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Short Breaks

We offer a significant range of short breaks, most of which focus on enjoying Europe’s natural history highlights at the best time of year.

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.”

Paul Stanbury
Naturetrek Tour Manager

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El Rocio (Peter Dunn)Lounge area of our hotel in El RocioAccommodation at our hotel in El Rocio'Territory of the Iberian Lynx - watch your speed' (Andy Tucker)Lynx tracks (Peter Dunn)Little Owl (David Morris)Black Grouse (Jari Peltomaki)Black Grouse (Jari Peltomaki)Black Woodpecker (Jari Peltomaki)Black Woodpecker (Jari Peltomaki)Capercaillie (Jari Peltomaki)Capercaillie (Jari Peltomaki)Bald Ibis (Bob Dawson)Oued (river) Massa (Toby Albrehart)Greater Flamingos (Toby Albrehart)Hotel Ksar Massa (Toby Albrehart)Greater Flamingos, Tamri (Tim Melling)Bald Ibis watching (Tim Melling)

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

I was impressed at the company's professionalism in taking such a small group. I guess we benefited from this logistically and in places where we needed to be quiet. I know this is not exactly under your control but weather good and warm - and delivered more wild flowers and butterflies than I would have expected.
Overall an excellent and well organised trip. It certainly made me want to return! (which in my case is quite unusual, as there are so many places I want to visit … )
The tour leader, Bob Dawson, was excellent as a guide and had an amazing ability to identify birds at a great distance. He knew where to find the birds – in particular the Bald Ibis and we saw several dozen on the ground at close distance. The location of the Hotel in Souss Massa was excellent and we were not distracted by too many tourists or locals, which meant we could concentrate on the birdwatching.