Cruise holidays are perfect for solo travellers, with plenty of opportunity to enjoy your own company on board or meet new people as you travel. And with dedicated single cabins and UK sailings, Saga’s fleet of two ships offer more traditional or contemporary informal cruising including four-night trips and beginners cruises, all for over-50s only.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skiing holidays can be pricey for solo travellers if you’d rather not join a group of singles. But if endless snow on the slopes is what you’re looking for, there’s another option with no single supplements at a range of hotels in France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Lapland – après ski optional.
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.
From the historic cities to the stunning national parks, coasts, deserts and vineyards, America is vast enough to have holiday choices to suit everyone. And escorted tours with a room share option are a great way for solo travellers to discover the country’s highlights if you’d rather not explore alone.
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.
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.
For solo travellers looking to give back to the communities they visit, voluntourism holidays allow you to put your professional skills to use on a career break. With tailor-made itineraries exploring Africa, Asia, South America or the South Pacific, these trips are not just for gap-year students. You can make a real difference.
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.
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.
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.
A yoga holiday is a great opportunity to unwind, restore your mental and physical health and meet new people. With inspiring locations from Ibiza to India, world-class teachers and delicious healthy food, destination yoga is the UK’s leading specialist. Virtually all guests travel alone and there is a room-share option to keep down costs.
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.
Discovering Spain’s Moorish cities or Portugal’s wine-producing Douro Valley, island-hopping in Greece or exploring further afield – Saga’s range of singles-only escorted tours for the over-50s are ideal for solos who prefer to be amongst fellow travellers in a similar situation, along with a mix of excursions and free time.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re looking for more than relaxing in the sun, Kamalaya sanctuary and spa on Koh Samui is one of the world’s loveliest places to get body, mind and soul in order. It offers communal dining tables if you want to meet other guests, and tailored exercise, diet and treatment programmes, plus modest single supplements.
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.