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From Yerevan: Lake Sevan and Dilijan Full-Day Tour

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Activity provider: Hyur Service LLC

From Yerevan: Lake Sevan and Dilijan Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: Hyur Service LLC
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From US$ 29 per person

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On this 10-hour tour visit Lake Sevan, the pearl of this mountainous country and one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in Eurasia. Next visit Dilijan, often referred to as "Armenian Switzerland" for its fantastic natural forests.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Russian

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the largest freshwater high-altitude lake in Eurasia
  • Admire the forests of the "Armenian Switzerland"
  • Explore the most popular monasteries in Armenia
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Professional guide who speaks Russian, English, and Armenian
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Light refreshments (bottled water and sweets)
  • WiFi
  • Lunch (approximately $7 - 9)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Please arrive at the meeting point 15-30 minutes before the activity starts for check-in and to select your preferred seats.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a 200-steps climb to Sevanavank and a 600-meter walk down the hill to Haghartsin
  • Seats are not fixed in advance
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

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The tour was well organised, there was enough time to visit and sufficient information was given about the special features of the monasteries. Personally, I didn't like the fact that information was given continuously on the bus, in two languages, which was very annoying in the long run. The same information would have been enough for me directly at the churches. You also need some rest on the bus.

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August 4, 2022

Really good tour I liked especially the specific timing she gave us at each place of interest( the guide ) I liked the Lake, Dilijan bit disappointing , the church on the hill was magical with amazing views . I loved the place we stopped for lunch The drive to me is the highlight - stunning scenery I personally as hearing aid wearer , found it difficult to hear and understand her info etc .

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July 6, 2022

Wow what can I said about this trip the place is amazing and rose our guide it’s very helpful and nice the driver drives us safe

May 7, 2022

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