Outdoor & Wildlife Holidays in Greece

Reptiles and Amphibians of Greece (RA 1)

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    Turtles, lizards, snakes, frogs and newts.
    Mainland and insular Greece has one of the richest diversity of reptiles and amphibians in Europe with 23 species of amphibians and 67 reptile species including many rare and highly endangered species such as the Loggerhead Turtle, the Spur-thighed tortoise, the Mediterranean and African Chameleon and the Milos Viper.
    With the help of our expert herpetologists, we will explore the world of these magnificent creatures and enjoy many rare photo opportunities. We will learn about their habitats and distinctive behavior, the threats to their existence and what we can do to help and protect them.
    We will also admire and experience the exceptional beauty of two very important wetlands of Greece - Lake Kerkini and Prespa National Park.

    Trip Code: RA 1

    Duration: 8 days

    Group size: 4 to 12 persons.

    Minimum age requirement: 10 years. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    All activities are suitable for beginners.

    The following species can be observed:
    European Pond Terrapin (Emys orbicularis)
    Balkan Terrapin (Mauremys rivulata)
    Spur-thighed Tortoise (Testudo graeca)
    Hermann's Tortoise (Testudo hermanni)
    Fire Salamander (Salamandra salamandra)
    European Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris)
    Macedonian Crested Newt (Triturus macedonicus)
    Balkan Crested Newt (Triturus arntzeni)
    Common European Toad (Bufo bufo)
    Green Toad (Bufo viridis)
    Eastern Spadefoot (Pelobates syriacus)
    Yellow - bellied Toad (Bombina variegata)
    Common Tree Frog (Hyla arborea)
    Greek Marsh Frog (Pelophylax kurtmuelleri)
    Agile Frog (Rana dalmatina)
    Stream Frog (Rana graeca)
    Starred Agama (Laudakia stellio)
    European Glass Lizard (Pseudopus apodus)
    Greek Slow Worm (Anguis graeca)
    Turkish Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Kotschy's Gecko (Mediodactylus kotschyi)
    Dalmatian Algyroides (Algyroides nigropunctatus)
    Balkan Green Lizard (Lacerta trilineata)
    Green Lizard (Lacerta viridis)
    Erhard's Wall Lizard (Podarcis erhardii)
    Common Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis)
    Balkan Wall Lizard (Podarcis tauricus)
    Snake-eyed Skink (Ablepharus kitaibelii)
    Sand Boa (Eryx jaculus)
    Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca)
    Large Whip Snake (Dolichophis caspius)
    Four-lined Snake (Elaphe quatuorlineata)
    Eastern Montpellier Snake (Malpolon insignitus)
    Grass Snake (Natrix natrix)
    Dice Snake (Natrix tessellata)
    European Cat Snake (Telescopus fallax)
    Dahl's Whip Snake(Platyceps najadum)
    Aesculapian Snake (Zamenis longissimus)
    Leopard Snake (Zamenis situla)
    Worm Snake (Typhlops vermicularis)
    Nose-horned Viper (Vipera ammodytes)

    Day 1. Arrival - Lake Kerkini
    Upon arrival at Thessaloniki International Airport you'll meet your tour guide and soon after we will transfer you to Lake Kerkini Nature Reserve. After checking in to our hotel a welcome cocktail follows where our reptile specialist will give us an introductory lecture on Lake Kerkini, its' wildlife and the reptiles and amphibians of the area.
    - Meals: Welcome cocktail, dinner. Overnight stay in Kerkini

    Day 2. Lake Kerkini
    After breakfast we'll visit selected areas of the lake focusing on terrapins and tortoises, snakes and lizards. We'll have the opportunity to photograph indigenous species such as the European and the Balkan pond turtle, the Hermann's and Spur-thighed tortoise and the Balkan green lizard. After lunch at a local tavern we'll continue exploring until we'll return to our hotel for a little rest and relaxation before the night watch. During this exciting night tour we'll identify, by watching and listening, the different frog and toad species of the area and learn about their lives and behavior.
    - Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner. Overnight stay in Kerkini

    Day 3. Lake Kerkini
    Same as Day 2.
    - Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Kerkini

    Day 4. Lake Kerkini - Prespa National Park
    Very early in the morning we'll depart for Prespa National Park. During our day tour we'll have the opportunity to observe and photograph many rare species such as the Blue-throated Keeled Lizard, the Erhard's Wall Lizard, the Aesculapian Snake and the Macedonian Crested Newt. After dinner a night watch will follow to observe and identify the amphibians of the area.
    - Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Agios Germanos

    Day 5. Lake Prespa
    The Lake is not only a premier birding site in Greece but also a paradise for reptile and amphibian lovers. 22 reptile and 11 amphibian species have been recorded here. During our day and night tour around the lake we'll identify and study as many species as possible.
    - Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Agios Germanos

    Day 6: Lake Prespa - Thessaloniki
    Breakfast and morning watch. After lunch at a local tavern we'll have the opportunity for another day watch. In the late afternoon we'll drive to Thessaloniki for the overnight.
    - Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Thessaloniki

    Day 7: Thessaloniki
    On our last day of the tour we'll have a morning and an afternoon observation around the surrounding hills and wetlands of Thessaloniki, observing tortoises and terrapins and many other reptile and amphibian species including the Starred Agama, the Green lizard, the Yellow-Bellied Toad and if we're lucky the Dahl's Whip Snake and the Snake- eyed Skink.
    - Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Thessaloniki

    Day 8: Thessaloniki Int. Airport
    After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your return flight.
    - Meals: Breakfast.

    Please note that this tour is subject to change at the discretion of the tour leader, according to local and weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control.

    Tour guide: George Spyridakis.

    All reptiles and amphibians of Greece are protected by Greek and international law.
    To avoid harm or disturbance of observed animals, tour participants are required to follow the guidance of our herpetologists and tour guides at all times while in the field.

    2016 Dates:

    Upon request between May 01 and June 30

    Price / person: ? 1.348,-

    Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement ? 140,-

    Price includes:
    √ 7 nights accommodation with breakfast in double rooms with shower/WC, air conditioning, TV, telephone and internet access.
    √ A welcome cocktail, 6 lunches and 7 dinners.
    √ All transfers as per itinerary.
    √Experienced english speaking herpetologist.
    √All activities as per itinerary.

    Not included:
    × Transfer to and from Greece.
    × All personal expenses.
    × Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
    × Other sites of interest not included in this itinerary.
    × Travel insurance

    We select accommodation which has been personally inspected and experienced by our team.
    We have chosen traditional hotels and guesthouses, with a friendly and very homely atmosphere. All our hotels and guesthouses are comfortable and fully equipped with heating, en-suite bathroom/shower, air-conditioning, telephone, and television.

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