5 days
Duration
Lesvos
Location
12+
Age

Discover one of the most famous bird-watching sites in Greece: Lesvos island.
Lying between three continents, Lesvos island settles within the greatest migrating paths of most European and African species. Furthermore, being so close to the Turkish border, it is the perfect opportunity to get a glimpse of many birds of Asian origin.

Every year many rare sightings are recorded here, as everything that flies, lands or takes off is immediately spotted! Since the early 1990s, Lesvos has quite rightly established itself as one of the premier birding destinations within the Mediterranean basin. It combines the excitement of migration with several key species which can be otherwise difficult to see elsewhere in Europe.

Highlights:

  • Lesvos’ birdwatching hot-spots at the peak of the spring migration!
  • Spring is not ideal only for the numerous birds you will see, but also for the blooming wildflowers, the amazing Greek weather and in general Nature which is all dressed up and awaits!
  • Ducks, egrets and herons galore, as well as other waders and waterfowl in close range
  • Visit the Kalloni Salt Pans in the back of the namesake gulf.
  • Look for the greatest draw cards of the island – the three Asian species at the westernmost edge of their range which are found nowhere else in Europe: Cinereous Bunting, Krüper’s Nuthatch and the White-throated Robin.

Get inspired for this trip by reading Why Greece should be your next birding destination..

There are marshlands lands, streams, springs and seasonal rivers all over the island and just about anywhere you go you will see interesting birds, not to mention turtles, lizards and other creatures.

Your expert bird guide will be Eleni Galinou, 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.

Departures in spring and autumn. Contact us for questions and clarifications.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Lesvos, Greece
TOUR DURATION 5-days
PRICE
€900 p.p. – double room stay – 2 travelling

€700 p.p. – double room stay – 3 travelling

€650 p.p. – double room stay – 4 travelling

Single room supplement: 80€

Ask for group offers, special deals & family discounts!

INCLUDES
  • Birdwatching as described in the program
  • 4 nights in Kalloni 3* hotels, all breakfasts and dinners included
  • English speaking expert local bird guide
  • Tour operator liability insurance
  • All land transportation in comfortable vehicle a/c with pick up and drop off Lesvos airport included
EXCLUDES
  • Flights to/from Lesvos airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks, lunches, tips, personal expenses
1

Day 1

Arrival at Lesvos airport. Transfer to Kalloni wetland and spend the night at your 3* Hotel. Get to meet with your knowledgeable and friendly local bird guide! The next days, 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.

2

Day 2

Birdwatching all day long. Spend your day with your expert guide at the Kalloni Gulf wetlands and the Achaderi Pine Forest. Full day private-guided birding. Get to see among others, many Collared Pratincoles that are grazing in fields around the Kalloni Saltpans. The shallow basin of the Gulf of Kalloni holds significant numbers of waterfowl and waders, as well as many Nightingales, Shrikes, Buntings and warblers. Later, we go to the Pine forest for a chance to uncover many forest species in, such as Short-toed treecreepers, long-tailed tits and of course the rare Krüper’s Nuthatch.

Dinner & overnight at 3* Hotel, Kalloni.

3

Day 3

Full day of birding at Gulf Kalloni wetlands and central Lesbos, Lepetimnos mountain.
The day will start with the wetland, in search of various waterbirds and waders such as Pied Avocet, various terns like Common, Little, Black, Whiskered and White-winged Tern, and others like Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Kentish and Little Ringed Plovers. Black-crowned Night Heron and Little and Spotted Crakes are also a possibility.

From there our next destination will be the rest of Central Lesvos, towards the North. Where we have the opportunity to observe Masked and Woodchat Shrikes, Sombre Tits, Eastern Rock Nuthatch, Rüppell’sSubalpine, and Olive-tree Warblers, Black-headed Bunting, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Little Owl, and Eurasian Scops Owl.

Dinner & Overnight at your 3* accommodation in Kalloni.

4

Day 4

Wonderful guided birding in the West of Lesvos. Cinereous Bunting is the main target for today. While searching for it we will be able to see a variety of species occupying the extensive garrigue areas of the western island with scattered and thin oak forest.

Dinner & Overnight at your 3* accommodation in Kalloni.

5

Day 5

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 and flight back home.

Ruddy shelduck in lesvos
Black-winged stilt in Lesvos - Himantopus himantopus
Kruper's nuthatch in Lesvos island
western Lesvos
Long tailed tit
Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida
Great reed warbler in mating call
Reed-bunting - Emberiza schoeniclus
Eleni galinou is a member of Natural Greece team

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