“Northern Tales” is a weekend tour in Armenia taking travelers to the northern regions of Armenia. We’ll start the tour with a visit to Lake Sevan, and will then continue our road to spa resort town of Dilijan, surrounded by the lush forests of the Dilijan National Park.
After a Russian rural style homemade lunch in the Fioletovo village, we’ll head to Vanadzor, where you can visit the agricultural market and participate in a workshop with a local craftsman. Next stop is the monastery of Haghpat, a large monastic complex listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. On the second day of our tour, we’ll travel to city of Stepanavan, home to an extraordinary botanical garden in Armenia. Enjoy a relaxing walk in the garden.
On the way back to Yerevan, we’ll also visit the monastery of Saghmosavank that seats on the edge of the Kasagh canyon. On a clear day, three mountains can be seen from here – Ararat, Aragats and Ara.
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- Lake Sevan and Sevanavank monastery
- Dilijan spa resort town
- Fioletovo village of the Russian Molokans
- Workshop with a local craftsman in Vanadzor
- UNESCO World Heritag monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin
- Stepanavan dendropark
- 4th century basilica of Aparan
- Saghmosavank monastery and Kasagh canyon
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Yerevan – Lake Sevan - Dilijan – Fioletovo – Vanadzor - Haghpat Monastery – Haghpat Village
On the first day of the weekend tour in Armenia, we travel 60 km to north, to see the largest body of water in the Republic of Armenia – Lake Sevan. Considered the second highest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Sevan has an elevation of over 1900 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by volcanic mountain chains. The lake is also famous for its peninsula, where a 10th-century monastery is located. The monastery provides a magnificent panoramic view of the lake.
Continue the road to Dilijan, the spa resort city of Armenia, surrounded by the lush forests of the Dilijan National Park. You will see the rural style wooden houses with traditional furniture and attributes exhibited in the town’s ethnographic museum.
On our way up north, we’ll have a Russian rural style homemade lunch in the Fioletovo village. Fioletovo is inhabited by Russian Molokans, the second largest ethnic minority in Armenia.
Next stop is the third-largest city of Armenia – Vanadzor, where you can visit the agricultural market and participate in a workshop with a local craftsman.
From Vanadzor, we travel to the monastery of Haghpat, a large monastic complex listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its unique location and elaborate architecture, this monastery is an impressive site to sum up the day’s program at.
Overnight in Haghpat.
Haghpat – Sanahin Monastery – Stepanavan Dendropark – Aparan – Saghmosavank Monastery - Yerevan
Visit the monastery and a former academy in Sanahin. Explore the Mikoyan Museum to learn the biography of the famous engineer and see the famous MiG-21 supersonic jet fighter and interceptor aircraft.
Travel along the Debed canyon towards the city Stepanavan, home to an extraordinary botanical garden in Armenia. We’ll have a relaxing walk around the garden.
Continue to the town of Aparan, where you can see one of the most archaic Armenian 4th century constructions – the basilica of Kasagh. Proceed to Saghmosavank – the monastery of psalm chanting, located on the edge of the hill overlooking the canyon.
Return to Yerevan.