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Group Tours

Sunvil has never been associated with groups. However, we have a sizeable department which has organised group departures over the last 10 years for several associations and individuals who specialise in wildlife, natural history, botany, painting and walking tours.

Our group arrangements are not confined to our traditional destinations but range throughout the world. They are put together meticulously by individuals who have been building these itineraries for many years and are generally marketed to closed user groups.

However, we have agreed with the organisers that we can offer places on these group departures to Sunvil clients who are interested in joining these very specialised itineraries.

Below is a list of the groups departing with Wildlife Travel in 2014 with a brief synopsis on each itinerary.

Should you wish to join a group, then please contact Jane, our Groups Manager on 020 8758 4712 or email jane.naylor@sunvil.co.uk and she can confirm availability and provide further details.



COSTA RICA: tropical natural history and easy birding

  • 7 - 22 February 2014. Leaders: Philip Precey & Adolfo Downs Valle. ACE
  • 22nd February to 9th March 2014. Leaders: Charlie Rugeroni & Adolfo Downs Valley
  • From the Pacific to the Caribbean, this holiday is a perfect introduction to tropical natural history, exploring Costa Rica’s exciting landscapes and wildlife, especially its rich birdlife.
  • £3,750 per person, full board, single room supplement £275

 

 

MOROCCO: wildflowers and natural history.

  • 1 - 8 March 2014. Leaders: Dr Tim Upson & Philip Precey with local guide. ACE
  • A relaxing introduction to the spring flowers and other wildlife of southern Morocco, we explore the Anti Atlas and High Atlas mountains, the Atlantic coast and the Souss valley. In partnership with Cambridge University Botanic Garden and ACE Cultural Tours.
  • £1,590 per person, full board, single room supplement £140

 

 

CYPRUS: orchids, natural history and ancient sites

  • 12 - 21 March 2014. Leaders: Yiannis Christofides & Philip Precey
  • A perennial Wildlife Travel favourite, this will be our 28th visit to the lovely Cypriot countryside. Gentle walks, focussing on the abundant orchids and other flowers of this friendly island, with our welcoming hotel overlooking the coast.
  • £1,485 per person, full board, single room supplement £125

 

 

GUYANA: birding the coast, savannah and rainforest

  • 21 March - 4 April 2014. Leader: Mike Russell with local guides
  • A very exciting tour of this country: with 80% intact rainforest, one of the last remaining wildernesses on the planet! We will visit Kaieteur Falls, Iwokrama Rainforest, Rupununi savannah and the capital Georgetown : a spirit of adventure will be well rewarded!
  • £4,795 per person, full board, single room supplement £350

 

PORTUGAL: spring on the Algarve

  • 27 March - 3 April 2014.
  • Leader: Charlie Rugeroni with local guides
  • Visiting the bird-rich wetlands of the Algarve, the orchids and peonies of the limestone Barrocal, the rugged Atlantic coast with its endemic botany and a day on the rolling Alentejo plains where we hope to find displaying Great Bustards.
  • £1,475 per person, full board, single room supplement £135

 


ICELAND: winter wildlife and the Northern Lights

  • 4 - 9 April 2014. Leader: Andy Jones
  • The winters of 2012/13 and 2013/14 will be the peak in the cycle of solar activity that produces the Aurora Borealis: we hope to enjoy the nocturnal light show, as well as Orcas hunting for Herring close in shore, Harlequin ducks, Gyrfalcon and the islands’ geology.
  • £1,695 per person, full board, single room supplement £125

 

WESTERN CRETE: spring flowers and historical sites

  • 15 - 22 April 2014. Leaders: Yiannis Christofides & Kieron Huston
  • Over the past 25 years we have visited Crete an amazing 31 times and this year we are very happy to be returning again for a relaxing week of orchids, spring flowers and gentle wanderings through the lanes and historical sites of the west of the island, based in Plakias.
  • £1,415 per person, full board, single room supplement £125

 

 

LESVOS: a birder’s paradise in the Aegean

  • 19 - 26 April 2014. Leaders: Mike Russell & Laurie Jackson
  • 26 April - 3 May 2014. Leaders: Chris Donnelly & Henry Stanier. ACE
  • We have two trips to this unspoilt Greek island this spring. Our first group will stay in Skala Kalloni and focus on the island’s bird life, with the following week based in the charming harbour of Molyvos for wildflowers, birds and general wildlife.
  • £1,495 per person (£1590 ACE), full/half board, single room supplement £95

 

 

GIBRALTAR & SIERRA DE GRAZALEMA: natural history

  • 21 - 28 April 2014. Leader: Charlie Rugeroni with local guide
  • A week in this little-visited corner of Iberia, enjoying limestone flora, spring migration and not forgetting of course Europe’s only wild monkeys, the famous Barbary Macaques.
  • Price to be confirmed, once international flight details are released

 

 

THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: cruising in Darwin’s footsteps

  • 25 April - 9 May 2014. Leaders: Philip Precey & Fausto Rodriguez
  • A true ‘wildlife holiday of a lifetime’, the centrepiece of this holiday is a week-long cruise on a 16-berth motor yacht, taking in Genovesa with its tree-nesting Red-footed Boobies and Espanola, home to the beautiful Waved Albatross, as well as Santa Cruz, Santiago and Floreana, ending with two nights on San Cristobal in the east of the archipelago.
  • £4,735 per person, full board, single room supplement £100 (land only)

 

 

HUNGARY: natural history at a relaxed pace

  • 15 - 22 May 2014. Leader: Charlie Moores with local guides
  • A week-long stay in the heart of Kiskunsag National Park, exploring the wetlands, gallery forest and puzta, home to Roller, Great Bustard, interesting plants and numerous butterflies.
  • £1,575 per person, full board, single room supplement £120

 

 

THE DANUBE DELTA: cruise in Europe’s largest wilderness

  • 16 - 25 May 2014. Leader: Charlie Rugeroni with local guides
  • A magical journey along the waterways of this unique area, travelling in our houseboat with wonderful views of the spectacular birdlife, visiting remote fishing villages, quiet backwaters and lily-covered lakes. Excellent local food, en suite cabins.
  • £1,785 per person, full board, single room supplement £275

 

 

ISLES OF SCILLY: spring flowers and natural history

  • 17 - 24 May 2014. Leaders: Rosemary Parslow & Claire Roper
  • A return to Scilly, in the company of local expert Rosemary Parslow to enjoy the best of the spring flowers. Visiting all the inhabited islands, there can be no better introduction to the wildlife of the islands. Includes ferry from Penzance and inter-island boat trips.
  • £1,050 per person, B&B, single room supplement £260

 

 

TANZANIA: “The Great Migration” Serengeti safari

  • 17 - 28 May 2014. Leader: Philip Precey with local guides
  • A classic safari, following one of the world’s great ‘must see’ wildlife spectacles, the migration of 1.5 million animals across the Serengeti; Plains Zebra, Blue Wildebeest and various antelopes, with Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. We will see all the classic East African ‘big game’: Hippo, Black Rhino, African Elephant and Giraffe as well as some great birds.
  • £4,795 per person, full board, single room supplement £450

 

 


SHETLAND & ORKNEY:
natural history of the Northern Isles

  • 24 May - 2 June 2014. Leader: Steve Sankey
  • A new itinerary for 2014, combining these two contrasting island archipelagos full of busy seabird colonies, inspiring historical sites, wildflowers, nesting raptors, seals and otters.
  • £1,495 per person, full board, single room supplement £70

 

 

VERCORS: pre-Alpine meadows to Mediterranean valleys

  • 1 - 8 June 2014. Leaders: Charlie Rugeroni & Laurie Jackson
  • With its combination of landscape, marvellous diversity of wildflowers and remarkably unspoilt character, the southern Vercors is a wonderful setting for our week in France.
  • Price and dates to be confirmed. Travelling by Eurostar and TGV

 

 

SLOVAKIA: journey into the Slovak Karst

  • 3 - 10 June 2014. Leaders: Martin Hrouzek & Philip Precey
  • A week spent amongst the limestone ’karst’ mountains, Carpathian forests and flower-rich steppe of south east Slovakia, focusing on butterflies, botany and birds. We will also have the chance to join local scientists as they survey some of the richest bat colonies in Europe.
  • £1,455 per person, full board, single room supplement £90

 

 

MULL: eagles, otters and natural history

  • 5 - 11 June 2014. Leader: Charlie Moore with local guide
  • The spectacular coastal scenery and superb wildlife of the west coast of Scotland. As well as the wildlife and history of Mull itself, we will also explore Iona, Ulva, Staffa and Lunga.
  • £1,050 per person, half board, single room supplement £90

 

 

THE BURREN: wildflowers and ancient sites

  • 18 - 25 June 2014. Leaders: Charlie Rugeroni & Charlie Moores
  • Our eleventh holiday to the dramatic scenery and fascinating history of this corner of western Ireland, with plenty of wonderful wildflowers and superb local hospitality.
  • £965 per person, half board, single room supplement £75

 

 

THE DOLOMITES: alpine flowers and meadows

  • 19 - 26 June 2014. Leaders: Yiannis Christofides & Brian Eversham
  • The Dolomites offer a variety of alpine habitats within easy reach, from the wooded valleys and lush pastures to the alpine meadows and rocky screes which flank the rugged alpine passes. A wonderful place for relaxing walks amongst stunning flowers and landscapes.
  • Price to be confirmed, once international flight details are released

 

 

YORKSHIRE: summer sojourn in northern England

  • 22 - 27 June 2014. Leader: Philip Precey, with local guides from Yorkshire WT
  • In partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, from cliffs thronging with seabirds to the upland botany of Fen Bog and orchids and butterflies at Ellerburn Bank. Based in Malton.
  • £995 per person, full board, single room supplement £215

 

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: wildflowers and endemic wildlife

  • 5 - 21 September 2014. Leaders: Mark Hanger & Philip Precey
  • The south west of Western Australia is a vast botanical garden, home to a staggering 4000+ species, 80% of which grow nowhere else. We will also seek out the special mammals and endemic birds of the region. Price does not include international flights.
  • £4,250 per person, full board, single room supplement £550

 

 

SPAIN & MOROCCO: natural history and bird migration

  • MALLORCA: autumn in the Mediterranean
  • October 2014. Leaders: Charlie Rugeroni (Morocco), Nick & Frankie Owens (Mallorca)
    We have two trips planned for the autumn: we will be following the soaring flocks of raptors across the Straits of Gibraltar, and enjoying the interesting wildlife of the Balearics.
  • Price and dates to be confirmed, once international flight details are released

 

 

NORFOLK: winter wildfowl and natural history

  • 5 - 11 December 2014. Leaders: Philip Precey & Charlie Moores
  • Justly famous for its winter wildlife, we will explore Norfolk in search of some spectacular gatherings: wildfowl and waders, roosting raptors and cranes, and maybe even an otter.
  • £995 per person, full board, single room supplement £125

 

Should you wish to join a group, then please contact Jane, our Groups Manager on 020 8758 4712 or email jane.naylor@sunvil.co.uk and she can confirm availability and provide further details.

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