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Wildlife holidys in Armenia
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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.

Our Armenia specialist recommends..

"Why not try our ‘Bargain Birdwatching tours’, ‘Armenia in Spring’ and ‘Armenia - Spring Birds & Flowers’ to get a taste of this country’s fantastic fauna and flora."

Tour Manager - David Phillips

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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


Armenia in Spring

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.
A thoroughly enjoyable trip with two excellent leaders and Hasmik did an excellent job making sure everything went smoothly on the ground. The mixture of interests went very well and the leaders made sure that everyone was catered for.
It was well organised and led. The driver of the bus was good and helpful (he lent me some pliers to fix a problem I had with my tripod). Paul Harmes ensured a fair balance between the (sometimes) competing interests of the botanists and birdwatchers in the group. Hasmik (the local guide) was a very good birdwatcher with extensive local knowledge who enabled us to identify birds I had never seen or heard before. She always tried very hard to find the special birds for us and this was much appreciated especially on the rare occasions when, through no fault of hers, the bird could not be found (something which always happens in birdwatching). Paul and Hasmik worked well together to deliver an enjoyable holiday for us.