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Power Source and outlets:  Voltage: 230 V / Frequency: 50 Hz / Power sockets: type C / F
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Armenia:  A safe and clean country to visit overall

Armenia has a 4 season climate, Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.  


SIM CARDS:  

As usual, in order to use your personal cell phone in another country with a local SIM Card, you have to have your own device UNLOCKED.  There are three mobile phone operators currently in Armenia: Viva Cell MTS, Orange and Beeline.  Orange and Viva Cell MTS are the recommended choices for tourists.  By proving your passport and a few papers to sign, you will easily get a good SIM card for cheap with internet access.  

There is a 24 hour VIVA Cell MTS store in the city center of Yerevan.  
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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

Armenia is a landlocked country, so the only means of entering or exiting the country is via ground or air.


Armenia Border Crossing:

  1. Turkey - Border crossing closed (You can travel  to Turkey via Rail, but you will have to go through Georgia)
  2. Azerbaijan- Border crossing closed


  1. Georgia​:  Transportation available


  1. Iran - (Agarak - Nordooz Border) No transport available.  Hire a private driver, Hitchhike, walk or bike. Google Maps Border Location

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  1. ​​Nagorno-Karabakh -  Recommended to use Goris-Berdzor-Stepanakert Highway M12 - Transport available from Yerevan.


For starters, the capital Yerevan is known to be a walking city.  As a tourist, you will find it very easy to get around and explore on your own two feet.  Renting a car is highly unrecommended  especially if you do not speak or read Armenian.  There are very few to no street signs and the existing ones are all in Armenian.


Saying that, there are other ways of getting around the country and in or around the cities.  The most common way is using a minivan style vehicle which sits multiple people called the "marshrutka".  There are hundreds of routes and many marshrutka's are available around the city and are very easy to get.  The average cost of a marshrutka for an entire day on a tour ride is roughly 10,000AMD = +/- $30USD.  There are many local tour companies available to take you around the country.  A good tip for using marshrutka's is to have the name of the destination written on a paper and hand it over to the driver as you get in, he will know when to stop and will let you know as well.


Railway: The Armenia electrical railway covers over 800 KM of land.  It can be used to connect with neighboring countries with transfers.  Also daily tours within Armenia is an option.  For the official website click HERE for more information and schedules. -  Yerevan Railway Station - Google Maps


Metro: Yerevan subway system has one line stretching from the north to the southern edge of the city. There are 10 stations.  The fare is 100 AMD (0.2 Euro / 0.25 USD) per ride.  

Click here for a Google Maps View of the Metro Map



CULTURE & ETIQUETTE TIPS IN ARMENIA:

  • Men greeting Men:  In Armenia, the most common greetings between men are handshakes followed by a kiss on the cheek if the two parties have a close relationship.
  • Women greeting Women:  Women usually greet each other with hugs and a kiss on the cheek.  Even if it is a first time meeting someone.
  • Men and Women:  Traditionally, a women will wait for the man to present his hand for the handshake. Between good friends and family members a kiss on the cheek and a light hug are common.
  • When going to someones house for dinner or any event, the hosts or hostesses are not expecting you to contact them and offer to bring any needed dish, or supplies for the party.  So make the effort to take something with you to your taste, a box of chocolates or flowers will be just fine.
  • Armenian table manners are continental, though as long as you eat politely (including casually), there are no certain rules you have to follow.  Keeping your hands above the table, and your elbows off the table while eating might leave its positive impressions. Armenians also appreciate when you eat all the food in your plate, and then compliment the host.  Remember, just when you think you are done eating, more food will come.  Entrees and appetizers are a meal in itself.  Pace yourself and eat slowly.
  • In general, when at a restaurant, a % will be added on the bill for the tip.  However if it is not, or you feel to show your appreciation for good service, you can add an additional 5 to 10% as a tip.



UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF ARMENIA:

  1. Monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin: These two Byzantine monasteries in the Tumanian region from the period of prosperity during the Kiurikian dynasty (10th to 13th century) were important centers of learning. Sanahin was renown for its school of illuminaters and calligraphers. The two monastic complexes represent the highest flowering of Armenian religious architecture, whose unique style developed from a blending of elements of Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional vernacular architecture of the Caucasian region. - Google Maps

  2. Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley:  The monastery of Geghard contains a number of churches and tombs, most of them cut into the rock, which illustrate the very peak of Armenian medieval architecture. The complex of medieval buildings is set into a landscape of great natural beauty, surrounded by towering cliffs at the entrance to the Azat Valley. -  Google Maps

  3. ​​Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots: The cathedral and churches of Echmiatsin and the archaeological remains at Zvartnots graphically illustrate the evolution and development of the Armenian central-domed cross-hall type of church, which exerted a profound influence on architectural and artistic development in the region.



A FEW PLACES TO VISIT WHILE IN ARMENIA:

Yerevan:

  1. ​Tsitsernakaberd:  The Armenian Genocide memorial complex is Armenia's official memorial dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, built in 1967 on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd in Yerevan.  Google Maps
  2. Republic Square:  The heart of Yerevan, from singing fountains to amazing building structures and much more to see and do.  Most public events and celebrations are held here.  Google Maps
  3. Matenadaran:  The exhibition of the Central hall is dedicated to the development of Armenian medieval sciences, literature, and arts throughout the centuries. It tracks Armenian culture since the creation of the Armenian alphabet by Mesrop Mashtots in 405 AD until the 18th century.  Google Maps
  4. Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral:  ​Also known as the Cathedral of Yerevan is currently the largest cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church in the world, effectively making it the current largest Armenian cathedral.  Google Maps
  5. History Museum of Armenia:  The History Museum of Armenia exhibits about 400,00 artifacts of the Armenian Highlands from the prehistoric, Neolithic-Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Urartian, Achaemenid, Hellenistic times to the Middle Ages and our days.  Google Maps
  6. Dalma Garden Mall:  ​ It is the first mall opened in Armenia. The project was announced in 2009, and the mall opened in October 2012.  Google Maps

Other Towns:

  1. ​Tatev monastery:  9th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in Syunik Province in southeastern Armenia.  A gorgeous site to see.  Google Maps
  2. Khor Virap:  ​​The Khor Virap is an Armenian monastery located in the Ararat plain in Armenia, near the closed border with Turkey, about 8 kilometres south of Artashat, Ararat Province.  Google Maps
  3. ​​Amberd:  Amberd is a 7th-century fortress located 2,300 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Aragats at the confluence of the Arkashen and Amberd rivers in the province of Aragatsotn. Google Maps
  4. ​Sevan Lake:  Lake Sevan is the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in Eurasia.   


One of the worlds longest cable cars:

​​Wings of Tatev:  Wings of Tatev is a 5.7 KM cable car way between Halidzor and the Tatev monastery in Armenia. It is the longest reversible aerial tramway built in only one section, and holds the record for Longest non-stop double track cable car. -  Google Maps



NIGHTLIFE IN ARMENIA:

Yerevan

  1. Kami Club:  Lounge, Music -  Google Maps
  2. ​​Calumet Ethnic Lounge Bar:  Pub, Sitdown Lounge -  Google Maps
  3. ​Ulikhanyan Club:  ​Night Club -  Google Maps
  4. ​Hemingway Pub:  Pub, Comfort, Sitdown Lounge -  Google Maps
  5. Mezzo Classic House Club:  Jazz -  Google Maps



INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS OF ARMENIA:



1: Zvartnots International Airport - Yerevan - EVN -  Google Maps

(Within a 20 KM Radius)


HEALTHCARE IN YEREVAN:

  1. Nairi: ​20 Min 12 KM, Emergency Services - Google Maps -  ​Tel:  +374 10 537500
  2. Arabkir Medical Center:  26 Min 17 KM - Google Maps -  Tel:  +374 10 236883


COWORKING SPACES IN YEREVAN:

  1. Impact HUB:  18 Min 12 KM -  Google Maps - (No Number)
  2. ​​Coworking Armenia: 21 Min 15 KM - Google Maps -  ​Tel: +374 77 776009 (No website, can't confirm exact location, if anyone is there please contact me to update)
  3. Utopianlab:  - Currently Re-locating 


HOSTELS IN YEREVAN:

  1. Yerevan Hostel:  20 Min 12 KM - Google Maps -  ​Tel:  +374 10 547757

  2. Envoy Hostel:  18 Min 12 KM -  Google Maps -   Tel:  +374 10 530369

  3. Vagary Hostel (NEW):   17 Min 12 KM -  Google Maps -  Tel:  +374 99 891089

  4. Cascade Hostel & Tours (NEW):  21 Min 13 KM -  Google Maps -  Tel:  +374 99 553244




2: Shirak International Airport -  Gyumri - LWN -  Google Maps

(Within a 20 KM Radius)


Gyumri is the second biggest city in the Republic of Armenia.

SCHEDULE OF THE DAILY ELECTRIC TRAIN TO AND FROM YEREVAN


HEALTHCARE IN GYUMRI:

  1. Howard Karagheusian Medical Center:  22 Min 13 KM -  Google Maps
  2. Infectious Antituberculosis Hospital:  16 Min 10 KM -  Google Maps -  ​Tel:  +374 312 30331


​No CoWorking Spaces at the moment.  (If you know of one please contact me so I can update)


HOSTELS IN GYUMRI:

​​- Have not found any.  If you know of one, please contact me so I can update.​​

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