Exploring Armenia

Armenia is not so popular among tourists. But I knew it had a lot of amazing places to visit so before coming there I had big plans and few must see places. I want to share my trip thru Armenia to prove that this country is so underrated!
- Apr 2019 -

DURATION:

6 DAYS

TYPE:

FRIENDS HOLIDAY

MAIN ACTIVITY:

SIGHTSEEING

BUDGET:

€150

Yerevan

Yerevan is the capital of Armenia. It’s situated right in the centre of the country so I chose this city as a base for my exploration of Armenia.

Yerevan itself is the pretty old city, but because of tough history, it doesn’t have a lot of significant historical places. It was completely reconstructed in the Soviet period. Though you still can find nice places to visit here like huge Kaskad stairs or Hrazdan gorge and nice bars to spend evening or two.


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Khor Virap

Khor Virap

Khor Virap is a very old monastery located near the Turkish border. It’s a sacred place for Armenians because from there Christianity started to spread in the country.

I’d been waiting for days to come to Khor Virap because I’d been waiting for the best weather conditions. And I got it. When I came to the monastery sky was clear and I could see huge mountain Ararat behind it.


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Tatev

Tatev

Tatev is a small town in the south part of the country. I’d been there once already, but this time I came to Armenia in April and I didn’t expect it’d be so cold in this mountain region. 

Tatev is also a monastery situated on a cliff near the town and it was covered with lots of snow. I didn’t take a cable car this time and I went up to the monastery by car, but if you come to Tatev I strongly recommend to fly over a gorge by the long cable car “the Wings of Tatev”.


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Garni

Garni

Next day after I came back to Yerevan I went to check two interesting religious places situated just 20 kilometres away from the capital.

The first on my way was the Temple of Garni. It’s the only pagan temple in Armenia what’d been destroyed by an earthquake in the medieval ages and reconstructed with the original architectural elements in the XXth century. 


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Geghard

Geghard

Geghard is located in a gorge close to Garni, so that’s why I visited both of them in the one-day-trip. 

Geghard is a massive old monastery built in the rock. Armenians respect religions very much and they definitely tell you it's a must-see place.


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Sevan

Sevan

Sevan is a huge mountain lake what Armenian people are really proud of. It’s located northern and higher from Yerevan, so climate there is much rougher. Even in summer, it’s windy and sometimes cold. But anyway it’s a must-see when you are visiting Armenia! 

That’s my recipe how to have an amazing time on Sevan: visit the church up on the hill to see the best view of the lake, take a boat and after eating local crayfishes or fish in some restaurant.


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Apaga Resort

Apaga Resort

After Sevan, I didn’t go back to Yerevan but I took a taxi and went even northern through Dilizhan, Idzhevan to small village Yenokavan and Apaga Resort out of it.

Apaga is great if you are looking for a place to rest among the beautiful landscapes and if you like... extreme.


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Yellow Extreme Park

Yell Extreme Park is the biggest extreme park in Armenia. It offers a lot of great experience from zip lines to 3-days horse-riding tours.

I took a pack with zip lines, via Ferrata and small rope park and it was... incredible. I don't have other words to describe this feeling when you are flying over a green 300 meters gorge. Though it wasn't so green in April;)


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Lastiver

Lastiver

I didn’t stay in the resort for a night and instead of that, I went to Lastiver. 

It’s a small camping located on a coast of mountain river among wild nature. 

The way there took about 1,5 hours through the woods and springs and it was pretty dark when I finally got there. 

I found it primitive in the best sense of it. There were no electricity, no baths and no typical kitchen.

We ate meat cooked on fire, drunk herbal tea and watched the stars (they were so bright there!). I spent the night in a prehistoric cave, and I gotta say it was one of the best experience I’ve ever had.


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