Relaxed Wildlife Tour Holiday Mount Ible Orchids Anemones Irises Bird with Greentours
Tours that take the strain out of enjoying Europe’s flora and fauna! Tours under this banner will be based in a single good quality hotel, and will have direct flights, and these at kind times of day! And most importantly field trips will be kept to a maximum of six or so hours giving you plenty of time to relax before and after.
Ninety kilometres south of still active Mount Etna we find Monte Ible's dry limestone slopes which in spring are adorned with a wonderful show of flowers. Anemones, Irises and Asphodels are abundant in the abandoned fields and terraces above Syracusa but it will be the orchids that will steal the show. A dozen or more species can be seen in some of these tiny fields. Spectacular Pink Butterfly Orchids are joined by Orchis longicornu whose deep purple, white and pink flowers make it one of Europe's prettiest orchids. Amid Giant and Naked Man Orchids we'll enjoy a prolific show of bee orchids with abundant yellow and pink Sawfly Orchid, colourful Ophrys bertolonii and fur-rimmed Mirror Orchid. Sicily is a hotspot in the evolution of this group of orchids. Yellow-edged Ophrys biancae and both Ophrys lunulata and Ophrys panormitana are found nowhere else in the world and several others can only be seen here or on the nearby mainland.
We'll explore limestone gorges, wooded valleys and even coastal nature reserves where a fascinating saltmarsh and dune flora will keep us busy when we're not looking at the Flamingos, Black-winged Stilts and Slender-billed Gulls!
Flowers (in particular Orchids), Birds and Landscapes.
Relaxed and easy. Up to two or three miles a day and always at a slow pace, perfectly suited to flower photographers.
Included in the Price
All flights. All transport, meals and accommodation inItaly. Services of your leaders. Please note: drinks, tips and items of a personal nature including insurance, are not included.
The minimum is 4 and the maximum is 12. Only one leader will accompany a group of 6 or less.
Surrounded by ancient olive and carob trees, the idyllic Masseria degli Ulivi is our base for the entire holiday. The oldest olive tree of the property dominates the baglio, an internal courtyard characteristic of rural Sicilian country ‘mansions’ of the late 1800’s. The rest of the buildings have been renovated in the traditional style, using local materials – dark wood for the ceiling beams and Sicilian cotto for the floor tiles. All rooms on this tour have en suite facilities.
UK direct return flights to Catania are available from London Gatwick. Indirect flights are available from various regional airports*.
*These routes may incur a supplement.
Variable. Often warm and sunny with some showers though sometimes cooler with occasionally prolonged wet weather.
How to Book
Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. Flower and bird checklists are available.