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Samos

Wildlife holidays in Samos

Tell me about Samos …

Samos lies in the eastern Aegean Sea, just a mile from the Turkish mainland. It is one of the Sporadhes Islands, and is similar in size and shape to the Isle of Wight.

Samos has two mountain ranges which ensure the island remains relatively green and fertile throughout the year.

The island has a very varied landscape, and a wide range of habitats. It remains comparatively little-visited and undeveloped.

Our Samos specialist recommends...

"The Island of Samos is a fantastic place to experience the spring migration of birds, spring flowers and insects. With a central base throughout this is a relaxing tour enjoying the beautiful island on daily wildlife walks and short excursions."

Andy Tucker
Operations Manager

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Gladiolus italicus - Field Gladiolus (Tony Albrehart)Samos coast (Tony Albrehart)Samos town (Peter Dunn)Ophrys oestifera - Horned Woodcock Orchid (Peter Dunn)Ophrys fusca - Sombre Bee Orchid (Peter Dunn)Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Peter Dunn)Orchis italica - Naked Man Orchid (Peter Dunn)Orchis fragrans - Bug Orchid (Paul Harmes)Flowery field (Paul Harmes)European Roller (Peter Dunn)Ophrys ferrum-equinum - Horseshoe Orchid (Paul Harmes)Arum dioscoridis (Paul Harmes)Balkan Green Lizard (Tony Albrehart)Black-eared Wheatear (Peter Dunn)Cercis siliquastrum - Judas Tree (Paul Harmes)Peloponnese Wall Lizard (Paul Harmes)

What’s special about the wildlife?

Birdlife: like Lesbos, Samos lies on the main migration route along the Turkish coast.

Plant-life: the island’s varied habitats support a rich and unique spring flora, comprising a mix of eastern Mediterranean plants as well as localised montane species.

Naturetrek Tour to Samos

We offer a 9-day holiday on the Mediterranean island of Samos in search of spring flowers, insects and migrating birds.

What wildlife might I see?

  • Among the Cistus scrub we should find a wide variety of orchids (including Late Spider), Gladiolus illyricus & the strange Clathrus ruber, a bright red fungus
  • At higher altitudes we’ll search for veronicas, saxifrages, geraniums & erodiums
  • Audouin’s & Mediterranean Gulls, Honey Buzzard, Short-toed Eagle, Blue Rock Thrush, Little Bitterns, Ruddy Shelduck & Subalpine, Ruppell’s & Sardinian Warbler are among the many exciting bird species we’ll look for
  • Chameleons, dragonflies, butterflies & spectacular scenery are among the island’s many other wildlife attractions

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Samos HOLIDAYS

A fantastic holiday due in no small part to the efforts of the leaders, who put themselves out to ensure that everyone got as much as possible from the holiday. It worked very well having two leaders, allowing for some flexibility in the itinerary to enable people to follow our particular interests. Toby’s lunches were the best picnics I have ever had. The leaders were knowledgeable and approachable. James took a lot of trouble to make sure that everyone got good views of the birds and his enthusiasm was infectious and inspiring. The hotel was very welcoming. The food was great and nothing was too much trouble.

J.C.
Herefordshire
The Island of Samos

Paul Harmes was an excellent leader. He encouraged us to look in his scope at the birds and told us all about them - it was very exciting to see the citrine wagtail, the golden oriole and the roller. He had a wide knowledge of natural history and could answer all our questions whether it was about flora, lizards or butterflies and we walked in beautiful countryside. He balanced all the interests of the group and was open to suggestions from the group when we asked if we could visit the Temple of Hera. He went out of his way to help us and he took us to the Temple on the way to the airport on the last day. It was absolutely fascinating and I saw a balkan green lizard there too!
I thought the holiday was fantastic in all aspects. As far as I am concerned it was one of the best holidays I have ever had, and long will the memories stay with me. It was perfect. And both tour leaders should be commended for their hard work and dedication. Super flowers, super birds, fantastic scenery, superb weather, great food and wonderful wildlife and company. Who could ask for anything more. Keep up the great work and I look forward in anticipation to my next trip.