To discover Armenia is to study the primary sources for much of Western culture, and our Armenia travel guide offers a glimpse of what awaits you on your trip. From Yerevan, in central Armenia, admire the so-called ‘cradle of the new humanity’, because it was near here that Noah's ark made landfall after the flood, on the slopes of Mount Ararat. In southern Armenia, meditate at the Karahoundje Observatory, a megalithic site 5,000 to 7,500 years old – making Stonehenge look like its in nappies! In Garni, marvel at the perfection of a temple built by the Greeks to the sun god Helios. In Matenadaran, immerse yourself in contemplation while looking at ancient manuscripts, some of which are over 1000 years old.
In northern Armenia, search for churches and monasteries dotted across gorgeous landscapes. In the Gegharkunik region, get lost in the big blue of Lake Sevan, ‘the pearl of Armenia’, and explore the Jdrduz canyon in Nagorno-Karabakh. For the more adventurous, head north, and climb ‘the throne of Ara’, Mount Aragats (not to be mistaken with Noah’s peak), which exceeds 13,000ft. Those are some of the geographic and cultural wonders that await, but so too do gastronomic delights. Try khorovats (skewers simmered in a clay oven), dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), delicately spiced keftas (meat skewers) and khapama - a succulent pumpkin stuffed with rice and dried fruits, served with traditional lavache bread. Consult our Armenia travel guide to prepare your trip, and concoct the unforgettable itinerary of your trip to Armenia.