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Immerse yourself in the heart of the cradle of Christianity! A trip to Armenia on a Royal Enfield will you take you to the origins of our history. Stroll around Carahunge, a megalithic site dating back to the fifth millennium BC. Admire the Greek Temple of Garni. Criss-cross fantastic country roads in search of churches and monasteries. Armenia adopted Christianity in the year 301 and is peppered with ninth- and tenth-century monasteries listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and some that date even further back. With numerous mountains, forests, steppes, lakes and canyons, you will discover an astonishing country overlooked by Mount Aragats. The country’s nature is beautiful and surprising, with treasures such as “the pearl of Armenia” Lake Sevan in Gegharkunik Province or Jdrduz Canyon in Nagorno Karabakh. In the south of the country, the Arpa Valley is home to small oases where vines and apricots grow. You’ll witness the Armenian way of life and sample sumptuous local cuisine. During a motorcycle tour in Armenia, you’ll be most impressed by the locals’ warmth, especially with a glass of Armenian cognac in hand!

When’s the best time to visit Armenia?

The best time to set off on a motorcycle tour in Armenia is between May and October. Midseason is perfect, so choose from May to mid-June and from mid-September to mid-October. Armenia experiences vast temperature differences in summer and winter, especially when bearing altitude in mind. Due to its continental climate, summers are dry and hot and winters are cold and even icy in the high plateaux. The advantage is that the sun shines all year round in Armenia and rainfall is scarce. There is some rainfall in the mountainous regions, mainly in spring. Near the capital, the average summer temperature is around 25°C but can reach up to 40°C, while in the middle of winter, the average temperature is -3°C and it can even be icy in the mountains. There is little snow near the capital, unlike in the north of the country and on the shores of Lake Sevan. In the south, the beautiful Arpa Valley is known for its arid microclimate, similar to that of the neighbouring Iranian mountains.

Armenia’s Geography

A small country sandwiched between Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Iran, Armenia has a population of around three million. With no lowlands, most of the country lies at more than 1,000 metres altitude. On the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Armenia is nestled among the Caucasus Mountains and north Iranian peaks. During a motorcycle tour in Armenia, you will discover contrasting landscapes and a varied climate, which is surprising for such a small country. Lake Sevan, an immense freshwater lake, is some miles east of the capital, Yerevan. Volcanoes dot the country and Mount Aragats (4,090 m) is the country’s highest point since Mount Ararat (5,137 m) was conceded to Turkey by the Soviet Union. You will cross beautiful plains that lie between 1,500 and 2,000 m altitude or ride along the longest river in the country, the Araxes, which creates a natural border with Iran and part of Turkey.

Armenia’s history and culture

During a motorcycle tour in Armenia, you will discover one of the oldest countries in the world, as attested by its spectacular monuments and vestiges dating back to prehistoric times, now listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Zvartnots archaeological site and Geghard monastery. At the start of the fourth century, Christianity became the state religion. Even today, most of the population practices Christianity and the Armenian Apostolic Church still plays a very important role in the everyday lives of locals. Armenia then experienced several centuries of invasions from all directions since it was on the crossroads of many great empires (Persian, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Mongol and Russian). The Armenian Genocide of 1915-1916, perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire with around 1.2 million victims, marked the twentieth century. The First Republic of Armenia was declared in 1918 but some years later, the country was annexed by the Soviet Union. In December 1988, a devastating earthquake struck the country. Armenia declared its independence in 1991 and became a UN member a year later. It was not until 2001 that the French parliament recognised the Armenian genocide.

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