Wildlife holidays in Armenia
Tell me about Armenia …
Armenia is a small Christian country, about the size of Wales, situated at the meeting point between Europe and Asia. It is a land-locked country, formerly a Soviet Republic, nestling in the snow-capped Caucasian Mountains, overlooked by Mount Ararat just over the border in Turkey.
Its capital, Yerevan, bustles with a lively juxtaposition of old churches and a thriving jazz scene, while at weekends the huge and atmospheric ‘vernissage’ open-air flea market attracts locals and tourists.
It has a rich cultural history – 13th century bridges, ‘caravanserais’ (stopovers for traders plying the silk route in the 14th century) and many interesting Armenian Orthodox monasteries, some dating back as far as the 9th century, all serve as reminders of Armenia’s long history and strategic location.
What’s special about its wildlife?
Despite its small size, Armenia is home to over two-thirds of Europe’s regularly occurring bird species, including many that are rare or difficult to see elsewhere.
Armenia boasts a very diverse flora, which reflects the country’s position between Asia and Europe.
Naturetrek offers two 9-day tours to Armenia: a bargain bird watching trip, and also a bird watching and botanical holiday amid the mountains of Armenia.
What might I see on the bargain bird watching tour?
- Birds such as Caucasian Black Grouse & Caspian Snowcock in the high mountains
- Alpine species including White-winged Snowfinch & Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, plus a wide range of other species at lower altitudes & in wetland habitats including White-throated Robin, White-tailed Lapwing, Glossy Ibis, Armenian Gull & Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
What might I see on the ‘Armenia – Spring Birds & Flowers’ holiday?
- We’ll visit mountains, wetlands & woodlands in search of a wide range of birds, including Horned Lark, Radde’s Accentor, Upcher’s Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher & Green Warbler
- We’ll look for a wide variety of wild flowers, such as Fritillaria caucasica & Orchis stevenii plus real rarities inclduing Salvia grossheimii & Gladiolus cappadoccia
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Armenia HOLIDAYS
This is a comprehensive tour of key sites in this beautiful, mountainous and slightly mysterious country. The quality and range of birds was excellent with the bonus of a distant Brown Bear sitting with cub at one mountainous site for our group. Hasmik was a very knowledgeable and affable guide and all drivers used experienced. Accommodation was varied and of a good standard, food both interesting and varied and the people welcoming. Well organised and a recommended destination that will be fondly remembered.
The party size was conducive for good birding with a wide range of expertise and experience in the field. The range of habitats were varied and enough time was spent at each location to enable the group to fully appreciate the flora and fauna. Excellent drivers, especially those that transported us into the mountains using trusty 4x4 Ladas!
James is an excellent guide - knows his birds well, but is also interested in other things, even plants. He is also very aware of everyone's needs and works hard to meet them. Paul's encyclopaedic knowledge of all forms of wildlife is always impressive as is his keenness to share it with others. Both leaders' patience and good humour made the trip memorable.