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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

This was a really good trip. The group all fitted together well and Tom is a superb leader.

S.C.
London
The New Forest

An excellent trip, which was made so by our leader's ability to take us to see what people had asked for. He was concerned for all members of the party, dealt with any problems and was a perfect host to what is obviously a place he loves and enjoys. A great weekend - fantastic birds, flowers, trees, bats etc, expertly shown to us all. The only thing anyone could say about Jon is his ability to support Portsmouth A.F.C., and the fact that he spent the Cup Final afternoon showing us a wonderful New Forest landscape!! Overall, fantastic, thank you!
Bob was an excellent leader. His bird knowledge of the area was superb and he dealt with the admin side of the trip with control and calmness.