Lake Sevan

The single largest inland body of water in the entire Caucasus area, Lake Sevan is one of the highest alpine lakes in the region at 6,235 ft above sea level. Covering 480 square miles, the massive lake — surrounded by beaches and just south of the northern mountain peaks — the productive, picturesque lake supplies 90% of all the fish in Armenia. In landlocked Armenia, Lake Sevan holds a special place in the hearts of locals and hosts the only beaches in the country. The most popular beach is a stretch on the northern shore that extends for more than a mile and a half. Sevan peninsula, formerly Sevan Island before being drained during the Soviet era, hosts the Armenian president’s summer residence on the eastern shore.


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This monastic complex was originally built on a shores of a small island, but artificial draining of the lake transformed the island into a peninsula. Today visitors can easily walk to visit Sevanavank’s churches, as well as explore a lovely hiking trail behind the monastery.

Sevan Town

Located a few miles from the shore, this quiet town serves as a lunch stop for visitors to the lake area. The fresh seafood, particularly fish and crayfish, can be enjoyed barbecued, fried, or smoked.

Swim, Bike and Hike

The lake offers landlocked Armenians the chance to enjoy swimming, wind surfing, sailing, paddle and row boating. The areas just beyond the lake shores offer endless opportunities for hiking, biking, and even mountain climbing.

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Lake Sevan Itineraries

Classic Armenia

7 days / 6 nights
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Tufenkian Avan Marak Tsapatagh

Lake Sevan, Armenia

The Tufenkian Avan Marak Tsapatagh is a rustic stone property located on the eastern shore of Lake Sevan and in the small farming and fishing village of Tsapatagh. This lakeside retreat on the quiet side of the popular Lake Sevan invites guests to unwind and enjoy the lake and surrounding natural beauty in tranquility. There is a total of 34 rooms including rooms, duplexes, and suites, each dressed in simple stone walls, wooden floors, and handcrafted furniture and natural woven textiles. Spacious lounge areas, wide windows, and private terraces allow guests to make the most of the views over the lake. Freshly-caught fish from the lake is featured at the signature restaurant where diners can enjoy their meals alfresco on the lakeside terrace. Recreational facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, beach cabin, hot tub, tennis table, and billiards; other services include laundry, bicycle rentals, and complimentary WiFi.

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