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Bicycle tourism is considered to be one of the most inexpensive pleasures available to modern man. Practically everyone can enjoy the advantages of this type of outdoor activities. Bicycles are vehicles that give freedom! And no matter where you ride on it – in the city or a small village, participate in competitions or use your two-wheeled “horse” for leisurely walks. The main thing that such trips bring pleasure. Mega is comfortable bike to ride on it in search of attractions in new countries and in search of new roads.
Cycling is a fascinating and useful kind of recreation that can be spent in the company of a guide, friends or close acquaintances. In addition, during the cycle walk there is an opportunity to relax emotionally, relieve stress and capture new multicolored cards of your reality. And, of course, find new friends, learn a new culture, and a new country. Get to know Armenia on wheels!
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Arrival in Armenia.Your local driver-guide will greet you, and you will be transferred to your hotel and check-in.
Hayrivank monastery – Martuni (45 KM →) (B/-/D)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. Overnight in very basic hotel or homestay in Martuni.
Martuni - Artsvanist village - Vanevan Monastery – Tsapatagh (65 KM→) (B/-/D)Today we will cycle from Martuni to Tsapatagh village. The whole day we will enjoy the beauty of Lake Sevan. One of our stops we will have in Vanevan monastery, 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 evidence that the church was built in 903. Overnight in Tsapatagh Village-Avan Maran Tsapatagh hotel.
Tsapatagh-Chambarak-Gosh (75 KM- ↑8km, ↓45km, ↑3km, 19km →) (B/-/D)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. Overnight in Gosh Village – Gosh basic guesthouse
Gosh- Parz Lich-Dilijan (↑2km, 6km↓ 10 km→) (B/-/D)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. Here we will visit a museum-street of the town of Dilijan, which still preserves 19-century houses. Here we will stop at a ceramicist’s and woodcarver’s studios. P. S . Optional cycling to Haghartsin Monastery before cycling to Dilijan city (→1km↑6 km 12↓6km) Overnight in Dilijan.
Dilijan-Sevan-Tsaghkadzor (↓40 km) (B/-/D)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. –Alpina hotel
Tsaghkadzor-Bjni-Arzakan-Yerevan (↓65 km) (B/-/-)In the morning we will cycle from Tsakhkadzor to Yerеvan 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.
Yerеvan-Geghard-Garni-Khor Virap –Yerevan (↓60 km) (B/-/-)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.
Yerevan City tour (B/-/-)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. The excursion also includes a stop at the Food Market with its variety of fresh and dried fruits and visit to the Genocide Memorial Complex and the Manuscript museum of Matenadaran which has an amazing collection of beautifully illuminated medieval Armenian manuscripts, including medieval Bibles. Transfer to airport. Departure.
Transportation in A/C vehicle where we need, jeep for bicycle transfer and service, all entrance fees, accommodation according to the program, Half board (7 dinners).
Meals not mentioned in the program, Tsakhkadsor rope way, bicycle rent (please see below), tips and beverages
• ENGLISH speaking guide – cycler services extra USD 1154 per group (1-10 pax)
• ENGLISH speaking guide services on day 2 is USD 65
• BIKE RENT PRICE IS – USD 15 or 7000 Armenian Dram
Bike damaged parts cost
Tire – 11.000 AMD – EUR 22
Inner tube – 4.000 AMD – EUR 8
Brake & shifter Cable – l5.000 AMD – EUR 30
Rear derailleur – 25.000 AMD – EUR 50
Front derailleur – 15.000 AMD – EUR 30
Spokes – 300 AMD each – EUR 0.6
Derailleur hanger – 5000 AMD – EUR 10
Pedals – 12.000 AMD – EUR 24
Seat – 13.000 AMD – EUR 26
Chain – 10.000 AMD – EUR 20
Disk Brake pads – 6.000 AMD – EUR 12
V-Break pads – 3.000 AMD – EUR 6
Disk – 10.000 AMD – EUR 20
Suspension by model price in market
• If the bikers have appropriate pedals for their shoes they can bring with them to fix here for biking.
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