“Armenia On Wheels” 8 days

cycling in armenia

Tour Description:

The route of this cycling tour passes through the central and northern part of our historical country including a number of architectural and natural monuments. Three overnights are in the capital city of Armenia, the est overnights are in different towns of Armenia: in Stepanavan, in the in the green town of Dilijan, on the shores of Lake Sevan and in Yeghegnadzor known for its honey. Armenia has 11 regions including the capital – Yerevan. During this tour you will have the opportunity to see 8 of them.

Armenia is a brilliant place to organize a cycling trip. It offers all conditions for cyclist to satisfy his/her needs. Outstanding landscapes, attractive mountainous routes, historical and architectural monasteries and khachkars (cross-stones), friendly and hospitable people, delightful Armenian cuisine will be a great companion during your cycling journey in Armenia. This cycling tour is designed for cyclists in good physical condition.

If you are interested in experiencing new impressions and spend a holiday full of adventurous and unforgettable moments then join us in our ”Armenia on Wheels” trip.

Let’s cycle in Armenia together!

Type of tour: Guided cycling tour in Armenia

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Distance: 928km (577 miles)

Activity level: Moderate

Average cycling per day:  72 km (44.7 miles)

Group size:  2 – 20 pax 

Accommodation: Hotels, B&B

Best period: May – October

Start/End point: Yerevan, Armenia

Highlights:

  • Aragatsotn region with Amberd Fortress and Hovhannavank Monastery
  • Lori region with Dendropark Botanical Garden, Haghpat monastery (UNESCO) and Odzun village and church
  • Tavush region with Dilijan resort town known as small Switzerland, Haghartsin and Makaravank Monasteries
  • Gegharqunik region with the highest freshwater lake in Caucasus, Lake Sevan with the monastery on the peninsula, Hayravank Monastery and Noratus ancient cemetery with medieval khachkars (cross stones) 
  • Vayots Dzor Region with Selim Caravanserai on the famous Silk Road, Noravank monastery and Areni winery
  • Ararat Region with Khor Virap monastery where Armenian first Catholicos has been imprisoned for 13 years Armavir Region with the religious center of Echmiadzin city and Zvartnots temple (UNESCO)
  • The capital Yerevan with the most significant spots of the 2794 years old city and Matenadaran – Armenia’s state repository of ancient manuscripts

 

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1:    Arrival

Arrive at the airport. Meet and greet, transfer to the accommodation.

Meals: (–/–/–)

Overnight: Yerevan

Transfer: 15 km / 10 miles

 

DAY 2:    Yerevan –Amberd – Hovhannavank – Stepanavan  

cycling_armeniaDepart for one of the impregnable fortresses of medieval Armenia. Continue cycling towards Amberd a fortress complex (7-13th cc.) with the walls, Vahramashen church (1026), the bathroom and other sections built on the rocky eminence on the slopes of Mt. Aragats at 2,300 meters above sea level. Continue cycling and visit the monastery complexes of Hovhannavank (4-13th cc.) and Saghmosavank (13th c.) which are five kilometers apart and perch on the edge of the precipitous gorge of the Kasakh river. The most ancient structure in Hovhannavank is a basilica typical of the fifth century. Transfer to Stepanavan.

Meals:(B/–/–)

Overnight: Stepanavan

Distance: 198 km / 123 miles

Cycling route: Yerevan-Byurakan-Amberd-Hovhannavank

Cycling: 70 km: 30 km → / 18 km ↑ / 22 km ↓

Difficulty: 5/5

 

DAY 3:    Stepanavan –  Odzun – Haghpat –Dilijan

OdzunCycle to  Odzun village visiting the Church which is a rare example of a domed basilica built at the end of the 6th century. The road takes us to the medieval Armenian monastery complex of Haghpat (976 AD) inscribed in UNESCO world heritage list. Drive to fabulous forested resort town of Dilijan.

Meals:(B/–/–)

Overnight: Dilijan

Distance: 170 km / 105 miles

Cycling route: Sepanavan-Odzun-Haghpat

Cycling: 50 km

Difficulty: 5/3

DAY 4:    Dilijan – Makaravank – Haghartsin – Sevan

sevanTransfer to Ijevan and start cycling towards Makaravank (10-13th cc.) medieval architectural church complex situated on the forested slopes of the Bazum mountain ridge. Continue cycling and visit Haghartsin monastery (10-14th cc.) is nestled in a temperate rainforest on a mountainside. It is one of those spots in Armenia that feels like you are walking through a huge, unreal movie set. Drive towards the lake Sevan the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is also one of the largest fresh-water high-altitude lakes in the world. This huge mountain lake is situated at an altitude of about 1,900 meters above sea level.

Meals:(B/–/–)

Overnight: Sevan

Distance: 150 km / 93 miles

Cycling route: Ijevan-Makaravank-Haghartsin

Cycling: 70 km:30 km → / 20 km ↑ ↓

Difficulty: 5/4

DAY 5:    Sevanavank – Hayravank – Noratus – Selim P ass – Yeghegnadzor

noratusVisit Sevanavank 9th c. (Sevan monastery) located in the peninsula which used to be an island before. Note that the track leading to the monastery consists of 220 stairs. Drive to Hayravank monastery complex (9-12th cc.) surrounded by numerous khachkars and gravestones that are part of a small cemetery located on Lake Sevan’s shore. Start cycling across Lake Sevan and visit Noratus Cemetery a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars (cross-stones) dating back to 10th century. Cycle through the Selim Pass (2410m) and visit the Caravanserai built in 1332, by Prince Chesar Orbelian. It used to be an important trade point on the famous Silk Road in order to accommodate weary travelers and their animals as they crossed from, or into, the Selim Mountains. Cycling to Yeghegnadzor.

Meals:(B/–/–)

Overnight: Yeghegnadzor

Distance: 149 km / 92 miles

Cycling Route: Hayravank-Noratus-Selim Pass-Yeghegnazdor

Cycling: 80 km: 30 km → / 5 km ↑ / 45 km ↓

Difficulty: 5/4

DAY 6:    Yeghegnadzor – Noravank – Areni – Khor Virap – Yerevan

NoravankStart cycling towards Noravank 13th c. (means “New Monastery”) a masterpiece of Armenian architecture which is situated in a narrow gorge and encircled by tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs highlighting spectacular nature of Vayots Dzor province. Proceed and visit Areni wine factory to taste local wine made from the sort of Areni grape. It is famous for its various kinds of Areni wines. Continue cycling tour to historical Khor-Virap monastery (4- 17th cc.). Take the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful view to the biblical Ararat Mountain, were Noah’s arch cast anchor. Khor-Virap monastery (means «deep dungeon») rests atop a little hill in an otherwise very flat Ararat Valley; it is where Grigor Luisavorich (St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for 13 years before adapting Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD. Drive back to Yerevan.

Meals:(B/–/–)

Overnight: Yerevan

Distance: 151 km / 93 miles

Cycling Route: Yeghegnadzor-Noravank-Areni-Khor Virap

Cycling: 80 km:25 km ↑ / 40 km ↓ / 25 km →

Difficulty: 5/5

DAY 7:    Yerevan city tour – Matenadaran – Echmiadzin – Zvartnots – Yerevan

EchmiadzinStart tour in the capital of Armenia and explore the important sightseeing places of 2794 years old Yerevan city including Food Market where we can taste and buy home-made dried fruit and fresh vegetables. Visit the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts – Matenadaran the state repository that holds one of the world’s richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books. Depart for the spiritual and administrative headquarters of the worldwide Armenian Church. Visit the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin (302-303 AD) the oldest state-built church in the world and the seat of the Catholicos. Return to Yerevan and stopover for Zvartnots temple (means “celestial angels”) 7th century wonderful architectural masterpiece. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight. These sights are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Meals:(B/–/–)

Overnight: Yerevan

Distance: 80 km / 50 miles

 

DAY 8:    Departure

Transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight home.

Meals:(–/–/–)

Transfer: 15 km / 10 miles

  

For more details concerning the holiday availability go on How to Book or simply send us an e-mail to info@ayastour.com.


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