Dates & Prices


Dates: April 2024 (TBA)

Price: £TBA

Single Room Supplement: £TBA

Deposit: £150 per person

Price Includes: Accommodation, all meals, ground transport, services of guides & holiday report

Not Included: International flights, travel insurance, entry to archaeological areas, drinks & other personal items

Conservation Donation: Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (BSBI)

Leader(s): Paul Harcourt Davies, Lois Ferguson & Alice Hunter

Group Size & Travel: Minimum 3 & maximum 12 guests + 2-3 leaders.

Grade: Generally easy walking at a very gentle pace

Holiday Highlights

  • A relaxing tour focusing on the orchids and spring flowers of Sicily
  • Small group
  • Slow paced one centre tour
  • Many orchids, including several Sicilian endemics such as  Ophrys biancae and Ophrys lunulata
  • Early butterflies, birds and reptiles will also be observed
  • Proceeds from the tour include a donation to Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (BSBI), one of the charities Greenwings gladly sponsors

Join us in Sicily for a unique tour focusing on the island’s orchids & other spring flowers!


Join us in Sicily for a relaxing week, focusing on the island’s orchids & other spring flowers!

Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island. It has a Mediterranean flora rich in orchids, a number of which are endemic. A range of mountains, notably the active volcano Etna reach a height of 3,329 metres, further adding to the botanical diversity. We shall spend our time in the south-eastern corner of Sicily, visiting the nature reserves there, exploring the countryside for flowers, plants, butterflies and other wildlife.

We expect to see typical Mediterranean plants shrubs such as Olea europaea, Pistacia lentiscus, Erica multiflora, herbs such as Anthyllis vulneraria,  Borago officinalis,  Euphorbia characias, Ajuga chamaepitys, bulbs such as Anemone hortensisGynandriris sisyrinchium, Muscari comosum, Iris pseudopumila, Hermodactylus tuberosus and drifts of annuals such as  Silene colorata, Lotus purpureus and Lathyrus clymenum carpeting whole areas.

But the highlight of the week will be the many orchids, including several Sicilian endemics such as  Ophrys biancae and  Ophrys lunulata.  A dozen or  more bewildering Ophrys are on the list including the beautiful  Ophrys oxyrhynchos, Ophrys lacaitae, Ophrys speculum and Ophrys calliantha. Several species of Orchis, Anacamptis, Neotinea and Serapias will also be in flower.

We will see a number of  early butterfly species such as Green-underside Blues, Little and Holly Blues, Green Hairstreak, Cleopatra, Clouded Yellow and Southern Festoon.

Birds such as Sardinian warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Blackcap, Hoopoe, Woodlark and Stonechat  should be everywhere. Sicilian and Italian Wall Lizards and Moorish Gecko are the common reptile species here to see.

We shall visit one of the coastal reserves for the typical salt-marsh plants, as well as to see Greater Flamingo and a variety of water birds.

We shall also take in any archaeological remains with our area. We will visit the Necropoli di Pantalica, dating  from the 13th to the 7th centuries BC, with and amazing 5,000 tombs excavated into the rock faces.

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to our hotel.

Day 2: We shall explore the orchid-rich areas near our hotel.

Day 3: Explore Monte Lauro for the special Ophrys laurensis and Ophrys numida.

Day 4: Explore the Naturale Pantalica reserve for  Ophrys lunulata, Ophrys biancae, Ophrys calliantha, Ophrys lacaitea, Ophrys obaesa, Ophrys lupercalis, Ophrys explanata, Ophrys sabulosa, Ophrys oxyrrynchos, Neotia commutata and Serapias orientalis.

Day 5: Visit the Vendicari Nature Reserve to see Greater Flamingos and wading birds plus the specialised flora of the salt-marsh.

Day 6: Walk in Valle dell’Anapo, an archeological and nature gem nestled deep a canyon, where the steams form waterfalls and small lakes. Look for Ophrys lupercalis, Ophrys lunulata and Ophrys biancae.

Day 7: Further exploring in the south.

Days 8: Departure.

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