Minibus/van or taxi from Yerevan or Vanadzor, car rental, or getting a driver are your options for getting transport to this area, aside from hiking or biking in, which are both great options for those with some time (or a bike).
There are 6 buses per day to Yerevan (1,500 dram), 5-7 ones to Vanadzor (400 dram , 40-60 min), one to Tbilisi (3,000 dram), 2 to Alaverdi (600 dram), one to Gyumri (1,200 dram) and number of other buses to local villages nearby (2015). For details see Transportation schedule .
Bus stationIt's actually just a square where buses wait for passengers. There is no real station per se where a person can buy tickets. At the same time, there are a few kiosks selling tickets for a long distance buses heading to Russia, e.g. cities of Sochi, Volgograd, Moscow, etc.
Taxis are ready to deliver you any place you want, some taxi fares: around the town 500 dram, to Lori berd 1,000 dram, to Stepanavan Dendropark - 2,000-2,500 dram return with 1 hr waiting.
Dzoraget CanyonA popular recreational destination with some exceptional views over the river and mountains.
House-museum of Stepan Shahumyanaddress: main square of StepanavanBuilt around Shahumyan family's house. Exhibition is mainly dedicated to the life of Shahumyan, however there are a few interesting findings from Lori berd exhibited as well. Besides, second floor is entirely occupied by local art.
Stepan Shahumyan StatueStatue of Stepan Shahumyan flanked by two orange-coloured tufa stone pillars.
Surp Nshan chapelOverlooking the city from the adjacent hill.
Surp Sarkis Church
Communist CavesServed as a secret meeting place for revolutionary Stepan Shahumyan.
In the vicinity of the town
Lori Berd FortressOnce a huge bastion on a piece of land that juts out surrounded by rivers and protected by cliffs. Enough of the walls remain to show what massive fortifications once stood here, and enough of the ceramic underground piping to know they had hot water long before modern times.
Hnevank MonasteryVery far down the Dzoraget River, approaching where it hits the Debed Canyon, Hnevank is a nice monastery with interesting black and cream stone patterns, which has undergone recent renovations.
Stepanavan Dendroparkaddress: Gyulagarak VillageDendropark is in a surprisingly good shape now. The family caretakers have managed to make a serene landscape here, with interesting plants from different parts of the world. A nice place for walking and relaxing. Founded in 1933 by Polish researcher. There is a restaurant a few hundred metres before the park, there is also a hotel close to the park entrance.
Kurtan’s village museumaddress: Kurtan villageVarious utilities used in every-day life in 19th century can be see in this museum.
Sverdlov Village Churchaddress: Sverdlov VillageA cute old Russian church.
Church of St Nicholasaddress: Amrakits villageRussian Church founded in 1846.
Khuchapi MonasteryA stunning monastery that is almost impossible to access via Armenia (road goes through Georgia), a hiker could make it to this gorgeous piece of architecture on foot, and would be amply rewarded by the soaring architecture, the stairwells inside the walls, the carvings, the colours of the stone, the setting...
Khorakert MonasteryIf you make it as far as Khuchapi, you'd be crazy not to continue your hike to Khorakert, a beautiful monastery in a lush forest setting, with a masterpiece of a cupola unique to Armenian architecture.
Kuybishev Lakeaddress: near StepanavanHidden in the heart of Lori's alpine meadows. The lake is covered with lilies and bulrushes.
This is a hiking, biking, camping wonderland, as there are no fences, few cars, lots of back roads and trails, and very friendly people.
- Rafting. Dzoraget River is the only Armenian river suitable for rafting. The commonest rafting route begins at the Dzoraget bridge, near the town of Stepanavan. Rafting on the river is concentrated in the Dzoraget Canyon, which is in some places as deep as 300 metres
Cafe Parkaddress: intersection of Sayat Nova and Milion StThe park where all the cafes are, where people go to see and be seen, to drink, to eat sunflower seeds and enjoy good weather.
Central Square fountainsThey turn on them every day from 19:00 to 22:00, and accompaned by loud music. This is the time and place when all locals met.
Kilikia BarKhorovats, beer, friendly, cheap, soviet atmosphere.
Market Restaurantaddress: Njhdeh StTraditional Armenian fare, khorovats, central, often scene of parties and weddings.
Carahungephone: +374 99 324300address: Milion StreetBeautiful mountain chalet style cafe with great food options and drinks.
phone: +374 256 2 40 50, +374 99 072 418address: 9 Garegin Njedh str.Nice 2 room suites with TV, fridge, WiFi. They allow to cook in their kitchen, use kitchenware.
phone: +374 256 22323, +374 93 001106address: 11 Garegin Njdeh str.Amenities: hot/cold water, TV, fridge. Some rooms are good with balconies, some are very basic. On-site gym & swimming pool.
phone: +374 91 19 17 70, +374 25 622 007address: 145 M.Baghramyan st.
phone: +374 256 22290, +374 91 420727address: 55 Antarayin Str.The hotel has swimming pool, table tennis, billiard, childrens’ playground. Rooms come with TV and free WiFi.
phone: +374 256 22578, +374 93 072689, +374 94 616909address: 1 Antarayin Str.Simple rooms although having one big advantage: located in a forest. Amenities: Hot, cold water, bathing facilities, TV set, phone. Facilities include tennis, billiards, swimming pool, playground.
phone: +374 91760735, +374 77386721address: 22 Avetisyan str.
phone: +374 93 23 03 20address: 14/8 Ruminakan st.Great place to feel the Armenian hospitality, get information about the whole area, enjoy the fresh air, scenic views of the mountains and still be close from the city centre and Lori Fortress. Dinner can also be provided upon request. Tours can be organized if requested in advance.
phone: +374 93 23 03 20address: 9 Milioni str.House has two rooms available with a balcony and a small garden.
Out of town
phone: +374 95 411195address: next to Stepanavan Dedropark entranceBar, billiard, sauna,
phone: +374 256 22005, +374 256 23127, +374 256 22323, +374 256 22457address: Amrakits VillageAmenities: cold, hot water, TV. Restaurant, sauna, billiards, tennis, a small lake for fishing.
Tourist information officeFriendly English-speaking staff can help with accommodations and trip itenaries. Although it was closed in July 2015.
- Alaverdi - the town itself has little to offer of historic value, but there several beautiful monasteries in the vicinity of it: Sanahin Monastery, Haghpat Monastery
- Gyumri - Armenia's 2nd largest city which once dwarfed Yerevan. Small old town area still shows earthquake damage from 1988.
- Vanadzor - Armenia's 3rd largest city with Soviet industrial architecture, although it has a few nice churches