Cycling is a great way to see much more of the ‘real’ Armenia as you pedal off the beaten track and there is something for every interest and ability. For bikers Armenia is an ideal country surrounded by mountains and national parks with off-road adventure trails. Whether you are an advanced rider or just a beginner Armenia is a fascinating country to explore by bicycle. MT biking adventure in Armenian Highland give you a chance to discover an impressive history, rich culture and superb food not to mention great hospitality.
We start our biking day with transfer to the one of the high altitude villages of Armenia where we start our biking. We pedal the route guided with the highest mountain of Armenia (Armenian crown). The end of biking day is in Gyumri the second city of Armenia.
Total climb 208 metre
Total descent 724 metre
Cycling Distance: 52 km/ 32 miles
Today we start from the point we finished riding the previous day. The scenery is spectacular and the valley as magnificent mountains raise high above us. The end of the day is Stepanavan the small town in Lori region.
Total climb 884 metre
Total descent 1335 metre
Cycling Distance: 78 km/ 48 miles
Today we start from the point we finished riding the previous day. Along the way we pass the Hnevank monastery. Our cycling adventure will be continuing to the picturesque gorge of Lori region where you have opportunity to get the nicest shot of your trip. Lunch in the local house with the family. The end of the day is Haghpat village where you’ll have nice evening walk to Haghpat monastery.
Total climb 555 metre
Total descent 836 metre
Cycling Distance: 41 km/ 25 miles
We start our day with transfer to the North of Armenia where we start our biking through woodlands, little gorges and forests. Heavily wooded and populated by many species this is a beautiful area and we’ll enjoy stunning views.The end of the day its downhill all the way to the town.
Accommodation: Hotel or B&B
Total climb 704 metre
Total descent 617 metre
Cycling Distance: 21 km/ 13 miles
This morning we start with a transfer to our start point. We cycle through the tranquil forest and several pretty villages to our overnight stop.
Accommodation: Hotel or B&B
Total climb 1191 metre
Total descent 1761 metre
Cycling Distance: 50 km/ 31 miles
Today’s ride is providing an excellent opportunity to enjoy the great mountain views. We then begin a long climb up to the Areguni mountain range. This section of the route is one of the most spectacular, and opens up vistas that are very different to the landscapes that we have experienced so far during the week. From this point it is a fabulous downhill ride all the way to the pearl of Armenia Lake Sevan. Swimming possibility.
Total climb 1508 metre
Total descent 856 metre
Cycling Distance: 33 km/ 21 miles
This day is designed as a rest day. After leisurely breakfast we leave our hotel. Continue to romantic Sevanavank Monastery on the peninsula of Lake Sevan and Noratuz old cemetery to see the ‘forest’ of khachkars. Our last destination today is Martuni town.
Today we start from the point we finished riding the previous day. Through the highest pass in Armenia (2400m) short stop at Caravansaray from 13th century (part of Armenian silk road) and along the descent to our base in the one of the villages in Vayots Dzor region where you’ll enjoy indoor swimming pool.
Total climb 1157 metre
Total descent 1391 metre
Cycling Distance: 67 km/ 42 miles
Once equipped and fitted with our bikes we start cycling from our base to the spectacular gorge surrounded by the river and mountain range. We then begin a climb up to the pass of Karmrashen. This section of the route is one of the most spectacular, and opens up vistas that are very different to the landscapes. From this point it is a fabulous downhill ride all the way to the Herher reservoir. We then take a superb trail and pass a traditional village en route to Vayk.
Total climb 865 metre
Total descent 1320 metre
Cycling Distance: 43 km/ 27 miles
The ultimate off road trail and a fitting finale to this biking adventure! From the hotel short transfer takes us from heavy traffic road to our start point. The trail is rough and rocky in places as it contours and gradually descends, offering amazing views over the mountains. Picnic lunch in Mozrov village and then rocky descent to the main road where we load the bikes onto the support vehicles for the last drive into Yerevan via spectacular Noravank monastery and relaxing wine taste in Areni village.
Total climb 890 metre
Total descent 1034 metre
Cycling Distance: 30 km/ 19 miles
If the above itinerary doesn’t meet your requirements please do not hesitate to contact us to customize the right trip for you.
IMPORTANT: The above itinerary should be taken only as a general guide. While we will make every effort to adhere to it a variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions, political instability, or difficulties with transportation, can lead to enforced changes. When travelling to remote locations such as this, a flexible approach from all team members is necessary. If during your holiday the itinerary is effected by immediate or local circumstances, the leader will make any changes that are necessary.
There will be an experienced local professional English-speaking guide and one or more support vehicle drivers.
Trip participants need to bring their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from our local partners; please request information at the time of booking. We strongly recommend that you purchase your own personal equipment.
If you have any specific questions you would like answered please Contact Us and we will be pleased to help.
RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL: Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment.
This tour makes every effort to support the local economy by staying in family-run hotels that source locally produced food. It is important to generate income for the local economies, which are predominantly agricultural. We visit small local cooperatives where possible that incentivize more agricultural production. Staying in guesthouses allows us to walk away from the tourist route and sample some real Armenian hospitality as well as providing an income for smaller communities.
- English-speaking Tour Leader
- Airport – Hotel – Airport transfers
- All land transport throughout the trip
- Transfers by car as required
- A support vehicle and driver
- All activities as per itinerary with all entry fees
- Hotel accommodation for 10 nights (hotels, guesthouses)
- Breakfasts for 10 days
- Water during the rides
- Welcome dinner
What’s Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Armenia Visa
- Bike Hire from Armenia: From $190 or bring your own
- Cycling helmet (bring your own)
- Soft and alcoholic drinks with the main meals unless otherwise specified, souvenirs etc.
Additional Pricing Information
The deposit for this trip is: 200 USD
Our cycling holiday starts from Yerevan. Please bear in mind that if you arrive before start date you may have to wait for your room to be made available. If you decide to arrive before start date AdventureArmenia can assist you in booking extra accommodation and will organize a transfer to your hotel for a charge of 20 USD. If you decide to stay in Armenia beyond the last day of the tour we can help you organize extra accommodation and transfers to the airport if needed. Due to high demand for rooms there is a possibility you may be in a different hotel to the start / end hotel of your trip.
There will be rest stops every 15-30 km depending on the terrain; you will have access to your luggage, and the opportunity to have drinks/snacks.
Average daily distance: 46km
No. of days cycling: 9
Vehicle support: 100%
Equipment and bike stuff
Most types of bicycle are suitable for the Armenian tour. Our leaders carry a good tool kit and will help to fix any bike problems. However, we cannot guarantee to be equipped for all repairs, so you must ensure that your bike is in good working order before the tour. If you are not the most mechanically minded we suggest that you get your bike looked at by a professional bike mechanic. In particular, we would suggest looking and adjusting all wheel spokes, greasing all your bearings, checking your brakes/gears cable, tighten all nuts and bolts, check chain, quick release clamps, tires and put in new inner tubes and check wheel rims are not worn. In addition to making sure the bike is well serviced you should ride with as much care and attention as possible.
We would also advise you to bring the following tools: multi-tool, tire levers, pump, 2 spare inner tube, spare spokes of the correct length to fit your wheels – check with a bike shop, brake pads, a few spare links for your chain, if applicable, spares for any unique or high-tech items on your bike, e.g. fluid and bleed kit for hydraulic brakes.
Spare parts (tubes, tire, chains etc.) are included in the price of the bike rental and will be carried in the support vehicle with a tool kit and track pump. The bikes are equipped with flat pedals. Those who prefer to use spd or clip-in pedals, are welcome to bring these with you, along with your own cycling shoes and cleats. You are also welcome to bring your own saddle. The guide will carry some spares and tools for fixing punctures etc. but we suggest bringing a couple of spare inner tubes, a pump and a puncture repair kit. If you are able to do a simple repair yourself this will avoid the need to wait for assistance should the team or support vehicle be any distance away. Helmets are not included in the bike hire; you will need to bring your own helmet.
On all our tours the guides carry a medical kit. However you are recommend to bring your own first aid supplies which should include: a broad spectrum anti-biotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, a cold medication, diarrhea treatment, pain killers, plasters, insect repellent and re-hydration salts.
All accommodation will be in hotels or guest-houses. We choose accommodation on the basis of comfort rather than luxury. Our prices are based on sharing a twin room; single rooms are available at extra cost.
Most of the food is provided on the tour, we provide most meals along with snacks and mineral water during cycling days. All transportation and local guides within Armenia are included. International flights are not included in the tour costs.
Spending money depends on your taste for souvenirs, drinks etc. We estimate that 240 USD will be more than enough to cover the 10 day tour. You can expect to pay around 8 USD – 15 USD for a meal in a restaurant.
Tipping is an accepted part of everyday life, and although it is always at your discretion, you will be expected to tip to reward service. $25 for the guide and team at the end of the tour is recommended.
If you have special dietary requirements (e.g. Vegetarian), let your Tour Manager know so they can notify restaurants.
Daily distance of 10 days biking tour in km/miles:
Number of days cycling: 9
- DAY 1
• Cycling through beautiful countryside
• Guided with the highest mountain of Armenia
• Gyumri the second city of Armenia
- DAY 2
• Magnificent mountains raise high above us
• Stepanavan the small town in Lori region
- DAY 3
• Pedaling through picturesque gorge of Lori region
• Passing simple Armenian villages
• Wine making town
- DAY 4
• Biking through woodlands
• Little gorges and forests
• Picturesque Dilijan - Armenian Switzerland
- DAY 5
• Magnificent gorge surrounded by the river
• Great view over the blue waters of the high altitude lake Sevan (1900m)
• Great mountain range
- DAY 6
• Ride to highest pass in Armenia (2400m)
• Caravansaray part of Armenian Silk Road
• Nice hotel with swimming pool
- DAY 7
• Another mountain route and beautiful reservoir
• Enjoy unique Armenian cuisine
• Nice and friendly guesthouse
- DAY 8
• Riding through famous wine making region
• Vineyards with grapes Areni (kind of Armenian grapes)
• Wine tasting in local winery
- DAY 9
• Spectacular view of biblical Mount Ararat
• Back to Yerevan
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Travelling to Armenia with kids was a bit hard to plan until i found about Adventure Armenia !
Arpi planned it all for us and was extremely responsive to all our requests. it made a whole difference, we had an amazing time and quite an adventure it was! Vrezh was all we needed to make this trip unforgettable, he was flexible, always ahead of time, quickly understood what we liked and had a perfect english which is not given in Armenia. We spent full two days with Vrezh. He made us discover the extreme park, 6 Ziplines with amazing scenery and very professional people. I was impressed by the security and the top notch equipments; after visiting plenty of churches and monasteries, he made it fun by stopping for lunch in a private zoo where kids were able to have some fun. He even helped us plan our evenings by giving us great recommendations (we discovered dip’ n dip thanks to him).
Full of energy, upon every visit he would make it more challenging for kids by including a small hike, a cave visit or a stop at a river. Finally he was so friendly that we were priviledged to taste the delicious grapes of his vineyard.
-- Michele (Libanon, 2016)
I am a person who likes to find interesting places and unforgettable attractions in different countries. I have not heard of anything about Armenia until I was given the chance to explore the country.
It was an excellent choice that I have chosen to discover the country via Adventure Armenia. I was given suggestions on my 3-day holiday during the time when I was no clue of where to go.
The tour guides from Adventure Armenia, knows their country very well, and they are proud to tell the stories behind every place that they took me to. I was fascinated by the Churches, the structures surrounding the churches, and the amazing views. There was always a beautiful perspective for every mile! I may have not completed the list of the Churches I should have seen, however, my 3 days stay in this mountainous country had been very rewarding because of the old structures, the view, food, and most of all, because of the effort and time given by the guides of Adventure Armenia.
If ever I will be given a chance to come back, I would still contact Adventure Armenia to take me to the places their country that I have not been gone to.
-- Dandee (Philippines, 2016)
“2 day biking and hiking tour. Lake Sevan”
We were looking for a bit of adventure and nature and we had what we got exactly what we requested. A fair priced custom tour that had great biking, a beautiful hike, and fun zipline.
-- Matthew (Jordan, 2016)
I’m always been fascinated with Armenian culture and the rich history it can offer; from Noah’s time up to the horrendous genocide era.
I’ve booked a one day tour with Arpi and Vrezh to Tatev, this included riding the longest cable car in the world(5.7 kilometers), visiting Tatev Monastery, walking across the newly opened 150-meter long rolling bridge to view the cave city.
The view is spectacular on the way to Tatev, the mountain peaks covered in shimmering white snow. The combination of luscious green, chocolate brown and crisp white snow is breathtaking, to top it off was an amazing guide and friend, Vrezh, who made this trip an unforgettable experience. His driving skill is commendable as he knows the winding roads inside out. We were on the road for almost ten hours but felt safe and secure the whole time.
And yes, how can I forget, the local vegetarian cuisine which Vrezh had arranged as I don’t eat meat. Freshly picked vegetables whilst marveling God’s wonderful creation is picturesque which I’ll fondly remember.
The best part of my trip in Armenia is being able to spend time with the elderly at a home for the aged centre. We bought 10 kilos of cookies which they enjoyed immensely. The happiness and tears on their faces whilst appreciating the small gesture melted my heart. Arpi and Vrezh went out of their way to grant my wish and make this happen.
My one day trip arrangement has been extended to a two-day trip due to the kindness and thoughtfulness of Vrezh and Arpi.
I highly recommend booking your Armenian trip with Arpi and Vrezh. It was a blessing to know them both.
Thank you for making this holiday an unforgettable one.
-- Evita (Dubai, UAE, 2016)
It was a good thing I chose AdventureArmenia for my trip. Arpi is very flexible, well-organized & accommodating to provide me the customized program which I wanted to take with my tour to Armenia.
Me & my friends visited 6 places out of the city proper in Yerevan for just one day considering the weather condition (lots of snows in the road) which I guess no other tour operators can offer. A very cost effective way of enjoying a short trip. The tour went perfect; exactly as planned. Vrezh arrived earlier than the agreed time we had in the morning. He is very professional, fluent in English, friendly and carries a lot of good information about his country & in all the sites we visited. He perfectly calculates the time for each of our site visits and we are back to the city before sunset. He showed us a very good local restaurant where we had our dinner. A big thanks to Vrezh & Arpi for making our Armenian trip a very memorable one. We had so much fun indeed. I would definitely recommend them if I have friends wanting to visit Armenia & Georgia.
-- Louella Salino (Dubai, UAE, 2016)
“We made the right decision to spend our holidays with our friends in Armenia this year. From the very beginning our guide Vrezh was a perfect ambassador for his country. Not only that he showed us a lot of the wonderful touristic and cultural spots, he invited us to step deep into Armenian history and explained a lot about Armenian way of life to us. Besides this, he was caring that everything went well and we felt very welcome. Arpi, thank you so much for all the organization work you have done. We know, that a perfect trip needs a lot of detailed and precise work in the background, which was well done. The combination of hiking to the beautiful monasteries, peaks or waterfalls, with travelling every day to another part of Armenia, gave us an extensive impression about the country. The 10 days were extremely interesting and we still think and talk a lot about our travel, which shows that it was a deep and wonderful experience. Thank you Arpi and Vrezh.”
-- Jutta and Walter (Germany 2015)
Thanks to Arpi for her efficient and first class organisation – she came up with helpful solutions to all the complications I created while we were planning. And thanks to Vrezh for being an excellent guide – always smiling, professional and charming. He was could tell us all about the wonderful places we saw from ancient monasteries to the modern streets of Yerevan. But what is more, he put the history – especially the recent history – into context, so we ended up understanding and caring, rather than just having the information. The hotels and B&Bs AdventureArmenia booked for us were really nice and Vrezh seemed to always know where to get the best meals. From just 10 days we have so many brilliant memories: from hiking to the south summit of Aragats to swimming in Sevan lake; from fine dining in Yerevan to what my brother swears is the best pork he’s ever tasted, on the road to Ijevan; from the longest non-stop cable car in the world in Tatev to gazing at the intricate painted manuscripts in the Matenadaran.
-- Lesley (Spain 2015)
Before the trip, they responded to my emails promptly. They consistently had my interests at heart. My guide helped make my visit to Armenia and Georgia memorable. Not only is he a skillful driver, but he also knows the history of the places I saw, greatly enhancing my experience. I appreciated his flexibility if I wanted to change plans. He also gave me great culinary advice, ensuring that I enjoy local dishes. He is able to combine professionalism with wit, good humor and charm. I recommend highly.
-- William Wallace(Canada 2014)
This was a well-planned tour, with stops that broke up the long drive to our hotel in Goris. We had plenty of time at each of the stops. Our guide provided us with good information about the sights and helped us to understand current conditions in Armenia. The accommodations for our overnight in Goris were very comfortable, and we had a good night’s rest. We enjoyed the trip to Tatev monastery over the aerial tram with great views. The final stop at Noravank was a perfect ending. Recommend highly.
-- Susan Krug- Gourley(USA 2014)
The trip was amazing.The tour was very well planned, I was able to experience a great deal of Armenia’s history, culture, religion by walking and driving through beautiful landscape! The best way to discover the wonders of Armenia is to get into a tour, specially by local Armenian who will take the extra step to show you things beyond an ordinary tour. My tour guide was young, very energetic, communicative and most important of all had extensive knowledge that made it all worth saying I truly recommend it
-- Roberto Martini (Brazil 2013)
My Tour with Vrezh was absolutely excellent. Vrezh knows fluent English and managed to create my tour exactly for my wishes. Vrezh knows very well the routes and trails in all Armenia along with the best places to eat and great accommodation. Vrezh brings the trip a young atmosphere and very convenient transportation .Because of him ,the introduction of Armenia was in the most authentic way. The trip with Vrezh was an event I will never forget in my life. Thank you Vrezh and thank you- Adventure Armenia.
-- Noam Livni (Israel 2014)
The “Best of Armenia” tour was certainly a memorable experience. Vrezh local knowledge and humble personality were truly appreciated. He was very flexible and willing to share what Armenia had to offer. This included a day trip in a Russian jeep to visit a farm village which was truly amazing!! He was also able to coordinate a later visit to Georgia!! Thanks to Vrezh for his superb service and hospitality…!!
-- Ryan Adorno (Puerto Rico 2012)
This was a private customised tour taking us to various destinations in Armenia and Georgia. Our guide was very personable and great company throughout our 10 day tour. He knows Armenia inside out by car, bike and trekking. He gave us many great insights into the history, culture and society of Armenia. We also went to Georgia including a mind-blowing hiking trip up the slopes of mount Kazbeg (up to about 3000m). All accommodations booked by AdventureArmenia were great.
-- Werner Leber (Austria 2014)
Well this was a really good tour made even better by Vresh, our guide. He was exceedingly helpful in everyday situations but was excellent in taking one of the group (whose rear tandem wheel had broken) to Yerevan to have it rebuilt at the Velodrome. He was also great at chatting with everyone and answering endless querstions. Hakob, our driver was full of help organising the search for the best vodka and setting up a great barbecue in Ijevan plus acting like a sheepdog making sure everyone was present before driving off. You have real assets in your team. So thanks again for organising everything and look forward to next year.
-- Pete,(UK 2009)