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Wolves and Bears of Cantabria

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR
Start dateEnd dateDays
Prices from
Single SupplementTour ExpertGroup SizeStatus
09/13/21 09/18/216 days $3,231 ex. flights $0Duncan Grossart10 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Wild Cat, Cantabrian Mountains, Spain 1

Wildlife of Cantabria

Track wild bears, wolves and wildcats in the Cantabrian Mountains

Bear, Oso Pardo, Cantabrians Mountains, Asturias, Spain 2

Conservation insight

Guided by bear protection and habitat conservation specialists

Side view brown bear looking at camera, stood amidst rocks and foliage. 3

Brown Bear Foundation

Journey with purpose and experience the work of the Brown Bear Foundation

Cantabrian Mountains,Asturias, Spain 4

Stunning surroundings

Explore one of Northern Spain’s most beautiful and remote regions

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Santander

  • Day 2

    Riaño mountain range

  • Day 3

    Riaño mountain range to Robles de Laciana

  • Day 4 & 5

    Robles de Laciana

  • Day 6

    Robles de Laciana to Santander

Day 1

Santander

Cantabria Coast, The Basque Country, Spain

Arrive in Santander. Transfer to your accommodation located in the heart of the Riaño mountain range. In the evening, there will be a short talk given by a local guide from Fundación Oso Pardo (The Brown Bear Foundation).

Day 2

Riaño mountain range

Wild Cat, Cantabrian Mountains, Spain

After an early breakfast, head into the Riaño mountain range, known as one of the best places in the world for observing family groups of Iberian wolves and wildcats, by 4×4 accompanied by expert guides who will bring optic equipment.

Day 3

Riaño mountain range to Robles de Laciana

Cantabrian Mountains,Asturias, Spain

Spend another full day exploring the Riaño mountain range. In the evening, transfer to the western Cantabrian Mountains, to the beautiful village of Robles de Laciana, a journey of around two and a half hours.

Day 4 & 5

Robles de Laciana

Side view brown bear looking at camera, stood amidst rocks and foliage.

The next two days will be spent in the stunning natural areas of Alto Sil, Somiedo and Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña and Ibias, searching for Cantabrian brown bears.

Day 6

Robles de Laciana to Santander

The Cantabrian Mountains, Asturias, Spain

Rise early to take a final walk through the hills or enjoy some early morning bird watching. After breakfast, transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by Duncan Grossart throughout
  • Accompanied by local guides from local guides and Fundación Oso Pardo
  • Two full days of wolf and wildcat excursions
  • Two full days of bear excursions
  • 4x4 transport during wolf and bear excursions
  • Three nights accommodation at Hotel Tierra de la Reina
  • Two nights accommodation at Casa Miño
  • All meals
  • Transport between Riaño and Somiedo
  • Permits and optical equipment
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks with meals
Cantabrian Mountains,Asturias, Spain
The Basque Country, Spain

Cantabria & Asturias

With a rich mixture of rugged terrain, jagged peaks and extensive forests these regions provide some of the best-preserved habitat in Spain and are home to wildlife including the Iberian lynx, brown bears, wolves and wild cats plus some wonderful birdlife.

Bear, Cantabrian Mountains, Spain
Bear, Cantabrian Mountains

Brown Bear Conservation

Fundación Oso Pardo was founded in 1992 with the aim of contributing to the study and conservation of the brown bear, its habitat and its cultural surroundings.

The Foundation consists of a multidisciplinary team of scientists and experts in biodiversity conservation, environmental educators, communicators and rangers.

Group Tour FAQs

What will the accommodation be like?

Stay at homely, small lodges and hotels, chosen for the warmth of the welcome you will receive and their prime locations.

Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Expert.

There is no single room price supplement for this tour.

How fit should I be to enjoy this tour?

General overall fitness is required. There is a lot of walking however, at a leisurely pace with some stairs. We would suggest that you bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

Can I extend my stay in Spain?

Yes, this can easily be arranged before or after the tour. Private travel arrangements with a car and driver will be provided and a private guide arranged for sightseeing.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

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For further information about any of these tours please call 1 855 2037885

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09/13/21 09/18/216 days $3,231 ex. flights $0Duncan Grossart10 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

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