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Bicycle tour – 6 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 going to Tsovagyugh by cars and then we’ll cycle to the village of Kalvan. The 2500 kilometers – long dirt road is full of ascents and descents. The magnificnt view of Lake Sevan and the beautiful nature are so charming, that light barriers are even fun. After a short rest we’re continuing the ride. Two different zones reveal in front of us in the same are: the Sevan on the right side, where there are practically no forests, and on the left side – the densely blooming forests of Dilijan, which look like the Alps.

After cycling down to the village of Kalavan (1500 m) in the Gegharkunik province, we’ll have lunch (lunch box). After visiting Kalavan, we’ll go to Yenokavan by cars, where we’ll stay for the night. In the territory of the hotel we can ride zip – line and horses.

Distance – 35 km.

Fluctuation of height – 1100 m.

Sevanavank

After having breakfast at the hotel we’ll start biking. The first road of 4.5 kilometers mainly consists of ascents and descents. We’re heading to the Lori province, where we’ll communicate to the locals, see the amazing Armenian nature and cycle down to the village of Atan, where we’ll have lunch (lunch box). We’ll spend the night here in tents near the lake.

We’ll have dinner in Atan.

Distance – 29 km.

Fluctuation of height – 500 m.

We’ll have breakfast in nature and then continue the path. We’ll bike from Atan to the village of Chkalov. After the lunch (lunch box) we’ll cycle down the 30 km descent and then we’ll reach the main road, from where we’ll head to the “Stepanavan dendropark” (officially “Sochut Dendropark named after Edmund Leonowicz”) arboretum (approximately 40 minutes). The dendropark was founded in 1933, it’s 35 hectares in total of which 17,5 consist of natural forests and 15 hectares of ornamental trees. We’ll enjoy all these beauties.

We’ll stop at the hotel in Stepanavan.

Distance – 30 km.

Fluctuation of height – 500 m.

After the breakfast in Stepanavan we’re heading to the village of Bashgyugh in the Shirak province by cars. The population of Bashgyugh is 56. Through the smooth road with little passes, crossing a small river, we’re biking to the picturesque waterfall of Trchkan (22.5 meters in height). Trchkan has a status of natural monument in Armenia and is a special protected area. After enjoying the amazing nature, taking photos and swimming, we’ll take a short rest and have lunch (lunch box).

Further we’re heading to Shirakamut, from where we’ll go to the Mount Aragats (4095 m) by cars. Aragats is an isolated volcano massive in the west of Armenia, the fourth highest mountain in the Armenian Highlands and the highest in the Republic of Armenia. We’ll spend the night in tents, enjoying all the pleasures of active tourism.

Distance – 32km.

Fluctuation of height – 300 m.  

After the breakfast at the hotel we’ll continue conquering the heights of Armenia. We’ll enough time to explore the area, as our bike tour is short and easy (a 16 km descent).

We’re cycling to the historical complex on the slope of Aragats – Amberd (V – VII centuries), located at an altitude of 2300 meters above sea level. Here our bike tour comes to an end and the excursion in the territory if the fortress begins. Having studied the stones and the inscriptions on them, we’ll finish the excursion and will go to Oshakan by cars.

The village of Oshakan situated in the Aragatsotn province is known for its pomegranate orchards and vineyards. In the center of Oshakan stands the St. Mesrop Mashtots church built by Cathlicos George VI in the period of 1875 – 1879. Under the altar of the church is the tomb of Mesrop Mashtots (443). At the entrance to Oshakan stands a memorial – two huge sheets of an open book on which as inscribed the Armenian alphabet.

Further we’re heading to the holy city of Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin) founded by the Armenian Arsacid king Vagharsh I in 117 is the historical center of the Armenian Apostolic Church and place of worship of the early Christians. We’ll explore the area after the dinner.

 In the territory of Etchmiadzin Cathedral is situated the residency of the current Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II.  You’ll also see the temples dedicated to the martyred nuns St. Hripsime and St. Gayane. After Christianity was proclaimed a state religion by king Tiridates III in 301, Vagharshapat became the religious capital of the country. And right in the place of destroyed pagan temple was built the first Armenia Cathedral – the St. Etchmiadzin. In 1945 the town was renamed to Etchmiadzin, but in 1992 the former name was given back to the city. Nowadays both names are widely used. In 2001, when celebrating the 1700th anniversary of the Christianization of Armenia, Pope John Paul II brought the relics of the first Armenian Catholicos. For 500 years the relics of Gregory the Illuminator were kept in Naples, and now they are in Etchmiadzin Cathedral.

The temple of Zvartnots (or “the Temple of Vigil Powers”) is the pearl of Armenian architecture of the early Middle Ages. From the territory of the temple is perfectly visible the Biblical Ararat in all its unique glory.  The divine architecture of Zvartnots and the nature are merged here. Nowadays, from the temple remained only ruins, which you can tirelessly admire, ruins, which treasure pride and majesty. The temple was 49 meters in height. From the bottom and up to the height Zvartnots was exquisitely carved. The powerful three-tier cathedral with a spherical cupola was the highest building of the era. Zvartnots was destroyed by the severe earthquake in 930. The supporting columns of the second tier were weak and collapsed, burying all the beauty and splendor of the temple.

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

Distance – 16 km.

Fluctuation of height – 1000 m.            

Amberd

Oshakan

Vagharshapat (Ejmiatsin)

Zvartnots Cathedral