Armenia is a country I've been interested in for several years, and I am finally getting the chance to go. I've read the other reviews on this site, and others too, but was wondering if you could please help me out with a few questions I have.
Firstly, we're going to be heading to Armenia in the last week of October/first week of November. Does anyone know what the weather's likely to be like then? I know it will be cold, but is it likely to be rainy/snowy or just cold? And with regards to the weather, does it effect the city much? For example I live in Scotland where we don't have the best weather, but for some reason the place seems to grind to a halt when we have bad weather!
Secondly, I know that the water is only on in homes in Yerevan for certain hours of the day (I think I read 2.5hrs in the mornings and 1.5hrs in the evenings). Does this effect hotels as well, or should they have water continually?
Also, what do you think is the best way to travel to Armenia? My options are going on a "package" type city break with a travel firm...its a 3 day City Break to Yerevan (doesn't give much time for exploring the rest of the country). Its pretty expensive, but they arrange the visas etc and I can fly direct from the UK. Other than that I can book myself online, but I'm unsure about what requirements are for visas or if anything else is needed. Its cheaper (as I can choose flights that aren't direct), but I'm unsure....has anyone travelled there independently before and its been okay? Or should I really go with a tour operator. If it makes any difference, I haven't travelled independently before and haven't actually been abroad in over 8 years.
Another thing I am unsure about is If I book online I have the option of hotels or renting an apartment. Hotels are pretty dear there (IMO) whereas the apartments seem much better value for money, but not sure what my best option would be - any advice/tips/reccomendations?
Lastly, this may seem like a silly question, but I like to be respectful to other people. I have a visible tattoo around my wrist (I'm female) - would this be a problem there? I know here a lot of people pass comment on it (mostly positive), but not sure if tattoos are really not the done thing there (especially for women).
Also any other info/tips you could give me would be fab!
I'd greatly appreciate any help you can give me. I'm so excited that I'm finally getting to travel to Armenia, and just want to make sure it all goes as smoothly as possible!