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Short break wildlife holidays with Naturetrek
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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

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 local guides were excellent and enthusiastic, and very flexible, changed the itinerary to suit the weather, and even squeezed in a bonus visit on the last morning to try and see the Lynx again for those of us that missed it. Their vans were very comfortable.
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.