The tour begins with Tsakhkadzor. Tsaghkadzor is a spa town and urban municipal community, as well as one of the most popular health resorts in Armenia. Tsaghkadzor literally means valley of flowers or flower canyon in Armenian. The name of Tsaghkadzor is associated with the name of the nearby Tsakhkunyants Mountans, located to the west of the town.
Tsaghkadzor is located 50 kilometers north of the capital Yerevan and 3 kilometers east of the provincial centre Hrazdan. Surrounded with alpine meadows, the town is situated on the southeastern slope of Mount Teghenis, at a height of 1841 meters above sea level Tsaghkadzor is surrounded by the Tsaghkunyats mountain range from the west, and the town of Hrazdan from the east.
Summers in Tsaghkadzor are characterized with mild climate, while winters are cold and snowy.
The infrastructure of tourism is highly developed in Tsaghkadzor, with many luxurious hotels, resorts and amusement facilities.
Tsakhkadzor ski resort is located just above the town, at a height of 1750 meters above sea level. It was fully modernized during the 1st decade of the 21st century.
Lake Sevan is the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude (alpine) lakes in Eurasia. The lake is situated in Gegharkunik region. The lake provides some 90% of the fish and 80% of e crayfish catch of Armenia.
Along with Lake Van and Lake Umira, Sevan is considered one of the three great "seas of historic Armenia. It is the only one within the boundaries of present-day Republic of Armenia, while the other two are located in Turkey and Iran, respectively. Lake Sevan is considered the "jewel" of Armenia and is "recognized as a national treasure" in the country. The 2001 Law on Lake Sevan defines the lake as "a strategic ecosystem valuable for its environmental, economic, social, scientific, cultural, aesthetic, medical, climatic, recreational, and spiritual value.
Lake Sevan has the only beaches in Armenia. They are a popular destination for the Armenians.Sevan's beaches provide a unique experience within the landlocked country for Armenians. The beaches adjacent to hotels are usually privatized. Numerous beaches are located along the entire lakeshore. The most popular of them is a 2.5-kilometre (1 1⁄2 mi) stretch on the northern shore, extending northwest from the peninsula.
The most famous cultural monument is the Sevanavank monastery located on the peninsula, which was until the mid-20th century an island. Another prominent monastery at the western shore is Hayravank and further south, in the village of Noradus, is a field of khachkars, a cemetery with about 900 khachkars of different styles. Additional khachkars are found at Nerqin Getashen on the south coast.
Dilijan is a spa town and urban municipal community in the Province of Armenia. Usually called Armenian Switzerland or Little Switzerland by the locals, it is one of the most important resorts of Armenia, situated within the Dilijan National Park. The forested and reclusive town is home to numerous Armenian artists, composers, and filmmakers and features some traditional Armenian architecture. The Sharambeyan Street in the center has been preserved and maintained as an "old town", complete with artisan’s workshops, a gallery and a museum. Hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking are popular recreational activities.
In an ancient popular legend, the name of the town is named after a shepherd called Dili. The shepherd Dili was in love with his master's daughter, however her father was against it and ordered to kill the shepherd. For many long and dark days, the sorrowful mother was mourning and looking for her only son all over the area and desperately crying, "Dili jan, Dili jan .. " ("Jan is an Armenian endearment term added to the name of a friend or family member). Accordin g to the legend, the area was later known for his name.