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ArmeniaBirdwatching journey in Armenia

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In spite of being a small country Armenia has a surprisingly rich diversity of flora and fauna. About 345 bird species are recorded here! Whether you’re a beginner or an expert birdwatcher, if you want to see some of the most outstanding bird species of the region, the best is to go with an expert local bird watching guide. This unique program will give you the opportunity to observe many kinds of...

In spite of being a small country Armenia has a surprisingly rich diversity of flora and fauna. About 345 bird species are recorded here! Whether you’re a beginner or an expert birdwatcher, if you want to see some of the most outstanding bird species of the region, the best is to go with an expert local bird watching guide. This unique program will give you the opportunity to observe many kinds of semi-desert, forest, high-mountain and water birds. Furthermore, you’ll discover the most important cultural places of Armenia and will get in touch with the local people.

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Trip highlights
  • Mountain
    Mountain
  • Bird watching
    Bird watching
  • Lake
    Lake
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Local culture
    Local culture

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Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at Yerevan International Airport Zvartnots. Meet and transfer to the selected hotel in   Yerevan.

Visited:
Yerevan

Day 2: The water birds in Armash fish pond

Breakfast at the hotel. We start our excursions with the monastery Khor Virap. Continue to Armash fish pond. Breeding species include Pygmy Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe and ducks including Ruddy Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, Ferruginous Duck and small numbers of Marbled Duck. Visit Noravank monastery, located in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River. This important Bird Area, set among breathtaking scenery and in an important biodiversity area, has open woodlands, steep vertical hillsides, caverns and abundant rocky stags with nesting areas for a variety of bird species, over 190 species of which have been recorded in the area and a number of which are listed in the International Red Data Book of Endangered Species. Drive to Yeghegnadzor. On the way we’ll visit Arpa river gorge where can be expected mountain and semi-desert birds including Lammergeyer, Egyptian Vulture, Blue Rock Thrush, White-throated Robin, Upcher’s Warbler, etc. Dinner and overnight in Yeghegnadzor.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Visited:
YerevanYeghegnadzor

Day 3: Searching for Egyptian Vultures and Lesser Spotted Eagle

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive on the high plateau towards Goris, with observations from the car: Common Kestrel, Lesser Grey Shrike, Bee-eater, Common Rosefinch. Driving up through relatively dry grasslands and extensive grainfields Linnet, Crested and Short-toed Lark, Isabelline, Northern Wheatear and Common Stone Chat can be almost non-stop observed. We’ll probably see several Hoopoes and Magpies. The next destination is Tatev monastery where we’ll be searching for Egyptian Vultures and Lesser Spotted Eagles, as well as Stonechats and other Passerines. Transfer to Goris.

Optional: You can take Tatever ropeway to get to the monastery Tatev and enjoy beautiful landscapes.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited:
Yeghegnadzor, Goris

Day 4: The forest birds of Shikahogh Reserve

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Meghri, a town and the center of the urban community in of Meghri, in Syunik Province at the south of Armenia. On the way will pass the Shikahogh part of Zangezur Biosphere Complex covered by mature forest. Here we’ll have several stops to find some forest birds, which we might possibly miss before: Red-breasted and Semi-collared Flycatchers, Green Warbler, Great Spotted, Medium Spotted, Lesser Spotted, and Green Woodpeckers, etc. Later will pass the Meghri mountain ridge and reach juniper woodlands, where will stop for Sombre Tit. Visit St. Sargis church, built in the 17th century. Here you'll have the opportunity to enjoy well preserved original frescoes. Return to Goris.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited:
Goris

Day 5: Griffon Vulture and Blue Rock Thrush observed in Khndzoresk

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Khndzoresk, a troglodyte village, where one can observe Griffon Vulture, Blue Rock Thrush, Western Rock Thrush, Raven, Rose-colored Starling, Golden Oriole, Linnet. Khndzoresk is widely famous for its canyon with picturesque rock formations and ancient cave settlement. The artificial caves, some of which are currently used as stables and warehouses, used to be inhabited till the 1950s. In the bottom of the gorge there is St.Hripsime church, dated back to 17th century. Continue to the village Yeghegis. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yeghegis.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Visited:
GorisKhndzoresk, Yegheguis

Day 6: Armenian gulls and the precious lake Sevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Heading out to the south to Lake Sevan, the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region. The lake is situated in the central part of Armenia, in the Gegharkunik Province, at the altitude of 1,900 m (6,200 ft) above sea level. Visit the monastery of Sevanavank. Armenian gulls, terns, herons, warblers, wagtails and other species can be found here depending on the season. We can also observe Semi-collared and Red-breasted Flycatchers, Eurasian Nuthatch, Green warbler, Hawfinches, Green, Great and Middle Spotted Woodpeckers, and some raptors. Return to Yerevan.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited:
Yegheguis, Yerevan

Day 7: Eagles and Vultures in the surroundings of mount Aragats

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the fortress Amberd. On the way we'll have the opportunity to watch some more birds: Bimaculated Lark, Siberian stonechat, White-throated robin, Horned lark and especially the raptors: eagles and vultures. Visit Amberd, a 7th-century fortress located 2,300 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Aragats at the confluence of the Arkashen and Amberd rivers in the province of Aragatsotn. The Mount Aragats is an isolated four-peaked volcano massif and the highest point of the Lesser Caucasus and Armenia. Return to Yerevan.

​Meals: Breakfast

Visited:
Yerevan

Day 8: Hiking to Garni gorge: Tree Sparrow, Wood Pigeon, Crested Lark

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the temple of Garni. Hiking to Garni gorge(1-1.5 hours). Along the sides of the gorge are cliff walls of well-preserved basalt columns, carved out by the Goght River. This portion of the Garni Gorge is typically referred to as the "Symphony of the Stones". Here we can observe Western Rock Thrush, Lesser Grey Shrike, Tree Sparrow, Goshawk, Wood Pigeon, Alpine Swift, Crested Lark. Visit the Geghard monastery, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. Back to Yerevan.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited:
Yerevan

Day 9: Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the hotel. End of our services.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited:
Yerevan

YerevanYeghegnadzorGorisKhndzoreskYegheguis

Price details

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The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

For 2 Adults
SeasonPrice Per Adult
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All year round $1,290

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  • Breakfast
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  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
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  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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