Welcome to Tsaghkadzor


From the Yerevan Hwy, the access road goes through the town of Hrazdan and continues up to the village's central square. From the square, take Khachatur Kechavetsi St uphill to the Kecharis Monastery, a complex comprising the Surp Grigor Church (1003), an attached 13th-century gavit, the small Surp Nishan chapel (1051) and a 13th-century katoghike cathedral.

The road straight up from the monastery leads to the ski base where you can take the ropeway up the mountain. This operates year-round. You can hire ski equipment at the ski base or from Kecharis Hotel.

The forests around the base of the mountain provide some nice walks, especially in late spring and early summer when the wildflowers are blooming. Horse riding can be organised through Kecharis Hotel.


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$29 Cultural & Theme Tours

Sevan Lake, Tsakhkadzor Rope Way, Kecharis Monastery Tour

Be transferred from Yerevan to Sevan lake. Sevan Lake is your first stop and is on the Sevan peninsula with Sevanavank. Enjoy a fantastic view of the "Blue Queen" of Armenia. The moving onto Tsaghkadzor, the valley of flowers. Here you will take the rope way up to the mount. After a short walk enjoy tea or coffee with the fresh air of Mount Teghenis. Afterwards move back to Kecharis Monastery. Lunch is not included but can be arranged in Sevan. The restaurants in Sevan lake are famous for fish (Ishkhan or trout) or in Tsaghkadzor in a local restaurant. You will then be transferred back to Yerevan.

$29 Day Trips & Excursions

Tsaghkadzor, Kecharis Monastery, Dilijan and Lake Sevan From Yerevan

This 9-hour tour starts at 10am from the local operators head office in Yerevan. You will be driven to the North-Western part of Armenia for the first stop, Tsaghkadzor city, in the 'Valley of flowers'. This is considered to be one of the most popular winter resorts of Armenia, situated on the eastern slope of Teghenis Mountain, surrounded with virginal woods and alpine meadows. Moving on, pay a visit to the Kecharis monastery in the north-western part of Tsakhkadzor. Dating back to the 11th century, the monastery includes four churches and ruins of the mausoleum of Grigorius Pahlavuni. Make a short stop to admire the views over Sevan Lake, one of Europe's highest altitude fresh-water lakes, ringed by dramatic mountains. Continue to Dilijan town on the banks of the Aghstev River, where you'll enjoy a delicious Armenian-style lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant. Nearby, take a tour of the Goshavank monastery, founded by the famous medieval scientist Mkhitar Gosh. Next, continue to the Ijevan wine factory for a tour and tasting, before ending your tour at the magnificent Haghartsin monastery, situated in the woodlands of Tavush region. Your tour ends with drop-off in central Yerevan.

$900 Cultural & Theme Tours

5 DAYS IN ARMENIA

Day1: Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel. Short sightseeing tour in Yerevan, during which you’ll get acquainted with the capital of Armenia. Tour to the only pagan temple left in Armenia – Garni. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple. Visiting both Garni and situated not far Geghard monastery in one trip is so common that they are often referred to in unison as Garni-Geghard. Geghard (meaning "spear") is a medieval monastery (13th century) in the Kotayk province of Armenia, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back to Yerevan. (L) Day2: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Tsaghkadzor, the ski resort, with forests and an ancient monastery Kecharis (11-13th centuries). The main group of the complex consists of three churches. Kecharis was a major religious center of Armenia and a place of higher education. Tsaghkadzor is one of the places in Armenia, where people go in summer  to get away from the city life and the heat, for the fresh air in the mountains. In winter, the town is completely overtaken by skiers and people who just want to relax and enjoy the snow and scenery. During the tour the ropeway will be optional. Tour to Lake Sevan  and Sevanavank the monastic complex located on the peninsula, which was an island until the mid-20th century. Overnight in Dilijan spa city. (D)Day3: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Haghartsin and Goshavank monastic complexes. Overnight in Alaverdi. (D) Day4: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to visit two monasteries of the 10th century Sanahin and Haghpat, which are one of the current UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Armenia. Back to Yerevan. (D) Day5: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Etchmiadzin, one of the three saint places in Armenia. We will also visit St. Gayane and St. Hripsime churches. The cathedral and churches of Etchmiadzin and the archaeological remains at Zvartnots graphically illustrate the evolution and development of the Armenian central-domed cross-hall type of church, which exerted a profound influence on architectural and artistic development in the region. Zvartnots Cathedral (meaning "celestial angels") is a 7th-century cathedral. Now in ruins, it is located at the edge of Etchmiadzin. Cathedral and Churches of Etchmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. (L)Transfer to the airport.

$765 Cultural & Theme Tours

Your photos on Armenian background

Day1: Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel. Short sightseeing tour in Yerevan, during which you’ll get acquainted with the capital of Armenia. Tour to the only pagan temple left in Armenia – Garni and medieval monastery Geghard  (13th century) listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back to Yerevan. (L)Day2: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Tsaghkadzor, the ski resort, with forests and an ancient monastery Kecharis (11-13th centuries). The main group of the complex consists of three churches. Kecharis was a major religious center of Armenia and a place of higher education. Tsaghkadzor is one of the places in Armenia, where people go in summer  to get away from the city life and the heat, for the fresh air in the mountains. In winter, the town is completely overtaken by skiers and people who just want to relax and enjoy the snow and scenery. During the tour the ropeway will be optional. Tour to Lake Sevan and Sevanavank the monastic complex located on the peninsula, which was an island until the mid-20th century. Tour to Dilijan spa city, Haghartsin and Goshavank monastic complexes. Back to Yerevan. (L)Day3: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to one of the three holy places in Armenia, Khor Virap monastery, to Areni, a village in the Vayots Dzor province of Armenia best known for its wine production, Noravank, 13th-century Armenian monastery. Back to Yerevan. (L)Day4: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Saghmosavank and Hovhannavank monasteries situated atop the precipitous gorge carved by the Kasakh river. Back to Yerevan. (L)Day5: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to Etchmiadzin, one of the three saint places in Armenia. We will also visit St. Gayane and St. Hripsime churches. The cathedral and churches of Etchmiadzin and the archaeological remains at Zvartnots graphically illustrate the evolution and development of the Armenian central-domed cross-hall type of church, which exerted a profound influence on architectural and artistic development in the region. Zvartnots Cathedral (meaning "celestial angels") is a 7th-century cathedral. Now in ruins, it is located at the edge of Etchmiadzin. Cathedral and Churches of Etchmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. (L)Transfer to the airport.

$24.38 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Lake Sevan Sevanavank Noratus Tsaghkadzor Kecharis traditional lunch

Explore the history and delights of Armenia in comfort on our amazing 8-hour tour! Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with professional guide using free Wi-Fi on board and tasting local sweets. The trip will start along the shore to reach Noratous, a village which is home to the largest collection of the Armenian Khachkars – stone steles engraved with a cross, designed to show the way to salvation. According to the legend, Hayk – the ancestor of all Armenians – ordered his people to decorate every single stone in Armenia, which is why you will see some 3000 of these decorated stones, depicting various stories from different ages. Speaking of landmarks, it is only 30 minutes drive from Noratus to reach Lake Sevan – the blue jem of the Armenian mountainscape. We will also visit the monastery of Sevanavank, built by the princess Mariam to honor the life of her deceased husband in the 9th century. Sevanavank is also home to one of the most beautiful Amenaprkich (all savior) Khachkars of Armenia. This is one of the 13 rarest crosstones depicting Jesus. This special experience promises you a trip to the gorge of flowers, the city of Tsaghkadzor – a small Olympic town not far from Yerevan, approximately an hour’s drive away. This destination is referred to as “the gorge of flowers” since it is blooming with an array of gorgeous plants. As the legend holds, these flowers were torn from the princess’ garden and scattered over the land by the wind. It is also home to the 11th century monastic complex of Kecharis, specially built by the royals to honor the 1000th anniversary of Jesus Christ. Many people visit Tsaghkadzor for its fresh air, which is known to have a countless number of 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, it has become Armenia’s ski center during the winter months. Lunch will be served at one of the local restaurants, where you can taste delicious fresh fish caught from Lake Sevan. Here  you will understand why Armenians are willing to drive for one hour just to have a taste of Sevan fish for dinner.

$52.33 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Tsaghkadzor, Lake Sevan

This special experience promises you a trip to the gorge of flowers, the city of Tsaghkadzor – a small Olympic town not far from Yerevan, approximately an hour’s drive away. It is also called the Armenian Switzerland, as it is surrounded by dense mountain forests. This destination is referred to as “the gorge of flowers” since it is blooming with an array of gorgeous plants. As the legend holds, these flowers were torn from the princess’ garden and scattered over the land by the wind. It is also home to the 11th century monastic complex of Kecharis, specially built by the royals to honor the 1000th anniversary of Jesus Christ. Whilst staying in Armenia, you simply cannot miss the opportunity of visiting one of the country’s most renowned landmarks – the beautiful lake Sevan. Merely an hour’s drive from the capital city of Yerevan, Sevan is situated at the height of 1900m above sea level and surrounded by a vast chain of mountains. The tour begins by climbing a flight of stairs to the Sevan peninsula with an unforgettable panoramic view of the lake from the top. We will also visit the monastery of Sevanavank, built by the princess Mariam to honor the life of her deceased husband in the 9th century. Sevanavank is also home to one of the most beautiful Amenaprkich (all savior) Khachkars of Armenia. This is one of the 13 rarest crosstones depicting Jesus. The tour will then take you to the North of Armenia, where you will be surrounded by beautiful nature.

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