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Rally Tour Armenia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Destination(s): Armenia  
Specialty Categories: Self Drive  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 820 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 820 Euro (EUR)

Tour Dates for 2011:
- May, 19 - 26
- June, 16 - 23
- July, 6 - 13
- August, 10 - 17
- September, 1 - 8
- October, 6 - 13.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Hunters' Road, Southern Armenia. Head to south enjoying the fabulous views of biblical Mount Ararat. We soon get off the roads and travel by 4WD along the Hunter's Road, a great trail dressed in wildflowers. Breathe the mountain air and relax with nature, continue the jeep adventure further to Bear's Cave. Here we offer an optional tour of the caverns, an experience our visitors find truly unique. After winding our way through this spectacular land we arrive at Gnishik village surrounded by towering red rocks. Overnight: Hotel in Vayk. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 2: Hunters' Road. Breakfast and proceed to explore the lush valley of Her-Her river. Our first stop will be at Shatin observation point where we have a chance to see bezoar goats on the opposite side of the gorge. The day offers a real off-the-beaten-path experience as we drive to Fortress of King Smbat, one of the best-preserved medieval citadels in Armenia. Explore enigmatic Tsakhat Kar, a highly scenic spot and a subject of local legends. Continue across high altitude plains and remote villages followed by hard climbs, the thrill of visiting this land of rugged beauty is ample reward.

We are in the agricultural heart of Armenia and do not miss the chance to sample some of the fantastic produce: private wine touring in maran (cellars) of a leading winery in Aghavnadzor, visit to a cheese farm to see the process of cheese making and taste cheeses at various stages of maturation. Back to our hotel in Vayk. Overnight: Hotel in Vayk. Includes: (B).

Day 3: Pristine Lake and Rock Art. Wake up to the call of hundreds of birds and enjoy your hot breakfast. Head further south and jeep to Sisian. Follow the mountain tracks onto one of the unique wonders of the world, ancient rock paintings of Camel Mount. We steer our way up winding through this ancient and awe-inspiring mountain scenery, leave the rocks and alpine flowers behind but our efforts are well rewarded. After rest in this beautiful place 4WD trip downhill to the finish of the full day of 100% off-road adventure. Back to Sisian for great food and rest. Overnight: Hotel in Sisian. Includes: (B).

Day 4: Devils’ Bridge. After leisurely breakfast we hit the track and drive on the highway up to Shinuhayr village. On to Tatev Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This mountain trail offers panoramic views you have seen in old movies with a taste of rugged 4WD adventure through a narrow ravine so deep that the sun hardly reaches the bottom. Stop at the Devil’s Bridge to stretch your feet, walk a few steps down, fill your bottle with crystal clear water coming from mountains and, if time allows, soak in the healing mineral bath. Back to Sisian for overnight. Overnight: Hotel in Sisian. Includes: (B).

Day 5: Selim Caravanserai. Early breakfast and head out to Her-Her. If you seek a jeep path less taken and would like a deeper-textured experience then jeep through striking landscapes of jagged mountains and gorges, rivers and muddy roads. Your 4WD map will help you orientate. The off-road trail gradually climbs up over 2,410m in elevation following the historic Silk Route past Selim Caravanseray. This is one of the best places to see what fabled Silk Route looked like centuries ago. Descend to 2,000 m to catch the first glimpse of Lake Sevan, the Pearl of Armenia. Transfer to hotel for rest and overnight. Overnight: Hotel at Lake Sevan. Includes: (B).

Day 6: Honey Pass. Leave the splendor of Lake Sevan and head further north into the outback. A morning stop at Vanadzor for a fresh coffee. Now it is time to hit the famous Honey Pass for a day full of adventures - unparalleled views as your jeep cruises through thick forests with dramatic gray rock cliffs soaring above you. Then get above it all as the car climbs over awesome mountain trails to high altitude desert and a small lake on the top. Travel on towards Tsakhadsor resort, the famous training ground for high altitude Olympic Games. Evening back to Yerevan, transfer to hotel. Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan. Includes: (B).

Day 7: Yerevan. Free day to explore Yerevan at your own pace.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation for 7 nights
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- Tour leader/driver
- All sightseeing and activities as per itinerary
- All transfers in 4WD vehicles
- Travel permits in protected areas
- Rally Tour Armenia information kit.

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