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
Our guides deserve special praise. As a keen birder I found their knowledge and enthusiasm for birds outstanding.
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.
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.