Kayan Fortress Alaverdi

Alaverdi: Hiking from Sanahin to Haghpat

Hiking from Sanahin to Haghpat is one of northern Armenia’s most popular day treks. I set off on a crisp, clear autumn day, and was surprised to find myself completely alone throughout the entire journey. Except, of course, at the UNESCO World Heritage monasteries themselves, which are increasingly gaining in popularity. Sanahin and Haghpat Monasteries

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Alaverdi Debed Canyon

Exploring the Debed Canyon: Akhtala & Odzun Monasteries

Not even five minutes had passed since stepping off the minibus from Yerevan, and I’d already struck a deal for a trip around town with a local taxi driver. My main objective for visiting Alaverdi was a hike the following day from Sanahin to Haghpat, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. But why not kill some

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Lake Sevan Armenia

The Natural Beauty of Sevan & Dilijan

Lake Sevan and Dilijan are some of Armenia’s most popular weekend getaways. But what about visiting both in a single day? If relaxation is your goal, then don’t bother. But if you’re hoping to get a glimpse of the region’s gorgeous scenery and visit a few impressive monasteries, one full day is plenty. And if

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Gyumri Armenia

A Day in Gyumri: A Guide to Armenia’s Second City

Gyumri, Armenia’s second city, is absent from most travelers’ itineraries. Admittedly, it wasn’t on mine until I realized I had an extra free day in the country. But I’m glad that I went, as a walk around Gyumri is like stepping back into the 19th century. In this Gyumri guide, we’ll go over the top

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Zvartnots Cathedral

Exploring Etchmiadzin & Zvartnots Cathedral

Just a short bus ride from Yerevan, the small city of Etchmiadzin is home to many of the nation’s most important churches. In fact, it’s acted as the headquarters of the Armenian Apostolic Church for over 1700 years! Its Treasury Museum, which contains a piece of Noah’s Ark and the lance used to spear Jesus,

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Levon's Divine Underground Yerevan

Touring the Labyrinth of Levon’s Divine Underground

Behind a door in an unassuming residential district of Yerevan is a portal to another world. It’s hard to believe at first, but this vast underground network of caves was carved out over the course of decades by one single man. But for what? I hopped in a taxi to Levon’s Divine Underground to find out

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