Armenia Travel Guide

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    The portal of Yerevan indoors market
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    Soviet era steam locomotive
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    View from the Cascades
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Armenia Highlights

  • Pro
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    snehulak says…

     Hospitable people - great food - beautiful country 

  • Con
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    JohnniOmani says…

     a bit pricy in Yerevan and homestays tricky to find 

  • In a nutshell
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    Aalbert says…

     A must visit for all Armenians and all other alike! 

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Yerevan

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223,867,35

Ejmiatsin

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18,83,0

Dilijan

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20,86,1

Sevan

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20,86,0

Vanadzor

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5,23,0

Ashtarak

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6,22,0

Goris

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5,34,0

Gyumri

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5,73,0

Geghard

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5,22,0

Alaverdi

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1,6,0

Haghpat

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6,22,0

Tsaghkadzor

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2,5,1

Noratus

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1,5,0

Khndzoresk

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0,42,0

Aragats

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0,3,0

Akht'ala

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1,24,0

Noravank

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1,9,0

Khor Virap

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4,12,0

Yerevan

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  • Trips out of Yerevan

    Yerevan Things to Do

    We hired a taxi to take us from Yerevan to 3 monestries and drop us at Sevan for 30,000AMD (£45).Khor Virapthis place is in an ideal setting, with mount ararat in the background, great for the postcard photo.the monestary itself isnt anything great,but free entry.Garni temple1000AMD entry, this place is just a temple in a nice settingGerghard...

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  • Marriott Armenia Hotel Yerevan

    Yerevan Hotels

    The Marriott actually forms part of the 4 corners of Republic Square. Its an ornate building on the...

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  • Awesome food

    Yerevan Restaurants

    I had some great Lahmajo in a great place i dont know the name of!Some food i tried:1.Lavash - /that thin armenian bread/, 2.pomidorov Dzvadzex - fried eggs with tomato: 3.Lahmajo /the thin lavash like armenian bread with a meat on it in cafe/, 4.tan - drink like a milk, 5. Txemali: Georgian famous spice, the spicy red paste, 6. Xorovac: pig and...

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Ejmiatsin

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  • By bus from Yerevan

    Ejmiatsin Transportation

    Frequent buses and marshrutky (220 and 250 Dram, 30 minutes) run from the Kilikya Avtokaysn (main bus station) in Yerevan

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  • Main Cathedral of the Mother See of Holy...

    Ejmiatsin Things to Do

    The Main Cathedral of the Mother See of Holy Ejmiatsin is the oldest Christian cathedral in the world. It was constructed in 301-303 AD, the year when Armenia officially declared to be the first Christian country of the world.Next to the Mother See is the residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians, the Head of the Armenian Apostolic Church....

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  • To Zvarnots

    Ejmiatsin Transportation

    To go to Zvartnots from Yerevan you can take any bus or minibus from the corner of Mesrop Mashtots Poghota and Sarian Poghots (near the Modern Art Museum) going to Echmiadzin. Along the road look for a pillar with an eagle on top, because that’s where you are getting of f. The bus to Zvarnots was 400 drams and the marshrutka back to Yerevan was 250...

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Dilijan

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    Dilijan Things to Do

    I was amazed that the sleepy, mountain town of Dilijan had not one, but two adorable little museums! This is the central museum, part of a brand new tourist complex being built by the Tufenkian Group as an attempt to revitalize the area. They've recently renovated an entire street, which looks a little artificial, but it is lovely and full of...

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  • Casanova Guesthouse

    Dilijan Hotels

    63 Hovsepyan Str, 3906 Dilijan, Armenia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hygine care at Dili Villa

    Dilijan Warnings and Dangers

    If we would like to talk about danger in Dilijan, then there is no more important thing to talk about rather than health. I stayed in a hotel named "Dili Villa" which is a nice place, but no hygine care is taken. The place is dirty, especially the toilets, so I had worries to eat there. Pets are alowed inside, and they have dogs living there. I saw...

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Sevan

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  • The clouds of Lake Sevan

    Sevan Favorites

    As Lake Sevan is around 1900m above sea level, the atmospheric effects for those of us who live pretty close to sea level are striking and unusual. I particularly like the way the clouds appear to roll down the mountain slopes into the lake. Four of these pictures are taken from the Sevanavank Peninsula and the fifth is an early morning shot of the...

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  • Sevanavank Peninsula

    Sevan Things to Do

    Sevanavank peninsula is situated some kilometres from Sevan town. It used to be an island, but after an industrial project during Soviet times the water level of the lake dropped almost 20 metres.Here you will find the monastery Sevanavank. From the monastery I walked to the top of the peninsula. While I was taking pictures I noticed there was a...

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  • Beach disco

    Sevan Things to Do

    Going back from the restaurant to my hut in the evening I passed two beach discos. There didn’t look to be so much more entertainment around, and on the dance floor were people in all ages and they all seemed to have fun. There was luckily no discos at Flamingo Beach and the sounds from the other beaches was not too loud.There was no entrance fee...

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Vanadzor

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  • To Vandazor from Tbilisi (Georgia)

    Vanadzor Transportation

    There is a marshrutka (minibus) at 9.20 from Ortachala in Tbilisi to Vanadzor. It leaves earlier if it gets full, which was the case when I travelled with it. To Ortachala you can take marshrutka 94 and 118 from Marjanishvili (from outside McDonald’s). I arrived at the station around 8.00, bought the ticket and had some tea and bread. At 8.45 the...

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  • From Vanadzor to Dilijan

    Vanadzor Transportation

    I was told the minibus to Dilijan, from Vanadzor, left at 9.00. When I had breakfast I was told it left at 8.30 and hurried up, didn't want to be without ticket. 8.15 I arrived at the bus station and was shown to the marshrutka (minibus) to Dilijan. In the window of the minibus there was a timetable, and apparently the 8.30 bus was just the first...

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  • Avantgarde

    Vanadzor Restaurants

    I didn’t see many restaurants in Vanadzor. One that was in the guidebook seemed to be shut down, so I went to Avantgarde on Tigran Mets Poghota. I sat down at one of the outdoor tables and got a menu, which was both in Armenian and English (good as the waiter did not speak English). They did not have my first choice so I ordered cheeseburger and...

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Ashtarak

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  • Hovhannavank Monastery

    Ashtarak Things to Do

    Hovhannavank is the nearer of two monasteries north of Ashtarak, both on the edge of the Kasakh River gorge, (the further one being Saghmosavank). The earliest part of the monastery is variously ascribed to somewhere between the 5th and 7th century, although much altered since. The main church (of St. John the Baptist) dates from 1216-21 and has a...

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  • Saghmosavank Monastery

    Ashtarak Things to Do

    Saghmosavank is one of two monasteries north of Ashtarak, on the edge of the Kasakh River gorge, (the other being Hovhannavank). The complex consists of two churches, one with a 'gavit' (narthex) at the west end, and a library, all built in the 13th century from 1215 onwards. The gorge lies immediately behind the church. As in most Armenian...

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  • Saghmosavank

    Ashtarak Things to Do

    Samsonavank is located further up in the gorge and from the location standpointit is more beautiful than Hovannavank. Though the church is smaller.

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Goris

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  • Taxi to Goris

    Goris Transportation

    The best way to get to Goris is naturally by a taxi. Apparent disadvantage going by a taxi there is high cost. But... This problem can be easily solved if several people share a vehicle. This was what I did exactly and as it turned out there is an organized service for that. Couple of hours prior to departure you negotiate with the driver and he...

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  • From Sevan (via Yerevan) to Goris

    Goris Transportation

    There is no public transport from Sevan Peninsula and it is very hard to find a taxi (in the morning they are none existing). Marshrutkas (minibuses) to Yerevan are leaving from Sevan town, about 5 – 6 km away from the beach area on the peninsula. I asked for a taxi, but was told to go up to the main road and stop a bus (for example marshrutkas...

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  • From Goris to Sisian

    Goris Transportation

    I was told there was a marshrutka (minibus) from Goris to Sisian at 1pm. As I didn't want to wait that long I took a taxi (Hamlet, the same driver as to Tatev). The price was 6000 drams (August 2006), which I thought sounded too much, but I did not argue about it. It took about one hour. When I took a taxi tour around Sisian that driver told me the...

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Gyumri

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  • Daytour to Ani viewpoint, Gyumri and...

    Gyumri Transportation

    When I went to reconfirm my ticket I was told that the flight day had been changed and I had to leave Yerevan one day later than planed. I wanted to spend that day seeing a place outside Yerevan that I still hadn’t visited. I went to Tatev Travel Agency and they had a tour that suited me well. It was to Ani viewpoint, Gyumri and Marmashen. Normally...

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  • Excellent Armenian Food in a Unique...

    Gyumri Restaurants

    This is a great restaurant located on the first floor of "Dzitoghtsonts Toon" museum of culture. The environment takes you back to Gyumri of the end of 19th century. You can order your meanls, then go up, have the museum tour, which is very interesting and then go down and have your meals.For vegeterians! TELL THEM THAT YOU DON'T EAT MEAT WHEN YOU...

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Geghard

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    Geghard Things to Do

    There is the curious history of this place of worship which was deemed to be demolished as all the other pagan sites in newly Christian Armenia. Due to some divine intervention in the form of a royal edict asked for by a beautiful member of the aristocracy, it survived the slaughter. In the 17th century it underwent another test of divine...

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  • The devil is in the details

    Geghard Things to Do

    Geghard is a little architectural wonder given its location up in the mountains. It has its "cave" portions and its "free-standing" portions. On top of this it has been around for a while in its present state unlike Noravank Monastery and this is easily discernable by the candle smoke plastered all over the premises. So the thing to do is paying...

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  • Strips of cloths

    Geghard Things to Do

    In the trees and bushes by the river passing Geghard Monastery there is a lot of stripes of cloths tied to the branches.It is a religious custom saying that prayers will be answered if you tie a strip of cloth to a tree near the monastery.

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Alaverdi

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    Alaverdi in the valley

    by MalenaN Updated May 24, 2006

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    A cable car goes from Alaverdi up the steep mountain to Sanahin. It goes from behind the post office, just north of the city centre and bus station. Buses coming from Vandazor stops at the cable car stop.

    The cable car is not running all day. It is a convenient and fast way to get to Sanahin and if you miss the cable car you will have a long walk ahead of you or you will have to look for a bus going up to Sanahin (don’t think they are too frequent). When I was in Alaverdi, in June 2003, it was running as follow:
    07.15 - 09.45
    11.00 - 14.00
    15.00 - 19.30
    23.15 - 23.45
    00.15 - 00.45
    It is very cheap. One way costs 50 drams.

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Haghpat

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    Haghpat Restaurants

    During our visit to Tbilisi in February 2013 we undertook a day trip into neighbouring Armenia, visiting the UNESCO-listed monasteries at Sanahin and Haghpat and a historic church at Akhtala.It was a private tour, organised by the Yerevan-based Envoy Tours, and we had an Armenian driver and Armenian guide with us.Our guide explained to us that...

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  • Cold water

    Haghpat Things to Do

    In the mountains you can find water for drinking. Here I am drinking from a fountain just by the road on the way from Haghpat to Alaverdi. The water was very cold and fresh.

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  • Green Hills

    Haghpat Things to Do

    The area around Haghpat is very green and hilly. It looks beautiful. This picture is taken outside Haghpat Monastery in late June.

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Tsaghkadzor

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  • Kecharis Monastery

    Tsaghkadzor Things to Do

    If you are travelling from Yerevan to Sevan, it is worth considering a detour to Tsaghkadzor, a ski resort and good hiking centre. In the village itself is Kecharis Monastery, consisting of three main churches (and a nearby small chapel from the 13th century). The largest church, that of St. Gregory the Illuminator, is also the oldest, dating from...

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  • Nur Hotel

    Tsaghkadzor Hotels

    Nur Hotel is an absolutely amazing place to stay! It's neat and clean, and a perfect place for...

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Noratus

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    General view with old cemetery chapel 4 more images

    by GeoV Written Mar 16, 2010

    Khachkars - that is 'cross stones' - can be found all over Armenia. Most are likely to be from the 13th to 17th centuries, (although there are older examples and modern ones). They can be embedded in monastery walls but usually they are free-standing. Although there are obviously common motifs, it is said no two are identical. They appear singly or in groups. The 'group' in Noratus (next to the town cemetery) consists of about 900. I cannot vouch for that but there is a vast swathe of them - a quite unique and incredible sight. The pictures show some of a common pattern and others a little more unusual. Noratus is near the western shore of Lake Sevan, south of the Sevanavank Monastery and an easy drive from there, passing the small monastery of Hayrivank - with a just a few khachkars!

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