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Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:41 pm
by section8
Emirates Airline has some super cheap airfares ($429/RT) from Seattle to those countries next Fall. Both have long layovers in Dubai on the return.

Which would you pick and why?

How is Emirates as an airline?

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:02 pm
by Lincoln
If it was me i'd choose Armenia ...the reason why is when i lived in London i worked with a few Arnenians and found them to be awesome, i ended up being invited to loads of weddings (really long winded affairs)...they are a spirited and driven people and love their drugs,i like the Amenians.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:18 pm
by section8
That's how I'm leaning. Armenia looks great.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:56 pm
by Bill Barilko

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:47 pm
by section8
I may actually pull the trigger on this. Would I have to get a passport?

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:15 am
by cuchulainn
A Ralph’s Club card should be fine.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:38 am
by lolasf
They're having killer sales to Algeria too. I spent some time checking it out this morning, I would love to go.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:03 am
by Xerius
I'd opt for Armenia. Both countries have very friendly, hospitable people and relatively similar cuisine, but Armenia has more diverse scenery and more engaging historical/cultural draws. Azerbaijan has Baku, Şəki, and the southeastern foothills of the Caucasus, which are interesting and attractive, but probably only good for a week to ten days at best. Armenia, while smaller, could easily occupy you for two or three weeks (especially if you're keen on tacking on Karabakh).

But if you're going all the way to the Caucasus and it's your first time, the real pearl of the region is Georgia. Just saying.

As for Emirates, I've flown them several times (including two separate trips this year) and found them top-notch. Service and amenities are excellent, seats - even in cattle class - are comfortable, and food is actually fairly decent as well. They and Singapore are probably the best airlines I've been on. Not a big fan of the red-eye return flights direct from UAE though....

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:19 am
by section8
I'd love to hit Georgia too, but this would be an opportunistic trip and based on the bizarrely cheap airfare. I'm going to have 7-10 days on the ground.

lolasf wrote:They're having killer sales to Algeria too. I spent some time checking it out this morning, I would love to go.


I'd love to spend some time along the Algerian coast but my wifu vetoed it already. :lol:

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:37 am
by leela
Can't advise on the destination, but Emirates is an excellent airline. I'm prepared to pay a premium and have an extra stop with them, for my African flights. They're that much better than the alternatives.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:18 am
by Lost Soul
Armenia all day.

Check out polar's pictorial in the travel journalism branch.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:10 am
by section8
goddamn it. The fares have shot up already.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:45 pm
by Citizen Baba
Coming from Georgia, Armenia was a snooze. Homemade food may be good, but in restaurants, it's not. They are mostly for socializing and giving the housewife a break. There are some interesting ancient churches and artwork.

I haven't been to Azerbaijan.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:08 pm
by simon_in_exile
Emirates is excellent - have flown many times with them. I need to get myself to Armenia and Azerbaijan at some point - it's a short hop from Moscow. Do Americans need a visa for Azerbaijan? Brits do, but Armenia and Georgia are visa-free: worth considering in case those fares plummet again.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:44 am
by GLimpet
Fly Dubai does cheapies from DXB to Baku so worth checking them out for other destinations in the area.

AZ Visa regime changes according to government whim but last time I sent someone there, UK, USA and Aus needed visas. UK fee was much higher for some reason.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:30 pm
by rezuar
Another vote for Armenia, if you can’t squeeze in Georgia.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:53 pm
by polardude1
A vote for Armenia and try and get a taste of Georgia

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:29 am
by Citizen Baba
You should ask polardude to post his photos.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:04 am
by strife
Emirates is the best. Can't help as to the destinations.

Lola, I've heard that Algiers is an awful city, and very mixed things about the country. I have dreams of a trans-Sahara drive through Algeria, but not possible to take that much time off at this point in my career.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:12 am
by micvan
Georgia is amazing! Armenia is interesting but I much preferred Georgia.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:06 am
by Electrolyte
Been to both and I vote for Armenia. More to see and better food. Haven't been to Georgia.

Re: Armenia or Azerbaijan?

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:11 pm
by lolasf
strife wrote:Lola, I've heard that Algiers is an awful city, and very mixed things about the country. I have dreams of a trans-Sahara drive through Algeria, but not possible to take that much time off at this point in my career.

Well, let me know when you're ready, I'll go with you. I don't know that we'd be that much safer together, but my mom would feel better about it.