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

Wildflowers & Walking Puglia ItalyWildflowers & Walking Puglia Italy

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

We have made a donation to Norfolk Wildlife Trust to help them with the purchase of an extension to the wonderfully varied Thompson Common Nature Reserve. This is one of Norfolk’s many biodiversity hotspots. Richard remembers that when the first part of the site was bought the Trust had to purchase the hundred unruly miniature Shetland ponies that lived there!

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