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Armenia 

Expect

Armenia is well known by its status as the first country in the world to declare Christianity its national religion back in 301 AD. Armenia's long history with Christianity is evident as you travel through the mountainous countrysides and visit the 1,000s of ancient monasteries and ruins. Often called the "Land of Churches," Armenia boasts over 4,000 monasteries and churches, and genuinely makes you feel as though you time traveled back to BC times! Armenia is a very convenient country to travel around due to its small size. As such, as a majority of the tourist destinations are close enough to Yerevan to visit them as day trips. 

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vi. cuisine

v. climate & weather

iv. average costs

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tatev monastery

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Zvartnots Cathedral

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yerevan

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Shaki Waterfall

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Norovank Monastery 

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Vagharshapat

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tatev monastery

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Vagharshapat

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Norovank Monastery 

Shaki Waterfall

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Know

you go

before

Official Language(s) – Armenian
Currency – Dram (AMD)
Capital City – Yerevan
Credit Cards & ATMs – Credit cards are widely accepted in large cities, but less common in rural areas. If you venture into the countryside, be sure to withdraw or exchange currency beforehand.
Outlets – C & F
Popular SIM Card Providers – MTS, Beeline, UCOM

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norovank Monestary

climate & weather

With the exception of its subtropical southern region, most of Armenia is considered to have a continental climate. Summers witness soaring temperatures that make Armenia’s widespread drinking fountains an absolute necessity, and winters bring snowfall that gifts residents with stunning views of local snow-capped mountain ranges. Unlike many other post-Soviet countries, its location in the Caucuses provides shorter, more favorable winters that give way to beautiful spring weather by March 1st, making it a great travel destination year-round.

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spring

spring

summer

autumn

winter

*All data courtesy of Climates to Travel. Visit their website for more information on how this data was collected here.

Average Maximum: 4 °C // 39 °F

Average Minimum: -6 °C // 21 °F

Average Sunshine: 5 hours

Rainy days:  9 days


Average Maximum: 13 °C // 55 °F

Average Minimum: 0 °C // 32 °F

Average Sunshine: 6 hours

Rainy days: 10 days

Average Maximum: 18 °C // 64 °F

Average Minimum: 5 °C // 41 °F

Average Sunshine: 8 hours

Rainy days: 12 days

march

april

may

Average Maximum: 12 °C // 54 °F

Average Minimum: 0 °C // 32 °F

Average Sunshine: 5 hours

Rainy days:  10 days

Average Maximum: 19 °C // 66 °F

Average Minimum: 7 °C // 45 °F

Average Sunshine: 6 hours

Rainy days: 12 days


Average Maximum: 24 °C // 75 °F

Average Minimum: 11 °C // 52 °F

Average Sunshine: 8 hours

Rainy days: 12 days



march

april

may

spring

yerevan

gyumri

spring

summer

autumn

winter

Average Maximum: 22 °C // 72 °F

Average Minimum: 8 °C // 46 °F

Average Sunshine: 10 hours

Rainy days: 11 days

Average Maximum: 26 °C // 79 °F

Average Minimum: 12 °C // 54 °F

Average Sunshine: 11 hours

Rainy days: 7 days

Average Maximum: 26 °C // 79 °F

Average Minimum: 12 °C // 54 °F

Average Sunshine: 11 hours

Rainy days: 6 days

june

july

august

Average Maximum: 30 °C // 86 °F

Average Minimum: 15 °C // 59 °F

Average Sunshine: 10 hours

Rainy days: 8 days

Average Maximum: 34 °C // 93 °F

Average Minimum: 19 °C // 66 °F

Average Sunshine: 11 hours

Rainy days: 5 days

Average Maximum: 33 °C // 91 °F

Average Minimum: 18 °C // 64 °F

Average Sunshine: 11 hours

Rainy days: 4 days

june

july

august

summer

yerevan

gyumri

spring

summer

autumn

winter

Average Maximum: 23 °C // 73 °F

Average Minimum: 7 °C //45 °F

Average Sunshine: 9 hours

Rainy days:  6 days

Average Maximum: 16 °C // 61 °F

Average Minimum: 1 °C // 34 °F

Average Sunshine: 7 hours

Rainy days: 6 days

Average Maximum: 7 °C // 45 °F

Average Minimum: -3 °C // 27 °F

Average Sunshine: 5 hours

Rainy days:  6 days

september

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

Average Maximum: 29 °C // 84 °F

Average Minimum: 13 °C //55 °F

Average Sunshine: 9 hours

Rainy days:  4 days


Average Maximum: 21 °C // 70 °F

Average Minimum: 7 °C // 45 °F

Average Sunshine: 7 hours

Rainy days: 8 days

Average Maximum: 12 °C // 54 °F

Average Minimum: 1 °C // 34 °F

Average Sunshine: 5 hours

Rainy days:  8 days

september

october

November

autumn

yerevan

gyumri

spring

summer

autumn

winter

Average Maximum: 0 °C // 32 °F

Average Minimum: -9 °C // 16 °F

Average Sunshine: 3 hours

Rainy days: 8 days

Average Maximum: -3 °C // 27 °F

Average Minimum: -14 °C // 7 °F

Average Sunshine: 3 hours

Rainy days: 10 days

Average Maximum: -1 °C // 30 °F

Average Minimum: -12 °C // 10 °F

Average Sunshine: 4 hours

Rainy days: 9 days

DECEMBER

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

Average Maximum: 5°C // 41 °F

Average Minimum: -4 °C // 25 °F

Average Sunshine: 3 hours

Rainy days: 9 days

Average Maximum: 2 °C // 36 °F

Average Minimum: -7 °C // 19 °F

Average Sunshine: 3 hours

Rainy days: 8 days

Average Maximum: 5 °C // 41 °F

Average Minimum: -5 °C // 23 °F

Average Sunshine: 4 hours

Rainy days: 8 days

december

January

February

winter

yerevan

gyumri

spring

summer

autumn

winter

what to 

wear in 

yerevan

gyumri

Aveluk soup

Lavash 

Byorek

Lavash rolls

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приятного аппетита!

Lavash 

Lavash rolls

Byorek

Dolma

browse the culinary scene - click a dish for more info

приятного аппетита!

Lavash rolls

Byorek

KHASH

Dolma

browse the culinary scene - click a dish for more info

приятного аппетита!

armenian brandy

KHASH

Dolma

Byorek

browse the culinary scene - click a dish for more info

приятного аппетита!

Aveluk soup

armenian brandy

KHASH

Dolma

browse the culinary scene - click a dish for more info

приятного аппетита!

Aveluk soup

armenian brandy

Lavash 

KHASH

browse the culinary scene - click a dish for more info

приятного аппетита!

armenian brandy

Aveluk soup

Lavash rolls

Lavash 

browse the culinary scene - click a dish for more info

приятного аппетита!

Aveluk Soup (Суп из авелука) 

Aveluk is a mountain herb that is used in many Armenian recipes. I asked my waiter to give me the “most classic Armenian meal,” and he indicated several dishes featuring this leaf. Based on his recommendation I tried the Aveluk soup, and it was so delicious! Aveluk is also used to prepare other types of soups, salads, and eggs dishes.

LAVASH (ЛАВАШ)

Lavash is a traditional flatbread popular in the Caucuses and the Middle East, and is featured in nearly every Armenian dish. Armenians have a long history making lavash, and thus attach tremendous cultural and historical significance to the bread, even featuring it in a traditional Armenian wedding ritual. It is eaten on its own and also with various dishes such as soups, wraps, and more. When you visit Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, be sure to head to the GUM Market. There you can see the women making lavash with your own eyes and taste it straight from the oven!

LAVASH ROLLS (РУЛЕТИКИ)

Lavash rolls are a tasty snack and one of the many ways you can use lavash when cooking Armenian food. Lavash rolls are typically vegetarian, stuffed with carrots, onions, and cheese.

BYOREK (БУРЕКАС)

Byoreks serve as a perfect snack food, and are often served as appetizers. Similar to Central Asia’s “samsas,” byoreks are pastries stuffed with various cheese, spinach, or meat combinations.

DOLMA (ДОЛМА)

Dolma are also a great snack or appetizer item, commonplace in Armenian cuisine. Dolma are prepared differently depending on the region, but are typically stuffed with either beans or meat, vegetables like eggplant and zucchini, spices such as pepper and onion, and then wrapped with grape leaves.

KHASH (ХАШ)

Dating back to the 12th century, khash is one of the most common soup dishes in Armenia. Khash was traditionally the “dish of the poor,” because it is prepared from cow or sheep legs and stomachs – the parts of animal caucuses which peasants were given. As it is also considered a foolproof hangover cure, khash is most commonly served for breakfast.

ARMENIAN BRANDY (АРМЯНСКИЙ КОНЬЯК)

Armenians have great pride for their country’s history with brandy production. Said to have been invented after Noah’s arc landed on Mount Ararat, just kilometers from the capital city of Yerevan, Armenian brandy is made with local white grapes. Armenian brandy is known throughout the world as a quality brandy, and even boasts good reviews from past world leaders such as Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Josef Stalin. When in Yerevan, be sure to check out Noy Wine and Brandy Factory! For only 5,000 dram ($12) they give you a tour of their factory, their museum, and offer tastings of their wine and brandy collections.

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