Do you belong to the growing crowd of concerned citizens that actually want to give back to nature what has been taking away for decades? Likely your new-year resolutions for 2018 contain lifestyle changes like less use of plastic bags, carbon off-setting or switching to green energy. On top of that you may consider eco-volunteering!
The article by The Telegraph newspaper features 10 incredible and surprising Wildlife Holidays in Europe. Natural Greece's Wildlife Holiday on Crete, Greece is on the list! Europe's wilderness areas become increasingly valuable to humans, flora and fauna in our era of "overtourism" and overpopulation.
Love Travel? Just not made up your mind yet? Select here from a wide range of Greece holidays that are both unique and affordable. With last minute availability and special offers for the Summer & Autumn 2017.
Why go birdwatching in Northern Greece? Rosemary Richards explains why the Northern Greece Birdwatching Holiday has been her best trip, ever. The Natural Greece team members and partners are grateful for your superb review & rating, Rosemary!
You may find it hard to imagine that there are places so close to the city of Athens so rich in rare and beautiful plants. Revealing this plant-diversity is one of the things Natural Greece’s Athens Eco Tours wants to achieve. Trip report 29-30 Apr & 1 May 2017 - Athens Eco Tours.
Greece is renown for its antiquities, sunny climate and gorgeous islands. These jaw-droppers show you another side of this country. In the latest guest blog of Natural Greece - for Days To Come you will find a whole selection of thrilling travel experiences!
Katerina Goula, blogger, plant hunter and biologist gives us plenty of reasons to visit Greece in spring. Here's her round-up of some of the most interesting and unexpected facts of the land of Aristotle, Theophrastus & Hippocrates.
Natural Greece's Wild Bears in Northern Pindos Holiday selected 1 of Greece's best holidays for 2017 by both The Times & Escapism Magazine (UK)
"In the most of Europe, Brown Bear is a mythical creature that lives only in medieval tapestries and folk tales. It has become extinct, one may say, but such formulation hides the gruesome fact: it has been exterminated. By us..." Read the full blog article by traveller Dragan Simic
Greece was well presented at Tournatur 2016, Germany's no.1 Fair for Walking & Hiking. First-hand account of a day at the Düsseldorf Fair that addresses the growing need for outdoor holidays.
Check out the autumn 2016 & spring 2017 holidays! We have a wide range of expert-led wildlife holidays to Greece to thrill and delight. Save up to half the tour price by booking directly from a Greece-based tour operator.
Chantel, founder and managing director of Natural Greece, was just interviewed by Nicole Kow of Trekksoft, a leading booking & payment software company.
The Lonely Planet travel guides are still a compass for many travelers when it comes to selecting their dream destination. Each year the publishing house publishes a Best in Europe. Which destination is number 1 on the list this year? It is The Peloponnese in Greece.
This is third post in a series about birding Greece by Dragan Simic. The first one was “when”, the second “where” and this, the final one is all about “why birding Greece”. Sounds easy? Well... it is easy for me. Why? Because it is there. Because it exists. Cos I love Greece!
Wishing to support the refugees, migrants and local vulnerable groups in Greece that are hit hard by the current humanitarian crisis situation? Here are 5 ways to make a difference when traveling in this glorious country.
Greetings! We are happy to welcome some new exciting tours led by local experts for the year 2016. Below is an overview per month of unique nature-based Greece trips. Wishing you a happy 2016 filled with wonderful nature moments.
Trip report 3-10 April 2015 of the Northern Greece Birdwatching Holiday that Keith, Hazel and Michael from the UK enjoyed with friendly expert bird guide Georgos Spiridakis. Apart from numerous fantastic species they observed a rarity for Greece too: the Velvet scoter (Melanitta fusca), a black seaduck!
Greece has 449 bird species distributed unevenly over the surface area of about 130,000 km2 and across the additional 400,000 km2 of its coastal waters, dotted with 1400 islands. Add the 15,000 km of a coastline and the mountains, the highest reaching almost 3000 metres, and the question where to look for birds becomes ever harder to answer. Nevertheless, Dragan Simic, bird blogger, environmentalist, writer, does manage to answer this question as you can read in this informative article.
Impressions of Pelion, a delightful Greek peninsula that you may know from the Mama Mia! movie. .. Simone G. from The Netherlands recently spent her holiday here with her family and was pleasantly surprised to find out that this green paradise is not yet discovered by the crowds. It is true that due to the Greek crisis the usual visitors (Greeks) were largely absent. On top of that the local airport operates less flights than usual this year.
When to Watch Birds in Greece - First of a blog series by Dragan Simic revealing WHEN, WHERE and WHY to watch birds in Greece. Where to start? Greece has 449 bird species recorded. A glimpse of a map shows close ties with both Asia Minor, the Middle East and Africa.
Whether you like all food organic, healthy, locally produced or simply super tasty, Crete won’t let you down. Asma A. gives you a taste of what a foodie can expect when spending a week on Crete, considered the cradle of the Mediterranean diet.
Lucky Martin & Liz Pitt! Two days with bear encounters during their Wild Bears in Northern Pindos trip! The 1st time Martin got up close and personal with a bear that was wearing a collar for the research purposes of CALLISTO, a wildlife charity protecting the large mammals in Greece. What follows is a report of the second, equally exciting Brown Bear sighting.
Guest blog by Dragan Simic- Instead of waiting for the spring to come to me, I prefer to travel south to greet it. (One may also read this as “those who paddle their own canoe do not have to wait for their ship to come in.”) This time I was lucky enough to join a fam trip organised by Natural Greece, an ecotourism company from Athens, and spend a few days at my favourite Kerkini Lake, which you already birded through my bins (April and September).
Your Most Popular Questions About Greece: Answered! Greece is one of Europe’s most popular destinations, and with good cause! A wealth of classical culture, spectacular coastal landscapes, amazing food and warm, friendly people all contribute to making this an A+ destination. Founder of Natural Greece and Greek guide Chantel shares answers to the most common questions she’s asked by travelers.
As those that have visited Greece will confirm, it is one of the most family-friendly destinations that exists. Overall, Greeks are family-friendly and very hospitable. Eating out will usually be outdoors and the atmosphere in a Greek tavern is very relaxed. Kids can run around freely and nobody will be bothered with that!
A city break to breathtaking Athens and vibrant Thessaloniki can be done all year round. In summer it is however wise to start your tour early in the morning and go indoors or recline in the shade during the scorching heat of midday. It is not unusual to experience a heatwave with temperatures of 100 F/40 C degrees!
Unusual Travel Experience 1: Brown bear tracking in Northern Greece. A unique experience where you walk amazing trails in a truly unspoilt and little known paradise. Contrary to popular belief, by participating in this trip you will NOT be putting your life at risk.
Greek and Bulgarian partners constructively cooperate in the GreenSpots project to re-design the tourism product of their areas, placing "sustainability" and "networking" at the heart of their policy.
Tracking Wild Bears in GREECE??? See what it is like to track wild bears, find wolf droppings and inhale the fresh mountain air in a rarely visited mountainous corner of Greece. Trip report by Ioannis Kosmatos from Greece.
This April our guest and birder Dragan Simic discovered Athens from a bird's eye view. Birding the outskirts of Athens, Greece:I love birds. I like to travel. And – I hate flying! Does that make sense? If you do not see packing as the part of travel itself, than the trip starts with landing. And customs. The sky over a new city. Although I visit Greece every year, this is my first time in Athens. What am I doing there? Visiting stone ruins? Nope. I am a birder in search for the feathery attractions of Greece.
Bird blogger Dragan Simic traveled with us this April and discovered one of Europe's most exciting wetlands of Europe for bird lovers: Lake Kerkini. See what he discovered - eBird list included.
Immerse yourself in Greek culture by participating in magnificent Easter festivities that have remained unchanged for centuries! This week-long Greek Easter vacation for lovers of culture and gastronomy is simply unique.
Discover the unique wildlife and nature of the Cyclades while sailing from island to island with Andrea Bonetti, renowned biologist and photographer. He will show you the wildlife of the Aegean Sea also dubbed ''the Archipelago of species''. Visit authentic Greek Islands that have preserved their heritage, traditional cuisine and the genuine welcome offered by its people.
A new authentic “farm-to-fork culinary experience” on offer in Greece! This is your chance to live a truly divine experience through Mediterranean Cooking, indulge in the Cretan gastronomy and lifestyle. You will not only enjoy its unique cuisine, one of the healthiest in the world (!), you will also visit local producers and relax and unwind on magnificent beaches.
Join us at this excursion in the North of Greece to discover the mystical power of fire! This exciting tour shows you the real Greece and it is packed with surprising and authentic experiences, some even dating back to Ancient times!
The “Monitoring Centre for Sustainable Tourism Observatories” was inaugurated on the Aegean Islands, the main archipelago of Greece. This first Sustainable Tourism Observatory in Europe under the auspices of World Tourism Organization UNWTO will monitor the environmental, social and economic impacts of tourism in the archipelago and serve as a model to expand the concept to a national level.