Arriving in Tbilisi, we journey north to the village of Kazbegi in the heart of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, our base for three nights. Alpine species will be one of the highlights here as well as the spring raptor migration – over 30 species have been observed passing through a nearby gorge. Leaving Kazbegi, we will enjoy a leisurely drive back to Tbilisi, exploring the spectacular Jvari Pass and other sites en route. Next we travel east, venturing out into Georgia’s vast open steppes where we will be based for two nights in the historical town of Sighnaghi. Here, amongst the open grasslands and reed-fringed lakes we will search for a range of special steppe and waterbird species, before ending our tour in the plains of Shiarki and the remote Vashlovani National Park.
- Listen for the haunting curlew-like call of the Caucasian Snowcock
- Great Rosefinch, Güldenstädt’s Redstart & Wallcreeper around Kazbegi
- Visit the 14th century Gergeti Trinity Church & search for Caucasian Black Grouse
- See spring migration with falls of Wryneck, Semi-collared & Red-breasted Flycatchers, Kazbegi
- Dalmatian Pelican & Pygmy Cormorant, plus Broad-billed & Terek Sandpipers on steppe lakes
- Rock Nuthatch, plus Pied & Finch’s Wheatears, Davit Gareja monastery complex
- Enjoy resident Saker, plus migrant Pallid Harriers & Demoiselle Cranes, Shiarki plains
- Chukar, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Tawny Pipit & Menetries’ Warbler, Vashlovani National Park
- Led by expert naturalist guides
Simple hotel in Kazbegi; standard tourist hotels elsehwhere. All rooms have private facilities.