On the round trip churches - monasteries - cognac and caravanserais we experience fascinating testimonies of a millenium-old culture, embedded in an overwhelming natural landscape between Stepanavan in the north to Stepanakert in the south-east in Nagorno-Karabakh.
|per rider in a double room: Yamaha XT660 R||€2,290.00 $2,547.53 ?|
|per rider in double room: Kawasaki KLR650||€2,290.00 $2,547.53 ?|
|per rider in double room: Suzuki V-Strom 650||€2,430.00 $2,703.27 ?|
|per rider in a double room: Honda Africa Twin||€2,560.00 $2,847.89 ?|
|per pillion passenger in a double room||€1,690.00 $1,880.05 ?|
|per rider in single room||€200.00 $222.49 ?|
|Support vehicle for accompanying persons and luggage|
|Tour guide german/english with motorcycle|
|Rent a motorcycle|
|Complete motorcycle insurance (exclusive 250€ excess)|
|Accommodation in 4 star hotel - breakfast and dinner included|
|Lunch on the road|
|1 bottle of water per person and day|
|Travel insurance certificate|
|Flight to Armenia and back|
|Gasoline for the tour|
|Helmets and rider's equipment|
|Alcoholic beverages for dinner. Portage and tips|
|Everything not listed under benefits|
|Tour start: Yerevan ARM|
|End of tour: Yerevan ARM|
|Participants: Minimum number of participants 5 riders, maximum number of participants 8 riders 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 free hotel rooms.|
|Accommodation: Four-star hotel|
|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: There are 4 different types available, but only in limited numbers, see REGISTRATIONS / MOTORCYCLES If you book early you have free choice of motorcycles.|
|Pillion passenger: Sozia and Enduro? Yes, there are 2 ways of doing it:|
|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 it depends very much on your height and weight and whether you have experience in it. In this case the Suzuki V-Strom 650 or the Honda Africa Twin are certainly recommended.|
|Round trip: start and finish the same|
|Road condition: 90% asphalt (only leads over mainly well asphalted roads); 10% Gravel (are unpaved roads and paths that are levelled, often very good to ride, but can also have sand passages, gravel roads, "corrugated iron" and potholes)|
|Difficulty rate: 1 (of 5) The whole route runs on well developed asphalt roads, which are partly curvy, but mostly easy to master.|
|Experience: Good experience on unpaved roads / offroad required.|
|Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. We will gladly provide binding information upon request.|
|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 such as 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. The monastery of Dadivank, founded in the 1st century and named after a disciple of the apostle, has a magical aura, while the monastery of Gandzasar 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. These are followed by ancient caravanserais and the kachkars, those cross stones that are so typical of Armenia, such as the duduk, the Armenian national instrument, or the lavash, the paper-thin bread.
In the times of the Soviet Union Armenia was also a Soviet republic and for western tourists 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. This means that we still have the lonely roads 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 it was already ennobled at the Yalta Conference by Winston Churchill.
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 burgher 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. Aparan has one of the oldest sacred buildings in Armenia, the 4th century Basilica of Khasakh and a nationally famous bakery, famous for its good bread and oven-fresh pastries.
After Shirakamut the off-road route to one of the most popular sights in Armenia begins, the highest and most water-rich waterfall in the country, the Trchkan Waterfall UNESCO World Natural Heritage. 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 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 offroad | ruins of the town Tigranakert from the hellenistic period, 1.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 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 days 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, 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 warmth of the Armenian hospitality it will not be easy for some people to go home.