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The Sunvil family

GIC - The Villa Collection (Greek Islands Club) became part of the Sunvil family in 1998 making Sunvil the leading specialist operator to Greece and her islands.

Sunvil has pioneered many specialist destinations in its 43-year history. The original directors still play an active part in the day-to-day running of the company and we are all proud that repeat and recommended holidaymakers make up 70% of our customers - due testament to our expertise and dedication to quality.

Everyone in the team visits our specialist destinations many times: they know them and our properties, self-catering or hotel, extremely well. Unusually, in this web-based travel age, we take full responsibility for our holidays, too, putting us in the very top echelon of companies that you can really trust to look after your holiday plans. Sunvil is proud, over 43 years, to have gained many accolades and awards, both from the travel industry itself and from the national press and leading consumer publications such as Holiday Which? and Wanderlust magazine.

We've been at the forefront of environmental initiatives and good practice over 27 years. Yes, it's enlightened self-interest and, yes, it's also good business practice – but we believe in it passionately.

Following you will find a brief introduction to Sunvil's other programmes.

Sunvil Holidays

Sunvil Holidays

With an expertise built up over some 40 years of operating to unspoiled areas of Greece and Cyprus, Sunvil offers the widest choice of holidays away from the crowds. We seek out quieter spots and individual, characterful accommodation, whether a boutique hotel, a village inn, a country cottage or a simple studio. Sunvil also offers a wide range of tailor-made, multi-centre and fly-drive options designed to give a true insight into the area you are visiting.

Sunvil Holidays
Sunvil Discovery

Sunvil Discovery

Discover the real country across Europe, from Scandinavia in the north to Italy in the south, including the Atlanic islands of the Azores. Tailor-made for you, freedom, flexibility and independence are at the heart of every Sunvil Discovery holiday. We offer a wide range of accommodation to suit every taste - from 5-star city centre hotels abd converted farmhouses, to beachfront hotels and rustic cottages. Our team of specialists will help you plan each stage of your tailor-made escape.

Sunvil Discovery
Sunvil Traveller

Sunvil Traveller

We have operated bespoke holidays to Latin America since 1995 and feature eleven countries across Central and South America. Options range from ancient Mayan pyramids to fascinating wildlife itineraries - ideal for the adventurous and free-spirited traveller. Creative and honest advice from knowledgeable experts. From character beach-side boutique hotels to remote jungle lodges.

Sunvil Traveller
Planet Holidays

Planet Holidays

Market leader for bespoke, stress-free weddings and honeymoons, combining years of expertise with a hugely varied selection of idyllic and truly romantic nuptial venues overseas. Planet Holidays programme also features hand-picked four & five star accommodation: from holiday resorts with award-winning spas and pristine golf courses to exclusive adult-only properties, plus intimate boutique hotels and stunning villas with private pools.

Planet Holidays
Expert Africa

Expert Africa & Wild about Africa

Our team of African experts use personal experience to advise travellers of amazing offbeat trips, spectacular safaris and perfectly relxaing Indian Ocean beach breaks. Wild about Africa organises a wide range of guided small-group trips to Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and northern Tanzania.

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Expert Africa

The Genevieve

A unique vessel for your River Thames Charter Cruise.

Genevieve is a 40 foot beaver stern saloon launch, built by Taylor and Bates of Chertsey in 1914. Her hull planking is African mahogany and all topside and interior fittings are in teak. Back then, her selling price was £1,150!

In 1998, she was found rotting away on a canal in Lancashire and Peter Freebody, owner of one of the foremost UK boatyards for renovating classic boats, was immediately taken in by her shape and decided she must be saved for future generations to enjoy. The extensive, painstaking renovation requested by Sunvil finished in May 2010. The launch is unique and very rare and she is Sunvil's flagship.

The saloon has bevelled windows and opening lights with port and starboard seating. She also has spacious, canopied, forward cockpit with additional seating for approximately 10 people. Further aft is the cooler unit and storage, then the galley with a sink, gas hob and oven/grill and the toilet locker is to port. There is an another small cockpit aft, with further seating. Genevieve is powered by a six cylinder Sea Prince petrol engile, smartly sited under a teak and glass engine case. In chilly weather, the engine supplies heat to the saloon and cockpit.

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