15 days in Western Asia Itinerary

15 days in Western Asia Itinerary

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Baghdad, Iraq
— 1 night
Fly
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Yerevan, Armenia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Arzakan, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive
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Sevan, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive
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Dilijan, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive
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Alaverdi, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive
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Gyumri, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive
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Tatev, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive
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Goris, Armenia
— 2 nights
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Baghdad, Iraq — 1 night

It's quite possible that a Baghdad holiday isn't on your list of things to do, but despite the city's reputation for turmoil, it still has plenty to offer to a daring traveler.
On the 30th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Zawraa Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Baghdad tour itinerary builder website.

If you are flying in from Iraq, the closest major aiports are Baghdad International Airport / New Al Muthana Air Base and Baghdad International. In July, daily temperatures in Baghdad can reach 52°C, while at night they dip to 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Yerevan.
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Theme Parks · Museums
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Yerevan, Armenia — 5 nights

Pink City

Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yerevan: Golden Grape Armas Estate (in Nor Yedesia), Van Ardi Winery (in Sasunik) and Tushpa Wine Cellar (in Taperakan). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Monastery of Geghard, do a tasting at Armenia Wine, examine the collection at History Museum of Armenia, and admire the masterpieces at Cafesjian Center for the Arts.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yerevan online journey planner.

You can fly from Baghdad to Yerevan in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Baghdad to Yerevan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Baghdad in July; daily highs in Yerevan reach 40°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arzakan.
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Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours
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Arzakan, Armenia — 1 night

Arzakan, is a village in the Kotayk Province of Armenia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at The Nairian Farm & Laboratory, then delve into the distant past at Bjni Church, and then contemplate the long history of The Monastery of Nekhuts.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Arzakan online travel route builder.

Getting from Yerevan to Arzakan by car takes about an hour. In August, daytime highs in Arzakan are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sevan.
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Sevan, Armenia — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a trip to Monastery Sevanavank, enjoy the sand and surf at Hayravank Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of Memorial Museum of Orbeli Brothers, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kecharis Monastery.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sevan route planner.

You can drive from Arzakan to Sevan in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Sevan are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dilijan.
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Dilijan, Armenia — 1 night

Armenian Switzerland

An alpine haven resting in a plush evergreen national park, Dilijan has made a name for itself as the "Armenian Switzerland." A much-loved spa town rich in culture and history, uncover the majestic 10th century monasteries, undisturbed scenic vistas, and hiking trails through undulating forest.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Parz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haghartsin Monastery, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Folk Art (Sharambeyan Centre of Popular Creation in Dilijan), and finally make a trip to Goshavank Monastery.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dilijan road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sevan to Dilijan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Alaverdi.
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Alaverdi, Armenia — 1 night

Alaverdi, is a town in the Lori Province at the northeastern part of Armenia, near the border with Georgia. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Odzun Church, then take an in-depth tour of Mikoyan Brothers Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Sanahin.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Alaverdi trip planner.

You can drive from Dilijan to Alaverdi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Armenia Standard Time (AMT) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dilijan in August, expect Alaverdi to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gyumri.
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Gyumri, Armenia — 1 night

Gyumri, the second largest city in Armenia, survived a turbulent history and a devastating earthquake in 1988.
On the 10th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Cobweb Art Gallery and Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Aleksandrapol Brewery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Marmashen Monastery.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Gyumri trip planner.

Drive from Alaverdi to Gyumri in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Gyumri can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Tatev.
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Tatev, Armenia — 1 night

Tatev is a village and rural community in the Syunik Province of Armenia. On the 11th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Bgheno-Noravank Monastery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Satanayi Kamurj (Satan's Bridge), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tatev Monastery.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tatev travel planner.

Drive from Gyumri to Tatev in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Gyumri to Tatev is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Goris.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Goris, Armenia — 2 nights

Goris, is a town in the southern Syunik Province of Armenia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Zorats Karer, delve into the distant past at Karahundj (Armenia's Stonehenge), then take in the dramatic scenery at Shaki Waterfall, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Khndzoresk.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Goris trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tatev to Goris takes an hour. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Lori Province travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Churches · Ruins
Lori, is a province of Armenia. It is located in the north of the country, bordering Georgia. Vanadzor is the capital and largest city of the province. Other important towns include Stepanavan, Alaverdi, and Spitak. It is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries and the well-preserved Akhtala monastery, where Armenians, Georgians, and Greeks make an annual pilgrimage on September 20–21.The province was heavily damaged during the 1988 Armenian earthquake.The province is served by the Stepanavan Airport.EtymologyThe name Lori first appeared in the 11th century when King David I Anhoghin founded the fortified city of Lori . The fortress-city became the capital of the Kingdom of Tashir-Dzoraget in 1065. The name Lori later spread through the region and replaced the original name of Tashir.

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Syunik Province travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Geologic Formations
Syunik Province has a mountainous landscape and a wealth of historical attractions. With prehistoric archaeological sites, medieval fortresses, and remote monasteries to discover, vacations in Syunik Province offer a perspective on ancient Armenia, uncluttered by many of the trappings of modern tourism. The same goes for the landscape here, with the remote and vast province left wild and abundant. A number of wildlife sanctuaries protect populations of bears, leopards, and many more rare species, and the mountainous terrain consists of forested valleys and impressive snowy peaks, ripe for exploration.
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