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Northern Greece Birdwatching Holiday

From € 700
Northern Greece Birdwatching Holiday


  • The magical Lake Kerkini and its surroundings with a bird list of over 300 species (!) is located only an hour drive from Thessaloniki airport. Watch pelicans, egrets and herons and spot bee-eaters everywhere. Listen to the Nightingale, Golden Oriole and Great Reed Warbler, Penduline Tit and Black Kite.
  • Visit Dadia Forest, the best site in Europe for raptors, where 36 out of Europe’s 39 raptor species have been recorded and 20 breed. Watch Black, Griffon and Egyptian Vultures, Golden, Lesser Spotted, Short-toed and Booted Eagles, Common and Honey Buzzards, Lanner, Peregrine Hobby and Red-footed Falcon and both Sparrowhawks.
  • Discover the huge Evros Delta, on the border with Turkey. Due to its easterly position it offers you the chance to see real rarities, such as Greater Sand, Sociable and even Caspian Plovers.

Departure dates 2016: 12 Sept

Tour leaders: Georgos Spiridakis, Lavrentis Sidiropoulos, see the tour leaders page

"We would all like to thank you for brilliant well organised birding holiday. We all really enjoyed it, George was great, the families at the hotels looked after us very well and the birding was fantastic. We will recommend "Natural Greece" to our friends. Thank you again."

Keith, Hazel and Michael

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  • Day-to-day Program


    Day 1

    Arrive at Thessaloniki airport where you meet your friendly, knowledgeable bird guide.

    Transfer to your hotel at Lake Kerkini by car. Depending on your arrival time there may be time to explore Kerkini area for the first time.

    Overnight Hotel, Limneon Hotel 3* or similar

    Day 2

    Spend your day with the nature guide at the magical Lake Kerkini, definitely one of the very best birding spots in Greece. Boat trip on lake Kerkini included to see among others, Pelican colony at the rafts. During spring you will watch many types of herons, spoon bills, Dalmatian pelicans, Great white pelicans, Pygmy cormorants and many other species nest in the flooded forest. A feast for the eye! Full day birding.

    Overnight at Limneon Hotel 3* or similar.

    Day 3

    Full day of birding at lake Kerkini and nearby forested areas.

    Target species of the forests: Woodpeckers (Syrian, Great-spotted, Middle-spotted, Lesser-spotted, Green, Grey-headed), Rock Nuthatch, Sombre Tit, Penduline Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, and other forest birds.

    Overnight at Limneon Hotel 3* or similar.

    Day 4

    Last morning birding at Lake Kerkini and drive to Dadia/Evros Delta. Dinner in hotel.

    Overnight in Hotel Isidora Hotel-Loutra or similar.

    Day 5

    Full birding day at Dadia forest. This mountainous area is one of the best places in Europe for the observation of birds of prey. Thirty five out of thirty eight diurnal raptors have been recorded here along with seven out of nine owl species.

    In the afternoon short drive back to our hotel.

    Target species: raptors such Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian vulture, Golden Eagle, Booted Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Black Stork and passerines including Long-tailed Tit, Siskin, Masked Shrike.

    Overnight in Hotel Isidora Hotel-Loutra or similar.

    Day 6

    Discover the huge Evros Delta, on the border with Turkey. Due to its easterly position it offers you the chance to see real rarities. The Information Center will organize a video presentation, a tour and a boat trip on the delta for us and that will be a great introduction to the area. Dinner in hotel.

    Overnight in Hotel Isidora Hotel-Loutra or similar.

    Day 7

    Drive towards Thessaloniki

    Stops at top birding sites Porto Lagos and at Nestos Gorge and Delta for more birdwatching

    Overnight Hotel, Thessaloniki Astoria or similar.

    Day 8

    Transfer to Thessaloniki airport. Departure

  • Pricing

    When 4 or more traveling:

    €700 per person (triple room)

    €985 per person (double room)

    €1.070 per person (single room)

    When 3 traveling:

    €1000 per person (triple room)

    €1.182 per person (double room)

    €1.266 per person (single room)

    When 2 traveling:

    €1.573 per person (double room)

    €1.658 per person (single room)


    • Birdwatching as described in the program
    • 7 nights in 3*-hotels, all meals included
    • English speaking nature guide travelling with the group. Include presentations for each area visited
    • Lake Kerkini boat trip and Evros Delta boat trip
    • Transportation in comfortable vehicle a/c with pick up and drop off Thessaloniki airport.
  • Trip report

    Trip report 3-10 April 2015 of the Northern Greece Birdwatching Holiday that Keith, Hazel and Michael from the UK enjoyed with our 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! The birdwatching sites visited during this 8-day trip starting from Thessaloniki include: Lake Kerkini, Mount Belles, Dadia-Lefkimi-Soufli forest, Evros Delta, Lake Ismarida, Porto Lagos, Nestos.

    Species (scientific name)

    1.Podiceps nigricollis

    2. Podiceps cristatus

    3. Pelecanus onocrotalus

    4. Pelecanus crispus

    5. Phalacrocorax carbo

    6. Phalacrocorax pygmeus

    7. Botaurus stellaris

    8. Nycticorax nycticorax

    9. Ardeola ralloides

    10. Egretta garzetta

    11. Casmerodius albus

    12. Ardea cinerea

    13. Ardea purpurea

    14. Ciconia ciconia

    15. Ciconia nigra

    16. Plegadis faldnellus

    17. Platalea leucorodia

    18. Phoenicopterus roseus

    19. Cygnus olor

    20. Anser anser

    21. Tadorna tadorna

    22. Anas platyrhynchos

    23. Anas strepera

    24. Anas acuta

    25. Anas clypeata

    26. Anas penelope

    27. Anas crecca

    28. Anas querquedula

    29. Aythya retina

    30. Aythya nyroca

    31. Melanitta fusca

    32. Bucephala clangula

    33. Mergus serrator

    34. Gyps fulvus

    35. Aegypius monachus

    36. Neophron percnopterus

    37. Haliaetus albicilla

    38. Pandion hal iaetus

    39. Aquila pomarina

    40. Circaetus gall icus

    41. Milvus migrans

    42. Circus aeroginosus

    43. Circus cyaneus

    44. Circus pygargus

    45. Circus macrourus

    46. Buteo rufinus

    47. Buteo buteo

    48. Accipiter nisus

    49. Falco tinunculus

    50. Falco subbuteo

    51. Coturnix coturnix (heard only)

    52. Ral I us aquaticus

    53. Porzana parva

    54. Gallinula chloropus

    55. Fulica atra

    56. Haemantopus ostralegus

    57. Recurvirostra avosetta

    58. Charadrius alexandrinus

    59. Pluvialis squatarola

    60. Vanellus vanellus

    61. Vanellus spinosus

    62. Calidris al pina

    63. Tringa glareola

    64. Tringa ochropus

    65. Tringa totanus

    66. Tringa erythropus

    67. Tringa nebularia

    68. Tringa stagnatilis

    69. Limosa limosa

    70. Numenius arquata

    71. Numenius phaeopus

    72. Gallinago gallinago

    73. Philomachus pugmax

    74. Chroicocephalus ridibundus

    75. Ichthyaetus melanocephalus

    76. Larus michahellis

    77. Sterna sandvicensis

    78. Sterna hirundo

    79. Hydroprogne caspia

    80. Columba palumbus

    81. Streptopelia decaocto

    82. Streptopelia turtur

    83. Clamator glandarius

    84. Bubo bubo

    85. Athene noctua

    86. Apus apus

    87. Apus melba

    88. Upupa epops

    89. Alcedo atthis

    90. Picus viridis

    91. Picus canus (heard only)

    92. Dendrocopos major

    93. Dendrocopos syriacus

    94. Jynx torquilla

    95. Alauda arvensis (heard only)

    96. Galerida cristata

    97. Lullula arborea

    98. Calandrella brachydactyla

    99. Melanocorypha calandra

    100. Riparia riparia

    101. Ptyonoprogne rupestris

    102. Hirundo rustica

    103. Hirundo daurica

    104. Delichon urbica

    105. Anthus campestris

    106. Anthus trivialis

    107. Motacilla alba

    108. Motacilla flava

    109. Erithacus rubecula

    110. Luscinia megarhynchos

    111. Luscinia svedca

    112. Phoenicurus phoenicurus

    113. Phoenicurus ochruros

    114. Oenanthe oenanthe

    115. Oenanthe hispanica

    116. Saxicola rubetra

    117. Monticola solitarius

    118. Turdus philomelos

  • About the National Park Lake Kerkini

    In the north-west part of Serres Prefecture, just 40 Km from the town of Serres and about 100 Km from Thessaloniki, we can meet one of the most beautiful places in Greece, Lake Kerkini.  Its  unique wetland has been declared as National Park according to Ramsar Convention and it is one out of ten wetlands of International Importance of Greece.The lake is one of the best places in Europe for natural watching of about 300 rare and protected bird species that live and breed here. Find a lot more information, download brochures, watch amazing photographs on the website of the national park Lake Kerkini

  • About the National Park Evros Delta

    In Evros Delta, 317 species of birds have been recorded; a number which is continually increasing, as monitoring becomes more intense and birdwatchers from all over the world visit the area more often.

    What makes Evros Delta so interesting and why is it so important for the birds?

    First of all, it is its geographic position which makes it so important. The Delta lies in northern Greece, a crossroad between three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa. Thus, species of all three continents are observed here. Typical species of Europe which their southern spreading range ends up here, like geese, African species, which their northern range or breeding area ends up in Delta or the wider area, like the Spur- winged Plover and Asian species which are found only in this area and not in the rest of Europe, like the Black- headed Bunting.
    Another reason is the diversity and “wildness” of the landscape. Despite the extended drainage works and the loss of almost half the wetland, which was given to agriculture, and the pressure which some social groups bring claiming the use of the wetland for productive or other activities, the area stays in parts unchangeable and hospitable for the wild fauna. Areas with fresh, brackish and salt water, like the riparian forests, the wet meadows, the reed beds, the lagoons, the salt water marshes, the sandy islets comprise habitats for a big variety of birds.
    As a result, birds find in Evros Delta the two most important things they need: food and shelter. The flooded areas in the wet seasons of the year and the big watery areas (lagoons, sea until 6 m. depth) provide plenty of food to the water birds and waders and, by extension, to their predators. The protected area, which includes all the natural areas of the wetland, offers safety from human-caused dangers.
    It has been proved, by monitoring and ringing, that Evros Delta is a very important ring in the chain of wetlands which birds use as they migrate from Africa to Europe and reversely, and also as they move looking for food and shelter. This part is very important and very crucial for their living.

    Find more info on the website of the National Park Evros Delta

  • About the National Park Dadia-Lefkimi-Soufli

    The Dadia-Lefkimi-Soufli Forest National Park is one of the most important protected areas at national, European and international scale. It is one of the first areas in Greece to be declared as protected since a great deal of flora and fauna species found in the Balkan Peninsula, Europe and Asia coexist here. The landscape mosaic formed by pine and oak forests, interrupted by clearings, pastures and fields is the ideal habitat for birds of prey. The National Park hosts three out of the four Vulture species of Europe (the Black Vulture, the Griffon Vulture and the Egyptian Vulture), while it is home to the only breeding population of Black Vultures in the Balkans.

    More info on the National Park's website