Bird Watching in Armenia

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This 10 Night escorted tour of picturesque Armenia brings you to some wonderful locations to view the beautiful bird life and wildlife of Armenia. Includes a Yerevan city tour, historic monastery visits and the National Parks of Dilijan & Shikahigh.

Inclusions

  • Flight Dublin to Yerevan, Via Paris
  • Airport transfer to your hotel
  • 10 nights accommodation in 2* and 3* hotels around Armenia
  • Full Board: breakfast, lunch/picnic, dinner
  • The use of luxury coaches throughout
  • English speaking cultural guide
  • 1 ornithologist guide
  • Return transfer from your hotel to the airport
  • Flight Yerevan to Dublin, via Paris
  • Services of guide and local representatives
  • Taxes, charges & 20kg

Itinerary

Day 1 Dublin to Yerevan

Fly from Dublin to Yerevan, via Paris. Overnight in Yerevan, the picturesque capital of Armenia.

Day 2 –Yerevan – city tour – Matenadaran – Garni/Geghard-Yerevan

Yerevan: Yerevan once sat at the crossroads of several important trade caravans thus solidifying its importance in the region. Modern Yerevan was redesigned in the early part of the 20th century on top of the old city, creating a series of parks and squares that run through the city centre. The visit will start with the visit to the Matenadaran museum, which houses a unique collection of ancient manuscripts covering such lofty topics as philosophy, law, mathematics, medicine and geography.

Garni temple is the only pagan temple in a territory of Armenia built in 1st century AD by the Armenian King Trdat the First. It is dedicated to God of Sun Mithras.The Garni temple lies about 32KM East of Yerevan and the complex hosts a number of buildings including a royal palace, Roman bath and a church. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1679, the Garni Temple was reconstructed in the 1970’s and is now made up of both original and replacement masonry.

Geghard (UNESCO world heritage site in Armenia) is incredible medieval Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. Though the monastery has been around since before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. The existing ensemble dates back to the 12th—13th centuries, the time of the flourishing of national culture, especially architecture.

Finish your day with a visit to Gum Market for fruit and vegetable. Overnight in Yerevan.

Day 3- Yerevan – forests of Dilijan – Sevan

We leave Yerevan and drive to Dilijan, where we will spend the rest of the day. After checking into our hotel in Sevan for a one night stay, we will spend the late afternoon in Dilijan National Park Here we can see: Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina), Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus),Coomon Buzzard (Buteo buteo), European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), Middle Spotted Caucasian Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius caucasicus), Eurasian nuthatch (Sitta europaea), Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris), The red breasted nuthatch (Sitta canadensis), Semicollared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata), Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus), Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius).

Drive back to Lake Sevan, Visit Sevan monastery (9th century).

Overnight in Sevan. Walking distance – 500 m
Altitude difference : Dilijan – 1100-1500 m
Lake Sevan – 1900 m

Day 4-Sevan – Vardenyats/ Selim Pass – Noravank – Yeghegnadzor – Vayk

Today we will depart Lake Sevan and drive across the 2410m Selima Pass in the Vardenis Mountains to Vayk for a one night stay.

Today we will explore: Acrocephalus warblers – Rousserolles, luscinioles et phragmites (Acrocephalus), Glossy Ibis – Ibis falcinelle (Plegadis falcinellus), Osprey – (Pandion haliaetus) Little and Black necked Grebes – (Podiceps nigricollis), Common Coot/Eurasian Coot – (Fulica atra),Common pochard – (Aythya ferina), Red-crested Pochard – (Netta rufina), Common Moorhen – (Gallinula chloropus), Common Black headed Gull – (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Cetti’s Warbler – (Cettia cetti) Discover Noravank monastery (9-14th century). The birdwatching covers: Short-toed / Short-toed snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Golden Eagle –(Aquila chrysaetos), Bearded Vultures (Gypaetus barbatus), Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Eastern Rock Nuthatch (Sitta tephronota), Western Rock Nuthatch (Sitta neumayer), Chukar Partridge (Alectoris chukar), Red-billed Chough – (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius), Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pusillus)

Overnight in Vayk.

Walking distance – 8 km
(Norachen); 3 km (Lichk)
Altitude difference : Norachen – 1030 m
Lichk – 1930 m
Selim pass – 2410 m
Yeghegnadzor – 1240 m

Day 5-Yeghegnadzor – Gorhayk– Karahoundj – Tatev monastery – Goris

Early morning departure from Yeghegnadzor to Syunik region, for observation of Gorhayk area, which is an Important Bird Area (IBA).

Here we will see: Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana), Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus), Common Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis), Red‐backed Shrike (Lanius collurio), Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina), Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Long‐legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus), Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Rock Sparrow (Petronia petronia), Common Linnets (Linaria cannabina) et Twites (Linaria flavirostris), Radde’s accentor (Prunella ocularis), Snowfinch (Luscinia svecica), White-winged snowfinch or just snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis), Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) Way to Syunik region. Visit to Zorats karer named also Karahunge Armenian Stonehenge – estimated to be 7,500 years old or perhaps older (sixth millennium BC). From Gorhayk to Zorats karer bird watching includes: Lesser-spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina), Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Cuckoo (Cuculidae), Common rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus), Common stonechat (Saxicola torquatus), Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra), Black-headed bunting (Emberiza melanocephala), Red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio)

The next stop is majestic monastery complex of Tatev(10c) possible to reach via cable car. In this area we will explore Griffon Vulture, Egyptian vulture, Lesser spotted Eagle. Overnight in Goris.

Walking distance – 0.8 km (Gorhayk);
1.6 km (Karahundj)
Altitude difference: Gorhayk – 2100 m
Karahundj – 1770 m

Day 6-Goris – Shikahogh – Meghri

Early morning departure to National Park of Shikahogh.

Birdwatching: Red breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva), Semi-collared Flycatcher (Ficedula semitorquata), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos minor), Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius), Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes), Coal Tit (Periparus ater), Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus), Wren (Troglodytidae), Common chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), Caspian tit – (Poecile hyrcanus).

Overnight in Meghri.
Walking distance – 8 km (Meghri)
Altitude difference : Shikahogh – 980 m
Meghri – 605 m

Day 7-Meghri – Vayk

Visit Meghri for birdwatching: Levant Sparrowhawk (Accipiter brevipes), Sombre Tit (Poecile lugubris), Western Orphean Warbler (Sylvia hortensis), Menetries’s Warbler (Sylvia mystacea) Eastern Rock Nuthatch (Sitta tephronota), Western Rock Nuthatch (Sitta neumayer), Persian Wheatear or Red-tailed Wheatear (Oenanthe chrysopygia), Chukar Partridge (Alectoris chukar) If we are lucky enough we will watch Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus).

Travel to Vayk, where possible to see Rosy Starling (Pastor roseus).

Overnight in Vayk.
Walking distance – 500 m
Altitude difference : Meghri – 605 m
Vayk – 1250 m

Day 8-Vayk – Zedea Canyon – Vedi Canyon – Yerevan

Birdwatching of Zedea canyon includes: Whitethroated Robin (Irania gutturalis), Finch’s Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii), Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica), Black headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala), Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor), Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus), Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus), Gloden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)

Drive to Canyon of Vedi: Long-legged buzzard (Buteo rufinus), Short toed eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Grey-necked Bunting (Emberiza buchanani), Mongolian Trumpeter Finche (Bucanetes mongolicus), Desert Finch (Rhodospiza obsolete), Pale rock-Finch (Carpospiza brachydactyla), Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea), Roller (Coraciidae), Blue rock-Thrush (Monticola solitarius) Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica), Finsch’s Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii)

Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Walking distance – 500 m Canyon Zedea,
canyon Vedi – 850 m

Day 9 Yerevan – Armash – Khor Virap – Yerevan

Armash fish farm is one of the Caucasus’ richest ornithological hotspots and the only place that boasts the largest concentration and variety of birdlife in Armenia. Gebiet Pygmy Cormorant (Microcarbo pygmeus), Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca), Gadwall (Anas strepera), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus), Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) European Roller (Coracias garrulus), Blue-checked Bee-eater (Merops persicus), Marbled Teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris), White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala).

Visit to Khor Virap Monastery, the most famous pilgrimage site and from where you may witness the stunning views of Mount Ararat. Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes, anciennement Erythropygia galactotes Menetries’s Warbler (Sylvia mystacea), Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) Reed Warbler or Eurasian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus), Little owl (Athene noctua) European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Rosy starling (Pastor roseus) Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)

Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Walking distance – 3,8km( Armash)
Altitude difference : Armash– 830 m

Day 10-Yerevan – Amberd – Aragats

Aragats is the highest peak in the Republic of Armenia (4094 m), located in the north-west of the country. Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris), Snowfinch – Montifringilla, Skylark or Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Crimson-winged Finch or Eurasian Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys sanguineus), Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)

Return to Yerevan Overnight in Yerevan.
Walking distance – 3 (Amberd -Lake Kari)
Altitude difference : Amberd – 2300 m
Lake Kari – 3200 m

Accommodation

2* & 3* hotels in Armenia

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Single room supplement €260
  • Due to the nature of birdwatching and the wildlife involved, the range of birds you may see is not guaranteed.
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit €500 per person
  • Full payment due on receipt of confirmation if within 16 weeks
  • Optional Insurance €48 (conditions apply)
  • Itinerary subject to change
  • Minimum numbers required
  • Taxes, charges or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price

  Cost per person: €2,799pp
  Number of nights: 10

April 2019* €2,799

* Date to be confirmed

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