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

$38 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Trip to Areni, Tatev Monastery and Khndzoresk Caves

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.

$38 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Yerevan to Areni Winery and Tatev Monastery Full-Day Trip

The tour starts at 09.00am from the local operator's office. You will be driven to the Southern part of Armenia, the first stop is at the village of Areni that is in the Vayots Dzor region. This sunny village is famous for its wine assortments. Due to its specific flavor and delicate taste "Areni" wine has a respectful place among the best Armenian wines. The visit to the wine factory of the village will serve a good testimony. The St. Astvatsatsin church built by skillful architect and sculpture Momik is in Areni village, too.The next stop is Tatev monastery, which used to be the wealthiest medieval monastery in Armenia. Besides being a religious center Tatev was also the important strategical center of Syunik kingdom. Being situated on a naturally defended place Tatev monastery has always been an impenetrable fortress. In non-stable political conditions the several secret passages in the the fortress led the way to the canyon and served as a link between the monastery and external world.Next, you will visit the aerial tramway called Wings of Tatev. The 5.7-kilometer rope-way was built within 11 months, and passes through a deep gorge of the River Vorotan and over hills covered with lush forests. The tramway is supported by three towers between its two terminals. One terminal is on a hill overlooking the village of Halidzor and the other is near Tatev Monastery, on the road to Tatev village. Two cabins operate at once, traveling in opposite directions. Lunch (personal expense) will be held in a local restaurant near the rope-way station. One can choose the meal between 4 offered options in the vehicle before arrival to the restaurant and pay on the spot. The last stop is Shaki waterfall being located in one of the coziest and nicest corners of Syunik, gloriously opens its striking beauty to all admirers.Drop off point is back at the operators office in Central Yerevan.

$38.39 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.

$114 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!

$127 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Tatev, Noravank and Shaki waterfall

This time we are going to discover unique architecture of Tatev Monastery, Noravank Monastery and admire the beauty of Shaki waterfall. We will visit Noravank monastery which is the most famous monastery of this region located on the rocky gorge of high-upplace.Shaki waterfall is one of the most beautiful natural monuments of Armenia.The height of waterfall is 18 meters and it’s 1700 meters high above sea level.The place of waterfall is a deep canyon, rich in cliffs and caves. Tatev Monastery is a 9th century historical monument. In order to see the Monastery of Tatev, it is a must to take the ropeway. Two way ticket is 5.000 AMD.

$950 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explore the South of Armenia in 5 days

Day1: Pick up from the airport and transfer to the 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. Tour to Geghard monastery, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back to Yerevan. (L) Day2: Breakfast at the hotel. Tour to one of the three holy places in Armenia, Khor Virap monastery. Tour to Areni, a village in the Vayots Dzor province of Armenia best known for its wine production. Then comes Noravank, 13th-century Armenian monastery. Overnight in Jermuk. (L) Day3: Tour in spa city Jermuk. Then comes Khndzoresk, famous for its canyon with picturesque rock formations and ancient cave settlement. The artificial caves, some of which are currently used as stables and warehouses, used to be inhabited till the 1950s. Here the 160-meter long swinging bridge connects the two banks of the village, old and new Khndzoresk. You'll visit the Armenian Stonehenge - Karahunj. Overnight in Goris. (D) Day4: Tour to Tatev, 9th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery. The monastic complex stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. To get to the monastery we'll take the cable car Wings of Tatev, that holds the record for longest non-stop double track cable car. Tour to Lake Sevan,  the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region, and one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in Eurasia. On our way we'll visit Selim, which is the best preserved of all medieval caravanserais in Armenia, Noratus, medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars and Sevanavank monastery. Overnight in Sevan. (D) Day5: Tour to Tsaghkadzor, the ski resort, with forests and an ancient monastery Kecharis (11-13th centuries). 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. The name of the city literally means “valley of flowers” or “flower canyon”. During the tour the ropeway will be optional. Transfer to the airport. (L)

Tatev in detail