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Motorcycle Tour in Armenia

10 days / 9 nights

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Day 1:

Arrival in Yerevan – transfer to the selected hotel

Day 2:

Yerevan – Ashtarak – Aruch – Talin – Mastara – Gyumri – 130 km (normal asphalt)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Ride to Aruch via town Ashtarak by M1 highway (asphalted road). Aruch village,  one of the oldest populated villages in Armenia, with its monastery complex, is located around 40 km from the capital Yerevan.

After ride to the ruins of Talin Cathedral of 7th century situated in the town Talin The route passes through the church of St. Hovhannes which is also called Mastara and is located in Mastara village. The church of St Hovhannes in Mastara was reconstructed for several times.

After continue tour to Gyumri, the second largest city and the cultural capital of Armenia, which is located 130 km from Yerevan. Gyumri is distinguished by its unique deeply preserved folk traditions. It is one of the most hospitable cities of Armenia.

Overnight in Gyumri.

Day 3:

Gyumri – Trchkan Waterfall – Stepanavan – Lori Berd – Odzun – 160 km (80 km dirt road)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Ride to the northern part of Armenia, the magical place of forested mountains and deep canyons.

Stop at Shirakamut village to admire the highest waterfall of Armenia "Trchkan". This is considered to be one of the natural beauties of Armenia. Locals call it “Ice Queen” because in the winter it is frozen.

Then ride to Stepanavan by dirt road. Visit to Lori Fortress, one of Armenia's most impressive medieval fortress sites, that has both historical and natural value. One can just go to see amazing point, were two gorgeous rivers Dzoraget and Tashir meet and make unbelievable canyon which surrounds the castle, making it unapproachable.

After take the direction to Odzun village. A short visit to the 6th century monastery.

Overnight in Odzun.

Day 4:

Odzun – Haghpat – Sanahin – Vanadzor – Fioletovo – Parz Lake – Dilijan – 160 km – (30 km broken asphalt)

Breakfast at the hotel.

From Odzun to Vanadzor the road passes via the M6 highway.

Excursion to the monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin included in the list of UNESCO heritage. Both Sanahin and Haghpat are incredibly well-conserved examples of Armenian Christian architecture. The black stone used for their construction, and their remote, mountainous location might make you think that they're alien constructions. The old gravesthe open curving, wooden door, art design, all these make the monastery of Sanahin to be a unique.

Ride through Vanadzor to Fioletovo, a village in the Lori Province. It was known as Nikitino until 1936, when it was renamed Fioletovo in honour of the Russian Communist activist and one of the 26 Baku Commissars Ivan Fioletov. The village has an extremely cold winter with a cool and mild summer.

Ride by dirt road to Navur Village.

Continue tour to the Parz Lake. After ride to the town of Dilijan known as “Armenian Switzerland” for its forests as well as for its mysterious flora and fauna.

Overnight in Dilijan.

Day 5:

Dilijan – Semyonovka – Sevan – Noratus – Selim Pass – Yeghegnadzor – 170 km – (10 km dirt road)

Breakfast at the hotel. Ride from Dilijan to Lake Sevan one of the wonders in ArmeniaThe road goes through the village of Semyonovka. This blue lake is one of the greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of Eurasia.  On a clear and sunny day, the water is often of a deep turquoise colour. Visit the ancient Sevanavank Monastery (IX century), which stands in its greatness on the peninsula overlooking the lake for centuries.

The remnants of the monastery constructed in the 9th century include only two temples – Surb Arakelots and Surb Astvatsatsin standing among numerous khachkars. The church buildings were constructed from black tuff.

Visit to the medieval cemetery in Noratus Village.

Going through the Selim Pass to Yeghegnadzor. On a way visit Selim Pass Karavansaray, which was used for having a rest by Silk road caravans.

Overnight in Yeghegnadzor.

Day 6:

Yeghegnadzor - Shaki Waterfall – Karahunj - Goris – 135 km (normal asphalt)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Going by M2 highway to Shaki Waterfall near Sisian, which got its name in honor of beautiful Shaki. According to the legend one of the invaders seeing Shaki’s beauty falls in love and orders her to go and see him. The Armenian girl doesn’t want to obey the invader’s violence and throws herself from the high mountain. When falling the girl’s long dress opens from wind and turns into a waterfall, which was called Shaki Waterfall. Falling down from the height of 40 meters, the huge amount of water fills the atmosphere with astonishing freshness.

On way visit Zorats Karer. Zorats Karer or Karahunj is proved to be one of the oldest, 7500 years old observatories in the world. Currently it stands as precisely arranges stones in the Welcome to the country of magnificence... field with the holes that were used for astrological observations. The petroglyphs found nearby Karahunj prove that the early inhabitants in Armenia were well aware of astrology. Karahunj has been named by tourists “the Armenian Stonehendge”.

Then ride to Goris. Overnight in Goris.

Day 7:

Goris – Khndzoresk – Tatev - Jermuk – 170 km (20 km dirt road)

Breakfast at the hotel. After ride to the ancient cave-city Khndzoresk, with ancient caves where people lived 100 years ago.

Ride through Shinuayr Village, taking the direction to Tatev Monastery enjoying spectacular view of the scenery around. View of recently constructed rope way – the longest in the world (5,7 km), recorded in Guinnes record book. The road passes through the Devil’s bridge.

Ride to Jermuk. Overnight in Jermuk.

Day 8:

Jermuk – Noravank – Khor Virap - Yerevan - 200 km (normal asphalt)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Early ride through the spectacular canyon between the red rocks toward Noravank monastery (13th c). The Noravank monastery is one of the most stunning attractions in Armenia. The monastery itself is set against a gorgeous backdrop - mountains with red rocks and some greenery. The breathtaking ride towards the monastery through canyons and rocks ends with the Noravank Monastery upon hill. Certainly the most beautiful location in Armenia.

The road continues toward Ararat valley - Khor Virap Church: one of the holy places for the Christian world. It is also the best point to enjoy the most spectacular view of the gorgeous biblical mountain Ararat shining with its two white peaks.

Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 9:

City tour – Etchmiadzin – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan – 150 km (normal asphalt)

Breakfast at the hotel.

City tour - Yerevan sightseeing including City center, Republic square, City panorama, Mother Armenia Monument, Parliament, President’s Palace, Opera, Sports & Concert Complex.

Visit to Tsitsernakaberd, ride to with Monte Melkonyan Avenue to Baghramyan street.

Visit to Cascade complex, which is considered the modern art center of Yerevan, with art pieces displayed throughout the whole area: the boulevard and up the stairs, from top of which you can enjoy the panoramic view on the city and Mountain Ararat. Welcome to the country of magnificence...

Ride to the city of Etchmiadzin – the “must-see” religious center of all Armenians. This is one of the ancient churches in the Christian world, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (2000). It is the center of Armenian Apostolic Church, and was founded in 301 A.D. by St. Gregory the Illuminator.

Ride to the only remaining pagan temple in Armenia devoted to the God of Sun – Myrth, in Garni, built in 77 AD by King Trdat (Arshakid Dynasty). Photo stop at Charentc Arc. The temple is Greco-Roman style with characteristic pillars. It stands proudly on a rocky ridge with a deep canyon presenting a beautiful view.

Canyon of Garni -magnificent and outstanding scene which creates the image of falling crags. It obtained the name "Symphony of Stones" due to its view. Ride to the unique caved temple St. Geghard (12th - 13th cc.), the name of which means “holy spear” in the honor of the long-preserved spear, the same spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ. It is now exhibited in the museum of Etchmiadzin Cathedral. Geghard Monastery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list (2000).

Optional: Family hosted lunch in village house with watching of “Lavash” (Armenian traditional flat bread baked in stone-make oven) making process, testing authentic Armenian food, get acquainted with local village life.

Return back to Yerevan. O/n in Yerevan.

Day 10:

Transfer to the airport. Departure. Transfer to the airport. Departure.