European habitats and scenery are rich and varied and against this beautiful back drop you will be able to see a variety of birds and wildlife.

Dalmatian Pelicans
Dalmatian Pelicans in Hungary

In Eastern Europe traditional lifestyles and agriculture survive and it is fast emerging as an important eco-destination. Amongst backwater islands and isolated peasant villages you can observe birds of prey, warblers, swallows, nightingales and woodpeckers while in coastal areas are spoonbills, ibises, herons and ducks.

On a tour in Spain you can see thousands of migratory raptors as they fly to and from Africa including griffons, vultures, kites and eagles. Wetlands are home to storks, herons and flamingos while egrets, larks, sandipers and owls live in the many cotton, maize and sunflower fields.

Take advantage on a European bird watching holiday to immerse yourself in the local culture and sample traditional foods and customs.
To complete your bird watching holiday, before you go book a trip to a bird sanctuary, park or attraction where you can get up close to birds in their natural habitats and have an experienced local guide point out some of the must-see species. Many bird parks are also involved in conservation programmes so you know your admission fee is being put to good use. Making your own arrangements can often work out cheaper than booking an organised bird watching holiday. Find out more about organising your own tailor-made bird watching holiday.
We have selected a fantastic range of European destinations that are ideal for a bird watching break. Alternatively, you can search Expedia's full range of holiday destinations to find the perfect bird watching holiday for you:

Bird Watching Holiday In Russia
Russia’s Far East is one of the more dramatic places on earth to observe the Pacific Ring of Fire which manifests itself at numerous points along the Kuril Islands. Laysan albatross, mottled petrel, fork-tailed storm-petrel, red-faced cormorant, red-legged kittiwake and Aleutian tern are other seabirds are regularly encountered. Those keen on cetaceans should expect to see blue, fin, sperm, humpback and grey whales, orca, Baird’s beaked-whale and Dall’s porpoise. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holidays In France
Plenty of bird watching is available at the Auberge in the adjacent woods and meadows and by the lake and stream. It is also worthwhile to drive to the Marais Poitevin and the Baie d’Aiguillon which are home to different species from those in the immediate vicinity. The blend of brilliant bird watching, plenty of other things to do, exceptional hospitality and a reasonable price make France a great destination for bird watching. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Andalucia
A place where continents, seas and landscapes merge. Natural diversity and one of the most important stopover, breeding and wintering grounds for millions of birds. We will be focused on bird watching, visiting the famous natural areas of Doñana, Ria Formosa and the Odiel Marslands, a paradise for ornithologists from all over the world. The natural landscape of the Odiel, Isla Cristina and Ayamonte marshes will give us the chance to visit tidal marshlands and its fauna. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Mull
The Isle of Mull is a favourite place to go bird watching where magnificent birds choose to overwinter including great Northern divers and Slavonian grebe. See some of Britain’s very best and striking wildlife, including eagles and other raptors, otters and take a boat trip for “up close and personal” views of puffins and seabirds. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Hungary
Situated on the southern slopes of the Bukk National Park in Eastern Hungary, Eger is ideally placed to see Hungary's spectacular bird life. The large and extensive oak, beech and Hornbeam forests are home to eight species of woodpecker and four species of eagle. In addition the more scrubby areas are alive with the song of nightingales. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Bulgaria
Beautiful landscape and fantastic birds – a holiday in Bulgaria takes you to the most amazing places, from the Eastern Rhodope Mountains to the Black Sea Coast, with steppes and wetlands in between. See pelicans, pygmy cormorant, glossy ibis, ruddy shelduck, imperial eagle, long-legged buzzard, levant sparrow hawk and many other species. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Northumberland
A bird watching holiday on the beautiful and wild Northumberland coast will take you in search of seaducks, scarce grebes, divers, shorebirds and geese - spend a day on Holy Island plus a day inland looking for crossbills, red grouse and raptors. You may even get the chance to spot something rare if the winds are right! Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Extremadura
Bird watching in a part of real Spain as it’s been for centuries - a must-see place. Stay in a beautiful, locally owned rural finca hotel with hearty meals using local produce and local wines. Birds seen from in Extremadura include the azure-winged magpie, white stork, red kite, red-rumped swallow, serin, hoopoe, Sardinian warbler, cirl and corn Bunting, woodchat and southern grey shrike and the scops owl. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Sweden
Visit in autumn for migration at its very best: masses of cranes, geese and eiders, bewildering numbers of robins and goldcrests, and a chance of Eastern and Arctic rarities. Stay near the famous bird observatory at Ottenby, which is surrounded by unspoilt countryside where wooden windmills and burial mounds dot the charming open landscape. In the autumn the red and yellow timber houses are decorated with orange pumpkins and the migrating birds are overwhelming. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Greece
Discover the unique birds of the Cyclades Islands such as the Eleonora’s falcon, Audouin’s gull, Mediterranean shag, Cory’s shearwater and yelkouan shearwater while sailing from island to island. You can participate in scientific research while on board sailing yachts contributing to the conservation of those birds. Visit authentic Greek islands that have preserved their local heritage, traditional cuisine and the genuine welcome offered by its people. Read more ...

Bird Watching Holiday In Croatia
Croatia is simply superb for birds and birdwatchers. There are plenty of ‘eastern’ specialties that rarely, if ever, venture into the western regions of the continent; in fact, many species are far more abundant and easier to find in the east, no doubt due to its lack of development compared to the more affluent west. Watch out for pygmy cormorants, little crakes and 12 species of woodpecker. Read more ...

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