Bird Watching Tour in Armenia

26 May - 03 Jun 2019
Small Group (2-13)
Any Date
Full Board
Age: 0+
Price:
1,778USD

The Highlights of the Tour

Observe many kinds of semi-desert, forest, high-mountain and water birds Visit the Gull Island at Lake Sevan and observe endemic Armenian Gulls Explore the ancient historical sights of Armenia Drive to the gorge of Azat River known for the special species of birds Have a trip to the highest peak of Armenia - Aragats Mount

ITINERARY

Introduction

Despite the fact that Armenia is a small country it has a surprisingly rich diversity of flora and fauna. About 345 bird species are recorded here! By choosing our exclusive Birding  Tour in Armenia you will have a great opportunity to take part in a 10-day journey and observe many kinds of semi-desert, forest, high-mountain and water birds. At Lake Sevan, you will visit the Gull Island and observe endemic Armenian Gulls (Larus armenicus) and various migrant waders. Moreover, you will visit various ancient attractions and get in touch with ancient times!

Day 1 - Arrival - Yerevan - Vedi Hills

Our company representatives will meet you at the airport and accompany to the hotel. After the check-in, you will have breakfast and some time for a rest. The tour will start with a trip to Vedi town located in Ararat Province. In a local gorge, you will observe such semi-desert birds as Isabelline, Black-eared, Finsch’s Wheatears, Trumpeter Finch, Rufous-tailed Bush Robins, and Long-legged Buzzard. The gorge is also often visited by Cinereous Vultures. Then after a picnic, you will return to Yerevan for an overnight.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan

Day 2 - Yerevan - Dilijan

After breakfast, you will have a trip to Dilijan - a resort town known for its lush natural landscapes and pure healing air. In the surrounding forests, you will observe such forest birds as Semi-collared, Red Breasted Flycatchers, Hawfinch, Green Warbler, Chiffchaff (ssp. abietinus), Great and Medium (ssp. caucasicus) Spotted and Green Woodpeckers. The trip will continue to Haghartsin Monastery located in a calm wooded place. You will enjoy here the indescribable atmosphere of greatness, beauty, and asceticism and observe some of the bird species. After the picnic lunch, you will be transferred to the hotel in Dilijan for a rest.
Overnight: hotel in Dilijan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Dilijan - Lake Sevan

The day will start with a trip to Tsaghkounyats Mountains by 4WD car. The area is known for its high-mountain bird specialists: Caucasian Black Grouse, Water Pipit (ssp. koutelii), and Horned Lark (ssp. pennicillata). After the picnic lunch, you will return to Dilijan and then have a travel along the shores of Lake Sevan – one of the largest alpine freshwater lakes in the world. This area is home to the largest colonies of endemic Armenian gulls. On the Gull Island, you will see Ruddy Shellducks, Great Cormorants, and various migrant waders.
Overnight: Hotel in Sevan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Lake Sevan - Yeghegnadzor

This day your travel will continue along the shore of Lake Sevan and visit Lichk village. This area is famous for the variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, and passerines, such as Mountain Chiffchaff (ssp. lorenzi). You may also meet the resident pairs of Marsh Harrier and Goshawk flying around, searching for prey. The trip will continue through a mountain pass to Yeghegnadzor town. In the local meadows, we will try to find the black-headed subspecies of Yellow Wagtail (ssp. feldeggi). Then you will have a check-in at the local hotel and enjoy your picnic lunch.
Overnight: Hotel in Yeghegnadzor
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Vardenis mountains

After the breakfast, you will travel by 4WD cars to Vardenis Mountains for observing Caspian Snowcock and other high mountain specialists, such as Crimson-winged Finch, Red-fronted Serin, and White-winged Snowfinch. Then you will visit the impressive valley of red rocks where is located Noravank monastery. The area is home to Eastern Rock Nuthatches. After a picnic lunch, you will return to Yeghegnadzor for an overnight.
Overnight: Hotel in Yeghegnadzor
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Yeghegnadzor - Armash - Yerevan

This day you will travel to Ararat Valley and then return to Yerevan. On the way, you will stop near Arpa River to observe Penduline Tit, Kingfisher, Marsh, and Cetti’s Warbler, and then the way will continue through the mountain pass. At Armash fish farming pond, you will spend the pleasant time by observing Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, European Roller and a wide variety of waterbirds including Pygmy Cormorant, Little Bittern, Purple and Squacco Herons and Black-crowned Night-heron. In the reedbeds, you may look for Reed, Great Reed and Paddyfield Warbler, whilst open waters have Marbled and Ferruginous Ducks and Red-crested Pochards. Over the pools, you may see Whiskered, White-winged, Black and Little Terns which are flying in search of insects. In some muddy areas, you may meet some nests with Glossy Ibis and White-tailed Lapwing. After a picnic lunch, you will return to Yerevan.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Yerevan - Ourts Mountains - Yerevan

This day you will travel to Ourts Mountains with the aim of observing semi-desert birds such as Persian Wheatears, White-throated Robins, Upcher’s and Orphean Warblers, Short-toed and Greater Short-toed Larks, Long-legged Buzzard, and Pale Rock Sparrow. At the end of the trip, you will have a picnic lunch and return to Yerevan.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Yerevan - Garni - Geghard

The day will start with a trip to the amazing gorge of Azat River. The place will get you acquainted with such bird species as Egyptian Vultures, Blue Rock Thrush, Red-billed Choughs, Golden Oriole, and others. Not far from the gorge there is a unique monastery of Geghard which impresses with its rock architecture and ancient history. On its territory, you will look for Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons (race brookei), Western Rock Nuthatches, and others. Lunch will be arranged in a cozy restaurant run by a hospitable local.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Yerevan - Aragats Mountain

Most of this tour day will take part at Aragats Mount – the highest peak of Armenia. You will walk from dry steppes to alpine meadows located at an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level and look for Bimaculated Lark, Common Stonechat, Bluethroat (magna race), Radde’s Accentors. Here you may also find all species of forest raptors like Snake-Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Common Buzzard (menetriesi race), etc. Lunch will be arranged at the local restaurant not far from Amberd Fortress.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Departure

Transfer to the hotel, departure

INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS

The tour price includes

  • Airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • Accommodation for 9 nights (hotels, guesthouses double rooms)
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transportation (depending group size)
  • Professional ornithologist guide service for all days
  • Local 4x4 cars where needed to reach the birding area
  • All meals along the tour (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
  • All admission fees
  • Local SIM card
  • Bottled water (1 spring 0,5 liter + 1 mineral 0,5 liter) per day

The tour price doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Visa Fee
  • Medical insurance

REVIEWS

Mauro Bailo, the owner and manager of "Ornitour" 13.05.2018

This has been the first birding tour I arranged in the southeasternmost tip of the Western Palearctic, where some of the most sought after birds of WP live and breed.

Well, birds are not at all as monuments and churches (some finest example of which we saw as well during this marvelous trip), and their sightings are never guaranteed. But the fabulous mix of our guide Vasil’s experience and knowledge about the country ornithofauna (but not only: for any question about reptiles, mammals, amphibians, insects, plants and flowers we got from Vasil a prompt and exhaustive answer) and the perfect organization of Arara Tours, our ground tour operator, led to an amazingly successful adventure, both from the naturalistic side of the tour and the services provided.

Hotels were carefully chosen according to their level and convenience for closeness to the main birding areas (the latter a very important aspect in a birding tour), all the people working there proved to be friendly and helpful, food was excellent.

Our driver did a great job (driving a van full of birders screaming to the appearance of this and that bird, asking to stop for a photo and for an observation is not an easy task!) and, again, Vasil was absolutely excellent.

I recommend Arara Tours for any birding (and not only) tour in the fantastic land of Armenia, which I’ll sure visit again next year.

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ACCOMMODATION

Cascade Hotel

Lavash Hotel

Old Bridge B&B Hotel

Silachi Hotel

Ararat Hotel

B&B Armenia Hotel

TRIP MAP

PACKING CHECKLIST

Documents:

Passport, flight ticket (printed or electronic), insurance, visa (if required)

First aid kit:

bandaids / plasters, special medicine or drugs in permanent use, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, lip balm

Essentials:

Credit/debit cards, cash (cards can be used in city, cash in regions), moneybelt, laptop/tablet/phone, chargers, camera with extra memory cards and batteries, outlet adapter

Dressing:

There are no restrictions regarding clothes; scarf or shawl is advisable for churches (obligatory in Georgia for women)

Spring / Autumn:

long pants/jeans, long sleeve blouses, light raincoat, jacket, comfortable waterproof shoes, umbrella

Summer:

T-shirts, shorts, long sleeve blouses for evening, sandals, umbrella, sun protection, sun glasses, sunhat

Winter:

Warm coat, warm wool sweater, long warm trousers, long boots (waterproof), scarf, gloves

WHY BOOK WITH ARARA

THE BEST PRICE IN THE MARKET FOR HIGH-QUALITY SERVICE

With Arara you book at first hand from a qualified local Armenian agency. Avoid surcharges applied by intermediaries and save money!

LICENSED AIR CONDITIONED TRANSPORT

We provide our tourists with comfortable air-conditioned transport

Experienced specialized ornithologist guides
Well maintained balanced itinerary

GUARANTEED TOUR DATES

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Sunday

May 26, 2019

from Yerevan
9
days
Monday

Jun 3, 2019

to Yerevan

1,778 USD

13

Spaces left
Book now
Any Day

Any date

from Yerevan
9
days
Individual

Jun 3, 2019

to Yerevan

1,955 USD

2+

Spaces left
Book now
Sunday

May 26, 2019

from Yerevan
9
days
Monday

Jun 3, 2019

to Yerevan
Space left

13

1,778 USD

Any Day

Any date

from Yerevan
9
days
Individual

Jun 3, 2019

to Yerevan
Space left

2+

1,955 USD

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