Armenia tourist guide

One Week in Armenia (Republic of Armenia)

(Places to visit in Armenia – areas, regions, cities, significant sites)

  • Aghdam – ruined ghost city in Nagorno-Karabakh. Think twice before attempting to visit.
  • Debed River Canyon
  • Dilijan – forest resort? “Little Switzerland”?
  • Echmiadzin
  • Goris
  • Gyumri (city)
  • Jermuk – spa? Ski resort under development?
  • Khosrov Preserve
  • Lake Sevan (Sevan Lake) – largest lake in Armenia
  • Lori Region?
  • Mt Aragats (4,090 m, 13,419 ft?) – highest mountain in Armenia
  • Mt Ararat – is in Turkey but visible from Armenia when close to the border, including from the city of Yerevan.
  • Mt Ughtasar?
  • Monasteries – see below
  • Mozrov Cave
  • Petroglyphs of Ughtasar
  • Selim Caravanserai
  • Shamshadin
  • Shushi – in Nagorno-Karabakh, partially rebuilt? Questionable tourist attraction.
  • Stepanakert – capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. Hmmmmm.
  • Tatev Ropeway – related to Wings of Tatev?
  • Tsakhkadzor (Tsaghkadzor) – skifield, monastery
  • Vanadzor (city)
  • Vayots Dzor
  • Wings of Tatev cable car gondola – 5.7 km (3.5 miles) across the Vorotan River Gorge between Halidzor and Tatev monastery, highest point above ground about 320m or 330m. Project cost $18 million. Part of Tatev tourism development efforts. World’s longest aerial tramway or cable car line (“longest reversible aerial tramway”(?), “longest non-stop double track cable car” – Guinness World Record)? Opening date 16 October 2010? Ticket prices (in 2011) AMD 3,000 return, AMD 2,000 one-way, free for residents. Closed from 30 Aug to 15 Sep 2011 to adapt electrical and mechanical systems to change in climate from summer to autumn (fall)? Closed from 18-19 May 2012 due to control system malfunction resulting from thunderstorm.
  • Yerevan (capital city)
  • Camping
  • Cycling – around Lake Sevan? Cycling tours (see website references)
  • Hiking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Rock climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Skiing
  • Walking
  • Windsurfing
Monasteries and churches
  • Geghard Monastery
  • Haghartsin Monastery
  • Haghpat Monastery (WH?)
  • Noravank Monastery
  • Sanahin Monastery (WH?)
  • Sevanavank Monastery
  • Tatev Monastery

(Language in Armenia)

Essential information for Armenia

  • Capital city is Yerevan (population about 1.1 million?)
  • Currency – Armenian Dram (AMD), very approximate conversions are EUR €1 = AMD 500,
    USD $1 = AMD 400, GBP/STG £1 = AMD 600,
    RUB 1 = AMD 13 (or use 10 or 12 for easier in-the-head calculations).
  • Diaspora of Armenia about 8 million?
  • Language – official state language is Armenian. Russian is a widely spoken and understood second language (but not an official one?).
  • Population of Armenia about 3.2 million?
Armenia visas
  • CIS countries can obtain visa on arrival.
  • Most other countries can apply online for e-visa (30 days for tourist entry), relatively straightforward.
  • Some countries need to apply at an Armenian consulate or embassy.
Armenia flights – Airport
  • Zvartnots International Airport (EVN), Yerevan

Armenia history and background information

  • Armenia was a former republic of the Soviet Union (USSR), declaring independence on 23 August 1990? Is now one of the CIS states (Commonwealth of Independent States – includes most other ex-Soviet republics).
  • The Kingdom of Armenia adopted Christianity as its religion in AD 301 (or about then), the first country in the world to do so?
  • The Armenian Apostolic Church is the world’s oldest church organisation?

Armenian regions

  • Northern Armenia – Lori, Shirak, Tavush
  • Central Armenia – Aragatsotn, Ararat, Armavir, Kotayk, Yerevan
  • Lake Sevan area
  • Southern Armenia – Syunik, Vayots Dzor
  • Nagorno-Karabakh – disputed region, politically part of Azerbaijan, or Armenia, or independent depending on who you listen to. Borders closed between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh, can only enter via Armenia (as of 2012 at least).

Armenia – other interesting (or not so interesting information)

    Armenia safety, security, crime, health

      Armenia transport, getting around, to and from

      • Airport
      • Bus
      • Bicycle
      • Car
      • Metro
      • Pedestrian
      • Taxi
      • Train
      • Tram

      Armenia sightseeing – top 5 sights, top 10 sights?

        Armenia UNESCO World Heritage Sites

          Armenia sightseeing – other sights?

            Armenia festivals, concerts, events – cultural

              Armenia festivals, concerts, events – sports

                Armenia calendar (annual)

                Armenia accommodation

                  Armenia eat and drink

                    Armenia entertainment

                      Armenia weather and climate

                      • Spring
                      • Summer
                      • Autumn
                      • Winter

                      Armenia sub-headings or pages

                      • Notes

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