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Best singles holidays for over-60s

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By Cathy Winston

Forget gap year students exploring the world – the average age of a solo traveller is already 54 and expected to keep rising. So if you’re over 60 and looking for a singles holiday, you’ll find plenty of inspiration.

Our mix of holidays on 101 Singles Holidays are open to all ages, in almost all cases, as well as companies targeting over-50s and over-60s in particular. Many have no single supplement and all are popular with solo travellers.

So whether you’d prefer a sunshine break, a more leisurely way to explore or an adventure or trekking holiday, as long as you’ve got the enthusiasm and the fitness, you can do it. Individual tour operators can give more tailored advice on their individual trips, so it’s always worth checking with them in advance if you’re unsure. But don’t let age put you off booking.

There are different holiday styles as well, and you’ll find some great choices if you’d prefer your own company or if you’re looking for a trip to get to know other like-minded travellers. The holidays divide into three main categories, including those exclusively for solo travellers, holidays catering to those travelling alone with no single supplements on some dates, and holidays such as small-group tours which are popular with singles.

Here’s my pick of the best singles holidays for over-60s. Also see my selection of the best over-40s and over-50s singles holidays.

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Hotels, house parties and dinner dance breaks for singles

Choose from hotel and house party breaks in the UK and Europe. Friendship Travel has holidays at Fethiye and Olu Deniz in Turkey which are exclusively for singles – a sociable way to enjoy the sun. There are no single supplements and most meals and drinks are included.

And there are double rooms with no supplement at the Mistral Hotel in Crete which caters only to singles. Open from mid-April to mid-October, there’s a wide age range with guests in their 20s up to 70s, as well as offering special themed weeks such as walking, culture, photography and Greek Easter.

Or for a holiday that could change your life, the converted farmhouse of Cortijo Romero in Andalucia is popular with over-50s, making up around half the guests. There are themed trips from Pilates to poetry as well as personal development. See the whole list of week-long courses.

Back in the UK, Solos Holidays arranges dinner dances and short breaks for singles only, again with no supplements, which are ideal for dipping a toe into solo travel waters. Brush up on your footwork with ballroom dance lessons on a weekend in Cambridgeshire, or try a guided tour of Winchester on a two-night break in Hampshire.

There are similar Christmas or New Year breaks with Friendship Travel in NewburyChester and Wroxhall Abbey, with activities from quizzes and golf to carols and a black tie ball. With your own double or twin room, you can join in as much or as little as you prefer. Or see in the New Year in Leeds or Newbury with a Black Tie Ball.

See my guide to UK singles holidays.

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Beach holidays for solo travellers

Short-haul or long-haul, there’s plenty of sunny getaways for solo travellers. You could head to Portugal’s Algarve or Cyprus for some great hotels with no single supplement, plus an option to upgrade to all-inclusive.

For white sand and palm trees, you’ll find plenty of options in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean too. Check out the collection of beachfront hotels in Sri Lanka with no single supplement, including one of the island’s best beaches Koggala and Beruwala where The Palms has an excellent Ayurvedic centre. In the neighbouring Maldives, there are also double rooms with no supplement at Bandos Island Resort as well as tropical Bali.

Or the five-star Coral Reef Club in Barbados guarantees a luxurious escape in a spacious garden room, set among beautiful gardens.

For longer stays, Saga Holidays has some great deals such as four weeks for the price of three, and no single supplements. The company has exclusive use of award-winning Bel Jou on St Lucia as well as all-inclusive deals at Hotel Breezes Jibacoa in Cuba, Kamala Beach in Thailand and the Tamassa luxury resort in Mauritius. Closer to home, Saga’s best-sellers include the Hotel Iberostar Royal Andalus on Spain’s Costa de la Luz for its outstanding food and Hotel Aguamarina in Tenerife.

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Culture holidays for over-60s

Discover the culture and history of the Mediterranean on a trip from Peter Sommer Travels, specialising in archaeological holidays. Explore ancient sites in Sicily and Crete, or cruise your way around the area, including Italy’s Amalfi Coast, the Cyclades in the Greek Islands, as well as a traditional Turkish gullet and a Gastronomic Cruise in Turkey.

For music-themed breaks, Kirker Holidays has a range of cultural tours which are popular with over-60s travelling alone. The small group trips are led by expert guides and there are no single supplements on selected dates and trips.

Or enjoy the historic houses and arts of the UK. The cultural tours of the UK from Randall Travel include a four-night Literature & Walking holiday in the Lake District and a new four-night Arts & Crafts in the Cotswolds tour that takes in three classic Arts & Crafts manor houses. See the full list of themed tours here.

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Group tours for older solo travellers

Escorted small group tours are among the most popular ways to venture a bit further off the beaten track. Many are popular with solo travellers, with around a third to half of those in the group travelling alone, including a sizeable proportion who have left spouses at home in order to see the world.

Room sharing is more common than having your own room, although you can usually pay a supplement if you want your own space. Increasing numbers of tour operators are catering exclusively to solo travellers, with singles-only groups. Cox & Kings, for example, has several tours for single travellers which are particularly popular with over-60s including an expert guide and your own double room without a supplement.

Choose from Majestic Russia, seven days exploring Moscow and St Petersburg, or discover the Natural Wonders of Costa Rica, including its rainforest and cloudforest, volcanoes and spectacular wildlife. Or try the classic tour of the Golden Triangle, on a 12-day Exotic India trip.

Journey Latin America’s tours of Central and South America are also popular with older solo travellers, with a typical age range from 35-65. The three-week Alcion tour covers six little-explored countries in Central America while Condor visits Peru and Bolivia. Both include room-share options, with around 40% of the group travelling solo. Or in Asia, Insider Journeys offers trips to Burma, Vietnam and Cambodia.

American Sky has a great range of coach tours in the USA that are ideal for solo travellers over 60. You could see the Autumn Colours on a grand tour of New England or soak up the charm of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina on the Southern Elegance tour.

Its sister company, Australia Sky, says its escorted tours of Australia are popular with over-60 singles. Guests travel in comfortable air-conditioned coaches, typically with no more than 46 seats, staying in first-class accommodation, from luxury hotels to working cattle stations. There’s also a same-sex room-share option.

For a rather different experience, combine your trip with a chance to volunteer. Traveleyes runs trips for blind and partially sighted travellers who need sighted companions to help convey the destination to them, receiving a subsidised rate in return. Options include city breaks, activity holidaysbeach holidays and short breaks in the UK.

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Cruises for over-60 singles

There’s a greater variety of cruises available these days, with some cruise lines catering specifically to solo travellers as well as to over-60s.

Saga Holidays, exclusively for over-50s, has two of its own ships which sail from Southampton or Dover with free transfers or parking, as well as all meals, tips and entertainment included in the price. Saga Pearl II is the more traditional of the pair, or choose Saga Sapphire for more contemporary styling.

One of the best cruise lines for over-60s is Fred. Olsen which has no single supplement on selected dates. There’s a formal dress code in the main restaurant, and they provide gentleman dinner hosts as well as companions for shore excursions if you wish, although the small friendly ships and inclusive atmosphere make it a welcoming place for a holiday.

For one of the world’s great river cruises, heading to Egypt for a Nile Cruise is the perfect way to discover the pyramids and ancient temples.

Gourmets will also love the luxury barge holidays from European Waterways, including the vineyards of Burgundy and Champagne, plus the scenery of the Canal du Midi and Bordeaux and special interest cruises such as golf and antiques, and trips further afield to the Venetian lagoon and Germany.

Last updated: 7 March 2017

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