Often the Caucasus countries aren’t the most obvious choice when planning a holiday from the UK – but that’s precisely the beauty in selecting them. Armenia – and its neighbour Georgia – remain untainted by mass western tourism, allowing those discerning travellers in the know to enjoy authentic cultural experiences without the crowds, such as dining on home cooked meals with friendly local families or searching for ancient stone churches hidden in verdant gorges.
Armenia is home to a cosmopolitan capital city, Yerevan, as well as windswept mountains and timeless rural villages, occupied by shepherds for generations. Here travellers can discover one of the world’s best-preserved Silk Road caravanserais, crumbling mountain-top monasteries and exceptional local cuisine, from barbecued meat to locally-produced brandy.
Alongside its Silk Road trading history and ancient religious relics, Soviet-era monuments in Yerevan provide a tangible link to the different, and fascinating, periods of history through which this friendly nation has navigated, as its larger cities now begin to adopt a more Mediterranean, café-culture feel.