Visiting Armenia on a Budget

The spring vacations are near and you are not sure where to visit on a budget? Welcome to one of the most ancient countries in the world – Armenia, rich with lovely nature, hospitable people and delicious food. Recently, many world-famous magazines have ranked Armenia in the top list of tourist destinations and many enthusiasts find their way to this marvelous country to know more about its culture, history, and traditions.  Things to do in Armenia include exploration of ancient culture and historical sites, hiking through the untouched nature and beautiful landscapes, tasting the delicious cuisine, local experiences, etc.

How much does it cost to go to Armenia and travel on a budget? Is Armenia cheap or expensive?

There are many flights to Armenia from more than 50 cities in the world. Some low-cost airplanes, such as the Ryanair and Wizzair, have flights to Armenia as well, with ticket prices less than $100 (if you purchase the tickets well before your flight).

Let's suppose that you are already in Armenia and you wonder where to start your trip from, what are the things to see in Armenia, how to make your visit memorable.

Armenia is relatively inexpensive compared to European countries, Russia, the USA, etc.  For example, you can taste traditional Armenian dishes in restaurants for around $15-20, or visit museums for $5 per ticket. The pubs, bars or cafés are also very affordable, even if right in the city center.

You can rent a budget car from Enterprise Armenia and enjoy your holiday. In each corner of the country, you will find a piece of Armenian history, churches, monasteries and sometimes the ruins of ancient temples.  Everyone who is interested in the Armenian religious history, there are some places that are must-visit.  

Yerevan

The capital of Armenia, Yerevan is one of the oldest cities in the world and in fact, it is twenty-nine years older than the eternal city, Rome. Over time, the city has developed into a lovely place, where you find many restaurants, bars, and cafés along with museums and other cultural places, where you can wholeheartedly enjoy yourself and get the best out of your vacations.

Things to do in Yerevan are diverse and you can get a memorable experience just walking around the city. This is an exceptional way to enjoy the city, to see the cultural places and smell the history in each corner of the city.  In the city center, you will see the Opera House, The Republic Square with the singing fountains and the Cascade Complex, where you will admire the panorama of Yerevan.

Then, you can visit the museums and art galleries in Yerevan to have a better understanding of locals’ art preferences, talents, and great artists. For example, entrance fee for the National Gallery of Armenia costs $4 and other cultural attractions also go around the same range.

But the miracle comes in the night when the streets become crowded and people enjoy the city of the lights. Restaurants, bars, and cafes become full of people, who hang out with their friends and relatives to chat, chill and relax.

Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery

A remarkable and unique witness of the history Garni Temple was constructed in the 1st century AD. This is a sample of Hellenistic Architecture in Armenia and the only pagan temple still existing in the country after adopting Christianity as an official religion.  According to the pagan history, the temple is dedicated to God of the Sun and pagan people in the country still celebrate some traditions in the temple.  The entrance for the tourists is to the temple is not expensive and costs approximately $4.

If you plan to go to Garni temple, you can easily get the Geghard monastery killing two birds with one stone. The distance between them is not big and is approximately 11 km. On the way to the temple and monastery, you can find many restaurants offering food of traditional cuisine, providing master classes of baking traditional bread ''lavash'' and you may even learn traditional dances.

Tatev Monastery

If you want to further explore Armenia, make stops whenever you want and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes, you can rent a car from Enterprise Armenia, and head out to Tatev Monastery.

Situated 250km away from Yerevan, Tatev Monastery is considered the diamond of Armenian architecture and history, which is hidden in the heart of the mountains and constructed in the 9-13th centuries. Once it was quite difficult to get there, because you had to pass the steep road, the river through the Devil’s bridge, however, now you can get the monastery quite easily due to the ropeway “Wings of Tatev” having the length of 5.7 km, which is the longest in the world so far, registered in the Guiness. The cost of round trip ropeway is $18, which is not that expensive considering the length of it.

Also, tourist attractions Armenia are suitable for extreme lovers as well. Visit Yenoqavan, Yell Extreme Park, Tsaghkadzor and other mountainous regions and you will get adrenaline from ziplining, paragliding, horseback riding, climbing and so on.

So, there are many things to see and to do in Armenia for people of different tastes. Rent a car from Enterprise Armenia from the wide selection of new cars and explore Armenia.

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