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Northern Greece's Lake Kerkini in Autumn

Tour Code: GRC08

A 5-day tour searching for Lesser White-fronted Geese and other special birds of northern Greece's Lake Kerkini.

5 days from £995(inc flights) Land Only Price: £895 SRS: £100


Lake Kerkini lies close to the Bulgarian border in northern Greece and is renowned as one of the finest wetland sites in Europe. This tour visits the lake at the start of winter, our goal a regular but extremely rare avian visitor to the shores of the lake – the endangered Lesser White-fronted Goose. Between 12 and 50 of the latter pause at Lake Kerkini each year on migration to their Mediterranean wintering grounds. We’ll look for the more conspicuous Greater White-fronted Geese with which the ‘Lessers’ tend to associate, as well as other bird life of the lake and its surrounds, including Dalmatian Pelicans and huge rafts of Common Pochard. In the hills and woodlands surrounding the lake we’ll search for birds such as Sombre Tit, Hawfinch, Alpine Accentor and the elusive Wallcreeper.

  • Look for rare & endangered Lesser White-fronted Geese
  • Up to 500 Dalmatian Pelicans plus White Pelicans
  • Thousands of cormorants, including a small number of Pygmy Cormorants
  • About 40,000 wildfowl overwinter on Lake Kerkini
  • Ferruginous Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Smew, Goosander & White-headed Duck
  • Up to 1,000 Greater Flamingoes, plus Common Cranes & Spoonbills
  • White-tailed & Golden Eagles, plus Eagle Owl & Goshawk in surrounding area
  • Grey-headed, Syrian & Black Woodpeckers in woodlands
  • Led by expert naturalist guide

Food

All included in the price.

Accommodation

Family-run guesthouse near Lake Kerkini, all rooms with private facilities.

Lesser White-fronted Goose

Lesser White-fronted Goose

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Fly Thessalonika and drive Lake Kerkini

Day 2/4 Lake Kerkini

Day 5 Return Thessalonika and fly London

The view from our hotel (David Morris)Our hotel (David Morris)Lake Kerkini (David Morris)Birdwatching on the edge of Lake Kerkini (David Morris)Squacco HeronPelicans (David Morris)Lake Kerkini (David Morris)Naturetrek clients setting out onto Lake Kerkini (David Morris)Greater CormorantsWhite Pelicans (David Morris)Dalmation Pelicans (David Morris)Dalmation Pelican (David Morris)White PelicanSpur-thighed TortoiseSpoonbills (David Morris)Southern White Admiral (David Morris)Rose-coloured Starlings (David Morris)Pink Butterlfy Orchid (David Morris)White Pelicans (David Morris)Lunch! (David Morris)Night Heron (David Morris)Lizard Orchid (David Morris)Green Lizard (David Morris)Great White Egret (David Morris)Greater Flamingos (David Morris)Scenic lunch stop (David Morris)Hills surrounding Lake Kerkini (David Morris)Dragonarum (David Morris)Greater Cormorant (David Morris)Clouded yellow (David Morris)Black Stork (David Morris)European Bee-eaters (David Morris)Peacock Moth (David Morris)
Mr & Mrs G
Leicestershire
Everything was very relaxed and well organised from picking up the bus to the return to the airport. Leader very knowledgeable, not just about birds but most wildlife - inverts, plants etc. Lovely area to take a holiday. Accommodation first rate - nice food, plenty of choice. Particularly liked the little owls on neighbouring roofs.
C.M.
London
The location and organisation of this trip was excellent. Phil was a patient and thoughtful leader and knew his stuff.
E.R.
Norfolk
Very peaceful destination offering a good variety of habitats close to base without too much travelling. Guest house accommodation most welcoming and the owner offered excellent support throughout our stay. All the food was delicious and plentiful and the packed lunches provided were brilliant and varied. A most relaxing short break.
S.R.
Norfolk
The location of the holiday hotel was close to the lakes. The birdwatching was good and did not include too much travelling. The hotel used was warm, welcoming and the owner offered excellent help to locate the birds around the area.
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Mon 29th October 2018 - Fri 2nd November 2018

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£995

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Everything was very relaxed and well organised from picking up the bus to the return to the airport. Leader very knowledgeable, not just about birds but most wildlife - inverts, plants etc. Lovely area to take a holiday. Accommodation first rate - nice food, plenty of choice. Particularly liked the little owls on neighbouring roofs.
Mr & Mrs G, Leicestershire