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From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Kerkini Lake

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From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Kerkini Lake

Activity provider: Ammon Express

From US$ 58.03 per person

Kerkini is one of the oldest migratory stations for birds in the area. This is the ideal destination for nature lovers - enjoy this full day excursion to get close to rare species of birds and animals!

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Greek


  • Enjoy a unique experience observing migratory birds and mesmerizing animals
  • Walk among nature or ride a horse across the lake and see the Lithotopos Dam
  • Visit Vironia village and enjoy lunch at a traditional Greek taverna
Full description
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.
  • Round trip bus transportation to the Lake of Kerkini and Vironia village
  • English-speaking tour escort
  • Bus transportation insurance
  • Cost of lunch and coffee
  • Cost of optional horse riding (€5 per 20 minutes)
  • 1-hour boat ride (€10 per person)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet at Aristotelous Square or Egnatia Street (Venizelos Statue) at 08:00 AM.

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  • It is recommended to have comfortable footwear for easy access to each point.
  • You can board the bus at the following meeting points:
  • Starting point: WHITE TOWER (Entrance) 8:00 AM
  • Stop 2: ARISTOTELOUS square & EGNATIA (Venizelos Statue) 8:15 AM
  • Stop 3: CAPSIS Hotel 8:20 AM
  • Stop 4: THE MET Hotel 8:25 AM
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 26 reviews

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The tour begins with Lazarus, very knowledgeable and personable. You arrive at Lake Kerkini after about 1 hour and a little more travel. Do not miss the trip with a small fishing boat with Captain Christos at the helm. It is during this excursion that you can admire the birds up close. After we stop at a nearby café: there is a small park with animals run by a friendly farmer. Continue the journey to the farm where you can see the buffaloes, they are very curious! Then Lazarus gets back to driving and takes us to a village, following roads first near the lake to see if other birds can be seen (unfortunately, however, the flamingos have not yet arrived). At the village you can have lunch while our guide tells us several anecdotes. We then continue following the lake, making some stops for photos. Return home around 4 pm. It was a beautiful day and is recommended for those who love to admire landscapes.

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September 20, 2021

We had a kind of a private tour since none else booked it to the day we chose. The guide was so considerate, did not force us to do any activities before confirming if we want to. We tasted for the first time a buffalo meat in the tavern and it was AMAZING. Also the tavern people were so considerate and kind. This trip was the best.

September 13, 2019

Very good!

On our way to Lake Kerkini we travel around the country side at least a good hour drive from Thessaloniki. We had a very pleasant boat ride on the Lake watching and spotting different kinds of birds, our tour guide and boat driver was very helpful. The Buffalo farm was ok nothing exciting to look at just herds of buffalos! There was also a mini zoo on our way back to Lake Kerkini. It was a pleasant trip back to our hotel on a nice sunny day!

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July 16, 2019

Product ID: 156732