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Cathy Winston
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Whale watching

Cathy's verdict:

Viewing whales and dolphins in the wild is an unmissable experience. Not all the locations are exotic - some of the world’s best cetacean-watching sites are here in Europe. These trips are always popular with solo travellers, so it’s a great way to meet others who share your passion.

Recommended tour operator: Discover the World

Discover the World says

We have been offering wildlife holidays since 1983, collaborating with many expert guides including zoologist and author Mark Carwardine, renowned whale and dolphin researcher Erich Hoyt and TV presenter Michaela Strachan.

  • expert-guided groups
  • popular with solos
  • room share option

The natural world has always played an important role in many of our holidays, particularly our small group guided tours and adventure cruises.

We were the first travel company in the world to organise whale watching tours in Iceland, chartering a fishing trawler for two weeks in 1993 while the crew took their annual leave!

Our popular four-night Orcas and Aurora escorted tour in Iceland is now in its 10th year.  We work with Wanderlust award-winning guides and limit the group size to a maximum of 25, making the activities more intimate than many other trips of this nature.

Our Finland breaks are great value and include flights, excursions and most meals. We work with experienced bear experts for our Wild Brown Bear Adventure, which offers an excellent chance of seeing bears as well as other wildlife such as wolverine, wolf, lynx, elk, red-throated diver, black woodpecker and goshawk.

Our four-night Photographing Bears break is designed with nature photographers in mind with three nights spent in specially-designed hides.

We are a family run and independent travel company. Our travel specialists have first-hand knowledge of our destinations and work closely with each client to design a travel experience tailored precisely to their wishes.

Discover more about our wildlife holidays and short breaks worldwide.

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