Things to do in Armenia

Take to the skies
When you have scenery as beautiful as that of Armenia, itís often best admired from above.
Not everyone wants to scale mountains, but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy a birdís eye view. At 5.7km, the Wings of Tatev is one of the worldís longest nonstop cable car journeys, crossing Vorotan Gorge between the village of Halidzor and Tatev Monastery. Itís not for the fainthearted. Hot air ballooning is a popular activity all year round, allowing for wonderful views and a very romantic experience. If cityscapes are more your thing, why not take in the rooftops of Yerevan from the Ferris wheel in Victory Park?
Monastery spotting
You canít visit Armenia without touring at least a few of the countryís 4,000 or so monasteries and churches. The most prominent of these ancient buildings continue to be maintained by devout communities and income from tourists. Many have been conscientiously restored, while others are little more than ruins. Top trumps would have to include the Tatev Monastery, reached by cable car; Sevanavank with its limestone green cross on the shore of Lake Sevan; and of course the Echimiadzin Church, considered to be the oldest cathedral in the world. Then there is Khor Virap, framed against majestic Mount Ararat, and the pink walled Odzun Church in northern Armenia. While exploring the monasteries themselves might lose its fascination after a handful, they are almost always accompanied by extraordinary viewpoints.

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Just scrambling up to some of the more remote monasteries is enough of a challenge for some, but dedicated walkers will find that Armenia promises outstanding rural hiking.
Popular destinations include the under-visited Dilijan National Park, and the forests of Jermuk. You might wander the shores of tranquil mountain lakes, cover stretches of the Silk Road, or hike past tumbling waterfalls and ancient monasteries that offer superb vantage points as they perch on hillsides. Typical walking itineraries in Armenia are point-to-point, staying in family-run guesthouses in remote villages, and sometimes crossing the border into neighbouring countries.
Caucasus overland tours
While you can easily spend a week or longer exploring Armenia in depth, a popular option is to combine it with another Caucasus country such as Georgia or Azerbaijan. Multi centre holidays enable to you to appreciate the often fascinating cultural differences between neighbouring countries in everything from cuisine to religion, as well as the range of landscapes in each. Note that, due to the ongoing tension over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, overland crossings between Armenia and Azerbaijan are not possible at the moment.
Written by Rob Perkins
Photo credits: [Page banner: ReflectedSerendipity] [Take to the skies - cable car: AnDavtyan ] [Monastery spotting - Khor Virap: Diego Delso] [Hiking - Dilijan National Park: H-dayan] [Caucasus overland tours - Georgia: Thomas Depenbusch (Depi)]