Welcome to Tatev

There is plenty of scope for short hikes in the surrounding area. One trail from the village leads to Svarants (population 250), a hamlet 20 minutes’ walk away on the other side of the valley. Another trail heads north to the top of Petroskhatch mountain, 4km from Tatev (the return-trip hike takes under three hours).

The most popular hike is downhill from Tatev to Mets Anapad, an overgrown 17th-century church. This takes 2½ hours.

Organised hikes in the gorge leave Tatev at 10am and 2pm (two-hour trail, AMD10,000) and at 11am (seven-hour trail, AMD20,000). Book at the Wings of Tatev Aerial Tramway ticket office in Halidzor.

If you're hiking or driving to Tatev rather than taking the aerial tramway, stop off to see Satan’s Bridge, located on the road halfway between the cable car and Tatev village. Legend tells that centuries ago, villagers fleeing a rebel army were blocked by the raging river. Before the invaders attacked, a bridge was magically created by a huge falling rock and the people were saved.

Just uphill from the monastery is the Tatev Tourism Information Centre & Cafe run by the extremely helpful English- and Italian-speaking Anna Arshakyan. This is the place to ask about hikes in the area (Anna can organise guides), travel around the region and B&Bs where you can spend the night.

Top experiences in Tatev

Tatev activities

$44 Cultural & Theme Tours

Group Tour: Hin Areni wine factory, Tatev-Ropeway, Khndzoresk caves & bridge

The tour starts at 9am from the local operators office, then you'll board a climate-controlled vehicle for the trip to southern Armenia, with the first stop of the day at the historic village of Areni. Tour a wine factory to learn what makes Areni wines so distinctive, and see the distinctive architecture of the 14th-century St. Astvatsatsin Church.Continue to Tatev Monastery, once the wealthiest medieval monastery in Armenia and a strategic center of the kingdom. Discover the secret passageways that linked the monastery and outside world during tumultuous times, then ride the Wing of Tatev, an aerial tramway stretching 3.5 miles (5.7 km.) across the River Vorotan Gorge, linking Tatev Monastery with a hill by the village of Halidzor. Take a break for lunch at a restaurant near Wings of Tatev, choosing between four set menus (own expense). The last stop of the day is Khndzoresk, a village that's famous for natural stone carpets and homes built directly into mountain caves, which also served as a stronghold for Syunik during the 18th-century national liberation movement.Following your time at Khndzoresk, begin the return trip to Yerevan, where this tour concludes at the original departure point.

$39.64 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip: Tatev Ropeway, Monastery,Karahunge, Shaki waterfall,Areni Winery,lunch

The tour will take you to Karahunge, the Armenian Stonehenge, which is a whopping 2500 years older than the world famous Stonehenge. This is one of the most mystical spots on our planet and is yet to be explored!A place that can’t be missed whilst in Armenia is Tatev Monastery, which once was the educational and spiritual center of Armenia. It’s built on a high plateau in the Vorotan river gorge, and is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and dense forests. You can reach here riding the world’s longest cableway Wings of Tatev. During your ride, you will enjoy a spectacular view over one of the most beautiful spots in Armenia (if not in the world).The next stop is Shaki Waterfall. It is located in Syunik Province. On the left side of the river Vorotan’s gorge, basalt lava flows have solidified to form a ledge 18 meters high from which the waterfall cascades down.During this trip you will also have a chance to visit Areni, that is known for its spectacular history in winemaking, bearing the name of one of the oldest grape varieties in the world. So if you are a Wine connoisseur, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Areni and all of its vineyards.As part of the tour, guests will taste the most famous dishes of traditional Armenian cuisine. The dishes are unique with their taste and appetizing aroma, characteristic only for Armenian cuisine.

$44 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Trip to Areni Winery, Tatev Monastery and Shaki water

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Hyur Service, Yerevanstarting and ending pointDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Hin Areni Winery, Areni, Vayots Dzor Provincetour and tastingDuration: 40 minutesStop At: Wings of Tatev, Halidzor, Syunik Provincefantastic view over the gorgeDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Tatev Monastery, Tatev, Syunik Provinceone of the most impressing monastery complexesDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Shaki Waterfall, Sisian, Syunik Provincerelaxing beauty Duration: 40 minutes

$100 Private & Custom Tours

One Day Private Trip to Khor Virap, Noravank and Tatev Monasteries

Drive through the pretty Ararat Valley to the 4th century monastery Khor Virap, where you will enjoy the view of Mt. Ararat (to be honest there are lots of places, where you can enjoy the view, but each of them is unique). Ararat is the mountain, which will let you feel where your ancestors come from. “Khor Virap” means “deep dungeon”, where was a royal prison in the 4th century, here the first Armenian Catolicos Gregory the Illuminator was detained.Continue your tour to Noravank monastery with its intricate carvings. Here you will find the only depiction of God. You can also notice the face of Jesus Christ appeared on the dome of the narthex.Also visit the 7th century monastery of Tatev, which was an educational and spiritual center. You will reach the monastery by the cable car. The ropeway is the longest in the world and if you are looking for unforgettable adventures in the air and want to fly, you don’t need planes! Wings of Tatev will take you to the sky!

$27000 Cultural & Theme Tours


ItineraryDay 1Arrival in Yerevan, transfer to the hotelDay 2"Hin Areni" wine factory (tour and tasting), Tatev - Ropeway, KhndzoreskDay 3 Dilijan (old town), national dishes master class and active leisure in Yenokavan village (zipline, rope park, paragliding, horseback riding, rock climbing etc.)Day 4Garni, Geghard, lavash bakingDay 5Tsaghkadzor (Kecharis, Ropeway - one station), Lake Sevan (Sevanavank, boat trip)Day 6Alphabet Alley, Aragats (Lake Kari), Amberd, traditional holiday cooking in Armenian village gardenDay 7Dashtadem Fortress, Gyumri (old town, black fortress, popular fish farm-restaurant), MarmashenDay 8Transfer from the hotel to the airport, departureAdditional information:Once Booked payment is not refundable.Instead of hotels the participants of the program can choose to be placed in high-quality apartments in the center of Yerevan. In this case the price of the program decreases and is subject to additional discussion.In case of additional services, besides the ones listed in the program, the price is subject to additional discussion.Maximum number of booking 15 per Group.Breakfast will be served in your Hotel / Buffet.Lunch & dinner will be server during the tours in respective locaions .Guests need to inform their choice of food while booking.If Guests order for foods,drinks in their Hotel room service and lundry , they need to pay themsalves.

$60 Kid Friendly

Private Tour to the longet cable car in the world (Tatev Monastery)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tatev Monastery, Tatev, Syunik ProvinceEnjoy the amazing landscape riding the longest cable car in the world.Duration: 2 hours

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