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Private: Lake Sevan, Noratus with the most popular monasteries

Location Yerevan, Armenia, Europe
$116.71
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Overview
Discover the beauty of Armenia by visiting the stunning Lake Sevan! This must-see destination is majestically located at an altitude of 1900 meters above sea level, surrounded by mountains, just a few minutes drive from the city of Yerevan.
During the tour you will visit the historical monasteries of Sevanavank and Hayravank, located on the hills overlooking the lake.
Continue along the picturesque coast to the village of Noratus, where the largest collection of khachkars is located. These stone steles, decorated with crosses, unique only to Armenian culture, tell stories about the people's religion, architecture and ancient legends. One legend says that Hayk, the ancestor of the Armenians, ordered every stone in Armenia to be decorated, giving an insight into the rich history and culture of the ancient country.
Join us for an unforgettable experience filled with history, ancient culture and landscapes!
1-3 travelers without guide
1-3 travelers without guide
Pickup included
Tour guide
Language: English
Human tour guide
Availability depends on seasonality and number of participants. Bookings can not be made for the same day. Please read our TnC’s.

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  • Professional driver
  • Hotel Pick up and Drop off
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • WiFi on board
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Food and drinks (upon request)
  • Professional guide (upon request)
  • Monastery Sevanavank
    Monastery, situated on a rocky peninsula on Lake Sevan in Armenia, is a stunning example of medieval Armenian architecture. Originally, the peninsula was an island, separated from the shore by clear, fish-abundant waters. Monks arrived at the end of the 8th century, constructing a modest chapel and cells. Owing to its convenient location, the monastery expanded over time, with the addition of walls, watchtowers, churches, and other structures. In Middle Ages Sevanavank was a prominent historic-architectural complex, which besides the churches included constructions for different purposes (printing house, guest houses, warehouses, refectory, and so on). Sevanavank had the following churches: st. Astvatsamayr (Holy Virgin), st. Lusavorich (Enlightener), st. Hovhannes Mkrtich (John the Baptist) and st. Nshan; this names were used for the monastery for long years.
  • Hayravank Monastery
    Hayravank is a 9th to 12th-century Armenian monastery located just northeast of the village of Hayravank along the southwest shores of Lake Sevan in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia. The monastic complex consists of a church, chapel, and gavit. Hayravank Monastery is a popular destination especially in summer, on Vardavar. Vardavar has its roots in pagan culture of Armenians. However, as Armenia adopted Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD, the pagan holidays were also converted and given new meanings. It is currently called the Transfiguration of Christ by the Armenian Apostolic Church. Special tours are organized to take visitors to Hayravank and then celebrations at the Lake Sevan.
  • Noratus Cemetery
    Noratus is an old settlement sheltering numerous monuments dating to the Bronze and Iron Ages. Noratus was once considered to be a village-town. The preserved medieval structures date to the 9th-17th centuries. In the 13th-14th centuries Noratus belonged to Zakaryans and was their administrative center. The settlement is located in Gegharkunik Province, close to the city of Gavar. The distance between Noratus and capital Yerevan is 95 kilometers and it takes 1.5 hours to get there. On your way to or back from the settlement you can pay a visit to the beautiful Lake Sevan and Lchashen archaeological site. It is assumed that Noratus is the same fortress-county town of Gegharkunik built by Gegham Nahapet (Patriarch) who comes from the line of Hayk, who is believed to be the forefather of the Armenian people. Gegham Nahapet is thought to have named the fortress-county town “Noratuns” meaning “new houses.”
  • Lake Sevan
    Called “The Jewel of Armenia”, it is the biggest freshwater lake in the Caucasus region. It is 1900 meters above sea level, and covering 1240 sq. km, the vast expanse of Sevana Lich (Lake Sevan) hence, the highest lake in the world. Its colors and shades change with the weather, forming dazzling azure to dark blue hues, and a thousand shades in between. Lake Sevan is considered to be a top destination for locals and tourists. Sevan is very famous for its dweller trout, which in Armenian means “ishkhan”. Throughout the recent years the trout has been in danger of extinction. Lake Sevan fish - trout has delicate and special taste and is a must-try dish for every tourist.
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
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    If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
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    Private: Lake Sevan, Noratus with the most popular monasteries

    Location Yerevan, Armenia, Europe
    $116.71
    This is an experience gift voucher. The recipient will book the experience after they redeem the gift voucher.
    How it works?
    01 You choose from 10 000+ experience gifts
    02 We deliver the eVoucher or the Physical box to the recipient
    03 Recipient books the experience and creates unforgettable memories!

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