Welcome to Dilijan


During Soviet times this was the peaceful retreat for cinematographers, composers, artists and writers to come and be creative; today it’s a centre for tourism with a number of fine B&Bs and hotels.

There is certainly enough natural beauty to inspire creative thought: the lush oak and hornbeam forests surround the town with snowcapped peaks in the distance. In summer the villagers herd cattle down from the mountain pastures through the town, and people gather mushrooms and mountain herbs from the rich deciduous forests. The local architecture features a lot of steep tiled roofs and wooden beams, along with some cute gingerbread-style structures. Even the local Soviet monuments have a touch of flair.

The medieval churches of Haghartsin and Goshavank can be visited on an easy day trip from Dilijan.


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$1125 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Armenia and Georgia Tour

Armenia and Georgia have wonderful nature, immortal monuments, oriental hospitality, unique ethnic cuisine, fascinating folk music and dances and warm, family atmosphere. Your will have unforgettable impressions and enjoy warm atmosphere.Day 1:Pick up from Zvartnots International Airport and transfer to Yerevan. Welcome Evening. Evening walk in the city.Day 2:Breakfast in the Hotel. Tour to Khor Virap Monastery. The monastery is famous for its location, especially for the view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Tour to Noravank Monastery. Lunch at the “Garandzav”Cave restaurant. Visit Jermuk: the natural mineral water resort of Armenia. Return to Yerevan.Day 3:Breakfast in the hotel . Tour to Geghard medieval monastery, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Participation in Armenian bread “Lavash” baking. Tour to pagan temple Garni. Continue to the blue eyed pearl of Armenia-Sevan lake. Lunch in a restaurant next to the lake. Overnight in Dilijan.Day 4:Breakfast in the hotel . Visit to Haghartsin Monastery (X- XIV centuries). A trip to Haghpat Monastery (10th c.) and Sanahin monastic complex (10th c.), both are included in the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Drive to Tbilisi. Evening dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.Day 5:Breakfast in the hotel. Visit Jvari temple. Visit Mtskheta city, which is the first capital of Georgia. The main three sites in this city are Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Samtavro Temple, Bebris Tsikhe Fortress. Uplistsikhe Cave town, which was founded in 1000 BC and was a sacred temple spot during pre-Christian period. Lunch in a restaurant. Return to Tbilisi.Day 6:Breakfast in the hotel. Visit Sighnaghi. The city is famous for the production of wine and traditional carpets and also for its unique nature and architecture. Sighnaghi is known as a "Love City" in Georgia. Visit Bodbe Convent where the first apostle of Georgia St. Nino is buried, St. Stephen and St. George churches and finally walk the narrow and interesting streets. Dinner in Tbilisi.Day 7:Breakfast in the hotel . Tbilisi sightseeing including Old Tbilisi, Shota Rustaveli avenue, Sharden’s street, the Bridge of Peace, Metekhi Church (13th c.), Narikala fortress (4th c.), monument "Kartlis Mother" ("Mother Georgia"), monument to Vakhtang Gorgosali, founder of Tbilisi. Tbilisi Funicular at Mount Mtatsminda, where you can enjoy panoramic view of the city. Good bye dinner with national music and dances. Return to the hotel.Day 8:Breakfast in the hotel. Check out and transfer to Tbilisi International Airport.

$27.10 Day Trips & Excursions

Group Tour: Lake Sevan, Dilijan, Haghartsin, Tsaghkadzor Ropeway, lunch

This tour will take you to the North of Armenia, where you will be surrounded by Dilijan beautiful nature. In Dilijan, you will visit the local geological museum and gallery, where there are about 1017 archaeological items, graphic works, paintings, sculptures, silver items, including coins, 39 items of ancient literature. After exploring the city of Dilijan, we will make a stop at the monastery of Haghartsin, dating back to the 10th -14th centuries. The name is translated as “the play of the eagle”. The scenery is somewhat similar to a stunning work of art, with both the monastery and the nature surrounding it providing a breathtaking view. It is one of those spots in Armenia that feels like a breathtaking unreal movie set. Upon visiting the church, HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, donated over $5,000,000 for its renovation. The refectory of Haghartsin is considered the biggest amongst Armenian Church architecture; it was an absolute innovation of its time! If you are curious as to why, there will be nothing better than seeing it for yourself!The next stop is Lake Sevan, as a blue gem of the Armenian mountain scape. Whilst staying in Armenia, you simply cannot miss the opportunity of visiting the beautiful lake Sevan. Sevan is situated at the height of 1900m above sea level and surrounded by a vast chain of mountains. Lunch will be served at one of the local restaurants, where you can taste delicious fresh fish caught from Lake Sevan. Here you will understand why Armenians are willing to drive for one hour just to have a taste of Sevan fish for dinner.This special experience promises you a trip to the gorge of flowers, the city of Tsaghkadzor – a small Olympic town not far from Yerevan, approximately an hour’s drive away. It is also known as the Armenian Switzerland, as it is surrounded by dense mountain forests.According to tradition the fortress and flowerbed with most of the beautiful flowers were built by the order of Princess Pahlavuni. As the legend holds, once the flowers were torn from the princess’ garden and scattered over the land by the strong wind. That is why this destination is referred to as “the gorge of flowers” since it is blooming with an array of gorgeous plants. Many people visit Tsaghkadzor for its fresh air, which is known to have a countless number of health benefits. Additionally, it has become Armenia’s ski center during the winter months. Kecharis Monastery Complex of 11th century is also located here. It was founded by Pahlavuni princes.In Tsaghkadzor you will also have a ride on ropeway to admire the whole beauty of the city from above!

$600 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Diwali Holidays in Armenia 09-15 November, 2018

Tour directions; Day 1/09.11 – Arrival to Zvartnots Airport. Transfer to the Hotel. Small City Tour. Overnight in Yerevan. Day 2/10.11 – Khor Virap. Areni Birds Cave. Noravank. Smbataberd Fortress(4x4 ride). Overnight in Hermon. Day 3/11.11 – Tatev Monastery and Cable Car. Karahunj (Zorats Karer). Jermuk Waterfall and Water Gallery. Overnight in Hermon. Day 4/12.11 – Selim Carvanserai. Noratus. Lake Sevan - Sevanavank. Dilijan. Overnight in Dilijan. Day 5/13.11 – Haghartsin Monastery. Goshavank. Tsaghkadzor Ski resort-Ropeway. Overnight in Yerevan. Day 6/14.11 – Geghard Monastery. Garni Pagan Temple. Lavash baking ceremony and degustation. Arch of Charents. Back to Yerevan. Free time. Gala Dinner. Day 7/15.11 – Transfer to the Airport. Departure.

$155 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour to Lake Sevan, Dilijan, Goshavank and Haghartsin monasteries

Take trip to Lake Sevan; the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest freshwater high- altitude lakes in the world. Lake Sevan is situated in the central part of the Republic of Armenia, in the Gegharkunik Province, at the altitude of 1,900 m (6,200 ft) above sea level. The total surface area of its basin is about 5,000 km2 (1,900 sq mi), the lake itself is 940 km2, and the volume is 34.0 billion m3. It is fed by 28 rivers and streams.   At the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan on a peninsula you will see a monastic complex Sevanavank. Initially the monastery was built at the southern shore of a small island. After the artificial draining of Lake Sevan the water level fell about 20 metres, and the island transformed into a peninsula. The monastery of Sevanavank was founded in 874 by Princess Mariam, the daughter of Ashot I(who became a king a decade later).Heading to Dilijan. Mild climate and gorgeous nature made this town well known as a beautiful resort. Passing by the city, visit the famous Sharamberyan Street. Dilijan usually is called Little Switzerland by the locals.Haghartsin Monastery was built between the 10th and 13th centuries (in the 12th under Khachatur of Taron); much of it under the patronage of the Bagratuni Dynasty.Then we will continue our tour to Goshavank which is a 12th- or 13th-century Armenian monastery located in the village of Gosh. Goshavank was erected in the place of an older monastery once known as Nor Getik, which had been destroyed by an earthquake in 1188. Mkhitar Gosh, a statesman, scientist and author of numerous fables and parables as well as the first criminal code, took part in the rebuilding of the monastery. At Goshavank, Mkhitar Gosh founded a school. One of its alumni, an Armenian scientist by the name of Kirakos Gandzaketsi wrote The History of Armenia. The architect Mkhitar the Carpenter and his disciple Hovhannes also took an active part in the building of the monastery. The complex was later renamed Goshavank and the village named Gosh in his honor.The monastery of Haghartsin, together with Goshavank, may become part of a natural site based on the state protected area of Dilijan National Park, an important forest in north-eastern Armenia.

$810 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Yerevan Wine Days - 01-05 May, 2019

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival / City TourStop At: Tsitsernakaberd, YerevanArrival to Yerevan. Transfer to hotel. Check-in.City Tour: Today we will visit to Tsitsernakaberd: The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute and the monument, memorializing the victims of Armenian genocide. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Republic Square, YerevanOur short tour will continue to the Republic Square.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Opera, YerevanWalking in Mashtots Avenue and square near Opera House.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Yerevan Cascade, YerevanWe will see the Cascade Complex designed by architects Jim Torosyan, Aslan Mkhitaryan, and Sargis Gurzadyan the construction of the cascade started in 1971 and was partially completed in 1980.Inside the Cascade, underneath the exterior steps, are seven escalators that rise along the length of the complex. There are also exhibit halls connected to some of the landings along the escalators which compose the Cafesjian Museum of Art.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Victory Park and Statue of Mother Armenia, YerevanThe Mother Armenia statue symbolises peace through strength. It can remind viewers of some of the prominent female figures in Armenian history, such as Sose Mayrig and others, who took up arms to help their husbands in their clashes with Turkish troops and Kurdish irregulars. It also recalls the important status and value attributed to the older female members of an Armenian family.Its location on a hill overlooking Yerevan makes it look like a guardian of the Armenian capital. Duration: 45 minutesMeals included: • Lunch: Lunch in Tospia Restaurant.Accommodation included: Guests will have accommodation in 4* Imperial Palace Hotel which located in Yerevan.Day 2: Khor Virab / Areni / Noravank MonasteryStop At: Khor Virap, Lusarat, Ararat ProvinceTake trip to Khor Virap Monastery (IV-XVIII th cc.). This monastery is very prominent because of its history: Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, has been imprisoned here about 13 years as at that time there was a prison in the place of the monastery. Here we can enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred Ararat Mountain - an immortal symbol of Armenia. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Areni Wine Factory, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceAfterwards we will continue our tour to Armenian Wine Village Areni. This village is very famous with its red wine. Visit the wine factory of the village where we will have wine degustation. After this we will continue our tour to T'rchunneri (Birds) Cave. The excavation is located above the Arpa River, inside a Karst Cavern made from tens of thousands of years of mineral water dripping into limestone crevices, It consists of three rooms or halls, the first two of which are connected by passageways. There are also niches and “basement” and “attic” floors opening upward and downward from the first room. The total area of the cave is about 500 square meters. 2007-2008 excavations of the first room and surrounding area uncovered layers of material culture dating to different periods of the Copper (chalcolithic) and Stone Ages. Based on the results of radiocarbon examination, samples taken from these layers (bone fragments, coal, fabric pieces, seeds and other organic residues) are traced back to late 5th- early 4th millennium BCE. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Noravank Monastery, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceHeading to Noravank, a monastery of XIII century, situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where we may find a unique sculpture of Father God.Return to Yerevan. Overnight.Duration: 45 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Lunch in Cave Restaurant.Accommodation included: Guests will have accommodation in 4* Imperial Palace Hotel which located in Yerevan.Day 3: Garni / Geghard / YerevanStop At: Garni Temple, Garni, Kotayk ProvinceTake trip to Garni. This Pagan Temple was built in the Ist century AD. It is the only temple that remains from the Pagan times in Armenia. It was devoted to the God of the Sun Mihr, and was a gift to the queen. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Lunch in Noyan Aygi Restaurant. Lavash(Armenian Bread) baking ceremony and degustation. This traditional flatbread is made with flour, water, and salt, and its thickness depends on how thinly it’s rolled out. Toasted sesame or poppy seeds — or both — are sometimes then sprinkled on top before baking. Traditionally, the dough is rolled out flat and slapped against the hot walls of a clay oven where it then cooks. Watch a demonstration on how lavash is made and take the opportunity to try your hand at preparing and baking it. Then, once it’s ready, enjoy a tasting: savoring it with local cheese and green vegetables. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: The Monastery of Geghard, Geghard, Kotayk Province We will continue our trip to Geghard a medieval monastery being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While the main chapel was built in 1215, the monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave. The whole complex is awash with detailed sculptures, cliffside monks’ cells, and many striking stone crosses (khachkars), elaborately etched into the rock faces. Afterward you will see Charents Arch that is located on the road to Garni and is used as a spectacular place to view Mt. Ararat and its valley. Back to Yerevan. Visit to Saryan Street for the “Yerevan Wine Days” festival. Opening Ceremony. Wine degustation. Overnight.Duration: 45 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Guests will have accommodation in 4* Imperial Palace Hotel which located in Yerevan.Day 4: Lake Sevan / Dilijan / Haghartsin Monastery / YerevanStop At: Lake Sevan, Lake Sevan, Gegharkunik ProvinceTake trip to Lake Sevan; the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest freshwater high- altitude lakes in the world. Lake Sevan is situated in the central part of the Republic of Armenia, in the Gegharkunik Province, at the altitude of 1,900 m (6,200 ft) above sea level. The total surface area of its basin is about 5,000 km2 (1,900 sq mi), the lake itself is 940 km2, and the volume is 34.0 billion m3. It is fed by 28 rivers and streams. Here we will visit Sevanavank, a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Dilijan National Park, Dilijan, Tavush ProvinceHeading to Dilijan. Dilijan usually is called Little Switzerland by the locals. Mild climate and gorgeous nature made this town well known as a beautiful resort. Walking in the Sharambeyan Street, Old Town Dilijan.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Haghartsin Monastery, Dilijan, Tavush ProvinceDrive to Haghartsin Monastery(13th-century) located near the town of Dilijan. It was built between the 10th and 13th centuries (in the 12th under Khachatur of Taron); much of it under the patronage of the Bagratuni Dynasty.There we have chance to take part in monastic life: we will bake bread, take part in honey-making process and will enjoy the nature.Duration: 45 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Lunch in Vanatun.There we have chance to take part in monastic life.Accommodation included: Guests will have accommodation in 4* Imperial Palace Hotel which located in Yerevan.Day 5: Yerevan / Markets / DepartureStop At: Vernissage Market, YerevanA visit to traditional food market – GUM, and handmade and jewelry market Vernissage in Yerevan.Transfer to the Airport. Departure.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast in HotelNo accommodation included on this day.

$600 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Diwali Holidays in Armenia

Tour directions; Day 1 – Arrival to Zvartnots Airport. Transfer to the Hotel. Small City Tour. Overnight in Yerevan. Day 2 – Khor Virap. Areni Birds Cave. Noravank. Smbataberd Fortress(4x4 ride). Overnight in Hermon. Day 3 – Tatev Monastery and Cable Car. Karahunj (Zorats Karer). Jermuk Waterfall and Water Gallery. Overnight in Hermon. Day 4 – Selim Carvanserai. Noratus. Lake Sevan - Sevanavank. Dilijan. Overnight in Dilijan. Day 5 – Haghartsin Monastery. Goshavank. Tsaghkadzor Ski resort-Ropeway. Overnight in Yerevan. Day 6 – Geghard Monastery. Garni Pagan Temple. Lavash baking ceremony and degustation. Arch of Charents. Back to Yerevan. Free time. Gala Dinner. Day 7 – Transfer to the Airport. Departure.