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.
Sailing on a tall ship is always memorable but for a genuinely life-changing holiday, the voyages from Jubilee Sailing Trust are unique. Designed to allow people with disabilities to stretch themselves, able-bodied buddies can pay subsidised rates to help out on board. There’s a range of itineraries and no sailing experience needed.
Take one five-star hotel, mix with a Michelin-starred restaurant, add expert tuition from professional chefs and you have the recipe for a perfect gourmet solo break. With courses covering various cuisines, including one designed for single fathers, you can relax in your own double room between cooking classes.
A welcoming house party atmosphere and strict singles-only policy ensure you won’t feel the odd guest out at Mistral Hotel on the Greek island of Crete. Double rooms with no single supplement, two pools, a nearby beach and on-site massages, plus activities from wine tasting to boat trips, attracts solo travellers of all ages.
The legendary Silk Road is one of the world’s great travel adventures, passing mountains, deserts and the ancient cities of Tashkent and Samarkand. Best attempted with an expert guide, it’s no surprise that Adventure Worldwide’s Silk Road Safari is popular with solo travellers, with most of the small group choosing to room-share.
In the depths of winter, long-haul destinations like Mauritius and Bali become even more tempting, especially when there’s no single supplement on double rooms. For solo travellers who’d prefer a short-haul flight to winter sun, the range from Mercury Holidays also includes three and four-star hotels in Malta and Cyprus and regional airport departures.
Travel is about seeing the world. So the unique trips from Traveleyes are a novel and inspired way to make that a reality, matching people who are blind or visually impaired with sighted companions. With discounts for sighted companions on tours across the world, it’s ideal for single travellers seeking a rewarding holiday with a difference.
Why endure the festive season alone when you could enjoy a luxury Christmas or New Year break in the UK or the Caribbean with other singles? Exclusively for solo travellers, Friendship Travel’s holidays have no single supplements whether you opt for an adults-only resort in Jamaica or a black-tie ball at a classy UK hotel.
Madeira’s year-round sunshine makes it a tempting escape, especially for keen walkers and nature-lovers. And with no single supplement on a wide selection of dates year-round, Classic Collection Holidays gives another incentive to book, along with whale-watching and old town of Funchal, and a friendly atmosphere without enforced socialising.
Skyros was the first travel company to offer holidays combining personal growth with fun and relaxation. Its mix of expert tuition and house party atmosphere invariably prove popular with solo travellers. We particularly recommend the creative writing courses, featuring award-winning authors, on the gorgeous Greek island of Skyros.
For a short break with a difference, don’t just visit some of the UK’s loveliest sites – you could help to preserve them. Including archaeology, gardening and conserving historic houses, see country and coast without any single supplements as well as family-friendly breaks perfect for single parents, as part of a National Trust working holiday.
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 Spanish classes.
From adventure capital Queenstown to stunning scenery like the Bay of Islands, small group tours are one of the best ways for solos to see New Zealand’s highlights. With itineraries for the North and South Islands, you’re guaranteed a great mix of adventure, travelling companions with a similar outlook and local knowledge.
If you get itchy feet after a few days relaxing in the sun, the answer has to be this singles-only holiday with four excursions included. As well as the facilities of a luxurious hotel on Sicily’s north coast, enjoy exploring on trips to nearby Palermo and a day at Mount Etna.
When a fortnight isn’t enough, long hotel stays can attract discounts that make them more of a bargain than an indulgence. For over-50s travelling alone, single rooms in Saga’s hotels usually cost the same as doubles for three weeks or more, with all-inclusive options in Spain, St Lucia, Cuba, Thailand and Mauritius.
One of the best ways to discover a destination is on foot, so a group trip is ideal if you’d rather not wander solo. Walking Women goes one step further, arranging female-only tours. The selection includes easy rambles, high Alpine treks, and photography, sailing and wild swimming trips, some with no single supplement.
Cambodia is a beguiling mix of ancient wonders – including the must-see temple complex at Angkor – rich Buddhist culture and tragic recent history. Join one of the small-group tours with Insider Journeys where around a third of guests are travelling alone and your expert guide will bring this beautiful country alive for you.
Skiing alone isn’t much fun, whether you’re a novice or a black-run expert. Ski weeks exclusively for singles provide the perfect combination of sociable après-ski and company on the slopes. Solo specialists Friendship Travel offer shared room options help keep costs down, as well as dedicated weeks for beginners.
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.
If you love horses, why not saddle up for a riding adventure in one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in a country, encounter local wildlife and get to know other members of your small organised group. Destinations include Cuba, Jordan, Mongolia, Chile and the deserts of Rajastan.
London’s a great city for families, but finding the top child-friendly experiences can be overwhelming. Along with the capital’s top sights, Family Twist’s tailored days out range from playing detective to multicultural food tastings or learning about street art. Ideal for single parents looking for more unusual ideas for younger children.
Birds, bears, butterflies: nature holidays are as diverse as the people you’ll find on them. From UK trips aimed at novice birdwatchers to wolf-tracking in Sweden and tiger-viewing in India, one constant on Naturetrek’s trips is an expert guide and and a small group of fellow enthusiasts. Some tours also have no single supplement.
If you enjoy playing tennis, you’ll love the trips organised by Jonathan Markson. The company offers a range of holidays, from relaxed sporting breaks to intensive training, with no single supplements on selected camps in the UK, Portugal and Spain. Its Single Player Weeks in the Algarve are particularly suitable for solo travellers.