Churches - Convents - Cognac and Caravanserais

On the round trip churches - monasteries - cognac and caravanserais we experience fascinating testimonies of a millennia-old culture, embedded in an overwhelming natural landscape between Stepanavan in the north to Stepanakert in the south-east in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Pricing

Price
per rider in a double room: Yamaha XT660 R €1,990.00 $2,213.79 ?
per rider in double room: Kawasaki KLR650 €1,990.00 $2,213.79 ?
per rider in a double room: Suzuki V-Strom 650 €2,130.00 $2,369.54 ?
per rider in double room: Honda Africa Twin 2016 €2,260.00 $2,514.16 ?
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per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room €1,990.00 $2,213.79 ?
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per person single room (surcharge) €500.00 $556.23 ?

Features

Features
Airport Transfers
Support vehicle for accompanying persons and luggage
Tour guide german/english with motorcycle
Rent a motorcycle
Complete motorcycle insurance (excluding 250€ excess)
Unlimited mileage
Accommodation in a 4-star hotel - breakfast and dinner included
Lunch on the road
1 bottle of water pP and day
Travel security note
Not included features
Flight to Armenia and back
Gasoline for the tour
Helmets and rider equipment
Travel insurance
Alcoholic beverages for dinner. Portage and tips
Everything that is not listed under services

More details

More details
Tour start: Yerevan ARM
End of tour: Yerevan ARM
Participants: Minimum number of participants 6 riders, maximum number of participants 10 drivers. If the minimum number of participants is not reached at the registration deadline, the tour can be cancelled. For later registrations we are happy to ask for available hotel rooms.
Accommodation: Four-star hotel
Region: Armenia
Duration: 10 days
Riding distance. about 1500km
Streets: The roads are mostly in a passable condition. However, there are Gravel Road sections to various sights. For this reason enduro bikes are used.
Motorcycles: 4 different types are available, but only in limited numbers. If you book early you have free choice of motorbike.
Socio and enduro? Yeah, there's two ways:
1. there are limited places available in the support vehicle for your travel companion. Early booking recommended!
2. on the motorcycle it is conditionally also possible. Here, however, it depends very much on your height and weight and whether you have experience in this. In this case the Suzuki V-Strom 650 or the Honda Africa Twin are certainly recommended.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Armenia is considered the first Christian state (since 301). During the many centuries of foreign rule, the Christian religion always remained a source of identity for the Armenians, which is reflected in the large number of preserved churches and monasteries. For example, in Aparan there is the basilica of Khasach from the 4th century or high above the Debed gorge the two impressive monasteries Sanahin and Haghpat, which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

In between you will pass over winding passes (up to 2700m), to the highest and most water rich waterfall, the Trchkan waterfall, along numerous gorges like the one of Lori, which is a magic land in Armenian fairy tales, or to the city of the caravanserais Ijewan or Dilidschan, the Davos of the Caucasus.

Passing Lake Sevan we walk in the footsteps of the apostle Judas Thadäus to Dadivank. Dadivank Monastery, founded in the 1st century and named after a disciple of the apostle, has a magical aura, while Gandzasar Monastery not far away is an outstanding example of architecture and stonemasonry.

Around Goris in southern Armenia there are numerous cave dwellings and near Sisian is one of the largest and oldest prehistoric cult sites in Armenia. This is followed by old caravanserais and the kachkars, which can be found all over the country, those cross stones which are so typical for Armenia like the duduk, the Armenian national instrument or the lavash, the paper-thin bread.

During the time of the Soviet Union, Armenia was also a Soviet republic and for western tourists it was unfortunately hidden behind the Iron Curtain. Since independence and the Velvet Revolution, Armenia has been a very up-and-coming country and is looking forward to being discovered by long-distance travellers and motorcyclists. That means we still have the lonely streets and sights largely to ourselves.

Therefore a tip for all those who want to avoid well-trodden paths and discover new territory - churches - monasteries - cognac and caravanserais.

By the way, the cognac is of course the biggest export hit for Armenia, just like the many other K's (cross stones, Khachkars, monasteries etc.), even if it is not yet included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. For this he was already ennobled by Winston Churchill at the Yalta Conference.

Tour description:

Day 1: Arrival from home country

Day 2: Yerevan / Ani Pemsa / Gyumri

150km asphalt | In Ani Pemsa is one of the most important and largest early Christian buildings in Armenia, the Basilica of Jererukh, 5th century Gjumri, beautiful old town houses with colorful facades and graceful wooden balconies.

Day 3: Gjumri / Arthik / Aparan / Shirakamut / Trchkan waterfall / Stepanavan / Odzun

120 km asphalt, 50 km off-road | Arthik, Bronze Age settlements. In Aparan is one of the oldest sacred buildings in Armenia, the 4th century Basilica of Khasach and a nationally famous bakery, famous for its good bread and oven-fresh pastries.

After Shirakamut, the off-road route begins to one of the most popular sights in Armenia, the highest and most water-rich waterfall in the country, the Trchkan Waterfall UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. High above the Wolfsberg Gorge is beautifully situated Odzun with its large 6th century cathedral.

Day 4: Odzun / Sanahin / Haghpat / Ijevan

165km asphalt, 15km off-road | Sanahin and Haghpat, both impressive monasteries, situated high above the Debed gorge and UNESCO World Heritage Site Ijevan, city of caravanserais.

Day 5: Ijevan / Navur / Karmir / Gosh / Parz Lake / Dilijan

150km asphalt, 75km offroad | Over gravel road to Navur and Karmir into the mountains. Village Gosh, with monastery complex Goshavank, founded by the famous Armenian scholar and poet Mkhithar Gosh, 12th century Parz Lake, clear mountain lake in the nature park of Dilijan. The climatic health resort Dilijan in the nature park of the same name with summer houses of Dimitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten.

Day 6: Dilijan / Qarvachar / Dadivank / Stepanakert

320km asphalt, 30km offroad | Over Sevan Pass, along the Sevan Lake to Qarvachar in Karabakh Dadivank, founded at the end of the 1st century and named after a student of the apostle Judas Thaddeus. While Dadivank has a magical aura, Gandzasar is an outstanding example of 10th century architecture and stonemasonry.

Day 7: Stepanakert / Tigranakert / Tschinari / Hadrut / Togh village

130km asphalt, 15km off road | ruins of the town Tigranakert from the hellenistic period, 1st century BC Tschinari tree, very well known and 1000 years old.

Day 8: Togh village / Goris / Sisian / Karahunge / Yeghegnadzor

270km asphalt | Nice mountain road to Goris. On the river Goris there are peculiar sandstone stelae, which were inhabited until the 19th century.

Not far from Sisian, in Karahunge is one of the largest and oldest prehistoric cult sites in Armenia, a Bronze Age cemetery with an ancient settlement and prehistoric star observatory.

Day 9: Yeghegnadzor / Vartneyants Pass / Noraduz / Sevan / Yerevan

130km asphalt | Just below the Vartneyants Pass (2410m) one of the few remaining caravanserais from the great era of the legendary Silk Road and Marco Polo.

Shortly before we arrive back in Yerevan and this voyage of discovery comes to an end, we visit a field of Khachkars near Noradus, those cross stones which are so typical for Armenia like the Duduk, the Armenian national instrument or the Lawash, the paper-thin bread which is baked in a clay oven embedded in the earth.

Day 10: Journey home

2915km Offroad / Air | After all the experiences and the heart warmth of the Armenian hospitality it will not be easy for some to start the journey home.