Armenia: Fresh Look at Travel

You may think that Yerevan is a city, that can hardly become a purposeful travel destination — travelers usually visit it on a business trip or use it as a transit country when traveling from Europe to Asia or vice versa. You can’t even imagine how wrong these people are! As Armenia straddles Europe and Asia, East and West, so does Armenian culture — and this makes the country a unique and quite popular tourist destination.

To convince you, Yerevan local Robert from MeetnGreetMe concierge platform have written this article. Robert is a local from Yerevan, the expert of Armenia who is bringing to you interesting information about this amazing place of interest. He claims that the capital of the small mountainous country collected all the best: rich history — this year the city has celebrated its 2799th birthday, modern art, cheerful and smiling locals, ancient monasteries, delicious food, long promenades and love for opera and theater performances.

Robert shares his expertise, advice, and tips on what to do, where to go and what to eat in Yerevan, so check out his advice and make sure you follow it. Let’s go!

One stereotype about Armenia that is not true

It is true that Armenians are very centered on their cultural values. Some people claim that Armenians far too often say that every nation came from Armenia. Obviously, this is not true and we do respect other cultures.

What travelers need to know before going to Armenia

– The currency in Armenia is AMD (Armenian Dram) 1 USD = 478 AMD. Local shops and restaurants accept only AMD and you mostly can pay with a card, but it is always better to have some cash as well.

– Unfortunately, Armenians are not so good at speaking English. Nevertheless, we are very hospitable and open. People will always understand the “universal sign language” though it is important to have a local guide with you.

– There is WIFI in almost every restaurant, cafe, hotel and in the city center.

– Hospitals in Armenia always accept foreign citizens; the insurance will definitely work here.

– A taxi ride in Yerevan from one point of the city to another takes about 30–40 minutes. The city center is constructed very conveniently — people can stroll along the streets and visit one of the numerous cafes on your way to take a rest.

– Smoking is forbidden in the majority of public places.

Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Yerevan

One day in Yerevan

I advise you stay at a hotel in the city center and have breakfast in a nearby cafe or right in the hotel’s restaurant.

After breakfast, the tour around the city begins. First, we head for the Republic square and on the way enjoy an ice-cream. In the Republic square, we visit the National Gallery of Armenia with famous works of Martyrs Saryan, Hovhannes, Ayvazovsky and many others.

Address: 1 Arami street (entrance from Republic Square);
Opening hours: Tue — Sat 11 a.m. — 5.40 p.m. 
Sun 11 a.m. — 5 p.m. Mon — closed 
Tickets: prices start from 600 AMD (1.5$) — temporary exhibition ticket & 
1500 AMD (3$) — permanent exhibition ticket 
(concessions — free or 300 AMD for pupils, students, pensioners).

After a couple of hours in the gallery we will walk down the Abovyan street to the Moscow cinema, then turn to the left to the Rumanian street where we shall admire the great Opera building and maybe get tickets for world class opera performances such as Traviata, Carmen, Anush, Spartak ballet, Aida, and others.

Address: 54 Tumanyan Str. 
Price range: 1000–8000 AMD (2–16 $).

Find more about Yerevan, Armenia in the full article brought to you by local Robert:

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