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Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget

Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget

By DAN FORTEZA

Yerevan and its history can be traced back to Noah and his descendants. No wonder why this city overflows with great history and rich cultural heritage. Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia, is packed with museums, art galleries, and very stately Soviet-era buildings. If you’re pondering your next city trip, ignore the usual Paris or Rome and come visit Yerevan. Trust me—you’ll never be at a loss for places to see in the city with this perfect 3-day Yerevan itinerary on a budget.

Hi there! First of all, I am Daniel – a solo backpacker from the Philippines. If you don’t know my story yet, feel free to read this article where I talked about how I quit my job in order to travel. This article was also featured on TripZilla Philippines.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex | Dantravels.org

FUN FACT: Did you know that the water in Armenia is considered one of the safest and most delicious in the world? The secret is that it comes from purely natural sources. Another unique feature of Yerevan is that at almost any corner you can find small fountains with drinking water. Check out a photo of me drinking water on one of the fountains in Yerevan.

DO YOU NEED A VISA?

First of all, do you need a visa to travel to Armenia? Well, depending on your nationality, you might or might not need a visa. Check out my Yerevan visa guide to check if you’re legible for an e-visa or visa on arrival or no visa at all.

WHERE IS YEREVAN?

Yerevan is the capital and largest city in Armenia. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. It is a 2 ½-hour flight away from Istanbul and a little more than 3 hours flight from Dubai.

Language: Armenian and Russian
Currency: Armenian Dram (AMD)
Airport: EVN
Preferred mode of transportation: Bus or Minibus / Metro Subway
Time Zone: GMT +4

FLIGHTS TO YEREVAN:

Finding a cheap flight ticket to Yerevan, Armenia from Europe, Central Asia or the Middle East is relatively easy. Though I went to Yerevan from Tbilisi by a shared taxi, I booked my outbound ticket from Yerevan flying to Astana (now Nur-Sultan), Kazakhstan. My flight carrier was Scat Airlines.

I suggest you check Kayak (click HERE) as they usually offer cheap fare rates compared to other booking sites.

HOW TO GET AROUND?

    • By Marshrutka (Minibus) and Bus. The main way around Yerevan is by marshrutka. There are hundreds of routes, shown by a number in the bus’ front window. They stop at bus stops but you can flag one down anywhere on the street. Trips cost 100 AMD; pay the driver as you leave. There are also electric trolleybuses following numbered routes. Tickets also cost 100 AMD.
    • By Metro Subway. The Yerevan metro runs north-south through the city. It is clean and safe but I don’t think it’s that efficient since the metro only has one subway line but I know they are currently expanding it.
    • By Taxi. Taxis are cheap and plentiful. Prices are 600 AMD for the first 5km and then 100 AMD per kilometer. Make sure the driver switches the meter on or you may be overcharged.

NOTE: By foot. I did walk a lot when I was in Yerevan as part of my money-saving routine. Like me, you can do the same, so walk as much as you can! But hey, on the brighter side, walking around can also help build up your travel experience since it can lead you to scenic places that you wouldn’t normally find on a map.

Read also my top 15 budget travel tips.

HOW I GOT TO THE CITY:

I took a shared taxi from Tbilisi, Georgia and arrived at downtown Yerevan at around 3:00 PM. The journey took about 6 hours, check out my blog on how I cross the Georgia-Armenia border for more details. The same taxi also took me to my hostel in Yerevan (Goldway Hostel) with an additional fee of 2,000 AMD (4.20 USD).

WHERE DID I STAY?

I actually stayed for only one night in Goldway Hostel and then headed to a nice hostel–Grand Hostel Yerevan. You can get there by either a taxi or a 30-minute walk from Republic Square.

  • Grand Hostel Yerevan (click here to book)
    • Hostel room type: Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    • Hostel rate: 4,000 (4 USD) per night

You can book a room at any hotel in Yerevan through Agoda or Booking.com. I usually book my room accommodations through booking.com. Room accommodation ranges from cheap hostels to luxury hotels. Book hostels through booking.com as they have free cancellation or pay-at-the-hotel option.

Use my link to book your hostel and you’ll get 10% of your booking back after your stay. Click this link to get that discount.

If Yerevan hotel isn’t to your liking, try AirBnb. Airbnbs are immersed in neighborhoods, condos, and townhomes. There is a feeling you get when you stay in an Airbnb that makes you feel like you belong in that city or town. Since it is someone’s home, there is a certain amount of pride you feel while staying there. I have used Airbnb on some of my other trips and I loved it!

If you’re new to AirBnB, then you can get up to 42 USD free travel credit by signing up via this link.

MY 3-DAY YEREVAN ITINERARY

DAY 1:

1st Stop: Republic Square

Republic Square is the heart of Yerevan–so what better way to start my Yerevan itinerary than visiting this beautiful complex. During the day at the Republic Square, you’ll be amazed at how picturesque the view of the buildings and fountains. At night, the Square even draws more crowds due to the dancing fountain program which starts from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Republic Square | Dantravels.org
    • Duration (getting there + visiting): 1-2 hours
    • Nearest train station: Republic Square subway station

2nd Stop: History Museum of Armenia

Located at the Republic Square, the museum has some really impressive exhibits. Highlights include an ancient silver goblet (7th-6th BC), the world’s oldest shoe (5,500 years old) an ancient cart and some interesting khachkars. Sadly, photos are not allowed and they don’t have postcards of the artifacts.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
History Museum of Armenia | Dantravels.org
    • Duration (getting there + visiting): 1 hour

3rd Stop: Freedom Square and the Armenian Opera Theater 

Just 12 to 15-minute walk from the Republic Square is the Freedom Square. This is a very popular place for locals. If the opera is your thing, go and buy yourself a ticket to watch some theatric show at the Opera Theater. Nevertheless, the building is a beautiful huge plaza out front of people walking around and a nice place to hang out at, too.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Freedom Square and the Armenian Opera Theater | Dantravels.org
    • Duration (getting there + visiting): 1 hour

4th Stop: Cascade Complex

This amazing site is only 10-12 minutes by foot from the Freedom Square. There are over 500 steps to the top of the Cascade but you’ll be pleased to know that 7 escalators inside will take you there without exerting yourself! Lovely views both during the day and at night when it is beautifully lit. The gardens and the waterfalls are very nice and the city overview.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Cascade Complex | Dantravels.org

Video below shows a splendid view from the top of the Cascade Complex.

    • Duration (getting there + visiting): 2-3 hours

5th Stop: Victory Park

After going up the Cascade, you can relax in this old attraction park. It only took me 5 minutes to reach this beautiful recreational park from the Cascade. Within this park, you visit this big statue of Mother Armenia right next to it that dominates the city. You can have a great view of Yerevan here as well. Definitely a must-visit place!

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Victory Park | Dantravels.org
    • Duration (getting there + visiting): 1 hour

6th Stop: Statue of Mother Armenia

The statue of the mother of Armenia is probably the most iconic figure overlooking the city of Yerevan from atop the hill. The current statue replaces a monumental statue of General Secretary Joseph Stalin that was created as a victory memorial for World War II.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Statue of Mother Armenia | Dantravels.org
    • Duration (getting there + visiting): 1-2 hours

DAY 2:

7th Stop: Vernissage Market

Just a short walk from the Republic Square, you’ll find the Vernissage market. It is a large open-air market in Yerevan connecting Hanrapetutyun street with the Khanjyan street. In case you’re looking for souvenirs—come here as they have lots of different kinds of traditional Armenian art works and souvenirs to offer.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Vernissage Market | Dantravels.org
    • Duration (getting there + visiting):  1-2 hours
    • Nearest train station: Republic Square subway station

8th Stop: St. Grigor Lusavoritch

From Vernissage, I reached St. Grigor Lusavoritch (St. Gregory The Illuminator) Cathedral in 10 minutes of walking. This church was built in 2001 to commemorate the 1700th anniversary of Armenia becoming a Christian country. It is beautiful both inside and out. There’s a little amusement park beside as well as an underground walk with small shops and a cafeteria so you can rest after seeing the cathedral.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
St. Grigor Lusavoritch | Dantravels.org
    • Duration (getting there + visiting): 1-2 hours
    • Nearest train station: Zoravar Andradik subway station

9th Stop: Matenadaran – The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts

I took the subway train from Zoravar Andradik station to Yeritasardakan station to reach Maternadaran. One of the most prominent landmarks of Yerevan is the Matenadaran, officially known as the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, —is a museum, repository of manuscripts, and a research institute in Yerevan, Armenia. It is named after Mesrop Mashtots, the inventor of the Armenian alphabet, whose statue stands in front of the building.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscript | Dantravels.org
    • Duration (getting there + visiting): 1-2 hours
    • Nearest train station: Yeritasardakan subway station

10th Stop: Demirchyan Arena Complex at Tsitsernakaberd

From Barekamutyun subway station, I’ve walked some 1.6 km along Kievyan St. to reach Demirchyan Arena Complex. This complex is surrounded with so much green spaces of parks and gardens. If you walk straight up about 800 m, you’ll see the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Museum.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Demirchyan Arena Complex at Tsitsernakaberd | Dantravels.org
    • Duration (getting there + visiting): 2 hours
    • Nearest train station: Barekamutyun subway station

11th Stop: Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial Complex.

The museum and memorial is one of the most important places to visit in Armenia–kind of like the 9-11 museum for Americans. It was built in 1967 to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide (the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of 700,000 to 1.5 million Armenians). Over the years, this has become a popular tourist spot not only here in Armenia but all over the world.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial Complex | Dantravels.org

As a bonus, you can see a clear view of Mt. Ararat from this site. It is actually the highest peak in Turkey where Noah’s Ark was said to be found in 2010.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Mt. Ararat viewed from the Genocide Memorial Complex | Dantravels.org
    • Duration (getting there + visiting): 1-2 hours

DAY 3:

12th Stop: Blue Mosque (Persian Mosque)

Just 10-12 minutes from the Republic Square, the Blue Mosque (or Persian Mosque) in Yerevan is one of the most popular sights in the Armenian capital city and one that definitely deserves to be visited when traveling to Yerevan. Inside the Mosque is very, very quiet and tranquil. Who would have known that a major road was just outside it.

Note: Women are required to wear a hijab inside the complex. You can borrow one the main gate of the Mosque.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Blue Mosque (Persian Mosque) | Dantravels.org
    • Duration (getting there + visiting): 2 hours
    • Nearest train station: Republic Square subway station.

13th Stop: Noy Yerevan Brandy Factory

Just walk 12 minutes from the Blue Mosque, you will notice the Noy Brandy sign from the Yerevan Brandy building. Unlike Yerevan Brandy, this does not need a reservation. Although I only had a quick stopover here, it is highly recommended for travelers to check this place out.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Noy Yerevan Brandy Factory | Dantravels.org
    • Duration (getting there + visiting): 1 hour

14th Stop: Yerevan Brandy Company

On the other side of the bridge is the Yerevan Brandy Company. Commonly known with its famous brand “ArArAt”, it is the leading enterprise of Armenia for the production of cognac (a kind of brandy). When you’re in Yerevan, you definitely need to visit its museum or at least get a close-up photo like I did! Haha! Feel free to book a museum tour here and enjoy a taste of authentic Armenian brandy.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Yerevan Brandy Company | Dantravels.org
    • Duration (getting there + visiting): 1-2 hour

15th Stop: Water Fountains at Shahumyan Square

Shahumyan Square, in downtown Yerevan, has a wonderful park connecting the City Hall with the Republic Square. I suggest you visit this place at night to see the colorful fountains. I can’t help but take photos of this new city attraction. These series of water jets forming a parabolic tunnel of fountains was my favorite.

Dan Travels Yerevan Itinerary And Travel Guide: Best Places To See On A Budget
Water Fountains at Shahumyan Square | Dantravels.org
    • Duration (getting there + visiting): 2 hours
    • Nearest train station: Republic Square subway station.

What do you think of this 3-day Yerevan itinerary?

I hope that you find this 3-DAY YEREVAN ITINERARY useful!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section below.

RECOMMENDED PACKAGE TOURS

In case you’re also looking for package tours to simply jumpstart your actual Yerevan itinerary, I highly recommend booking tours through Viator which is perfect for your Yerevan itinerary. See tours and packages I personally handpicked for you:

BOOKING ESSENTIALS

  • Hotel / Hostel
    • Booking.com. I usually book my hostel accommodation at booking.com. Thus, I recommend you guys trying it for your Yerevan itinerary.  Room accommodation ranges from cheap hostels to luxury hotels. Book hostels through booking.com as they have free cancellation or pay-at-the-hotel option.

Use my link to book your hostel and you’ll get 10% of your booking back after your stay. Click this link to get that discount.

    • Airbnb. Try Airbnb in finding comfy and cozy rooms for your Yerevan itinerary! I have used Airbnb on some of my other trips and I loved it!

Have you tried Airbnb? Sign up with my link and you will get up to 42 USD (2,200 Php) off your first stay. Click this link to get that discount.

  • Flights
    • KAYAK. All of my flight bookings are all from KAYAK. Kayak is one of the world’s leading travel search engines and searches hundreds of travel sites.

I suggest you check Kayak (click HERE) as they usually offer cheap fare rates compared to other booking sites.

  •  Yerevan Package tours
    • Viator. Viator is the world’s leading resource for researching, finding and booking the best travel experiences worldwide.

Click here to find the best Viator deals in Yerevan!

  • Travel Insurance
    • World Nomads. If you don’t have travel insurance when times get tough, basically you are screwed. Traveling always comes with inherent risks attached. Whether you are trekking in the Armenian mountains or wandering the streets of Yerevan, unforeseen events can suddenly upend your world. Generally speaking, travel insurance covers you for the following: Medical Costs – hospital visits, emergencies, evacuations; Property Loss – luggage and their contents; Travel Issues – accommodation and transportation expenses. Thus, I highly recommend you guys getting a travel insurance for your Yerevan itinerary. I bought one from the World Nomads (available in 130+ countries) where most travelers get their travel insurances.

Go to this link to get to your World Nomads travel insurance.

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