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Organising Your Trip
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
Yerevan - Zvartnots (EVN)
16 km / 10 miles
AMD 2000 - USD5 / 20 min
AMD 150 / 30 min
Different Forms of Tourism
Tourism in Armenia is rooted in the country's historical landmarks and natural attractions. Armenia was a regional empire with a rich culture in the years leading up to the 1st Century BC, at one period controlling all the land between the Black and Caspian Seas. In 301 AD, Armenia was the first state to formally adopt Christianity as its official state religion, twelve years before Rome. Numerous monuments and masterpieces of the Ancient era and Middle Ages can be found throughout the country. Many of the most interesting sights in the country are associated with the heritage of the Armenian apostolic church.
Armenia is often referred to as an open air museum ; 4,000 historical monuments are found in the country. From ancient times, Armenians have always been eager to protect their traditions and culture.
Architecture, sculpture, music and dance, literature play an important role in the Armenian culture.
The countless mountains of Armenia offer a wide range of activities in connection with nature. Hiking and biking are one of the possible activities.
Lake Sevan also offers the possibility for fishing the characteristic Iskhan fish ("Prince of Fish") that can be found in this lake.
Bird watching and horseback riding are also activities that can be enjoyed in Armenia.
Armenia is the first nation to have declared Christianity as state religion in 301 AD and Christianity has always been at the centre of Armenian culture and traditions.
There are numerous churches and monasteries of tremendous beauty. Echmiadzin cathedral in the Armavir region is the residence of the Supreme Catholicos and pilgrims regularly come to visit the place. The Geghard monastery in Kotayk region is also of great beauty and is also situated near the Garni village. The monastery dates back to the 10th-13th centuries. Other monasteries to be spotted are Khor Virap, Saint Gregory the Illuminator. Armenia is one of the great places for religious tourism.
Armenia is rich in mineral and thermal water among which the best known is the Jermuk mi neral water. Bjni, Lichk, Ararat, Dilijan are also known mineral sources of the countries and spas health resorts have been established to welcome tourists near these sources.
There are no beaches in Armenia due to the country's geographic location.
- Winter Sports
Winter sport is practiced at Tsakhkadzor, 55 km northeast from Yerevan. Located on an altitude of 1840 m from the sea level, it allows skiing in winter.
- Outdoor Activities
Lake Sevan, Dilijan National park (north of Armenia), Tsopk Waterfall (near Jermuk) allow for outdoor activities.
Armenia allows for different types of shopping: handicrafts and different art products (at the preview open air market during weekends in the centre of Yerevan), jewelry with two big jewelry markets opening in the centre of Yerevan, more traditional shopping (clothing, food markets) throughout the capital.
Health and Safety
- Health Precautions
There are no obligatory immunizations.
However, there is a risk of Malaria disease from June to October in some villages located in Ararat valley.
- For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Safety and health advices
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Yerevan (GMT+4 in winter, GMT+5 in summer)
- Summer Time Period
Summer starts in June and ends in September.
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
The climate in Armenia is continental with hot, dry summers and cold winters. There is also a great climatic variety in the country. The coldest month is January, with the average daily temperature ranging between -13°C and 1°C. The hottest months are July and August with the temperatures ranging between 30°C and 35°C. The wettest months are from May and June and the driest month is January.
- Hotel reservation websites
Website with the weather in major cities
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
The Armenian cuisine has somehow been reduced to grilled meat and vegetables. Most visitors rave about the succulent grilled pork, beef and chicken in the country. Incredible varieties of fresh and tasty fruits and vegetables are grown in Armenia.
Armenian specialties include "dolma" (spice meat and rice wrapped in grape leaves), "khorovatz" (barbecued or grilled meat marinated), "pilaf" (steamed rice), "basturma and sujukh" (dried spicy beef). These Armenian meals are accompanied by Armenian bread called "lavash".
Concerning soft drinks, Armenians traditionally drink coffee which is similar to Greek or Turkish coffee and which is thick brew boiled. They also drink a lot of tea.
As for Alcoholic drinks, Armenians drink beer, wines, vodka and cognac/brandy for which Armenia is widely known in the world.
- Dietary Restrictions
- Domestic Currency
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and change offices to obtain Armenian Dram.
- Possible Means of Payment
A number of Armenian banks have started to cash travelers' checks. Most of the banks now operate automated teller machines, which accept MasterCard, Visa, ArCa, eDram and other plastic cards.
- Official Language
- Other Languages Spoken
Russian is spoken by almost all Armenians due to the proximity with Russia.
- Business Language
Business language within the country is Armenian. If commercial activities concern foreign countries, English is used. Due to proximity, Russian is also used.
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Latest Update: February 2024