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Wildlife & Walking in Extremadura

8 May — 15 May 2019 | Tour Director: Kevin Hand

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Kevin Hand,

MSc, MCIEEM

conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 0915 on Iberia, arriving Madrid 1240. Transfer by coach to Cáceres for three nights at NH Collection Cáceres Palacio de Oquendo.

Day

2

Morning walks in the llanos (plains) and steppe landscape around Cáceres (great bustards, Montagu’s harriers, calandra larks) with visit to roller nesting area followed by time in Cáceres (World Heritage site with huge colonies of swifts, storks and lesser kestrels). Afternoon: historical walking tour of Cáceres. Free evening.

Day

3

Whole day excursion to Parque Natural de Monfragüe (birds of prey such as golden and Spanish imperial eagles, owls, black storks and griffon, Egyptian and black vultures). Walk through rare Mediterranean woodland to Monfragüe Castle, and Peña Falcon Rock (vulture and raptor nesting areas).

Day

4

Travel via Los Barruecos (huge granite boulders, nesting white storks) and Museo Vostell Malpartida (modern art museum housed in an 18th century water mill) to Navas del Madroño for four nights at Finca el Vaqueril. Evening lakeside walk amongst granite boulders, with Visigothic rock-cut graves.

Day

5

Walk (5 miles) through cork oak woods and plains (hoopoes, bee-eaters, bustards, thekla and calandra larks, birds of prey) to Brozas. Evening lecture: Dehesa Ecology.

Day

6

Historical town of Alcántara in Tagus Valley (giant Roman bridge over gorge), walk beside Tagus River (former border between Spain and Portugal, now national park): nightingales, crag martins, raptors.

Day

7

Walk (5 miles) through finca estate with picnic lunch. Afternoon: informal walking tour of the estate with the owner to learn about cork production and famous free-roaming black Iberian pigs. Evening: barbeque (including local liquors).

Day

8

Transfer to Madrid for 1550 flight, arriving Heathrow 1715.

Tour Dates

8 May — 15 May 2019

Days

8

Cost

£1745

Tour Code

EXTR-19

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Testimonial

What makes this tour special...

"Kevin Hand's knowledge and enthusiasm. The unique venue of the finca."

ACE Customer May 16

Cost of £1745 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four lunches (some packed), six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £235.

 
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