What: Heading out on safari needn’t mean a long-haul flight. Plot a course to Italy’s Apennines — a wild expanse of mountain ridges running from Liguria to Umbria. Here, in its central region, golden eagles soar, bears patrol ancient forests and wolves scurry in the shadows. Over three days, you’ll roam around the Abruzzo National Park in search of its wolf packs, hiking in a timeless landscape barely touched by tourism. Your digs for the night will be the Bisegna Mountain Refuge — an off-grid bolthole that’s making a destination of this remote region, where stupefying sunsets tie in with lupine howls.
Why: The exceptional thing about the European Safari Company is its knack for positively impacting your chosen destination — it only partners with sustainable companies with a proven commitment to nature conservation. Sign up to one of its experiential nature-based tours right across Europe and your cash sets things in motion for rewilding initiatives in that corner of the continent, thanks to its affiliation with the nonprofit organisation Rewilding Europe. Two nights from €460 (£410).