South Africa delivers such awe-inspiring experiences and adventures but it’s one of those places that is best seen as part of a group tour. On this solos-only trip you’ll experience wildlife encounters, wine-tasting, spectacular sight-seeing – and all with your own double room in first class hotels with no single supplement.
With its spa, six restaurants and waterfront location, the five-star Villa Cortes is one of the most luxurious hotels to enjoy the sun in Tenerife. Chill out on four-poster loungers, shop at designer boutiques or discover the island’s lush green north and volcanic centre, all with no single supplement on selected dates.
There’s far more to Thailand than those famous beaches, so if you’re looking for more authentic experiences, an expert guided group tour is the best way to get a real taste of the country. With tours from five days up, and no compulsory single supplement on some tours, solo travellers have plenty of choice.
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.
Away from Morocco’s fascinating cities, the country has stunning landscapes to discover. With solo travellers making up over half of those on Walks Worldwide trips, try camping in the Sahara, trek through the Atlas Mountains and sleep under the stars. Small, friendly groups ensure that most guests take advantage of the room-share option.
In deep winter snow or the summer midnight sun, Finland’s wildlife and countryside are hard to beat for outdoors adventure. View the Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle between husky safaris and snowmobiling, or discover wolves and bears in a wooded wilderness, on a small group trip where more than half of guests arrive alone.
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.
On Turkey’s stunning Turquoise Coast, take your pick of three hotels where all your fellow guests are solo travellers. There’s a house party atmosphere, most meals and drinks included and double room occupancy with no single supplement. Combine it with a week’s cruise on a traditional gulet for a perfect holiday.
If you want to get more from your holiday than a tan, try one of these personal development courses at Cortijo Romero, a charming converted farmhouse in the hills of Andalucia. Themed trips include mindfulness, dance, Pilates and creative writing. There is a modest single supplement, or the option of sharing a room.
If you ever feel you need to kickstart your health, fitness and sense of equilibrium, try an in:spa retreat. In gorgeous settings such as Morocco and Andalucia, these week-long holidays offer a unique mix of gourmet healthy eating, yoga, personal training, hiking, massage and nutritional expertise. The small friendly groups are almost entirely made up of solo travellers.
With minimal single supplements and itineraries covering the world’s most fascinating ancient sites from Orkney to Easter Island, it’s no surprise that solo history buffs snap up these archaeology tours. Expert guides, such as Professor Mary Beard, lead the trips including private visits to Stonehenge on tester weekends or longer worldwide tours.
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.
From colonial Havana to remote paradise beaches, Cuba is an endlessly fascinating island. Join other solo travellers of all ages on a group tour or beach-based holiday with the chance to explore in your own time. Get under the skin of this beguiling country, meet new people and enjoy the local culture, music and countryside.
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.
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.
Newly opened up to tourism, Burma’s little-discovered sights are high on travellers’ wishlists. But with the industry in its infancy, choose a specialist tour from Insider Journeys to explore the ancient temples of Bagan, traditional life on Inle Lake and the cities of Yangon and Mandalay, with solo travellers making up a third of their small groups.
The land of the free is also the home of adventure travel, from Death Valley to Alaska, eye-popping national parks to iconic cities, not to mention island hopping and volcano spotting in Hawaii. For solo travellers, a small group tour can be the perfect option for singles looking to share the thrill of the open road.
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.
A cruise on board a traditional felucca on the Nile is just one option on these fascinating group tours. On The Go Tours uses expert guides who will help you discover Egypt’s fascinating history from the pyramids to the Red Sea. They are a great option for solo travellers aged 50+ with some trips ideal for single parents.
From luxury hotels to exotic destinations, teeing off on a golf holiday is a great way to indulge your passion and see the world. Exclusively for single golfers with a handicap, these trips with Solos Holidays range from long weekends in the UK to the Algarve, as well as winter sun.
What better way to see the beautiful Greek islands than from the water, island hopping in a traditional gulet? With 10 cabins exclusively for singles, all meals included and the chance to snorkel in secluded bays or enjoy the nightlife after anchoring up, this trip from Rhodes is the perfect escape.
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.
Better than returning from holiday with a memory card full of snaps is a trip that teaches you how to take better photos. With options aimed at different levels, all exclusively for solo travellers, there’s no single supplement on short breaks in Paris, Berlin and Istanbul or longer journeys in Burma, Cuba and Ethiopia.
Group tours are a great way for singles to explore further off the beaten track, particularly anyone who’s new to solo travel. So a company specialising in escorted small groups exclusively for singles is hard to beat, especially when they offer itineraries including Ethiopia, Georgia and Armenia, and some of Europe’s most fascinating cities.