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  • ATMs

    Travelers who are worried that Armenian ATMs may have problems with pins that are more than 4 digits - do not fret.The HSBC ATMs around Yerevan accept 5 digit pins (and possibly 6 digit pins) Just remember to hit "OK" after you are done entering your pin.There are plenty of local and regional bank ATMs in Yerevan and other Armenian cities, but they...

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  • All options......

    Homestay, hotel or camping. . . I tried all three options in Armenia, and I enjoyed all; it just depends to adapt to the situation: cheap hotel in Yerevan, small hotel and homestay in small cities or villages, camping in the wilderness!This here is just a general review about accommodation; be warned it is not exactly cheap to sleep in Armenia, and...

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  • A fantastic trip

    I am now in Germany on my way home from 16 wonderful days in Armenia and have seldom, if ever, had such a wonderful trip. I visited the Genocide Memorial, the Manuscript Repository (They do not like to call it a museum because "it is a research institute."), Echimiadzin, Kor Vidl, several other sites but most importantly, I fell in love with the...

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  • Georgian Visa

    Getting a visa at the Goergian boarder is easy and free at least for EU, American, and a few other nationalities. Leaving Armenia is a bit more formalized than entering Georgia. Once get your visa stamped at the gate you walk across the bridge to the Georgian customs office. No forms to fill out..they will ask you if you are a tourist and then...

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  • Visa at the airport

    Being the yank that I am I had to buy a tourist visa at the airport when I got off the plane.The airport in Yerevan has has been redone but when you get into the main immigration area you need to go first to the exchange desk or ATM which is probably faster and get some cash for your visa. Mine cost 15,000 dram. The line takes a bit so if you can...

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  • Matenadaran

    In the end of Mesrop Mashtot Poghota, up some stairs, is the splendid Matenadaran, a museum/library with a great exhibition of ancient manuscripts. On display are among other things the oldest illustrated Armenian manuscript, the oldest printed book in Armenian and the oldest periodical in Armenian. But there are also works written in Greek, Latin,...

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  • Visa Situation

    Many people often wonder about the visa situation in Armenia. The region used to be notorious for changing its policies due to previous political problems but now it is straight forward. Almost every EU national can enter without a blink of an eye and US, Canada etc can enter for 21 days for $30 US which you pay at the border control. The entire...

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  • Visa for Armenia

    You can very easy get an Armenian visa via Internet and that’s what I got in 2003. It costs 60 dollars and take only two business days to issue. You apply for the e-visa at www.armeniaforeignministry.comThe e-visa can only be used if you are entering to the airport in Yerevan.When I arrived at Yerevan airport most people seemed to apply for the...

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  • Yerevan, downtown

    Our hotel, the Ani Hotel, was not far from the Opera Square. Even to the former Lenin Square and Vernissage it was an easy walking distance.So we walked a lot in Yerevan downtown. Yerevan lies in an earthquake area. They told us there could be several small shocks a day. Most of the time you don't notice it, when you are walking or travelling in...

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  • Yerevan, viewpoint, no Ararat today

    When we were in Yerevan it was a very rainy period. We went to a viewpoint, from where you can normally see the Ararat.And as we allready thought it was too cloudy to see much. Anyhow we went to the viewpoint in the hope to see a glimpse of the Ararat. The result you can see at the picture. No Ararat today !

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  • Petrol, Benzene, Gas What is This???

    Well, while traveling in Armenia, mostly which was done with taxis, we were told that most cars run on gas.. Yeah, it's natural gas, not petrol!! Cars have a tank in the trunk where they fill them at gas stations with natural gas and go on their way....Our taxi driver's car was equiped with both.. A natural gas tank and a petrol tank.. A switch was...

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  • Beautiful Butterflies Flying Everywhere

    When visiting different parts of Armenia, be it all the way north or east towards the mountanous Nagorno Karabakh, we witnessed many different varities of beautiful and colorful butterflies flying in and out of the trees and flowers... From a natural history source, I read that Armenia has over 270 different species of butterflies. A country which...

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  • Having a Tour Guide is a Good Idea for...

    While in Armenia, we took a guided tour for only one day out of our vacation because we preffered to tour the country on our own time with a taxi.. But, for a non-Armenian speaking tourist, having a tour guide who speaks multi-languages is definitely a plus.. I will provide here the tour guide and services information since I was pleased with their...

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  • Getting to Khor Virap

    There are two buses/marshrutkas to Khor Virap. They depart from the BACK side of the Sasountsi David railway station (use the metro underpassage) at 11 and 13.30 (check www.armeniainfo for exact departures) and cost 400 drams each way. Tell the driver about your intentions so he'll drop you at a crossroad about 1 km from the monastery as the bus...

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  • The Stone Garden Guide: Armenia and...

    This is a new guidebook about Armenia and Karabagh published in July 2004. The Stone Garden Guide: Armenia and KarabaghThis is the homepage of the publisher who have other guidebooks:Stone Garden Production

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  • Armenia guidebook

    There aren't many tourist guidebooks for Armenia. And even those that are published do not always portray the correct information."Rediscovering Armenia" is more or less better guidebook compared to those that exist now. Of course the information in it is already old. Many things are changed and every day there are more and more service...

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  • Small Parks

    All around Yerevan there are small green parks with cafes. In some of them there are ponds where you can rent a boat. I also saw there were billiard-tables in a few parks.

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  • Georgian Visa in Yerevan

    The Georgian Embassy in Yerevan is opened between 10.30 - 13.00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (Wednesdays are closed, and of course the day I went there). It opens up again at five o'clock to give back the passports with visas.To have a visa issued in one day costs 75 dollars (they want to have the money in Drams). Otherwise it takes four...

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  • Hire a Guide

    The tourist industry is not well developed even in Yerevan, and a guide is essential if you're not a Russian or Armenian speaker. If you're coming to Yerevan, I'd be be happy to talk to you, and give advice.

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  • Serpantine

    Car or bus road T'bilisi-Yerevan The road Tbilisi-Ereval takes about 7 hours by bus.It lies in the mountains and cross the little piece of valey on Azerbaijan territory.The best part of the roas is so-called 'serpantine', the road is winding between mountains like a snake.

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  • Haghartzin monastery is...

    Haghartzin monastery is probably the most beautiful place I visited in Armenia: great surroundings, fantastic architecture and countless fascinating khatchkars (=stone crosses) scattered around the main site. If you are in or around Byurakan, try to visit the scientists at the Institute for the Study of Cosmic Rays at the top of mount Aragac. They...

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  • Armenian chgitem inch dzeva...

    Armenian chgitem inch dzeva exel en djzamanakbaits inch@ vor es em tese et amen incher im hamar vortev Americaum urish dzeva kyanc@ es inch teselem et hargancna exe bolori nkatmamb, shnorc vay es hayastani tsav@ tanem. Hayastanits unch hishumem sents asats kaifavata exe engernerov, axpernerov inch asem hayastanis tsav@ tanem.

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  • You must visit Matenadaran,...

    You must visit Matenadaran, where 15,000 ancient manuscripts in ancient armenian(grapar),greek, arabic, etc. are held. This is my second year away from Armenia, and I always dream of the Republic Square in Yerevan and the biblical mountain of Ararat, where Noah's arch lended centuries ago. it is like the Effel tower for Parisians, you can see it...

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