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Cyprus WarblerCYPRUS
Specialties of the
Eastern Mediterranean

April 18 - 24, 2026

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Blue-cheeked Bee-eater. Situated in the eastern Mediterranean, the island nation of Cyprus is fast becoming known as a fantastic birding destination boasting more than 420 species of birds. The island’s enviable bird list includes species that occur nowhere else in the world including Cyprus Scops-Owl, Cyprus Wheatear, and Cyprus Warbler, the island’s national bird. Add to that specialties like Black Francolin and a host of passage migrants traveling north over the island to their breeding grounds in early April and you have a fabulous tour complete with beautiful cultural and historical sites that offer great birding as well !

Cyprus Coal TitOur friend and local guide Stylianos Zannetos has put together this new itinerary which explores the diverse habitats of Cyprus to seek out their avian inhabitants. You’ll marvel at picturesque valleys and rugged headlands, and we’ll bird saltpans, reservoirs, freshwater pools, and pine forests to see out the assortment of northern and eastern European migrants and special birds that Cyprus has to offer. We’ll also look for the unique butterflies, plants and orchids of Cyprus. This is an easy, “one center” holiday allowing you to settle in to comfortable accommodation for the duration of the tour and enjoy exceptional daily birding with waterfowl, waders, crakes, and passerines in our sights.


Our visit to Cyprus supports conservation efforts through wildlife tourism. Stylianos will help us understand programs aimed at protecting the birds and important habitats on his beloved island.

Spur-winged PloverITINERARY
Day 1
After arrival at Larnaca International Airport (LCA) we will drive to our hotel situated next to Oroklini Marsh, just 20 km from the airport. Time permitting, we will walk to the marsh for a first taste of spring migration in Cyprus. Oroklini Marsh holds a good number of breeding pairs of Spur-winged Plovers and Black-winged Stilts. The last two years Red-crested Pochards and Ferruginous Duck have also been breeding there. We’ll also listed for Black Francolins calling from the adjacent agricultural fields.

Day 2
Before breakfast we will have the opportunity to visit Oroklini Marsh in search of Little Crakes. After breakfast, we will head towards the hotspot of spring migration in Cyprus, the well-known Cape Greco, a headland situated in the southeastern part of the island. Cape Greco is an important migration site for everything from birds of prey, to herons, to passerines, to gulls. The area is mostly covered by scrub vegetation which offers protection for migrating passerines. We will take a walk around the area to search for the endemic passerines of Cyprus, Cyprus Warbler and Cyprus Wheatear, as well as other important warblers of the area such as Rüppell’s, Sardinian, and Spectacled. It is worth checking the shoreline for the Audouin’s Gulls. We will also visit the amazing sea caves, an important place for the breeding of the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal, which is very difficult to see, but we will also search the rocky habitat for wheatears and larks. On our way back to the hotel, we will visit Paralimni Lake where we will have the opportunity to search for migrating waders such as Curlew Sandpipers and Spotted Redshanks. We may also see a variety of tern species like Whiskered, White-winged, and the rare Black Tern.

Sea Caves


Spotted Redshank Day 3
This morning after breakfast, we will have a 45-minute drive to the Akrotiri peninsula near Limassol. Our first stop will be Akrotiri Marsh which is an area with freshwater marsh and reed beds. We will drive along the marsh area making stops to look for waders feeding at the muddy edges of reeds including Great Snipe, Temminck’s Stint and sometimes flocks of Collared Pranticoles and terns. Little, Spotted and Baillon’s Crake could be found in spring as well as a variety of heron and egrets. The grassy areas that are grazed by livestock attract Yellow Wagtails and pipit flocks. Hoopoes and Rollers are possible as well as migrating Red-footed Falcons, European Honey Buzzards and Short-toed Snake Eagles.

Siberian StonechatWe will then search the Akrotiri gravel pits for Cream-colored Courser and Broad-billed Sandpipers which would be amazing birds for our list. After the gravel pits, will drive along the coastal road called the “Lady’s Mile” which is an area with coastal dunes and mud flats heading towards the Zakaki Marsh hide. During our drive we will look for Kentish plovers and other waders feeding. At the Zakaki Marsh we will hope for good views of Little Bitterns, crakes, and Squacco Herons. Our last stop for the Limassol area will be the Kensington cliffs above the well-known Zapalo Bay near Episkopi village. Here we will enjoy amazing views of the cliffs with the opportunity to see Griffon Vultures (they are very few so we need luck), Peregrine Falcon, and Alpine Swifts flying in eye level view.


Cyprus Scops Owl Day 4
Our day will be mostly spent on Troodos mountains, including the peak of Olympos at 1900m and a coniferous forest dominated by Black and Calabrian pines. We will make our fist stop at the botanical garden at Amiantos where we can enjoy some of the endemic species of plant of Cyprus. We will look for the endemic subspecies of Coal Tit, Cyprus Wheatears, Serin and, of course, the glaszneri race of Eurasian Jay. We will also stop at Almirolivado (bog) picnic site, the place to see Masked Shrikes breeding, search for the dorotheae sub-species of Short-toed Treecreeper and, if we are lucky, Red Crossbills will fly above us. After that we will go to the main square where there are some traditional shops and a nice trail to walk and look for Swifts, Crossbills, Cyprus Scops Owl, Short-toed Treecreepers and others. We’ll keep an eye skyward for Crag Martins and Pallid Swifts.

Day 5
Today we will have approximately a 90 minute drive towards the Paphos area. Before the city of Paphos, we will exit the highway and make our first stop at Agia Varvara ‘soakways’, three manmade pools with grassy vegetation and reeds suitable area for crakes, herons and Great Reed Warblers. The adjacent area is mostly agricultural with some rocky slopes, great habitat for Lesser Kestrels, Red-footed Falcons, Chukar, Black Francolin, and Bonelli’s Eagle – one of the highlight species of Cyprus. There should be Bee-eaters, and Shrikes and Agia Varvara holds also several species of dragonflies!

After Agia Varvara we will visit Kato Paphos which is the main touristic area of the city. We will park our vans and then walk towards the ancient castle next to the harbor. There we will find the footpath heading toward the lighthouse of Paphos and the archaeological area with the ancient ruins and mosaic. The coastal walk overlooks mainly rocky shores where you can find migrating passerines and waders as well as migrating flocks of herons. Some more special birds of that area in Spring are the Greater Sand Plover and Slender–billed Gull.


Masked Shrike   Spectacled Warbler

Day 6
Our day will start form the Larnaka Salt Lake where we can enjoy the saline landscape from the Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque as we explore the area. Our next stop will be the Meneou salt lakes and Sewage pools to search for terns, gulls and waders. We can then make another visit to Akrotiri peninsula in Limassol or Cape Greco or Oroklini Marsh depending on the birding.

Day 7
On the last day will stay locally and do some bird watching before heading to the airport.

Leaders:  Stylianos Zannetos, Steve Bird, & Gina Nichol




Black FrancolinCYPRUS
Specialties of the Eastern Mediterranean

April 9 - 15, 2024

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TOUR PRICE:  $2495 per person, based on double occupancy and a minimum of 8 persons from Larnaca International Airport (LCA).

Single supplement: $395.00 per person based on availability

Deposit: $750.00 per person per tour. Note: Tour deposits can be paid by credit card via PayPal.  Use this link to make your credit card payment.  Please advise [email protected] when you have made payment. 

Included in cost:  All accommodations, meals during the tour, and guide services as stated in the itinerary, private ground transportation during the tour, and park entrance fees.

Not included: International flights, tipping for drivers and guides, travel insurance, excess baggage charges, private excursions, à la carte dishes, snacks, drinks, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature. Also, any and all costs arising from pandemic or Covid-19 related issues are not included in the tour cost and are the sole responsibility of the traveler. These include, among others, the costs of Covid treatment, hospitalization, medical fees, transport, meals and accommodation in case of illness or quarantine, and the costs of any Covid tests needed before, during and after the tour.

RESERVATIONS: To reserve your place on this tour:

1) Contact Gina Nichol at [email protected] to confirm availability and hold your place.

2) Review the Terms and Conditions of Booking (pdf download)>

3) Complete the Registration & Release Form (pdf)> and mail it with your deposit of US$1000.00 per person to Sunrise Birding, LLC within two weeks to secure your place. 

>Download & print the Registration Form (pdf download).
Instructions are on the form.

Reservations are held with a paid deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.

Once the tour is confirmed to go ahead, we will send you information about booking your flights.
Please do not book flights until you receive this information from us and are notified that the trip has sufficient numbers to run. Final payment is due January 18, 2026. Check or bank transfer are preferred but credit card payments are possible (surcharges of up to 5% are added depending on amount to cover credit card company fees). 


**Please note: Tour prices are based on quoted costs from ground operators (in their local currency), estimated fuel costs, and the rate of exchange the time of itinerary publication. The erratic nature to global financial markets makes it difficult to predict changes in costs and foreign currency exchange rates over the long term. Since tours are priced well in advance of the actual operation of the tour, tour costs, fuel costs and exchange rates can change, sometimes drastically. Depending on the extent of such changes, it may be necessary to implement a surcharge on this tour. If a surcharge is necessary, every effort will be made to minimize the amount.

Cancellations and Refunds:
Please review our Terms and Conditions of Booking (pdf download)> prior to registering for this tour. All cancellations must be made in writing. Please ensure that you take out adequate insurance to cover this and any other eventuality as early as possible. You may have the opportunity to transfer your booking to another tour or another person, provided you are unavoidably prevented from coming on the tour. In this case, you will bear any extra costs that such changes may incur.

There are no refunds once the trip is confirmed to go ahead and no refunds will be made for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features. Sunrise Birding, LLC cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour.


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  • Insurance policy requirements vary and the timing of your purchase can affect coverage. Some insurance providers require that for coverage of pre-existing conditions, a policy must be purchased within 7-14 days of booking. Others, like CSA, offer policies that cover pre-existing conditions as long as the policy is purchased prior to making your final payment for the tour.

  • Trip insurance policy premiums may be non-refundable, but they may be able to be amended or transferred. Check with your insurer. It is important to be sure that the tour is sufficiently subscribed to operate before you purchase trip insurance.

  • Pay attention to coverages provided by your policy. Be aware of the requirements of country or destination can change, so check often. Some policies are now offering Covid related coverages so check with your insurer.

  • US medical insurance plans (including Medicare) often do not provide coverage outside the US. The US State Department strongly advises Americans to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and if it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. Consult with your insurer prior to your trip to ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas healthcare provider directly or whether you will be reimbursed later for expenses that you incur. Be sure to get and keep all documentation of any expenses incurred.
Questions? Contact Gina Nichol at 
Phone: 203.453.6724