International Lichenological Excursion to Armenia



In the frame of “OPTIMA Iter Lichenologicum” initiative, the Young Biologists Association NGO and Organization for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area (OPTIMA) organize, the international lichenological excursion to Armenia. The aim of the excursion is to study the lichen diversity of“Khosrov Forest” State Reserve and other areas in Armenia. The participants could be experienced lichenologists as well as amateurs. Some of the collected material will be possible to export from Armenia for further identification and laboratory studies. As a result of the excursion, the joint paper in the Flora Mediterranea will be published. The participants will visit also other important cultural and natural sites of the country. The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of ArmeniaCaucasus Nature Fund (CNF-Armenia) and the Ecotour Travel Agency.


Excursion programme 

Day 1: Arrival, City tour, Welcome dinner

Day 2: Field trip to of “Khosrov Forest” State Reserve

Day 3: Field trip to of “Khosrov Forest” State Reserve

Day 4: Field trip to of “Khosrov Forest” State Reserve

Day 5: Visit to Khor Virap MonasteryAreni wine tasting, wild watching of Bezoar Goats in village Shatin. Considering visit to Areni-1 Cave Complex has proven to be a treasure trove of Copper Age (5000 – 4000 BCE) artefacts including the oldest shoe, brain, and winery in the world.

Day 6: Visit to Zorats Karer (Armenian Stonehenge), Tatev Monastery (through Tatever- the longest funicular in the world).

Day 7: Field trip to mountain Aragats

Day 8: Field trip to mountain Aragats

Day 9: Visit to “Sevan” National Park (Sevan Lake) and “Dilijan” National Park

Day 10: Departure


The number of participants is up to 15 people. The deadline for registration is March 1, 2015. For participation of accompanying persons, please contact organizers via e-mail:

For registration please follow the link

Registration fee 

The Registration fee (accommodation in single room) is 1000 EUR In case of accommodation in double room the registration fee is 850 EUR. The accommodation in double room is possible in case of willingness of two participants to stay together.

The fee includes:

Airport pick up Local transportation during the all duration of the tour An English speaking professional guide for cultural tours Accommodation in the hotel Three meals including lunch, dinner, and breakfast during the tour with hot tea/coffee

The fee excludes:

International airfare

Entrance Visa (For EU citizens there is no VISA)

Travel insurance


The payment should be made ONLY after confirmation of acceptance for excursion. The transfer of participation fee is possible via bank international transfer. Please note that the participation should not include any transfer fee by the intermediary and recipient banks.

Please transfer the participation fee to the following bank account:

Beneficiary bank: CJSC INECOBANK, Yerevan, Armenia

Swift code: INJSAM22

Beneficiary’s account: 20050022370921040

Beneficiary name: Ecotour LLC

Cancelation policy 

The registration fee will be fully refunded till March 30, 2015 based on written requests of cancellation and partly refund (50% of registration fee) is possible till May 1, 2015. The later inquiries will not be considered.

The Grants for Young Lichenologists 

Two grants of 300 EUR will be provided by OPTIMA to support young lichenologists participation.


The PhD students, Postdoctoral and young researchers are eligible to apply for support.


Please fill out the application form


For inquiries don’t hesitate to contact us via e-mail:


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