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Duration: 26 May 2018 - 03 Jun 2018
Location: Armenia
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Bird Watching Tour in Armenia

 

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  May 26

Yerevan – Vedi hills

After your arrival at the airport, we’ll organize a transfer to the hotel for you. 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. There is a gorge in this area where you will observe its semi-desert birds: 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.

Day 2May 27

Yerevan – Dilijan

After the breakfast at the hotel, 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 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 forested 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.

Day 3May 28

Dilijan – Lake Sevan

After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will have 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.

Day 4 – May 29

Lake Sevan-Yeghegnadzor

This day you’ll continue your travel 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.

Day 5 – May 30

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 are is a home to Eastern Rock Nuthatches. After a picnic lunch, you will return to Yeghegnadzor for an overnight.

Day 6 May 31

Yeghegnadzor – Armash – Yerevan

This day you will travel to Ararat Valley and then 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 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 will be able to meet some nests with Glossy Ibis and White-tailed Lapwing. After a picnic lunch, you will return to Yerevan.

Day 7May 31

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.

Day 8June 1

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. Then you will have lunch in a cozy restaurant of Garni village, run by a hospitable local.

Day 9June 2

Yerevan – Aragats Mountain

Most of this tour day will pass 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.

Day 10June 3

Transfer to the hotel, departure

 

Why book with Arara?

  • Experienced specialized ornithologist guides
  • Well maintained balanced itinerary
  • Licensed air conditioned transport
  • The best price in the market for high-quality service

Trip Reviews & Photos

Feedback_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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