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Naturetrek wildlife holidays in Europe focus on the outstanding wildlife habitats and species that can be found in the region.

Wildlife holidays in Europe

Many of our holidays in Europe focus on the outstanding wildlife habitats that we have left in the region, from alpine meadows to wetlands. We also offer tours that go in search of particular species such as Sperm Whales in the Azores and Polar Bears in Spitsbergen, or focus on watching particular mammals such as lynx, Wolverine or Brown Bears, whilst others are timed to coincide with impressive spring and autumn bird migrations across the continent.

Our Europe specialist recommends...

"If you love mammals try our short tours to see Bears in Sweden and Finland, or go in search of Wolf or Iberian Lynx in Spain. You can’t beat the Swiss Alps for alpine plants, I’d recommend the Pyrenees if you like walking, and for stunning scenery and flowers the Italian Dolomites are outstanding.”

Andy Tucker
Naturetrek General Manager

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View from top of Diavolezza cable car (Kerrie Porteous)Gentiana acaulis & Gentiana verna (Kerrie Porteous)Saxifraga oppositifolia (Kerrie Porteous)Val Roseg (Kerrie Porteous)Lago di Barrea and Monte Marsicano from Barrea (Lee Morgan)Hilltop town (Gill Castle)Lago Barrea (Gill Castle)Naturetrek clients searching for bearsCommon Cranes (Mati Kose)Barnacle Geese (Mati Kose)Black GrouseBlack Woodpeckers (Mati Kose)Copper Demoiselle male (Ian McColl)An interesting specimen (Ian McColl)Sunset over the lagoon (Ian McColl)Ant Lion, Palpares libelluloides (Ian McColl)White Horses (Peter Dunn)Greater Flamingo (Peter Dunn)

Naturetrek tours to Europe

We offer a superb selection of tours in Europe. For the keen walker, our tours amongst such outstanding mountain scenery as the Alps, Tatras, Carpathians, Apennines or Sierra Nevada provide a chance to enjoy birds, wildflowers, butterflies and other wildlife, breaking each day, of course, for a legendary Naturetrek picnic lunch! We have a selection of holidays that search for some of Europe’s last great mammals, and others that head north to enjoy Arctic wildlife, or some of the continent’s special islands. Here are some of the Naturetrek wildlife tours in Europe that you can choose from:

Our British & Irish Breaks

If you prefer to stay within the UK, we offer a selection of 40+ tours in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Europe HOLIDAYS

The highlights of the trip were the carefully chosen walks with glorious alpine views in every direction. As well as the beautiful alpine flora, we had butterflies, birds and the company of marmots. The flexibility of the trip with the use of trains and cable cars meant that the walks were accessible to all.
Peters knowledge of the local area, birds and butterflies were excellent. Hotel - excellent. Madame’s cooking - superb.
I must have done some ten to twelve natural history holidays in Britain or abroad and have to say that this was the best. We were extremely lucky with the weather, which obviously makes it more pleasant to walk around and I love Estonia with its wildness - lakes, woods, marshes and bogs and its long coastline. In the week we had good experience of them all, seeing lots of species as we went along. We were exceptionally lucky with both our tour leader and our local guide. Gerald is obviously a very experienced leader who creates a relaxed atmosphere at the same time as being very serious when it comes to the actual excursions. This combination meant that we could have a really good time, but see and learn a lot. He has a tremendous knowledge of birds, but also of mammals and butterflies and moths. His general all-round knowledge makes it much more interesting. He also deals effectively with people. You feel that he is completely in control and would deal with any situation. To get the balance of good fun, seriousness and competence is not easy. Yet Gerald managed to combine all three exceptionally well. Mati gave us a feel for his country. He explained some of its history and took us to a good selection of sights, so I came away with a feeling that I wanted to know more about it. I enjoyed his sense of humour and learnt a lot from him. I loved eating with local people as it meant we got a taste of real Estonian food, not just the hotel variety - which was also very good. Obviously, I go on your holidays because I enjoy birdwatching, but I am interested in all aspects of natural history and when I go to a new country I like to learn as much as possible about the country - its history, culture and politics. This holiday has fulfilled all aspects. I certainly want to return to Estonia and if the trip is run by Gerald and Mati, so much the better. I want to congratulate you on choosing two such intelligent, knowledgeable and competent guides who, at the same time, are extremely nice people.