On the big round tour Armenia - ancient and fascinating, we dive into the millennia old culture and its witnesses carved in stone around the modern capital Yerevan before we explore the interior of the country from Stepanavan in the north to Stepanakert in Nagorno-Karabakh in the south-east.
|per rider in a double room: Yamaha XT660 R||€2,990.00 $3,326.25 ?|
|per rider in double room: Kawasaki KLR650||€2,990.00 $3,326.25 ?|
|per rider in double room: Suzuki V-Strom 650||€3,190.00 $3,548.74 ?|
|per rider in a double room: Honda Africa Twin||€3,390.00 $3,771.23 ?|
|per pillion passenger in a double room:||€1,990.00 $2,213.79 ?|
|per rider in a double room:||€300.00 $333.74 ?|
|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 drinks 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.|
|Distance: approx. 1900km|
|Duration: 15 days|
|Accommodation: Four-star hotel|
|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 route runs continuously on very demanding, extremely winding, narrow and partly single-lane roads.|
|Experience: Some experience on unpaved roads 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.|
You will go over winding passes (up to 2700m), to waterfalls, 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 through Nagorno-Karabakh. This is followed by a prehistoric star observatory, old caravanserais and the Kachkars, the cross stones that are found all over the country, those cross stones that are as typical for Armenia as the duduk, the Armenian national instrument or the lavash, the paper-thin bread.
Over the millennia, many Armenians have visited Armenia, Mongols, Persians, Hellenes and many others, whether it was the very pretty girls, the friendly Armenians themselves, the overwhelming natural landscape, who knows - find out for yourself.
In the times of the Soviet Union Armenia was also a Soviet republic and for western tourists unfortunately hidden behind the Iron Curtain. Since the new independence and the Velvet Revolution, Armenia is a very up-and-coming country and looks forward to being discovered by long-distance travelers and motorcyclists. This means that we still have the lonely roads and sights largely to ourselves.
Day 1: Individual arrival from home country
Day 2: Yerevan / Ghegard / Garni / Aragats / Byurakan
70km asphalt | city tour in Yerevan / Echmiatsin / Zvartnots / Yerevan Cathedral Echmiatsin - one of the oldest churches of the Christian world at all, built in 301, religious center of the Armenian people and seat of the Armenian Catholicos and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the 7th century a palace church was built here in Zvartnots, whose beauty, according to tradition, impressed the Byzantine Emperor Constantine II so much that he had a similar building erected in Constantinople.
Day 3: Yerevan / Garni / Geghard / Yerevan
80km asphalt, 5km off-road | Temple of the Sun of Garni, high above Garni Gorge, in Greek - Roman style, 2nd century Garni Gorge with river Azat, natural wonder "Symphony of Stones" or "Basalt Organ Pipes" (off-road section) Geghard Monastery in the upper Azat Valley, with its churches partly carved into the rock, well preserved example of medieval Armenian monastic architecture with decorative art is UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 4: Erivan / Saghmosavank / Amberd / Tegher / Erivan
125km asphalt | Saghmosavank Monastery, 13th century, beautifully situated above the deep gorge of the Qasagh River Amberd Fortress, 9th century, and Tegher Monastery, 13th century, both on the southern flank of the Aragat, the highest mountain of Armenia, are characterized by the beautiful view and the winding approach on narrow mountain roads.
Day 5: Erivan / Zaghkadsor / Hrazdan / Arzni / Erivan
130km asphalt | Zaghkadsor, popular ski and year-round resort in picturesque landscape. Arzni, holiday village in the Hrazdan Gorge.
Day 6: Rest day to visit Yerevan, shopping, relaxing...
Day 7: 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 8: 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 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.
High above the Wolfsberg Gorge is beautifully situated Odzun with its large 6th century cathedral.
Day 9: 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 10: 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. Dilijan climatic health resort in the nature park of the same name with summer houses of Dimitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten.
Day 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 there 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 14: 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 15: 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.