Hiking and boating on Lake Kerkini

Hiking and boating on Lake Kerkini

Hiking and boating on Lake Kerkini
Completed Event
16 October 2022 / 07:15
11 hours
Level 1
35€/ person

Salonica View Alternative Tourism Office organizes a wonderful one-day hiking and boating trip to one of Greece's Internationally Flagged Wetlands, Lake Kerkini!

A few words about our trip:

We will start early in the morning from Thessaloniki and after about 2 hours we will reach the village of Chrysochorafa. There we will be informed by the hiking leader about the 6km long route where we will follow the lakes on the eastern embankment. The duration of the hike will be approximately 2 hours! The route is beautiful, flat and passable by everyone. We will have the opportunity to visit a buffalo farm where there will be information and a guided tour of the site. Then we will visit the Galini pastry shop where we will taste unique ice creams or sweets made from buffalo milk (sweets or ice cream/person are included in the price). The last stop of our beautiful Sunday excursion will be our unforgettable boating on Lake Kerkini lasting 1 hour with traditional boats, the plavas!

Track features:

a) Degree of difficulty: level 1, easy (suitable for everyone)

b) Hiking duration: 2 hours

c) Distance: 6 km.

d) Boating duration: 1 hour

Points of interest:

Lake Kerkini

In the northwestern part of the prefecture of Serres, just 40 km from the capital of the same name and about 100 km from Thessaloniki, we find one of the most beautiful parts of our country. Lake Kerkini is one of the 10 wetlands of international importance in Greece.

The experience of the unique spectacle offered by water buffaloes, 3,500 in number, a unique species in Europe, which you will meet in the area of ​​Chrysochorafon, Byronia, Kerkini, Mandraki, and Livadia.

Boating on the lake with traditional Plavas

The activity of great interest in the Kerkini lake wetland. We will have the opportunity to admire the majesty and beauty of the riparian forest, the delta of the Strymonas river, the breeding grounds, the magnificent mountain slopes, the bird's nests and the islet "home" of the Pelicans. The secret of the Kerkini is the thousands of birds scattered in its peaceful waters.

We will feel the embrace of nature, passing by boats among the wild willows of the waterside forest and the blooming water lilies that stand in clusters in its water mirror. The "plaves", the characteristic boats of the lake, will bring us into direct contact with the water element, but at a safe distance from the birds that perch on its banks.

Participation fee:

35 euros/person with the bus and ice cream or dessert (from buffalo milk)

The price includes:

Escort and organization
Experienced mountain guides
Transportation by bus
First aid box
VHF Wireless

Treat (ice cream or sweet from buffalo milk)


CAUTION!!! The full amount is paid to the bank accounts below within 4 days of your booking. Otherwise, the booking is cancelled.

Piraeus Bank IVAN GR41 0172 2220 0052 2209 3179 693 (Payee: ANDREAS TSAGARIS)

IBAN of National Bank GR2701102230000022300527524 (Payee: TSAGARIS ANDREAS)


You must have with you:

Mountaineering boots
Hiking pants or leggings
Second top, socks, trousers and a small towel (change)
Waterproof (required)
Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Trekking Pole (optional)
Camera (optional)


Note 1. When you click to book, declare in the message where you will take the bus from. The options are Voulgari (Everest), Aristotelous (Statue of Venizelos) or One Salonica. E.g. Statue of Venizelos

Note 2. In case of cancellation of the event due to bad weather conditions, the excursion is moved to another date. Participants unable to participate on that date will be refunded. However, if again the weather conditions do not allow the event to take place, the event is permanently cancelled and everyone is refunded. In case of cancellation by the participants, 7 days or less before the date of the event, the money is not returned.

Note 3. Photographic material is shared on our page and social media after each event. By participating in a Salonica View event, you also accept the sharing of photos. Otherwise, please let us know.

Note 4. For the best functioning of the event and for safety reasons, participants must comply with the instructions of the attendants.



The excursion program in detail:

07:15 - Departure by bus from Eastern Thessaloniki (Voulgari - Everest)
07:30 – Departure from Thessaloniki (Statue of Venizelos – Aristotelous Square)
07:45 - Departure from West Thessaloniki (One Salonica)
10:00 – Start of trekking - visit the buffalo farm
14:30 – Boating in the port of Kerkini
15:30 - End of boating
16:00 – Departure for Thessaloniki
18:00 – Return to Thessaloniki

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