Explore Central America for thrilling wildlife encounters, the fascinating remnants of the Mayan culture, volcanoes and national parks. To make the best use of your time, group tours with Journey Latin America are the ideal way for solo adventurers to discover Panama to Guatemala, with almost half the group typically travelling alone.
While guided tours are always popular with solo travellers, dedicated trips for singles are even better. Cox & Kings’ range of singles-only holidays covers its most popular destinations, including Russia’s two main cities. With no single supplements, first-class hotels and a welcome dinner, it’s particularly popular with over-50s.
Visiting ancient sites with an expert guide is the ideal way to bring history to life, so it’s no surprise that culture lovers return again and again to Peter Sommer’s tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy. Focusing on older explorers, the land and sea trips attract plenty of solo travellers with a mix of first-timers and regulars.
From the Great Wall to the Terracotta Warriors, Shanghai to Tibet, China’s fascinating history, culture and landscapes provide endless reasons to visit. Expert local guides make small group tours like Intrepid Travel’s particularly popular with solo travellers, with home-stay accommodation and street food adding an extra dash of authenticity.
With more than 1,000 islands dotted along Croatia’s coast, there’s plenty of competition for most picturesque, but its historic waterfront village, boutique hotels and proximity to Split make Brac a favourite. Solo travellers can escape single supplements at the beachfront Hotel Lipa on selected dates, and enjoy the wellness centre and pool.
From Northamptonshire to Italy’s Bay of Naples, Kirker Holidays’ exclusive music festivals give lovers of classical music the chance to enjoy their own private performances, as well as meeting the artists. It also runs escorted tours to visit Europe’s most important classical events, some with no single supplements.
Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned hiker, a walking holiday is naturally sociable and a great way to soak up some of the world’s most spectacular natural sights. Solos Holidays offers an inspiring selection of trips for single travellers only, from the dramatic landscapes of America’s Grand Canyon to the sunny Devon coast.
From the stunning scenery of the Western Highlands of Scotland to the legendary Glacier Express in Switzerland, a rail holiday offers one of the most relaxing ways to explore. And with no single supplements on selected trips from Great Rail Journeys, it’s ideal for solo travellers looking for a ready-made group of companions.
With yoga sessions in a 16th-century barn and the peace of 500 acres of gardens, a weekend break in Kent with expert teacher Simon Low is guaranteed to leave you refreshed, while locally-grown organic food nourishes your body too. Small friendly groups make the room-share option a popular one.
This slice of Caribbean luxury is a great choice for solo travellers who want a party atmosphere. With low single supplements, this all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic has communal tables in four of its 11 restaurants, live music and activities ranging from diving to mixology.
Dazzling white buildings against the blue of the sky, clear warm waters lapping the sandy coves … the Greek Islands are nothing short of idyllic. From lively tavernas to relaxed beachfront hotels on islands such as Kos, Zante and stylish Santorini, Solos Holidays has a range of Greek getaways just for single travellers, whether you’re 25 or 65.
A cycling holiday is a great way to explore a destination, whether you’re a Tour de France enthusiast or seeking something more sedate on two wheels. Saddle Skedaddle’s UK and overseas tours range from relaxed country routes and short introductory breaks to rugged mountain biking, with room shares for those riding solo.
From ultramodern Tokyo to the temples and geisha of Kyoto, Japan is eternally fascinating. And with no single supplement on selected trips, these guided tours cover the country’s main sights and lesser-known spots, some featuring overnight stays in temple lodgings. There’s also an option to create a tailor-made solo itinerary.
A solo cycling tour is a wonderful way to discover the quiet backroads of Europe, and these holidays ensure that your luggage is transported each day to your next hotel. With practical well-planned routes and handpicked accommodation, this option is ideal for independent singles who enjoy their own company.
Getting under the skin of a destination means understanding its people, culture and traditions, so how better than staying a local family? From agriturismo in Tuscany to hill tribes in Thailand, Kenya to Mongolia, it’s also great for singles, with solo travellers making up around half these small groups.
From Alpine deserts and green valleys to the ‘Roof of Africa’ itself, climbing Kilimanjaro is as rewarding as it is challenging. These expert-guided treks follow less visited mountain routes, with around half the small group travelling solo, and the option to celebrate with a safari in Tanzania’s national parks or recuperate on a Zanzibar beach.
All the benefits of organised travel but no need to travel with a group: the combination is hard to beat if you’re travelling solo on a private tour with Barefoot Traveller. Taking in ancient frescoes, historic culture, tea plantations, elephants and dazzling beaches, this Sri Lanka itinerary promises to be magical.
Visitors to the unspoiled white sands of Kenya’s Watamu Marine National Reserve can enjoy snorkelling and waterspouts – and see rare nesting turtles. If such an idyllic spot needs an added temptation, eco award-winning Turtle Bay Beach Club has no single supplements for all-inclusive double rooms year-round through Tropical Sky.
Off the tourist map for so long, Nicaragua is now one of the most exciting destinations for adventurous solo travellers. Home to Central America’s oldest city, nature reserves, volcanoes and unspoiled islands, singles looking to head off the beaten track will love Journey Latin America’s expert-guided tour, including room-share option.
If a healthier body is the souvenir you’d like from your travels, it needn’t be gruelling. Holistic retreats in Morocco and France from the healthy holiday company promise gourmet food, yoga and fitness, while weight-loss breaks are offered in Tuscany and Spain. Almost all your fellow guests will be travelling alone, and there’s a lovely friendly vibe.
Swapping a hotel for a university room is the perfect way to find a quirky place to stay on a budget, with no chance of being penalised by single supplements. But it’s not just a bargain alternative, with rooms in historic university towns such as Oxford, Cambridge and Paris offering a unique experience as well.
Turn your interest in art into a full-blown hobby with a tutored painting holiday. Mix in good food, wine and a house party atmosphere and you have the perfect recipe for solo travellers – with no supplements. The trips are aimed squarely at beginners with options including Prosecco tasting and truffle-hunting in Italy’s Abruzzo region.
Viewing whales and dolphins in the wild is an unmissable experience, from orca in Iceland to blue whales in Sri Lanka. 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.
History, literature, gorgeous gardens: these small group tours are the ideal way to indulge your interests in the company of like-minded people. Take exclusive peeks at England’s stately homes and castles, or let expert guides reveal the secrets of some of the UK’s loveliest scenery and ancient buildings.