Akdamar Island in Van Lake, The Armenian Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross, Turkey

Armenia

A landlocked country overflowing with history. Millennia-old monasteries litter deeply religious Armenia, which was the world’s first Christian country.

There is an old-world charm to Armenia that is immediately inviting. Simple restaurants serve delicious food washed down by the surprisingly good local wine.

The landscape is fresh and green, local produce such as honey, figs, apricots and nuts are always available to buy in the small villages and there are easy walks through sun-dappled wooded valleys. The spectacular views of Mount Ararat makes you wonder if the Ark might really be up there.

Church, Georgia
Georgia

The Beauty of Armenia and Georgia

The bordering countries of Armenia and Georgia are easily combined in this holiday idea to create a fascinating trip full of ancient temples and hillside monasteries, soaring mountains, picturesque wine regions and incredibly friendly people.

12 days

from £3,595 pp

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Khor Virap Monastery, Armenia
Khor Virap Monastery, Armenia

Why we like Armenia

Despite a glorious past and the renowned business acumen of its people, Armenia has struggled to find its economic feet in more recent times and, although there are a few good hotels, it remains relatively basic. That said, Armenia is very beautiful and the natural hospitality of the people make it a pleasure to visit.

Central Plaza, Yerevan, Armenia
Central Plaza, Yerevan

What to expect on your Armenia holiday

Although Armenia once extended from the Black Sea to the Caspian, today it is confined to an area smaller than Belgium, lying sandwiched between Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey. Consequently, many of its historical monuments now lie beyond its borders. However, as the first country in the world to formally adopt Christianity in 301AD, it is hardly surprising to find the landscape dotted with beautiful old churches and monasteries, many of which predate the 10th century.

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Churches of Surp Arakelots and Surp Astvatsatsin, Lake Sevan, Aremnia

Lake Sevan

Visit the largest lake in the Caucasus, Lake Sevan, which is 43 miles long and much admired for its beautiful setting, pure waters and delicious fish.

Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan by night

Don’t miss the choreographed singing fountains at night in the main square of Yerevan.

Goris Town, Sunik Region, Armenia

Goris Adventure

Journey to Goris, a town that has changed little since it was first planned by a 19th-century German architect. There are cave dwellings to explore nearby.

Barrels of Brandy, Armenia

Brandy Tasting

Experience the dark, golden taste and aroma of ‘Ararat’, Armenia’s national brandy.

Geghard monastery, Kotayk Province, Armenia

Geghard Monastery

Visit the Geghard Monastery which has occupied its site since the fourth century. The existing churches are all magnificently carved, dating from the 13th century.

Mesrop Mashtots Statue, Matenadaran Museum, Yerevan, Armenia

The Library of Matenadaren

Take a private guided tour of the world’s largest library of Armenian texts and ancient manuscripts, founded in 405 AD.

Haghartsin monastery, Dilijan, Armenia

Haghpat and Sanahin

Take a walk through Debed Canyon and visit the UNESCO-protected monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin.

Explore Armenia

  • Yerevan
  • Haghpat Monastery
  • Lake Sevan
  • Geghard Monastery
  • Goris

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