Yerevan Walking Tour

The best way to get acquainted with Yerevan is to do as the locals do and walk. This both saves time (parking is impossible and traffic jams are now par for the course, adding 20-30 minutes to what were once 5 minute jaunts) while allowing you to savor the sights and sounds of the city.

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Walking Tours

Walking Tours

The best way to get acquainted with Yerevan is to do as the locals do and walk.  This both saves time (parking is impossible and traffic jams are now par for the course, adding 30 minutes to what were once 5 minute jaunts) while allowing you to savor the sights and sounds of the city. 

Since 90% of what there is to see is in the center, a compact area easily crossed on foot, a walking tour lets you cover the most ground for the effort. 

And a walking tour lets you set the pace; tours can take anything from a half hour stroll through the park through an hour or two taking in local sights to a half or full day visiting museums and galleries; stopping to eat or sip coffee; or shopping at  a local shop or gallery. 

For those unused to walking much, take along a good pair of sneakers (though you may be surprised at how many women will pass you by in their sky-high stilettos) and take it slowly.   If your feet get tired, there is always a café or restaurant nearby offering rest and nourishment, and just remember you are seeing parts of the city bus-loaded tourists barely glimpse at.  This is how the locals know their city, and you are now one of them!

Walks  Walking tours are listed by popularity and are suggested as full explorations of their territory, but you can combine them (or parts of them) for longer walks that cover almost everything there is to see in central Yerevan.

Walk 1:  Old Abovyan Street

The heart of the city, it gravitational pull, still remembered in hints at historic Yerevan’s Belle Époque glory among the hodgepodge of modern structures poking holes in the fabric of the city’s heritage.  Amongst the hideous cement wannabes you will find some real architectural gems in crevices and corners. (about 2 km, 1-3 hours)

Walk 2:  Mashtots – Opera/Cascade – Ring Park – Matenadaran

This half-day walk starts at Republic Square and takes in historic areas and major sights in the center. If you take in museums, monuments, shop a little and enjoy the outdoor cafes, it makes up a full day visit of the center of the city (about 5.5 km, 3-5 hours).

Walk 3: Abovian – Northern Avenue - Opera – Cascade

Beginning at Republic Square, walk up what’s left of historic Yerevan to Northern Avenue with its shops and urban artery of foot traffic, then on to Opera and the top of Cascade (about 2 km, 1-3 hours).

Walk 4: Ring Park

This walk takes in the greenest area of the city center, a pleasant stroll leading to some of the most dressed-up cafes you will ever see!  Take a seat, nurse your café Armenienne while watching the world stroll by, then stroll over to the next café and do the same.  Repeat until sated. (about 2 km, 1-3 hours)

Walk 5: Mashtots – Hrazdan Gorge

This combines urban Mashtots Walking Tour with a more natural Hrazdan Gorge Walking Tour (about 5-10 km, 2-6 hours). 

Mix and match as you go for your own walking tour.  


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