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From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Kerkini Lake

1. From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Kerkini Lake

This is a day trip to Lake Kerkini, one of the 10 most valuable wetland habitats in Greece with about 300 species of birds and rare animals. Among the many species, admire the beautiful flamingos and the magnificent buffalos that walk near you. All these are combined with the wonderful view of Mount Beles and the majestic valley of Serres. You depart to Kerkini Lake by bus at 8:00 AM. You reach the Dam of Kerkini Lake (Lithotopos area) and enjoy bird watching through the lake. Every season of the year hosts different species of birds so the boat ride hides a different surprise each time. The beautiful flamingos though, live there all year round. The area for horse riding is situated next to the dam and you can enjoy a horse ride as long as the weather permits it.  Next, you have a hot cup of coffee and afterwards you make a stop at the farm, just some kilometers away, wihere the impressive buffalos will walk near to you. Later on, you move a bit further to Vironia village and enjoy your lunch in a traditional Greek tavern. You depart to Thessaloniki at about 2:00 PM taking the perimeter road of the west side of the lake.

Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Lake Kerkini

2. Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Lake Kerkini

Explore the sublime landscape of Lake Kerkini, one of Europe's most important wetlands, and home to over 300 species of birds. Marvel at the spectacle of flamingos in the wild on an unforgettable boat tour. Get back to nature as you absorb the sight of herds of buffalo grazing around the lake on an incredible day trip from Thessaloniki. Explore the natural habitat of these stunning animals in style as you enjoy the opportunity to take a horse-riding trip around the lake. Absorb the breathtaking scenery as you continue on to the picturesque village of Ano Poroia, nestled at the foot of Mount Beles, to tuck into an authentic meal of local delicacies.

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What people are saying about Kerkini

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4.5 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Great day trip with Nikos! Really enjoyed our trip, we were a small group of just 3 so the experience was very personalised. The boat tour was amazing and we saw hundreds of birds up close like cormorants, pelicans and herrons. We also had a quick stop at a buffalo farm before having a lovely lunch locally with buffalo meat. Nikos was an amazing guide and stopped to let us take pictures anytime we wanted.

Thanks to our driver and tour guide Nikos, it was a very interesting day well spent at Kerkini Lake. Nikos was very informative about the natural habitat of the lake. We also enjoyed the coffee spot, the boat ride and the lunch at the tavern. Well done and thank you.

The guide Lazaros did a private tour with me and was very knowledgeable. He often made photo stops and went to eat something delicious with me. The Kerkinisee offers a lot of sights, so full recommendation!

Fun day seeing a different part of Greece. Great to see the birds and wild life. Perfect day trip from Thessaloniki Our guide was great!

Unfortunately there weren't many birds. But I had a great day thanks to Lazares.