stones'. A menacing and unusual basalt rock formation. We arrive back in Yerevan on time. You can, if you like, visit another urbex pool.

Armenia: All-inclusive 7 Days with hikes and overnights

8. Armenia: All-inclusive 7 Days with hikes and overnights

During our 7 days, we will hike the Armenian mountains, enjoy the local food 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 history. 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 - riding cable car to Tatev Monastery - Overnight in Goris town Duration: 12 hours Day 4 / Goris - Khndzoresk cave city - Yeghegis village - Lunch - Zorats church - 13th century Jewish cemetery- o/n in Yeghegis Duration: 8 hours Day 5 / Selim caravanserai - Noratus cemetery -Lake Sevan - Lunch - o/n in Dilijan. Duration: 8 hours Day 6 / Dilijan - Hike Goshavank to Parz lake(distance - 8km; duration 3-4 hours) - drive to Alaverdi- o/n in Alaverdi Duration: 10 hours Day 7 / Hike from Sanahin to Haghpat(distance - 10km; duration 4-5 hours)- Lunch - Back to Yerevan - farewell dinner Duration: 10 hours

Yerevan: Two Day Adventure Trip

9. 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.  

From Yerevan: Trek from Lake Parz to Lake Gosh

10. From Yerevan: Trek from Lake Parz to Lake Gosh

Explore the nature and architecture of Tavush region and Dilijan. Discover Lake Parz and Lake Gosh. Trek through the rich forests.

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4.8 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Amazing experience. Even though it was a very misty day and was not possible to fully appreciate the surroundings, it was a great way to understand the culture and past of the region. Be ready to climb lots of stairs! We were lucky enough to get snow when we reach to the top of lake Sevan monastery :D Highly recommended!

This was an amazing tour (even in the heart of winter). So many beautiful sights. The driver, Spartan, was very skilled, punctual and professional and the guide, Tatev, was so kind knowledgeable and personable. She spoke perfect English, Russian and Armenian. Highly recommend this tour!

we enjoyed this, our guide jasmine was very professional and understanding everything, we choose a much to stay in each stops and we saw great places that help us know Armenia better. highly recommended

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

Amazing guide tout. Full of information. Lunch its tasty .