Armenia Travel Guide

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Yerevan

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Sevan

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Ejmiatsin

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Dilijan

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Vanadzor

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Gyumri

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Goris

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Khor Virap

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Tat'ev

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Sisian

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Sanain

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Noratus

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Geghard

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Noravank

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Yerevan

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  • Vernissage Market

    Yerevan Shopping

    The Vernissage Market is Armenia's largest open air flea market. It started in the 1980's as a kind of artwork exhibition, but quite soon expanded to a flea market. On offer are craft items, carpets, embroidery, souvenirs and all sorts of old things from books and coins to jewelry.For me it was the only place in Yerevan where I found some postcards...

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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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  • Old Soviet buses PAZ-672

    Yerevan Favorites

    In Yerevan and Armenia in general I still saw quite a few old Soviet buses of the type PAZ-672. They are usually orange coloured and in service on local routes. PAZ (Pavlovsky Avtobusny Zavod) is a Russian bus manufacturer and the type PAZ-672 was produced between 1968 and 1989, so that many of these buses are appoximately 40 years old.In Armenia...

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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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Ejmiatsin

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  • The view of the Mount Ararat

    Ejmiatsin Things to Do

    From Ejmiatsin you can admire the snowing peak of Mount Ararat /5165 meters) which is very dear for Armenians, but today is located into Turkish territory.The border with Turkey is closed. You can get to Turkey via Georgia, or via Iran.

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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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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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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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Gyumri

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  • Cathedral of the Holy Mother of God

    Gyumri Things to Do

    There was a wedding when I visited the Cathedral.See the third picture. After the 1988 Spitak earthquake, the 2 minor domes fell down and they were replaced with new ones. The fallen domes are currently placed in the church yard.

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  • The Russian Church

    Gyumri Things to Do

    This church was built in the XIX century and consecrated in the year 1886. It is devoted to Saint Nikolai the Wonderworker

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  • People of Gyumri

    Gyumri Things to Do

    Armenians people are very nice and friendly everywhere, especially those who suffered the 1988 earthquake in Gyumri, becasue they were near the death and now they understand better tghe value of life and friendship.

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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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Khor Virap

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  • Two for one

    Khor Virap Transportation

    The Hyur travel agency offers trips to Khor Virap in combo with Noravank Monastery. It is a full day excursion but at least two hours are waited for lunch. It includes also a visit to the home-museum of famous Armenian poet who had the nerve to talk about the genocide of the Armenians in Turkey during the Soviet times when it was not politically...

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  • Going to Khor Virap

    Khor Virap Things to Do

    I visited Khor Virap by car which is the best and easiest way. In the morning I had been to Garni and Geghard and in the afternoon it was time for Khor Virap. Khor Virap is a couple of km off the road to the village/town Ararat. You could take a bus heading for Ararat and be dropped by the road. Then you will have a long and hot walk (no shadows...

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  • Pigeons at Khor Virap

    Khor Virap Things to Do

    In front of Khor Virap visitors can buy pigeons. Someone told me they are sacrificed, someone told me they were let to fly at an outdoor altar.Anyway, at Khor Virap there is a place were animals (for ex sheep) are sacrificed.It is believed that these old pagan rites were accepted because Armenia became a Christian country very early and by keeping...

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Tat'ev

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  • Stripes of clothes in the trees

    Tat'ev Local Customs

    In the trees and bushes around Armenian monasteries there are 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. These in the photo are tied to some bushes at an observation point overlooking Tatev Monastery in the distance.

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  • To Tatev from Goris

    Tat'ev Transportation

    From Kachik B&B they called a taxi for me to go to Tatev with. Before we left Goris the taxi driver (Hamlet) stopped and bought me a mineral water. Along the way I could whenever I wanted to ask Hamlet to stop to take photos. We also made a stop by a big canyon from where you can see Tatev in the distance and by Satan's Bridge (on the way back)....

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  • Katchkars

    Tat'ev Local Customs

    Katchkars are carved stone crosses (it means cross-stone) and they are a unique tradition to the Armenians and can be found all over Armenia. They are memorial stones with carved crosses, often with a sun disc or rosette below it and with ornaments like leaves and grapes. The Armenians started to make katchkars in the 9th century. Katchkars can...

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Sisian

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  • Hiking to Tatev

    Sisian Things to Do

    In August 2008 we took a bus from Sisian to Ltsen. The bus leaves at around 7am from the town square.Ltsen is a tiny village. We arrived as the women were headed into the fields with their slingblades.From there we walked four or maybe six hours to Tatev.In Tatev, we stayed at Gago's guest house and had dinner with the family and an American Peace...

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  • Petrolgyphs, Archaeology

    Sisian Things to Do

    When in Sisian, be sure to see the rock art at Ughtasar. This is art left 7000 years ago in a natural amphitheater near the top of a mountain. The best way to get there is to hire on of the locals. I recomend Sasun Baghdasaryan (telephone:093821472). His vehicle is well-kept and in good shape.. Sasun is knowledgeable on the history and ecology of...

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  • From Sisian to Yerevan

    Sisian Transportation

    In the morning the marshrutkas (minibuses) from Sisian to Yerevan is leaving every hour (they said so at the hotel). The marshrutkas are leaving from Ori Poghots, just opposite the bridge, and it is good to be there at least 20 minutes before the bus leave, as it gets full. The ticket is bought in a small ticket booth just next to the bus and in...

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Noratus

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    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!

    General view with old cemetery chapel Group in quite common style Fairly common pattern Almost 'Celtic' design Different style, (although others at Noratus)
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Geghard

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  • Unable to locate Garni on this map

    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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Noravank

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    by Assenczo Written Aug 20, 2010

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    This trip is a combo with Khor Virap if provided by Hyur agency. It takes a whole day and includes a visit to the birth place of famous Armenian poet. A couple of hours are spent on lunch (set menus, 4 choices) mainly because the service in the restaurant is clumsy. Redeeming factor is the location (right by a river and a cave where not so long ago was discovered the oldest slipper in the world!) and the fact that you can look at a sturgeon swimming in a river, point at it and have it for lunch. Now, for this procedure you might need more than a couple of hours.

    Oldest slipper's home Lunch menu Poet life's panorama More of it
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    • Budget Travel
    • Eco-Tourism

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