Singles holidays in July
The sun is shining and the living is easy – there’s no question July equals holidays. It’s a great time for solo travellers, particularly if you take advantage of the lower prices in the first half of the month. If you’re a single parent there is also good news: holiday companies have finally woken up to the idea that not every family consists of two adults and two children. You can book some great trips during the peak summer period without being hit by single supplements.
From safaris in Africa to cruising for singles the Med, long-haul adventure to fun in the sun on a European beach, here’s my selection of some of the best singles holidays in July.
Sailing and cruising for singles in July
July is a great month for a sailing or cruise holiday, and it can be a cooler way to explore some European destinations as well. Traditional gulet cruises in the Greek islands have had a makeover for solos, courtesy of Friendship Travel which runs them exclusively for singles, meaning no single supplement. Laid-back and fun, you’ll get to explore fascinating small islands with a ready-made group of friends, and the breaks can be combined with the company’s house party hotels in Rhodes.
Or how about a Mediterranean cruise with a difference, around the Aeolian Islands? One of the gulet cruises from Peter Sommer Travels, there’s an expert guide on board too to help introduce you to the archaeological site you visit along the way.
If you’re looking for luxury, I’d recommend European Waterways which has no single supplement on selected canal cruises. The gourmet meals and wines are perfect for those who’d like a taste of the finer things in life as well as a new group of like-minded travellers to share them with.
For the over-50s, Saga Travel has its own cruise ships with dedicated single cabins and no supplements. Both the Saga Sapphire and the Saga Pearl II sail out of Dover and Southampton so there is no need to fly. Prices include transfers between your home and the port (up to 250 miles) or free car parking.
Mature passengers will also enjoy the Fred. Olsen cruises, with a variety of services for solo passengers, including dinner and dance companions. For some something more informal, check out Norwegian Cruise Line’s ‘Freestyle Cruising’ . Its ship, Norwegian Epic, also has cabins exclusively for solo travellers.
A walking holiday in the UK is a great way to meet new people, get fit and enjoy some superb countryside. Ramblers Worldwide Holidays says more than half its guests travel alone and it has no single supplement on a range of trips including the Lake District, the Cornish Coast and Guernsey. It also has its own B&B – Hassness Country House – which has a house party atmosphere on the shores of Buttermere.
Skyros also promises a house-party atmosphere on its personal development holidays at Atsitsa Bay in Greece. Each week features a varied programme of courses such as singing, yoga, dance, massage, windsurfing and creative writing.
If time is short, or you don’t want to commit to a full week, try a long weekend with Skyros in Venice, Paris or Marrakech, with a mix of sightseeing and either life coaching or journal writing guidance. You can also stay a few days at its four-star country house, The Grange, on the Isle of Wight.
There’s plenty of chance to get active on some of the personal development holidays offered by Cortijo Romero, a beautiful converted farmhouse in the Alpujarras mountains of Andalucia. See the course schedule which ranges from dance and tai chi to meditation and mindfulness.
If you’d like to return from holiday feeling fit and healthy, how about a yoga break with a dedicated teacher in the Costa del Sol or Ibiza. Most guests travel alone and you’ll have your own double room. Or you could join a weight loss holiday – best value is a six-night programme at Shanti Som in Andalucia.
For another sociable option, who’s for tennis? In July you can attend a adult-only tennis camp at Oxford University, using their lovely grass and hard courts. There is great coaching and you’ll stay in one of the University colleges with all meals – and tennis partners – provided. Find more tennis holidays for singles.
Or join a group cycling tour. Saddle Skedaddle is making the most of the UK’s best weather, with trips in England and Scotland as well as the mountains of Spain, a north to south trip across France and a family break to the Azores.
Short-haul breaks for solo travellers
Sun is usually high on travellers’ wishlists for July, but the time of year also makes it perfect for visiting Russia to experience the long midsummer nights. Cox & Kings has tours exclusively for singles, with its Russia trips aimed particularly at the over-50s, focusing on the culture, history and heritage of Moscow and St Petersburg.
This is a perfect time to enjoy Europe’s lakes and mountains where you can hike or bike, or simply laze in the glorious sun and enjoy the views and fresh air. are alive with hiking and biking opportunities, or you can just lie back and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. We’ve found hotels with no single supplement in leading resorts including Italy’s Lake Como and car-free Zermatt and Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.
You could combine Europe’s scenery with its culture on a trip to one of the many summer music festivals from Kirker Holidays including some in the UK. Or join a group tour of the Historic Houses of the South West with an expert guide.
Solo Travellers is the UK’s only group tour specialist for singles. One of its most popular trips is a 10-night tour of Georgia and Armenia in late July which combines medieval monasteries, fortresses, lakes and mountains, along with the dynamic cities of Tbilisi and Yerevan.
Horse lovers can join an adventure riding holiday with Wild Frontiers which has groups of no more than 10 made and an average of more than 70% of clients travelling alone. In July it also has a trip to Georgia, along with another to Montenegro.
When only beach will do, there’s still a chance to get a holiday with no single supplement in Greece, even in peak season. Solos Holidays has hotels with double rooms exclusively for singles at resorts across the Greek Islands. The Mistral Hotel on Crete is exclusively reserved for singles – with no room supplements – and has a lovely house party atmosphere.
Just because the weather’s good (hopefully) in the UK, doesn’t mean you should forget about the more exotic alternatives as there are some great long-haul destinations for solos in July. You could get up close with wild mountain gorillas on a nine-day trip to Rwanda with Rainbow Tours, which has low single supplement if you want your own room.
If you fancy a budget safari in Africa, how about an overland tour with a group of 12 – 24 people. Popular trips include a 10-day Mara and Serengeti tour that visits the Masai Mara, Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.
It’s a great time to visit Sri Lanka too and in July you can experience the spectacular Festival of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy. This 8-day tour ensures front-row seats and has no compulsory single supplement.
Koh Samui has fabulous diving this month, so combine it with a bit of luxury at spa reatreat Kamalaya. There are communal tables for solo travellers, if you’d like company over dinner, as well as plenty of ways to burn off the calories afterwards from hiking to Thai kick boxing, not to mention meditation if you’d prefer something calmer.
July is one of the peak months to visit Peru where I recommend this group tour which is popular with singles and has a room share option. Each group has a maximum of 16 people, typically aged 35 – 65 years. Check out the other Discovery Journeys for more inspiration too.
Family holidays for single parents
Picking the perfect holiday for a sole adult and one or more children can be a tricky balancing act, but there are now some attractive options. You could book a glamping break which gives kids all the fun of camping while single parents enjoy a bit more luxury. Single with Kids has designed its holidays to suit single mums, single dads and children, with the emphasis on adventure and making friends. I’d pick the wigwam break in Northumberland, where you can explore beaches and one of the Harry Potter filming locations, enjoy barbecues and join in group activities with other single families.
If you’d prefer your sunshine 100% guaranteed, the company also has beach breaks, such as a new beachfront hotel in Cyprus as well as Menorca and Mallorca complete with kids’ clubs, so you can snatch some time to relax yourself. Parents with older children will love the all-inclusive Porto Colom with its free kids club for ages 4 to 12 years, and a choice of seven, 10 or 14-night breaks with no single supplement. For those with younger children, I’d suggest quieter Menorca, with another all-inclusive option at Cala Blanca, plus kids’ activities, pool and playground.
In Cornwall, the beachfront Sands Hotel has outstanding children’s facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools and four Ofsted-registered kids clubs, plus a huge choice of activities including bodyboarding, surfing, kayaking and beach volleyball.
Last updated: 12 April 2017