Six of the best spring breaks in rural Europe

Bison-spotting, Romania

You don’t have to go to Africa to go on safari – the European Safari Company has options that range from wolf tracking to bear watching, with profits going to rewilding initiatives – so your holiday benefits the local area, too.

Bison tracking in the southern Carpathians, Romania, is now possible thanks to a conservation project that reintroduced the animals to the area – trips run until mid-May. Based in the village of Armeniş, experienced rangers take small groups into the wild Ţarcu mountains, hoping to spot the bison – as well as other animals, such as bears and chamois.

Spring is a beautiful time to visit, because the landscape comes alive as the freezing winter recedes. Perhaps extend your stay in Bucharest, once known as “the Paris of the east” for its art nouveau architecture and grand, often French-designed buildings.<br /> • Book it A two-night, two-day trip costs from £299pp (minimum two people), including food, accommodation and 4x4 transport

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