Your Time Machine Travel on Two Wheels (Cycling)

Your Time Machine Travel on Two Wheels (Cycling)

11 days|

Overview

This 11-day tour is designed in a way to take you on an imaginary time machine travel from modern times busy and metropolitan capital Yerevan towards northern cities of Armenia, where you will directly feel the drastic change influenced by a strong footprint and breath of Soviet era, then to early Christian times with rich Armenian heritage and its vivid examples of UNESCO World Heritage sites Geghard and Haghpat Monasteries, then back to pagan times (1-2 centuries) with the only preserved pagan temple in the region Garni, and further back to 3rd millennium BC. with the Areni Cave and its wine barrels. And this perturbing contrast will surely give you a wider spectrum of emotions! 
To make your first encounter with the most genuine and authentic Armenian cuisine more impressive, we included in the tour a master class dinner with the most respected and demanded chef of today’s Armenia, Mr. Sedrak. Get your taste buds spoiled while trying the famous Armenian Cognac that Churchill loved immensely.
To make this adventure more than just another cycling tour, you can choose to spice it up with paragliding over Lake Sevan, have unforgettable indoor surfing experience, feel the adrenaline rush while rafting in Armenian rivers and enjoy the variety of adventure activities that Armenia has to offer.

Start  Yerevan, Armenia                                              Physical rating  (3 out of 5)

Finish  Yerevan, Armenia                                            Group size  Min 4, Max 20

Tour Theme  Cycling                                                  Ages  Min 14

Days  11 Days/10 Nights                                            Trip Availability  May – October

Are you fit for this tour? 

  • While this trip doesn't require an athletic level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to partake in all activities. The treks on this trip cover distances of minimum 50km, and maximum 85km. You can find further detail in the itinerary.

Itinerary

Welcome to Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. Our tour guide will greet you and will help you with all the ground handling services. After a welcome briefing meeting with the tour guide, you will check in to your hotel. 
Lunch will be in “Lavash” Restaurant for your first encounter with the delicious and authentic Armenian cuisine.
Time to explore the Armenian capital, located in the shadow of the biblical Mount Ararat, it is one of the oldest cities in the world. You will have a stroll in the heart of the capital and explore The Republic Square, Cascade, Opera House. Past the radio ‘‘Yerevan‘‘. Then drive to the impressive Cascade - in the heart of the city. From this location, you have a panoramic view of the whole capital. 
Visit Megerian Carpet factory with participation in traditional Armenian food preparation master class with one of the most demanded and famous chefs Mr. Sedrak Mamoulian. 
After dinner, we will have free time in Yerevan. Evening Yerevan is another highlight that you should include in your must-see list. Cafes and bars are full of locals at night. Join them for a glass of local Armenian wine. You’ll not regret it. 

Accommodation

  • Overnight in Yerevan at hotel 3* on BB/DBL basis. Single room supplement can be provided at extra cost. Request in advance. 

Included Activities

  • Yerevan city guided tour
  • Megerian Carpet

Meals Included

  • Lunch 
  • Welcome dinner at Megerian Carpet

Important Notes

It’s important that you attend the welcome meeting, as we will be distributing details and next of kin information such as brochures with useful info about Yerevan and Armenia, maps, places to eat and things and activities to do around. 
Our best piece of Cycling equipment advice is a simple one – Bring your own gear with you! We do provide bicycles; however, the experienced cyclist will know that in order to get the best experience, you need to have your own gear and accessories with you. 
The bus accompanies the group all the times. In case any of the participants is tired or for any other reason wants to continue the program by bus, he may choose to do so. Spare parts and technical support of bikes are available at all times. 

What to bring with you:

  • Cycling outfit (helmet, cycling glasses, cycling boots, cycling clothes, cycling gloves
  • water flask, thermos
  • rain jacket, 
  • small backpack, 
  • windproof & waterproof jacket,  
  • forehead flashlight
  • sun cream & lip balm, mosquito spray, sunglasses, 
  • power bank, 
  • personal first aid kit and hygiene supplies

The beautiful morning starts with an acclimatization bike tour to Saghmosavank Monastery, situated in the Kasagh Gorge. 
A breathtaking view opens right in front of you, facing directly to Biblical Mount Ararat. The monastery dates back to the 13th century, where the psalms were composed. This is where the name of the monastery is derived from.

Accommodation

  • Overnight on Mount Aragats at the hotel on BB/DBL basis

Included Activities

  • Saghmosavank Monastery

Meals Included

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch /lunch box/
  • Dinner in Aragats

Important Notes

Bike route: approx. 55km
Altitude from sea level: 900 - 2000m

Another great day ahead. Our today’s program includes visiting the city of Aparan, one of the oldest cities in Armenia (2nd century) and its famous basilica The Holly Cross Church (4th century). We thought you would love to stop by and spend some time with the local priest. 
After a warm welcome from the locals, we continue our tour by biking over the Spitak Pass. The horizon will be decorated by a gently grazed plateau with Yezidi villages. 
We will pass through the cities of Spitak and Vanadzor. The last two were unfortunately destroyed in 1988 by the severe earthquake.

Accommodation

  • Overnight in hotel in Vanadzor on BB/DBL basis

Included Activities

  • Aparan and its famous basilica The Holly Cross church
  • Spitak 
  • Vanadzor

Meals Included

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch at a restaurant on the road
  • Dinner in Vanadzor

Important Notes

Bike route: 80km
Altitude from sea level: 2000 - 2200 - 1300m

Our first cycling stage leads through a hilly landscape. We start cycling from Vanadzor until Alaverdi in Lori Region. The Lori province is known to be the greenest part of Armenia. Here as an optional activity we offer Rafting on the river Debed.
Enjoy almost 90 minutes and 11km of rafting through the amazing landscapes and have that adventure thrill on the river Debed. The daring travelers can also choose to jump from the bridge or slide on the raft into the river for a wider spectrum of emotions. Your Rafting guide will take amazing pictures and videos and share them with you. 
Those who are not into Rafting, will have a small hike to Kobayr Monastery as a little tour. The steep climb takes 10 to 15 minutes. Perched above the hamlet of Kobayr is the 12th-century monastery of the same name. The main church has some partially restored Georgian-style frescoes and a detached 13th-century bell tower. There are also three chapels, one with a scenic circular balcony. Behind the main church is a beautiful slow-dripping waterfall that's also worth seeing.
After that we hop on the bus to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sanahin Monastery. The Monastery was renowned for its school of illuminators and calligraphers and also for its medical school. Its name means ‘older than that one’, referring to nearby Haghpat Monastery.
Next Stop is at domed basilica Odzun from the 6th century. Overnight will be in Haghpat.

Accommodation

  • Overnight in hotel in Haghpat on BB/DBL basis

Included Activities

  • Kobayr Monastery hike 
  • Sanahin Monastery (UNESCO Heritage Site)
  • Odzun Monastery

Optional Activity at Extra Cost

  • Rafting on Debed River (full description and pricing will be provided separately)

Includes

  • 90 min rafting
  • Jumping from bridge
  • Sliding from the raft
  • Transfer from end point to start point
  • Tour guide (professional rafting instructor)
  • Rafting gear (helmets, life jackets, oars)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch /lunch box/
  • Dinner in Haghpat

Important Notes

Bike route: 50km
Altitude from sea level: 1300 - 600m

For those who would like to do rafting as an optional activity, please make sure to have extra dry clothes to get changed, and a small towel to dry. It is recommended to have rubber water shoes or similar closed shoes proper for the activity.

Today we start our cycling towards Haghpat Monastery. In the lush forest area of ​​Armenia, with its inaccessible villages, are the most important monasteries and educational institutions of the Middle Ages. The harmonious coordination of the buildings erected one after the other is an architectural masterpiece. In the middle of nowhere, on a high plateau with a dramatic view, we find the Monastery of Haghpat (10th century, UNESCO World Heritage). We will continue cycling towards Ijevan where we visit another beautiful Monastery Makaravank. This 13th century Monastery is one of the most significant Medieval Armenian religious architectural monuments. 

Accommodation

  • Overnight in hotel in Ijevan on BB/DBL basis

Included Activities

  • Haghpat Monastery
  • Makaravank Monastery

Meals Included

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch /lunch box/
  • Dinner in Ijevan

Important Notes

Bike route: 55km
Altitude from sea level: 1200 - 550m

Take an early stroll across the market in Ijevan, then continue cycling through a densely forested hilly landscape to Goshavank Monastery (12th-13th century) and Haghartsin Monastery (13th century). These are perfect examples of Armenian architecture. Here we can enjoy the beauty of the Armenian cross-stones and not only. We cycle all the way towards another lush and beautiful region – Dilijan.
Those who want to spice up their cycling day can choose to depart towards “Yell” Extreme Adventure theme park by bus led by a tour leader, where they can have lots of fun, various activities and adventure. Among many activities you may choose hiking in Lastiver caves (approx. 8km), horseback riding in breathtaking nature, adrenaline rush Zip Line, Via Ferrata rock climbing and much more. After your amazing day, the bus will take you to Dilijan to join the rest of the group for dinner.
Our day ends in the beautiful city of Dilijan that is sometimes referred to as the forest kingdom of Armenia. In this cozy town, you can find vivid examples of traditional wooden house architecture.

Accommodation

  • Overnight in guest house in Dilijan on BB/DBL basis

Included Activities

  • Ijevan 
  • Goshavank Monastery
  • Haghartsin Monastery
  • Dilijan

Optional Activities at Extra Cost 

  • Yell Extreme Park (Hiking in Lastiver, Horse riding, Zip Line, Via Ferrata) (full description and pricing will be provided separately)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch at a restaurant on the road
  • Dinner in Dilijan

Important Notes

Bike route: 75km
Altitude from sea level: 550 - 1260 - 1426 - 1350m

Today's bike path leads to Lake Sevan. In contrast to the lush green area around Dilijan, the mountains become bare - we reach an impressive landscape around 1,900 m high where the Lake Sevan is greeting us. Its cool, turquoise blue water invites you to swim during the summer season. 
On the Sevan Peninsula, we visit Sevanavank Monastic complex, which dates back to the 9th century. Almost no visit to Armenia is complete without visiting one of the highest mountainous lakes in the world. Get ready to tick off another bucket list location in Armenia.
After the Sevan Lake tour we continue our cycling towards Tsapatagh.
For the lovers of high sky we offer in Sevan an amazing Paragliding adventure as an optional activity at extra cost. A must do when visiting Armenia, with Armenia`s leading experts in tandem paragliding flights. The team of highly qualified and professional pilots will make sure to give you the experience of a lifetime.
The bus will stay with the paragliding group and bring them back to join the rest of the group after the activity.

Accommodation

  • Overnight in a hotel directly on the lake Sevan on BB/DBL basis

Included Activities

  • Lake Sevan
  • Sevanavank Monastic Complex

Optional Activity at Extra Cost

  • Tandem Paragliding (full description and pricing will be provided separately)

 o   Tandem Flight 10 min

 o   Tandem Flight 20 min 

*Included. The pilot will make photos and videos during the flight with GoPro camera.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast at the Guest House
  • Lunch at a restaurant on the road
  • Dinner in Sevan

Important Notes

Bike route: 80km
Altitude from sea level: 2017 - 1900 - 1955m

It's time to say goodbye to the lake and change the region. We will reach the Selim pass by bus and start our cycling day. Our path goes 25 km uphill through the winding steppe-like landscape, over the Selim pass. Soon from the far, we can observe Orbelyan caravanserai from the 14th century. At an altitude of 2,410m, we enjoy a mesmerizing view of Armenian Highland. Here once passed the famous trade route - The Silk Road. Overnight in Vayk. 

Accommodation

  • Overnight in hotel in Vayk on BB/DBL basis

Included Activities

  • Selim Pass 
  • Orbelyan Caravanserai  
  • Silk Road

Meals Included

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch at a restaurant on the road
  • Dinner in Vayk

Important Notes

Bike route: 75km
Altitude from sea level: 1955 - 2450 - 1220m

Drive to the province of Vayots Dzor. Viticulture in this region goes back to the 3rd millennium BC. In Areni1 cave wine barrels were discovered with traces of wine from ancient times. The endemic grapevine Areni grows here, from which the famous red wine "Areni" is made. Visit the Monastery of Noravank, located at the end of the beautiful canyon of Amaghu, which impresses with its unique exterior relief and its reddish facade. The monastery just melts with its surroundings.
After that we drive to Garni, which was the summer residence of the Armenian kings and is famous for being the only pagan temple (1st century) that has survived in the Caucasus. It was dedicated to the God Mitra, the God of the Sun.
Our next stop is Geghard Monastery (UNESCO Heritage): visit the cave monastery at the end of a ravine, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Armenia. The legend says the name Geghard was given to them monastery as the legendary spear - “Geghard'' that pierced Christ was brought there. All three spots deserve to be included in your travel bucket list.
Continue to Yerevan after your delicious dinner in Garni. 

Accommodation

  • Overnight in Yerevan at hotel 3* on BB/DBL basis

Included Activities

  • Noravank Monastery
  • Garni Pagan Temple
  • Geghard Monastery

Meals Included

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Lunch at a restaurant on the road
  • Dinner in Garni

Important Notes

Bike route: 85km
Altitude from sea level: 1870 - 2028 - 1400m
Bus ride approx. 40km

***You are required to do the mandatory PCR test before your departure from Armenia. Test will be organized at Yerevan hotel early in the morning before you can continue your day in Yerevan. We will bring the Lab specialist to the hotel for the PCR test, just to take special care of you and save you the hustle of travels and extra cost, and give you more time to enjoy the last day in Armenia.
The rest of the day is free until dinner. Explore it on your own, get some souvenirs to remind you of your amazing adventure in Armenia, enjoy the night city in local pubs with live music, try the delicious food in restaurants and pin these moments in your memory.
The Farewell dinner will be in Tavern "Yerevan" for another delicious encounter with Armenian cuisine accompanied by traditional Armenian music, dance and culture. 

Optional Activity at Extra Cost

You have an entire free day in Yerevan! Want to use the opportunity to make this adventure more than just another Cycling tour, you can choose to spice it up with optional activities at extra cost. You can manage the level of your own daring experiences and the spectrum of emotions during this tour. Please let us know in your application form which Optional Activities you prefer. The detailed description and prices of Optional Activities will be provided in a separate brochure.  

Accommodation

  • Overnight in Yerevan at hotel 3* on BB/DBL basis

Included Activities

  • Farewell dinner with Armenian folk dance and music

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Farewell dinner

See you soon in Armenia.
We hope that while looking at Armenia pinned in your travel map, will bring back unforgettable memories and experience during your two wheels adventure with us!

Want to make this adventure more than just another cycling tour, you can choose to spice it up with these optional activities at extra cost.
The price and detailed description of Optional Activities will be provided in separate brochure.

  • Rafting on the river Debed
  • “Yell” Extreme Adventure theme park
  • Paragliding in Sevan
  • Optional activities in Yerevan

Let us know and our flexible system and professional team will help you put together an itinerary that suits you the best and will customize your travel experience.

Included

Accommodation on BB/DBL room basis
Meals on FB basis
Transportation and all transfers
Cycling tour leader and guide
Water during the trips
Welcome package, maps and other important information
Souvenirs
PCR test (at extra cost upon request)
Bicycles technical support and spare parts
All museum and entrance tickets according to the program, travel permits in restricted areas
Optional activities (at extra cost upon request)
Bicycle rentals (at extra cost upon request)

Not Included

Air tickets
Visa
Travel insurance

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