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.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan
Duration: The length of the off-road route – 30 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch