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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.P.
Buckinghamshire
The Island of Samos

Yet another excellent Naturetrek tour. The group were ably led by Peter & Paul who were not only knowledgeable in bird and botany respectively but also very patient with those of us who were not so knowledgeable. The range of interest amongst the botanists was very broad and Paul made sure that everyone had a share of his attention. The picnic lunches they provided were excellent and much appreciated by all of the group. The meals at the hotel were excellent and they attended to our every need and made us very welcome.
Paul was, as always, an excellent leader. Full of a very wide range of knowledge he made sure all our varied interests were catered for. He was also very attentive to the needs of each person in the party.