Short Break Wildlife Holidays
Among our programme is a significant range of short breaks, designed specially for those wishing to enjoy some of Europe’s top natural history highlights at the best time of year. All of these holidays have the bonus of being short-haul and supported by like-minded wildlife enthusiasts.
Our short break specialist recommends...
“We offer two superb short breaks to the lovely island of Madeira in search of whales, dolphins and seabirds. It’s hard to beat our ‘Just Brown Bears’ trip for families, while if you fancy something off the beaten track, try ‘Estonia in Early Spring’ for some excellent spring bird watching.”
Naturetrek Tour Manager
Naturetrek short break wildlife tours
Short breaks are becoming increasingly popular and in response to the high demand for this type of holiday we are continuing to increase our programme both within the UK and abroad. Most of our short breaks are within Europe, for convenience of travel, though we do offer a 6-day whale watching break to the USA’s eastern seaboard too.
For some of our mini-breaks there is an option to travel by plane or train, and we offer a choice of duration and type of break, from a weekend’s bird watching in the Somerset Levels to a 6-day whale watching tour in the Azores.
A selection of our UK short breaks:
- A winter bird watching break in Norfolk
- A holiday to look for breeding Corncrakes as well as seabirds & waders in County Mayo, Ireland
- A wildlife weekend in the New Forest
A selection of our overseas short breaks:
- A holiday to Morocco in search of the endangered Bald Ibis
- In Spain we look for the world’s rarest cat, the Iberian Lynx
- Wolves & Great Bustards on the plains in rural northern Spain
- An exploration of La Brenne’s exceptionally rich butterfly life in northern France
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Short Breaks HOLIDAYS
The trip was a massive success even though we didn't see a Lynx. We saw pug marks and other wildlife. Both guides went beyond the call of duty to give us the best chance of seeing the elusive Iberian Lynx. Both Byron's and Julian's knowledge was very up to date. They tried everything and always remained positive and bright day in day out. If all the Naturetrek guides are like these two it's no wonder all the positive reports i've heard about Naturetrek are true. Well done guys, keep up the good work.
Gerald was an excellent leader and experienced birder who knows his country and its birds very well. We would happily travel with him again.
Bob Dawson was an outstanding tour leader. He was very helpful, caring, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, observant and not a bit pushy or over the top. The Kasr Massa is also outstanding, with delightful people running it. The food was terrific, as was the service. Our driver (Mohammed) was another great plus – a calm and sensible driver, always polite and charming.