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”?
- 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
- 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)
- Cycling – around Lake Sevan? Cycling tours (see website references)
- Mountain climbing
- Rock climbing
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?
- 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?
- 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
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 eat and drink
Armenia weather and climate
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