·11:30- 12:15 Selim Caravanserai
·14:00- 15:00 Lunch
·15:00-16:45 Lake Sevan/Sevanavank Monastery
·17:00-18:00- Tree-planting at Sevan National Park
·Overnight at a guesthouse in a local village
The Eastern part of Armenia is beautiful, just like any other part of the country. It will be covered on this prefinal day of the trip. The beautiful Region of Gegharkunik, which is the biggest region of the country, boast a different, yet an equally stunning landscape and offers fresh air and velvet-green alpine pastural lands.
Following the fun 2.5-hour ride through stunning mountain ranges, the first site of the day is the Orbelian Caravanserai located in the Selim mountain pass way. The stunning medieval structure will take you back in history and allow you to visualize how traders and travelers would spend their time relaxing from their tiresome journey hardened by the scorching sun and the mighty winds.
The second stop, the Sevan Peninsula, has much to offer as well. The peninsula, which was once an island, is located near Lake Sevan, the second biggest high-altitude freshwater lake in the world. The peninsula also holds once of the oldest monasteries in the country, the Sevanavank Monastery. Dating back to the 9th century, the monastery is one of the oldest in the country, also offering a stunning view to the entirety of the lake.
Towards the end of the trip, you will be given the chance to leave your long-lasting mark in Armenia by planting a tree that will contribute to the life of the fauna of Sevan National Park.
It is our strong conviction that in order to savor the true rhythm and taste of life in any country, one has to spend the night and welcome the sunrise in a rural community. The overnight stay in a local Sevan guesthouse will allow this experience.
Distance- ~ 320 km
Accessibility- Sevanavank Monastery will require climbing up more than 200 stairs to get to the site.
Altitude Changes- 80-85% of the road, gradually
Photo taking- The vehicle will stop at several viewpoints for the visitors to take photos.
Overall level of difficulty - EE