2 independent reviews for Greece bird watching vacation, Lake Kerkini

Reviews for Greece bird watching vacation, Lake Kerkini

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review 19 Apr 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Difficult to choose. The boat trip on Lake Kerkini was wonderful and provided great views of the thousands of birds there. Also a number of unexpected moments as our guide found unusual birds like Spur Winged Lapwing, Stone Curlew and Penduline Tits.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

I'd recommend this trip to people new to bird watching. The views were excellent and range of birds includes some of the most spectacular in Europe- Pelicans, Storks, 4 type of Heron, Crane, Glossy Ibis, Flamingo, Spoonbill, Hoopoes and lots more.. Take a camera!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The guesthouse owner makes an effort to spread out the financial benefits by involving other restaurants. He's part of his local community and tries to demonstrate to local people that preserving the environment for wildlife can benefit the community. Lake Kerkini seems to be an environmental project that has had a positive impact for wildlife.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

A memorable few days - didn't want to come home.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you very, very much for the sparkling review! Our team is really happy to see that you had an enjoyable trip. Many thanks for traveling with us and hope to see you back someday in Greece, a land with a rich, albeit underrated natural heritage.

review 30 Dec 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The trip as a whole was memorable: well organized and all the expectations were met! Traveling around the lake with the good guide and the nice boat trip to check out the pelicans was an exciting experience

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Even though the trip was perfect in all ways the experience can be even better when you manage to hit the exact bird migration peak (Spring time).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The vacation had a 'local' feel and it gave me a nice experience to talk to the local people. The birding tourists are the main visitors in the Kerkini region so yes the local people definitely benefit from it even though it is still a relatively unknown area to many people. There is potential for more. I hope that a part of the money i spent in this vacation reaches the right people who are trying to reduce the environmental impact and support the conservation. The mindset of the people in Greece towards the environment has room for improvement: i noticed that there is a lot of garbage around the Kerkini lake for example.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

From 0 -10 an 8.

Read the operator's response here:

On behalf of the team: thanks so very much for your feedback. We really appreciated you as a guest and hope to see you back one day. Perhaps during peak migration in spring on our Northern Greece Birdwatching Vacation.

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