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
James was an excellent guide and always made sure that we all got good views of the target birds - he is calm, unassuming and confident in his work. Toby always made sure that the birders saw any special plants, even to the extent of back-tracking for one tiny specimen in a huge expanse of what looked, to me, similar vegetation! Well done to them both!
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.
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.