About Armenia

Armenia – Country of Contrasts

Traveling for SHIRAK TOURS is more than just taking a look at individual sights, it’s about getting to know friendly and warm people with their culture, customs, habits, legends, legends, differences and similarities. The sightseeing of monuments, historic buildings, galleries are not too short. Experience landscapes of inspiring beauty, lush wildflowers on mountain meadows, impressive mountain ranges, vast forests and plateaus that alternate with the journey through the country. Take a journey into the past, following in the footsteps of the Apostles, Marco Polos and the dealers of the legendary Silk Road. Caravanserais from this period await you. Let yourself be impressed by historical works of art as well as by the works of contemporary artists. Enjoy the Armenian cuisine in its variety, the taste of fresh herbs with their distinctive flavors. Maybe you take one or the other recipe home with you. Armenia is the cradle of European Christianity, here you can experience history. The Armenians are proud of their heritage, they present it with passion, whether in the capital Yerevan or in remote villages.

SHIRAK TOURS in Gyumri offers you an insight into historical Armenia and the present in the context of individual travel.

Facts About Armenia

  • The name Armenia derives from the old Persian Behistun rock inscription “Aremina”.
  • The Armenians call their country Hayastan or Hayk. The official name is Republic of Armenia.
  • The area of the Republic of Armenia is 29,743 km², on this area live 3,262,200 people.
  • Yerevan is the capital and the seat of government. The city was founded in 782 BC. Back, making it one of the oldest cities in the world.
  • The majority of the population belongs to the Armenian Apostolic Church. As early as 301 AD, the Armenians adopted Christianity and declared it the state religion.
  • The official language is Armenian, in many cases Russian is spoken and English is understood.
  • Armenia has a dry, continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. “Sunny Armenia” – more than 300 sunny days.
  • Located in the north of the country, Lake Sevan, at an altitude of approximately 1,900 meters, is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world.
  • The highest point of Armenia is the summit of Aragats at 4,090 meters, the lowest point of the country is located 380 meters on the river Arax, near the border with Iran.
  • The time difference to Central Europe during the summer time is 2 hours otherwise 3 hours.
  • The national currency is the Armenian Dram (AMD).