Armenia

We have included useful information about Armenia especially for our guests from abroad.

Brief summary

Armenia is located in the South Caucasus bordered by Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Turkey. The Republic of Armenia occupies and area of 29,800 square km, an average height above the sea level is 1,800 m. The highest point is Mount Aragats (4090 m), and the lowest point is the Debet river canyon (400 m). Yerevan is the capital of Armenia. Among large towns are Gyumri, and Vanadzor. The population totals to 3.2 million people, 1.1 million of which live in Yerevan.
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Practical Information

Currency and Payments: Armenian dram. Current exchange rates for dram can be found on the Central Bank of Armenia website. Any currency can be exchanged to dram at exchange offices of banks. Most stores and service organizations accept credit card payments by the largest payment systems, such as, Visa and MasterCard.Language: Armenian is the official language of Armenia. Armenian has a unique alphabet; all signs contain duplicate inscriptions in Armenian and English. In Yerevan and all over the country everybody can communicate in Russian. Conversations in English are possible in Yerevan but not that common outside the capital.
Transportation: within Yerevan and to nearby towns you can travel by taxi, it is the most common and quite affordable transportation means. For longer trips, you can also rent a car in Yerevan, or book a tourist bus with a driver for sightseeing trips.Places of Interest: Armenia is often called an open air museum. It is impossible even to list all the beauty sights that can be seen in the country. In just a few days, you can go through different climatic and landscape zones, visit many historical places and monuments, enjoy the nature and Armenian cuisine. We will describe a few of the sights, and you have the opportunity to explore the rest of them yourself.Yerevan: unlike other capital cities Yerevan has does not have the urban city pressure. With many pedestrian zones in the city center and a number of great sightseeing options, it is ideal to quickly escape the daily rush and take a nice break. We highly recommend you to visit the Cascade and the Cafesjian Center for the Arts and take a leisurely walk along the Abovyan Street, or Northern Avenue, or in front of the Opera House. You can also go to the Matenadaran Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, the Historical Museum and the Art Gallery, or Parajanov House-Museum, as well as visit Tsitsernakaberd memorial.Attractions outside Yerevan: there are numerous old monasteries and ancient sights outside Yerevan. The Geghard Monastery, ancient Temple of Garni, and Zvartnots Temple are located in close proximity to the capital. For long trips we recommend choosing one of the two main directions: north or south of the capital. To the north there are the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, Lake Sevan, towns of Dilijan, Vanadzor and Gyumri, Haghpat, Sanahin and Haghartsin monasteries, and many other sights. To the south, there are the Khor Virap Monastery, Noravank Monastery, the Armenian Wine Center of Areni, towns of Goris and Meghri, Tatev Monastery that can be reached by the world’s longest aerial tramway. Please follow the link to read more about the sights of Armenia.