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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 2015 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.


CYPRUS: orchids, natural history and ancient sites

  • 11th to 20th March 2015.
  • Leaders: Yiannis Christofides & Charlie Moores
  • A perennial Wildlife Travel favourite, this will be our 30th 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.
  • £1485 per person, full board, single room supplement £135


BOTSWANA: Victoria Falls, Chobe and the Okavango Delta

  • 20th to 31st March 2015.
  • Leaders: Philip Precey with local guides
  • A wonderful 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.
  • £5650 per person, full board, single room supplement £350


WESTERN CRETE: spring flowers and natural history

  • 14th to 21st April 2015.
  • Leaders: Yiannis Christofides & Laurie Jackson
  • Over the past 27 years we have visited Crete an amazing 32 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.
  • £1415 per person, full board, single room supplement £85


SIERRA DE GRAZALEMA: spring flowers of southern Andalucia

  • 21st to 28th April 2015.
  • Leaders: Charlie Rugeroni & second leader tbc
  • The southern sierras are famous for their wild flowers: an amazing 1400 species are found in the Sierra de Grazalema alone, around 20% of which are endemics. We will spend a week in this little-visited corner of Spain, enjoying the limestone landscapes and spring flowers.
  • £1415 per person, full board, single room supplement £80


LESVOS: spring on an Aegean island

  • 25th April to 2nd May 2015.
  • Leaders: YiannisChristofides& Laurie Jackson
  • From the charming fishing harbour of Molyvos, we will explore the lovely island of Lesvos, one of the largest in the Aegean. This will be the perfect introduction to the flowers and birds of the eastern Mediterranean and the local specialities. All the rooms  at our friendly hotel have balconies overlooking the sea.
  • £1445 per person, half board + 3 lunches, single room supplement £95


BULGARIA: spring on the Black Sea coast

  • 26th April to 3rd May 2015.
  • Leaders: Philip Precey with local guides
  • Spectacular displays of spring flowers, with bird migration at its peak along the Via Pontica, this trip will take in some of the highlights of the Black Sea coast, an area rich in wildlife.
  • £1395 per person, full board, single room supplement £90


ISLES OF SCILLY: spring flowers and natural history

  • 13th to 18th May 2015.
  • 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, B&B, no single room supplement (subject to availability)


ROMANIA: Danube Delta, Carpathians and Transylvania

  • 15th to 24th May 2015.
  • Leaders: Charlie Rugeroni with local guides
  • A magical journey along the waterways of the Danube Delta, travelling in our houseboat with wonderful views of the local birdlife, visiting remote fishing villages, quiet backwaters and lily-covered lakes. From here we travel up through the Carpathians, to explore the Transylvanian mountain meadows and gorges, looking for Brown Bear and Wallcreeper.
  • £1795 per person, full board, single room supplement £250


THE BURREN:
wild flowers and ancient sites

  • 21st to 26th May 2015.
  • Leader: Brian Eversham
  • 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


MACEDONIA: wildlife of the undiscovered Balkans

  • 1st to 8th June 2015.
  • Leaders: Philip Precey & Martin Hrouzek
  • A week spent in this little-known and unspoilt corner of the Balkans, focusing on the great diversity of butterflies, botany and birds found in this beautiful small country.
  • £1545 per person, full board, single room supplement £110


VERCORS: wild flowers of the pre-Alps (by train)

  • 2nd to 9th June 2015.
  • 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.
  • £1495 per person, full board, single room supplement £95. by Eurostar and TGV


ALPES MARITIMES: alpine flowers and natural history

  • 11th to 18th June 2015.
  • Leaders: Philip Precey and Michael Symes
  • Based in the lovely town of St Martin Vesubie, exploring mountains and valleys on the edge of the Mercantour National Park, France with some wonderful alpine plants to be found.
  • £1515 per person, full board, single room supplement £95


MULL: eagles, otters and natural history

  • 13th to 19th June 2015.
  • 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.
  • £1080 per person, half board, single room supplement £90


YORKSHIRE: summer sojourn in northern England

  • 21st to 26th June 2015.
  • Leaders: Jono Leadley, 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.
  • £905 per person, full board, single room supplement £125


THE DOLOMITES: alpine flowers and meadows

  • 23rd to 30th June 2015.
  • Leaders: YiannisChristofides& Kieron Huston
  • The Dolomites offer a variety of alpine habitats within easy reach, from wooded valleys and lush pastures to the alpine meadows which flank the rugged mountains .
  • £1465 per person, full board, single room supplement £80


ICELAND: summer landscapes and natural history

  • 6th to 13th July 2015.
  • Leader: Andy Jones
  • Iceland’s volcanic landscapes and interesting history provide a stunning backdrop for our exploration of the best of southern and western Iceland and its wildlife.
  • £2145 per person, full board, single room supplement £210


PANTANAL: jaguars, macaws and wetland wildlife

  • 24th August to 9th September 2015.
  • Leaders: Philip Precey& Xavier Muñoz
  • On our second visit to the world’s largest wetland, our attention will focus on some spectacular mammals, notably Jaguar, Maned Wolf, Giant Anteater and various monkeys, as well as the abundant bird life including Hyacinth Macaw and Harpy Eagle.
  • £5295 per person, full board, single room supplement £350


BULGARIA: autumn migration along the Via Pontica

  • 11th to 18th September 2015.
  • Leaders: Mike Russell with local guides
  • An ‘easy birding’ tour, focussing on the south-bound  migration along the Black Sea coast.
  • £1395 per person, full board, single room supplement £90


ESTONIA: mammals, birds and autumn migration

  • 25th Sept to 2nd Oct 2015.
  • Leaders: tbc
  • 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.
  • £1615 per person, full board, single room supplement £125


PELOPONNESE: autumn bulbs and ancient sites

  • 18th to 25th Oct 2015.
  • Leaders: YiannisChristofides& Philip Precey
  • Searching for endemic crocuses, colchicums and sternbergias amongst the wonderful ruins of Mycenae and Mystras and the beautiful Tayetos and Parnon mountains.
  • Price to be confirmed


MADAGASCAR: natural history of the Red Island

  • 1st to 13th November 2015.
  • Leaders: Philip Precey with local guides
  • Madagascar is up there as one of the ‘must visit’ wildlife destinations. An exciting tour of the world’s fourth largest island, home to unique wildlife: our trip will take in endearing lemurs, endemic birds, chameleons and bizarre spiny forests.
  • £4950 per person, full board, single room supplement £420


SUFFOLK: natural history of coasts and heaths

  • Nov 2015 (5 days, dates to be confirmed).
  • Leaders: Chris Donnelly & Henry Stanier
  • Staying in lovely accommodation overlooking flocks of wintering waders, exploring the heaths and woodland, wetlands and seashores of the atmospheric Suffolk coast.
  • £700 per person, full board, single room supplement £120


CYPRUS: autumn bulbs and natural history

  • 19th to 26th November 2015.
  • Leaders: YiannisChristofides& second leader tbc
  • Exploring the quiet Cypriot countryside in search of autumn bulbs and other endemic plants, while enjoying the warm autumn sunshine, based in our friendly hotel on the coast.
  • £1275 per person, full board, single room supplement £100


TASMANIA: wilderness wildlife and marsupials

  • January 2016.
  • Leaders: Mark Hanger & Philip Precey
  • Iconic Australian wildlife amidst the spectacular scenery of this wilderness island. We will look for Tasmanian Devil, Platypus and other marsupials, alpine plants and endemic birds.
  • Price and dates to be confirmed


GALAPAGOS: cruising in Darwin’s footsteps

  • April 2016.
  • Leaders: Philip Precey & Fausto Rodriguez
  • 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 in a hotel on the archipelago and time on the Ecuadorean mainland.
  • Price to be confirmed once international flight schedules are announced

 

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.

Group Tours

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  • Blue Footed Booby, Galapagos Islands Blue Footed Booby, Galapagos Islands
  • African Elephant, Botswana African Elephant, Botswana
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