Brown bear tracking in Northern Greece

“Half of all bears in Western and Southern Europe are found in Greece - and walking the trails of the remote Northern Pindos region with an experienced ranger is the best way to encounter them.”


Bear tracking with a ranger in wilderness region of Northern Pindos | Wolves | European otters | Red deer | Presentation on wildlife conservation & research methods | Grammos Mountain

Description of Brown bear tracking in Northern Greece

The fact that there are bears in Greece is one of Europe’s best kept secrets. However, fifty per cent of the brown bear population in the western and southern regions of Europe are to be found in Greece. In particular, Northern Greece where the Northern Pindos National Park is home to not only brown bears but also lynx, red deer and wolves inhabiting its black pine and beech forests. And with superb walking trails throughout the national park, this is not only a wonderful wildlife holiday but also a superb Greece walking holiday.

This five day small group holiday includes hikes that follow brown bear trails, led by a national park ranger, as well as talks and guidance by a local conservation charity that works to protect the bear population here. This is also bird watching central, with rare species including the eastern imperial eagle and golden eagle, and the beautiful shore lark, to name but a few.

During the holiday you will stay in three star accommodation in both Thessaloniki and on the borders of the national park. The cost of this holiday includes a donation to the local bear conservation charity, Callisto.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Brown bear tracking in Northern Greece


This trip is all about the concept "Tourism as a Tool for Nature Conservation", a concept we believe in with all our heart. The following principles and practices show that:

• Wildlife species are not harvested, consumed, displayed, sold, or traded, except as part of a regulated activity that ensures that their utilization is sustainable, and in compliance with local to international laws.
• No captive wildlife is held, except for properly regulated activities, in compliance with local to international law. Living specimens of protected and wildlife species are only kept by those authorized and suitably equipped to house and care for them humanely.
• The trip supports and contributes to biodiversity conservation, including natural protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value. You make a donation to wildlife charity Callisto. They use it to support their Bear Emergency Team. A vet and assistant travel to places where they are needed, e.g. road accident with a bear involved, damage done by bears.
• Interactions with wildlife, taking into account cumulative impacts, do not produce adverse effects on the viability and behaviour of populations in the wild. Any disturbance of natural ecosystems is minimized, rehabilitated, and there is a compensatory contribution to conservation management!
• Information about and interpretation of the natural surroundings is provided to travellers, as well as explaining appropriate behaviour while visiting natural areas.


The trip is all about supporting the local economy. It will benefit financially much more local communities as opposed to booking via the "traditional sales channel" = a Tour Operator that is located in your country and that will send a tour leader from your country. Furthermore it supports local culture and communities in the following ways:

• Information about and interpretation of the local culture, and cultural heritage is provided to travellers.
• Local services and goods are purchased and offered, following fair-trade principles.
• Supporting local small entrepreneurs to develop and sell sustainable products that are based on the area’s nature, history and culture (including food and beverages, crafts, performance arts, agricultural products, etc.).
• Purchasing policies favour locally appropriate and ecologically sustainable products, including building materials, capital goods, food, beverages and consumables.
• Use of hotel(s) and other tourist providers with a sustainability certification system: your Thessaloniki hotel is a Green Key Hotel.
• Transportation methods in Greece are limited to group transportation with small buses and hiking.

Reviews of Brown bear tracking in Northern Greece

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 17 May 2015 by

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

Seeing a brown bear was the highlight of the holiday but this was definitely the icing on the cake. The friendly people, wonderful mountain scenery, incredible views, amazing walks, butterflies, orchids and peace and quiet made the holiday memorable at all times.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared to do plenty of walking over rough and rocky ground, possibly in high temperatures. Enjoy the local people, food, culture and scenery as much as possible. Don't expect to find bears, just treat it as highlight if you do.

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

Yes we supported conservation by making a donation to the Callisto charity and by raising their profile. In the mountains we benefited local people by staying in their hotels and using their restaurants and guiding services.

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

It was a wonderful experience being able to enjoy the natural wonders of northern Greece and the hospitality of the Greek people. Understanding the interaction between bears & humans and the work being done by Callisto to improve relations was fascinating and heartwarming.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. You were indeed lucky to have seen bears on 2 days! The walks during this trips are as long as the travelers want. We are flexible and adapt the program as to make sure everyone is happy!

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