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From Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor & Lake Sevan Guided Tour

1. From Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor & Lake Sevan Guided Tour

Meet at the office of the local partner in Yerevan at 10:00 AM. Travel out of the city towards the north-western region of Armenia. First, stop at the city of Tsaghkadzor, situated in the Kotayk region 50 kilometers north of the capital. This city is considered to be one of the most popular winter resorts in Armenia. Explore the city which is surrounded by picturesque mountains and forests. Visit the Kecharis Monastery which dates back to the 11th century.  The monastery consists of four churches and a half-destroyed mausoleum of Grigorius Pahlavuni, who financed the construction of the monastery. Next travel to the beautiful Lake Sevan, which is one of the world's highest fresh-water lakes, located about 1,900 meters above sea level. Enjoy a stroll beside the lake surrounded by tall mountain peaks. Admire the crystal-clear water of the lake in a truly tranquil location. Visit the nearby Sevanavank Monastery, which was built on the peninsula in the year 874. Admire the reflection of the churches on the still lake surface. Then, make your way to a restaurant located on the shore where you can enjoy some lunch, at your own expense. After lunch, be returned to the meeting point in Yerevan.

From Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor and Sevan Lake Day Tour

2. From Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor and Sevan Lake Day Tour

Experience the beauty and culture of Armenia with this amazing full-day guided tour, including Tsaghkadzor ski resort and Lake Sevan. Enjoy a comfortable ride from Yerevan to the stunning countryside of Tsaghkadzor, Kecharis Monastery, Lake Sevan, and Sevanavank Monastery. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking views, rich history, and unique culture of Armenia as you explore these wonderful sites. Don't miss out - book your Tsaghkadzor & Lake Sevan Guided Tour today!

From Yerevan: Tsakhkadzor and Lake Sevan Day Tour

3. From Yerevan: Tsakhkadzor and Lake Sevan Day Tour

Embark on a winter adventure to Tsakhkadzor and Lake Sevan, immersing yourself in Armenia's natural beauty and cultural treasures. Begin your journey with a visit to the historic Kecharis Monastery complex in Tsakhkadzor, steeped in centuries of spiritual significance. Then, traverse to the Kotayk region, where Tsakhkadzor's enchanting mountain vistas captivate visitors year-round. Continue your adventure with a pilgrimage to the awe-inspiring Lake Sevan, nestled amidst towering peaks and azure skies. Marvel at the pristine freshwater expanse, one of the highest mountain lakes globally, exuding tranquility and majesty. Indulge in some leisure time amidst the winter wonderland, with opportunities for cable car rides, skiing, and snowboarding. Accessible only via the cable car, the skiing, snowboarding, and sledding areas promise exhilarating experiences against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks and pristine landscapes.

Tsaghkadzor/ Kecharis, Lake Sevan, Dilijan/ Haghartsin

4. Tsaghkadzor/ Kecharis, Lake Sevan, Dilijan/ Haghartsin

Our wonderful tour will take you to the famous mountain-ski resort - Tsaghkadzor. Translated from Armenian the word “Tsakhkadzor” means the Gorge of Flowers. In the north-western part of Tsakhkadzor one can find the 11th century monastic complex of Kecharis. The next destination during this trip will be “The Jewel of Armenia” or the “Geghama Sea” - Lake Sevan, which is one of the largest high-mountainous freshwater lakes in the world. In the northwest part of Sevan Lake, on a narrow rocky peninsula, there stands one of the most prominent examples of medieval Armenian architecture – Sevanavank Monastery. It was founded in 874 AD by princess Mariam. The next destination of the tour is “Armenian Switzerland” - Dilijan. In 13 km northeast of Dilijan in a cozy place one can find Monastery complex Haghartsin ('Dance of the Eagles’). It was built between the 10th and 13th centuries. There are stunning khachkars, a sundial on the wall of St Gregory, a ruined gavit and a refectory with stunning arched ceiling.

Tsaghkadzor (Kecharis, ropeway), Lake Sevan (Sevanavank)

5. Tsaghkadzor (Kecharis, ropeway), Lake Sevan (Sevanavank)

Embark on a private day trip from Yerevan to the ski resort of Tsaghkadzor to explore the 11th-century monastic complex of Kecharis. Admire Sevanavank Monastery on Lake Seven, one of the world's highest mountainous freshwater lakes, afterward. After pickup at your hotel in Yerevan, drive toward Tsakhkadzor, which means the "Gorge of Flowers" in Armenian, with your driver. Take in stunning views of the mountains, snow tops, rapid rivers, and picturesque valleys. Upon arrival in the north-western part of Tsakhkadzor, find the 11th-century Kecharis Monastery. Get some time to explore the monastic complex, either on your own or with a guide if you choose the tour option with a guide. Next, continue to the so-called "Jewel of Armenia,” Lake Sevan. There, marvel at one of the most prominent examples of medieval Armenian architecture – Sevanavank Monastery — which was founded on a narrow rocky peninsula on the northwest part of the lake in 874 AD. After time to discover Sevanavank Monastery, return to Yerevan for drop-off at your hotel.

Lake Sevan-Tsaghkadzor ski resort-Kecharis Monastery

6. Lake Sevan-Tsaghkadzor ski resort-Kecharis Monastery

We start the tour from the hotel. First we visit to Tsaghkadzor city. It will take approximately 1 hour. There you can take a ropeway and enjoy the height of mountains and the view. Or you can jump by zipline. After the activities we will visit to Kecharis monastery which is a medieval Armenian monastic complex dating back to the 11th to 13th centuries.After this we will go to lake Sevan and enjoy the biggest lake in Armenia. Also going up to Sevanavank monastery. After all this activities we will come back to Yerevan.

Explore Winter Wonderland: A One-Day Tsaghkadzor Adventure!

7. Explore Winter Wonderland: A One-Day Tsaghkadzor Adventure!

🌬️ Unveil the Magic of Tsaghkadzor in One Day! Embark on a snow journey from Yerevan to Tsaghkadzor. Just 1 hour away, your winter wonderland awaits! Hit the slopes at Tsaghkadzor Ski Resort. Whether you're a skiing pro or trying it for the first time, the resort caters to all levels. Don't miss the breathtaking views from the cable car! Warm up with a hearty Armenian feast. Discover traditional soups and stews that'll keep you cozy amidst the snow-covered mountains. Immerse yourself in history at Kecharis Monastery. Marvel at the medieval architecture and absorb the rich cultural heritage of Armenia. Chase the sunset at a scenic spot. Watch as the sky turns into a canvas of hues over the snow-capped landscapes. As the day winds down, journey back to Yerevan, reminiscing about your enchanting Tsaghkadzor adventure. Possible extending activities: Winter Zipline Thrills: Soar through the snowy treetops on a winter zipline, combining adrenaline and breathtaking views. Snowmobiling Adventure: Rev up your excitement with a snowmobiling excursion, navigating the snow-covered paths for an exhilarating winter ride. Snowy ATV Trails: Navigate through snow-covered terrains, enjoying the thrill of an ATV ride in the winter wonderland.

Armenia: Private Tsaghkadzor Tour with Kecharis Monastery

8. Armenia: Private Tsaghkadzor Tour with Kecharis Monastery

The City of Tsaghkadzor is a small Olympic town approximately an hour’s drive away from Yerevan. It is also called "Armenian Switzerland", as it is surrounded by dense mountain forests. The name of the city is referred to as “the gorge of flowers” since it is blooming with a variety of beautiful plants. According to the legend, these flowers were torn from the Pahlavuni princess’ garden and scattered over the land by the wind. This city is also home to the 11th-century monastic complex of Kecharis, which was especially built by the royals to honor the 1,000th anniversary of Jesus Christ. Tsaghkadzor is also popular for its fresh air, which is known to have indisputable health benefits. This is the main reason why the Olympic training grounds have been built in this location since the Soviet period, providing training opportunities for athletes from all over the globe after renovation. Additionally, Tsakhkadzor has become Armenia’s ski center during the winter months.

History and nature: Sevan lake, Dilijan, Tsaghkadzor

9. History and nature: Sevan lake, Dilijan, Tsaghkadzor

Tsaghkadzor is a spa town in Kotayk province of Armenia, it is popular ski and climate destination. Tsaghkadzor means “ravine full flowers”. It is a very beautiful place full of colors. Here you will also visit wonderful medieval monastery Kecharis, it was built in the early-mid ages. This monastery includes four churches, courtyard, two chapels and many cross-stones. Here you can experience relaxing nature and amazing architecture. During this tour we will explore together one of the largest freshwater, high-altitude lakes – Lake Sevan and Sevanavank monastery, built by the princess Mariam in 874. Then in Dilijan the betaking forests will surround you. And the last stop is well-known travel destination in Armenia – Hagharstin Monastery – its beauty is breathkaing unreal. Hasghartsin monastery was built in the 10th century by the Bagratuni dynasty. It was built in the place of pagan temple. This amazing complex includes 4 churches and cross-stones (khachkars). Highlights: -Tsaghkadzor resort -Tsaghkadzor ropeway -Kecharis Monastery -Lake Sevan -Sevanavank Monastery -Dilijan old city -Haghartsin Monastery -Lake Parz

Armenian Snow Delight: 2-Day Winter Getaway to Tsaghkador

10. Armenian Snow Delight: 2-Day Winter Getaway to Tsaghkador

Day 1: Yerevan to Tsaghkadzor Winter Adventure Morning: Departure from Yerevan Begin your snow-filled journey with an early departure from Yerevan to Tsaghkadzor, a picturesque winter wonderland. Late Morning: Skiing and Cable Car Ride Arrive at Tsaghkadzor Ski Resort for a thrilling skiing or snowboarding session. Take a cable car ride to Mount Teghenis for panoramic views of the snow-covered landscapes. Lunch: Traditional Armenian Delights Enjoy a hearty lunch at a local restaurant, savoring traditional Armenian cuisine to refuel for the day's activities. Afternoon: Cultural Exploration Visit Kecharis Monastery, immersing yourself in the rich history and architecture of this medieval gem. Explore the town's quaint streets, adorned with winter charm. Indulge in a cozy dinner at a local restaurant, embracing the warmth of Armenian hospitality. Opt for night activities, such as stargazing or a bonfire under the snowy skies. Day 2: Lake Sevan and Return to Yerevan Morning: Scenic Drive to Lake Sevan Depart for Lake Sevan, one of the world's highest freshwater lakes, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Visit Sevanavank Monastery for breathtaking views of the frozen lake. Late Morning: Winter Activities at Lake Sevan Engage in winter activities at Lake Sevan, such as ice skating or a serene lakeside walk. Lunch: Lakeside Dining Enjoy lunch at a lakeside restaurant, savoring local dishes while overlooking the wintry beauty of Lake Sevan. Afternoon: Return to Yerevan Head back to Yerevan, capturing the last glimpses of Armenia's snowy landscapes. Optionally, make a stop at Dilijan National Park for a brief nature walk. Evening: Yerevan Exploration Arrive in Yerevan and explore the city's winter charm. Conclude your snow-filled adventure with a delightful dinner in Yerevan. This two-day snow trip in Armenia promises a perfect blend of winter sports, cultural exploration, and scenic beauty, making for unforgettable memories in this snowy paradise. ❄️⛷️

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What people are saying about Kecharis Monastery

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4.9
(7 reviews)

We enjoyed so much the whole trip visiting Tsaghkadzor and Sevan Lake with our Tour Guide Ms. Kristin Manukyan. She gave us a good tour with good a knowledge of the rich history of the places we visited. It was fun and would be glad to visit again this place soon. Our Tour Guide is the Best!!!!

Everything was great! A wonderful experience! The guide, Edward, was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful! Only the lunch was not so great. However that’s not the tour company, it’s an external provider.

I really enjoyed the tour and places were very beautiful to see something different. I definitely recommend this tour for anyone looking to visit lake sevan or other places to have fun.

The sights were stunning, the derived professional, safe and courteous, the office support was excellent and communication first rate, overall highly recommended

It filled our expectations, everything was excellent according our group needs.