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From Airum, stop at Alaverdi (poor but clean hotel) and hire a car to explore the forest monasteries like Haghbat, Sanahin, Odzun, and the Debet River (gorgeous terrain and flora in the Spring).
From Vanadzor, you can explore Stepanavan, the only remaining Armenian Water Lily population in Armenia, and East into Tavush, which is never on the main tour paths, but which holds the most pristine wilderness in Northern Armenia (stay At Berd and Ijevan).
Two services are available in Vanadzor to/from the Georgian border: one gnatsk train (obshi and coupé class) and one elektrichka train (obshi class only). Note on the elektrichka train there are no toilets. The train to and from Vanadzor is on the same rail line as that to Yerevan.