Wildlife holidays in 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
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
What might I see on the bargain bird watching tour?
What might I see on
the ‘Armenia – Spring Birds & Flowers’ holiday?
- Birds such as Caucasian Black Grouse & Caspian Snowcock in the high
- 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
- 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
I particularly enjoyed the botany with Paul as our botanist. He found some delightful treasures for us.
I also enjoyed the dinners at local restaurants, especially the last one.
I thought the trip was good value for money. The driver we had was excellent and I felt very safe with his driving. We covered a variety of habitats and we saw most of the species which we hoped to see. Most of them very well indeed. Siranush was a quiet but charming guide who knows her natural history well. All in all a very good trip.
The expertise and easy manner of both UK and local leader made the trip a complete delight. Armenia is an astounding location for a whole range of wildlife and the surrounding landscape, heritage, culture and cuisine adds amazing richness - a venue worth developing further!