• Discover the remarkable wildlife of the Coto Doñana, including the birdlife teeming on the lagoon outside our hotel
• Spend Christmas Eve in the enchanting city of Seville, including a celebratory lunch and evening flamenco performance
• Look out for mammals including red deer in Arroyo de la Rocina
Kevin Hand, MSc, MCIEEM
conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant
Depart Gatwick 1315 on British Airways, arriving Faro 1605. Transfer to Hotel Toruño, El Rocío, for seven nights.
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.
Whole day excursion to northern part of the Coto Doñana National Park.
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.
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
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.
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.
Free time. Transfer to Faro for 1655 departure, arriving Gatwick 1945.
21 Dec — 28 Dec 2018
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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.
travel insurance, single room supplement £120.