Hnevank Monastery

Stepanavan (Armenian: Ստեփանավան) is a city in Northern Armenia. It is the main city in the large Dzoraget River valley area, which is separated from the rest of Lori by high mountains. It's famous mainly because of the ruins of the walled city of Lori located nearby. There is also a rather big museum of Stepan Shahumyan in town and nice Dendropark 12 km south of town.

Get in

The two ways into the Dzoraget river valley region (aside from the Georgian border crossing) are over the mountain from Vanadzor, or through the pass at Dzoraget Village along the Debed River Canyon near Tumanyan.

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 AMD), 5-7 ones to Vanadzor (400 AMD , 40-60 min), one to Tbilisi (3,000 AMD), 2 to Alaverdi (600 AMD), one to Gyumri (1,200 AMD) and number of other buses to local villages nearby (2015). For details see Transportation schedule.

  Bus station. It'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.

Get around

Same as the options to get in, with local public transport based out of Stepanavan.

Taxis are ready to deliver you any place you want, some taxi fares: around the town 500 AMD, to Lori berd 1,000 AMD, to Stepanavan Dendropark - 2,000-2,500 ABDreturn with 1 hr waiting.


Lori Berd Fortress, Church
Stepanavan Dendropark
Church of St Nicholas in Amrakits village

In the vicinity of the town


This is a hiking, biking, camping wonderland, as there are no fences, few cars, lots of back roads and trails, and very friendly people.


There are a few places to eat in Stepanavan, some barbecue restaurants on some of the highways and food at some of the hotel/resorts (e.g. SH Resort, Anahit Holiday Hotel).


Drinks are found where food is served, plus a few cafes in the summer in Stepanavan.


Out of town


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