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The Coto Doñana & Seville at Christmas

22 Dec — 29 Dec 2017 | Tour Director: Kevin Hand

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Tour Director

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Kevin Hand , MSc, MCIEEM

conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Gatwick 1310 on British Airways, arriving Faro 1605. Transfer to Hotel Toruño, El Rocío, for seven nights.

Day

2

Morning walk in Arroyo de la Rocina, dry land habitat with azure-winged magpie, hoopoe, egrets, warblers and mammals, red deer, wild boar, Egyptian mongoose.

Day

3

Christmas Eve Whole day in Seville: Santa Cruz quarter (former Jewish ghetto). Renaissance cathedral, Alcázar (fine 14th century Mudéjar work). Celebratory lunch at typical Andalucian restaurant followed by free afternoon. Evening: traditional flamenco performance. Optional midnight service in Our Lady of Rocío Church.

Day

4

Christmas Day El Rocío: brotherhood houses, lagoon-side church, Boca del Lobo (chance to see the Spanish imperial eagle). Evening walk in Rocío area and birdwatching from hotel across huge lagoons.

Day

5

Whole-day excursion to Coto Doñana National Park (jeep tour of northern area).

Day

6

Cuesta de Maneli (ancient sand dunes, pine forests, wild Atlantic coast) and El Acebuche Visitors’ Centre (restored hacienda, lynx reintroduction programme, black-shouldered kite, southern grey shrike).

Day

7

Whole-day excursion to National Park of Odiel Marshes (wetland reserve with osprey, terns, spoonbills and thousands of waders). Afternoon: Huelva’s La Rábida monastery, Columbus statue, Harbour of the Caravels.

Day

8

Transfer to Faro for 1655 departure, arriving Gatwick 1945.

Tour Dates

22 Dec — 29 Dec 2017

Days

8

Cost

£1795

Tour Code

XSVE-17

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Cost of £1795 includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, three lunches, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £140.

 
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