Armenia, a Caucasus country at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, has an incredible history dating back to approximately 3000 years. It is said to be one of the oldest Christian nation and houses world-famous heritage sites, ancient monasteries, and rich folklore traditions.
Armenia is famous for heritage architecture and boasts stunning landscapes of hilltops, valleys, woods, lakes, and meadows. In the post, many of my friends will take you on the Best day trips from Yerevan, Armenia. So let’s check the Beautiful Things to do in Armenia.
Armenia Itinerary 4 Days
- Day 1 – Yerevan – arrival – city tour
- Day 2 – Road trip from Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Etchmiadzin – Yerevan
- Day 3 – Road trip from Yerevan – Khor Virap – Areni – Tatev – Yerevan
- Day 4 – Departure and visit Yerevan’s traditional market for shopping
BEST DAY TRIPS FROM YEREVAN ARMENIA | THINGS TO DO IN ARMENIA
Tatev Monastery is easily one of the most iconic and recognizable monasteries in Armenia, located on a hilltop with a spectacular view of the valley below. The monastery was constructed in the 9th century but gained its due importance in the 14th and 15th centuries when it was home to the University of Tatev, one of the most important medieval universities.
One can reach Tatev Monastery via a winding narrow cliff road. However, a more dramatic way to access it is to use the Wings of Tatev, a cable car leaving from the village of Halidzor up to Tatev Monastery, which holds the record for the longest non-stop double track cable car in the Guinness World Records. The ride across a deep canyon is a riveting experience, but not for those who fear heights!
Distance: Tatev Monastery is about 3-4 hours away from Yerevan and can be reached via private/hired car or by joining a tour. You can also get a marshrutka from Yerevan to the town of Goris, followed by a private taxi to Halidzor or Tatev.
Goris town is an excellent base to explore Tatev Monastery and the surrounding area. The town, located in a valley, is home to some hotels, guesthouses, and restaurants and is surrounded by mountains that can be hiked.
We recommend stopping by Devil’s Bridge on the way to Tatev Monastery. From here, you can hike down to and swim in some wonderfully refreshing pools of water hidden in a deep gorge!
Suggested by Nikki & Michelle – Cheeky Passports
Garni Temple is one of the top tourist destinations in Armenia. Garni is a symbol of paganism of the pre-Christian era. It is also known as the temple of the Sun god, Mihr. Located on a cliff overlooking the Azat River and with a beautiful backdrop of the Gegham Mountains, the Greco-Roman structure, built mainly of masonry, makes Garni more interesting to visit.
Garni Temple is already famous. However, there’s one more thing to see in this place. Just below the temple lies the incredible Symphony of Stones. For nature lovers who love a short trek, hiking down alongside the Azat River will lead to this beautiful artwork of nature.
The Symphony of Stones is a natural rock formation with regular hexagonal shapes.
Distance: Exploring Garni as DIY, around 28 km from Yerevan, is difficult as we had communication problems. With the help of the receptionist from the hostel where we stayed, she wrote the instructions and directions going to Garni on a piece of paper.
And with this, we could ask for tips from the locals we met by showing what’s written on the paper. Knowing essential Russian words will also help with communication.
We did some hitchhiking also while exploring nearby places from Yerevan. The easiest way is to join a guided day tour.
Suggested By Louiela from Beyond Chasing Dreams.
LAKE SEVAN | BEST DAY TRIPS FROM YEREVAN ARMENIA
Armenia’s monasteries have some of the most stunning locations. One of the most beautiful settings is the Sevan monastery at Lake Sevan. The lake itself is enough reason to visit this area of Armenia. Lake Sevan is one of the best Armenia tourist attractions.
The deep blue waters are surrounded by the green hills of Armenia and offer plenty of hiking opportunities that provide magnificent views.
Another reason to visit Sevan is the old monastery on a peninsula that stretches into Lake Sevan. In fact, it used to be an island, but under Stalin’s rule, the lake was artificially drained, and water levels dropped.
Still, the monastery is the best place to watch the ever-changing colors of the lake. The monastery played a crucial role in the battle between the Arabs and the Armenians when local monks helped the Armenian forces gain victory.
There are frequent minivans between Yerevan and the town of Sevan. It is an easy day trip from Armenia’s capital, but the area is best appreciated with an overnight stay to see the sunset and rise above the lake.
The town of Sevan has some hotels and restaurants and is also where you can organize boat trips on the lake or make a short hike up the hill to the monastery.
Suggested by Ellis Veen from BACKPACKADVENTURES
KHOR VIRAP | BEST DAY TRIPS FROM YEREVAN ARMENIA
The Khor Virap is an Armenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the Ararat valley and is the most visited pilgrimage site in Armenia. Khor Virap is Armenian for “deep dungeon” and held the man who would become Saint Gregory the Illuminator captive in a pit for 13 years before he helped turn the country into the first Christian nation in the world.
There have been many architectural changes to the monastery over the centuries. However, you can still visit the pit where Saint Gregory was incarcerated by climbing 200ft down a ladder into a clammy dungeon.
It is still an important holy site of the Armenian Apostolic Church, where weddings and baptisms are performed. This monastery is an excellent viewpoint for Mount Ararat, where Noah is said to have stranded Ark. The Khor Virap is located near the border with Turkey.
To reach it from Yerevan, catch a marshrutka at 11 AM from behind Yerevan’s central train station; it is about a 45min journey. The marshrutkas will leave when they are packed and have no set times. To get back to Yerevan, take a marshrutka or a taxi. Hitchhiking is also quite common and safe.
Suggested by Campbell and Alya from STINGYNOMADS
Hope you enjoyed all these best day trips from Yerevan, Armenia, and would love to hear from you about which day trip is your favorite one.
Where to stay in Yerevan | Things to do in Armenia – Armenia Travel Guide
As many suggested, make a base in Yerevan and make day trips from there, then click below for recommended hotel stays in Yerevan.
LUXURY STAYS –
- ARMENIA MARRIOTT YEREVAN HOTEL.
- GRAND HOTEL YEREVAN.
- RADISSON BLU HOTEL YEREVAN
- HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
- DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON CITY CENTER YEREVAN
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