Among Grecophiles the Zagora villages in the Epirus region rank at the top of the list of favourite places yet it is a region that is surprisingly little known. The beautiful mountain scenery and flowers combined with astonishingly pretty villages make this a wonderful escape. We visit dramatic Vikos Gorge and Ioannina with its Ottoman influence and have a relaxing week discovering the traditional way of life. Our hotel at an altitude of 1000m has stunning views over Mount Tymfi and, as always, eating out in Greece in the evenings is a delight and great fun. We come across a wide range of interesting plants and butterflies and listen to the nightingale and watch out for birds of prey.
£1,425 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £130
We are very pleased to return to this wonderful family run hotel in South Tyrol, which is surrounded by colourful haymeadows, mountain streams and jagged peaks. On gentle walks through woodland and on the highest Alps in Europe we discover an enormous range of alpine plants. Birds include nutcracker, ring ouzel and a variety of woodpeckers. We come across romantic ruined castle and visit Bolzano museum to the internationally famous ‘ice man’, our hotel has an indoor swimming pool with fantastic views and fabulous food and wine. Thanks to the nearby cable car we can reach the high Alps with little effort.
£1,550 Full Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £80
Having 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
Looking ahead to June 2020 – we are planning to visit Georgia. Everything about the Great Caucasus is awe-inspiring. The mountains are breathtakingly beautiful with many peaks reaching over 5,000m and they dominate the landscape of the whole region. Much of the range lies above the treeline which has been lowered by millennia of grazing and clearance and huge areas of open alpine grasslands, cliffs, screes, snowfields and even glaciers provide homes for a huge range of wildflowers. The mountains sweep from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, while the central region is characterised by a distinctive steppe habitat.
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