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
I very much enjoyed the holiday. As well as seeing lots of wildlife in spectacular surroundings, the leaders and other participants ensured that it was also fun.
Paul Harmes proved to be an excellent leader with an in-depth knowledge of the flora and fauna of Samos. He worked unstintingly throughout the holiday to provide each member of the group with a worthwhile experience - this was not an easy task in view of the fact that the group was made up of individuals with diverse interests. He is an excellent all-round naturalist and I would have no hesitation in taking a holiday in the future under his leadership. In addition to providing a well balanced programme, Paul also produced some first rate lunches, drove us safely all over the island and kept us entertained at dinner. I thoroughly enjoyed this, my first Naturetrek holiday - you have a first class product.
Just to let you know that the trip to Samos was everthing we could hope for. Our two leaders - Paul and Terry were excellent for their 'leading' and for their knowledge of the birds and plants. To have seen so many new birds and plants made this (our wedding anniversary trip) exceptional. To top it all seeing the endangered and elusive Golden Jackal was a rare moment indeed. The hotel was as friendly and comfortable as had been reported, and Theo and his mother could not do enough for us. We look forward to further trips with you as both our ventures with Naturetrek have proved to be exceptionally rich in experiences and enjoyment.