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Armenia

A landlocked country overflowing with history. Pair visits to Armenia’s millennia-old monasteries or Mount Ararat with trips to Georgia, Azerbaijan or Turkey for a true taste of diversity.

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. Even Mount Ararat makes you wonder if the Ark might really be up there.

Georgia
Georgia

The Beauty of Armenia and Georgia

The bordering countries of Armenia and Georgia are easily combined to create a fascinating trip. Full of ancient temples and hillside monasteries, soaring mountains, picturesque wine regions and incredibly friendly people this relatively unknown part of the world makes for a truly fascinating holiday.

12 days

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Khor Virap Monastery, Armenia
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
Yerevan, Armenia

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.

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 by night

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

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.

Brandy Tasting

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

Haghpat and Sanahin

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

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.

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.

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  • Yerevan
  • Haghpat Monastery

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Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
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Having travelled to different parts of the world over the years it never ceases to amaze me how you constantly learn and evolve from the adventures you experience. I adore working in an environment where I can share my passion for the world and discuss fascinating stories both from my experiences and that of our clients. In the past year I’ve delved into the wintery beauty of St Petersburg, trekked through the colourful desert in Jordan and sailed down the iconic Nile in Egypt.
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The local guides were excellent, both Anahit and Haik as well as our driver Ariak. So please pass our thanks onto them. They had great suggestions, very friendly, very helpful. We had a great time on this trip.

Armenia

Frequently asked questions about Armenia

Do I need to take anti-malaria medication?

Malaria is not prevalent in Armenia. However, if you are concerned, speak to a GP or nurse, and check the NHS Fit for Travel website (www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk).

Is Armenia safe to travel around?

Crime levels are very low in Armenia and it is generally a very safe destination. However, it is always wise to take precautions when out on foot in cities. We advise you to leave your valuables behind and be extra vigilant when in crowds.
There are certain areas of Armenia, bordering Azerbaijan, that are not safe for tourists. This is due to ongoing tensions between the two countries, following a six-year-long war that ended with a ceasefire in 1994. However, away from this disputed border, the dangers are non-existent. For more details, check https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/armenia/safety-and-security.

Can I use my mobile phone in Armenia?

Mobile phone coverage is relatively good in Armenia, although it can be patchy in more remote areas. As always, roaming charges will apply and these can be quite expensive. However, it is cheap and easy to obtain a local SIM card, which will offer far cheaper rates.

What is the international dialling code for Armenia?

374

What is the time zone in Armenia?

Armenia is four hours ahead of GMT. Since 2012, it has ceased to observe daylight saving time.

How long are the flights to Armenia from the UK?

Flights from London to Yerevan, via Paris or Warsaw, take approximately seven hours.

Can I access the internet during my trip?

Internet access is fairly widespread throughout Armenian towns and cities. However, in more remote areas it is harder to find and speeds tend to be much slower.

How will I get around the country?

Armenia is a relatively small country, so all transfers will be done by road. This is the fastest way to get around and also offers the opportunity to admire the stunning Armenian landscape.

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