Armenia to Georgia by Bike

Armenia to Georgia by Bike

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Armenia to Georgia by Bike

14 Days Starting in Yerevan and ending in Tbilisi

Visiting: Armenia, Georgia

Tour operator:

World Expeditions

Tour code:

BGA

Group size:

4 - 10

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Tour Overview

Steeped in history, from pagan temples to some of the earliest Christian monasteries, and dramatic natural landscapes of snow capped mountains and plunging alpine lakes, the Caucasus region is the perfect place for your next cycling adventure. With a support vehicle and crew throughout, you’ll explore the historic capitals of Yerevan and Tbilisi, ride through the stunning natural landscapes of Dilijan, the Armenian Switzerland, the Sno Valley and the serene Lake Sevan. Along the way you’ll discover ancient historical sites such as the picturesque Khor Virap, Armeni’s most sacred monastery, pagan Garni Temple and the spectacularly situated Gergeti Trinity Church, all whilst enjoying the fantastic food and the old fashioned welcoming hospitality of the region. Still relatively unvisited, discover this stunning region before others do.

Highlights

  • Uncover the historic regional capitals of Yerevan and Tbilisi

  • Cycle through the verdant Sno Valley & visit the majestic Gergeti Trinity Church

  • Ride to the dramatically sited Khor Virap monastery in the shadow of Mount Ararat

  • Explore endless UNESCO listed ancient sites & monuments

  • Marvel at the natural beauty of the expansive Lake Sevan

  • Cherish the deep-rooted hospitality of the peoples who inhabit these continental borderlands

  • Discover towering mountains, lush river valleys & quaint, remote villages

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Join In Yerevan, Armenia
Meals Included: D

On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to the group hotel. This evening your Armenian guide will provide a trip briefing before you all enjoy a traditional welcome meal.
Overnight: Ani Plaza Hotel or similar

Day 2 : Sights Of Yerevan
Meals Included: B, D

Today we will have a tour of the capital. Our tour will start from the Victory Park, at Mother Armenia monument, from where you will behold a panoramic view of the city. We will then visit other sights of the capital, including the Republic Square, the Opera house, the Cascade where you will see the statue of the world-famous sculptor Fernando Botero “The Black Cat”. We will also drive via Baghramyan Avenue, where you will see the Parliament, the Palace of President, and the National Academy of Sciences. We will visit the Genocide Memorial Complex with the museum. Visit Matenadaran museum, which hosts the biggest collection of medieval Armenian manuscripts.
*Please note that our trip itinerary will depend on current opening times (and days) of the museums/historic sites and therefore the order of sights visited may vary accordingly.
Overnight: Ani Plaza Hotel or similar

Day 3 : Geghard Monastery, Cycle To Garni & Khor Virap
Meals Included: B, D

In the morning we will be transferred by bus to Kotayk province, where we will visit an outstanding monument of medieval Armenian architecture – Geghard Cave Monastery, a UNESCO site. We soak up the medieval Armenian architecture of the Monastery; some chambers of the monastery were carved out of solid rock. The monastic complex received its name after the Holy Lance which was kept here in the middle ages. The cave enclosures of this cultural and architectural wonder are notable for amazing acoustics. The secret of the chamber has never been found. From here we will cycle to the 1st century A.D. Garni Temple, a unique example of Armenia’s pagan past. At one time this was the summer residence of the Armenian kings located in a picturesque place overlooking a deep canyon. Apart from the ruins of the royal complex, you will also see a bathhouse with an interesting mosaic. From Garni we will cycle to the Ararat Valley which is located at the foot of biblical Mount Ararat. Here we will visit the Khor Virap monastery; this complex embodies the adoption of Christianity in Armenia in 301 AD. From Khor Virap the bus will transfer us back to Yerevan.
Cycling: ~60km (mostly downhill)
Overnight: Ani Plaza Hotel or similar

Day 4 : Hayrivank Monastery, Cycle To Martuni
Meals Included: B, D

In the morning we transfer to the Gegharkunik Region. Here we enjoy Lake Sevan - the “Pearl of Armenia”. This freshwater lake of volcanic origin is situated at an altitude about 6.500 feet. Its crystal–clear transparent water changes colour several times during the day. It is turquoise in direct sunlight, then turns a greenish shade, and finally becomes gray by the evening. It is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world located at 1900m and is surrounded by snow-covered mountains. Here we visit the 9th-12th century Hayrivank monastery, perched on a cliff with a wonderful view of the lake. Afterwards, we will cycle from Hayrivank monastery in the direction of the second largest city of Martuni. In ancient times it was known as Mets Kznut, but from 1830-1922 it was called Nerkin Gharanlugh, and in 1926 it was changed to Martuni in honour of the first Soviet premier of Armenia, Aleksandr Myasnikyan, whose nom de guerre was "Martuni". Martuni was the former capital of Gegharkunik Province, and has a church called Astvatsatsin church which was rebuilt in 1886. There is also an Iron Age fort which was excavated in 1997 by an Armenian-Italian team.
Cycling: ~45km (mostly flat; dirt roads)
Overnight: local hotel or homestay in Martuni

Day 5 : Cycle To Tsapatagh Via Vanevan Monastery
Meals Included: B, D

Today we will cycle from Martuni to Tsapatagh village. The whole day we will enjoy the beauty of Lake Sevan. One of our stops we will be in Vanevan monastery, located along a gorge in the southern part of the village of Artsvanist. Vanevan monastery is an important piece of Armenian architecture dating back to the 10th century. The inscriptions on the southeastern part is evidence that the church was built in 903.
Cycling: ~65km (mostly flat, dirt roads)
Overnight: Avan Marak Tsapatagh Hotel or similar

Day 6 : Cycle To Dilijan
Meals Included: B, D

After breakfast we cycle to Dilijan - the Armenian Switzerland. We will explore the resort town of Dilijan located in the midst of the forests of Dilijan National Park. Beech and oak, as well as pine and yew are the object of environmental protection in the area. The healthy air, breathtaking nature and hospitable locals look forward to welcoming you in this picturesque corner of hospitable Armenia. We take a walk in the old town, and visit the preserved 19th century part of town.
Cycling: ~85km (35km flat, 7 km ascent, 43km descent)
Overnight: Diijan Resort Hotel or similar

Day 7 : Cycle To Vanadzor, Transfer To Tbilisi Georgia
Meals Included: B, L, D

After breakfast we will cycle to Vanadzor, which is an urban municipal community and the third largest city in Armenia, serving as the capital of Lori Province. In Vanadzor we will leave our bicycles and take a bus to the Georgian border. Before arriving at the border we will visit the medieval monastery complex of Haghpat Monastery. Queen Khosrovanuysh, wife of the Bagratid king Ashot III, founded the monastery around 976. The monastery was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996. After border formalities we will be transfer to Tbilisi by vehicle.
Cycling: ~40km (15km ascent, 25km descent)
Overnight: Metekhi Line Hotel or similar

Day 8 : Cycle To Bakuriani Via Tabatskuri Lake
Meals Included: B, L, D

Following a hearty breakfast we'll check out from our hotel and make the drive to Tsalka, arriving at around 10:30. Today we have a fairly long day in the saddle. By 11:00 we'll start our ride toward the stunning Tabatskuri Lake, reaching the shores of the beautiful lake in time to enjoy a late picnic lunch in a spot where the forest meets the lake. After some time to relax and refresh, we'll jump back in the saddle for the ride to Bakuriani, a small ski resort in nestled on the northern slopes of the Trialeti Mountain range. By around 18:00 we'll have made our ascent to the top of the impressive Tskhratskharo pass (2,500m). After taking some time to soak in the panoramic views, we'll begin our long and beautiful downhill ride into Bakuriani, arriving at around 19:30.
Cycling: ~60km
Uphill (middle difficulty) – 25-30 km
Total uphill – 900 m
Total decrease – 1100m
Overnight: hotel in Bakuriani

Day 9 : Scenic Ride Through Mitarbi, Borjomi & Sadgeri
Meals Included: B, L, D

After breakfast we will explore Georgia’s Samtskhe province further. Our cycling route starts from Bakuriani and brings us to the beautiful little villages of Mitarbi and Sadgeri, located on the slopes of the Lesser Caucasus mountains. Our next stop is famous mineral water town of Borjomi. Its warm climate, mineral water springs, parks and forests made Borjomi a favourite summer resort for the aristocracy, and gave it its popular name of "the pearl of Caucasus". We will visit the Children’s Park in Borjomi and return via vehicle to Bakuriani.
Cycling distance: 30km
Uphill (easy)– 5km
Total uphill – 100m
Total decrease – 1500m
Max . altitude –1900 m
Overnight: hotel in Bakuriani

Day 10 : Cycle To Gudauri Via Bazaleti Lake & Ananuri
Meals Included: B, L, D

Our day begins with breakfast followed by a drive to Bazaleti Lake where we will enjoy a coffee break near the lake. We will cycle towards Ananuri Fort (17th century) located along the Georgian Military Highway connecting Georgia to Russia and on top of the Jinvali water reservoir. After sightseeing, we get back onto our bikes and continue for about an hour, before getting in our vehicle for the short drive to Gudauri.
Cycling distance: approx 40km
Uphill (moderate) –15-20 km
Total uphill – 400 m
Total decrease – 450 m
Max . altitude – 1100 m
Overnight: hotel in Gudauri

Day 11 : Cycle To Sioni Village, Kazbegi Through The Truso Valley
Meals Included: B, L, D

This morning after breakfast we will continue exploring the Great Caucasus Mountains and its remote valleys. First, we will ride over the Cross Pass (2395m) with many streams and rivers running in different directions to the Northern Caucasus territories. We will enjoy the Truso Valley which is mostly pasture hosting cattle and sheep during the summers. We will continue to picturesque Sioni Village and enjoy magnificent views. In the late afternoon, we will arrive in Kazbegi and marvel at one of the highest and most picturesque peaks of the Great Caucasus – Mt Kazbegi (5054m).
Cycling distance: approx. 45 km
Uphill (moderate) – 20 km
Total uphill – 650 m
Total decrease – 900 m
Max . altitude – 2400 m
Overnight: hotel in Kazbegi

Day 12 : Visit Sno Valley, Stefantsminda & Gergeti Trinity Church
Meals Included: B, L, D

After breakfast, we will travel to Sno by minibus. We will cycle from Sno Lake to Kazbegi and then up to Gergeti Church (14th century). Along the way we will enjoy the marvellous views of the huge mountains surrounding us. For lunch we wil visit a local family to enjoy delicious home-made food and Khinkali dumplings. Our route then continues to Dariali Gorge – the last gorge on the Georgian territory before the Russian Border. We wiil ride up to Gveleti Waterfalls where you can relax your feet in the ice-cold mountain water. Afterwards we return to Kazbegi.
Cycling distance: approx 30km
Uphill (hard) – 10 km
Total uphill – 400 m
Total decrease – 750 m
Max . altitude – 2170 m
Overnight: hotel in Kazbegi

Day 13 : Transfer To Tbilisi, Explore The Old Town
Meals Included: B, D

This morning we will have a transfer to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, where we will return our bikes and enjoy the sights by foot. We set off on a walking tour of Old Tbilisi; Tbilisi is a blend of Asian eeriness and European charm. Located in the gorge of Mtkvari River it’s shaped out in accordance with the terrain and forms a very beautiful city with Mt. Mtatsminda embracing the entire town, Narikala Fortress topping up the oldest quarter of Tbilisi – Kala and Metekhi Church overlooking Mtkvari River from a rocky plateau. In this classic tour of Tbilisi you’ll see the highlights of the Old Town with beautiful Orthodox Christian Churches, Mosque, Synagogue, famous and refreshing Sulphur Baths, narrow cobbled streets with hanging wooden carved multi-colored balconies and the 19th century houses following the architectural styles of the 19th century Europe, Narikala Fortress, the glass Bridge of Peace, Freedom Square and Rustaveli Avenue. We will finish our tour on Rustaveli Avenue and transfer to our hotel.
Overnight: Metekhi Line Hotel or similar

Day 14 : In Tbilisi, Trip Concludes
Meals Included: B

After breakfast, the trip concludes with a group transfer to the airport.

What's Included

  • 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 13 dinners

  • Accommodation in comfortable hotels on a twin share basis, or best available local hotels in rural towns

  • All internal transport by private vehicle (minibus on days 8-14)

  • Comfortable front suspension mountain bikes

  • Arrival & departure airport transfers in Yerevan and Tbilisi

  • Support vehicle throughout

  • English speaking guides

  • Local sightseeing & entrance fees to monuments

What's Not Included

  • International flights

  • Airport and departure taxes

  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary

  • Aerated and alcoholic drinks

  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.

  • Tips

  • Visas

  • Travel insurance

Accommodation

5 nights hotel
Our hotel accommodation will be in western style hotels / guesthouses which are well located to ensure we make the most of our time. In some of the more rural areas the best available accommodation will be used. All rooms have private facilities, however please bear in mind that plumbing can at times be dubious, even in the best hotels. If you have a problem, advise your group leader, or floor attendant. In the Lake Sevan area (near Martuni) we will spend one night in very basic hotel or local homestay. All accommodation will be on a twin-share basis.

What You Carry

In your daypack you will need to carry warm clothing (depending on the season, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip balm etc.

Grading

These trips involve trekking, walking, cycling, rafting or sea kayaking for up to five or six hours a day at a slow but steady pace. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health. Our introductory trips are not ‘easy’ trips and you will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health. Suggested preparation: We recommend 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (fast walking, jogging or cycling) three times a week. For trekking, hill or stair walking with a 5-7kg daypack is also highly recommended at least once a week for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness. Walking in variable weather conditions is advisable. For a cycling adventure, road cycling twice a week for three months prior to departure is recommended. On our adventures which feature paddling, confidence and rhythm are more important than speed.

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have offices on three continents which means your travelling companions will be just that – international and wonderfully eclectic. Part of small group travel means that although travellers come from various locations and backgrounds, you will be travelling with like-minded companions who, like you, are keen to share the experience and forge lifelong friendships.

  • What about environmental impact?

    We believe that adventure travel revolves around establishing a strong relationship with the people and environments in which we operate. Our responsible travel policies have been carefully developed to ensure that we minimise the impact of our presence and help to protect the regions we visit while contributing positively to the local community.

  • What should I pack?

    Your pre-departure documents include a detailed packing list with items that you need to bring. While most of the equipment for daily activities is included in your tour cost, some items like helmets and hiking boots are best brought from home. The pre-departure documents also include information on layering and recommended brands for various items to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes. World Expeditions does not require single travellers to pay a surcharge for travelling alone on the vast majority of our trips. Our holidays are primarily on a twin share basis, so if you are joining the group as a solo traveller, we will match you with someone of your own gender. The choice is yours however; if you prefer not to share, we do offer single supplements for private occupancy.

  • Are tips included in my trip price?

    Tips are not included in the tour cost. Tipping is a personal thing, do not worry about how much, or when, to tip. Tipping guidelines are provided for certain destinations in our pre departure information upon booking, however the best advice will be provided by your tour leader.

  • Am I suited to small-group travel?

    We recognise that many of our travellers have not been on a ‘group trip’ before. Yet what our departures provide is both structure and flexibility, allowing you plenty of freedom within the framework of the itinerary. You’ll find that with our maximum group size at 16, you’ll travel in a minimal impact style with a great group of like-minded travellers.

  • Can you advise which vaccinations are recommended?

    While our pre-departure kit provides information on vaccinations, we suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

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