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Haghartsin Monastery Complex

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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.

Yerevan: Private Day Trip to Sevan, Dilijan, and Tsaghkadzor

2. Yerevan: Private Day Trip to Sevan, Dilijan, and Tsaghkadzor

This day trip itinerary is designed to give you a taste of some of the most beautiful and historic destinations in Armenia. Starting from Yerevan, you will first visit Sevan Lake, which is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and a popular tourist destination. Here, you can take a stroll along the beach and enjoy the stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. You will then visit the nearby Sevanavank Monastery, which offers breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding landscape. After leaving Sevan, you will head to Dilijan National Park and visit Parz Lake, a small but picturesque lake located in the park. Here, you can take a walk around the lake and enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding forest. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Haghartsin Monastery, which is nestled in the forest and is known for its picturesque setting and historic architecture. Next, you will head to Dilijan city and take a leisurely walk through the charming town. Dilijan is known for its 19th-century architecture and artisan shops, and you can take in the sights and sounds of this delightful town at your own pace. Finally, you will return to Tsaghkadzor, a popular mountain resort town known for its skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Here, you can take a cable car ride up the mountain for stunning views of the area and explore the town at your leisure. The tour concludes with a return to Yerevan, where you can reflect on the day's experiences and memories of the beautiful sights and sounds of Armenia.

Private tour to Tsaghkadzor, Lake Sevan, Dilijan

3. 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.

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.

Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor, Lake Sevan, and Dilijan Private Tour

5. 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

6. 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.

From Yerevan: Haghartsin and Yell Extreme Park Private Tour

7. 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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What people are saying about Haghartsin Monastery Complex

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 47 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).

It’s was an amazing trip.. the driver took me to Sevan lake, Dilijan and monastery and after that went to yell park to experience the amazing Zip-line activity And Ara was really nice and very helpful it wouldn’t be a good trip without him I highly recommend

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

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