EAZA Annual Conference 2018

PRE-CONFERENCE WILDLIFE TOUR
4-DAYS IN LAKE KERKINI

14-17 September 2018
ALL INCLUSIVE!

Registration closes 31/08/2018

ΕΚΔΡΟΜΗ ΣΤΗ ΛΙΜΝΗ ΚΕΡΚΙΝΗ

​Αποδράστε με την Γεωπαιδεία σε ένα από τα πιο όμορφα μέρη της Ελλάδας,
έναν μοναδικό διεθνούς σημασίας υδροβιότοπο που έχει ανακηρυχθεί Εθνικό Πάρκο ...γνωρίστε μαζί μας τη
λίμνη Κερκίνη!

 

Η λίμνη Κερκίνη είναι μια σπάνιας ομορφιάς περιοχή του νομού Σερρών, που ανήκει στο δίκτυο NATURA 2000 και προστατεύεται διεθνώς από την σύμβαση RAMSAR. Προσφέρει ιδανικές συνθήκες για δραστηριότητες στην φύση, για ψυχική χαλάρωση και γνωριμία με ένα σημαντικό οικοσύστημα.

Η εκδρομή περιλαμβάνει ένα τετραήμερο γεμάτο δραστηριότητες. Θα κάνουμε βαρκάδα στα ήρεμα νερά της και θα θαυμάσουμε την σπάνια χλωρίδα και ορνιθοπανίδα της λίμνης. Θα απολαύσουμε την φυσική ομορφιά της με πεζοπορίες ή/και ποδηλασία στα αναχώματά της. Θα έρθουμε σε κοντινή επαφή με τους νεροβούβαλους της περιοχής και θα γνωρίσουμε τους ντόπιους ψαράδες βιώνοντας μαζί τους μια μοναδική εμπειρία με τους πελεκάνους της λίμνης. Θα μάθουμε για την δημιουργία της, την σημασία της ανθρώπινης παρέμβασης στο οικοσύστημα και τον ρόλο που διαδραματίζει στην τοπική κοινωνία. Οι πιο δραστήριοι θα έχουν την ευκαιρία να εξερευνήσουν την περιοχή με άλογα.

 

​Η απόδραση ολοκληρώνεται με τοπικά εδέσματα, όπως κρέας βούβαλου και πέστροφας, περιηγήσεις σε γειτονικά χωριά και αναζωογόνηση σε χαμάμ!

Ξεναγοί επιστήμονες, σε όλη την εκδρομή, προσφέρουν βιωματική γνώση δημιουργώντας μία μοναδική και αξέχαστη εμπειρία!

4 ημέρες
28 Απριλίου - Πρωτομαγιά 2018
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Escape to one of the most beautiful landscapes of Greece, a unique Wetland of International Importance, now established as a National Park. Lake Kerkini, located in Northern Greece, belongs to the NATURA 2000 network and is internationally protected according to the Ramsar Convention. The Lake and its surroundings are ideal for outdoor activities, relax and a close encounter with its important ecosystem.

The lake is one of the best places in Europe for natural bird watching, hosting about 300 bird species, 50 of which included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and with 10 species nesting in mixed colonies in the riparian forests with important populations for Greece and Europe. Among them a rich stable population of the endangered Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus), and the migratory Great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) that nests in the area.

The lacustrine area and its surroundings are characterized by high biodiversity and host more than 2000 species between insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Among the latter the water buffalos (Bubalus bubalis) are here represented by the most numerous population in the Greek territory.

During our tour, we will enjoy the landscape’s natural beauty while hiking or biking along the lakesides and experience an up close interaction with the water buffalos. We will meet the local fishermen, learn about their unique relationship with the pelicans and be part of their daily routine with the birds. In our boat trip on the lake’s calm waters we will admire its rare flora and bird fauna. The most adventurous travelers will have the opportunity to explore the area while riding a horse. The escape is completed with exquisite meals of local dishes, such as buffalo meat and trout and visits to the nearby villages, as well as a relaxing and soothing natural hot baths in a Byzantine hammam.

Throughout the four day trip, we will be hosted in local traditional and friendly guest houses and our scientist-guides will be offering their knowledge making your experience unique and unforgettable. Among the activities, we will learn about the history of the lake, the influence of human intervention on the ecosystem and its role on the local society.

 

Meet Lake Kerkini!

An escape trip to landscape and knowledge

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TRIP SCHEDULE (14-17/09/2018)

 

Day 1

08:30                   Coach Departure from Athens (Ethniki Amina Metro Station)

14:30-15:30         Lunch stop at the Enipeas Gorge under the Olympus Mt

17:00                   *Stop at “Makedonia” airport of Thessaloniki (SKG). Pick up travelers

18:00                   Arrival at Lake Kerkini and our hotel "Villa Belles"

19:00                   Ice breaker Bbq (famous local buffalo meat)

 

Day 2

08:00-09:30         Breakfast in the hotel

10:00-11:00         Visit and guided tour at the Information Centre of the Lake Kerkini Management Authority

11:00-13:00         Close interaction with the water buffalos of the area, easy hiking (5km) on the west lake side

13:00-13:30         Lunch break on the lake shore

13:30-14:30         Guided boat trip around the lake, information about the lake’s history and landscape, in motion birdwatching

15:00-16:00         Horse riding by the lake (optional) or free time in Kerkini village

16:30-21:00         Tour in Ano Poroia village and a guided visit to a trout farm. Dinner in a local traditional tavern (local dishes and trout)

21:30                   Return to the hotel

 

Day 3

08:00-09:30         Breakfast in the hotel

10:00-11:00         Visit the south part of the lake, meet the local fishermen, and experience a unique interaction with the pelicans

11:30-14:30         Optional activities along the East lakeside – lunch snack will be provided

a) easy hike (8km) from Limnochori to Lithotopos dam

b) biking at the east lakeside

15:00-16:00         Visit to the historical train station of Vyronia (coffee break)

17:00-18:00         Visit the Agistro village. Hammam at the byzantine baths

18:00-20:00         Dinner in in a local traditional tavern

21:00                   Return to the hotel

 

Day 4

08:00-09:30         Breakfast in the hotel

10:00-12:00         Visit the local market and free time

13:00                   Coach Departure to Athens

14:30                   *Stop at “Makedonia” airport of Thessaloniki (SKG). Drop of travelers

15:30-17:00         Lunch stop at the Enipeas Gorge under the Olympus Mt

22:00                   Arrival in Athens (Ethniki Amina Metro station)

*NOTE - SUGGESTION
The tour starts and ends at the city of Athens. However, 2 stops has been planned in “Makedonia” airport of Thessaloniki (SKG), the closest airport to Lake Kerkini. On the day of arrival in Lake Kerkini (14/09/2018) pick up time in SKG airport at 17:00. On the day of departure from Lake Kerkini (17/09/2018) drop off time in SKG airport at 14:30.

We suggest to check flights directly to Makedonia Airport of Thessaloniki in order to save time and possible extra costs. Participants who will chose to meet as in SKG airport will have the option to return in Athens by road with the group or to fly from Thessaloniki to Athens.

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COST AND FEES (price per person)

1 bed room                   470€

Double/twin bed room  400€

3 bed room                   390€

4 bed room                   380€

 

Price per person, is inclusive of:

  • Legal VAT

  • Coach transport from/to Athens

  • All transportation in the areas of interest

  • Bus driver

  • 3 nights’ accommodation

  • Overnight stay tax

  • 3 Breakfasts

  • 4 lunch meals

  • 3 dinners

  • Activities

- Entrance and visit to the Information Centre of the Lake Kerkini Management Authority

- Top level tour guides at each point of interest

- Bird watching

- Boat trip on the lake

- A special encounter with local fishermen

- Hiking on the west and east lakesides

- Entrance and hammam in the Byzantine natural hot baths in Agistro village

- Visit of a local trout farm in Ano Poroia village

- Visit to the picturesque villages of Ano Poroia, Agistro and Vyronia

  • English speaking tour guides throughout the whole trip

  • Information about the wild life and the area in an electronic form

 

Optional

  • Horse riding (extra cost 15€)

  • Biking on the east lakesides (extra cost 15€)

 

The price does NOT include:

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips

  • Bank charges for the fund transfer

  • Whatever not mentioned above

The tour has been especially designed and organized for the participants of the EAZA Annual Conference 2018.

The minimum number of participants required for this tour is 15. The maximum number of participants is 30.

GEAR & CLOTHING

In outdoor trips and activities it is probable to face variable weather conditions. In Lake Kerkini for the month September, the average temperature is 22°C. However during the day the temperature can reach up to 30°C. Therefore, we need to carefully choose what to wear.

For your own safety and comfort we recommend bringing with you:

  • T-shirts

  • Raincoat or waterproof jacket

  • Comfortable trousers for the activities

  • Sport or trekking shoes

  • Thick socks for hiking

  • Swimwear and a towel (for the hot baths)

  • A comfortable light backpack for our daily excursions and activities

  • Water bottle

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Cameras

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Prior to your reservation, please read the terms of participation (in accordance with the Presidential Decree 339/1996 of the EU Directive) in the excursion of Geopedia SCE to Lake Kerkini (Prefecture of Serres, Greece). Once you make a reservation with our company, you are considered to have agreed to the following terms:

1. Responsibilities of Geopedia SCE

Geopedia SCE offers its services as a mediator between the excursion's participant/customer and the various agencies used to organize the excursion (hotels, travel agencies, restaurants, etc.) as well as anyone else, for the smooth operation of each excursion program. The company does not exercise direct control over these organizations and consequently does not bear any liability in case of omissions, mistakes and organizational shortcomings coming from these third parties involved in the implementation of the excursion program. The company is not responsible for any irregularities in the execution of the excursion and any difficulties that arise from events that constitute situations of force majeure (wars, adverse weather conditions, strikes, storms, natural disasters, etc.). The company is not responsible for potential accidents, diseases due to climatic conditions, epidemics, poisoning, criminal acts, theft of items, loss of luggage or money or passports, luggage damage, etc. However, it is self-evident that both the conscientiousness and the responsibility of the company's people require that every possible effort is put, to address the above abnormalities in the best possible way and in order to best serve and facilitate the participant/customer.

2. Obligations - Customer Responsibilities

Each participant is responsible for obtaining and securing the travel documents (ID, passport, visas, certificates, etc.) required for his/her participation in an excursion. The safekeeping of any valuables that the traveller might carry with him/her (cameras, jewellery, objects of value etc.) during the trip is his/her own responsibility.

Participation in this group excursion requires social behaviour and therefore it is essential that participants comply with the program and the suggestions of escorts or local guides as well as their timely attendance at the sites for the various services of the program (transport, guided tours, excursions, meals, activities, etc.).

In the event of a participant's delay or inconsistency, he/she is not entitled to any compensation if he/she fails to attend an event and has no right to compensation or refund for services not rendered by fault of his/her own.

3. Accommodation

Villa Belles Hotel provides double, triple and quad rooms. The company alone, is responsible for the distribution of the rooms to the participants. Villa Belles hotel, with which our business cooperates, holds all legitimate valid operating permits required by state authorities.

4. Reservations

In order to secure any reservation for participation to the excursion with the company, participants are required to submit the registration form and to settle the payment of the full amount. Phone reservations, not followed by the timely settling of payment, are not binding to our company.

5. Children's participation and discounts

Participants to the tour must have reached the age of 18 or be accompanied by a guardian. Children 3-18 years old are given a 20% discount.

6. Implementation of the tour program

Geopedia SCE in good faith makes every possible effort to timely and accurately adhere to the program of the tour. In many cases, however, due to unpredictable factors and situations (e.g. weather conditions, political events, turbulence, etc.), it becomes necessary to change and diversify the program of the trip. Changing or modifying the program may occur either before or after the trip. Possible change of departure times from morning to afternoon or evening and vice versa or boarding time on buses for a road excursion is not considered a program change. Also probable changes in the distribution of participants in the accommodation rooms are not considered a change of program. In such cases participants will have to accept the changes.

In the rare and unlikely event of an unforeseen anomaly occurring during the excursion due to the above mentioned factors (wars, political unrest, strikes , weather conditions, etc.), the tour leader is entitled to modify  the program, aiming solely at the participants' security and the best possible execution of the program. In such unlikely cases, all additional costs incurred for the smooth running of the program (eg overnight stays, meals, transport) will be borne by the participants, as it becomes evident that it was impossible to predict the event.

7. Cancellation of a trip by Geopedia SCE

a) The company reserves the right to cancel the trip before departure, mainly due to force majeure (as mentioned above) and for security reasons. In the event of a trip cancellation, customers will be refunded the amount of money paid and our business is not liable for any other compensation.

b) The company reserves the right to cancel the trip due to the non-completion of the required minimum number of entries (15 persons), up to 10/08/2018. In the event of this cancellation, customers will be refunded the amount of money paid and our business is not liable for any other compensation.

8. Cancellation of reservation by the participant

Each participant has the right to cancel his/her participation in the tour.

Cancellations on the participant side must be made, in accordance with the good faith credit, with due respect to the obligations the company has towards other parties (hotels, means of transportation, etc.) for the organization of the trip and due to which it is bound by strong compensation clauses based on the agreements made prior to departure, and according to which it is obliged to refund other parties regardless whether or not the participant travels.

Cancellation is only by written notice to the company and is valid from the date of proven receipt.

If the cancellation is made until 10/08/2018, the amount of the deposit is refunded to the participant.

For cancellations from 11/08/2018, the company is entitled to withhold the full value of the tour.

These above deductions are applicable, no matter what the reason of the cancellation (health reasons, extraordinary professional obligations, and even force majeure). The right to participate may be transferred to another person, as long as that person fulfils the necessary conditions for the tour.

9. Insurance

The business does not cover any costs that occur during the trip in case of an accident or illness of the customer. This risk as well as the risk of charges from cancellations, can be prevented by the client by buying life, accident insurance etc. voluntarily and at his/her own expense from any insurance company. That is recommended by the company.

10. Settlement of disputes

The company promises to resolve with any good faith and intention, any dispute that may arise with participants. In the case, however, there is an unresolved dispute, Greek law is applicable and the courts of Athens are competent.

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METHOD OF PAYMENT

​Geopedia SCE accepts ONLY bank transfers. The participant pays all bank charges for the fund transfer.

Account information:

Piraeus Bank

BIC code: PIRBGRAA

IBAN: GR37 0171 6090 0066 0914 1969 761

Beneficiary: KOINONIKI SYNETAIRISTIKI EPICHEIRISI ‎997149099

Payment reference: Name of participant

CONTACT INFORMATION

Geopedia SCE

 

Olympionikon 9A
15232 Chalandri Greece

Mob: +306944747946

Tel:    +302130299551
info@geopedia.gr

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