Mountain Bike Tour to Armenia
The day starts with the arrival in Zvartnots international airport. The assembly and adjustment of the bikes will be right after the transfer to the hotel and then you will have a greeting dinner in a restaurant.
After breakfast, you will leave early in the morning and go to Geghard Monastery which was founded in the IV century. In early period, this cave construction was called Ayrivank (Cave monastery), and since XIII century — Geghard, in honor of the sacred spear of Longinus which had been kept in the monastery for a long time. The monastery was once one of the largest cultural centers of medieval Armenia. After the excursion around the monastery, you will be lifted with bicycles to the top of the rocky mountain by trucks. From there starts your cycling journey through mountains over Geghard Monastery. The road will lead you through the plateau and then down to Khosrov forest state reserve. You will reach an ancient monastery Aghjots (XIII century). After the exploration of the monastery, the tour continues down to the river (small climb 100m in length) to the village of Gilan. Here a delicious lunch will be organized during which you will have an opportunity to communicate and get closer to locals. Then you will continue your way out from Khosrov reserve and go up around 1,5 km carrying the bikes (not riding). After leaving the reserve, the way continues to the amazing Canyon of the River Azat. There is a significant natural monument called ”The symphony of stones” which is formed by huge basalt columns. After exploring this natural beauty you will climb to the town of Garni. The cars will already be there, waiting for you to take you to Garni temple (II-I B.C.). After an excursion, you will return to Yerevan.
The length of the off-road route – 30km
After breakfast in the hotel, you will go to the village of Tsovagyugh located near the amazing azure Lake Sevan – the pearl of Armenian nature. The cycling will start from 2000 meters high above sea level, which will be an excellent acclimatization for you. Then you’ll start riding up, and the destination will be 2500 meters above sea level. The length of the journey is 13 km. From the whole journey, the most difficult part is the last 1.5 km. Having reached the top of the hill you will enjoy the magnificent view of mountains, villages, nature and Lake Sevan. After a snack, you will begin the descent to the village Drakhtik. During the cycling, you will be amazed with the view of the nature. After reaching the village you will be transferred to the hotel located not far from Sevan Lake shore. If the weather is fine those who wish will be able to swim in the lake. You will also have dinner there.
The length of the off-road route – 31 km
Your cycling tour will begin in the morning. You will ride to the famous resort town of Jermuk (2000m high from sea level) and enjoy the natural beauties on your way. This day’s riding will be 3000 m high from the sea level. During the trip, you will visit two amazing lakes. And in the evening, you will have the opportunity to walk around Jermuk and enjoy its sights.
The length of the off-road route – 37 km
On the fifth day, right from the hotel you will take the bikes and ride to your next destination. The road will lead you out of the town and turning to the left we will appear on the off-road zone. The day’s climb will be about 9 km. After reaching the highway you will be transferred to Goris town and have an overnight there.
The length of the off-road route – 23 km
After breakfast, the bus will take you to Goris town, after which you will take the bikes and head to your riding destination. The off-road will pass through beautiful woods, above gorges. The first stop will be at the one of the most famous monasteries of Armenia – Tatev monastery – the gem of Armenian medieval architecture. The journey to the monastery will be pleasant and relaxing as the route is not so long. On your way, you will visit the unique church of the Xth century, which has a great architecture. You will also enjoy the amazing view of the Vorotan gorge from above. The sight is really impressive! At the end of your way, you will be amazed by the beauty of Tatev monastery. After having an excursion, the car will take you to Yerevan.
The length of the off-road route – 34 km
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to Lake Kari, which is situated 3200m above sea level, at the slopes of Aragats Mountain. Here you will start the climb up to 3700-3800m above sea level. Having reached Lake Kari the way continues to Amberd fortress (V-VII centuries). The climbing part is not too long; it is steep and difficult, so you should climb slowly. But during the journey, you will enjoy surroundings. The will be an interesting excursion around the Amberd Fortress after which the car will take you to Echmiadzin town – the religious center of all Armenians. Here is located world-known Echmiadzin Cathedral (301-303 ) – the first official Christian church in the world. After the excursion to the monastery, you will be transferred to Yerevan.
The length of the off-road route – 21 km
Transfer to the airport, departure
The price of the tour – 1,298 EUR per person
Single supplement – 114 EUR
Why book with Arara?
- Experienced mountain biking guide
- Well designed balanced bike routes
- Wide choice of good quality bikes
- Overnight in family run B&Bs
- The best price in the market for high-quality service
- Over 100 satisfied mountain bikers per year
Detailed Trip Information
The price of the tour includes:
- Transfers during the tour
- Accommodation as per itinerary in double rooms
- Meal (breakfast, lunchbox)
- Guiding services
- Entrance fees
- 1 bottle (0,5 l) of water per day
- Local SIM card
The price doesn’t include:
- Bike rent (if you need to rent a bike let us know)
- Medical insurance
You will spend 4 nights in Yerevan in a 3 * hotel, which meets all necessary standards and is located in the city center within walking distance of the main attractions. In the regions we provide small hotels or guest houses with friendly staff:
Hotel in Jermuk:
Hotel Nairi or similar
The stuff you should have with you during the tour
- Biking helmet
- Biking gloves
- Biking shorts
- Backpack 25-30 liters
- Biking sunglasses
- Lights (headlights, lights for bike)
- Wind stopper clothes
- Waterproof clothes
- Warm clothes (jackets, gloves, hats…)
- Hygiene accessories
- Spare tubes
- Other spears and things for your bike
- Personal and other things.
- Check the brakes (pads, levers, fluid, brake cables)
- Pay attention to tires
- Check suspension
- Check gear shifting and cables
Some parts of the tour are crossing high altitude, in case of bad weather (for example, snow), the route can be changed during the tour.