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Bicycle tour – 4 days

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Dear tourists, welcome to Armenia!

Armenia is the first country, which adopted Christianity as a state religion in 301 AD.

Armenia is truly an indescribable open-air museum. Here even the ruins of temples and historical monuments treasure the history of centuries and have a significant importance.

Armenia is a fabulous place, a country of contrasts, where the summer nights are so comfortable and soulful, that your heart is filled with warmth.

Armenia is an earthly paradise with its sharp turns and passes. Only in Armenia you can move from one city to another through lots of passes. The nature of Armenia is not only strikingly beautiful, but also healing.

The Armenian nation, being formed in the second millennium BC, is one of the most ancient nations in the world: the genetic code of Armenians is more than 4000 years old.

Yerevan is the capital of Armenia. The history of Yerevan dates back to the 8th century BC with the founding of the fortress of Erebuni in 782 BC by king Argishti I. In 1950 in the territory of modern-day Yerevan was found a cuneiform script with the following text: «By the greatness of God Khaldi, Argishti, son of Menua, built this mighty stronghold and proclaimed it Erebuni for the glory of Biainili and to instill fear among the king’s enemies…»

Meeting at the “Zvartnots” airport, transfer to the hotel in Yerevan, registration and a short rest. After having lunch at the hotel the city tour will begin.

So, the most important sights of Yerevan are waiting for you: places, which you have seen in pictures or probably have heard and read about, but have never seen live.

We’ll begin with the Arshakunyats Avenue and will come to the train station (Kayaran). The decoration of the forecourt is the fabulous statue David of Sasoon by famous Armenian sculptor Ervand Kochar.

Following the route we’ll pass the streets Tigran Mets, Ervand Kochar and will stop at the St. Gregory the Illuminator cathedral, which was founded in 1997.

 It’s the biggest cathedral in Armenia and the second biggest in
Transcaucasia. Passing the main streets of the capital we’ll see trade center “Russia”, the Pedаgogical University, the statue of Griboyedov established in 1975. Alexander Griboyedov was very close to the Armenian nation, shared its joys and sorrows, and did a lot for the Armenians. Today his statue is deservedly considered a decoration of street scenery of the Armenian capital.

Turning to Khanjian Street and reaching the Vernisage, on the opposite side of the street you’ll see the majestic statue of Armenian nobleman and warlord Vardan Mamikonyan. Reaching one of the central streets, Sayat-Nova, on the right side we can see the Chess House and also the Armenian Radio House already located on the Alex Manoogian Street. On the same street you’ll see the building of Yerevan State University, in front of which stands the statue of the creator of the Armenian alphabet Mesrop Mashtots and the Catholicos Sahak the Parthian. Also here is situated the Armenian State University of Economics. Passing the Nalbandyan Street we’re turning to the Moskovyan. On the right side we see the statue of famous Armenian painter Ivan Aivazovsky. A little further, on the crossroad of Moskovyan and Abovyan streets is situated the statue of polar explorer and a great friend of the Armenian nation Fridtjof Nansen. And here it is, the heart and the flavor of the city, the Abovyan Street, through which, looking at the universities (Yerevan State Medical University, branches of YSU), passing the garden after Abovyan, we’re heading to the Victory Park – one of the favorite places of townspeople. Here stands the monument Mother Armenia in honor of the victory of the Soviet Union in the Great Patriotic War. The statue is 54 meters in height and symbolizes a figure of an Armenian mother putting her sword into the scabbard and with a shield lying under her feet. The pedestal hosts the Mother Armenia Military museum of the Ministry of Defense, which houses exhibit of the times of World War II and Nagorno-Karabakh War.

From the Victory Park we’ll go down to the center of the city by the stairs of Cascade (we can also use the escalator). Through the Tamanyan Street we’ll pass to the Marshal Baghramyan Avenue. There are a lot of residencies of public organizations on this avenue. Here is situated the complex of buildings of the National Academy of Sciences. In front of it is situated the building of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. From here through the Leningradyan Street we’ll head to a large trade and entertainment center “Dalma Garden Mall”, we’ll see the Municipality of Yerevan and pass to the Republic Square.

Continuing our city tour, we’ll visit Tsitsernakaberd (arm. swallows fortress) and the Armenian Genocide Museum. The memorial complex in Yerevan is dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide in 1915. The 44-meters stele symbolizes the national rebirth of Armenians. Next to the stele 12 slabs are positioned in a circle. In the center of the circle, at a depth of 1.5 meters, the eternal flame burns. The two-storied Genocide Museum with a total area of 2000 square meters was open in 1995 and almost entirely is underground.

Not far from the museum is situated the alley, were the foreign statesmen plant trees in memory of the victims of the genocide. The Forbes listed the Armenian Genocide Museum among the 9 must-see memorial museums.

Then we’re returning to the hotel.

Matenadaran

Yerevan Cascade

Tsitsernakaberd

After having breakfast at the hotel, we’re heading to the Geghard monastery by cars.

The monastic complex of Geghardavank is a unique architectural construction located in the gorge of the river Azat. According to the chronicles, Geghard was founded in the IV century. In the times of paganism in its place was a stream, which starts from the cave, and the water from this stream was considered sacred. The old name of the fortress is Ayrivank, which means “the Monastery of the Cave”, and the full name Geghardavank literally means “the Monastery of the Spear”. The biblical spear, by which Jesus Christ had been wounded on the Cross, allegedly was brought here by Apostle Thaddeus and is kept in the museum of Etchmiadzin monastery nowadays.

After the excursion in the monastery we’ll go to the village of Geghard by cars. Here our 4 kilometers – long ride will start. On our way we’ll enjoy the picturesque scenery, the amazing view of the Azat Gorge. Along the gorge opens the Garni plateau.

The road leads us to the village of Gilan, where we’ll have dinner. If you wish, we can drive into the village and explore the area in depth. Then we’re heading to the Khosrov Forest State Reserve and the Aghjots Monastery (XIII century), located in the territory of the reserve. We can also get closer to the highest waterfalls of the forest (15 meters in height).

We’ll see the Garni Gorge.

The gorge is famous with its unique basalt columns, which have appeared due to the action of volcanic lava. As a result of these geological processes a stunning symmetric natural monument has arisen, which is called “The Symphony of Stones” or “The Basalt Organ”. This is one of the favorite places of both locals and guests.

We’re riding to the village of Garni to see the only memorial in Armenia, which remained from the era of paganism, the temple of Garni, was built in the second half of the first century AD by the Armenian Arsacid king Tiridates I and was dedicated to the sun god Mihr, whose figure was standing in the depths of the sanctuary. The fortress of Garni is one of the clearest evidences of the centuries-old culture of pre-Christian Armenia. Its construction began in the II century BC and continued during ancient times and, partly, in the Middle Ages. The temple is characterized with its unique structure. 9 massive 30 cm high steps stretched-out over the entire width of the facade strengthen the majesty of the temple. The 24 columns have their designation (2+4=6, i.e. perfection, 24=8*3, according to the sacral geometry – new life multiplied by the Holy Trinity, i.e. life given by God). The location of the columns also has its designation: 6 columns set up on both front and rear parts of the structure, and 8 columns (the symbol of life, infinity) on each of the sides.

After the excursion we’re returning to Yerevan.

Distance – 24 km.

Fluctuation of height – 700 m.

Temple of Garni

Monastery of Geghard

We’ll have breakfast at the hotel. We’re starting the tour from Lake Sevan, located at the altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. From Tsovagyugh we’re climbing to the altitude of 2400 meters. We can admire the fantastic scenery all the way to the very top. Here the view of the Sevan is indescribably beautiful: feels like you hold the lake in the palm of your hand.

After a short break and taking a lot of selfies we’re continuing our route along the ridge, enjoying the view of the Sevan on the right side and the green forests of Dilijan on the left. Continuing the way, we’re cycling down to the village of Drakhtik. Here we’ll have lunch (lunch box). Then we’re riding down to the village of Shorzha, located on the shore of the Sevan.

We’ll stop at the hotel in Tsovagyugh for the night.

Distance – 31 km.

Fluctuation of height – 500 m.

After having breakfast at the hotel in Shorzha we’ll go to the village of Madina by cars.

The village is located 65 km from Lake Sevan, at the foot of Mount Armaghan (2280 m). There is a lake with a diameter of 150 meters in the crater. On our way we’ll see the dragon stones – “Vishapakar”. In ancient times the dragon stones were set at the springheads, on lake shores and near water in general. They are carved from single pieces of stones of up to 5 meters in height and have the shape of fish. A few dozens of vishapakars have preserved till our days, they are located on the shore of Lake Kari on the slope of Mount Aragats. There are several vishapakars in Yerevan – one in the park of the café “Poplavok” (rus. float) and eight in Square of Vishapakars in the Nork district. They were brought from Gegham Mountains (not far from Lake Sevan), which, as once was thought, have been home to the Armenian dragons.

Further we’re going on with conquering our peak (2800 m). In spite of the fact, that the road is not that smooth, we’ll overcome these 3 kilometers to admire the pride of the Armenians, the biblical Mount Ararat. 

On our way we’ll have lunch (lunch box) and we’ll even have time to communicate with the locals. In the village of Zangakatun there will be cars waiting for us, which will take us to Yerevan.

We’ll walk in the evening and will have dinner at a restaurant.

You’ll have time to get prepared for the departure. Transfer to the “Zvartnots” airport.

Distance – 45 km.

Fluctuation of height – 600 m.