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Singles holidays in October

By Cathy Winston

As autumn starts in earnest in the UK, October is a great month to plan a solo holiday and escape the dark nights. Shoulder season prices mean you can still pick up some great sunshine deals across warmer parts of Europe, while this month also marks the start of good weather in some long-haul destinations.

Plus there are walking holidays, chances to learn a new skill and a hefty dose of culture on offer this month too in some of the best holidays for singles in October.

Pool at the GirassolGasse in FunchalCretan charm


Beach holidays for singles in October

There’s still plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures to be found in Europe during October, with average flying times of around 4 hours. If you want somewhere exclusively for singles, the Mistral Hotel in Crete will still enjoy temperatures in the high 20s, as well as offering local excursions and activities along with a house party atmosphere.

The singles specialist, Travel One, runs a very popular annual Autumn House Party at the Perla Marina Hotel on the beach in the Spanish resort of Nerja.

There are tropical options too. Towards the end of its rainy season, the Dominican Republic should still have plenty of sunbathing weather and much lower prices, as well as no single supplement on selected dates at Breathless Punta Cana with Tropical Sky. The resort’s app, which helps you meet fellow guests, along with communal dining at four of the 11 restaurants are ideal if you’re looking to gain new friends as well as a tan, while there’s also scuba diving, watersports and classes including mixology.

The Maldives is best known for honeymooners, but if you enjoy your own company take a look at the gorgeous four-star Bandos Island Resort which has no single supplements between 1 May and 31 October if you book with Barefoot Traveller.

FlorenceTemple of AthenaRelax on board the guletIconic sites

Cultural holidays

Travel to some of Europe’s greatest music festivals and events including Austria’s Schubertiade, or experience opera in Venice, Milan or Wexford. With no single supplements on selected dates, the Kirker Holidays expert guided tours are understandably popular with solos.

Take a weekend break exploring Krakow in Poland with Solo Travellers, which specialises in group tours for singles.

If you want to combine great weather with history and culture, visit Egypt or Turkey. Take a classic Nile cruise, sailing between Luxor and Aswan, visiting timeless sites such as the Valley of the Kings and Karnak with a chance to see the colossal temple at Abu Simbel.

In Turkey you could explore the Aegean coastline on a traditional gulet on an archaeological holiday or visit the land of the Hittites on a walking holiday through the fantastical landscape of Cappadocia. With expert guides to bring the landscape to life, Peter Sommer Travels tours are invariably popular with singles.

Machu Picchu groupSingles holidays to VietnamSt Petersburg channelCamel trekking

Escorted tours for solo travellers

American Sky has a great range of solo holidays in the USA including Autumn Colours, a grand coach tour of New England where you’ll see spectacular displays as autumn leaves. Many of its guests travel solo and there’s a room-share option.

You’ll find a great choice of escorted tours to Asia, Europe and South America for solo travellers, as well as trips to take you right off the beaten track. October is one of the best months to visit Vietnam if you’re hoping to see the whole country. Around a third of those on small group tours run by Southeast Asia specialists Travel Indochina are travelling solo. Its Vietnam Insight tour is a great introduction to the country, its culture and cuisine, taking in the main cities, and the key sights along the way.

In Africa, Solo Travellers recommends this 11-night small group tour of Ethiopia where trip highlights include The Blue Nile Falls, Addis Adaba and the Simien Mountains.

Or look west to Peru and Bolivia, with around 40% of those on the Condor tour from Journey Latin America travelling alone. From the Amazon to Machu Picchu, as well as Lima, Lake Titicaca and La Paz, to name just a few stops, I can’t think of many better ways to spend three weeks.

You needn’t travel long-haul to find a great tour for singles though. Cox & Kings has trips exclusively for solo travellers, including a week in Russia discovering the treasures of Moscow and St Petersburg. With expert guides and no single supplements, it’s a great choice for over-50s too.

For under-50s, Intrepid has a range of small group adventures for solo travellers including some exciting trips to China. This three-week China Experience tour takes in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, the Terracotta Warriors, the Yangzi River and Three Gorges Dam.

If tour groups, however friendly, aren’t for you then how about a solo escorted tour? Barefoot Traveller has created a special 13-night trip of Sri Lanka specifically for solo travellers with your own guide and chauffeur, as you explore the Indian Ocean island. From the ancient sites of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa to the beaches of Trincomalee and Galle, plus tea plantations and temples, October is one of the best months for countrywide good weather.

For the over-50s, Saga Travel has a great selection of escorted tours. You could take a river cruise along the Douro in Portugal, explore the majestic cities of Andalucia including Granada, Seville and Cordoba, or go island hopping in the Greek Islands where you’ll spend time in Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, Delos and Naxos.

Here’s an exciting opportunity for single travellers. Traveleyes, which runs holidays for blind people, needs sighted companions to help with guiding and describing the sights. In return, you get a hefty discount on the price of the trip. See the full range of holidays which includes walking in Italy and the Lake District, touring Sri Lanka and Jordan, and exploring Athens and Budapest.

WalkingWalking in TurkeyRwanda - Virunga LodgeTriumph

Walking and activity holidays

While the weather in the UK might not always lend itself to enjoying the great outdoors this month, you needn’t travel far to find a walking break with a better forecast. Check out the walking tours from Solos Holidays, which deals exclusively with solo travellers and charges no single supplements. In October you can enjoy some Mediterranean sun in Menorca or Turkey, as well as journeys to Cuba and Bali, and weekend trips in England and Scotland.

For many people, a trip to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda  is a big tick off the bucket list. I recommend Rainbow Tours for solo travellers. If you want a low-cost safari in Africa, these overland tours are the answer.

If you love horses, how about a riding adventure holiday with Wild Frontiers – about 70% of people who join its small group tours are travelling solo. Destinations in October include the beautiful rocky landscapes of the Jordanian desert and mysterious Bhutan.

The Algarve is one of Europe’s best destinations for a golf holidays and these tours are exclusively for singles, staying at the luxurious Le Meridien Penina or CampoReal.

Potato CodPasta making classWalkingThe Breakers, Soma Bay

Learning holidays for singles

Learning a new skill can be a great way to get to know new people, and immerse yourself in a foreign culture. You could learn flamenco dancing and guitar in the mountains of Spain, at converted farmhouse Cortijo Romero where the choice of courses also includes personal development, yoga and tai chi. It charges only small single supplements.

Skyros promises a house-party atmosphere at its personal development holidays across Europe and in the UK. It has a fabulous 4-night trip to Venice in October featuring great food, culture and courses. There’s a small single supplement, or you can share a room with a guest of the same gender.

You could learn French, Italian or Spanish – or even Arabic, Russian or Chinese – on one of these language holidays. Most include staying with a local family so you’re immersed in the local culture and some combine lessons with activities such as surfing, cookery, dance or photography.

Last updated: 7 December 2016

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