The Land Of Adventure

Armenia, with its awe-inspiring landscapes, delicious food and rich history, has lots to offer.

Forget long flights and sprawling itineraries – Armenia offers an unparalleled three-day adventure within easy reach.

With flights under four hours from the UAE, Armenia is a captivating crossroads of Europe and Asia serving up history, breathtaking landscapes and delicious food.

Here’s how to go about making the most of your three-day trip.

Day One: Unveiling Yerevan’s Charm

Begin your Armenian odyssey in Yerevan, the vibrant capital city. Take a walking tour to see the sites, starting at Republic Square, the heart of the city, and immerse yourself in its bustling energy.

Delve into a treasure trove of ancient manuscripts at the Matenadaran, admire local art at the Modern Art Museum and climb the stunning steps of the Cascade Complex for a cultural delight and panoramic view rolled into one.

Don’t forget to stroll down the capital’s vibrant streets, grab a bite to eat and catch a show at the Opera and Ballet Theatre if you still have time.

Before you leave, make sure you drive up to Mother Armenia for an unbeatable view of the city and stop at Vernissage Flea Market to get souvenirs for loved ones back home.

Day Two: Journey Through Time

Visit the Garni Temple, a stunning pagan temple dating back to the first century AD. While in Garni village, taste the fresh water from the fountains and enjoy traditional Armenian cuisine. Watch locals bake lavash, a delicious flatbread, and savour a trout barbecue at a local eatery, overlooking the valley.

Next, explore the Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its rock-carved churches adorned with delicate ornamentation.

On your way back to Yerevan, save time to stop by the iconic Charent’s Arch for majestic views of Mount Ararat.

Day Three: Embrace Nature’s Majesty

Start the day at Lake Sevan, admiring the pristine beauty of one of the largest high-altitude freshwater lakes and opt for a boat ride or try kayaking and sailing for an active adventure.

Further along the road, you’ll find the natural beauty of Dilijan. Boasting verdant hills, cascading waterfalls and majestic mountains, it is a haven for hikers – with pristine forests, fresh air and hidden wonders like the incredible Haghartsin Monastery complex which was restored with the donation of HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi.

If you have a few extra days, you could venture further afield towards the south of Armenia, stopping at places such as the Shaki Waterfall, Zorats Karer and ending with a trip on the Wings of Tatev – the world’s longest reversible aerial tramways – which will take you across the Vorotan Gorge to the majestic Tatev Monastery.

Tips:

Armenia’s compact size makes it easy to explore. Consider renting a car for flexibility or join guided tours to make sure you don’t miss any hidden gems.

Pack light, breathable clothing and sunscreen for the warm summer weather.

Armenians are known for their warm hospitality, so be prepared for welcoming smiles and delicious food.

GO: Visit www.armenia.travel for more information.