Private Tour: Lake Sevan, Sevanavank, Dilijan, Goshavank and Haghartsin

Private Tour: Lake Sevan, Sevanavank, Dilijan, Goshavank and Haghartsin

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Private Tour: Lake Sevan, Sevanavank, Dilijan, Goshavank and Haghartsin

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DURATION
9 hours
PICK UP POINT
At your request
TOUR LANGUAGE
Russian, English

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WI-FI

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BOTTLED WATER

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Brief description

Discover the Armenian countryside with us – during this tour we will explore together one of the largest freshwater, high-altitude lakes – Lake Sevan and monastery of Sevanavank, built by the princess Mariam in 874. Then in Dilijan the betaking forests will surround you. We will also explore the Goshavank Monastery – located in the middle of Goshavank village with wonderful nature. And the last stop is well-known travel destination in Armenia – Hagharstin Monastery – its beauty is breathkaing unreal. Hasghartsin monastery was built in the 10th century by the Bagratuni dynasty. It was built in the place of pagan temple. This amazing complex includes 4 churches and cross-stones (khachkars).

  1. Transportation on comfortable vehicles
  2. All tickets to mentioned historic and cultural sights, museums
  3. Drinking water in the vehicle
  4. Taxes
  1. Lunches during the tour. We can organize lunch by prior request
  2.  Additional alcoholic drinks
  1. Please e-mail us if there are children under 4 years with you
  2. In case the tour is organized in other language, changes of the prices are possible

Stop 1: 10:00
Lake Sevan

The high-mountainous Lake Sevan is the “pearl of Armenia”. Lake Sevan – located at an altitude of 1,900 m above sea level in the center of the Armenian highland, 63 km northeast of the Armenian capital of Yerevan city and is the largest of the Caucasus lakes. From all sides, Sevan is surrounded by mountain ranges, offering a stunning view of alpine lake.. The lake is famous for its purest fresh water, and pure mountain air has a beneficial effect on health.

Stop 2: 11:00
Sevanavank

The monastery complex Sevanavank is located on the peninsula of Sevan. In 305, it was founded by St. Gregory the Illuminator, who built the church on the place of a pagan temple. In the 9th century the princes of Syunik made Sevan a point of their suppurt. In 874 the wife of the Syunik prince Vassak and the daughter of the king Ashot Bagratuni – Mariam built here two churches – St. Arakeloc and St. Astvatcatcin. They are rich in various wood-carved capitals, a aprt of which is kept in the Armenia State Museum of History and in the Art Gallery of St. Petersburg (Hermitage). In 1869 a spiritual school opened in the complex. On the top of the mountain of the island the remnants of the church with a domed hall are preserved. The teritory of the cloister is rich in khachqars (cross-stones).

Stop 3: 12:30
Haghartsin Monastery

Haghartsin is a spiritual and cultural center of medieval Armenia, located 12 km from Dilijan, surrounded by thick woods, beautiful landscapes. It is considered to be a unique example of architecture and nature harmony. The Haghartsin monument is located on a plateau surrounded by forested mountains, far beyond the settlements, with remarkable architectural value monuments and over hundreds of inscriptions, which contain rich material on the socio-political history of medieval Armenia. Together with Goshavank, Haghpat and Varagavanq, the Haghartsin monastery participated in a long and stubborn struggle for the promotion of education in the country and the preservation of the Armenian Church’s religion. Historical sources, however, give very poor information about this remarkable monument. The exact date of Haghartsin’s monastery construction is unknown. It is only known that in the middle of the 12th century it already existed. Haghartsin monastery is connected with the name of Khachatur Taronatsi, a prominent figure of the medieval, virtuous and well-educated, musician. During his leadership, Haghartsin monastery flourished, new constructions were built, and a remarkable monastic school was opened. He died and buried in front of the Cathoghike Church in Haghartsin monastery.St. Astvatsatsin Church is the main and largest church of the monastery, with a rectangular cross-country structure with a square plan. Facing stone is made of blue basalt and yellow limestone.In Haghartsin monastery complex there is also St. Grigor church, St. Cathoghike church, St. Stepanos church, a refectory etc.

Stop 4: 14:00
Goshavank

Goshavank is one of the most prominent monasteries of the Aghstev river valley. Getik monastery was in its place in the 12th century, which was completely destroyed by the earthquake. The foundation of Goshavank’s monastery is related to the medieval thinker, lawmaker, author of the fables and the law book ”Datastanagirq”, Mkhitar Gosh. The monastery founded by Mkhitar Gosh was originally called New Getik monastery, but after his death it was renamed Goshavank. The formation of the complex took place in the 12th-13th centuries. Goshavank monastery complex is composed of St. Astvatsatsin church of with its simple architecture, St. Gregory Church with a smaller volume of the same composition, St. Gregory the Illuminator Church with the ornamental frescoes on the exterior, and the library-belfry building. Goshavank is rich in unique artistic stone artifacts and magnificent khachkars (armenian cross – stone). Goshavank was one of the most reputable centers of medieval spiritual culture and literature. Jurisprudence, history, theology, philosophy, art of writing, and music were taught in the catechism. Many prominent figures of the Armenian spiritual culture studied here, who later founded monastery schools in other places. The significant monuments of Goshavank are the real gems of the of the most famous period of Armenian medieval architecture, the pride of the Armenian people.

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