ARMENIA

DESTINATION GUIDE

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Armenia in a way like no other. Snuggled within the Caucasus, with Asia to the west and Europe to the east, Armenia is a small nation with remarkable spirit. There are few countries with such a tragic past, and Armenia’s resilience is a testament to their people. Our tours in Armenia will introduce you to the famously friendly Armenians, who offer a deeper understanding of the country, along with a fresh appreciation for fine brandy. We’ll take you from the Ararat Brandy Factory or the Vernissage Flea Market, to the historic old quarter with gorgeous 17th century houses. Stroll through the beautiful parks, visit the excellent museums, or climb the grand staircase of the Yerevan Cascade to revel in the breathtaking view over the city. You’ll also see Mount Ararat and the spectacular landscapes beyond Yerevan. With ancient monasteries, dazzling lakes and traditional villages sprinkled between soaring mountains, you’ll wonder why the country remains so untouched by tourism. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.

"Armenia is one of Europe's most underrated destinations, with some of the region's most spectacular nature, captivating history and friendly locals - but get there now before the secret's out"

 

 

Evana,

Travel Director

Armenia at a

glance

Currency

Armenian dram

Winter avg temp

3°C

Summer avg temp

35°C

Time Zone

GMT +4

Capital City

Yerevan

Language

Armenian

Good Morning

Bari arravot

Good evening

Bari yereko

With ancient monasteries, dazzling lakes and traditional villages sprinkled between soaring mountains, you’ll wonder why Armenia remains so untouched by tourism. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and share a fine Ararat brandy with the famously friendly Armenians.

Our top 3 things to do in Armenia 

We’ll show you the most incredible things to do in Armenia, from climbing the Yerevan Cascade, to sampling fine Armenian brandy and meeting the kind-hearted locals.

Visit Ararat Brandy factory and try Armenian cognac

Immerse yourself in Armenian culture and sample the finest Armenian brandy at the Ararat Brandy Factory. Founded in 1877 during the reign of the Russian Empire, the Ararat Brandy Factory is now the primary Armenian brandy production company in Yerevan, and it’s one of the top Armenia tourist attractions.

Explore the charming streets of Yerevan

Yerevan is the exuberant capital of Armenia, humming with historical and cultural treasures. Take to the streets with our Local Specialists on your Armenia tour to discover historic monuments, ornate gardens and Kond, the 17th-century old quarter where Persian, Muslim, and Ottoman houses line the tiny alleyways.

Experience famous Armenian hospitality with the locals

The highlight of any Armenia travel experience is the welcoming embrace of the locals, which can be summed up with this Armenian proverb: “Guest in a house - three days he’s a guest; on the fourth, he’s a younger brother,” Wherever you go, you’ll find smiling Armenians who will be happy to share stories about their country with you.

Best museums in Armenia

When you tour Armenia with Trafalgar, we’ll show you the country’s ancient history and culture through their incredible museums.

History Museum

Located in Yerevan, the History Museum of Armenia is home to 400,000 artefacts, with highlights including an ancient collection of Armenian coins, a large collection of Bronze items from the 3rd to 2nd millennium BC, and a cuneiform inscription from 782 BC about the founding of the city of Erebuni.

Matenadaran

Officially known as the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, the Matenadaran is the largest archive of Armenian manuscripts in the world. Named after Mesrop Mashtots, the founder of the Armenian alphabet, the museum is an incredible showcase of Armenian and international written cultures.

Parajanov Museum

Created as a tribute to Sergei Parajanov, a Soviet Armenian director and artist, the Parajanov Museum is a celebration of his artistic and literary legacy. There are around 1,400 exhibits over two floors, with unpublished screenplays, drawings, artworks, original posters and signed letters and gifts by famous visitors including Vladimir Putin.

Best food in Armenia

Sampling delicious Armenian food is one of the best parts of any Armenia trip, and our Local Specialists will show you the best places to taste the country’s best-loved dishes.

Armenian khorovats (pork barbecue)

Traditional Armenian khorovat is made from chunks of meat, including beef, pork, lamb or chicken, grilled on a skewer. Khorovats are a much-loved part of any Armenian gathering, from family picnics to wedding celebrations, and grilling is a passionate part of Armenian culture.

Dolma

A popular national dish of Armenia, dolma is made of minced pork or beef (or a mixture of both), or vegetables wrapped in fresh grape leaves or steamed cabbage leaves. There are also some special ingredients such as mint, parsley and oregano to make a variety of this dish that is unique to Armenia.

Khashlama

A celebratory meat stew made with lamb or beef, khashlama is a favourite traditional dish of Armenia and the Caucasus region. The Armenian version is typically mixed with tomatoes, potatoes, capsicums, onions and herbs and spices for a warm, hearty dish.

Armenian dram

The Armenian dram is the official currency of Armenia, so stock up on some dram before your Armenia tour.

Comfortable shoes

From walking the magical streets of Yerevan, to climbing the massive staircase of the Yerevan Cascade, you’ll need a sturdy pair of walking shoes in Armenia.

Armenian phrasebook

The Armenian alphabet and language is unlike any other in the world. Learning a few Armenian phrases will earn some smiles of appreciation from the friendly Armenians.

Layers

The Armenian climate swings between sub-zero temperatures in winter and 40°C in summer, so pack some layers to be ready for all conditions.

Adaptor plug

In Armenia, standard voltage is 230 V and the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F, with typical European two-pin plugs.

What to pack for Armenia

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

Road Trip Adventures

Slide into your seat, grip the wheel, start the engine, and hit the open road. From Norway to South Africa, the tundra to the rainforest, there is no limit to what you can reach with four wheels and an adventurous spirit. The road trip is no longer a means to get from point A to point B in your country; it crosses borders into new places, allowing for pure freedom in exciting destinations. Measure your next journey in viewpoints, road signs, and the people you'll meet along the way!

Guide to Armenia Visa Application

Learn about the types of visas and the step by step process of obtaining a visa for Armenia and quarantine regulations in this comprehensive guide.

  This includes types of visa applications, what to declare, and what is prohibited.

Keep in mind these handy tips for a smart, stress-free, and on-time visa application experience! 

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