I think that Yerevan, which is built from volcanic tuff and is harmonic like a rose, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.Pablo Neruda
The Apricot CountryFrom the pink city Yerevan to coal and gold Gyumri. From the emerald Debed Valley to the sapphires of Lake Sevan, Armenia is a land of vibrant colors. The smallest of the three nations in the Transcaucasus holds a unique position in terms of history, hiking, food and wine.
Forged in the flames of a tumultuous past, Armenian culture is one of the most fascinating in the world. Every day in Armenia is a breath of history, from the Khachkar cross, which stands proudly in Yerevan's city park and marks the way to monasteries across the country, to Armenian cuisine, folk costumes, music and the alphabet itself.
A few days in Yerevan, a vibrant city with outdoor cafes, sculpture gardens, and bustling squares, is the starting point of the ideal Armenia itinerary. While looking for the ideal Armenian memento, observe the lavash ladies at work at the GUM Market and peruse the carpets and antiques in the Vernissage. The Armenian Genocide, a terrible atrocity that much of the world seemed to have forgotten, is likely to be something you learn about for the first time through this experience. The national Genocide Memorial and Museum in Tsitsernakaberd is a must-see. Compare Yerevan to Gyumri, the second-largest city in the country, which is renowned for its impressive architecture and museums. Visit Goris in the south and Vanadzor in the north, which are both entrances to breathtaking environment. Spend the day on Armenia's stunning Lake Sevan.
Discover isolation in Dilijan National Park, Armenia's crown jewel, which has some of the best hiking paths. Armenia, the first Christian country in the world, is home to several monasteries and churches, each more magnificent than the last. You can take day trips from Yerevan to Khor Virap, Noravank, Geghard, and the colossal Tatev, which is accessible by a towering cable car. My personal favorites are Sanahin and the UNESCO-listed Haghpat. A wine tasting in the Areni Region should also be on your itinerary because Armenia, along with its neighbor Georgia, is the birthplace of viticulture. Over the course of many centuries, the Armenian table has been set. Every city, town, and tiny village has its own delectable cuisine, making this nation a true culinary delight.