Singles holidays in June
June is a fantastic month for a singles holiday. Summer temperatures mean you don’t need to travel far for some sun, whether you want to lounge on a beach, soak up some culture or try something more active, but these last weeks before the start of the school holidays mean you can avoid the worst of the peak season prices and snap up the occasional discount for solo travellers.
Top of my list is cruising on the water somewhere in the sunshine but you’re not short of choices with these great singles holidays in June.
Beach holidays for solo travellers
If you simply want a classic summer beach holiday, the Greek Islands are idyllic and the trips from Solos Holidays guarantee the holiday will be singles only, with no extra charges for solo travellers, whether you’ve set your sights on Corfu, Thassos, Kos, Skiathos or Samos.
Similarly, the Mistral Hotel on Crete is exclusively for singles, with the chance to organise local excursions and activities and the emphasis on a more authentic Cretan experience – including the fantastic food.
June sees some of the best diving conditions on Koh Samui combined with plenty of sunshine. Set on its own lagoon, I’d recommend Kamalaya retreat, where spa treatments and spiritual bliss are on the menu alongside elephant trekking and mountain biking.
And if you’d like Caribbean beaches without the high prices, this is a good month to try. The five-star adults-only Breathless Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic has 11 restaurants, diving and its own app to help solo travellers get to know their fellow guests, while the five-star Coral Reef Club in Barbados has no single supplements on its spacious single rooms.
History and culture tours
How about stepping in the footsteps of a few literary greats in the Lake District. Wander lonely as a cloud or hunt for Peter Rabbit at the homes of Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter on a Literature & Walking tour, led by an expert guide but with no single supplement. Step back a few more centuries with an escorted archaeological tour of Greece or Turkey with Peter Sommer Travels. Popular with solo travellers, they have the added attraction of offering trips on traditional gulets, so you can cruise along the coast as well as having the ancient ruins brought to life.
Cruise holidays for singles in June
A holiday on the water has to be one of the most relaxing ways to travel, watching your destination slip past and stopping to explore along the way. And whether you’d prefer a European barge holiday, a traditional cruise liner or seeing the world’s great oceans from the deck of a yacht, there’s some fantastic options for solo travellers. For a floating house party, I’d suggest European Waterways, whose luxury barge holidays promise gourmet meals, an open bar and spa pool on deck, with itineraries throughout France in particular, including the Canal du Midi, Burgundy, Gascony and Northern France. And there’s often no single supplements among the company’s special offers.
Further north, Fred. Olsen cruises are famous for their Baltics and Scandinavia routes. Make the most of the good weather in northern Europe as you watch the fjords over a cocktail, with special dining options for solo travellers and no single supplement on selected dates.
For the over-50s, Saga Travel has its own cruise ships with a generous number of single cabins and no supplements. Both the informal Saga Sapphire and the more traditional Saga Pearl II sail in and out of Dover and Southampton and all prices include transfers between your home and the port (up to 250 miles) or free car parking.
There’s plenty of excitement to be had on dry land as well in June. From Lima, Lake Titicaca and La Paz to the Colca Canyon and Cusco, not to mention Machu Picchu itself, the Condor tour from Journey Latin America is the perfect introduction to Peru, with around 40% of the group travelling solo. Or get a glimpse of another fascinating culture in Japan, seeing the highlights of the country with InsideJapan Tours which has no single supplement on selected trips.
If you’re a horse rider, why not join an adventure holiday on horseback with Wild Frontiers. It takes small groups of no more than 10, of which an average 70% travel solo. In June you could explore beautiful Montenegro with Richard Dunwoody or ride across the vast steppe of Mongolia.
See mountain gorillas in the wild on a nine-day trip to Rwanda with Rainbow Tours, which guarantees your own room for a low single supplement. This once-in-a-lifetime small-group tour includes a day’s gorilla trekking in the Parc Nacional de Volcans, a guided walk to see chimps and colobus monkeys and a forest canopy walk in Nyungwe. Find out more.
For a low-cost safari in Africa, I love these overland tours where you’ll join a group of 12 – 24 people, 60% of them travelling solo.
American Sky has an exciting choice of solo holidays in the USA, all with a room-share option. Among its most popular trips in June is this Western Discoverer tour which takes in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, the Grand Canyon, Zion and Yosemite National Parks, San Francisco and Mammoth Lakes.
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays runs great-value walking holidays with no single supplement in some of the UK’s loveliest beauty spots including the Lake District and the Cornish Coast. Or head to the company’s own Hassness Country House on the shores of Buttermere where the single supplement costs just £5 per night.
Skyros offers a range of personal development holidays at beautiful Atsitsa Bay in Greece, with packed programmes including creative writing, Cuban salsa dancing, windsurfing, yoga, music and singing.
It also offers weekend city breaks in Venice, Paris and Marrakech, with a mix of sightseeing and either life coaching or journal writing guidance. Another options is staying at the company’s own four-star country house, The Grange, on the Isle of Wight.
I’m really fond of GoLearnTo – not only does it have more than 400 activity holidays with no single supplement, but you get to stay with local hosts which keeps down costs and gives you warm welcome and authentic experience. Options inlcude language and cookery courses, meditation, photography and rock climbing.
If you play tennis, you could join a group trip on a Singles Week at a stunning tennis centre on the Algarve. It’s suitable for advanced and intermediate players plus there are beginner/refresher weeks. See a full range of tennis holidays and tennis camps.
Nature lovers can pick from an eye-popping range of wildlife tours in the UK and overseas, with no single supplements on selected dates. Highlights include birdwatching holidays and butterfly tours, plus wildlife cruising holidays in the Galapagos, Antarctica and India.
June is arguably the best time of year to enjoy the beauty of Europe’s lakes and mountains. The hills are alive with hiking and biking opportunities, or you can just lie back and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. We recommend Inghams Holidays which has hotels with no single supplement in top resorts including Mayrhofen and Obergurgl in Austria, and Chamonix and Morzine in France.
The British summertime is rarely predictable, but long summer days and balmy evenings make June a great choice to head outdoors. The fabulously-named Saddle Skedaddle has short breaks and longer cycling holidays around the UK, including the Chilterns where the countryside is easily lovely enough to distract you from the hills, the border of the ancient Roman empire along Hadrian’s Wall and the ultimate UK cycling trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Or if you want to pedal alone, try a solo cycling holiday in Europe, such as the 8-night Venetian Villas & Vineyards where the single occupancy costs £7 – £10 per night.
For more predictable weather, and a more relaxed way to be active, head to Spain. In the converted farmhouse of Cortijo Romero in Andalucia, you can combine Pilates with yoga, tai chi and exploring mountain villages in Las Alpujarras as well as courses with an emphasis on personal development and creativity. Popular with solo travellers, there’s a room share option or small single supplements if you’d prefer your privacy.
Last updated: 15 December 2016