*Alaverdi (map) — home of UNESCO World Heritage site *Sanahin Monastery (map) and nearby *Haghpat Monastery (map), in the stunning Debed Canyon (map).
Popular ecotourism destinations include the villages of Kalavan (map), Urtsadzor (map); eco-lodging spots like Yenokavan (map), Lastiver and others.
*Lake Sevan (map), nestled up in the Armenian highlands, is the second largest lake in the world relative to its altitude, at 1,900 metres (6,234 ft) above sea level. This region is centered on the beautiful, 2,000-meter-high Lake Sevan, which is surrounded by ancient monuments, churches, monasteries, and popular beaches. Highlights include the largest khachkar cemetery in the world, the beaches near Sevanavank Monastery (map).
*Southern Armenia – а particularly beautiful section of Armenia stretching south to the Iranian border with interesting caves and more remote, beautiful Christian monuments. Highlights include Tatev Monastery (map), *Noravank Monastery (map), *Mozrov Cave (map), Selim Caravanserai (map) and the thousands of petroglyphs atop Ughtasar Mountain.
Armenia lies in the highlands surrounding the mountains of Ararat. There is evidence of an early civilisation in Armenia in the Bronze Age and earlier, dating to about 4000 BC. Archaeological surveys in 2010 and 2011 at the Areni-1 cave complex have resulted in the discovery of the world’s earliest known leather shoe, skirt, and wine-producing facility.
Safety Index 2020 published by Numbeo ranks Armenia as 9th safest country in the world, at par with Switzerland.
Public transportation is very good and inexpensive >> Transport for Armenia | Journey Planner.
Zvartnots Airport, 10 km west of Yerevan is the main airport in the country. All trains in Armenia are Soviet-era stock (www.railway.am).