Birding tour to the Caucasus – GEORGIA AND ARMENIA

'Big five' birds of the Caucasus: 

Caucasian Black Grouse, Caucasian Snowcock, Great Rosefinch, Güldenstadts Redstart, Caucasian Chiffchaff.

Tour Overview

We are inviting you to join our Georgia Armenia Birdwatching tour which will help you to explore unique and diverse landscape of Caucasus and their rich biodiversity. This mountainous area host wide variety of habitats from dry semi-deserts to alpine meadows and woods, which host different bird, animal and plant species. In semi-deserts one can expect Finsch’s Wheatear and Upchers Warbler, the forests are home for Semi-Collared Flycatcher and Medium Spotted Woodpecker, wetlands are hosting White-tailed Lapwing and White-headed Duck, the mountain steppes are inhabited by Radde’s Accentor and Siberian Stonechat, alpine area hosts Caucasian Snowcock and Guldenstad’s Redstart, even orchards are hosting unusual birds such as Syrian Woodpecker and Levant Sparrowhawk. Numerous rocky canyons provide nesting places for variety of raptors, such as Lammergeyer and Long-legged Buzzard. Above mentioned species make interesting but a small portion of birds that can be observed during this regional tour.

However, the Caucasus’ and Armenian highland diversity is not only limited to the wildlife. Its culture has a long-lasting history, which reminds about itself by different churches, monasteries, and fortresses, amazingly integrated in the natural landscapes, and by unique and tasty cuisine, where home-made dishes take the majority.

 

1200 EURO

Single room supplement of 250 EURO

DATE: May – September

DURATION: 10 days

LANGUAGE: English, Russian

GROUP SIZE:   up to 10 persons + two leaders.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel, Hostel or B&B

       Tour includes:
Airport transfers
Transportation
Professional guide
Accommodation in Hotel
Meals with hot tea/coffee
All the entry fees
Tour excludes:
International airfare
Entrance Visa
Travel insurance

ITINERARY

Day 1. Tbilisi – Kazbegi

Overnight in Kazbegi.

Various bird species on the passage.

Day 2. Kazbegi – Tbilisi

Overnight in Tbilisi.

High-mountain birds.

Day 3. Tbilisi – Vashlovani National Park

Overnight in Mijniskure, Vashlovani National park

Various bird species on the passage. Badland and floodplain forest birds on destination.

Day 4. Vashlovani National Park – Dedoplistskaro

Overnight in Dedoplistskaro

Badlands, Waterbirds and raptors

Day 5. Dedoplistskaro – Chachuna Managed Reserve – Eagle’s Gorge - Sighnaghi

Overnight in Sighnaghi

Badlands, Waterbirds and raptors

Day 6. Sighnaghi – Tbilisi

Overnight in Tbilisi

Day 7. Tbilisi - Sadakhlo/Bagratashen (border) – Stepanavan Dendropark – Lake Arpi National Park

Armenia, Stepanavan Dendropark and Lake Arpi National Park. Mountain steppes, sub-alpine grasslands with lakes and wetlands.

Overnight in Arpi

Day 8. Lake Arpi National Park – Gyumri – Aparan – mount Aragats – Yerevan

Aragats Mountain, chance to see various raptor species. We will also have a cultural part by visiting Amberd – 7th century fortress, located at 2300 meters above sea level. We will finish the day in Yerevan, where you can have a city tour (optional).

Overnight in Yerevan

Day 9. Yerevan – Armash – Nravank gorge – Shatin

Armash fishponds, which is located on Ararat valley. After lunch, we will move to Noravank gorge, where will continue our birding and will combine it with a cultural part, by visiting amazing Noravank monastery (13th century).

Overnight in Shatin

Day 10. Shatin – Lichk – Sevan National Park – Dilijan – Bagratashen

Shatin - view point to observe Bezoar goats. Lichq area, where we expect to see high numbers of shorebirds. Visit Sevan national park, where the Armenian gulls’ island is located.

Dilijan National Park, where we will visit the unique Taxus grove and Haghardzin Monastery complex (13th). Afterwards we will drive you to the Bagratashen/Sadakhlo border, from where you’ll continue your way to Tbilisi.

Overnight in Tbilisi

Day 11. Departure

Transfer to Tbilisi International Airport

Accommodation and transport


We will stay during this trip at comfortable small-scale hotels and guesthouses. The accommodation is of good quality and decent, with private facilities. The meals are traditionally Georgian and Armenian: delicious and diverse. We get around in a comfortable 4x4 minivan.

Climate


During this time of the year, the weather circumstances can be diverse. This means we'll expect both sunny, warm days as wet and rather chilly days. Please dress in layers. The weather changes abruptly on the mountain. We will inform the participants on the weather conditions in advance.

Photography


During this trip there will be good possibilities for photography. Our guides have a good knowledge of digital photography.