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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 2017 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.

 

SIERRA DE GRAZALEMA & GIBRALTAR: natural history

  • 22nd to 29th March 2017
  • Leader: Charlie Rugeroni
  • A week in this little-visited corner of Iberia, enjoying the beautiful village and limestone hills of Grazalema, spring migration and the distinctive local culture of Gibraltar
£1635, SRS £170
 

WESTERN CRETE: spring flowers, natural history


  • 11th to 18th April 2017
  • Leaders: Kieron Huston & Laurie Jackson
  • We are very happy to be returning to Crete for our 34th visit, a relaxing week of orchids, spring flowers and gentle wanderings to visit a range of botanical and historical sites, based in Plakias.
£1495, SRS £90
 

MALLORCA: spring in the Balearic islands


  • 19th to 26th April 2017
  • Leaders: Charlie Rugeroni & local guides
  • From the spectacular limestone mountains of the Serra de Tramuntana to internationally important wetlands, in search of spring birds, butterflies and wild flowers.
£1595, SRS £120
 

TANZANIA: The ‘Great Migration’ safari

  • 24th April to 4th May 2017
  • Leader: Michael SymesA classic safari, taking in all the classic East African ’big game’, timed to catch one of the world’s ‘must see’ wildlife spectacles, the migration of 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra and various antelopes across the Serengeti, with Lion, Leopard and Cheetah in attendance.
£5625, SRS £585
 

LESVOS: easy spring birding in the Aegean

  • 26th April to 3rd May 2017
  • Leaders: Mike Russell & 2nd leader tbc
  • We will explore the lovely island of Lesvos, one of the largest in the Aegean. The perfect introduction to the birds of the eastern Mediterranean during time of peak migration.
£1565, SRS £120
 

BULGARIA: spring on the Black Sea coast

  • 26th April to 3rd May 2017
  • Leaders: Laurie Jackson & local guides
  • Spectacular displays of spring flowers, with bird migration at its peak along the Via Pontica, this trip will travel along the Black Sea coast, an area rich in wildlife.
£1545, SRS £95
 

ISLES OF SCILLY: spring flowers and natural history

  • 8th to 14th May 2017
  • Leaders: Rosemary Parslow
  • 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, there can be no better introduction to the wildlife of the Scillies.
£1065, SRS £235
 

THE DANUBE DELTA: cruise in Europe’s largest wilderness

  • 14th to 22nd May 2017
  • Leaders: Michael Symes & 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 Romanian food, en suite cabins.
£1875, SRS £265
 

TRANSYLVANIA: meadows, mountains and bears


  • 31st May to 7th June 2017
  • Leaders: Laurie Jackson & local guides
  • A week’s exploration of traditional hay meadows, ancient wood pastures, alpine meadows, dense forest and fortified Saxon churches of Transyvlania and the Carpathian mountains. Wild flowers, mountain birds and Brown Bears will all be in our sights.
£1595, SRS £150
 

THE BURREN: wild flowers and ancient sites

  • 7th to 14th June 2017
  • Leaders: Charlie Rugeroni & 2nd leader tbc
  • 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.
£1395, SRS £80
 

MULL: eagles, otters and natural history

  • 6th to 12th and 13th to 19th June 2017
  • Leaders: Mike Russell &  Michael Symes
  • 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.
£1245, SRS £90
 

THE GREAT FEN: fenland natural history in summer

  • June/July 2017
  • Leaders: Henry Stanier & Chris Donnelly
  • A summer exploration of this historic area to discover the wildlife that lives in its rich mosaic of habitats, from birds to bats and dragonflies. In support of The Great Fen Project.
 

VERCORS: wild flowers of the pre-Alps (by Eurostar/TGV)

  • 26th June to 3rd July 2017
  • Leaders: Charlie Rugeroni & Graham Bellamy
  • 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.
£1695, SRS £95
 

SVALBARD: natural history of the high Arctic

  • 20th to 29th June 2017
  • Leaders: Laurie Jackson & 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, SRS £65
 

THE CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA: wild flowers and natural history

  • 12th to 25th August 2017
  • Leaders: Philip Precey & local guidesThe spectacular flora of the Cape, with the highest biodiversity in the world and a stunning range of plants from the famous proteas of the fynbos shrublands to the ‘stone’ plants of the deserts and some of the most attractive bulbs and annuals, familiar to our gardens.
£4895, SRS £320
 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: wild flowers and endemic wildlife

  • 2nd to 19th September 2017
  • 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.
£4625, SRS £650
 

BULGARIA: autumn migration on the Black Sea coast

  • 4th to 11th September 2017
  • Leaders: Laurie Jackson & local guides
  • Our third autumn visit to the ‘Via Pontica’, one of Europe’s major migratory fly-ways, as raptors, waders and passerines head south towards the Bosphorus.
Price to be confirmed

 

ESTONIA: mammals, birds and autumn migration


  • 22nd to 29th September 2017
  • Leaders: Mike Russell & local guides
  • Migration will be at its peak, with cranes and geese passing through in large numbers, forests home to owls and woodpeckers, as well as the chance to see brown bears and elk.
Price to be confirmed

 

EXTREMADURA: autumn sojourn for wildlife and culture

  • 15th to 22nd September 2017
  • Leaders: Chris Donnelly & Henry Stanier
  • A relaxing week based at a beautiful, historic country house, we will be exploring the surrounding steppes, dehesa and mountains in search of bustards and birds of prey, as well as dipping into the Extremaduran history and enjoying some wonderful local food.
Price to be confirmed

 

NORFOLK: winter wildfowl and natural history

  • 4th to 9th December 2017
  • Leaders: Philip Precey & 2nd leader tbc
  • 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.
Price to be confirmed

 

TENERIFE: Christmas in the Canary Islands

  • December 2017
  • Leaders: Brian Eversham & 2nd leader tbc
  • Escape the seasonal mayhem with a visit to the volcanoes and laurel forests of Tenerife, home to a rich Macaronesian flora and endemic birds and lizards.
Price to be confirmed

 

NEW ZEALAND: natural history from North to South

  • 20th January to 9th February 2018
  • Leaders: Mark Hanger & 2nd leader tbc
  • A wonderful natural history exploration of New Zealand, this itinerary takes in North, South and Stewart Islands, with a particular focus on the botanical highlights of the country, as well as the endemic birdlife and other wildlife.
Price to be confirmed

 
ECUADOR: wildlife from the Andes to the Amazon

  • 10th to 27th January 2018
  • Leaders: Philip Precey & local guides
  • We return to mainland Ecuador in search of some of the country’s exciting mammal life: mountain tapir, spectacled bear, a variety of monkeys and the newly-discovered olingito will be amongst our targets, while also enjoying the abundant birds, butterflies and botany.
Price to be confirmed

Group Tours

  • Crown Anemone from Cyprus Crown Anemone from Cyprus
  • Photography in Cape Verde Photography in Cape Verde
  • Blue Footed Booby, Galapagos Islands Blue Footed Booby, Galapagos Islands
  • Common Zebra, Serengeti NP, Tanzania Common Zebra, Serengeti NP, Tanzania
  • African Elephant, Botswana African Elephant, Botswana
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