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.


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Lake Sevan activities

$22 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 Multi-day & Extended 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.

$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.

$26.60 Private & Custom Tours

Private tour to Yerevan Tsakhkadzor and Sevan Lake

Be picked up and transferred from Yerevan to  Tsaghkadzor-Valley of flowers in translation. There you will take the rope way up to the mount. After a short walk enjoy tea or coffee with the fresh air of Mount Teghenis. Afterwards move back to Kecharis Monastery.  After visit Lake Sevan. It is the most beautiful and the biggest lake in Armenia. After transfer to Sevanavank monastery which was built in the 9th century on pininsula. From there is an opening picturesque scenery to Lake Sevan.Lunch is not included but can be arranged in Sevan. The restaurants in Sevan lake are famous for fish (Ishkhan or trout) or in Tsaghkadzor in a local restaurant.

$14.46 Day Trips & Excursions

Group tour to Yerevan Tsakhkadzor and Sevan Lake

Be picked up and transferred from Yerevan to  Tsaghkadzor-Valley of flowers in translation. There you will take the rope way up to the mount. After a short walk enjoy tea or coffee with the fresh air of Mount Teghenis. Afterwards move back to Kecharis Monastery.  After visit Lake Sevan. It is the most beautiful and the biggest lake in Armenia. After transfer to Sevanavank monastery which was built in the 9th century on pininsula. From there is an opening picturesque scenery to Lake Sevan.Lunch is not included but can be arranged in Sevan. The restaurants in Sevan lake are famous for fish (Ishkhan or trout) or in Tsaghkadzor in a local restaurant.

$39.60 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour to Lake Sevan, Dilijan spa town and Haghartsin monastery

After breakfast we’ll have a tour around the Lake Sevan, the world’s second largest high altitude lake at 1900m above sea level. It’s a huge mountainous lake which takes up 5% of Armenia's surface area. Climb up to Sevanavank Monastery (more than 220steps) to marvel at the beautiful view of the Lake Sevan, the “blue-eyed” bride of Armenia. Continue to Dilijan spa town in Dilijan National Park , a protected area renowned for its serene lakes, picturesque hill trails and peaceful villages. Words alone can’t describe the natural beauty of Dilijan. Many poets used to say , "If there are woods, mountains, streams and mineral waters in paradise, it must be like Dilijan”. Due to its forested mountains and mild climate, Dilijan is named "Armenia's Little Switzerland". Take a stroll in Old Dilijan Complex on historic Sharambeyan street. Later we will visit Haghartsin Monastery, a fairy-tale nestled in the middle of the forest of Tavush region.

Lake Sevan in detail