Tips Before Travel to Armenia

 

If you’re going to visit Armenia for the first time and need some useful travel information below you can find some helpful tips. If you still have questions to Arara Tour, your tour operator in Armenia, please contact us at info@araratour.com.

Arara Tour offers hiking, cultural, religious, festival and corporate tours to Armenia. We also offer such services in Armenia, as hotel reservations, transportation, and organization of corporate events in Armenia.

 

Location 

Armenia is located in the South Caucasus region, neighboring Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Turkey. The territory is 29,743 km² with the mountainous landscape with the lowest point of 400 m and the highest point of 4090 m above sea. The majority of the territory is between 1000-2000 m above sea. Armenians are the natives of the Armenian Highlands – a mountainous island between the three seas – Black, Caspian, and the Mediterranean. Armenia is in GMT+4 time zone.

 

Climate

The climate of Armenia is markedly continental, whereas south of the country is located in the subtropical zone. More than 80% of Armenia’s territory lies on the height of 1000 meters above sea level.  Heights mainly differ 1000-2000 m above sea level, so you can expect different temperatures in Yerevan and regions. Yerevan is located on the Ararat Valley; average altitude fluctuates between 865 m – 1390 m, while in regions towns and villages are higher up to 2200 m.

Spring is mostly rainy, lasting from mid-March to June. The temperature fluctuates from 12 – 25°C in Yerevan and is chilly in regions, though sometimes you can expect sunny and warm days.

Summer is dry, sunny and long, lasting from June to mid-September. You can expect 25- 35°C day temperature and 17-25°C night temperature in the lowlands, evenings are calm and pleasant. In regions weather is milder, temperature increases 1-2° every 200 m, the difference between Yerevan and regions can be up to 10 degrees.

Autumn is noted for the mild and sunny weather with bright colors of landscapes and the abundance of autumn fruits. The temperature fluctuates between 20-30°C.

Winter is short in Yerevan while in mountains and ski resorts you can expect temperatures range between +2 and -14 °C and excellent snow cover from mid-December to end of February.

 

Population 

The population of Armenia is about 3 million people. Over 98% of the population of Armenia is ethnic Armenians; the rest of the population is National Minorities: Yezids, Assyrians, Greeks, Kurds.

 

Language

The official language of the Republic of Armenia is Armenian, which language belongs to the Indo-European family of languages. The Armenian language has its own script, which was founded in 405 AD.

 

Religion

The state religion in Armenia is Christianity and the overwhelming majority of the population of Armenia is Christian – the followers of Armenian Apostolic Church. The Constitution guarantees the freedom of worship including the right to practice any religion or atheism.

 

Currency 

The national currency of Armenia is Armenian Dram AMD. For exchange rates with the main currencies check here. ATM machines are available in Yerevan and in the towns. For exchange rates of AMD with the main currencies, please check here.

 

Food

Armenian cuisine belongs to the family of Middle-Eastern cuisines. Poultry, beef, pork, lamb, and fish are used in dishes along with fresh vegetables. Fresh herbs are used extensively, both in the food and as accompaniments. There are plenty of restaurants serving fresh, delicious food of national cuisine as well as European and Eastern cuisines, vegetarians have a good choice of dishes too. Water is very clean in Armenia and people used to drink water from taps, while bottled water is available everywhere.

 

Visa

Armenian visa information and E-Visa application form are available on the Foreign Affairs Ministry official website. Please feel free to contact us if you feel you need more information

 

How to get to Yerevan from the Airport

There is a 24-hour taxi service, official passenger transporter of “Zvartnots” International Airport.  The average price for a taxi is AMD 5000 depending on hotel direction in the city. Also, you can hire a private taxi. If you book tour with us, your guide will meet you at the airport with your name sign and will transfer you to your accommodation.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us in the case of any additional information you may need.