Garni Vacations

Intrepid travelers seeking a destination surrounded by lovely mountains that are off the normal tourist routes, will love Garni and surrounding towns in Armenia.

Explore the interesting attractions in the area. The Garni Temple is a good place to start.

Investigate the various geographic and social personalities of Armenia, by by taking to the open road and exploring a couple of the other towns and cities in the vicinity of Garni. Lusarat, lays 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the northeast, and Ecmiadzin is situated 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the east.

While you are here in Garni, don't forget to enjoy Yerevan. Approximately 12 miles (19 kilometers) to the west, this regional transport and shopping hub is where you'll find Yerevan Zoo, Yerevan State University and Erebuni Fortress. Sourp Krikor Lusavorich Cathedral, Mother Armenia and Matenadaran are other visitor attractions definitely worth visiting for those who have more time on their hands.

Places of worship are the perfect portals into a community's spiritual heart. The churches around Garni are no exception.

Get outside and get amongst it in the Garni area. Try your hand at rock climbing or give hiking a try.

Try popular meals and get to the core of the local culture. Two ingredients you'll find in a number of Armenia recipe books are eggpalnt and burghul (cracked wheat). Follow the hungry locals and enjoy ghapama (pumpkin stew) or khash (broth). Those who have a little room left, can try alani (pitted, dried peaches), a great way to round out your Armenia culinary adventure. If you enjoy a good brew, try out Erebuni. It is popular in Armenia. If you are feeling brave, have a Artsakh (mulberry vodka), a common beverage here. Visitors who don't consume alcoholic beverages will want to sample kvas (fermented bread drink), a common drink in this region.

When it's finally time to bid goodbye to Garni, head to the nearest major airport situated in Yerevan, 18 miles (29 kilometers) away.

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