Armenia is not consider a ‘tourist’ attraction nor is it usually high on anyone’s bucket lists of places to visit, but that is only because it is a very well kept secret.
Here you will find relics of civilization that are several thousand years old that lie in the midst of these mountains in the Eurasian country of Armenia. Of course to appreciate the fullness of Armenia, you need to understand some of the history of Armenia.
In the fourth century, after the rule of several empires, Armenia became one of the very first nations to adopt Christianity. Some of the world’s most oldest monasteries are found here along with fortresses from very early times. Here in Armenia, you will travel across magnificent landscape and see ancient history that is just waiting to be discovered. Armenia’s elevation averages over a mile above sea level.
Armenia’s largest city is also its capital, Yerevan, offers many historical and cultural activities and attractions. Civilization here has existed in this city of Yerevan since the 8th century BC. On the southeastern hill, make sure you look for any surviving pieces of the fortress of Erebunion that was excavated.
You can take the time to explore the history of the region at the History Museum of Armenia located and the central Republic Square. You can see a more recent memorial to the genocide of Armenia by viewing the one hundred, forty four foot steel statue of Tsitsernakaberd.
There is so much to see and explore here in Armenia that you will definitely need to plan a trip of no less than 7 days. There are many different travels packages that are offered up when you book your travel to Armenia. You can book a wide variety of vacations that allow you to pick and choose what it is that you want to do or see in Armenia. You can take several number of tours, like a mountain bike tour, or a jeep tour. If money is more of an issue, there are even budget tours that you can take. My personal favorite is the Rural Tour where it allows you to see how the locals live, their customs, their foods, etc.
Two of the most incredible religious structures are found in the Yerevan region. You will find a 12th century Geghard Monastary carved into the rocky hills in the eastern region. This is a UNESCO World heritage site as well. Then, a little south of Yerevan, stands the 17th century Khor Virap just before the hill of Mount Ararat, the region’s tallest peak and also a Turkish mountain.
If you want to appreciate the real natural beauty of the eastern side of Armenia, then you will want to head over to Lake Sevan. There is a tiny Sevanavank monastery featured on a peninsula on the northwest bank of the lake. You will get a majestic panoramic view of the Caucasus Mountains that are just across the water. The beaches on the south side of the peninsula are pretty popular for summertime destinations.
Whether you are coming to Armenia by plane or by land through the Debed Canyons, make sure that you take in all of the sites that this beautiful place has to offer.