Singles holidays in April
April showers aside, this month sees the first of the good weather across the UK and closer to home in Europe, so it’s a great time to book a short-haul holiday if you’re travelling solo. But you’ve also got a huge choice if you look further afield, from the last of the season’s snow in the Alps to more exotic trips to South East Asia, India and north Africa before summer temperatures soar.
It’s still peak season in the world’s top beach destinations as well, if you’d like your sunshine to be guaranteed. Here are some of the best singles holidays in April.
UK short breaks for solo travellers
There’s so much to discover on our small island, so if you’ve a passion for literature, architecture or history, try a themed tour around some of the UK’s most memorable sights. With no single supplements on selected tours, Martin Randall Travel is unsurprisingly popular with solo travellers, and this month their expert guide can take you behind the scenes at the country’s great cathedrals.
April has some of the best variety for short-haul trips, whether you want snow, sun or gorgeous countryside with great food. The ski season is almost over, but booking this month can also mean lower prices and quieter slopes, especially outside the Easter holidays. For major resorts like Meribel and Val d’Isere, I’d suggest Friendship Travel which has week-long ski breaks for those travelling solo, as well as room share options if you’d like to keep costs down even further.
For something more quirky, check out GoLearnTo which offers over 400 singles holidays where you stay with local hosts. There are no single supplements and options include everything from yoga and meditation to rock climbing and mountain biking. You can even combine a language or cookery course with outdoor activities. Also check out this selection of cookery and wine courses around the world.
Spend just a few more hours on a plane and you can be transported to a very different world, among the legendary tombs and temples of Egypt. A Nile cruise isn’t just the classic way to travel, it’s easily the most memorable, sailing through the heart of the country to discover Karnak and Luxor.
If you love nature, how about joining a wildlife tour with the specialist tour operator, Naturetrek. Some of its trips have no single supplements and many of their guests travel alone. You could go wolf-tracking in Sweden or join a birdwatching holiday in the UK. There is only a minimal supplement on trips to the Bavarian Alps and Italian Dolomites.
Long-haul singles holidays in April
If your heart is set on seeing India with its riot of colours and ancient culture, April is your last chance before the main heat of summer and the monsoon season, so book for the beginning of the month to discover this eternally fascinating country. Cox & Kings has tours exclusively for solo travellers such as Exotic India, which takes in the Golden Triangle and some of the most iconic sights, as well as luxurious hotels with plenty of modcons.
Equally fascinating, Vietnam is another great option if you’re looking to get away somewhere completely different. Discover Hanoi and Hoi An, cruise around stunning Halong Bay and the Mekong Delta, as well as seeing Saigon and the Cu Chi tunnels, just one legacy of the war. I’d recommend local specialists Travel Indochina to really get an understanding of the country along with the highlights, and you can expect around a third of the group to be travelling solo.
It’s a great time of year to visit Russia – this seven-day Majestic Russia tour is run exclusively for solo travellers and visits the key sights of Moscow and St Petersburg.
And it’s cherry blossom season in Japan, where InsideJapan Tours has no single supplement on selected trips. Popular group tours include the 13-night Japan Unmasked which includes cities, mountain villages, gardens, temples, castles and hot springs.
Or hit the beach. It’s a great month for beach breaks for singles in South East Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. Retreat to Koh Samui where wellness sanctuary Kamalaya promises to do anything from sorting out your sleep to your spiritual side, along with activities such as elephant trekking, mountain biking, tai’chi, meditation and Thai kick boxing all included in the price. Popular with solo travellers, welcoming touches like communal dining are on offer as well as plenty of privacy.
In Barbados, try kayaking and paddle boarding as well as snorkelling at Coral Reef Club where you can check into double rooms with a private terrace without a single supplement. Don’t miss the hotel’s world class spa for some added relaxation.
Friendship Travel has singles-only group trips for the fascinating and fun island of Cuba. Spend three nights in the capital Havana followed by a week’s R&R in a four-star hotel on Varadero beach. More details. You can also explore Cuba on foot and on a cycling holiday.
Intrepid Travel runs small-group adventure tours aimed primarily at single people aged 25-45. They are very sociable and include stays in simple authentic accommodation with some nights under canvas. Check out its trips to the USA, Australia and China.
April is the perfect month to get outside, with pleasantly warm or sunny temperatures as you soak up the scenery. Singles will love Solos Holidays, exclusively for those travelling alone, and a choice of breaks across the UK, Spain and USA for different levels of difficulty. Wander Hadrian’s Wall this month, through the moors and woodland of Cumbria and Northumberland as well as ancient Roman forts and picturesque villages.
Health and sports holidays
You could join a small group of single travellers and one of the UK’s leading yoga teachers on a yoga holiday with a choice of gorgeous destinations including Morocco, Spain’s Costa del Sol and Ibiza. If you want to give your mind and body a five-star MOT, try this detox retreat which is almost exclusively attended by people travelling along. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds, try a weight loss holiday.
Golf is a fun and sociable way to enjoy the countryside. Solos Holidays runs golf holidays exclusively for single travellers in the UK and destinations in Europe including the Algarve. If you don’t have a handicap you can join a more laid-back week in Corfu.
April is also a great month for spring skiing. With long sunny days in the Alps, no crowds and the promise of powder, it can be a magical time to visit. Inghams has ski holidays for solos with no single supplement at a choice of top resorts including Kitzbuhel and Lech in Austria, Meribel in France and Cervinia in Italy.
Last updated: 16 January 2017