Lesvos, Greece 2017: Spring Migration Magic in the Greek Isles

April 28 - May 06, 2017
Tour Length: 9 days Est. Spaces Left:
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The Greek Island of Lesvos is renowned for its ancient history, incomparable natural beauty and tradition of hospitality. Situated in the Aegean Sea, this stunning island has become known by birders as one of the best locations in Europe to witness spring migration.

TOUR OVERVIEW

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Tour Leaders:
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Max # Birders:
8-12
Focus:
Birds; Photography; Culture;
Pace:
Easy to Moderate ; Relaxed with some long walks
Double Accommodation:
$ 2800
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 395
Deposit:
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The Greek Island of Lesvos is renowned for its ancient history, incomparable natural beauty and tradition of hospitality. Situated in the Aegean Sea, this stunning island has become known by birders as one of the best locations in Europe to witness spring migration. Our base in the small fishing village of Skala Kalloni is perfectly located beside some wonderfully bird rich habitats, including a reed-fringed pool right next to
our hotel. From here, the rest of the island with its varied countryside, historic villages and friendly people, can be easily explored. Whether searching out the island’s special birds, such as Kruper’s Nuthatch and Cinereous Bunting, or marveling at the continual stream of fabulous eastern migrants, or enjoying some of the island’s 70 species of orchids, you will soon be captivated by the magic of Lesvos. From the slopes of Mount Olympus, to the island’s sparkling rivers and lakes, to picturesque fishing villages alongside beautiful golden beaches, this island with its wealth of resident and migrant birds will have you longing to return.

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MORE TRIP INFORMATION

  • Meeting Location

    Mytilene Airport, Lesvos, Greece

    Accomodations

    Comfortable hotel, ensuite (we stay in a 3-star hotel, very nice, the best in the area and the food is great)

    Included

    --Group airport transfer from Mytlini, Lesvos to hotel in Skala Kalloni on arrival and departure days
    ~All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 9
    ~Services of tour leaders
    ~Twin accommodation in ensuite rooms, singles extra
    ~Pre-trip materials (travelers information, trip checklists)
    ~Entrance fees to local parks

    Excluded

    --Round trip airfare to Mytlini, Lesvos
    --Drinks, insurance and items of a personal nature.

  • Top Birds

    Krüper’s Nuthatch, Cinereous Bunting, Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Sombre Tit, Rüppell’s Warbler, Eurasian Scops Owl, Little Owl, Golden Oriole, Sardinian Warbler, Isabelline Wheatear, European Bee-eater, Red-footed Falcon, Cirl Bunting, Subalpine Warbler, Western Marsh Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, White-winged Tern, Penduline Tit, Blue Rock Thrush

    Possible rarities: Spur-winged Plover, Rufous Bush Robin, Baillon’s Crake, Great Bittern, Lesser Gray Shrike, Collared Flycatcher, Pallid Swift, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

    Top Mammals
    Habitats Covered

    Coastal and freshwater wetlands, rivers and river valleys, salt pans, sea coast, petrified forest, mountains, olive groves, open agricultural lands

    Expected Climate

    Spring weather can vary from cool (50s) to warm (80s) with showers possible.

  • Other Attractions

    Greek island culture, Mediterranean beaches

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
    • Visa (if required)
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • Scope and tripod (optional)
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
    • Water bottle
    • Small umbrella
    • Small day pack / fanny pack
    • Small flashlight
    • Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
    • Itch relief cream
    • OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
    • Toiletries
    • Hair Dryer
    • Small alarm clock
    • Cleaning fluids/cloths/drying cloths
    • Small tool kit for optics or glasses
    • Field guides
    • Note pads/pens (we provide trip checklists)
    • Hiking Boots/Shoes
    • Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals
    • Light-weight long pants
    • Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
    • Hat with brim/visor
    • Safari (e.g., Tilly) hat
    • Rain jacket/wind breaker
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts
    • Swimsuit
    • Medium-weight jacket
    • Rain hat
    Recommended Reading
    • Birds of Europe with North Africa & the Middle East

      Lars Jonsson (1992)
      Princeton University Press

     

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