Tsaghkadzor and Sevan Full-day Tour
On the full-day tour, you will see Tsaghkadzor, also known as valley of flowers or flower canyon, go to Kecharis monastery complex, take a ride on the ropeway to admire the immense beauty of the local scenery and visit Lake Sevan, the pearl of mountainous Armenia. Located in Kotayk region only 60 kilometers north from Yerevan, Tsaghkadzor is a spa town and a popular winter resort. It is one of the places of mountainous Armenia where natural beauty has a remarkable variety. The town stands on the eastern slope of Teghenis Mountain at a height of 1,841 meters above sea level and is surrounded with woods and alpine meadows.
The tour program will take you to Kecharis monastery that is located in the northwestern part of Tsaghkadzor. The medieval monastic complex dates back to the 11th to 13th centuries, and the monastery consists of 4 churches and a half-destroyed mausoleum of Grigorius Pahlavuni, the historical figure that had financed the monastery's construction. Also, since Tsaghkadzor is a popular Armenian ski resort, it features a chairlift with 5 stations and more than a dozen ski runs. The armchaired ropeway of Tsaghkadzor is located on the eastern slope of Mount Teghenis at the height of 1,966-2,819 meters and has been functioning since 1967. Once you will get to the highest point where the speedy chairlift will take you in 32 minutes, you will have the whole Armenia visible at a glance, and, if weather is clear, you will also be able to spot the Holy Mount Ararat in the distance. Renovated in 2004 and 2017, the ropeway is well equipped and safe for the visitors.
The true pearl of mountainous Armenia, Lake Sevan is one of the world's greatest alpine freshwater lakes. You will go to about 1,900 meters above sea level and visit the lake that is surrounded with mountains of 3,000 meters and higher. The beautiful landscape and the crystal water will provide you with the excellent opportunity to rest. The lake is particularly famous for its peninsula and medieval church complex that was built in 874. You will see them on the northwestern part of Lake Sevan, where the peninsula towers over the transparent surface of the lake. Sevanavank monastery was commissioned by princess Mariam, the king Ashot Bagratuni's daughter. Against the backdrop of the turquoise lake and blue sky, the silhouette of the churches will make quite an impression, and it will be the point from where the whole beauty of Lake Sevan will be seen. Also, at the end of the tour, you will have an amazing opportunity to participate in the Sevan trout barbecue master class and taste delicious fish.
Highlights: Tsaghkadzor Ropeway, Kecharis Monastery, Monastery Sevanavank, Lake Sevan.
Departure: Thu, Sun. Includes: a professional multilingual guide, transfer from and to Yerevan, bottled water, pastries, air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi, entrance fees, vehicle and passenger insurance, master class and tasting. Start from the city center. Optional: lunch (€6.43 - €8.26). Excludes: hotel drop-off after return to Yerevan.