The traditional and most popular Armenian dishes are: dolma (minced meat, wrapped in cabbage or stuffed in eggplants, peppers and tomatoes), barbeque, qyufta, khash. The Armenian bread (lavash) is the integral part of the Armenian meal.
Souvenirs can be purchased in Vernissage which is located in the centre of Yerevan, close to the Republic Square. Numerous traditonal and contemporary art exhibits are sold here. There are also many other souvenir shops on Abovyan and Tumanyan streets.
Old Armenian parchment manuscripts and books are kept in Matenadaran. Those are unique and do not have analogues in the whole world. The first printed Armenian book, the smallest and the biggest Armenian books can also be found in Matenadaran. For details visit http://www.matenadaran.am.
We will be pleased to organize a tour to the Armenian villages, where you will have the opportunity to have dinner with the locals, get acquainted with their everyday life, bake lavash, churn out yogurt, etc.
"Khachkar" is a piece of art which is a kind of symbol for Armenia and the Armenians. It is a carved, usually vertically erected flat stone, on one side of which the main element of the composition - the cross is engraved. Around the cross usually trimmings, eternity symbols, images of flora and fauna, as well as people in the form of icons are depicted. Khachkars are usually erected near monasteries and churches, in cemeteries, close to roads. There are khachkars everywhere in Armenia, and especially in Noratus village there are many khachkars of high level of art.
Armenian, Russian and Ukraine airlines operate direct flights from almost all the big cities of CIS countries. "Flydubai", "Air France", "Atlasjet", "Aeroflot", "Aseman", "Austrian Airlines", "Czech Airlines", "Siberia Airlines" and other air companies operate direct flights from Dubai, Paris, Istanbul, Moscow, Tehran, Vienna, Prague and from other cities. The timetable of the flights is presented on the web-page of Zvartnots International Airport.
Yes, it is possible. Upon arrival it is necessary to apply to the corresponding department of the airport. In general the procedure lasts 20-25 minutes. The citizens of the CIS member-states, the EU member-states and the Schengen Acquis states do not need visa to travel to Armenia. For the visitors under 18 years old visa is free of charge. By the expiration of the visa dates it should be prolonged at the Passport and Visa Department (Yerevan, 13a, Mashtots Ave). Visa can be also obtained prior to the arrival (online) by applying to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia: http://www.mfa.am/eVisa.
More detailed information regarding visa provision can be found at the web-page of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
There are Armenian ("Afrikyanneri pandok" - 39, Sayat-Nova Ave. and 1, Pushkin Str.), Georgian ("Mimino" - 7, Alek Manukyan Str.), Arabian ("Lagonid" - 37, Nalbandyan Str.), Chinese ("Beijing" - 33, Sayat-Nova Ave. and 9, Tumanyan Str.), Italian ("Ai Leoni" - 40, Tumanyan Str. and "Gusto" - 11, Abovyan Str.), Mexican ("Cactus" - 42, Mashtots Ave) and many other restaurants in Yerevan.
The following means of public transportation are available in Yerevan: metro (100 AMD), taxicabs (100 AMD per 1 km, the minimum fare is 600 AMD), buses (100 AMD) and minibuses (100 AMD). Taxicabs, buses and minibuses connect Yerevan and the adjacent areas.
The electricity in Armenia is 220 volt, 50 Hz , as in almost all of Europe. The Armenian socket standard is CEE, mostly without lines. The outlet adaptors for
the standards of different countries can be purchased in almost all home appliances and electronics stores in Yerevan.