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  • Eco tours in Armenia | Best Travel Armenia
    requirements Best Travel conceived and created ecotour in Armenia When we created ecotour in Armenia there were three over riding principles that we adopted and these principles are still paramount today Firstly we are proud of our country and heritage and we wish for people everywhere to get to know our country and our people Secondly we also feel that it is important to follow good ecological principles for our benefit and the world as a whole Finally we want to see many people benefitting from our efforts and so community based tourism prevails in all our activities Our tours are many and varied and each year we develop some new tours and programmes If you only have a limited time in Armenia then we offer a variety of daytrips and two and three day programmes all of which start in Yerevan In addition to our regular programmes in spring and autumn we organize tours more suitable for those travellers who desire more comfort On these tours we sleep in hotels B Bs and guesthouses where you will enjoy more comfort and privacy than when staying in a yurt These tours are especially suitable for guests who are not fond

    Original URL path: http://www.besttravel.am/en/eco-tours-in-armenia/ (2015-06-14)
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  • Geghard Monastery | Best Travel Armenia
    monastery in the Kotayk province of Armenia being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain surrounded by cliffs Geghard is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site While the main chapel was built in 1215 Geghard monastery complex was founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator at the site of a sacred spring inside a cave Geghard monastery had thus been originally named Ayrivank meaning the Monastery of the Cave The name commonly used for the monastery today Geghard or more fully Geghardavank meaning the Monastery of the Spear originates from the spear which had wounded Jesus at the Crucifixion allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Jude called here Thaddeus and stored amongst many other relics Now Geghard is displayed in the Echmiadzin treasury The spectacular towering cliffs surrounding Geghard monastery are part of the Azat River gorge and are included together with the monastery of Geghard in the World Heritage Site listing Some of the churches within the monastery complex Geghard are entirely dug out of the cliff rocks others are little more than caves while others are elaborate structures with both architecturally complex walled sections and rooms deep inside the cliff The combination together with numerous

    Original URL path: http://www.besttravel.am/en/geghard-monastery/ (2015-06-14)
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  • Birding Tour | Best Travel Armenia
    This in turn results in unusually rich diversity of flora and fauna in a relatively small country Up to the present about 347 bird species have been recorded in Armenia of which about 237 species breed here Many of European bird species are represented in Armenia by particular subspecies while almost all of the Caucasian specialities are habitually encountered during a birding tour While birding tour you will meet Caspian Snowcock Caucasian Black Grouse Armenian Gull Radde s Accentor Persian Wheatear and Semi collared Flycatcher Other species longed for by keen birdwatchers are Pygmy Cormorant Marbled Ferruginous and White headed Ducks White tailed Plover an excellent selection of raptors Blue cheeked Bee eater Bimaculated Lark White throated Robin Finsch s Wheatear Menetries s Upcher s and Green Warblers both Rock Nuthatches Wallcreeper Grey necked Bunting Pale Rock Sparrow Red fronted Serin Crimson winged Trumpeter and recently discovered Mongolian Finches Birding tour in Armenia offers superb opportunity to see among many others such species as Demoiselle Crane Black winged Pratincole Broad billed Terek and Marsh Sandpipers Greater Black headed Gull Calandra Lark Moustached Warbler with most spectacular of course parties and strings of migrating eagles harriers and buzzards The richness of

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  • Armenian flat bread- Lavash | Best Travel Armenia
    can surely insist on that today Armenians are very proud of their heritage Traditionally made by a small group of women the dough is dealt out in small balls which are rolled out into thin discs that are then stretched out on an oval cushion that is then slapped against the hot oven wall The oven bears resemblance to a well and the high temperature means the bread only needs 30 seconds to a minute of cooking time against the hot clay wall Not only is the lavash bread an integral part of Armenian cuisine a household staple that can even be kept up to six months it also plays a ritual role in Armenian culture At weddings the flatbread is placed on the couple s shoulders as a lucky charm to bring about prosperity and fertility But it is not only the superstition behind the bread that plays a role in the local community but also the fact that lavash has to be prepared as a group makes it a tool to strengthen family and community ties where young girls serve the older women as aides in the bread making experience While the women are in charge of making

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  • Best Travel gives interview to 1in.am | Best Travel Armenia
    of tourism in Armenia is Armenia s cultural and historical heritage We have rich historical and cultural values which are of great interest to tourists and it is the first prerequisite for the development of tourism in Armenia We welcome tourists from Russia USA European countries such as France Italy Spain France etc We do not offer fixed programs everything we do is customized according to client budget dates of travel and interests Armenia being the first country to adopt Christianity in the world attracts tourists with its first Christian churches as well as our brand is Ararat apricots pomegranates What problems arise for tourists while doing tourism in Armenia Tourism in Armenia has not so much problems I can only note the shortage of bio toilets All our tourists return with unforgettable memories Recently many tourists came due to the celebrations of the 100th anniversary is there any hotel problems Because of a lack of hotels tourists sometimes could not book room in presence of more hotels there will be more tourists in Armenia In terms of pricing policies Armenia is expensive or affordable for tourists Our biggest problem is low level of awareness of tourism in Armenia As

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  • Armenian Genocide Centenary | Best Travel Armenia
    during 1915 1923 is called the Armenian Genocide Those massacres were masterminded and perpetrated by the government of Young Turks and were later finalized by the Kemalist government The First World War gave the Young Turks the opportunity to settle accounts with Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire thus implementing the decision of the secret meeting of 1911 in Thessaloniki The plan was to tukify the Muslims and to exterminate the Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire Talaat Pasha Interior Minister Enver Pasha Minister of Military Affairs Djemal Pasha commander of the Palestinian Front Behaeddin Shakir Bey Young Turk Central Committee member and others were among the orchestrators of the project Intending to annihilate Armenians they wanted to eliminate the Armenian Question Armenia and Armenians were an obstacle on the way of the project of the Yong Turks Their dream of Great Turan was to stretch from the Bosphorus to Altai During the First World War the Young Turks perpetrated massacres against Assyrians Greeks and Arabs living in the Ottoman Empire In February 1915 the military minister Enver Pasha ordered to eliminate the Armenian soldiers serving in the Army On April 24 and the following days 800 Armenians were arrested in Constantinople and exiled to the depths of Anatolia Armenian writers journalists doctors scientists clergymen intellectuals including Armenian members of the parliament were among them A part of them died on the way of the exile while others died after reaching there The first international response to the violence resulted in a joint statement by France Russia and the Great Britain in May 1915 where the Turkish atrocities against the Armenians were defined as a crime against humanity and civilization According to them Turkish government was responsible for the implementation of the crime How many people died in the Armenian

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  • Serj Tankian arrives in Armenia | Best Travel Armenia
    us Previous Next SOAD lead vocalist Serj Tankian arrives in Armenia The System of a Down SOAD rock band s lead vocalist Serj Tankian arrived in Yerevan with his musicians on Tuesday afternoon a day after attending the premiere of an Armenian Genocide movie in Moscow The movie 1915 m which was premiered in the Russian capital on Monday is a joint production by US filmmakers It is dedicated to

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  • Armenia Scraps Visas For U.S. Citizens | Best Travel Armenia
    lifting of visa requirements for them effective from January 1 during a weekly cabinet meeting in Yerevan Nalbandian said that the U S government will reciprocate by easing some of its own much stricter visa procedures for Armenian nationals In particular many categories of Armenians will now be eligible for multiple entry American visas valid for 10 years he said Yerevan s plans to unilaterally abolish the visa regime with the U S were first revealed by one of Nalbandian s deputies Sergey Manasarian in May This shows that the level of our relations with the U S is really rising Manasarian told Armenian parliamentarians Armenia s visa procedures for much of the outside world have been quite simple since the late 1990s U S citizens many of them ethnic Armenians have been able to easily get visas not only at Armenian consulates abroad but also the country s border crossings and airports Citizens of European Union member states already can enter Armenia and stay there visa free for up to 90 days The Armenian government scrapped visas for them in 2012 shortly before signing a visa facilitation agreement with the EU The agreement which took effect in January 2014

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