Jeep tour in CWR

This tour is a great experience for lovers of fun and extreme. You will enjoy every minute of this tour full of adventures, breathtaking views and extreme feelings.

Besides enjoying the amazing views of nature we will also see during this tour interesting caves, cross-stones (khachkars), a historical castle, ancient churches and an old abandoned village.

You will also have rare chance to be in Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR). The 2000 hectares Caucasus Wildlife Refuge has been established by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC). The organization maintains the area as a protected buffer zone for the Khosrov Forest State Reserve.

The rare wildlife species occurring in the Caucasus Wildlife refuge include Caucasian brown bear, Bezoar goat, Grey wolf, Black vulture, Bearded vulture and Armenian viper. In early 2013 videos recorded by a camera trap also revealed that a Caucasian leopard has chosen the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge as its hunting grounds. 

In the evenings the visitors will relax in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of FPWC’s Eco-Center which is equipped with comfortable over-night facilities. The evenings offer also an excellent opportunity to get more familiar with the rangers who are directly responsible for nature protection in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge.

Proposed Itinerary

Day 1: Yerevan – Urtsadzor – Lanjanist - St. Hovhannes Karapet – Gevorg Marzpetuni castle - Eco-Center

From Yerevan we will have transfer by jeep/minibus to the Urtsadzor Eco-Training Center. From here we will start our adventurous jeep tour. Our first destination is Village Lanjanist. Here we will visit some caves where several bat species are living and might be able to observe rare bats which are listed in the Red Book of Armenia.

After visiting the caves and a small church in Lanjanist we will ride to the monastery of St. Karapet located in a fold of mountains that spurt off the Urts Mountain Range. The mountains divide the monastery’s valley from the river which forms the heart of the region. St. Hovhannes Karapet was built in the 13th-14th century.

At lunchtime we will enjoy a rest and picnic in nature. After lunch we will drive to Gevorg Marzpetuni Castle. The castle is a small fortified structure with a church within its compound. It is set on a low hill, suggesting it may not have been built as a castle per se, but rather as a fortified monastery. The castle is named for Gevorg Marzpetuni, the 10th century Sparapet of Armenian forces during the reign of Ashot Yerkat (the Iron) Bagratuni, who forged the resurgent Armenian kingdom by evicting Arab invaders and cementing the power of the Bagratuni dynasty.

On our way we will see some khachkars (cross stones) and an old cemetery.

In the evening we will reach the Eco-Center where a dinner composed from delicious local products awaits us.

Overnight in B&B in Urtsadzor or Urtsadzor Eco-training Center

Day 2: Rest day in Urtsadzor

We will spend an eventful day in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge enjoying hiking or horseback riding. If you want to relax, enjoy the fantastic views directly from the ranger station. With binoculars you can observe the rare Bezoar goats on the steep mountain cliffs. In summer, it is also worth to make a short descent into the valley, where you can find a small mountain river. The local guides will give an overview of FPWC’s nature conservation efforts in the refuge.

Overnight in Eco-Center.

Next day check out at 11:00 and transfer to Yerevan.

Duration:

2 days (weekend), night

Any date is possible; please send us your request!

Prices/ Group Size 2+

For 2-8 people the tour cost is 91000 AMD per person,

It is possible to organize tours for other size groups. For more information, please contact us.

The prices include:

• Jeep

• Tour guide/ driver (English speaking)

• Full Board

• Transfers from Yerevan to Urtsadzor and back

• Informational material and maps

Excludes

• Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, and medical bills

• Any other services, excursions, activities or meals not mentioned in the inclusions