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Have A Picnic At The Saghmosavank Canyon

Conveniently located just 45 minutes from Yerevan, Saghmosavank Canyon is a perfect spot for a picnic. Grab some fresh lavash, basturma, tomatoes, cucumbers, smoked string cheese, and some Armenian brandy to wash it all down, then sit back and take in the scenery.

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Stargaze At The Oldest Observatory On Earth

Spend the afternoon in Zorats Karer (Karahunj) exploring these magnificent structures and their intricate artwork, then lay down a blanket, gaze up at the stars, and allow yourself to wonder. Just a 4-hour drive into magnificent southern Armenia, this is a must-see!

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Get Your Photos Taken In Traditional Taraz

Armenia offers many traditional ateliers, mainly in Yerevan and Gyumri, where you can wear the traditional Armenian costume (Taraz), complete with Armenian daggers and headgear. Best. Christmas Card. Ever!

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Did Someone Say Traditional Fruit Vodka?

If you haven’t tried ‘Oghi’ have you ever truly lived? This Armenian "Eau de vie" is made by distilling a number of different fruits. Traditionally it was made of mulberry and apricot, but nowadays, peaches, pears, apples, and any other fruit you can think of have joined the list. Beware - it packs a heck of a punch!

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Listen to Jazz

Did you know that Jazz took Soviet Armenia by storm in the 1930s paving the way for many famous waves of Armenian jazz musicians in the 40s, 60s, and present? Armenia is home to dozens of Jazz clubs and hosts many live music events that will make your experience here unforgettable.

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Find The ‘Hidden Monastery’ in Lori

Lori province is a green wonderland for hikers, but did you know that if you hike long enough, you may come across the stunning Hnevank (Old Monastery) nestled deep into the mountains and accessible only to the most ardent hikers? Follow the well-marked trails, and you will also enjoy a mesmerizing view of Arevatsag Gorge along the way.

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Learn The Ancient Art Of Carpet Weaving

Armenian carpets are renowned worldwide for their beauty. In fact, the oldest carpet in the world, found in the Altai Mountains, originated in Armenia in the 5th century BC. You can be part of this tradition by taking a carpet weaving class and creating your very own masterpiece in various regions like Syunik, Tavush, and Yerevan.

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Enjoy the View of Mount Ararat from The Cascade

Cascade is absolutely beautiful at any time of day, but if you head there at 6 AM on a summer morning, when the entire city is quiet, and there’s not a soul in sight, you can watch the sunrise and see Mount Ararat light up. What a real treat to start the day!

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Go On A Wine Tour

If you venture just 30 minutes outside Yerevan toward Aragatsotn, you’ll feel like you’re in Tuscany, with the sprawl of vineyards. There’s a wide array of local family-run vineyards with delicious vintages to try, always paired with fresh farm-to-table food. It’s a must for any wine enthusiast! Bring a bottle or two home with you, you won’t regret it.

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Relax In Luxury (For Pennies On The Dollar!)

Just a 2-hour drive from Yerevan, Armenia’s spa resort town called Jermuk is a stunning place of natural beauty, with hot springs, waterfalls, and serene nature. Every hotel there makes its own signature drink, so be sure to ask for it while you relax in any of the hot pools, jacuzzis, or saunas. If you visit in the off-season, you can get incredible deals while you get pampered.

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