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Caucasus Mountains & Steppe

2 May to 11 May 2017

Leaders: Nicola Scatassi, Simon Boyes and local guides

Maximum of 12 clients (two leaders withmore than six clients).

2017 Cost £2,199 single room supplement £160

Georgia, previously part of the USSR, is now an independent republic. It is a country situated at an intersection between different biogeographical regions, and this is reflected in the richness of its nature and wildlife: there is a high number of endemic or localized species, and a wonderful mix of northern, eastern and Mediterranean elements. Asia and Europe come in contact here, and the varied and rugged environment guarantees a wide selection of habitats in which to look for birds. The greater Caucasus mountain range lies in the north of the country, and its highest peak here reaches over 5,000 metres! Lying within the Western Palearctic, the country possesses some fascinating species and we shall search for many of these, including Caucasian Snowcock, Caucasian Black Grouse, Great Rosefinch, Güldenstä dt’s Redstart and Caucasian Chiffchaff. There is a strong supporting cast, with Wallcreeper, perhaps 25 species of bird of prey, choughs, Corncrake, and even possibly a sighting of Grey Wolf or Brown Bear. The scenery is spectacular, with huge snow-capped peaks, and we shall make sure we look at some of the old churches and monasteries that are a feature of the country. Journey with Nicola and Simon and see why Georgia is a great addition to the Ornitholidays’ suite of tours.

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Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Depart London
Day 2 Arrive in Tbilisi and transfer
to Stepantsminda
Days 3-4 Stepantsminda
Day 5 Tbilisi
Days 6-7 Chachuna
Days 8-9 Tbilisi
Day 10 Depart Tbilisi