If you aren't a student of history, you probably didn't know that Yerevan, Armenia, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. People have dwelt there since the eighth century B.C. But the time period that most left its mark was the era of the Soviet Union, which makes Yerevan vacations studies in contrast. Gorgeous gardens and parks bump up against stolid, Communist-era architecture. Brand-new German sedans and '70s-era Russian rust buckets share the streets. Factories squat on the outskirts while the city center buzzes with art and commerce. This much is certain: Vacation packages to Yerevan are never dull!
Most of the tourist-worthy sites cluster around downtown, but if you want to escape to the countryside, it might make sense to check out rental cars in Yerevan. History buffs will find themselves in heaven given the bevy of museums in the city. The Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial chronicles the Ottoman Empire's mass slaughter during the early 20th century, while the Erebuni Historical and Archaeological Museum-Reserve digs down to Yerevan's earliest roots. Looking for a little fresh air? Walk through Victory Park, which contains decommissioned Soviet military equipment, or Children's Park with its tot-sized railway. When your legs start getting tired, take an elevator to the top of the Cascade, a massive stairway with wonderful views.
If you love grand gatherings and are planning to purchase one of our Yerevan vacation packages, know that the National Gallery of Armenia holds monthly events with all sorts of themes. Yerevan's birthday, which takes place on the second Saturday of October, is a grand celebration replete with public musical and theatrical performances. Gastrophiles will gobble up the Bread in Mountains Festival (June), and the culturally inclined shouldn't miss out on the High Fest International Performing Arts Festival (October).
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