We are in the process of determining where the second Extraordinary Travel Festival will be hosted.
Why Yerevan, Armenia?
The first ETF was hosted in Armenia. Armenia stands at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and has played a role since man has recorded history. Armenia has waxed and waned for centuries whether a vast Kingdom from the Mediterranean Sea to the Caspian Sea or under the yoke of the Roman Empire, Persians, Russians. or the Ottoman Empire. Armenia became an independent nation once again in 1991 after it gained its freedom from the Soviet Union.
Today, The Republic of Armenia is a compact yet dynamic country of three million. This mountainous nation is replete with ancient stone monasteries, intriguing Soviet monuments, and stunning nature.
Yerevan, the capital, is a vibrant and lively cosmopolitan city of one million. This very walkable city is known for its café culture, restaurants as well its nightlife and live music. There is plenty to keep you busy and engaged during the day whether you visit the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Armenian alphabet invented in 425 AD) or the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex which honors the 1.5 million Armenians killed under the Ottoman Empire. And you can visit nearby Etchmiadzin Cathedral which is the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Armenia is the first nation in the world to adopt Christianity, its official state religion in 301 AD.
Armenia is an inexpensive country providing great value. Whether it is food or drink, transportation or hotels, Armenia is a very cost-effective place to visit.
Here is a guide to eating right while staying in Yerevan from Ric Gazarian.
We look forward to welcoming all to Armenia for the Extraordinary Travel Festival.
The Festival Destination
We will be hosting our event at the Best Western Plus Congress Hotel in Yerevan, in walking distance of Republic Square. You my book here with this link. (affiliate link) Or you may contact the hotel directly at for a discounted rate at firstname.lastname@example.org and use code ETF2022.