Yerevan Armenia: The Ultimate Three Day Itinerary

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Yerevan is the stunning capital of Armenia and the country’s largest city. The grand Soviet-era architecture alongside the city’s rich history made this one of our favourite destinations in the Caucuses. Yerevan’s love of art, literature, religion and wine is quite enchanting, and we felt like we could have stayed for weeks. Many travellers will begin their journey in Yerevan Armenia, so here’s three days’ worth of activities, food and wine to keep you busy!

The Ultimate Three Day Itinerary

Day 1

Most accommodation in Yerevan Armenia will provide breakfast, so tuck into some hearty Armenian fare before you head out for the day. Your first stop in Yerevan should be the Armenian Genocide Museum. Although it is a confronting start to your visit, understanding this horrific era in Armenian history is integral to understanding Armenia today and its relations with its neighbours.


The Museum is an incredibly sobering experience, with excellent English signage and photographic displays. A visit to the Museum and the Memorial will take at least two hours.

view of Mt Ararat

Photo By: Katherine and Tom Temple – View of Mt Ararat

Catch a marshrutka (we caught number 21) or taxi into the city for lunch at Baguette & Co (28 Tumanyan St). This tasty bakery has a huge range of sandwiches and sweets and whips up a fantastic coffee. In the afternoon, wander up to the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, commonly known as Matenadaran (53 Mashtots Ave). Book lovers will be amazed by the 17,000 manuscripts, fragments and parchments on display. The Matenadaran houses priceless manuscripts dating back to the 7th century, as well as a huge 28 kilogram manuscript named the ‘Homilies of Moush’.

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At 4pm, head down to Republic Square to join the free Yerevan Walking Tour. Your guide, Varko, is a local artist who is very well-travelled and speaks excellent English. His three-hour tour around the Yerevan city centre is a great chance to learn more about Armenian culture and history from a local point of view. Varko is very knowledgeable and is always happy to answer questions. will take you to plenty of sights, including the Blue Mosque, Yerevan Cascade, the Opera, and St. Sarkis Cathedral. A tip at the end of the tour is appreciated.

opera house

Photo By: Katherine and Tom Temple – Opera House

After the tour, you will end up at one of Yerevan’s great bars. Our favourite was Calumet Ethnic Lounge Bar (56A Pushkin St). Here you can grab a cheap pizza and even cheaper beers with your fellow tour buddies while mingling with Yerevan locals.

⇒ Do you require a visa for Yerevan Armenia before you go? You can check here and see if there are any requirement.  

Day 2

Many of Armenia’s most impressive sights are only a short drive from Yerevan, making them perfect day trip material. Today check out the stunning rock-hewn Geghard Monastery. This 13th-century complex is mostly carved from living rock, and the spectacular cliffs surrounding the complex are striking.

The monastery was a hive of activity in its heyday, once housing religious buildings, living quarters, a library, school and scriptorium. The interior of the main church building is quite haunting, with the candles and grey stone giving it a real medieval feel. Pack a picnic and enjoy the views.

geghard medieval monastery

Photo By: Katherine and Tom Temple – Geghard

A short drive (or longish walk) 10 kilometres towards Yerevan is Garni Temple. This pagan temple was built in 77 AD but has lost most of its original charm after extensive restoration work. It’s nowhere near as impressive as Geghard Monastery, but if you are in the area it’s worth a visit as the history is still quite interesting.

We visited Geghard Monastery and Garni Temple in our hire car, but the easiest option is to hop on a day tour or hire a taxi for the day. Most hostels and hotels can help to arrange this. If you prefer public transport, catch a minibus from the Gai bus station (near the Mercedes Benz shop) in Yerevan to Garni, then catch a taxi or walk to Geghard. The first bus leaves Yerevan at 11am and costs 300 drams.

At night, it’s time to indulge in your first taste of Armenian wine. The perfect place to start has to be Wine Republic (2 Tamanyan St)! This was our favourite restaurant in Yerevan. Great Italian food with an English-speaking sommelier to help you choose the perfect matching wine. Heaven.

inside geghard monastery

Photo By: Katherine and Tom Temple – Geghard Monastery

Day 3

Start your day with a visit to the Armenia History Museum, located in Republic Square. The Museum showcases Armenian history from the Stone Age to the modern era. The Museum has undergone recent renovations and now has excellent signage in English. The Museum has tens of thousands of fascinating exhibits, but perhaps its most well-known exhibit is the world’s oldest shoe. Yes, that’s right – a 5,500-year-old leather shoe.

For lunch, stroll around the corner to Jazzve (2 Abovyan St). At this terrace restaurant, you can watch the happenings on the street, or simply relax with a coffee or a wine for an hour (or three) like the locals. Jazzve serves up good quality Armenian staples, plus cheap beer and some Western favourites.

national history museum

Photo By: Katherine and Tom Temple – National History Museum

After lunch, if you need a few souvenirs make sure you check out the Vernissage Market (Aram Street). This market is packed with handicrafts and antiques that will make your Mum or Grandma happy. If souvenir shopping isn’t really your thing, then check out one of Yerevan’s many art galleries. We suggest the Armenia Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art (1/3 Pavstos Biuzand Blvd), which exhibits contemporary and avant garde local artists.

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Next stop is the Noy Erevan Brandy Factory (9 Isakov Admiral St). This fascinating distillery and winery are named after the biblical figure Noah. Noah’s Ark is said to have landed atop Mount Ararat nearby (now located in Turkey – it’s a long story), and after the flood subsided Noah planted the first grape vine in Ararat Valley. The factory is located in the walls of the old Yerevan fortress.

A tour of the factory will take you through the ancient cellars of the fortress, including the ‘secret tunnels’ once used for escapes (and transporting wine of course). You will also get to taste two brandies and one wine (tasting and tour 3,500 drams per person).

For your final dinner in Yerevan head to Dargett Craft Brewery (72 Aram St). Not only does this brewery make its own beer, it also serves up a delicious dinner. Make sure to book if you are visiting on a weekend.

rows of barrels in Noy brandy factory cellar

Photo By: Katherine and Tom Temple – Noy Brandy Factory Cellars

Location and how to get to Armenia

Armenia is located in the Caucasus region, close to the Turkish border. The area has been considered the gateway to Europe and Asia by rulers for centuries – perhaps much of the reason for its war torn past.

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You can find direct flights to Yerevan from Turkey, Russia, Georgia, Greece and the UAE for under US$200. However, many people opt to fly in and out of Tbilisi in Georgia and visit Armenia by land.

Armenia shares land borders with Iran, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. Border crossings with Azerbaijan and Turkey are both closed as a result of ongoing hostilities. From Iran, Didar Seir City runs an overnight bus from Tehran to Yerevan via Tabriz.

You can buy tickets at the bus station, or at Didar Seir City offices in Tehran or Tabriz. From Georgia, minibuses to Yerevan depart from Ortachala, Avlabari and Sadguris Moedani bus stations in Tbilisi.

 

stone bridge in the grounds of geghard monastery

Photo By: Katherine and Tom Temple – Geghard

Top Tips about Yerevan

  • Yerevan has a growing wine bar scene, mainly located in the area surrounding the Yerevan Cascade. Armenia claims to be the world’s first wine producer, with evidence of wine production in the area from over 6000 years ago. There are plenty of delicious varieties to choose from.
  • Yerevan has a very simple one line metro system. Buy tokens (100 drams) at the ticket booths at the station entrance. The metro is poorly signed, though, so take a metro map with you. There are also plenty of minibuses or marshrutky (100 drams) to other parts of the city.
  • Taxis are cheap, but be prepared to bargain as they can spot tourists a mile away!
  • There are quite a few upmarket hotels in Yerevan Armenia and a good quality hostel scene. We stayed in a great value private room at JR’s House just outside the centre of the city.
tasting cognac at noy brandy factory

Photo By: Katherine and Tom Temple – Tasting Cognac at Noy Brandy Factory

Would we recommend Yerevan

Absolutely! The city’s mix of post-Soviet charm and European style gives it a unique vibe that is difficult to find in other European capitals. There are expensive fashion labels and fast cars, yet you can enjoy trendy bars, art galleries and restaurants at a fraction of the cost of other European cities.

Our favourite part of visiting Yerevan Armenia was learning more about Armenia’s past. While a visit to the Armenian Genocide Museum is quite confronting, it is one of the few museums dedicated to this shocking and seldom discussed topic and is incredibly well curated. Beyond Armenia’s more recent history, thousands of years of war, religion, winemaking and art mean there is no shortage of other historical sights to see in Yerevan.

rocky hills at geghard monastery

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54 Comments

  1. One of my good friends’ ancestors is from Armenia, and he speaks often about the genocide, so I would love to visit the genocide museum, although I’m sure some parts of the museum may be hard to explore. I love how you laid out a day by day plan, which makes trip planning so much easier for people wanting to visit there. Your photo of the monastery looks like something straight out of a painting – what an incredible sight.

    1. I never really thought of travelling over that way at the moment but after, I read the guest post that was submitted to me I really wanted to go. Not only does it sounds pretty but I am sold on the cheap food and wine too

  2. So nice to read about such a hidden gem. Love the picture of the Geghard Monastery!
    For many years Yerevan to me was a place of the big deadly earthquake of `88, so it’s good to see that there is not much evidence of the damage anymore.

    1. I totally agree, when Katherine & Tom put forward their idea for the post I thought what a lovely idea. Once I read it, I realise how much I want to go there now and how accessible.

  3. Armenia looks absolutely amazing. I’ve always been curious about that country. Always wanted to visit. I love the architecture of the Geghard Monastery – looks like taken out of a fairy tale!

  4. I must admit when I started reading this post I wasn’t sure where Armenia was! Sounds like a great place to visit – fascinated by the world’s oldest shoe! ? Also the food and wine ? sounds amazing.

    1. I knew about it but I didn’t know how safe it was to travel there but after they submitted their guest post and I went it. I was super excited about visiting this place and it now on my bucklist.

  5. I hear so many great things about Armenia and Yerevan, your itinerary makes it sound very appealing to go there too! It seems like a very interesting mix between old and new.

  6. I can’t believe you have squeezed so much in to these 3 days! Geghard Monastery looks fascinating – this place is on my bucket list! Thanks for a great post 🙂

  7. Armenia (and Iran) are at the top of my travel list. They’re both on less-traveled paths and have such rich history. I recently learned more about the genocide and was taken aback by the amount of lives that were taken. Thanks for sharing a very simple yet comprehensive itinerary!

    1. We think the same way as they both at the top of my list as well and love exploring the less-travelled path. I need to read more about genocide and understand more about what has happened.

  8. So I have to admit that I wasn’t quite sure where Armenia was which is unusual for me. I have now Google maps it.
    Thanks for teaching me something new about this lovely place. I am planning to travel in this area of the world in the next year and definitely want to visit Armenia.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. You are more than welcome, always happy to show people new places to visit. This is a guest post and when Katherine & Tim asked if they could submit their work, I said great because it was not somewhere I had been yet. Thanks for your lovely comment.

  9. I haven’t really considered traveling to Yerevan, but it sounds like a fascinating place. History, culture and 6000 years of winemaking – yes please. That brandy factory tour sounds really interesting, and I don’t even drink brandy.

  10. your photos are stunning, I think Geghard Monastery is my favorite and quite interesting to look at! This is a very nice itinerary with lots of sites to check out. I have not thought about going to Armenia but could change my mind!

  11. I’m so glad that you started this post with the genocide museum. Yes, it’s a tough topic. Yes, it’s uncomfortable and sad, but in many countries, the sad history shapes the present. Thanks for including it and not avoiding the negative.

    1. I concur in regards to sad history shapes our future. I love reading about history and writing about history and see how things come about. I am always amazed that people could be so bad.

  12. Great info! Sounds like an interesting place. I like the walking tour suggestion. In my experience those are very hit or miss – when they’re good, they’re so helpful and when they’re bad, they’re horrible… Haha. Great images too! Thanks for sharing.

  13. What an interesting place! We visited Turkey last year and have been considering more travels in that part of the world. So much history and warm people. I love the monastery photo….magical!

    1. One of my favourite places to visit is Turkey, I spent 3 weeks there traveling years ago and loved it. I would be interested in traveling to some of the other countries around it to but with everything going on I was not to sure but after this guest post I am super keen.

  14. Its a very detailed itinerary. And then on top of it you have included the tips as well, thats a bonus. I am going to save this link for my future trip, when I plan one, I am going to read it again and follow it.

  15. Your photos have really convinced me to think about traveling to Armenia! Like, wow!! That bridge is fantastic. I’d particularly want to go to that monastery!

  16. I love learning about new places and you presented Yerevan is such a nice way! It’s great you found such a knowledgeable guide to teach you only what locals can – I always look forward taking walking tours wherever I go. And wine, you got me at wine 🙂

    1. This is a lovely guest post by Katherine & Tom who are currently travelling through that area at the moment. Their itinerary is great especially as a base if you ever travel to that part of the world.

  17. This city just looks amazing! I’ve never thought in visit Armenia but with your post I am reconsidering it. Pinning it for later 🙂

  18. I was curious to read something about Armenia – I understood it had such a rich history and this post backs that up. I did not know that about Mt Ararat though – fascinating! Great post!

    1. One of the best things about having guest post is that I get to learn something new to about a country, I have yet to visit. I told me husband this where I want to go next year for a holiday as I love history so much and it is a place I would love to explore.

    1. This is a guest post by Katherine & Tom and if you go to their details on my blog, your more than welcome to ask them about their trip. It is a place definitely on my radar now too.

  19. you have nicely depicted every detail. its good to know that you like the Yerevan.
    if you are visiting next time to our beautiful country then I would recommend going Temple of Garni, or Amberd. if you like the History.

  20. Hi!I’m really happy that I’ve found this article about Armenia, that has such a detailed description.I’m from Armenia and I am really impressed and thankful for this wonderful article. Armenia is very small and many people don’t even know where it is, so it is very important to us having this kind of articles. My friend has a blog about Armenia, that includes not only articles about places to visit in Armenia but also dances, drinks, songs and many other things. If you are interested, you can find information here.
    Thank you one more time, for this article and for your time!

    1. Thank you Karina it was a guest post from a follow blogger who went there. I have to say I have had a lot of traffic from this article beautiful country you have there.

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