40 Trips To Change Your World
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Tour the country's capital, Yerevan, and see the Matenadaran archives, one of the world's richest collections of ancient manuscripts. Then travel by minibus to Gyumri, about 60 miles northwest, for language lessons and a stint documenting buildings damaged in the 1988 earthquake.
Trip Tip: Yerevan's Vernissage market (Republic Square) is an ideal place to pick up intricate handmade tablecloths.
Earthwatch; 800/776-0188; earthwatch.org; five-day trips from $3,400 per person, double, all-inclusive; July 2008.