Breakfast at the hotel.
Ancient relict Lake Sevan – “The Jewel of Armenia” or the “Geghama Sea” is one of the largest high-mountainous freshwater lakes in the world and the main attraction not only Gekarkunik but whole Armenia. This nature's wonder is located in the very middle of Armenian highland in a huge mountain bowl framed with picturesque peaks at the height of 1,900 m. The lake's surface area is 940 sq km, the maximum depth - 95 m; maximum length – about 70 km, width - 30-50 km. Sevan is fed by 28 rivers but only one flows out – the Razdan. The biggest river flowing in the lake is the Mayerik.
On the northwest part of the lake, on the narrow rocky peninsula, there stands one of the most prominent landmarks of medieval Armenian architecture – Sevanavank monastery. In antiquity, the peninsula was the stand-alone island. It was separated from the shore by 3 km of transparent water full of fish which was caught by the monastery. The monks came there at the end of the 8th century, erected a small chapel and few cells. The island position was so convenient that the growing monastic brotherhood started to build a monastery there. First they cut down a ledge in the rock and laid big stone blocks on it.
Translated from Armenian the word “Tsakhkadzor” means the Gorge of Flowers. Indeed, the gorge, the mountains, snow tops, rapid rivers, picturesque valleys are covered with a flower carpet.
Today's Tsakhkadzor is a cozy city and modern mountain-ski resort. It is located in the picturesque Tsakhkunyats canyon amidst virgin woods and Alpine Meadows, on Mount Tegen is gentle slope (at the height of 1,845 m above the sea level). It received the city status in 1984 and today Tsakhkadzor attracts thousands of holidaymakers who come there to relax, improve their health and admire beauties of nature. The climate of Tsakhkadzor is special.
Want to see entire Armenia? Visit the ropeway of Tskhkadzor. From the height of 1,000 – 3,000 m you will see entire Armenia lying on the palm of your hand: the bright blue lake Sevan, the Big and Little Ararat.