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The first place to officially adopt Christianity, Armenia is an ancient landlocked country of mountains and monasteries hewn from rock. With many temples and stelae dating back at least 1,000 years, Armenia feels like a land where time stopped long ago. The capital, Yerevan, may be one of the world’s oldest cities, but is also a happening cultural hub, with an avant-garde musical scene, creative sculptures, and a unique art museum housed within a monumental staircase.

Over the centuries, Armenia has seen periods of glory and empire, and periods under the heel of one foreign ruler or another. These influences, from Russia to Persia, have left their marks on the local culture, which combines unique traditions, architecture, and food, with some of the best aspects of its neighbors. With millennia of history on display, amidst stunning natural beauty, along with excellent, unique foods, Armenia is a must for any traveler seeking something new.

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For those looking to get off the beaten track without sacrificing history, scenery, or eating well, we recommend Armenia. Instead of crowds, you’ll find some of the world’s oldest churches and monasteries, hewn into rock and elaborately carved. Armenia doesn’t have the chain restaurants found everywhere else, but instead has some of the best meat and vegetarian dishes we’ve tried. If you don’t have much time, focus on Yerevan, one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities, and a hub, both for day trips and culture. For those with more time, we recommend visiting Dilijan, in the center of the forested mountains of Dilijan National Park. Either way, with a tailored Armenian travel package, we’re sure you’ll have a memorable time.

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We are a tour operator specializing in the Caucasus, as well as East and Central Europe, and with local partners throughout Armenia. Our clients come from around the world, especially North America. Our travel advisors are mainly based in the US, but we have staff throughout the European countries we cover. Our vacation packages let you visit Armenia and its Caucasian neighbors at the pace that works for you. We will meet all of your needs, from airport transfers, to lodgings, tours, day trips, and transportation between destinations. No matter your speed or interests, we’ll provide the type of trip you enjoy, taking care of arrangements so you can just enjoy your vacation once you arrive. You will also be able to select the tours, excursions, and lodgings you want, all of which we have inspected ourselves.

Visit a neighboring country

When in Armenia, we recommend visiting Georgia, and from there, Azerbaijan (there is no way to go directly between Armenia and Azerbaijan). We would be happy to put together a proposal with two, or all three, countries, so you can see how they’re survived, and thrived, in this mountainous land between empires.

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We’d love to help make your Armenian travel experience memorable and stress-free. Contact us for a free travel consultation and we’ll start planning the perfect Armenian vacation for you.

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Popular Armenia Vacation Itineraries

Our suggested itineraries in Armenia and neighboring countries allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease. Our vacation packages make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

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Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Armenian vacation packages
Based on 2 reviews
Review by Michael & Margaret

Michael & Margaret

Alaska

JayWay is a unique, full service boutique travel company, and provides a very high level of customer service.  They have the information and resources an independent traveler to a new country would need for a memorable adventure.

JayWay is a unique, full service boutique travel company, and provides a very high level of customer service.  They have the information and resources an independent traveler to a new country would need for a memorable adventure.

Year : 2019
Visited : Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia
Itinerary : Baku, Sheki, Sighnaghi, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Kutaisi, Batumi
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia
Itinerary : Baku, Sheki, Sighnaghi, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Kutaisi, Batumi
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Nancy & Hughbert

Nancy & Hughbert

Florida

JayWay Travel makes it so easy and convenient. The best customer service ever. I have had three tours with JayWay Travel and will never use another tour service. If JayWay Travel doesn't serve that part of the world, I won't go there.

JayWay Travel makes it so easy and convenient. The best customer service ever. I have had three tours with JayWay Travel and will never use another tour service. If JayWay Travel doesn't serve that part of the world, I won't go there.

Year : 2019
Visited : Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Italy
Itinerary : Baku, Sheki, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Italy
Itinerary : Baku, Sheki, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Armenia

When is the best time to visit Armenia?

Armenia has a dry, continental climate. In other words, if you visit in winter you'll be facing snow, while in summer, highs in the 90s are common. We recommend traveling in spring or fall, generally from late March to late May, and from mid-September to early November.

Is Armenia safe?

Armenia is generally considered safe and relatively free of violent crime. The crime rate is low in comparison to the U.S. and Europe. Crimes committed against tourists remain relatively infrequent and mostly involve petty theft like pickpocketing, or vehicle break-ins to steal visible objects inside. The frequency of vandalism and vehicle theft is low. Caution is also advised when crossing the street due to occasionally reckless drivers.

The only area we don't recommend visiting is Nagorno-Karabakh, a region internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but controlled by the Republic of Artsakh, a de facto independent state. Artsakh is not recognized by any official countries, but has strong unofficial ties with Armenia, and is defended by Armenian soldiers. People with an Artsakh stamp in their passports cannot enter Azerbaijan.

What is Armenian cuisine like?

Armenia has excellent cuisine, with some of the best barbecue ("Khorovats") any of us have tasted. Emphasis is placed on fresh ingredients instead of preserved or spiced food. Lamb, eggplant, and Lavash flatbread are the basis of many meals, along with bulgur, fresh herbs, and dairy products. Despite being landlocked, (freshwater) fish is quite popular. For something unique, we recommend trying Ghapama, a small pumpkin filled with boiled rice and dried fruit, often combined with honey, cinnamon, or sugar, then baked. Dried fruit is also a common sight, especially fruit leather.

Armenia is known for its cognac, mulberry vodka and excellent wines, but locals often take coffee with their meals, or Matsun, a fermented drink akin to kefir. Tap water is generally safe, as it usually comes from mountains, but it's still best to stick to bottled water.

What is public transportation like in Armenia?

The state of public transport in Armenia is fairly poor. The only rail connection to a neighboring country is a train to Georgia that runs every other day. Armenia only has border crossings with Georgia and Iran, due to poor relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan. The train system is slowly being modernized, but lacks connections to Dilijan. Most transport is by cheap, informal minibuses, which have set routes but only run once full. Yerevan’s center is quite walkable, and there’s little reason to take public transport to see most of its sights, but several of Yerevan’s subway stations stand out for their architecture. Yerevan also has some buses donated by China. Fortunately, drivers don’t charge much, so we are happy to provide private transfers with people we’ve vetted ourselves.

What are some must-see sights?

No visit to Armenia is complete without taking in one of the country’s picture-postcard views of Mount Ararat, where Noah’s Ark is said to have beached. Although it lies just over the Turkish border, this mountain is a national symbol. On a clear day, the Ararat is clearly visible from the Cascade, a giant staircase covered in gardens. This monumental Art Deco take on Babylo’s Hanging Gardens contains an art museum, and escalators running its length. The best view is from Khor Virap. This monastery was the prison of Gregory the Illuminator, who was eventually released and converted Armenia to Christianity in the year 301, making Armenia the world's first Christian country. The main chapel dates to the 7th century, but the claustrophobic pit where Gregory was held can still be climbed into.

Stone carving is Armenia's highest form of art, and the country excels in sacred structures carved into rock. Master Levon's Divine Underground is a recent example, a massive warren of holy tunnels carved with a chisel over 23 years. Driven by holy visions, Levon built tunnels extending 70 feet underground until his death in 2008. We also recommend the Geghard Monastery, a complex carved into rock that once guarded the Spear of Destiny, used to kill Jesus on the cross (which is now held in Etchmiadzin Cathedral, Armenia’s holiest site and the world’s first cathedral). For sheer beauty, we also recommend the ancient Greek Garni Temple, and seeing the turquoise waters of Lake Sevan, especially from the grounds of the hilltop Sevanavank Monastery.

Can I pay by card?

Paying with cards is fine in the cities, but, but take cash in the local currency (drams) when visiting smaller settlements and going on day trips.

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