Peaceful Haghartsin Monastery is nestled in the forest about 15 minutes outside of the northern Armenian town of Dilijan. The complex includes a series of churches dating from the 10th to 14th centuries. Take some food along and enjoy a picnic with a view of the churches on one side and the forested hills on the other.
How to get there: Take a marshrutka to Dilijan from the corner of Teryan and Isahakyan Streets in Yerevan (around the corner from where you catch the Sevan marshrutka). The ride to Dilijan takes abound three hours. Taxis can take you the rest of the way to the monastery for 3,000-4,000 AMD.