Dates & Prices

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Dates: 16th – 23rd June 2022 Confirmed departure

Price: £1,395 Fully booked

Single Room Supplement: £175

Deposit: £150 per person


Price Includes: All meals, accommodation, ground transport, services of guides, holiday report and donation to Butterfly Conservation

Not Included: Flights, travel insurance, drinks and any other personal items.

Conservation Donation: Butterfly Conservation.

Leader: David Moore & Peter Eeles

Group Size & Travel: Minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 guests plus 1-2 leaders.

Grade: Gentle paced and generally easy

Holiday Highlights


  • Enjoy 80-100+ butterfly species from the areas known checklist of approximately 230 species
  • Star species we’ll look for include Southern Swallowtail, Scarce Fritillary, Cynthia’s Fritillary, Titania’s Fritillary, Italian Festoon, Small Apollo, Alpine Blue, Piedmont Ringlet, Camberwell beauty, Poplar Admiral & many more!
  • A relaxed pace one centre tour
  • Led by experienced butterfly guide David Moore & butterfly expert & author Peter Eeles
  • We are working in collaboration with the National Park authorities to survey the area and contribute new records
  • Tour supports Butterfly Conservation

An exclusive butterfly holiday in the Italian Alps!

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Join us on an exclusive butterfly holiday in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy, to explore the Parco Naturale delle Alpi Marittime (Natural Park of the Maritime Alps), also known as the Park of Kings!

True to the meaning of its name (foot of the mountain), Piedmont is a land of mountains. It is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, with the highest peaks (24 over 3,000m) and largest glaciers in Italy.

The Natural Park is twinned with the Parc National du Mercantour, which extends along the French side along a common border of over 35 kilometres.

Italy itself is an incredibly rich country for butterflies with about 260 species! We should find around 100 species or more, including some local specialities and rarities such as Scarce Fritillary and Southern Swallowtail. A small selection of other highlights includes Poplar Admiral, Titania’s Fritillary, Italian Festoon, Small Apollo, Apollo, Alpine Blue, Scarce Large Blue, Camberwell Beauty, Cynthia’s Fritillary and Piedmont Ringlet.

Our base for the week is a family run hotel in Bagni di Vinadio, a small village lying at 1,300m above sea level in Valle Stura, located 10 km from Vinadio, known for its fortifications and mines of Savoia-Ruà. The area is one of the most uncontaminated places in the entire Maritime Alps.

The hotel sits right next to the Thermae, famous and in use since Roman times for the therapeutic properties of the waters found there. The hotel is also equipped with a swimming pool with sun terrace, a large children’s playground, and bowling green.

The Maritime Alps Park is home to chamois, ibex, wild boar, deer, marmots and mouflon. Once the king’s favourite prey, today the chamois has become the symbol of the Park. There are also some impressive birds to look up for during our tour, including Bearded Vulture and Golden Eagle. Due to the nature of our tour though we’re perhaps more likely to have our eyes lower down and so will no doubt enjoy seeing some of the areas impressive total of approximately 2,000 plants.

Aside from the wonderful location, butterflies and other wildlife, what makes this holiday special is the team we’ve assembled to lead it. They are David Moore, who has rapidly become one of our most popular and skilled butterfly holiday guides, and Peter Eeles who is a highly knowledgable and expeienced butterfly enthusiast. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed book Life Cycles of British and Irish Butterflies, first published in 2019.

This promises to be a very popular tour – we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment!

          

Day 1 Arrival in Nice & transfer to our hotel in Bagni di Vinadio

Day 2 – 7: Exploration of the area

Day 8: Transfer to Nice airport for departure