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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 2016 with a brief synopsis on each itinerary. Wildlife Travel holidays are aimed at those who enjoy general wildlife as well as specific interests, and who want a relaxed pace, comfortable travel, good company and a look at conservation and culture, whilst not missing out on the wildlife highlights. Wildlife Travel’s profits are donated to support nature conservation.
COSTA RICA: easy birding and natural history
2nd to 17th February 2016. Leaders: Charlie Rugeroni and Adolfo Downs Valle
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.
£4195 per person, full board, single room supplement £265

MOROCCO: natural history, mountains and coast
5th to 12th March 2016. Leaders: Charlie Rugeroni and Philip Precey
A relaxing introduction to the spring flowers and wildlife of southern Morocco, from the lower slopes of the High Atlas mountains, to the Atlantic coast, based in a wonderful rural hotel outside Agadir. As well as the wildlife of the area, we will  visit the souks of Tarroudant.
£1425 per person, full board, single room supplement £145
  
BOTSWANA: Victoria Falls, Chobe and the Okavango Delta
11th to 22nd March 2016. Leaders: Mike Russell with local guides
A luxurious safari exploration of the pristine wilderness habitats of northern Botswana, to enjoy some of the most spectacular wildlife to be found anywhere in Africa, or beyond. From Victoria Falls and white rhinos in Zambia to the wild dogs of the Okavango Delta.
£5965 per person, full board, single room supplement £45

CYPRUS: orchids, natural history and ancient sites
14th to 22nd March 2016. Leaders: Yiannis Christofides and Charlie Moores
A perennial favourite, this will be our 32nd visit to the lovely Cypriot countryside. Gentle walks, some direct from our hotel overlooking the coast, focussing on the abundant orchids and other spring flowers of this friendly island, as well as a taste of the island’s long history.
£1445 per person, full board, single room supplement £105
 
GALAPAGOS: cruising in Darwin’s footsteps
6th to 19th April 2016. Leaders: Philip Precey and Fausto Rodriguez
Includes 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 Santiago and Floreana, plus two hotel nights on Santa Cruz and time on the Ecuadorean mainland to explore the dry forest and wetlands.
£5795 per person, full board, single room supplement £100 (single rooms only available in hotels)
 
WESTERN CRETE: spring flowers and natural history
14th to 21st April 2016. Leaders: Yiannis Christofides & second leader tbc
Over the past 27 years we have visited Crete an amazing 33 times and this year we are very happy to be returning for a relaxing week of orchids, spring flowers and gentle wanderings to visit a range of botanical and historical sites, based in Plakias.
£1415 per person, full board, single room supplement £85

MALLORCA: spring in the western Mediterranean
20th to 27th April 2016. Leaders: Charlie Rugeroni & Pere Tomas
From our base in a peaceful bay on the north coast, we will explore the spectacular limestone mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana, visit internationally important wetlands and take a boat trip to the island of Cabrera, finding a range of birds and other wildlife, from black vulture and Balearic warbler to butterflies, dragonflies and endemic plants.
£1445 per person, full board, single room supplement £105

LESVOS: spring on an Aegean island
23rd to 30th April 2016. Leaders: Yiannis Christofides & Laurie Jackson
From the charming fishing harbour of Molyvos, we will explore the olive groves, woodlands and wetlands of this unspoilt island, the perfect introduction to the flowers, butterflies, birds and other wildlife of the eastern Mediterranean as well as the island’s specialities.
£1445 per person, half board, single room supplement £95

TURKEY: spring natural history on the Lycian Coast
23rd to 30th April 2016. Leaders: Philip Precey with local guides
A relaxing week in the south west of Turkey, enjoying the migrating bird life, spring flowers and interesting local history of this beautiful coast, famous for its rich historical culture.
£1475 per person, half board, single room supplement £90
 
ESTONIA: easy birding and mammals of the Baltic spring
8th to 15th May 2016. Leaders: Mike Symes with local guides
A spring visit to the forests, bogs and islands of Estonia, whilst spring is in full swing. As well as migrating ducks, lekking grouse and drumming woodpeckers we will also look for elk, beaver and ringed seals and pay a nocturnal visit to the display grounds of great snipe.
£1515 per person, full board, single room supplement £95
  
ISLES OF SCILLY: spring flowers and natural history
11th to 16th May 2016. Leaders: Rosemary Parslow & Charlie Moores
A return to Scilly, in the company of local expert Rosemary Parslow to enjoy the best of the spring flowers and natural history highlights. Visiting several of the islands, with the option of extending your stay, there can be no better introduction to the wildlife of the islands.
£895 per person (£999 1 week), B&B, no single room supplement
  
THE DANUBE DELTA: cruising in Europe’s largest wilderness
8th to 16th May 2016. Leader: Philip Precey 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.
£1695 per person, full board, single room supplement £225
  
THE BURREN: wild flowers and ancient sites
26th to 31st May 2016. Leader: Charlie Rugeroni
We return to the dramatic scenery and fascinating history of this corner of western Ireland, with plenty of wonderful wild flowers, ancient monuments, superb coast and friendly local hospitality, with the option of extending your stay to explore the nearby Aran Islands.
£785 per person, half board, single room supplement £60 (£925 1 week, SRS £70)

SLOVAKIA: summer flowers, butterflies and natural history
27th May to 3rd June 2016. Leaders: Martin Hrouzek & Philip Precey
A week spent in this little-visited corner of central Europe, focusing on the great diversity of butterflies, botany and birds found from the puzta plains to the Tartar mountains.
£1545 per person, full board, single room supplement £95

VERCORS: wild flowers of the pre-Alps (by Eurostar/TGV)
10th to 17th June 2016. Leaders: Charlie Rugeroni & Laurie Jackson
With its combination of landscape, marvellous diversity of wild flowers and remarkably unspoilt character, the southern Vercors is a wonderful setting for our week in France.
£1575 per person, full board, single room supplement £85. by Eurostar and TGV
  
MULL: eagles, otters and natural history
14th to 20th June 2016. Leaders: Charlie Moores and David Greenhalgh
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.
£1195 per person, half board, single room supplement £90

UGANDA: mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and shoebill
16th June to 1st July 2016. Leaders: Philip Precey with local guides
Gorillas and chimpanzees in misty rainforests, prehistoric shoebills feeding along quiet swamp waterways, roaring waterfalls and tree-climbing lions. This is a very different Africa to the plains of the Serengeti or the veldt of South Africa.
£5695 per person, full board, single room supplement £650 

BULGARIA: natural history of the mountainous southwest
20th to 27th June 2016. Leaders: Laurie Jackson with local guides
Exploring the mountains of the western Rhodopes, Rila and Pirin in south-western Bulgaria, home to endemic plants, abundant butterflies and peaceful monasteries.
£1415 per person, full board, single room supplement £80
  
THE PONTIC ALPS, TURKEY: summer flowers and wildlife
4th to 12th July 2016. Leaders: Yiannis Christofides & Philip Precey with local guide
Exploring the mountains inland of Trabzon, on the Black Sea coast, we will be guided by an expert local botanist to some of the gems of this wild flower-rich region.
£1895 per person, full board, single room supplement £85
SPITSBERGEN: natural history of the high arctic
16th to 27th July 2016. Leaders: Philip Precey with cruise guides
An awe-inspiring ten day arctic cruise aboard the MV Ortelius. We will explore the Spitsbergen archipelago (also known as Svalbard), home to millions of nesting seabirds, delicate saxifrages, whales and walrus, and of course the king of the Arctic, polar bear.
£4995 per person, full board, single room supplement £45 (hotels only)
  
ISLES OF SCILLY: autumn natural history and migration
5th to 10th September 2016. Leaders: Rosemary Parslow and second leader tbc
September in Scilly is a colourful time: purple heather, bright yellow golden rod and gorse. Autumn specialities include autumn ladies tresses and least adders-tongue at its only UK location. Migration will be in full swing, and who knows what waifs and strays may turn up.
£895 per person (£999 1 week), B&B, no single room supplement

THE ALGARVE: easy birding and autumn migration
22nd to 29th September 2016. Leaders: Mike Symes with local guides
A week of easy birding in southern Portugal, a perfect introduction for beginners. We spend time at the coastal wetlands and salt pans of the Algarve, visit the Alentejo Plains to look for great bustards, and end our trip at the Cabo Sao Vicente, the south-western-most point of mainland Europe, where migrating birds gather before heading south.
Price to be confirmed

ESTONIA: mammals, birds and autumn migration
23rd to 30th September 2016. Leaders: Philip Precey & local guides
A week spent in the forests and coast of Estonia, with a very good chance of seeing Brown Bear, Elk, Beaver and Ringed Seal. Migration will be at its peak, with cranes and geese passing through in large numbers, and forests home to grouse, owls and woodpeckers.
Price to be confirmed
  
CYPRUS: autumn bulbs and natural history
November 2016. Leader: Yiannis Christofides
Explore the quiet Cypriot countryside in search of autumn bulbs and other endemic plants, whilst enjoying the warm autumn sunshine, based in our friendly hotel by the sea.
£1250 per person, full board, no single room supplement
  
CHILE: pumas and penguins in Patagonia
29th Nov to 12th Dec 2016. Leaders: Philip Precey & local guides
We will explore the amazing landscapes of Torres del Paine in search of pumas, travel to Tierra del Fuego to visit a king penguin colony and cruise the Straits of Magellan.
£5550 per person, full board, single room supplement £450

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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