DAY 1 After your arrival at either Larnaca or Ercan airport, you will be tranported to the town of Kyrenia (also known as Girne in Turkish), situated on the North coast of the island, in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. You will enjoy a three-night stay in Kyrenia, at one of our most comfortable hotels, where your dinner will be provided. During the drive, we will have the opportunity to watch out for the Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), the European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), the Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra), the Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) and the Spectacled Warbler (Sylvia conspicillata)
DAY 2 The following day we will slowly make our way Westwards, along the North coast, to our main area of interest, Cape Kormakitis. On the way, we shall make a designated birding stop at the Gecitkoy Reservoir and the surrounding hills, where with a bit of luck we will be rewarded with sightings of Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Bonelli's Eagle (Aquila fasciata), Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Eurasian Hobby (Falco Subbuteo), European Roller (Coracias garrulous) and Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla).The rest of the day will be spent searching for both resident and migrant birds at Cape Kormakitis. Many birds that will be of interest to us occur here, including such beautiful birds as the Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla), Meadow Pipit, (Anthus pratensis) White Wagtail (Motacilla alba), Thrush Nightingale (Luscinia luscinia), Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) and Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca), and with a little luck, perhaps even the rarely observed Corncrake (Crex crex). Dinner will be taken at a Local Tavern and we will spend the night at our Hotel.
DAY 3 The third day will be spent travelling East along the North coast; our first designated birding stop will be at a large reservoir, close to Acapulco, where we can spot the Black-Crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca), Little Crake (Porzana parva), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), Common House Martin (Delichon urbicum) and Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis). In the afternoon we continue East stopping at various coastal sites and headlands as we go. Small numbers of Audouin’s Gulls (Ichthyaetus audouinii) are often seen along this coastline and Red-rumped Swallows (Cecropis daurica) breed in the culverts along the roadside. In amongst the coastal scrub, we shall search for the endemic Cyprus Warbler (Sylvia melanothorax) and anything else of interest. Dinner and Overnight at our Hotel.
DAY 4 On the fourth day we will enjoy plenty of birding stops as we drive to our next hotel, which is situated on the beautiful Karpaz Peninsula. This hotel will be our base for the next four nights. The hotel is set just a little way East of the small village of Yeni Erenkoy and is on the North coast of the Panhandle. It is ideally situated, with a small headland within walking distance where we can observe and hear the birds at dawn. Dinner and Overnight at our Hotel.
DAY 5 The following day we make our first visit to the tip of the Karpaz Peninsula, at Cape Apostolos Andreas. When weather conditions are right, huge numbers of migrant birds can be found here, including Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Greater Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla), Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola), Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), Finsch's Wheatear (Oenanthe finschii) and Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor). One of the features of this area is visible migration; large flocks of birds fly along the Southern coastline to the end of the cape and then fly out to sea heading North, for the next landfall, in Turkey. Dinner at a Local Tavern and Overnight at our Hotel.
DAY 6 We will start the day at a site known for its migrating birds, close to Avtepe. This is an area where many birds first make landfall with large numbers of migrating birds heading for the North coast. They aim for this point, as it avoids having to cross the 900 plus meters high Five Finger Mountain range. Migrating birds funnel across the island here, strike the coast and then turn west. Possibilities for sighting here include: the Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla), the Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta), the Spotted Flycatcher (Spotted Flycatcher) and the Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana). We shall end our birdwatching at Kantara Castle looking for Alpine Swift (Alpine Swift), Blue Rock-Thrush (Blue Rock-Thrush) and hopefully, the odd raptor or two. Dinner and Overnight at our Hotel.
DAY 7 The last morning in Cyprus will be spent birding on the Karpaz Peninsula. Our main areas of focus will once again being Cape Apostolos Andreas and the area around the monastery. We will check the area thoroughly for any birds we may have missed. In the afternoon we will drive to Larnaca and spend the night at an airport hotel. Dinner and Overnight at our Hotel.
DAY 8 Transfer to airport according to your flight time.