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Europe Wildlife Holidays

Introduction

Europe has a range of wildlife holiday options available and there are lots of chances to see a wide amount of animals in a number of different countries.

Croatia has some stunning scenery and also a wide range of butterflies, especially around the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice, the gorges of Paklencia and remote Velebit Mountains. Spot dolphins amidst the islands offshore and go in search of lynx, wolf and brown bear in the Dinaric Alps. In Germany look for wild boar in Central Franconia, along with deer, buzzards and polecat.

Forests cover more than three quarters of Finland and are home to bears, beavers, wolves and lynx. Kuusamo and Oulu are also celebrated bird watching spots. In France the Camargue is home to hundreds of bird species, including flamingo, as well as grey horses and horned bulls. In the Pyrenees look out for golden eagles and bearded vultures and even a bear or two.

Head to Iceland to see comical puffins, particularly around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Norway is home to Scandinavian staples but also wolverine and orca. Head to Spitsbergen to see polar bear, grey seal and walrus. Europe's last few bison roam the Bialowieza Forest in north eastern Poland. The Narew Marshlands here are home to beaver, elk and martens as well.

Just south of Lisbon in Portugal are the Sado estuary mudflats, home to masses of reptiles and amphibians such as terrapins, lizards, newts and frogs as well as otters and dolphins. The little-visited Sierra de Culebra in Spain is home to the country's wolf population whilst the Bay of Biscay on the northern coast is great for seeing fin, pilot and beaked whales. Elk and beaver thrive in Sweden whilst marmots play on the open meadows of Switzerland, where you may also see chamois.

These are just a handful of the options available though. You can also tailor-make your wildlife holiday in Europe by adding a city stay, beach holiday or other excursion to your itinerary; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.

Our top itineraries for Europe Wildlife Holidays

North Iceland Odyssey

7-day tailor-made journey from £1,300 pp incl. flights

Embark on an odyssey with this itinerary, visiting the famous Blue Lagoon, spotting whales, sinking into hot springs, absorbing the cities and admiring the landscapes of the less crowded Northern Iceland.

Winter break at Muotka Wilderness Lodge

5-day tailor-made break from £1,665 pp incl. flights

Muotka Wilderness Lodge is a charming log-cabin style lodge by the Saariselkä fells in Kakslauttanen and makes a wonderful alternative to either Nellim Wilderness Lodge or Hotel Kakslauttanen.

Whale watching in the Midnight Sun

8-day itinerary

his eight-day tailor-made tour explores northern Norway's Arctic outposts, with virtually guaranteed whale sightings and huge scope for other outdoor activities along the way.

Snaefellsnes and the West Fjords self-drive

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,525 pp incl. flights

If you're a second-time visitor to Iceland or a first-time visitor keen to get a little more off-the-beaten-track, this eight-day self-drive visits the scenic Snaefellsnes peninsula and the lesser-known Westfjords, taking in remote villages, seabird cliffs and historic saga sites.

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Top offers for Europe Wildlife Holidays

Hurtigruten – classic round-trip voyage

12-day fly-cruise from £1,190 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Special fly-cruise fares

This full-board, exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach Norway’s historic towns, fishing villages and Arctic fun. Everything from dogsledding and snowmobiling to the North Cape and the Russian border is set under the Northern Lights.

Iceland, Jan Mayen & Svalbard on Aurora Expeditions

11-day cruise from £4,210 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Save 20% with our Expedition Fares
Book by: 31 January 2019

Discover the staggering beauty of Iceland’s Westfjords, remote and seldom-visited Jan Mayen island – the world’s northernmost active volcanic island, and Svalbard’s northwest coast.

The Wake of Vikings on Regent Seven Seas

12-day cruise from £8,675 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $300 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.

Russian Far East Maiden Expedition

17 night expedition voyage from £18,150 pp

Special
cruise offer

Crystal Endeavor Launch Fares
Book by: 31 January 2019

Voyage highlights: Far Eastern Russia’s dramatic Kamchatka Peninsula & the wildlife-rich Kuril Islands plus Japan’s northern islands of Hokkaido and Rishiri; optional exploration of the Valley of the Geysers and other Zodiac expeditions and nature hikes.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0610 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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