Birding in Central Anatolia

Tour Code : NAW 06

–    Goksu Delta; prime habitat for water birds
–    Caspian Snowcock in Aladaglar national park
–    Sultan Marsh nature reserve 
–    Akyatan Lake; major stop over for migrating birds

Best Season   
Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr / May / Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep / Oct / Nov / Dec


Duration of the Trip
10 Days / 9 Nights


Difficulty Level
= A (Easy)


Hotel & Pension                               :    7 Nights
Mountain Hut/Local village Pension    :    2 Nights

Day 1 : Adana to Tasucu

Meet at the Adana Airport with Demavend Travels representative and drive to Mersin Tasucu area, where we spend the next three Nights.
Transfer time: 2 h; transfer distance: 175 km; (Adana Airport – Mersin/Tasucu)
ON: in Tasucu at the Hotel
Meals: – / – / D

Day 2 : Goksu Delta

We have an early morning start for the Goksu Delta, which is a prime habitat for water birds. With over 335 species recorded here, it is one of the most famous places for bird watching in Turkey. We explore the wetland and look for some specialties here, including Marbled Teal, Purple Swamphen and Black Francolin, as well as many migrating waders. Additionally we should be able to find Audouin’s Gull, Spur-winged Lapwing, Moustached Warbler, Graceful Prinia, Pygmy Cormorant, Collared Pratincole, White spectacled Bulbul, pelicans and many different passerines along our route. Keeping our eyes on the sky for Eleonora’s Falcon, we explore the Goksu Delta for the whole day.
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 45 km; (Tasucu – Goksu Delta)
ON: in Tasucu at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 3 : Goksu Delta

Next day, we will drive to Uzuncaburc – an area covered by dry maquis, ancient ruins and pine forests. Here we shall look for some eastern Mediterranean species, such as Ruppell’s Warbler, Cretzschmar’s Bunting and Kruper’s Nuthatch. Later in the afternoon we can continue our exploration of the Goksu Delta.
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 40 km; (Tasucu – Goksu Delta (Uzuncaburc)
ON: in Tasucu at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 4 : Goksu Delta to Aladaglar national park

After an early breakfast and a morning birding in a marshy area of Goksu Delta, we head to the north Aladaglar region and cross the Taurus Mountains. We can begin to explore and walk up a spectacular gorge which should produce Wallcreeper, Red-billed Chough, Ring Ouzel, Red-fronted Serin and Chukar. Later we drive to our overnight accommodation where we as well enjoy our dinner, with some home grown food and views of the Magnificent Demirkazik Peak.
Transfer time: 4 h; transfer distance: 270 km; (Tasucu – Aladaglar Demirkazik village)
ON: in Demirkazik village (Aladaglar) at the Mountain Hut/or at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 5 : Aladaglar national park (Caspian Snowcock/Tetraogallus caspius)

We make a very early start this morning for an exceptional birding trip. We ascend, a rough track to 1,500m (and possibly to 3,000m depending on the seasonal snow level), by tractor and trailer. Getting to our observation point by the first light will allow us to find the elusive Caspian Snowcock more easily. Here we can enjoy our morning tea and coffee and a light breakfast. In the area there are many other alpine species, including Radde’s and Alpine Accentors, Alpine and Red-billed Choughs, Crimson-winged Finch and Whitewinged Snowfinch. Later, we descend and have a traditional breakfast, or possibly lunch, depending on the time and the altitude we have reached. Some interesting species can be found near next to our accommodation, including Rose-coloured Starling.
ON: in Demirkazik village (Aladaglar) at the Mountain Hut/or at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 6 : Aladaglar national park to Sultan Marsh

In the morning we will discover the Aladaglar region and head to Sultansazligi Nature Reserve, one of the most important breeding areas in the country. This is a rare ecosystem, where salt and fresh waters coexist, and the only place in Turkey where Common Cranes, Greater Flamingos, herons and White Pelicans breed together. The reserve is a home to more than 300 different species of bird, of which 85 species breed.
ON: in Ovacikciftlik at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 7 : Sultan Marsh

Another day of exploration in Sultan Marsh where we able to see several water birds; Pygmy Cormorant, Dalmatian Pelican, Little Bittern, Night Heron, White Stork, Black Stork, Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, thousands of Greater Flamingo, Gadwall, White-headed Duck, Greater Sand Plover, Avocet, Mediterranean Gull, Slender-billed Gull and Gull-billed Tern, as well as the Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Lesser Short-toed Lark and Isabellina Wheatear on the surroundings steppes. Afterwards we return to our Pension where we spend the Night.
ON: in Ovacikciftlik at the Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 8 : Adana & Akyatan Lake (lagoon)

After breakfast we leave Ovacikciftlik village and Sultan Marsh area and drive via Adana to Akyatan Lagoon. Akyatan lagoon is a 14.700 hectare wetland ecosystem that is designated of International Importance by Ramsar Convention; a major stop over for migrating birds. Akyatan is an important breeding area for the endangered marbled duck and rarely seen purple swamphen and black francolin; Red-crested pochard, mallard and ferruginous duck are other duck species that breed in the area. Eurasian Stone-curlew, Kentish plover, spur-winged lapwing and little tern also breed in the area. It is estimated that 70.000 to 80.000 birds live in Akyatan during winter. Among the birds that nest the winter in Akyatan, pochard, Eurasian wigeon, Common shelduck, Eurasian coot form large flocks besides the endangered White-headed duck. Greater Flamingo is another popular bird in the area. Every year more than 10.000 greater flamingos, mostly migrating from Lake Urmia in Iran, winter here as well. We spend the Night in Adana at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 3 h; transfer distance: 240 km; (Sultan Marsh area – Adana)
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 50 km; (Adana – Akyatan Lake / one Way)
ON: in Adana at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 9 : Akyatan Lake (lagoon)

After breakfast we drive to the Akyatan Lake (Akyatan Lagoon) where we spend the day by exploring the area. In the late afternoon/early evening we return to Adana where we spend the Night at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 1 h; transfer distance: 50 km; (Adana – Akyatan Lake (one Way)
ON: in Adana at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 10 : Adana – Home

Transfer to Adana airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 10 min.; transfer distance: 7 km (Hotel – Adana airport)
Meals: B / – / –

ON = Overnight accommodation / B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

Price Includes
–    All transfers and transportations with private vehicles to the places mentioned in the Itinerary
      Days 1 & 10: One (one way) arrival/departure transfer from/to Adana airport
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader
–    Hotel; Mountain Hut and/or local village Pension accommodations, rooms on double/twin share base;
      Bed & Breakfast (BB) and Half Board (HB) service; Important: HB Dinner Service available until 20:30/21:00 h
–    9 x Breakfast, 8 x Lunch (Lunch packages & Restaurants where available), 9 x Dinner
–    Taurus Mountains Aladaglar National Park entrance fees


Price Excludes
–    All International and Domestic Flights
–    Travel insurance
–    Extra Transports and transfers other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of Soft and Alcoholic drinks, Bottled Water, Tea & Coffee
–    Meals other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of personal expenses
–    All kind of Entrance fees for historical and natural sites
–    All kind of optional activities
–    Extra Nights
–    Single supplements
–    Personal Equipment
–    Tips