In the very heart of Armenia, you will get acquainted, first of all, with the turbulent cultural life of this country. Get acquainted with the masterpieces of world painting in the best museums of the city, where the expositions of great artists, sculptors and other cultural figures of the past and present are presented. Immersed in the spirit of the extraordinary Yerevan, visit the famous squares, parks and streets of the city, which preserve its history and melt many mysteries. Admire the wondrous nature of Armenia, climb the mountains and appreciate the enchanting local scenery. Besides, you will get acquainted with the unique and original Armenian cuisine. Appreciate her best dishes and enjoy the famous Caucasian hospitality.
After arriving in Yerevan, rent a car for convenient transportation, as well as for leaving the city. Dinner and rest in the hotel and the city are the main plan for today.
Yerevan Tavern is a soulful authentic place, ideal for saying goodbye to the hospitable Armenia, leaving the warmest memories. Facility's menu abounds with dishes of Eastern European cuisine, already familiar and beloved. Special attention should be paid to fish and meat delicacies, as well as excellent wines of different varieties.
Your first day in Yerevan will be quite busy: you will walk through the beautiful city streets, squares, climb to the top of the famous Cascade Memorial, and have dinner in a restaurant with a unique view of the city.
Welcome to Yerevan! There are still a few hours before check-in, and they can be enjoyed and tasty. Next, you'll be exploring the city centre, and in the meantime, enjoy a delicious breakfast in the pleasant bright interiors of Sherep Restaurant. Sherep is the first restaurant in Armenia with open kitchen, thanks to which guests can watch the process of cooking. In the restaurant's menu you will find the whole variety of Armenian cuisine, and the original serving will surprise you. Restaurant staff is always happy to help with the choice of food and drinks.
The central city square is the best place to start getting acquainted with Yerevan. It is always crowded and there is a pleasant, fussy atmosphere. The main attraction of the square is its fountains. Be sure to come back here for an evening stroll to watch the illuminated jets of water soar up to classical music.
Another square in the center of the city, which must be visited. The attention of tourists is immediately attracted by unusual metal figures of animals made in the force of steampunk. During the hot season it will be nice to relax on a bench near the fountain and watch the ducks splashing in it.
The Freedom Square is the real epicenter of secular life in Yerevan. Here you can find monuments dedicated to important historical figures of Armenia and original sculptures - the children of modern creators, and temporary art objects, with which all tourists hurry to be photographed. In the middle of the square is the Swan Lake pond, which in winter turns into an urban ice rink.
At the foot of the famous Cascade complex there is a pleasant cafe, which is perfect for a short snack, as well as for a full lunch. Eclectic, but at the same time laconic interior of the facility gives a sense of coziness and tranquility. There are many dishes on the menu that will appeal to the fans of healthy eating, as well as several vegetarian positions.
The mission of Gafeschyan Art Center is to preserve and popularize the best samples of contemporary art made by the authors of Armenia. There are several exhibition pavilions, an information centre, a garden, traditional sculptures and modern installations on the vast territory of the centre. There are also regular temporary exhibitions and meetings with world-renowned cultural and artistic figures.
The central point of interest of Yerevan is the cascade, construction of which began in the 70s. Officially, it's still not considered complete. By and large, it's a giant pompous staircase with artificial fountain waterfalls. The Cascade connects the city centre, lying in a lowland area, with residential areas up the slope. Today it is the most favorite place for citizens and tourists. The square before the cascade is occupied by modern sculpture. There's no one else you can meet: elephant hares, acrobats, and who knows what else. One can find, for example, several ironic works by the famous Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero. In addition to original works, there are copies of famous sculptures, such as the famous New York "Love" by Robert Indiana.
Cascade Royal Restaurant is not only a delicious food, fragrant wines and excellent service, but also a great sightseeing platform from which to view the whole city. You can sit indoors and enjoy the wonderful view through the panoramic windows, or have dinner on the outdoor terrace. For visitors to see the city architecture in detail, the restaurant has several binoculars, which can be used for free.
There's an early rise and a long road planned for tomorrow. Better take care of yourself in advance and buy breakfast products at your local supermarket.
Today you need to get up early, go to the mountains and visit the monastery, which has a history of over a thousand years.
Tatev Monastery is located high up in the mountains (and this is not the beginning of table toast) and far away from Yerevan (250 km, to be exact). It is most convenient to go there by taxi or car - the bus makes too many stops on the way. The plan is to rent a car and leave Yerevan early in the morning. In 20 kilometers you will see and feel another, traditional Armenia. Here are its signs: the road crosses a herd of cows, the locals pass by on donkeys, the air is so clean - at least drink a mug. To the monastery leads ropeway "Wings of Tatev" - the longest in the Guinness Book of Records, a minute. Driving on it is a little scary, but in just a few minutes in exchange for fear you will get one of the most exciting panoramas in your life. Fans of etymology will love the fact that "Tatev" is translated from Armenian as "give wings".
Many centuries ago, the guard post over the Arsnadzor Gorge played a strategically important role, it served as a signal tower in case of an enemy attack. The sentries, having noticed the strangers, beaten on the nabbath, which was soundly spreading to the nearest villages and informed the inhabitants about the invasion. And today this place must be visited to fully appreciate the pristine beauty of the local landscape.
The cozy cafe looks very ecological and fits perfectly into the general atmosphere of the surrounding area. The cuisine here is also excellent, authentic Armenian, many dishes cooked on open fire, salads and side dishes made of fresh local vegetables, and of course, homemade pomegranate wine.
To relax a little after a long road, take a walk in the oldest park in the city, the English park received its name in the XIX century, for its degree of comfort and popularity among representatives of high society. Today the park also remains a favorite place for residents and guests of the city. In the park there is a rosary, a children's town, several monuments and sculptural compositions.
If you want soulful service and home cooking, welcome to the restaurant "U Artush". When you visit this place, it feels as if you've come to visit an old good friend. The owner of the restaurant personally welcomes guests and helps to decide on the choice of dishes. The food here is just great. Everyone who has visited the restaurant recommends ordering lamb meat and homemade raspberry wine. And if you like stronger drinks, you can't deny yourself the pleasure of apricot vodka.
For today, visits to rather unusual museums of the city are planned, in one of them it will be possible to get acquainted closer with the stages of the creative path of the famous Armenian director Sergey Parajanov, and in another - with the subtleties of local alcohol production. In the afternoon you will visit the memorial complex dedicated to the memory of the victims of the 1915 genocide.
The Blue or Persian Mosque got its name because of the color of the dome cladding. The building, erected by the order of the Turkic Khan of Erivan Huseynali Khan Qajar in 1766, is today the only Muslim cathedral in Armenia. In Soviet times, the mosque was turned into a museum of Yerevan, and then into a planetarium. Today it is one of the cultural centers of the Iranian community of Armenia and a functioning mosque.
The cooks of "Yerevan" tavern treat with reverent respect the precepts of national cuisine. All dishes are made according to traditional recipes and only from natural, fresh products grown by local farmers. There are many delicious grilled and tandoor meat and fish dishes on the restaurant menu. There is a rather diverse choice of dishes especially for breakfast - even eggs are served in five variations.
The famous director Sergey Parajanov, as you know, practically did not live in Armenia, but he gave his artistic heritage to the country from which he came. Based on his collection of sketches, collages and drawings, the Sergey Parajanov House Museum was founded in Yerevan, the exposition of which today counts about 600 works by the director. Here you can also study a rich documentary material: photos from filming, reviews of films in the press, personal belongings of Paradzhanov and other documents that reveal the creative world and personal life of one of the greatest directors of the 20th century.
One of the important sights of Yerevan is the Ararat cognac factory. Local cognac is firmly entrenched in history and became known throughout the world. The plant is still working today, but this does not prevent tours of it. Here you can learn more about the history of creation of cognac and the factory. In its cellars since XIX century precious kinds of cognac are kept, some sorts - the peers of the plant itself. In general, the building itself deserves attention: made of pink tuff, a volcanic rock from which many houses in Yerevan are built, it makes a grand impression. The tour is concluded by a tasting of cognacs with appropriate explanations. You have to make an appointment for the tour in advance.
Wonderful, authentic restaurant with live music. There is a wide choice of dishes of Caucasian cuisine waiting for you there: magnificent kebab cakes, kebabs cooked in the best traditions and not a bad choice of fine wines. And all this in a pleasant, friendly and hospitable atmosphere.
Tsitsernakaberd is a plateau to the east of the city center, where the memorial dedicated to the Armenian Genocide itself is located. Walking along the mourning alley along the memorial wall, you will find yourself at the mausoleum, on top of which is a pointed obelisk. Inside, eternal fire burns and mourning music sounds.
EL GARDEN is the perfect place to end a stormy and full of impressions day with a pleasant dinner. You will be met there by a polite and cultural staff, who will try to create the most peaceful environment for you. The facility offers the best European and Armenian dishes, excellent vegetarian menu, as well as a rich assortment of alcoholic drinks.
Acquaintance with the cultural life of Yerevan will continue at the Museum of Modern Art and National Art Gallery, and even today you will visit the Vernissage market, where you can buy unusual handmade souvenirs.
At Louis Charden you will find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, provided by attentive and friendly staff, excellent and thoughtful interior, and unsurpassed skill of the chef. The menu offers a wide choice of French and Armenian dishes, a good range of wines and other alcoholic beverages.
Modern Art Museum of Armenia is an excellent art gallery with a very wide selection of paintings by local artists, different in style and direction, deep and interesting, catchy and humorous. The museum will be interesting to visit, even if you are not a connoisseur of modern art. The price of the entrance ticket is very pleasant and affordable for anyone, including the budget traveler. Will approach to visit with children, as bright art objects will please many and fascinate the young audience.
Flea market "Vernisage" is a place where you can find any souvenirs! There are both manufacturers and just traders. Armenians are a very creative people, and their works are often of excellent quality and each with a zest. Magnificent ceramics, soulful dolls, painted scarves, metal and jewelry, gifts and souvenirs at very good prices. And the salesmen are unobtrusive and very friendly. The place will leave you with very good memories.
Zatar Pizza is a small Syrian restaurant with a very smooth and high-quality service: everything is prepared quickly, tasty, high-quality and beautiful. Facility's menu offers a large choice of regular and vegetarian pizzas, besides, one shouldn't deny oneself in pleasure of tasting local lagmajo and zatara.