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Armenian Highlands

ARMENIAN HIGHLANDS | CLASSIC

In a far-flung corner of Europe lie the highlands of Armenia, a magical landscape dotted with medieval monasteries, wildflower meadows and charming rural villages. In these mountains, you'll meet welcoming locals, fiercely proud of their vibrant culture.

This intriguing nation is steeped in tradition, with a 1,600 year old alphabet and wine making methods dating back to 6,000 BC. With a more recent Soviet past, the country you’ll visit today is complex, fascinating and resilient. 

When to go

May - Oct

Price from

£3,250

What's included?

From the moment you touch down in Armenia, everything is included so that while you are with us you can forget about your wallet, relax and enjoy your time in the beautiful highlands. 

Duration

6 nights

Scheduled Journeys

Private Journeys

Journey highlights

  • Cycle through dramatic landscapes, from deep gorges and snow-capped mountains to flower-filled meadows and deciduous forests.
  • Visit monasteries, fortresses and peaceful villages dotted throughout the mountains.
  • Dine on hearty, traditional cuisine. You’re sure to fall in love with lavash, a flatbread that completes any Armenian meal.
  • Wake up to birdsong and the sound of the river in a tranquil woodland cabin.
  • Stay at a pioneering not-for-profit hotel that invests in programmes for children in rural communities. 
  • Discover a complex history in the two main cities of Yerevan and Gyumri. 
ON THE MOVE

We’ll wind our way along old roads and trails, across hillsides and mountains, through forests and beside rivers, encountering a rich and vibrant culture through the expertise of our guides and the people we meet along the way. Nights will be spent in hotels, guest houses and peaceful log cabins.

As well as Armenia’s dramatic mountains and remote villages, you’ll discover its two largest cities in Yerevan, the capital, and Gyumri, the country’s most important cultural centre. 

The Slow Cyclist Journey designer Emily Sykes
MEET JOURNEY DESIGNER EMILY
I was enchanted with Armenia during my first visit. Straight away, I knew I wanted to introduce guests to the epic landscapes, fascinating history and some of the most welcoming people I have met anywhere on my travels.
A monastery in the mountains, visited on The Slow Cyclist's journey through Armenia

Armenian Highlands

Spend six nights discovering the wild, remote highlands of Armenia, as well as its two of its vibrant, friendly cities. 
Day 1 - Arrival in Armenia

Transfer 30 mins

The Air France flight we recommend lands at Zvartnots International Airport outside Yerevan at 21.30. We will transfer you straight to the Grand Hotel Yerevan, where you can catch a good night’s sleep at the start of your Armenian adventure.

Day 2 - Yerevan to Gyumri

Morning walk 2.5 hours – Afternoon transfer 3.5 hours

Armenia’s charming and vibrant capital city, Yerevan, founded in 782 BC, is so named because it’s believed that Noah, sighting dry land, cried in Armenian “Yerevats! Yerevats!” (“It’s appeared! It’s appeared!”). We begin our morning with a walk through this friendly city, uncovering layers of history among streets lined with lively cafes and wine bars, fascinating museums, symmetrical squares and soviet era architecture. We’ll pay our respects to the reported 1.5 million Armenians who lost their lives during the genocide in 1915, followed by a light lunch at an art gallery. We’ll break the 3.5 hour drive to Gyumri with a visit to the 10th century Amberd Fortress in the foothills of Mount Aragats which, standing at 4,090 metres, is Armenia’s highest mountain. Arriving in Gyumri in the early evening, we’ll check into our hotel and, if there’s time, walk to Vardanants Square. Dinner will be at a small family owned restaurant in the city.

Day 3 - Gyumri to Stepanavan

Morning cycle 38 kms – Afternoon cycle 20 kms

Bidding farewell to urban Armenia, we’ll take a short transfer before jumpng on our bikes near the village of Musayelyan. At 2,000 metres above sea level, this is the highest point on our journey through Armenia’s highlands. We’ll cycle along an old Soviet-era road, passing through expansive steppe and alongside rolling hills. After lunch in a village west of Stepanavan, named in 1923 to honour the Bolshevik leader Stepan Shahumyan, we’ll cycle along a river and through meadows to reach the town itself. Tonight we’ll stay in a modern, family owned guest house and enjoy dinner cooked by the family.

Day 4 - Stepanavan to Debet

Morning walk 7 kms – Afternoon cycle 30 kms

After breakfast we’ll continue our journey into a very different landscape on foot, through forested hills and meadows to Pushkino. There we will hop on our bikes and cycle along the southern edge of the Dzoraget river gorge. The gravel road is barely used, and a little rough in places so patience and concentration is required (there is the option of taking a smooth tarmac road much of the way too). After lunch we cycle out of the gorge and descend across another – the Debet river canyon – to our accommodation, a modern concept hotel that is run as a social enterprise. Income is invested into delivering educational programmes to more than 2,000 children in the surrounding rural communities. Dinner will be with our friends at their guesthouse, which is a short walk from the hotel.

Day 5 - Debet to Ahnidzor

Morning walk 7 kms – Afternoon cycle 30 kms

There is no better way to start the day than to walk unencumbered through the quiet villages, rolling hills and wooded hillsides of the Armenian countryside. Starting from the hotel we’ll walk out through the peaceful village of Debet into the hills to Yeghegnut. There we’ll be met with our bikes for a short cycle to the nearby village of Dsegh, once home to the ‘Poet of All Armenians’, Hovhannes Tumanyan. After visiting his former home, we’ll wind our way along another quiet old road and along the river Marts. Tonight we’ll stay in simple, comfortable log cabins beside a rushing river where our host Davit will look after us.

Day 6 - Ahnidzor to Atan and Yerevan

Morning walk 9 kms – Afternoon cycle 26 kms – Transfer 3.5 hours

Davit’s cabins sit within a wild and forested landscape, unfenced and unexplored. We’ll set off on foot to walk through two of our favourite villages. Following a river through the forest, we’ll then climb up and over the hill to Atan, passing grazing horses and shepherds. By bike we will make our way through Davit’s ancestral homeland, where his family has lived for seven generations. After lunch we’ll cycle gently downhill for 18 km where we will be met by our transfer vehicle which will take us back to the Grand Hotel Yerevan, where our journey began. Our final dinner will be at one of our favourite restaurants in Yerevan

Day 7 - Departure

We have designed this journey to align with the Air France flight that departs Yerevan this morning. Assuming you are taking this flight, we will drive you to the airport and say our goodbyes.

HOW TO BOOK

You can choose to either join one of our set-date, scheduled departures or travel in a private group with friends and family.

MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Scheduled Journeys

Our set-date departures are a wonderful opportunity not only to explore a fascinating part of the world but also to meet like-minded travellers and make new friends in a group of Slow Cyclists gathered by us.

TRAVEL WITH FRIENDS

Private Journeys

We specialise in creating exceptional bespoke experiences. If you are interested in creating a private journey with friends or family, please do get in touch.

Upcoming Scheduled Journeys

Armenian Highlands
May 31, 2025
6 Nights
£3,390.00
Armenian Highlands
June 24, 2025
6 Nights
£3,390.00
Armenian Highlands
September 21, 2025
6 Nights
£3,390.00

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