Wildflowers & Walking. Autumn in Montenegro. 8–15 September 2019

Montenegro walking and wildlife holidayHaving explored several parts of Croatia over the years we are visiting the neighbouring country of Montenegro with its beautiful limestone scenery and deep gorges. The coast has long been a hotspot for various celebrities but inland it is another world. There are extensive meadows, mountain pastures and varied mixed woodland. We visit the Biogradska Gora National park and a sheep farm and although it is mountainous country our walks are leisurely. This is a good place to see some unusual and late flying butterflies. We also visit Skadar Lake for birds including pelicans. Our hotel is situated on the edge of an interesting small town surrounded by woodland and offers excellent food and wine. There is also a large indoor swimming pool.

£1,450 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £150

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North Norfolk’s Ancient Landscapes. 17-22 February 2020, 5 nights

Walking & Wildflowers North NorfolkPrimrose North NorfolkWe thought we would do something different this year and spend a few days in our home county. People often think of Norfolk as being flat but this is not entirely true as North Norfolk has some gentle hills and valleys including the ‘Cromer Ridge’ which was formed by retreating glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. It is an interesting landscape and winter is a good time to see the ancient land patterns of smaller fields, hedge boundaries and meandering valleys. Norfolk is known for its ‘big skies’ and watching skeins of geese flying in from the coast to roost is a magical sight. We look for the first signs of spring including primroses, snowdrops and celandines. We are based in a comfortable country hotel in West Runton in a lovely rural situation but not far from the coast.

£750.00 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £25

Primrose photo courtesy of Pokrajac
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Wildflowers & Walking. Andalucia, Southern Spain. 15-22 March 2020

Wildflowers & Walking Andalucia SpainWildflowers & Walking Andalucia SpainOne of the White Villages of Andalucia is Grazelema which is situated in a Natural Park. Although the villages vary in size they all have white houses with red-brown tiled rooves, cobbled streets and stunning views. The Park is one of Spain’s most ecologically outstanding areas with unspoilt forests, cork oak groves, open pasture and an abundance of birds and colourful displays of early wild flowers such as beautiful blue irises and masses of highly scented yellow and white narcissi. This is a 2-centre week as we transfer to another enchanting White Village – Zahara de la Sierra.

£1,485 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £120

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Wildflowers & Walking. Rural Sicily. 5–12 May 2020

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We return to rural Sicily on the edge of the Madonie National Park. With its gently rolling hills, ancient woods, open moors with shepherds huts and mountain streams the scenery is quite stunning. Within the Park are a number of pretty villages that have been influenced by the Saracens and the Greeks. There are lots of good walking trails to be explored and we should see masses of wild flowers including many orchids. We are based not far from the medieval town of Castelbuono in a family owned property that is surrounded by orange and lemon groves. Sicily is a gastronomist’s paradise and our hotel grows its own vegetables and fruit and make their own pasta, olive oil and wine. We also have a day at the coast at Cefalu.

£1,475 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £100

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Wildlife & Walking. Georgia & The Caucasus Mountains. 11–18 June 2020

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We travel to some of the most remote and awe inspiring landscapes imaginable where every inch seems to be covered with colourful flowers and butterflies. As well as being beautiful it is a very safe and friendly country and our walks are easily accessible. We have the bonus of 2 very comfortable hotels and some excellent food and wine. We begin our journey in Tbilisi, the capital and then travel to Kazbegi in the mountains. We come across lakes, wide valleys and gorges, pastures, mountains, waterfalls and tiny early Christian monasteries perched high up. We should see Gildenstadt’s redstart, red fronted serin, various wheatears and at least hear the corncrake from our mountain hotel. We will see a wide range of unusual plants including many campanulas, huge white cornflowers, lots of Geraniums and bright pink daises as well as butterflies such as purple shot copper, many fritillaries, blues and Apollo. All absolutely stunning.

£2495 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £570

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Wildflowers & Walking. Dublin Bay & The Wicklow Mountains. 6–11 July 2020

Walking & Wildflowers Wicklow MountainsWalking & Wildflowers Wicklow MountainsAmid the rugged wilderness of the Wicklow Mountains it can be hard to believe that Dublin is under an hour’s drive away. The area is still quiet and remote and provides plenty of lovely walks including the Wicklow Way. There are many beautiful rocky glens, forests, waterfalls, loughs and bog lands where heather gives a purple sheen to the land. Turf cutting is still a thriving cottage industry. The coastline is reminiscent of the South of France with its fine views and lush growth. We based not far from the coast in the village of Killiney where we have views of Dublin Bay and the Great Sugar Loaf Mountains. The area is home to many rare species of plants which are different to the rest of Britain.

£1,530 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £200

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Wildflowers & Walking. The Valley of Roses & Sredna (Central) Gora Mountains, Bulgaria. 7–14 September 2020

Wildflowers & Walking Gora BulgariaWildflowers & Walking Gora BulgariaBulgaria retains a very rural feel and the old traditions of art, music and dance are still very evident. Sofia, the capital, has some impressive old buildings while the countryside is full of wildlife thanks to its traditional agriculture. We will see a wide range of plants from diminutive alpines to large dramatic mulleins. Woodland is impressive with many large old trees of beech and downy oak. The pace of life is gentle and the people very friendly and helpful. Our traditional style hotel is in delightful Koprivshitsa which is rather like a living museum with its fantastic old buildings. Our walks take us into some lovely valleys and open meadows at the foot of the mountains and we reach a mountain ridge by cable car.

£1,475 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £120

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Photo courtesy of Hectonichus
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Wildflowers & Walking. Puglia, Southern Italy. 6–13 October

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Italy is often referred to as ‘the boot’ and Puglia is situated in its ‘heel’. Away from the popular beaches is an area that has escaped mass tourism. At the heart of Puglian life is tradition and it has the richest agricultural land in the country. Vines and olives thrive on the dry chalky soils of the limestone plateau and these form an important part of the diet. The landscape of the interior is also dotted with pines and almond trees along with scrubland composed of wild herbs such rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage. Whilst in the area you cannot escape the distinctive trulli houses with their conical rooves. Our accommodation is in a typical fortified farm, known as a masseria, which dates back to 1600’s. It overlooks the verdant Valle d’Itria. We look for late summer flowers and early autumn bulbs including Colchicum, Crocus and Sternbergias.

£1,480 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £120

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Photos courtesy of Berthold Werner and uscorpioun
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Walking and Wildlife Holidays

During the last year N & S WILDLIFE HOLIDAYS has supported Plantlife’s Rare Plant Areas Project in Norfolk and Suffolk by making a donation to help protect much loved plants such as fen orchid, Breckland thyme and Italian catchfly.

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