Our journey today starts with a visit to Sevanavank Monastery, which according to an inscription found in the territory, was built by Armenian princess Mariam, daughter of Ashot I. The monastery has played a crucial role in Armenian history, in fact, it has served as a place for battle. From the monastery you can experience the magnificent Lake Sevan also known as the Pearl of Armenia.
Our next stop is a 9th to 12th century monastery named Hayravank, located on the southwest shore of Lake Sevan. The three main constructions of the monastery are the church, the chapel and the gavit. The main church, called St. Stepanos is in the form of quatrefoil cruciform. It was built in the 9th century. The chapel was added in 10th century. The gavit was the last piece of the monastery, which was built in the 12th century.
Noratus Cemetery is an ancient site, with numerous Bronze and Iron Age monuments. It is also currently the largest surviving cemetery in Armenia with khachkars, also known as Armenian cross stone, characteristic of Medieval Christian Armenian Art.
- Make your way to Sevanavank monastery which is situated on Sevan peninsula. Here you can admire the amazing view of Lake Sevan which is one of the largest high freshwater lakes in the world. Lake Sevan is considered to be the pearl of Armenia surrounded by high mountain chains.
- Then we will visit Hayravank monastery and Noratus old cemetery which is known as “Forest of khachkars”. A khachkar, also known as an Armenian cross-stone is a carved, memorial steel bearing a cross, and often with additional motifs such as rosettes, interlaces, and botanical motifs. Khachkars are characteristic of Medieval Christian Armenian art.
- We will also have an opportunity to swim in the lake and enjoy our time on the beach.
Hotel in Yerevan
Tour and transfers in a private car
English speaking guide
Map of Armenia
All entrance fees
Guide and driver gratuity
Meals and drinks
- Duration is 7 hours – 8 hours
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes
- Please carry sunscreen, sunglasses if you take this tour in summer
- Please wear warm clothes if you take this tour in spring or autumn
- Don’t forget to carry a camera
- Please do carry a digital copy of your confirmation voucher