Brown bear tracking in Northern Greece
Kids of > 12 yrs welcome & family room option.
Description of Brown bear tracking in Northern Greece
The fact that there are wild bears in Greece is one of Europes best-kept secrets. However, according to the latest research data, the total brown bear population in the wild in Greece is at least 700.
They roam the forests and mountains of Northern Greece. Northern Pindos National Park is home to, not only brown bears but also roe deer and wolves! Come escape the hustle and bustle of every day life & take a walk on the wild side discovering bear habitat while hiking through vast wilderness with like minded fans of the great outdoors.
This five day small group holiday includes hikes that follow brown bear trails, led by a bear expert. Learn about measures to protect the bear population here. Witness research methods used in vital bear conservation work, follow bear tracks and attempt to spot wild bears. During a visit to the bear sanctuary you are going to meet rescued bears face-to-snout!
Please note that on this holiday there will be no baiting to attract bears as we do not condone this as responsible wildlife viewing practice. This region 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 visit two beautiful locations in Northern Greece - Lake Kastoria and the wilderness of Gramos National Park and you will be staying in a comfortable 3* accommodation overlooking the stunning Lake!
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10 Reviews of Brown bear tracking in Northern Greece
Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019 by Lyn ASigns of bears and the amazing local food Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019 by Lynne DaviesThe most memorable part of the holiday was being led on hikes to the remote regions of Northern Greece in search of sighting of the animals residing in the area. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Nov 2018 by Baxter JeffsMost memorable: Exploring this little known (to us) part of Greece, meeting the friendly locals, and eating the fantastic food. The scenery is truly stunning and unspoilt, and the autumn colours were just superb. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Oct 2018 by Anna Denise BolksThe autumn colours and atmosphere of mountains and lakes and the great time with our group was the most memorable part...Excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Sep 2018 by Quentin MacilrayThe knowledge and professionalism of the local guide...was the most memorable part of the holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 May 2018 by Henriette HradockaWonderful mountain scenery, enthusiastic guides, delicious Greek food and good mood and lot of fun during the whole trip. A real highlight was to learn about camera traps, to get insight into bear research, radio tracking etc. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Oct 2017 by Emilia MajcherTrekking in the mountains with amazing view, excitement of being near the wildlife and the guide who did everything that we had a great time. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Sep 2017 by Ian SummersWalking in the mountains, and seeing tracks of bears and other animals was amazing. Also, staying in the interesting locations of Kastoria and Nestorio. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Oct 2016 by Christine SingerIt did not have one single highlight -the entire trip was enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 May 2015 by Liz PittSeeing 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. Read full review
PlanetThis 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.
-No internal flights, all transportation with full minivan
-Walks within the forest to locate bears
-Family-run local guesthouse
-Offering vegetarian/plant-based and low dairy foods
-Local tour guide, reducing inland and outland travel.
PeopleThe 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 areas 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.
Transportation methods in Greece are limited to group transportation with small buses and hiking.
The accommodation used on this trip are family-owned and family-run. This is an area in Greece that has been hit hard by the economic crisis and your visit has a positive impact on the local economy.
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