4 days

Discover one of Europe’s most interesting birding sites with an expert nature guide! Stunning Lake Kerkini is located just an hours drive from Thessaloniki, Northern Greece. It is a true paradise for bird lovers. Lake Kerkini Birding Breaks can be customized to your needs. From €500 (4 days) ex flights Yearround


  • The magical Lake Kerkini and its surroundings with a bird list of over 300 species (!)
  • 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.

This wetland offers excellent birding, all 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.

Your expert friendly bird guides: Georgos Spiridakis and Lavrentis Sidiropoulos, see team page.

€750 p.p. – double room stay – 2 travelling

€810 p.p. – single room stay – solo traveller

€775 p.p. – single room stay – 2 travelling

€600 p.p. – double room stay – 3 travelling

€660 p.p. – single room stay – 3 travelling

€500 p.p. – double room stay – 4 travelling

€560 p.p. – single room stay – 4 travelling

Ask for group offers, special deals & family discounts!

  • Birdwatching as described in the program
  • 3 nights in 3*-hotels, all meals included
  • English speaking expert local bird guide
  • Lake Kerkini boat trip
  • All land transportation in comfortable vehicle a/c with pick up and drop off Thessaloniki airport included
  • Flights to/from Thessaloniki airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses


More background info on Lake Kerkini Birding:

Link to the website of Management Authority of Lake Kerkini

Link to the list of the birds of Greece

Link to the Important Bird Area’s of Greece (IBA’s)

Link to IBA gr020 Lake Kerkini


Day 1

Arrival at Thessaloniki airport. Transfer to Kerkini Lake and spend the night at 3* Hotel near the stunning Kerkini Lake. First opportunity to discover the lake the area with your knowledgeable and friendly local bird guide!

Day 2

Boat tour at Lake Kerkini and 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. The surrounding forest is home to six Woodpecker species, including Syrian, Grey-headed, and Middle-Spotted.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

Time to say goodbye. Transfer to the airport (1 hour drive).

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 6 reviews
November 13, 2018

I spent an entire day birding Lake Kerkini and the surrounding area with my guide, Maria. She is one of the most pleasant and knowledgeable guides I have ever hired. Her knowledge of local birdlife and their habitats was impressive. She made a diligent effort to track down nearly every one of my target species and even added some unexpected bonus birds. A rewarding day of birding was only improved by the most delicious local Greek lunch, shared at a shady, scenic location. I will certainly be using these services in the future and highly recommend to others!

April 19, 2018

We spent 5 days at Kerkini with a guide for 4 of the days and stayed in the family run guesthouse at Limnochori. Our guide Maria had a lot of local knowledge and contacts who were able to give up to date information. Nikos and his family were very welcoming and he went out of his way to make guests welcome. The boat trip on Lake Kerkini provided wonderful views of Pelicans, Spoonbills, Glossy Ibis, Squacco and Night Herons and Pygmy Cormorants . Maria met us at the airport and took us to a village to watch Lesser Kestrels. Another day out was to the Axios delta which offered a contrasting environment of salt marshes and lagoons. 17 species of wader that day with excellent views of Avocets and Black Winged Stilt. A Purple Heron and Spur Winged Plover stayed for good views and photographs. We’d not seen any Stone Curlew despite a lot of scanning but a short stop as we crossed a bridge allowed Maria to pick some out in the distance and were able to get much closer. Also great views of Hoopoe, Penduline Tit, Little Crake a Nightingale, Greater Reed Warbler, Woodchat Shrike. A wonderful few days in a great setting with a helpful and knowledgeable guide and a welcoming host. Couldn’t ask for much more. Thank you Maria, Nikos and Chantel.

March 19, 2018

I spent 2 (much too short) days at Kalochori and Lake Kerkini with birding guides Lavrentis and Eli and had a wonderful time. Even though March is probably one of the less productive times to visit we did see 50 species at Kalochori (including star birds like Flamingos and Spoonbills) and 72 around Lake Kerkini. The Dalmatian Pelicans were just wonderful, and we had good close viewings of Grey-Headed Woodpecker, Cirl Bunting Rock Bunting, Sombre Tit, Little Owl and many other interesting species. The B&B at Limnochori was very nice. Everything was organised perfectly by Natural Greece´s Chantel, thank you everybody involved. Would love to return for a proper trip during peak migration some day.

December 27, 2016

“Thank you Natural Greece for organizing this wonderful trip around Lake Kerkini! The hotel was good and has very friendly owners (Nikos and parents). The breakfast as well as the lunch package was tasteful and had a nice touch of the local cuisine. The Kerkini lake offers diverse landscapes and a extensive scale of birds (bearing in mind it was not even the high-season for bird watching). The birding guide George was knowledgeable and very good company. The boat trip on the lake was perfect for shooting pictures of the pelicans. I can recommend this trip to all bird – and nature lovers to this not so touristy area but with having huge potential! ”

Wilco Veldhuizen
The Netherlands

April 19, 2015

Thanks again for the fabulous days! Greetings! / Nogmaals dank voor de geweldige paar dagen! Groet!

Niels Bronsgeest, Stichting Natuurreizen

April 19, 2015

Thank you once again for a great trip to Lake Kerkini.

Phil Knott, Heatherlea

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