Getting there & away
Buses and marshrutkas travel from Vanadzor to Alaverdi at 8am, 10am, 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm. But once you get to Alaverdi you’ll still need transport to visit all the monasteries. Sanahin is fairly easy to reach on your own (using the cable car) and there are regular marshrutkas to Haghpat. But connections to Akhtala and Odzun are rarer, and most independent travellers miss Kobayr because it’s poorly signposted. To see the sights quickly and economically it makes more sense to hire a taxi from Vanadzor. Expect to pay around AMD8000 for the day. If your budget is tight or you prefer to explore the valley at a relaxed pace, hitching and bussing is still an option.