Lake Kerkini Birding Breaks Holidays & Tours

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    Natural Greece

    Natural Greece is a licensed tour operator business that, ever since 2013, has been offering expert-led Eco & Wildlife Holidays all over Greece, delighting customers worldwide. Its team consists of leading tourism professionals and knowledgeable, passionate guides.

    • 4 Days
    • DeparturesYear round
    • Lake Kerkini

    Discover one of Europe’s most interesting birding sites with an expert nature guide on this Kerkini Birding escape! Stunning Lake Kerkini is located just an hours drive from Thessaloniki, Northern Greece. It is a true birding paradise. During this all-inclusive birding escape, you can marvel at:

    • The magical Lake Kerkini and its surroundings with a bird list of over 300 species (!)
    • Pelicans, egrets and herons galore, as well as other waders and waterfowl in close range
    • The sounds of the Nightingale, Golden Oriole and Great Reed Warbler, Penduline Tit and Black Kite.
    • All six Woodpecker species in the slopes of Mount Belles

    Encircled by a river, marshes, riparian forest, flooded fields as well as cultivations and montane habitats, the Kerkini lake has a rich avifauna all year round. During this trip you can enjoy birdwatching all day long, and discover many different species year-round.

    Check out the trip report for Kerkini Lake on the 10.000 Birds blog and the bird list of that trip by our bird blogger Dragan Simic.

    In this lake the photo that awarded the title of “Bird Photographer of the Year 2019“, to British photographer Carole Steele was shot!!!
    Your expert bird guide will make all the difference on this trip that is suitable for all ages. It really does not matter if you are an absolute beginner of a fanatic “twitcher”, we will cater the trip to all your needs. Lake Kerkini Birding Breaks can be customized to your needs. 

    Departure & Return Location

    • Thessaloniki, Greece

    Price Includes

    • Birdwatching as described in the program
    • 3 nights in Kerkini lake hotels, all meals included
    • English speaking expert local bird guide & driver
    • Lake Kerkini boat trip
    • All land transportation in comfortable rental vehicle a/c with pick up and drop off Thessaloniki airport included whereby your guide is driving

    Price Excludes

    • Flights to/from Thessaloniki airport
    • Travel insurance
    • Drinks, tips, personal expenses

    Day 1Arrival in Thessaloniki

    Arrival at Thessaloniki airport. Transfer to Kerkini Lake and spend the night at your Hotel near the stunning Kerkini Lake. First opportunity to discover the lake with your knowledgeable and friendly local bird guide! Your guide will show you the best bird-spotting spots and will share with you myths and stories that link Greek history with your surroundings.

    Day 2Birdwatching

    Birdwatching at the lake and the surrounding area. The Kerkini area is home to some 300 bird species and offers wonderful opportunities in spring to view breeding Dalmatian Pelican, Great White Pelican and Pygmy Cormorant. This day, you will have a boat tour through the lake in order to view the Pelican colonies from up close and get amazing shots of their contrasting colours. Such amazing colours are also offered by the Bee-eaters flying about, the Rollers, the Kingfishers and many more.

    Day 3Birdwatching

    Last day of birding with your expert local bird guide at the Lake Kerkini and the surrounding area (mountains near Bulgarian border) with a wonderful diversity of Warblers, including Eastern Orphean, Sardinian, Subalpine, Olivaceous, and Eastern Bonelli’s, as well as Common and Lesser Whitethroats. Common Nightingale and Common Cuckoo are never too far away. The surrounding forest is home to six Woodpecker species, including Syrian, Grey-headed, and Middle-Spotted.

    Day 4Depart Lake Kerkini

    Unfortunately, your holiday has come to an end. But you leave full of beautiful images and many new species on your list. Transfer to the airport (1 hour drive).