Welcome to Lake Sevan

The level of the lake fell when Sevan’s outlet, the Hrazdan River, was tapped for hydroelectric plants and irrigation in the 1950s and it is now about 20m lower than its original natural level. Other Soviet plans to drain the lake down to one-sixth of its size thankfully went nowhere. The retreating waters uncovered forts, houses and artefacts dating back some 2000 years, and made Sevan Island a peninsula.

The exposed land has been designated the Sevan National Park, although some of it is disappearing again as conservationists have convinced the government of the need to raise the level of the lake. Since 2002 it has risen more than 2m, an environmental achievement that has led to cleaner water and more fish.

Though the natural landscape is beautiful, most of the man-made structures around it are badly maintained eyesores. Armenians with money head to the Georgian beaches for their summer vacations, leaving Lake Sevan to campers, groups of Russian package tourists and noisy day-trippers. The quality of the resorts on the western side of the lake is universally low, and it's difficult to reach the only quality resort on the eastern edge due to its potholed highway. Fortunately, the quality of the highway on the eastern edge is good.

Top experiences in Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan activities

$21 Day Trips & Excursions

Lake Sevan, Noratus, Hayravank, Sevanavank Trip from Yerevan

Make your way to a centrally-located office in Yerevan for 10am departure—pickup may be available from centrally-located hotels. Travel to the northeastern part of Armenia, where the first stop is Lake Sevan, 6,234 feet (1,900 mt.) above sea level, surrounded by even taller peaks.  After soaking up the peaceful atmosphere, continue to Noratus Cemetery to discover hundreds of  khachkars, including "embroidered" stones typical of the 13th and 14th centuries. The third stop is Hayravank Monastery, built on a rock high above the shores of Lake Sevan, with rough hewn stones and centuries of history. Pause for lunch in a restaurant by the lake, with the option to choose between four set menus (own expense). Enjoy national dance performance during the lunch. In the afternoon, continue to the northwestern edge of Lake Sevan, where a peninsula towers over the clear lake water. Visit the 9th-century Sevanavank Monastery, which is especially dramatic with the backdrop of the mountain lake. This full-day tour concludes with return transfer to Yerevan, and drop-off at the original departure point.

$23 Day Trips & Excursions

Lake Sevan, Sevanavank, Dilijan, Goshavank, Haghartsin Tour from Yerevan

Make your way to a central location in Yerevan for 10am departure to northwestern Armenia, where the first stop of the day is Lake Sevan, a high altitude fresh-water lake with spectacular views of the mountains. Following your time at Lake Sevan, continue to the 9th-century Monastery Sevanavank, whose profile is especially dramatic with a background of turquoise lake water and blue sky. Make a third short stop at Dilijan, a beautiful mountain town on the banks of Aghstev River, then pause for lunch at a restaurant where you can choose from four set meal options (own expense). After lunch, head to Goshavank Monastery, founded by the famous medieval scientist Mkhitar Gosh, with an unrivaled khachkar, or cross-stone, that dates back to the 13th century. The last stop is Haghartsin Monastery, set in the woodlands of Tavush region, with a history that stretches to the 10th century, a cluster of beautiful religious buildings, and an ancient oak tree. Following your time at Haghartsin Monastery, begin the return trip to Yerevan, where this tour concludes at the original departure point.

$480 Private & Custom Tours

Soviet Modernist Architecture in Armenia - Private Tour

Day 1Today we are going to start our tour by visiting the most well-known buildings in Yerevan. Starting from the heart of Yerevan Republic Square we take the metro and get off at Yeritasardakan Metro Station.We visit Komitas Chamber Music House built in 1977 and walk down Khanjian street to visit Tigran Petrosyan Chess House built in 1971. Our next stop of the day will be the Rossiya Cinema the largest cinema in Armenia of its time that accommodated 2500 visitors, built between 1968 and 1975.After soviet style lunch we head to Cascade Complex built between 1971 and 1980. Today it is a home of Modern Art and Museums. Then we go to Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex (the twin of Sydney Opera House) built in 1983, situated next to the Genocide Memorial and Museum.The last stop of the day will be the old building of Zvartnots International Airport inaugurated in 1980.Day 2The Second day we start with a visit to Abovyan Town which is just 25 kilometres far from Yerevan. In Abovyan we discover a strange Seagull Statue built in 1960.Our next stop of the day is in Hrazdan Town where we visit the Central Bus Station that has a form of umbrella.Having lunch by the Lake Sevan we visit the Summer Residence of Armenian Poets and Writers built in 1969Return back to Yerevan.Day 3After we start our day by heading to Byurakan village where one of the most famous observatories in the whole Soviet Union is situated. Byurakan Observatory was founded in 1945 by Viktor Hambardzumyan one of the greatest scientists and astrophysics of his times.After having lunch near the village we head to Aparan Town and visit Bash Aparan Memorial erected in 1979. The monument is devoted to the victory battle against the OttomansReturn back to Yerevan.

$75 Day Trips & Excursions


ONE WAY TOUR suggests a great tour to Dilijan and Sevan to admire its marvelous nature.We offer you to join us and enrich your knowledge and get new impressions. During the tour we will visit the following places of interests: Lake Sevan (Sevanavank - a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan. From here a beautiful view opens on the Sevan), Old Dilijan, Goshavank Monastery, Haghartsin Monastery, Lake Parz. Haghartsin monastery, together with Goshavank monastery, may become a part of a natural site based on the state protected area of Dilijan National Park. This tour will guarantee the breathtakeing views, interesting photos on very beautiful background.

$66 Day Trips & Excursions

Lastiver, Lake Sevan, Sevanavank Monastery

Let's leave for Lastiver! Lastiver is a cave –desert with swift river, small and huge waterfalls, forest and wonderful nature. Just below the caves, at the lowest point of the gorge, there is a cascade of beautiful waterfalls. The length of bilateral hiking will be 6 km. Participants should have with them 1-day food, suitable clothes and shoes for hiking.Those who want to get adrenaline can fly with ZipLine.Participants’ transportation will be organized on a comfortable mini-bus.The cost of ZipLine is 13.000 AMD/per person.During the trip we wll aolso visit Sevanavank (founded in 874 ) - a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan. From here a beautiful view opens on the Sevan.The entrance fee is not included (1000AMD).

$195 Outdoor Activities

Daily winter jeep tour to Kalavan village

We will meet early in the morning in Yerevan and drive to the North to Tavush region. The way will pass along the Lake Sevan, which is the largest lake in the Caucasus as well as one of the largest, and highest freshwater lakes of the world and is located on 1900m above sea level. We will visit Gosh monastery, built in XII century, and famous with its university and scholars who lived and worked there. During many centuries the Monastery was one of the most important religious and educational centers of Armenia. After visiting the monastery we will continue our way to Kalavan village, where we will meet an archeologist who will tell us about scientific excavations of Stone Age human settlements in the area of the village. We will visit a replica site of such a settlement in the dense oak forest and will see how those humans lived those times. Then we will be hosted by the family of the archeologist for a tasty lunch. After lunch we will have a good and interesting time in the area and will admire the beauty of the surrounding nature. Leaving Kalavan we will drive to Dilijan town, have a little walk and will visit a carpenter. Then we will drive back to Yerevan full of memories of the day.

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