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What to See and Do in Armenia? | Day 2: Mt. Aragats Tour and A Short Trip at the City Center

August 4, 2017

Have you ever experienced an instance during your travels wherein your itinerary was all planned out, but on the day of your trip, you decided to do something else? Well, this happened to us on the second day of our trip in Armenia. Our initial plan then was to do a tour on the famous and easy to reach tourist attractions, then ride a night train from Armenia going to Georgia. But this plan changed, when our driver/guide Artur introduced to us the Mt. Aragats tour, wherein we get to visit 6 places and experience snow at Mt. Aragats. This was the reason why we extended for one more day in Armenia, and we didn’t regret it.

Our tour started around 11:00 am, where we first visited two monasteries namely Hovhannavank and Saghmosavank, which are five kilometres away from each other. Both were built between the 12th and 13th century and both are situated on the edge of Kasagh River.

Below are some of our photos at the Hovhannavank Monastery.

The facade and altar of the monastery.

On the side of the monastery is this view of the Kasagh River Canyon.

Admiring the stunning view of the mountains and the river canyon.

Here are some of the pictures of Saghmosavank Monastery.

The facade and altar of the monastery.

After visiting the two monasteries, we went to the Armenian Alphabet Monument, where we saw 39 giant carved statues of Armenian letters. Apart from the letters, there were also statues of Jesus Christ’s cross and other famous Armenians.

These are M and S in Armenian alphabet, the first letter of our names.

It was a long drive going to our next destination, Mt. Aragats, which I believe was the highlight of the trip. The temperature then gets colder whenever we drive further up the mountain.

When we reached the top, we walked through a rocky path, in order to get to the part of the mountain that still have snow. Believe me, it was a challenge. You have to be mindful of every rock or stone that you will step on, as some were not stable while others have pointed edges.

It was summer season when we visited, but there were still snow remaining on some parts of the mountain. I wonder how cold and white this place would be during the winter. Hope we can get to experience that soon.

After spending sometime playing with the snow and admiring the beauty of the lake, we went to our last destination then, which was the Amberd Fortress.

Amberd means fortress in the clouds in Armenian. The Amberd Fortress includes a Castle ruins and a Church.

The Church.

The Castle ruins and our picture at the top of the castle.

Amberd Fortress at sunset.

It was already close to 5:00 PM when we finished roaming around the fortress. Our stomachs were growling in hunger that time, as we didn’t eat lunch during the trip. Good thing, there was a restaurant within the fortress’ vicinity, so we decided to have dinner there.

Our dinner: Bread, cheese, vegetables, grilled meat and fish.

We drove back to the city after satisfying ourselves with the sumptous dinner. I believe we arrived around 8:00 PM, which was earlier compared to our trip the day prior.

Our day didn’t end there though, as we still roam around the city center to see the fountain show at the Freedom Square and climb the stairs of the famous Yerevan Cascades.

The fountain.

The Yerevan Cascades

Each level at the Cascades have statues and fountains, and these are just some of them.

We tried to squeeze all the must see attractions at the city center that night, since we will be leaving Armenia the following day. That’s why I would advise you to dedicate atleast one full day to explore city center, as there are a lot of interesting places to see.

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Comments

  1. The Churches and river gorge look very similar to those at Ani in Turkey. Ani was originally an Armenian town. Now it is part of Turkey. The ruins of Ani are wonderful. You can enter ruins of Ani into my search bar and see my post on them. I loved seeing all of your images and would like to visit myself one day.

  2. Wow Armenia is amazing and very soon I am planning for it. As I have been to Georgia for two times, now I am thinking for Armenia as I like old castles, monasteries and hill tops. Mt. Aragats is stunning and would love to spend more days there.

  3. WOW! Armenina is so beautiful. I have never visited but after reading your posts I think I should add it to my travel list. That lake and Mt. Aragats look so gorgeous. Glad you made it safe despite of those edgy rocks.

  4. Your pictures are incredible! The old castles look amazing! So many amazing sights. Sounds like such a fascinating vacation

  5. I’ve never considered Armenia as a destination before – I really didn’t know much about it until I just read this post! The Saghmosavank Monastery looks beautiful, I’d love to visit that! x

  6. I can see many amazing pictures from your trip. You guys were playing over a Glacier that is way crazy and fun. There are so much more to see in every city. There are so many thing we haven’t seen in our own city till a long period of time. So checking out pictures is the best thing we can do.

  7. I am planning to go to Georgia for a vacation but now I guess I am going to increase my trip for couple of days to accommodate Armenia and Mt.Aragats. Great post!

  8. Who knew Armenia was so beautiful? If my husband and I are ever lucky enough to go, you can bet we’ll visit some of the ancient places like the Amberd Fortress (for him) and sample all of the incredible local food (for her). x

  9. Spontaneity is the best thing about vacations. It can bring lots of happy surprises! And wow I didn’t realize Armenia was this beautiful.

  10. Wow what a remoted and cool destination! I am so intrigued by this part of the world! We are making a 6 month road trip in Europe starting next mai so I hope to atlast pass by! The lake almost looks like a Swiss mountain lake! am glad to hear that you made the right choice because you cant never know if you are going back there! We have make many wrong choices and we try to convincing ourself by saying “Well, we will be back!”…I dont think so!

    1. We also encounter a lot of wrong choices whenever we travel, and that is also how we convince ourselves.. The 6 month road trip to Europe looks exciting.. Can’t wait to read on your blog more about this trip.. Good luck and enjoy..

  11. I’ve always thought that the mountains of Armenia look beautiful and they look wonderful in all your pictures! I would love to visit one day.

  12. Woah, Armenia looks beautiful. It’s a country I don’t know much about but I’m sure that will change now that you’ve peaked my interested with these beautiful photos. Snow in the summer too – how fun!

  13. This looks like such an amazing adventure! How cool that you got to see snow too! The meal you had looks delicious and the fortress is so picturesque. I was amused too by the alphabet sculptures, what an unusual sight!

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