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The Coto Doñana & Seville at Christmas

21 Dec — 28 Dec 2018 | 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 1315 on British Airways, arriving Faro 1605. Transfer to Hotel Toruño, El Rocío, for seven nights.

Day

2

Morning walk to Arroyo de la Rocina (dry land habitat with azure-winged magpie, hoopoe, egrets, warblers, red deer, wild boar, Egyptian mongoose). Free afternoon. Early evening wildlife watching followed by introductory lecture.

Day

3

Whole day excursion to northern part of the Coto Doñana National Park.

Day

4

Christmas Eve Whole day excursion to Seville: Alcázar (fine 14th century Mudéjar work) and Santa Cruz quarter (former Jewish ghetto). Celebratory lunch at a typical Andalucían restaurant followed by some free time. Evening: traditional flamenco performance. Optional midnight service at Our Lady of Rocío Church.

Day

5

Christmas Day Boca del Lobo (chance to see the Spanish imperial eagle). Afternoon walk in El Rocío area and birdwatching from the hotel across huge lagoons. Celebratory dinner

Day

6

Morning visits to Parque Dunar and El Acebuche Visitors’ Centre (restored hacienda, lynx reintroduction programme, black-shouldered kite, southern grey shrike). Afternoon: Dehesa de Abajo.

Day

7

By coach to Odiel Marshes Natural Park (wetland reserve with osprey, terns, spoonbills and thousands of waders). Afternoon visits in Huelva: Columbus statue, Harbour of the Caravels, La Rábida monastery.

Day

8

Free time. Transfer to Faro for 1655 departure, arriving Gatwick 1945.

Tour Dates

21 Dec — 28 Dec 2018

Days

8

Cost

£1895

Tour Code

XSVE-18

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, traditional flamenco performance, breakfast, four lunches (one packed), one light dinner in Seville, six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £120.

 
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