Vardenis is a city in Lake Sevan Region.
Vardenis is tucked away in the southeast corner of the lake, and is not on the shore. Far from the touristy glitz of the northwest shore, and even cut off by terrible roads from the quietly popular eastern shores near Shorjha, visitors to Vardenis are those adventurers trying to see every corner of Armenia. There are a few small monasteries and chapels, mountains and valleys that only those making it this far will have a chance to see. Visitors also get to experience a town which few foreigners tread, and see some of the genuine hospitality Armenia has to offer.
Marshutnis depart from Yerevan a few times a day. Taxis are an alternative, at 100 dram/km. If you are in Southern Armenia wanting to get to Lake Sevan, you should take the shortcut from Yeghegnadzor to Martuni - saving yourself a huge and unnecessary loop via Yerevan.
In town, walking and taxis are the way to go.
There is a nice church in the center of the city. In the hills, there are a couple of chapels and fun khachkars by Ayrk.
- Makenyats Monastery. A medium-sized monastery by the river in Makenis village, west of Vardenis.
- Vanevan Monastery. A small monastery that has been restored by the river in a village of the same name, west of Vardenis. There are some small caves above it.
Hike, camp, swim.
- Janapar Trail. Vardenis is the end of the Janapar, which goes through Nagorno-Karabakh. Heading into this region, you will need a permit/visa from the Permanent Mission to the Republic of Armenia in Yerevan.
There are small hotels in Vardenis and the surrounding area. Many locals would also welcome you into their homes if you talked to them.
Vardenis is the last city on this road, so you have the same options of getting back, as you did getting in. There is a mountain road leading to Northern Karabakh as well, for those who have Armenian passports.