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Things to do in Kotayk Province, Armenia

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Garni, Gegard and Lake Sevan Day Trip from Yerevan

1. Garni, Gegard and Lake Sevan Day Trip from Yerevan

Start your day early at 9:30 AM. After pick–up from your hotel in Yerevan, make your first stop at the Arc of Ararat, slow down and take in the fantastic view of mount Ararat. Move on to the Garni Pagan Temple, and learn about the only Pagan Temple to exist in Armenia. Explore the Pagan Temple, a well–known symbol of pre–Christian Armenia that was converted into a royal summer house.  For your next stop, head to the unique UNESCO listed Geghard Monastery complex, dating back as far as the 13th century. Your tour continues to Sevan Lake and Sevanavank. Stop here and savor your lunch at with Sevan Lake Iishkhan, a type of local trout, before transferring back to Yerevan.

From Yerevan: 4.5-Hour Garni-Geghard Tour

2. From Yerevan: 4.5-Hour Garni-Geghard Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel where the tour will start at 10:00 am and last approximately 4 to 5-hours. The first stop is Garni, a Pagan Temple referred to as the well-known symbol of pre-Christian Armenia that was converted into a royal summer house. After exploring the grand structure, you will then stop at Ararat ARC where you'll have a fantastic view to mount Ararat, a snow capped dormant volcano situated in Turkey. From here, you will visit the UNESCO listed Geghard Monastery Complex. Some of the churches are situated in caves, whilst others are dug out of the surrounding rock surface. You will then be transferred back to Yerevan.

From Yerevan: Ski Day at Tsaghkadzor and Lake Sevan

3. From Yerevan: Ski Day at Tsaghkadzor and Lake Sevan

Start your day bright and early with a warm greeting by your guide who will be waiting for you in the lobby of your hotel. After a short meet and greet, you will be ready to kick start the day's adventures. Take a short and scenic drive in the direction of the most famous ski resort in the country, Tsaghkadzor, where you can enjoy skiing through Mount Teghenis. Get your skiing underway with a ropeway ride to reach the first ski path of the mountain from where can hit the slopes. Whilst you ski, take in the magnificent views of the proud Armenian snow-covered peaks.   After your skiing fun, you will head to the biggest lake in Armenia, Lake Sevan, which is partially covered with ice during the winter season and a magnificent view to behold. Next, drive towards the Sevan Peninsula to see the old monastic complex of Sevanavank and marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views.   Following your visit to the monastery, you'll hop back on board your comfortable vehicle and return to your hotel in Yerevan.

Yerevan: Garni, Geghard & Lake Sevan Tour with Lavash Baking

4. Yerevan: Garni, Geghard & Lake Sevan Tour with Lavash Baking

Start the tour at 10 AM by arriving at the local operator's office in Yerevan. After checking in, set off towards the Eastern part of Armenia in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. First, make a short stop at Charent's Arch where you can soak up the wonderful views to the biblical Mount Ararat. Them, head over to the Garni pagan temple which towers over a triangular cape. Admire the temple's blend of Greco-Roman and Armenian styles and see the ruins of the former royal palace with its stunning mosaics. After this, continue on to a masterpiece of 13th-century Armenian architecture at Geghard Monastery. Learn about how this cave monastery was believed to have housed the relic of the lance that pierced the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross. Experience its incredible construction which boasts fascinating acoustics which has served as a good place to sing spiritual songs. Marvel at some of the churches in the complex which are masterfully hewed into a huge rock. Discover how the complex is rich in subtle sculptural embellishments and many striking khachkars (cross-stones). Next up, stop for lunch at a cozy family-style restaurant called Abelyan House. Here, also watch the process of baking the Armenian lavash bread. Observe how the dough is rolled out flat and slapped against the hot walls of a clay oven. Have a good opportunity to participate in a lavash baking procedure. Savor the opportunity to taste it afterward with local cheese and greens. Following this, pop over to the amazing Lake Sevan, which is one of the world's greatest high altitude fresh-water lakes. Learn about how the lake is of volcanic origin and is surrounded by mountains of 3000 m and higher. Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape surrounded by crystal-clear water. Check out the medieval church complex of Sevanavank Monastery on the peninsular before you head off. Finally, hop back into the vehicle and take the return journey back to the meeting point in Yerevan where the tour concludes.

Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor Day Trip with Springs & Snowmobile Ride

5. Yerevan: Tsaghkadzor Day Trip with Springs & Snowmobile Ride

If you want to feel the real winter, visit historical places and have an active rest, then go with us to Tsakhkadzor, admire Armenia from the cable car and enjoy a drive on snowmobiles. And at the end, warm thermal springs will await you, where you will take a hot bath saturated with mineral salts. In addition, you will visit the Kecharis monastery, discover the history of the country from biblical times and hear about its traditions. The cable car will take you to a height of 2819 meters - in clear weather, from here all of Armenia is in full view, including Lake Sevan and Mount Ararat. Practical Instructions on how to handle the snowmobile will be given by our guides who will then take you on a scenic trail through the Tsaghkadzor slopes. During your day you will have time to enjoy the beautiful scenery, take pictures ! We will ensure you get the most of your day out in Tsaghkazdor. Children over the aged of 7 are welcome but will need to share a snow mobile with an adult. Children must be able to sit and hold on to the snowmobile unassisted. Duration is 30 min. But if you are 2 pax, you can take 1 snowmobile and drive it together for 1 hour.

From Yerevan: Private Roundtrip Tour to Tsaghkadzor

6. From Yerevan: Private Roundtrip Tour to Tsaghkadzor

Winter one-day tour in Armenia is a good option to explore winter activities in Armenia. For the winter activity lovers we offer to visit Armenian winter wonderland – Tsaghkadzor. This city is a famous ski resort of Armenia, located on the slopes of Mount Tanegiz, at an altitude of 1840 m, which is 10 meters below the highest ski station of French resort Courchevel. On the top point of skiing resort, opens spectacular views of Lake Sevan and the Ararat Mountain. The affordable prices, high quality ski trails and the welcoming environment of the winter resorts makes for unforgettable experiences and memories. Ski resort offers you 3 stages and other winter activities. During this tour you can. Beginners' option: Take a ropeway ride to enjoy mountain snowy view Beginners' option: Rent an equipment and try to do skiing or snowboarding with professional instructors (recommended) Professionals' option: Rent an equipment and try to do skiing or snowboarding without professional instructors.

Tsaghkadzor Town and Sevan Lake Day Tour

7. Tsaghkadzor Town and Sevan Lake Day Tour

Get ready in order to explore Tsaghkadzor Town, located in the homonymous valley. This town is considered as the most developed ski resort in the whole country. The very name Tsaghkadzor means “The valley of flowers or flower canyon” in Armenian. Also, it is well-known as a major spa and health resort. Upon arrival to this town, you will be taken by the majestic beauty in each corner. Later, you will take the cable car and rise up to the top, from where the magnificent atmosphere and spectacular nature of Tsaghkadzor unfolds. Enjoy the bird’s eye view of Tsaghkadzor Town and Teghenis Mount. The next stop is the turquoise Lake Sevan, the “Blue Pearl” of Armenia. Take a walk along the shores of this splendid lake and enjoy some free time to explore the beaches, or relax on one of the deck chairs. Visit Sevanavank Monastery, which is considered to be one of the most visited places and tourist attraction in Armenia. This monastery complex was constructed in the 9th century. It consists of two churches, Surb Arakelots “Holy Apostles” and Surb Astvatsatsin “Holy Mother of God”. Get acquainted with the history of this important site from the experienced guide. Overall, this trip to Sevanavank Monastery offers a unique combination of nature’s grandeur with the history and architecture. The tour concludes later that evening with a return back to Yerevan City.

From Yerevan: Snowy Day Activities in Lernanist

8. From Yerevan: Snowy Day Activities in Lernanist

Explore the snowy little village Lernanist, which is a center of snow activities. Experience the joy of fun activities like snowmobile driving, skiing, tubing, ropeway-bugel. You will have free time to enjoy snowball playing in snowy area of Lernanist, which is a great way to relax and have fun with friend and family. The active winter services are suitable for both adults and experienced, as well as children and beginners. Here there are steep mountain slopes, abundant snow and favorable for various winter sports. Professional instructors are there for you. At the end of snowy winter day enjoy a cup of hot tea and lunch in a cozy rural environment with your family or friends.

From Yerevan: Day Trip to Tsaghkadzor with Winter Activities

9. From Yerevan: Day Trip to Tsaghkadzor with Winter Activities

After driving 60 km north of Yerevan, you will find the cozy town of Tsaghkadzor, where you will first visit the Kecharis monastery complex. The guide will pay attention to its original architecture and tell you about its no less interesting history. You will learn why the monastery was built for 220 years with a 150-year break, and hear about its shrines. In Tsaghkadzor, on Mount Teghenis, you will find everything you need for recreation, the services here meet European standards. You will have about 3 hours of free time: you can spend it actively or just take a walk, enjoying nature. The cable car that will take you to a height of 2819 meters - in clear weather, from here all of Armenia is in full view, including Lake Sevan and Mount Ararat. Our program includes riding this powerful transport with the help of instructors. You'll get gear, practice snowmobiling, and head out on a scenic ride. Duration is 30 min for 1 pax. But if you are 2 pax, you can take 1 snowmobile and drive it together for 1 hour. Snow Tubing is an amazing way for winter activities' lovers and for those who want to experience the fun of winter relax from a completely new perspective. Snow tubing doesn’t need to have any experience. And it's cool right? All you need to do is simply grab the tube and let your fun begin! Duration is 60 min.

From Yerevan: Trip to Lake Sevan and Tsakhkadzor Ski Resort

10. From Yerevan: Trip to Lake Sevan and Tsakhkadzor Ski Resort

Get picked up from your hotel in Yerevan and transferred to Lake Sevan. This is your first stop and is on the Sevan peninsula with Sevanavank. Lake Sevan is a large, high-altitude lake in eastern Armenia, known for its beaches. Enjoy a fantastic view of the Blue Queen of Armenia. Then travel to Tsaghkadzor, the valley of flowers. Here, you will take the chair lift upto the top of the mount. After a short walk, enjoy tea or coffee with the fresh air of Mount Teghenis. Afterwards, head to Kecharis Monastery. The restaurants in Sevan lake are famous for fish, Ishkhan or trout. You will then be transferred back to Yerevan.

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What people are saying about Kotayk Province, Armenia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 80 reviews

All went perfect. We got to learn a lot about past religions and could understand many of the nowadays behaviors. The views and visited places were amazing and our guide made the teip memorable. Highly recommended :)

Very nice day with impressive clever woman guide, highlighted by day of the event (Armenian Independence day) and emotional little private performance during lunch. I was touched.

The tour was very interesting and extensive. Our tour guide Sunny was extremely friendly and helpful. At each stop we had enough time to explore the place.

Very informative guide and driver. Great trip with so many wonderful memories! Thank you Hyur Services! Highly recommend their tour service.

Thank you for the awesome and memorable experience. Guide was excellent and very informative. Will cherish the memories for a lifetime.