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Latest Travel News & Updates

Wed 11 Oct 2017

Sunday Times' Travel Editor's award 2017

We are delighted to announce that, on 22nd September, at a ceremony in Jordan to celebrate The Travel Awards 2017, Sunvil was awarded The Sunday Times’ Travel Editor’s Award and our sister company, Expert Africa, received The Times’ Travel Editor’s Award.
This is what the Editors said, as reported in The Times:

Stephen Bleach, travel editor, The Sunday Times.  "This year’s award goes to a company that’s best known for doing something that is, on the face of it, ordinary: providing package holidays to Greece. Lots of companies do this. Few will take you to tiny unknown towns, you invariably fall in love with, to stay in small. family-run hotels. Few strive so hard to put you among locals, rather than in the poshest hotel, away from the action. It’s a travel buzzword, but this company pulls it off: its holidays are “authentic”, without the hairshirt - or the price tags - that often involves. Now the company has an ever-growing list of destinations, but the Med is its home turf, and we hope It will continue to combine innovation with authenticity there for another 47 years."

Earlier this year, GIC The Villa Collection, another company within the Sunvil family, was chosen by The Sunday Times Travel Magazine as the best self-catering villa operator to Greece. One could say that this was a hugely positive triple whammy! At Sunvil, we don’t often blow our own trumpet – we prefer simply to deliver what we promise: carefully-crafted holidays that deliver positive benefits to the holiday destination hosts – but we are extremely proud that, 47 years after Sunvil launched its first holiday programme to Cyprus, we are still innovating, still independent, still under the same management and still passionate about what we do.

Though best known for our holidays to Greece and Cyprus, Sunvil has for many years offered tailor-made holidays to Portugal, The Azores, Italy, Sicily, Scandinavia and, from 2018, Spain. We are dipping our toes into hidden Andalucia and Extremadura, and other Spanish regions will follow over time. And don’t forget our long-haul expertise in Latin America, where we have been arranging holidays since 1995.

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Thu 05 Oct 2017

New Property - Herdade do Vau

This original 19th century manor house was in ruins and in 2012 Miguel de Sousa Otto decided to renovate the property and has brought to life the traditional building in the most sensitive manner. This is a place to relax and to dream and to sample some excellent home cooking accompanied by the estate’s wines. There is no WiFi, other than in the study which used to be the original bake-house whose outside wall housed recesses for pigeons. There is no television, no minibar in the rooms and mini safes just are not required! Find out more here.

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Mon 02 Oct 2017

Announcement regarding the failure of Monarch Airlines

*** UPDATE - Monday 02 October ***

Announcement regarding the failure of Monarch Airlines:
Following the announcement that Monarch Airlines have ceased operations, please be assured that any bookings made with Sunvil or GIC The Villa Collection involving flights with the carrier are fully protected.
Holiday arrangements for all clients booked to travel with Monarch Airlines have been amended and new flights confirmed. Revised travel documentation has been issued or, for those clients currently overseas, our representative(s) have been advised of the new flight schedules.
 
We would like to thank all of our clients and travel agency partners for their understanding and trust that the new arrangements  will not detract from the overall holiday enjoyment. 
Chris Wright, Managing Director

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Announcement regarding the failure of Monarch Airlines:

Following the announcement that Monarch Airlines have ceased operations, please be assured that any bookings made with Sunvil or GIC The Villa Collection involving travel on Monarch Airlines are fully protected, and that we are currently making arrangements with alternative carriers so that your holiday can continue as planned. These arrangements are made on your behalf without any additional charge, one of the many benefits of booking a package.

We shall be dealing with flights on a departure by departure basis and we are currently working on arrangements for flights departing within the next 7 days.

 

Flights scheduled to depart up to Saturday 7 October:

We have already rebooked your flights with other carriers, with minimal disruption to your original schedule. We will be in touch within the next 24 hours to reconfirm these details.

Flights scheduled to depart on or after Sunday 8 October:

As we make alternative arrangements for future flights, we will contact you directly or through your travel agent. Details will also be posted on this page.

If you are currently travelling in Greeceand are due to fly back on a Monarch Airlines flight, please contact your local representative who will be updated with all new flight details as they become available.


Holidays departing in 2018:

If you are booked to travel on a holiday using Monarch flights in 2018, we will be in contact in the next 7 days to advise of the alternative flight options available.

 

I would like to apologise for any delays or inconveniences that will inevitably be caused by the failure of Monarch. As I am sure you will appreciate, this situation is totally outside of our control and we are doing everything possible to minimise disruption.

This page will be regularly updated as new information is made available. If you would like to register for updates, via email, please email flights@sunvil.co.uk with your booking reference number.

Yours faithfully

Chris Wright, Managing Director

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Tue 26 Sep 2017

New Itinerary - A deluxe break to the ICEHOTEL

The specialist team at Sunvil have been arranging holidays to the ICEHOTEL for over a decade. We have watched the property grow and mould into the world-famous structure and year-round destination, that it is today; and we remain as excited and passionate about the hotel as we were in 2007.  Our deluxe break to the ICEHOTEL draws on our experience and brings together a selection of our favourite winter excursions. Find out more here.

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Tue 26 Sep 2017

New Itinerary - Wilderness weekend at Pine Tree Lodge

In the heart of Swedish Lapland, surrounded by an Arctic landscape of snow-covered trees and frozen lakes, is the small community of Kangos. This is a destination for guests who wish to ex-perience the ‘real Lapland’ away from the crowds and who are looking to enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the region - we cannot recommend it highly enough.  Our three night, fully-inclusive tour offers full-board accommodation at Pine Tree Lodge, a snowmobile tour and a dog sled tour. Find out more here.

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Fri 08 Sep 2017

New Itinerary - A short break to Stockholm

Boasting 26 parks, over 100 art galleries, 80 fascinating museums and a stunning archipelago, Stockholm has a depth and vibrancy that enraptures and offers something for everyone. Discover for yourself on our three night short break to the Swedish capital. Find out more here.

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Wed 16 Aug 2017

New Itinerary - The magical Northern Lights - Aurora and Activity Tour

Beautifully located between rivers and untouched pine forests, and boasting a husky dog kennel and an onsite activity company, Pine Tree Lodge is the perfect place for an active winter break in Swedish Lapland. This four-night package includes a dog-sled tour, snowshoe tour and a snowmobile excursion. Find out more here.

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Tue 15 Aug 2017

New Property - Grand Hotel Bonanno

This centrally located 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Piazza dei Miracoli, Museo delle Sinopie, Orto Botanico (botanical gardens) and a 10 minute walk to the impressive Leaning Tower of Pisa. Find out more here.

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Wed 19 Jul 2017

New Holiday Idea - Dion

Dion is one of the most important archaeological parks in Greece set within a lush landscape of lakes, waterfalls and springs. Find out more here

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Wed 19 Jul 2017

New Property - Ocidental Hotel

This modest hotel on Flores, the Azores, is well situated on a promontory with fabulous views of Corvo Island on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. The Ocidental, manager-owned by Mr Toste and his enterprising young family, is located just 2 minutes drive from the airport. Many activities can be booked at the hotel including diving, canyoning and a 45 minute boat trip across to the smallest of the Azorean islands, Corvo (May-Sep). Find out more here.

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Tue 18 Jul 2017

Sunvil's Genevieve wins best in show

Sunvil's Chairman, Noel, had a very successful weekend at the Thames Traditional Boat Festival. The Genevieve, a 103 year old riverboat lovingly restored by Sunvil, took home many awards, including Best in Show! Find out more about our unique vessel - which can be chartered for your own special event - here.

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Mon 17 Jul 2017

New Destination - Pieria in Greece

Located in northwest Greece and within Macedonia, Pieria is a region of around 130,000 people. There are so many things to do, including climb Mount Olympus. Within this fascinating region we feature the resort of Litohoro. The large village is set in the foothills of Mount Olympus. It is characterful mountain retreat with a friendly air and great food.

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Mon 17 Jul 2017

New Property - Cavo Olympo Luxury Hotel

This 5 star hotel, located in our newly featured region of Litihoro, is set directly above the sea with a dramatic backdrop of Mount Olympus. Find out more here.

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Tue 04 Jul 2017

New Property - Aurora Mountain Lodge

Aurora Mountain Lodge is a new featured property located in Lannavaara, Swedish Lapland. The village offers a unique stay in a rural location as well as many activities such as dog sledding, Arctic horse riding and skiing being available.

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Tue 04 Jul 2017

New Itinerary - Ravello Music Festival

Ravello, also known as the 'City of Music' is once again hosting the Ravello Music Festival. There is a wide range of music played, from orchestras to jazz. Sunvil can incorporate the festival into your Italy holiday. Find out more here.

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Tue 04 Jul 2017

New Property - Neat Avenida Hotel, Sao Miguel, Azores

Neat Avenida Hotel is in the centre of Ponta Delgada, only 100 metres away from the marina. Perfect for a stay on Sao Miguel in the Azores.

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Tue 30 May 2017

Explore Peru on Sunvil's Peru Deluxe Itinerary

This 12 night deluxe itinerary offers travelers the unique opportunity to see a vast range of stunning scenery and a wealth of archaeological sites in Peru.  Visit Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Colca Valley and Arequipa. The itinerary also includes two nights on the luxury Belmond Andean Explorer train. This 13 day trip costs from £5,845, which includes flights.

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Fri 05 May 2017

Rediscover Spain with Sunvil

We are once again featuring Spain as part of our programme. Beginning with the region of Andalucia, offering short break and fly-drive holidays as well as four wonderful itineraries. Short breaks to Andalucia start from £444 per person including 3 nights accommodation (B&B) in Seville and return flights from London.

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Mon 27 Mar 2017

Reach new Norway heights with Loen Skylift – from £2,120 pp for 14-night fly-drive with Sunvil

Loen Skylift opens on 20 May; a spectacular new attraction, in the heart of fjord Norway. This cable car will lift travellers from the fjord to a height of 1011 m, where they can enjoy the views of the striking landscape from their restaurant table or while hiking in the mountains. Sunvil features a 14-night fly-drive holiday that includes a stay at the Loenfjord Hotel in the fjords, as well as Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with snow-covered peaks and wild waterfalls, and the Art Nouveau town of Alesund. From £2,120 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Gatwick), car hire and B&B.

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Fri 24 Mar 2017

New itinerary - Hidden Gems of the Northern Fjords

This 7 night fly-drive itinerary enables you to explore the attractions of the Northern fjords: Alesund, the Atlantic Road, the Geirangerfjord  and Kristiansund. Find out more here

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