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."
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 wonderful holiday. Paul and Terry were such enthusiastic, knowledgeable and patient leaders.
I think we all felt that the tour leaders efforts to make this an enjoyable holiday went beyond the call of duty in respect not only of professional expertise, but also in terms of driving, shopping, food preparation and general welfare. Similarly the hotel, run by a genial and obliging young man and his mother, far exceeded expectations. There was a great variety of main course and side dishes through out the whole week and all of excellent home-made quality!
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!