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Go Slow ... in Northern Greece

Tour Code: GRC13

An 8-day birdwatching holiday to Lake Kerkini, one of the finest wetlands in Greece.

8 days from £1495(inc flights) Land Only Price: £1295 SRS: £195


Contained by the natural barriers of the Kerkini Mountains to the north and the Mavrovouni Mountains to the south, Lake Kerkini lies close to the Bulgarian border in northern Greece and is renowned as one of the finest wetland sites in Europe. The lake, and its surrounding regions, are the focus of this new 8-day ‘Go Slow’ tour which begins with a direct 3-hour flight from London to Thessaloniki and a 2-hour drive to a lakeside hotel, our base for the next seven nights. Although most famous for its breeding populations of endangered Dalmatian Pelicans and Pygmy Cormorants, the huge heronry in the centre of Lake Kerkini (which we will visit) provides sanctuary for a wealth of other waterbirds, including Night Herons, Purple Herons, Squacco Herons, Spoonbills and numerous egrets. As we explore the surrounding countryside we will be captivated by the sights and sounds of spring as Bee-eaters swoop down acrobatically in pursuit of insects and Golden Orioles utter their fluty calls from stands of trees. Red-backed, Woodchat and delicate Masked Shrikes wreak havoc among the local insect population, whilst Black-headed, Cirl and Corn Buntings sing from roadside bushes. A wide variety of warblers, including Subalpine, Olivaceous and Olive-tree — the latter something of a speciality of northern Greece — should also be in song, although their more skulking nature may make them somewhat harder to observe! As we explore further afield we should also find Lesser Spotted, Short-toed and Booted Eagles soaring overhead, Black Storks, Penduline Tits and Great Reed Warblers around the lakeshore and Western Rock Nuthatches, Rock Thrushes and both Ortolan and Rock Buntings on the nearby mountain slopes.

Food

All included in the price.

Accommodation

A comfortable hotel with views of Lake Kerkini, each room with private facilities.

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Fly Thessalonika; drive Lake Kerkini

Day 2 Exploration of Lake Kerkini and surrounding areas

Day 3 Drive Thessalonika and fly UK

Bee-eaterBlack StorkBlack-headed BuntingBooted EagleCorn BuntingGolden OrioleGreat Reed WarblerLake KerkiniMasked ShrikeOrtolan BuntingPenduline TitPurple HeronRed-backed ShrikeRock BuntingSquacco HeronSubalpine Warbler
J.R.
Northumberland
Some wonderful birdlife and excellent boat trip. Liked hotel location and view of lake.
R.R.
Antrim
Relaxed, well-led and thoroughly enjoyable trip. Boat trips atmospheric and superb.
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Wed 16th May 2018 - Wed 23rd May 2018

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£1495

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Visiting: Greece

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Some wonderful birdlife and excellent boat trip. Liked hotel location and view of lake.
J.R., Northumberland