Day 1: Yerevan early arrival – Byurakan – Amberd - Harich - Giumry. Cycling distance: 50 km. Fitness: 2/5, difficulty: 2/5, Time: one day. Partially asphalt road, little traffic. Meeting in the airport, transfer for lunch, continue to Amberd fortress («Fortress of clouds» VII- XIIIcc.) located on the north-western part from Byurakan, at 2300 m. above sea level, on a high triangle cliff which is formed by rivers Amberd and Arkashen, bike preparation, test biking of 20 km decent, transfer to Aparan village, continue biking 30 km. Lunch, Transfer to Giumry town. Attractions along the route: Amberd Fortress, Armenian alphabets, Harich monastery, Giumry town. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Giumry Karakhach pass - Tashir - Stepanavan. Cycling distance: 45 km. Fitness: 4/5, difficulty: 3/5, Time: one day. Partially asphalt road, little traffic. Attractions along the route: Giumry town, Karakhach range, Lory fortress. Lori Berd: Originally settled during the Bronze Age, the ruins of a large medieval city and fortress are found here (archeological site). Lodging in hotel in Stepanavan.
Day 3: Stepanavan - Odzun - Sanahin - Haghpat. Cycling distance: 45 km. Fitness: 3/5, difficulty: 2/5, Time: one day. Partially asphalt road, little traffic. Attractions along the route: Odzun, Lori gorge, Sanahin and Hagpat Monastery. Haghpat: A medieval Armenian monastery from the 10th to 14th centuries. Once called the Holy Cross church, it is believed to contain holy water that has curative qualities for people with heart. Protected by UNESCO. Overnight in the guesthouse in Haghpat.
Day 4: Haghpat - Noyemberyan - Ijevan - Navour. Cycling distance: 50 km. Fitness: 3/5, difficulty: 3/5, Time: one day. Partially asphalt road, little traffic. Attractions along the route: forestry picturesque nature, Hakhum range. Overnight in the tents.
Day 5: 3) Navur - Ttujur - Chambarak - Sevan. Cycling distance: 45 km. Fitness: 4/5, difficulty: 4/5, Time: one day. Ground road, no traffic. Attractions along the route:Areguni range, Mineral spring in Chambarak, Lake Sevan: Cycling down to the pearl of Armenia. The territory of the Sevan basin, with the largest alpine freshwater – lake Sevan, is a unique nature reserve with its microclimate and magnificent scenery, picturesque nature. Sevanavank: Located on Sevan peninsula, this 11th century monastery was originally founded by Princess Mariam Bagratuni. Its two churches were reconstructed and restored in the mid-20th century. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 6: Hotel Blue Sevan - Selim pass - Noravank - Eghegnadzor. Cycling distance: 70 km. Fitness: 3/5, difficulty: 2/5, Time: one day. Asphalt road, little traffic. Attractions along the route: Selim caravansary, Vardenyants Pass 2410 m, Noravank(New Monastery, XII-XV cc.) - the spiritual center of the Orbelian principality, where prominent figures of Armenian medieval culture lived and worked. A trip to the village Areni, which is famous for its vineyards. Tour of the winery, familiarization with the technology of the making of the wine Areni, wine tasting. Visiting the cave Areni 1, or as it is also called, «Bird cave». Overnight in the hotel.
Day 7: Noravank - Khor Virap - Yerevan. Distance: 120 km. Cultural excursions. Transfer to Yerevan, on the way excursion in Khor Virap (Deep Dungeon). In this dungeon for 13 years languished in imprisonment the future head of the Armenian Apostolic Church – Gregory the Illuminator. The monastery is located a few hundred meters from the border of Armenia with Turkey, on the banks of the border river of Araks, at the foot of the Biblical Mount Ararat (5165 m). From the walls of the monastery opens a panoramic view of the majestic Mount Ararat. City tour. Cascade: Contemporary Art Museum: «Cafesjian Center for the Arts», Visit to the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, named after Mashtots - Matenadaran. The museum is a repository of ancient manuscripts. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 8: Distance: 120 km. Cultural excursions. Visit to the summer residence of Armenian kings - the fortress of Garni (III century - XIII century) and the pagan temple of the Sun (I century), built by King Trdat in 77 – the only remaining temple of the Hellenistic type on the territory of CIS countries. A trip to the monastery Gegardavank. Visit to the unique cave (rock-cut) Gegard monastery (XII-XIII century), some of whose premises have unsurpassed acoustics. Visiting Vernissage: A three block open-air bazaar where visitors can find everything from kitsch to clothes, carpets to art craft. Transfer to the airport, departure from Yerevan
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