It might be a small nation, but Armenia is big on character. Armenia is among those few nations that have histories that are ancient, complex yet rich. The welcome is rare and warm and the countryside is breathtakingly beautiful. It is a country that proudly calls itself the world’s oldest Christian nation. Religion still tends to play an important role in many of the itineraries. Tourists numbers are relatively low, but you’ll find yourself wondering why. Go through an Armenian travel guide to help you get a better insight into the country.
- The best time to visit the country is: December to February.
- Time zone: GMT +04:00.
- Currency: 1 AMD is roughly around 0.077 AED.
- Let’s start with the most important aspect of travel – VISAS.
There are around 40 countries who don’t require a visa to enter Armenia, and can stay in the country for up to 180 days. Some of the countries are:
- United Arab Emirates
- Almost all the Schengen countries
- European countries
Citizens of almost all other countries do need a visa. Nationals of some countries have to get an invitation to travel to Armenia to be able to apply for a visa. To know further, click on this link http://www.mfa.am/en/visa/ .
- The next aspect would be – BUDGET.
Armenia is relatively a budget-friendly destination. Although it is not as cheap as its neighbor, Georgia but it is still affordable.
- Breakfast is usually included in your Hotel accommodation but would cost you around 300 – 1,500 Armenian Dram.
- Lunch and Dinner would cost you approximately between 150 – 5,000 AMD.
- Hotel accommodation with BB would cost you around 30,000 –35,000.
- If looking for a budgeted hostel, then it would be around 10,000 – 20,000.
- Churches, monasteries and cathedrals are free for entry.
- Museums may cost you around 300 – 1,000 AMD.
- Other adventure activities also cost around 6,000 – 12,000 AMD.
- Moving ahead, with TRANSPORTATION.
Armenia has a strong public transport infrastructure and is serviced by train, metro, taxi and minibus (marshrutka).
Buses and marshrutka are the cheapest way to travel. They would cost you around 100 AMD for shorter distances and for longer rides the fare may vary from 500 – 1250 AMD.
Taxis range from around 500 – 1000 AMD but are not that preferred by the locals or tourists.
Metro in Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia is very cheap and easy to use. Metro rides would only cost you around 100 AMD regardless of the distance of travel.
NOTE: Armenia has no entry or exit fee for entering or leaving the country aside from the required visa fees. The visa on arrival fee for Armenia is US $31.
- CULTURE of Armenia.
There are usually a 10% service charge that is always added to the bills.
Armenians generally accept of whatever your clothing is. However, dressing up with modesty is mandatory while visiting religious sites.
Armenian is the official language of Armenia, but most locals also speak in Russian. English has also gained popularity among the nation.
Rich culture comes with great food. Armenian cuisine has a blend of flavors from the east and west.
BELOW ARE SOME USEFUL TIPS BEFORE TRAVELING TO ARMENIA…
- Pack proper clothes according to the weather and climate.
- If you plan to book a tour package, then it is good to have somebody who can explain details of the places you visit.
- Always keep cash in hand, because not all shops accept credit card transactions.