Tour At A Glance





Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Intensive with long hours in the field and some long drives.

Group Size:

Ten plus leaders

Spectacled Guillemot Elegant Bunting Harlequin Duck Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker Black-browed Reed Warbler

Ussuriland & Amur - Birding Russia's Far East

Date: 1st - 15th June 2019
Leaders: Oriole Birding leader & Aleksander Povarintsev



Chestnut-breasted Bunting


This new holiday beckons the adventurous birder to the mythical Russian Far East. We will visit the oblasts [provinces] of Ussuriland and Amur in the southeast tip of the largest country on earth, amazing Russia! During this unique overland journey we will travel through varied habitats, from vast mixed taiga forests dotted with fresh-water lakes and agricultural lands to mighty Amazon-like rivers and a diverse coastline. The trip starts in the beautiful city of Vladivostok, from where we board our large, well equipped vessel for a two-day pelagic cruise [returning each evening to Vladivostok] in the Peter the Great Gulf, combined with making some very interesting stops on a few islands in the Gulf. The several large seabird colonies there are spectacular and a true birders’ delight. We then leave the coast and aim for the higher grounds of the famous Siberian Taiga forests where the transition zones with marshes and extensive agricultural lands are very interesting. Amongst all of the gorgeous birds we can expect here, the true star however is the untouched riparian landscape! Further north, we will explore more forests and a large fascinating lake and we will stay in basic wilderness lodges to experience the total remoteness of the area. We are sure that you will love our new venture into the east of Russia and are delighted to offer this absolutely superb tour to our portfolio! The terrain is mostly flat with no steep hills and to walk approximately two or three miles per day mostly in short walks except on Popov Island where you will walk a similar distance but in one walk. You can expect to see between 150 and 175 species.




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