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Carl Meadows
Armenia Travel Specialist

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.

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City Breaks
City Breaks
Spend a few days based in the heart of a city and explore its highlights with our local guides.
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Group Tours
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Tailor-Made
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Yerevan
Top Destination
Yerevan
Central Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, is home to wide, tree-lined boulevards and several squares and parks whilst the outskirts are dominated by more utilitarian Soviet-era architecture. The city is lively where in summer the locals take to the late-night outdoor cafes and in the winter huddle in the taverns with warming barbecued meat and fruit vodkas.
Nagorno Karabakh
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Nagorno Karabakh
The Armenian exclave of Nagorno Karabakh’s status remains a point of contention with the Azeris, but is an intriguing region where ancient monasteries are surrounded by mountain peaks. North of the capital Stepanakert is the iconic “We Are Our Mountains” monument. This large sculpture was completed in 1967 and depicts and old man and woman hewn from rock.
Khor Virap Monastery
Top Destination
Khor Virap Monastery
At the foot of Mount Ararat is the Khor Virat Monastery is an important place of pilgrimage and an iconic image, with pictures of the monastery and snow-covered Ararat in the background being a favourite for postcards. Armenia was the first country in the world to be declared a Christian nation in 301 and a chapel was first built on the site of Khor Virat in 642.
Areni
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Areni
The area around Areni is believed to be the oldest wine-growing region in the world, with vines springing up in the wake of the receding flood waters after Noah’s ark came to rest atop nearby Mount Ararat. In the region you can stop at a number of wineries for a tasting and to learn about the wine-making process.
Tatev Monastery
Carl Meadows's Recommendation
Tatev Monastery
Reached by the world’s longest non-stop double-track cable car in the world at 3.5 miles, known as the ‘Wings of Tatev’, the Tatev Monastery is a spectacular 9th century Armenian Apostolic monastery built on a basalt plateau overlooking a deep gorge. The location commands views across the countryside as far as Karabakh.

Popular Destinations in Armenia

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   Yerevan
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   Nagorno Karabakh
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   Khor Virap Monastery



Specialist Recommendations

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   Areni
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   Tatev Monastery


Regent Armenia Specialist


Carl Meadows
Believed to be the home of the Garden of Eden, the fertile Caucasus offer a heavenly temptation for travellers wanting to combine off-the-beaten-track explorations with gastronomic experiences. Here every meal, more often than not hearty and homemade using produce grown in the garden, is served in generous portions and washed down with great glasses of sweet red wine.

Carl's Tips
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Spend a night at the Avan Dzoraget Hotel in a canyon on the Dzoraget River, which mimics a medieval castle and oozes history.
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At the foot of Mount Ararat, Khor Virap Monastery is one of Armenia's most famous and oldest spiritual sights.
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In Yerevan, stop in at Tavern Yerevan for a local welcome and authentic dishes served up to the strains of local folk music.




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