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Stonehenge - The Oldest In The World

  Duration: 10 days / 9 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Historical; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: 1300 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Holy Mount Ararat

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Historical; Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1080 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Guaranteed Departures

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Leisure; Best Period: according to set dates; Distance: ~500 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Armenia – Top Destination of the year

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour type: Cultural, Historical, Wine; Best Period: March - November; Distance to be passed: ~1150 km; Coutnry: Armenia See more details

ARMENIA UNESCO

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Historical, Wine, Cognac, Hiking; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: ~1550 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Following the Great Silk Road

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Silk Road, Cultural, Historical, Wine; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: ~1050 km Countries: Georgia, Armenia See more details

Feel The Road from Armenia to Karabakh

  Duration: 14 days / 13 nights; Tour Type: Jeeping, Historical, Adventure, Wine Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1900 km; Countries: Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh See more details

Pearls of Caucasus

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights Tour type: Cultural, Historical, Wine, Gourmand Best Period: March - December Distance: Countries: Armenia, Georgia See more details
Gegharkunik

The region of Gegharkunik is dominated by Lake Sevan and the watershed of the numerous streams that flow into it and out down the Hrazdan River to the Arax. This region borders with the regions of Lori and Tavush, and in the East it borders with the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The Sevan basin is windswept, treeless and austere, but with stunning ski resorts, an ever-changing lake surface, and a rich history. All around the lake are the tumbled stone remains of Bronze and Iron Age fortifications and towns, and little boulder clumps marking vast fields of prehistoric burials with superb burnished pottery.

Lake Sevan enters recorded history form ancient times. Thus King Rusa I conquered the Sevan basin and made it the eastern frontier of the kingdom of Urartu sometime around 720 BC. A number of boundary markers of Artashes I show the presence of the Arsacid dynasty in Hellenistic times too.

The lake has a special importance not only for the entire region, but for the whole country. It is the largest fresh water basin in the South Caucasus. The lake has a vital impact not only on the ecological balance, but also on the economy. Relatively small lakes are Azhdahak and Aghmaghan with up to 50 m in diameter and 15 m deep.

There are many mines, including gold, fieldstone, basalt, sand, volcanic tuff deposits operating in the region.

 

During the 8th century a few monks settled on the former island of Sevan and began to build their churches. Due to the strategically good location, many others came here. For a while it was the residence of the king Ashot Erkat (Ashot the Iron) who received his name due to his numerous glorious victories. With the time the walls of the monastery were destroyed and in 1930 the last monk left the monastery. 

 

Now after the reconstruction and restoration efforts which took place from 1956 to 1957, we have the monastic complex Sevanavank located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan in the Gegharkounik province of Armenia.

 

Located along a gorge in the southern part of the village of Artsvanist, Vanevan monastery is an important piece of Armenian architecture dating back to the 10th century. The inscriptions on the southeastern part evidence that the church was built in 903. 

The monastery consists of two churches and a belfry. The belfry with a heavy roof, a false vault and a central skylight links the two churches. It was not built together with the whole monastery, but was added at a later time.

 

The main church is devoted to St. Gregory.

 

Located in the region of Gegharkunik, Noratus is an ancient Armenian village. The village is famous for its cemetery of cross-stones, the largest one in the territory of Armenia. Once the cemetery in Julfa in Nakhichevan (Territory of Azerbaijan) was the largest one, but it was destroyed between 1998 and 2006, and now the cemetery in Noratus is the greatest one in the whole world.

 

Armenian khachkar (meaning cross-stone) is a carved, memorial stele bearing a cross, and often with additional motifs such as rosettes, interlaces, and botanical motifs. Figures of leaves, bunches of grapes, pomegranates and apricots are typical ornaments carved cross-stones.

 

If you have a close look at the map of Armenia, you will sure see that it looks like a head of a girl with long hair and a blue brooch on it. That very brooch is the Lake Sevan which decorates not only the map, but also the land of Armenia. It is one of the largest high altitude lakes in the world.

 

The trip to Sevan is undoubtedly one of the most exciting ones in Armenia. This wonder of nature is surrounded by Geghama Mountains. The sweet waters, sandy beaches and fresh air attract holiday makers every year. Man and the nature have never been as harmonious as it is here, in Sevan. Really you will enjoy an unforgettable pass-time here.