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Armenia – acknowledged as one of the cradles of civilization – is a beautiful country with a sophisticated people and a long and cultured history. As a result, Armenia is an intriguing tourist destination. Numerous monuments and masterpieces of the Ancient era and Middle Ages can be found throughout the country. The monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin enjoy have been given the status of world heritage sites. Tourism in Armenia is rooted in the country’s historical landmarks and natural attractions such as the water resorts of Lake Sevan,the hot springs of Arzni and Jermuk, the forests of Dilijan, Aghveran, Tsaghkadzor, Bjurakan and Gugark, and the mountainous natural caves and cliffs of the Southeast region. The 5165 meter Mount Ararat, geographically located in Turkey, is a national symbol of Armenia and is visible from much of the Southwest region. In 1997 Armenia became a member of the World Tourism Organization.

The capital city Yerevan, which is nestled in the shadow of the snow-capped heights of the majestic mount Ararat, where the Biblical Noah’s Ark first landed escaping the Great Flood, is the main tourist gateway. As you explore the many interesting sights in Yerevan, you will learn about the culture and history of one of the world’s oldest nations. You can gain further insights into Armenian cultural achievements at museums, theaters and concert halls. Theater in Armenia has a tradition dating back more than 2,000 years. You can attend a wide choice of performances ranging from concerts to puppet theater and jazz music.

At the top of Mesrop Mashtots Avenue, the main artery of the capital city Yerevan, you will find the Matenadaran – the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts. Matenadaran boasts the world’s largest collection of ancient manuscripts (over 16,000). The collection includes many valuable works of foreign philosophers, some of which have survived only in their Armenian translation. Among these are works by Aristotle, Eusebius of Caesarea and many others. Art aficionados can visit the National Art Gallery displaying its rich collections of works by European and Russian artists. This impressive building located in the Republic Square is also home to the largest national collection of paintings by famous Armenian artists such as Ayvazovsky and Sarian. The spirit of creativity is fostered and promoted in Armenians from the young age. Hence, the Children’s Art Gallery, which was the first permanent exhibition of its sort in the world.

What One Can See in Armenia

Armenia occupies a territory of 2977thousand square kilometers. The average altitude of the territory is 1,800 meters above the sea level, the highest peak has an altitude of 4,090 meters and the lowest point is ravine of Debet with an altitude of 380 meters.

Armenia occupies a part of in the chain of the mountains which is called the Armenian Plateau. It is situated within the Alps-Himalayas mountain system and can be called “an island of mountains”
While flying in a plane over the Armenian Plateau you will see an endless chain of mountains, lakes hidden in the heights, mountain torrents and waterfalls, valleys, isolated highlands. Among all these Lake Sevan unveils Itself with constantly changing colors – either matching the sky in a harmony or contrasting itself to the sky blue. It is almost a sin to be in Armenia and not to see Lake Sevan or swim in it or wander around it. Sevan is a lake of mysteries. It is located ed at an altitude of 1,900 meters above the sea level, the maximum depth is 99 meters, there is a peninsula which was an island some decades ago, 28 rivers merge in it while only one – Hrazdan flows out of it.
On the territory of Armenia there are 10 natural lakes, 15 swift rivers, 5 canyons which form a common lacework of high and low peaks.

Come to this Promised Land where you can see man-made miracles next to the natural wonders. The embroidery of crosses carved in the cliffs continues the natural genesis. Or have a look at the monastery of Geghard located in a dark ravine. For centuries the artisans struggled against the stones and created a monument carved in the cliffs as if no human hand has ever touched it. In most picturesque places in the mountains chiseled by thick forests or deep ravines you can find scattered but interconnected by some inner logic architectural master- pieces like ensemble of Haghartsin monastery (X-XIII A.D.), Goshavank (X-XIII A.D.), Kecharis (XI-XX A.D.), the complexes of Sanahin and Haghpat (X-XX A.D.), Odzun (VI-VII A.D.), Marmashen (IX-XIII A.D.), fortress of Lori and its inner town (II millennium B.C. -XVII A.D.), Hnevank (XII-XIII A.D.). If you wish to walk and have adventurous sensations you can go down a canyon and then raise your head. You will see a chain of inaccessible fortresses dipped in sunrays which are like have grown out of cliffs and are hung in the air. You can climb through the paths to fortresses Amberd (VII-XV A.D.), Halidzor (XVII A.D.), Baghaberd (V A.D.), Garni (I B.C.) and you will feel the spirit of centuries, the flight of human thought and the power of its domination over the nature.

This country of lakes, rivers and springs is also rich of mineral waters. In Jermuk, Bjni, Dilijan and other resorts you can treat different diseases by taking a bath in mineral waters. The waterfall of Shaki is one of the aquatic beauties of Armenia, which, splitting the chest of cliffs, falls from an altitude of 18 meters into the ravine and flows into the river Vorotan which passes through Siunik and joins the river Araks.

Step into the virgin forests of Armenia where you can see different animals and birds. You can go hunting, just try and probably you will not be disappointed.

Armenia is beautiful not only in summer but also in winter when the mountains and valleys are covered with snow. In Tsakhkadzor town by an aerial cable way you can go up to the top of Mount Teghenis, contemplate the magnificence of the highland, have a cup of oriental coffee prepared on hot sand and ski down the mountains. The Shirak valley can also offer you winter sport opportunities.

In valleys and particularly on the shore of Sevan or on the banks of Araks you can watch the transmigration of birds in spring and fall, enjoy the singing of flamingos and storks of different species and colors.

Walk the streets of Armenian towns that are full of greenery. Each of them is like a garden where you can extend your hand and pick up a mulberry or a cherry, a peach or an apricot. Each town has its own legend and history, its date of establishment. This is not an exaggeration; some of the trees in the streets are fruit-trees. For instance, Yerevan’ 13th capital of Armenia – will become 2780 years old in 1998, it is even older than Cartagena. Yerevan is nice with its old and new buildings, broad streets, large and small museums and exhibitions. If you wish to see the whole of Yerevan you have to go up to Victory park and the whole city will be seen spread at the foot of gorgeous Ararat. If you strain your imagination just a little you will notice the Noah’s Ark in the snows of Ararat.

Humankind was reborn here, populated this valley and on the territory of Armenia Christianity was adopted as a state religion for the first time.

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Travelling with pets

Live Animals Regulations of the Republic of Armenia contain detailed provisions for acceptance, handling and loading, and safe carriage of live animals by air. Small domestic animals (i.e. dogs, cats, birds, etc.) must be accompanied by an adult passenger of over 12 (having an adult fare ticket), At the time of passenger ticket reservation the [...]

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When To Go To Armenia? Seasons and weather.

Each season has its own rewards. It is hard to say when the best time to visit Armenia is. Summer (June-August) Summer is considered In-Season in Armenia. Beginning in June, the spring-time rains continue in the middle mountain and upper elevation areas, but soon fade in the Ararat Valley. The wildflowers that cover the lower [...]

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Armenian Visa

Armenia is a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The CIS citizens may use their passports for entry. For citizens of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan visa is NOT REQUIRED Foreigners traveling to Armenia should obtain an entry visa from Armenian Embassies in their countries or from the Ministry [...]

Tourism and Environment

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The development of tourism and its influence on the process of sustainable development is one of the most important task for the Republic of Armenia. We consider that the economic development and environmental protection issues of the country are interconnected as the damage caused as a result of economic growth will do damage to economy, [...]

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Area Codes of Armenia

Here is the complete list of phone area codes in Armenia: Area Codes of Armenia Destination Province Old Code New Code Yerevan Yerevan 1+ 10+ Abovian Kotayk 22+ 222+ Ptghni Kotayk 2296+ 22296+ Hrazdan Kotayk 223+ 23+ Meghradzor Kotayk 2393+ Pyunik Kotayk 2394+ Alapars Kotayk 2675+ 22675+ Solak Kotayk 2397+ Bjni Kotayk 2398+ 22398+ Tsaghkadzor [...]

Getting to and from Armenia

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The national carrier – Armenian Airlines – flies to various destinations in Europe, Middle East and the CIS. north American travelers can fly to Europe and catch a connecting flight to Yerevan from most of the major airports. Several foreign carriers, among them British Airways, Swiss Air, Austrian Ailrlines and Aeroflot also operate flights to [...]