A rich and at the same time not overloaded trip to the provinces of Armenia closest to Yerevan awaits you. Just an hour’s drive from the capital are the medieval monasteries of Kecharis and Sevanavank, the gorgeous mountain landscapes of the Kotayk region and the majestic Lake Sevan, surrounded by the Geghama Range.
Departure from the hotel. A professional, experienced driver in a comfortable car picks you up from the hotel and your unforgettable journey begins.
Tsaghkadzor. The resort city, the Gorge of Flowers, the Birch Grove, – this all is about Tsaghkadzor – an ancient Armenian city, towering at an altitude of 1800 meters on the slopes of the Tsaghkunyats mountain range. This is the best place to reboot the body, because the geographical features of the city contribute to a more active production of hemoglobin in the blood, which has the best effect on well-being.
Interesting facts: despite its youthful appearance, Tsaghkadzor was inhabited as early as the 3rd-5th centuries and belonged to the influential princely family of Varazhnuni.
Kecharis. The main treasure of Tsakhkadzor is the monastery ensemble Kecharis, founded in the 11th century by the famous and very ancient Armenian princely dynasty Pahlavuni, from where Gregory the Illuminator himself, the first Catholicos of Armenians, was born. It is noteworthy that one of the churches of the monastery was built by Grigor Magistros, a philosopher, writer, teacher, scientist and statesman, who was also from the Pahlavuni dynasty.
An interesting fact: medieval Armenian princes, architects and priests are buried in the medieval cemetery of Kecharis.
Сableway. A favorite entertainment among tourists in the “Valley of Flowers” is the contemplation of nature from a height of 2819 meters on the Cable Car, which operates both for skiing and for ordinary pleasure rentals. The cable car is stretched on the eastern slope of Mount Tegeni, from where a gorgeous view of Mount Ararat and the entire Ararat valley opens.
Sevanavank Monastery. Now you are in the arms of the blue waves of Lake Sevan – the pearl of Armenian nature. One of the most ascetic and ancient monasteries of the entire region was built on one of the peninsular hills. Sevanavank, founded by Gregory the Illuminator in the 4th century, survived many battles in its lifetime, but was able to resist and preserve its most valuable beauties for you and me.
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