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Far East from above

Region: Far East 

Far East of Russia is one of the most fascinating regions of the country. Situated in the heart of Asia it preserves European culture. During the tour we'll have a unique possibility to observe the whole region from above the bird's wing, from the very southern coastlines on the border with Northern Korea and China to the impassible taiga forests near the mouth of the Amur river. Wonderland of the Sakhalin island would be a cherry on the cake in the end of the tour.

Our guides Trip report 2019 (in Swedish)

Photogallery of tour:

Siberian Grouse female
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Steller's Sea-eagle
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 Black Stork
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Day 1

07:40 Arrival to Vladivostok.
08:30 Breakfast in a café.
09:00 Departure to Vladivostok with several stops for birding.
14:00 Lunch in the city.
15:00 Departure to Russky island for birding.
20:00 Accommodation in a hotel on the island, dinner.
Evening birding around the hotel.

Birds of the area:
Common Buzzard, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Chestnut-eared Bunting, Japanese Stonechat, Oriental Greenfinch, Grey-backed Thrush, Latham´s Snipe, Baikal Grasshopper Warbler, Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, Eastern Crowned Warbler, Ashy Minivet, Azure-winged Magpie, Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker, Japanese Tit, Marsh Tit, Pacific Swift.

Day 2

Early morning birding around the hotel.
06:00 Boat cruise in the Amur bay with stops at the islands for birding.
Lunch and breakfast onboard.
Arrival to Slavyanka town, transfer by bus to the guest house in Kraskino with stops for birding.
Accomodation, dinner.

Birds of the area:
Pleskes Grasshopper-warbler, Spectacled Guillemot, Rhinoceros Auklet, Black-tailed- and Slaty-backed Gulls, Temmincks- and Pelagic Cormorant, Marbled and Ancient Murrelet, Common Guillemot, Harlequin Duck, Swinhoes Storm Petrel, Streaked Shearwater.

Day 3

Walking and boat birding tours around the guest house.
Lunch and dinner in the guest house.

Birds of the area:
Black-faced Spoonbill, Chinese Grosbeak, Chestnut-cheeked Starling, Reed Parrotbill.

Day 4

Early morning birding.
Transfer by vehicle to Khasan village, birding on the way and around the village.
Lunch in a cafe.
Departure by vehicle to Leopard's land national park, birding on the way.
Dinner in a cafe, accommodation in a guest house of the park.

Birds of the area:
Tiger Shrike, Yellow-legged Buttonquail, Blue-and-white Flycatcher, Japanese Grosbeak.

Day 5

Birding in the park.
Lunch in a cafe.
Transfer by vehicle to Ussuryisky state nature reserve.
Accommodation in a guesthouse.

Birds of the area:
Brown Dipper, Vinous-throated Parrotbill, Lesser Cuckoo, Asian Stubtail, Tristram's bunting.

Day 6

Early morning birding.
Transfer to the Lake Khanka state nature reserve, lunch in a cafe.
Accommodation on the shore of the Khanka lake.

Birds of the area:
Lesser Cockoo, Japanese Pygmy woodpecker, Manchurian Bush Warbler, Vinous-throated Parrotbill, Schrencks Bittern, Little heron, Thick-billed Warbler, Indian Cockoo.

Day 7

Birding in the reserve area.
Breakfast and lunch and dinner.
Tranfer to Spassk-dalyi.
22:07 Departure by train to Bikin national park.

Birds of the area:
White-naped Crane, Red-crowned Crane, Oriental Stork, Schrenck´sBittern, Swinhoe´s Rail, Band-bellied Crake, Chinese Penduline Tit, Marsh Grassbird, Asian Stubtail, Black-browed Reed Warbler, Northern Parrotbill, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Elegant Bunting, Black-faced Bunting, Pied Harrier, Brown Shrike, Falcated and Mandarin Duck, Black-naped Oriole, Japanese Grosbeak, Azure Tit, Amur Falcon.

Day 8

05:51 Arrival by train to Verino.
Transer to Bikin river for birding (4 hours).
Accommodation in the guest house, breakfast.
Boat trips along the Bikin river for birding.

Birds of the area:
Scaly-sided Merganser, Mandarin Duck, Long-billed Plover, Far Eastern Curlew. Forest Wagtail, Daurian Redstart, White-cheeked Starling, Oriental Reed Warbler, Eastern Marsh Harriers, Falcated Duck.

Day 9

Birding in the area.
Breakfast, lunch.
Transfer to Khabarovsk. Birding on the way and in Khabarovsk surroundings.
Dinner and accommodation in Khabarovsk airport hotel.

Birds of the area:
Lanceolated Warbler, Pallas´s Grasshopper Warbler, Yellow-breasted Bunting, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Thick-billed Warbler.

Day 10

Early morning birding, breakfast.
10:00 Departure by plane to Bogorodskoe village.
12:30 Arrival to Bogorodskoe.
Transfer to a hotel. Lunch.
Birding in Bogorodskoe village surroundings.
Dinner in a hotel.

Birds of the area:
Orange-flanked Bluetail, Pine Grosbeak, Nutcracker, Siberian Grouse, Siberian Accentor, Black-billed Capercaillie.

Day 11

Transfer by boats to Udyl lake.
Lunch on the lake.
Return to Bogorodskoe.

Birds of the area:
Stellers Sea Eagle, Swan Goose, Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, Dusky Warbler, Pallass Leaf Warbler, Oriental Greenfinch and Grey-bellied Bullfinch.

Day 12

Breakfast in a hotel.
Transfer to the airport.
Departure by helicopter to the north of Sakhalin island, Dagi village.
Lunch in a cafe in the village. Transfer by 4*4 vehicle to Nokliki town with stops for birding.
Accommodation and dinner in a hotel.

Birds of the area: Nordmanns Greenshank, Black-billed capercaillie.

Day 13

Transfer by vehicles to Poronaysk.
Birding on the way.
Lunch in a cafe on road.
Accommodation and dinner in a hotel.

Birds of the area: Siberian Grouse.

Day 14

Transfer by vehicles to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Birding on the way.
Lunch in a cafe on road.
Accommodation and dinner in a hotel.

Birds of the area: Yellow-breasted Bunting.

Day 15

Breakfast. Auto and walking tour to Chekhova Peak. Birding.
Lunch pack.
Return to the hotel.
Final dinner in the restaurant.

Birds of the area: Stepanyans (grasshopper) warbler, Gray Bunting, Japanese Accentor, Sakhalin Leaf Warbler, Redbellied thrush, Russet Sparrow.

Day 16

Breakfast in a hotel.
Transfer to the airport.
11:40 Departure to Moscow.
12:30 Arrival in Moscow.

Birds of the area: Narcissus Flycatcher.

Accommodation, food, transportation along the tour from Vladivostok to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, reserves permits, group equipment, professional ornithologist.
Personal expences, medical insurance, avia tickets to Vladivostok and from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, museum entrance tickets and optional excursions, alcoholic bevareges.



Encephalitis tits vacination is obligatory

General info:


hotels, huts, tents

full board



minibus, boat, train


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