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Greece – The Island of Kos at Leisure

Eleonora’s Island

11 May to 18 May 2017

Principal Leader: Paul Rogers

Maximum of 14 clients (two leaders with more than seven clients).

2017 Cost £1,699 single room supplement £100

Kos is a small, rather linear, but fertile and well-watered island located very close to Bodrum, on the Turkish coast. It therefore lies within the breadth of the great migration flyway between Africa and Europe. This, our sixth tour to this under-watched island, has been timed so that we can enjoy the late spring migration as well as see the summer visitors taking up their breeding territories. Kos maybe a popular tourist destination, but it also appeals to a colourful array of birds that includes European Bee-eater, European Roller, Eurasian Hoopoe, Cretzschmar’s and Black-headed Buntings. Our previous groups have found, to their amazement, that Eleonora’s Falcon and Lesser Kestrel are the two most numerous raptors. On the nearby island of Nisyros, which we will visit on one day, the active colony of Eleonora’s Falcons inside the volcanic caldera can be spectacular. Long-legged Buzzards are also common on Kos, and with luck we may track down Bonelli’s Eagle.

Throughout the tour we will be staying at a most comfortable family-owned hotel. You could not wish to find a warmer welcome. The food is delicious and there is much to choose from. The hotel is located in the middle of Kos and it therefore provides an excellent base for exploring all parts of the island. Equally important is its situation close to a large salt lake, which besides attracting Greater Flamingo, acts as a stopover for migrating herons and egrets, waders and wildfowl. We will need to run a daily check here on comings and goings. This is the only sizeable stretch of water on the island, a fact that strengthens its magnetic effect on passing birds.

This will be an ‘At Leisure’ tour and conducted at a relaxed pace. Some days we will lunch out at tavernas in contrasting small settlements, such as Mastihari, Kamari and on Nisyros. On other days we will return to the hotel for a midday snack and a chance to take a refreshing dip in the hotel’s pool or just chill out for a couple of hours. The good thing about Kos is that nowhere is very far, so no long minibus journeys are needed. Add to this, the excitement of both colourful and hopefully some unexpected birds, such as Great Snipe seen on one tour, along with excellent accommodation and fine scenery, and you have all the ingredients necessary for a memorable tour. One other feature that proved popular in previous years is that flights are available from Manchester and East Midlands as well as Gatwick.

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Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Fly to Kos and transfer
to Marmari
Days 2-7 Marmari
Day 8 Depart Kos