Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh by Bike
Join us on a bicycle trip to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. We will visit Armenian monuments (Haghpat, Sanahin, Akhtala, Noravank and Tatev), ride through gorgeous valleys, visit distant villages and cross high mountain passes. During this cycling trip we will reach the Lake Sevan and enter the breathtaking canyon of the Debed River. But that is not all, we will also ride the longest bilateral cableway in the world - Wings of Tatev.
We will stay with local hosts whom might reveal to us the secrets of the local cuisine and culture of this country. Most of the products that we will eat are organic - straight from the garden. We will taste the local specialties: kebab, dolma and shashlik. Our luggage will be transported by car (which will also be there to assist us in the event that any of the travelers might need support) so that we can travel lightly.
Flight to the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. Transport to northern Armenia, precisely, the beautiful canyon of the Debed river. On the way, visit three famous medieval buildings - the Haghpat monastery (UNESCO), Sanahin(UNESCO) and Akhtala. Overnight in the town of "the purest air of Armenia" - Dilijan.
Preparing bikes and going to the mountains. At the beginning a warm-up descent and a gentle climb to the Goshavank monastery. Then, through a picturesque valley and a first-rate, though almost unused, asphalt road, we reach one of the mountainous villages nearby. There will be a rich dinner awaiting us. For those willing opportunity to ride or walk around the area.
Continuation of the driveway through the village up to the pass at 2300m above sea level. Then take the exit to the shores of the mountainous lake Sevan, sometimes called the Armenian sea. Lunch break - exquisite Sevan fish specialty. Then we will follow the deserted shore of the lake on a stony but even terrain. This stage is almost a hundred kilometers of beautiful route, but its major part is driving down. We will get to Martuni, where we will have the opportunity to taste Sevan crayfish.
Driveway to the Vardanyants Pass (2410m above sea level), where we will have the opportunity to visit the wonderfully preserved medieval Selim Caravanserai. Once, this road was a part of the southern path of the Silk Road. Then a long drive through a beautiful road to southern Armenia - the province of Vayots Dzor. Afternoon ride on a beautiful road towards the Noravank monastery, located between the red rocks. Overnight in Yegheghnadzor.
We are going to the mountains again, this time they will be volcanic. Picturesque valleys up to the village of Hermon. On the way, we will visit the medieval cemetery of the Mountainous Jews and continue the driveway to, as you can see at first glance, the highest located village in Armenia. We will be accompanied by magnificent views, the uniqueness of the place cut off from the world and an excellent dinner and conversations with the locals.
A short descent along a small reservoir, up to the main road connecting Yerevan and Nagorno Karabakh. Transport of bicycles to the Vorotan Pass (2344m above sea level). We will drive from Vorotan towards the Nagorno Karabakh border. Visiting the "Armenian Stonehenge" - Zorats Karer. Through winding roads along forests and villages, we climb to the monastery of Tatev, one of the most famous monasteries in Armenia, situated on a beautiful rock. Visiting the ravine and the opportunity to experience a bath in local hot springs.
We go the longest rotatable cable car in the world – Wings of Tatev (5.7 km), there are several interesting downhill cycling routes prepared for those who are interested in the area. Transfer to Goris. Walk on the new rope bridge to the rock town of Khndzoresk.
Transfer to the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh. Visiting Shushi, the Hunot canyon and access to the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh - Stepanakert.
Drive through the picturesque mountains to the Gandzasar monastery, work of art from the 13th century. From the village of Vank, we will go further to the Kelbajar region to the Dadivank monastery, visit this beautiful, ninth-century monastery and stay in the neighboring village.
Through the Zod Pass (2420m above sea level), we will leave the Nagorno Karabakh and drive back to Armenia. We will finish our cycling trip in the city of Vardenis. Packing bikes.
Transfer to Yerevan. On the way, visiting the reconstructed ancient Garni temple (UNESCO) with original mosaics and one of the main attractions of the trip - the several-level monastery complex Geghard (UNESCO). Supper in a stylish restaurant located next to the edge of the canyon. Overnight in Yerevan.
• a return flight ticket with all airport charges
• care of an English-speaking guide
• an assurance car for transporting luggage
• local transport: minibus, cable car, metro
• accommodation: (10x) accommodation with local hosts, (2x) hotel
• board: 11x breakfast and 10x dinner
• insurance guarantee for the travel agency
• information materials and maps
• NNW and KL + insurance of luggage up to 200 Euro
• a mandatory fee for the State Tourist Guarantee Fund (TFG) for each person
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
• bicycle transport by plane: price depending on the airline (ATTENTION: you can send 2 cartons with a bicycle as one cardboard box = 50% reduction of costs)
• access to monuments, museums (about 12 EUR)
• dinner in Stepanakert and Yerevan
The place of departure is WARSAW. In case you wish to travel from another destination or book flights on your own, please contact us for price quotation for this trip.
The beginning of July is in Armenia is the middle of the tourist season. Our route, however, leads through less frequented roads. The term is suitable for cyclists. In the valleys it can be hot - the temperature will exceed 30 degrees Celsius. When riding through the mountain straits and at night, in villages, the temperature can occasionally drop even to 10 degrees Celsius. Therefore, it is recommended to also have warmer clothing for both the bike and the evening.
ROUTE AND HOW TO DRIVE:
The route usually is going through an asphalt roads, which is why it is also suitable for trekking bikes. However, we advise mountain bikes to take advantage of some routes without asphalt. We cycle only with small backpacks, our luggage will be transported by the car, which will also help in the event of a possible health disability of any of the participants.
We will spend the night in local guest houses, which are prepared for tourists accommodation. The rooms are usually double, bathroom with a hot shower and a toilet with a European standard, common for several rooms. In Yerevan, we will spend the night in a hotel.
Dinners and breakfast (included) are prepared mostly from homemade, organic products. During the day you will be able to buy snacks in shops in most villages or small restaurants (limited choice). Next to Sevan lake we will have the opportunity to try local fish or crayfish. In the mountains you can taste delicious shashliks. Armenia is also friendly for vegetarians. Dinners in Yerevan and Stepanakert are not include in the price.
• The itinerary may change depending on the date of departure, weather and other factors.
• Learn more about general conditions of participation and find out how to sign up for a trip.
• The organizer of the trip is Active Travel Agency Barents.pl