The tour will focus on birdwatching but besides birdwatching you will have the opportunity to get to know some of the highlights of Georgian culture - from both ancient and present times. You will be catered with delicious food and meet taste Georgian wine - made with the same techniques as for the last thousands of years giving a unique taste.
Chorokhi river is not very far from our raptor counting spots, consequently group can visit both places in the same day. In the morning usually better to go for the raptor migration and later visit Chorokhi delta. Drive some 30 km from Batumi toward Turkish border. We will visit one of the beautiful and interesting gorges in Achara region where the river Chorokhi enters in black sea and makes delta. The wetlands of the Chorokhi Delta are mostly degraded as result of anthropogenic impact, however some fragments remain intact. The site compreses the wide Chorokhi Delta: the estuary, the low- lying, undulating plain on both sides of the river, which is seasonally flooded by both salt and fresh water. The Chorokhi delta is an excellent place for the migratory waterfowl and for passerines as well. Overnight Stay hotel in Batumi.
Akhaltcikhe- Zekari Pass 15 km. A, special attraction here is Caspian snowcock, Caucasian black grouse and Kruper's Nuthatch. One can also see forest adapted bird species like boreal, long- eared, scops, tawny, and eagle owls, greater spotted, lesser spotted, middle spotted, white- backed, green, and black woodpeckers, goshawk, peregrine falcon, common crossbill, wood- pigeon, stock dove, white- throated dipper, wren, gold crest, various warblers and other songbirds. In subalpine and alpine areas, one can watch golden eagle. Overnight stay in the same hotel
Vardzia is a famous cave complex in southern Georgia, in the upper part of the river Mtkvari (Kura) valley, close to the border with Turkey. The area has a number of typical east- Mediterranean species. Most remarkable are vultures and several species of reptiles. It is possible to observe; Griffon, Egyptian and bearded vultures, golden eagle, sort- toed snake eagle, and long- legged buzzard are a common sight. Other birds of prey are Levant sparrowhawk and peregrine falcon. In surroundings of the area, chukars are relatively common. Other birds are crag martin, black- eared wheatear, blue rock thrush, orphean warbler, lesser whitethroat, rock nuthatch, lesser grey shrike, rose- coloured starling, rock sparrow, black- headed and ortolan buntings and other songbirds typical for semiarid landscapes. European bee- eater and hoopoe are other common birds of the area. Overnight in Valodias Cotage house.