Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival for your Armenian cycling tour, your local tour guide will greet you, and you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 2: Yerevan City tour
In the morning, we will get acquainted with the capital of Armenia. We will tour the major points of interest, including the Republic Square, the Opera House. We will also visit the Cascade and the Modern Arts Center, where you will see the unique collection of glass sculptures and statue of the world-famous sculptor Fernando Botero “The Black Cat”. From here, we will have a panoramic view to Yerevan city. On our Armenian cycling tour, we will also travel down Baghramyan Avenue, where you will see the Parliament, the Palace of President, and the National Academy of Sciences.
We will have a break at some point, enjoying a cup of Armenian coffee (or tea) out on a terrace and feel the spirit of the city.
Our Armenian bike tour also includes a stop at the Food Market, where you can sample its variety of fresh and dried fruits, and visit to the Genocide Memorial Complex and the Manuscript Museum of Matenadaran. The Manuscript Museum has an amazing collection of beautifully-illustrated medieval Armenian manuscripts, including medieval Bibles.
Day 3: Hayravank Monastery – Martuni
To begin day 3 of our Armenian cycling tour, the bus will take us to Gegharkunik Region. Here we will enjoy ourselves at Lake Sevan - the “Pearl of Armenia” - which is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world, at 1900m. Our cycling tour will take us to a 9th to12th century Hayravank Monastery, perched on a cliff above the lake. From this point, we will have a wonderful view of the lake and if we are lucky, we will witness the changing colors of the water.
After this visit we cycle from Hayravank Monastery in the direction of the city Martuni, which is the second largest city in Armenia.
In ancient times, it was known as Mets Kznut, but from 1830-1922, it was called Nerkin Gharanlugh, and in 1926 it was changed to Martuni in honor of the first Soviet premier of Armenia, Aleksandr Myasnikyan, whose name was "Martuni". Martuni was the former capital of Gegharkunik Province. Martuni hosts the Astvatsatsin Church, which was rebuilt in 1886. There is also an Iron Age fort, excavated in 1997 by an Armenian-Italian team.
Our cycling route then leads us through the main highway, along the beach of Lake Sevan. Cars cross these roads very seldom, and you will mainly cycle on dirt road.
Day 4: Martuni - Artsvanist village - Vanevan Monastery – Tsapatagh
Today our Armenian cycle tour from Martuni to Tsapatagh village. We will enjoy the beauty of Lake Sevan for the whole day. We will stop in Vanevan Monastery along the way, located along a gorge in the southern part of the village of Artsvanist.
Vanevan Monastery is an important piece of Armenian architecture, dating back to the 10th century. The inscriptions on the southeastern part inform visitors that the church was built in 903.
The next part of our cycling tour will pass off-road, but the roads are of great quality, making it a smooth, easy ride to our next destination.
Day 5: Tsapatagh-Chambarak-Gosh
After breakfast, we set off on our Armenian cycling tour to visit Gosh village, via Chambarak. Here we will visit the Monastery of Goshavank. There are numerous khachkars all around the town.
Among the memorial khachkars of Goshavank there are unique and highly artistic ones. The khachkars created by the carver Poghos in Goshavank stand out among the rest. The best of them is a 1291 khachkar, with the maker's name carved in the bottom-left star. This is a unique and highly artistic work.
For this part of our cycling tour, we will see one of amazing sides of Armenia. After 8km of climbing we will descent to Tavush province, and we will enjoy long and amazing descent across gorges with rocks, woods passing villages, until we get to the crossroads of Gosh village. Once here, we will climb 3km and finish the day in well-known village in Tavoush Province. The village was names after Mkhitar Gosh, who was the author of the code of laws including civil and Canon Law, used in Armenia from the 13th to 19th centuries.
Day 6: Gosh- Parz Lich-Dilijan
After breakfast, we leave Gosh village. We will hike from here to Lake Parz, which is located in the National Park of Dilijan. The hike distance is 6 km.
From here, we cycle to Dilijan - the Armenian Switzerland. In fact, Dilijan is called "Little Switzerland" by the locals. Beech and oak, as well as pine and yew, are the subjects of environmental protections in the area. The healthy air, breathtaking nature and hospitable locals look forward to welcoming you in this picturesque corner of hospitable Armenia.
PS. Optional cycling to Haghartsin Monastery before cycling to Dilijan city
Day 7: Dilijan-Sevan-Tsaghkadzor
After breakfast, we will travel through Armenia, by the Lesser Caucasus Mountains. Today, we will reach Gegharkunik region, to Sevan Peninsula, and ascend to the top of the rock. This will be the perfect opportunity to take a beautiful panoramic picture of the lake, and to visit the 9thC. Monastery of Sevan.
From here, we will cycle to Tsakhkadzor ("The Valley of Flowers"), a spa town and a popular winter resort in Armenia. It is located in a picturesque valley on the eastern slope of Mt Tegenis, at 1845m.
We will visit Kecharis Monastery, dated back to medieval centuries, and can take the Rope Way of Teghenis Mountain, from the heights of which we can admire the beauty of the mountains of Armenia.
Day 8: Tsaghkadzor-Bjni-Arzakan-Yerevan
For day 8 of our Armenian bike tour, we will cycle from Tsakhkadzor to Yervan via Arzakan and Bjni resort cites. Bjni is a village in the Kotayk Province of Armenia. It is situated in a valley between canyon walls and a small river. Throughout Bjni's history, it has remained one of the main centers of education in Armenia. We will visit the fortress of Bjni, which was built in the 9th or 10th century by the Pahlavuni Princes in the village of Bjni. Bjni was first mentioned by an Armenian historian and chronicler Ghazar Parpetsi, in his “History of Armenia.” Years ago, the fortress used to be the primary fortification of the province of Nig, which protected and guarded Bjni. We will ride past the church of Bjni, which is dedicated to Surb Astvadzadzin (the blessed Virgin Mary), and was erected in 1031 by order of Prince Grigor Magistros. It's all downhill from today.
Day 9: Yervan - Geghard - Garni - Khor Virap - Yerevan
For the last day of our Armenian adventure tour, we will be transferred by bus to Kotayk province, where we will visit an outstanding monument of medieval Armenian architecture – Geghard monastery (4-12thC.) listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here, we will cycle to Garni fortress (3rd-2ndC. BC), the summer residence of the kings, and the Garni temple (1stC.) which is the only surviving pagan temple in Armenia. Nowadays, the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple.
From Garni, we will cycle to Ararat Valley, set on the foot of the biblical Mount Ararat, where we will visit Khor Virap monastery. This complex embodies the adoption of Christianity in Armenia in 301 AD.
Our route will descent until the Azat reservoir, from which we will ascent 2.5km, and ride closer to Ararat mountain. From Khor Virap, the bus will transfer us to Yerevan.