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3rd bldg., 29/6 Moldovakan street, Yerevan, Yerevan, 0096, Armenia

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Day 1: Arrival in Yerevan.

Your local tour guide will greet you, and you will be transferred to your hotel and check-in. Overnight in Yerevan.

 

Day 2: Yerevan City tour

In the morning we will get acquainted with the capital of Armenia with the major sights of interest, including the Republic Square, the Opera house, the Cascade with its 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” and have a panoramic view to Yerevan city. We will also pass via 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.

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Meals included: breakfast, coffee break, dinner

Overnight in Yerevan.

 

Day 3: Hayrivank monastery – Martuni (45 KM →)

In the morning 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 located at 1900m. We visit a 9th -12th centuries Hayrivank 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 Hayrivank monastery in the direction of the city Martuni which is the second large city. 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 nom de guerre was "Martuni". Martuni was the former capital of Gegharkunik Province. Martuni has a church called Astvatsatsin church which was rebuilt in 1886. There is also an Iron Age fort excavated in 1997 by an Armenian-Italian team. The route then leads through the main highway along the beach of Lake Sevan. Cars cross these roads very seldom as you will mainly cycle on dirt road.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Overnight in homestay in Martuni.

 

Day 4: Martuni - Artsvanist village - Vanevan Monastery – Tsapatagh (65 KM→) 

Meals included: breakfast, dinner.

Overnight in Tsapatagh Village-Avan Maran Tsapatagh hotel- http://www.tufenkianheritage.com/en/accommodation/avan-marak-tsapatagh-hotel/

 

Day5: Tsapatagh-Chambarak-Gosh (75 KM- 19km →, ↑8km, ↓45km, ↑3km)
After breakfast we leave to Gosh village via Chambarak. Here we will visit the Monastery of Goshavank. There are numerous khachkars all around Goshavank. 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.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner.

Overnight in Gosh Village – Gosh basic guesthouse

 

Day 6: Gosh- Parz Lich-Dilijan (↑2km, 6km↓ 10 km→)
After breakfast, we leave Gosh village, which is another well-known village in Tavoush Province, and was called so 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.

We will hike from here to Lake Parz which is located in the National Park of Dilijan. The hike distance is 6 km. ↑250m ↓150m

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 object of environmental protection 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 (→1km↑6 km 12↓6km)

Overnight in Dilijan.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch at the lake Parz, dinner.


Day 7: Dilijan-Sevan-Tsaghkadzor (↓40 km)
After breakfast driving by the road framed by Lesser Caucasus Mountains we reach Gegharkunik region, where we will stop at Sevan peninsula and ascend to the top of the rock to take a beautiful panoramic picture of the lake and visit 9th c. Monastery of Sevan.

From here we will cycle to Tsakhkadzor (means The Valley of Flowers) a spa town and a popular winter resort in Armenia located in a picturesque valley on the eastern slope of Mt Tegenis to 1845m.

Here we will visit Kecharis monastery dated back from medieval centuries and can take the Rope way of Teghenis Mountain from the heights of which we will be admired with the beauty of the mountains of Armenia.

Overnight in Tsakhkadzor

 

Day 8: Tsaghkadzor-Bjni-Arzakan-Yerevan (↓65 km)
In the morning 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. Here we will visit the fortress of Bjni, which was built in the 9th-10th centuries by the Pahlavuni Princes in the village of Bjni, which was first mentioned in Armenian historian and chronicler Ghazar Parpetsi’s “History of Armenia.”
Years long the fortress used to be the primary fortification of the province of Nig, which protected and guarded Bjni.
Here in Bjni we can see as well the church of Bjni which is dedicated to Surb Astvadzadzin (the blessed Virgin Mary), was erected in 1031 by order of Prince Grigor Magistros.

Overnight in Yerevan.
Meals included: breakfast.

 

Day 9: Yervan-Geghard-Garni-Khor Virap –Yerevan (↓60 km)
In the morning we will be transferred by bus to Kotayk province, where we will visit an outstanding monument of medieval Armenian architecture – Geghard monastery (4-12th cc.) listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. From where we will cycle to Garni fortress (3rd-2nd cc.BC) the summer residence of the kings and Garni temple (1st c.) which is the only survived pagan temple of heathen culture 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 which 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.
From Khor Virap the bus will transfer us to Yerevan.
Overnight in Yerevan.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, Farewell dinner.

 

Day 10: Check-out of hotel. Free day.

Transfer to airport.

Departure.

 

Prices include:

All transportation in A/C vehicle,

Car that will follow the group and will transport the luggage

English-speaking guide on the first day for the City tour,

English-speaking professional cycling guide service throughout the trip,

accommodation as specified,

meals (lunch in day 2 and day 6 and dinner for all days except 1 dinner- day 8)

water (1 L per person per day)

 

Prices do NOT include:

Flights

Travel insurance

Supplement for 6 lunches (day 3 to 5 and day 7 to 9) and 1 dinner (day 8) - extra EUR 75 per person

Visa(if required)

 

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