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The Little Switzerland Of Armenia Tour

Country: Armenia
City: Lori Region
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 2 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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The Little Switzerland of Armenia

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Dilijan / Goshavank

Dilijan - The town of Dilijan entices people with its unforgettable beauty and mild climate. The city stretches on the banks of the Aghstev River, surrounded by mountains and forests. Dilijan has the fame of a health resort. The warm sun, fresh air, and natural spas have a great healing influence on people. Dilijan is also rich in interesting architectural monuments.

Goshavank - Goshavank was founded by the famous medieval scientist, fabulist Mkhitar Gosh. The complex consists of several religious and secular buildings. The unrivaled khachkar put in front of the one-naved basilica is created by the skillful master Poghos in 1291. Goshavank used to be one of the most famous religious and cultural centers in medieval Armenia.

Day 3: Departure

Transfer to the airport. Departure home!

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Reasons to Visit Dilijan:

The Incredible Nature Hikes
Cooler, greener, and more chilled than the rest of the country, Dilijan has long been a retreat for people wanting to get back to nature. Once an important spa town, it is surrounded by Dilijan National Park, and whichever direction you look in, you will be greeted by a blanket of green. Unless it is autumn, of course. Then the forested slopes are a riot of orange, yellow and red fall leaves.

Hiking through these forested slopes is one of the real joys of visiting Dilijan. Since 2017, a lot of investment has gone into creating purpose-built hiking trails.

The Amazing Food
Hearty, delicious, and made from locally-sourced, organic produce, the food in Dilijan is so good that people travel all the way from the capital, Yerevan, to eat it. Ranging from fine dining restaurants to trendy cafes, there is something for every taste and budget.

Kcuch, on Myasnikyan Street, offers innovative twists on old Armenian favorites, including wild mushroom pizza, lamb served with plums and honey, and a truly indulgent peach cobbler.

The Unique Culture
Dilijan is an intriguing mix of the old, the new, and the period in-between when the Soviets were in control. It has long been a retreat for cinematographers, composers, artists, and writers keen to rediscover their muse. British composer, Benjamin Britten, came here in 1965, shortly before his most fertile period. You'll also come across the Dilijan Folk Museum, set in a two-storey, 19th-century traditional townhouse and stuffed with antique rugs, regal jewelry, and period furniture from Dilijan's past.

The Burgeoning Arts and Crafts Scene
Located in the Dilijan Community Centre, in the basement of the town's high school, MADE is a local social initiative started in 2018 to revive and develop artisanal skills. Run by the irrepressible Natacha Kalfayan, it encourages local people to create arts and crafts that are affordable and marketable, with a distinctly Armenian twist. The work is extraordinary, often incorporating old Soviet styles and relics to incredible effect. You’ll find concrete bowls, based on old Soviet crystal designs.

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