- Yerevan – Several marshrutkas a day. 4 hr.
- Goris – 1 or 2 a day (2,000 dram, 45 min), potentially coming from Stepanakert (4,000 dram).
By taxiTaxis can be found at the bus junction. They can drive to nearby attractions for quite reasonable prices and also to Goris for 6,000 dram.
St. Gregory the Illuminator churchaddress: Adontsi st. 6aThe church was built by the ruler of Syunik Kohazard in 6-7-century.
phone: +374 283 23331It's notable for its rich archaeological and ethnographic exhibits, as well as rich collection of stone monuments.
Ughtasar PetroglyphsMountaintop is literally littered with petroglyphs, with up to 10 or 20 on some boulders. People, animals, dancing, hunting and designs that are 5 to 8,000 years old!
Zorats KarerIt is Armenia's older and cruder answer to Stonehenge in England. Big rocks, some with holes carved in the tops, form a couple of overlapping ovals.
Shaki WaterfallA nice place for a picnic on a hot day, you'll have to pay them to turn the waterfall on full blast. No, seriously, most of the water is normally diverted to generate electricity, so you'll have to make up the difference! (it's quite affordable, actually)
Vorotnavank MonasteryFortified monastery. Rarely visited by foreigners, it's quiet and interesting.
Aghudi MemorialThis centuries-old Armenian memorial is a few stories high and a bit out of the ordinary.
Shamb HotspringsA bit past Vorotnavank Monastery, and not really all that hot, it's a popular place for locals to go swimming, and a picturesque spot.
Vorotnaberd Fort Ruinsaddress: between the villages of Vaghatin and VorotanOne of the oldest fortresses. Fortress is often referred to as Davit Bek's Castle, because his troops were also fighting against the Turkish conquerors.
Tanahat Monastery Ruins
phone: +374 2830 4662, +374 91-3-4 434685address: 1-5 Manukyan StrReasonably priced, nicely remodeled hotel with a very nice restaurant and spacious rooms.
phone: +374 2830 3333, +374 93 334392address: 35 Sisakan Str.Cheap. Soviet hotel which has been well maintained and is still a pleasant place to stay. Quite an exception to the dozens of other Soviet hotels which are unbearably bad. Ask for a "Lux" room for an in-room toilet.
Hotelphone: +374 2830 4142, +374 94 104142address: 1 Gai District
phone: +374 2830 6600, 5600, +374 91 481606address: 29 Sisakan Str.Sauna, Restaurant, Bar, Café, swimming pool
Sisian Hotelphone: +374 2830 3471Cheap, clean place, not much changed since Soviet times, but helpful and central. The Sisian Hotel is in the center of Sisian town. The hotel offers 31 rooms including two luxury suites. All rooms are traditionally furnished, and are equipped with telephone, color TV, and hot showers are available. Hotel serves traditional Armenian cuisine 3x daily. Can also cater for other requests from guests staying at the Hotel such as regional tours and transportation.
- Goris — the last major town in Armenia for travelers continuing to Karabakh and also entering point to Tatev Monastery.
- Jermuk — spa town where much of the country's mineral water comes from.
- Kapan — not the most interesting town. Vahanavank Monastery is in its close proximity.
- Yeghegnadzor — small town close to spectacular canyon and monastery in Noravank, the impressive Smbatabert Fortress/Tsakhats Kar Monastery area and the old silk road caravanserai of Selim.