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Singles holidays in September

By Cathy Winston

There’s something about September’s back-to-school feeling that makes booking a holiday incredibly tempting this month. With the sun still shining across much of Europe, prices dropping as we head into the “shoulder season”, and even the prospect of an Indian summer in the UK, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to solo travel.

Best of all, if you travel this month you’ll avoid the summer crowds and have something to look forward to when everyone else’s holidays are behind them. Here are the best holidays for singles in September – whether you’re looking for adventure, culture, a cruise or just a relaxing break in the sun.


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Sun, sand and sea in September

Sometimes all you want from a holiday is the chance to relax on a sun lounger, punctuated by the occasional dip in the pool or sea. Fortunately, September is a great month for a beach break whether you want a short-haul escape or a more exotic long-haul trip.

This month is perfect for a singles holiday in Greece, with warm sea and air temperatures and lots of sunshine. Solos Holidays has a choice of hotels across the Greek Islands with breaks exclusively for singles, including lovely Skiathos and its 60 beaches, harbour and old town, as well as Corfu trips aimed specifically at ages 30–59.

Or you could head to nearby Crete for a stay in the family-run Mistral, a hotel that is dedicated exclusively for solo travellers. Enjoy the choice of local excursions and activities, Cretan dishes and a total absence of single supplements.

Venture further afield and you’ll find some great deals in the Caribbean. Although it’s officially the wet season in the Dominican Republic, an average of just five rain days in September means you can snap up a bargain stay without missing out on all the sunshine. Tropical Sky has no single supplement on selected dates at Breathless Punta Cana where the party atmosphere means there’ll always be something to do during any showers, as well as plenty of space to relax alone if you prefer. Along with watersports and a spa, plus communal tables in four of the 11 restaurants, there’s also a resort app with guest chatroom if you’re looking to meet new people.

In St Lucia, The BodyHoliday is a wonderful luxury resort that combines spa treatments, sunshine, sporting activities and plenty of “me time”. The hotel has a whole wing of single rooms with king-sized beds and en-suite marble bathrooms. Find out more.

You could experience the fabulous beaches of the Maldives where the four-star Bandos Island Resort has no single supplements between 1 May and 31 October if you book with Barefoot Traveller. The hotel also has a dive school.

If making friends is as important as great weather, the singles-only house party hotels from Friendship Travel are the ideal solution. For singles only, the emphasis is firmly on relaxing as you get to know the other guests, although hosts will also arrange day trips out along with exploring Fethiye and Olu Deniz with those new-found friends.

Return from your holiday with more than a tan after a personal development course in a converted Spanish farmhouse. From yoga and Pilates to sketching and mindfulness, a stay at Cortijo Romero includes the chance to discover unspoiled mountain villages and some time to reflect on life by the side of a swimming pool.

Skyros also runs personal development holidays in the Greek islands. Spend at week at Atsitsa Bay and select from a range of courses including painting, trapeze, yoga and comedy improvisation. Or head to Skyros Island where you can take a creative writing course or pick from a range of life coaching options.

If you’re unsure about whether you’d enjoy this type of holiday, you can take a long weekend with Skyros in VeniceParis or Marrakech, or at the company’s own four-star country house, The Grange, on the Isle of Wight.

Camel trekkingElephants at PinnawelaTanzania, Singita Faru FaruGorilla trekking

Adventure trips for solo travellers

September is a great month for an Africa safari. Head to Rwanda to go trekking with mountain gorillas. Check out Rainbow Tours which has modest single supplements on these trips.

If you’d rather have an adventure without joining a group, look to the Indian Ocean and the island of Sri Lanka where Barefoot Traveller arranges private tours specifically for solo travellers. Discover the ancient ruins of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, see elephants and monkeys in the wild, and visit the city of Kandy with its famous temple, among the trip’s highlights.

And there are plenty of memorable options closer to home as well. Make the most of the best autumn weather with a cycling holiday. If that sounds like an easy option, you haven’t tried the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycling break from Saddle Skedaddle. The company also has many easier routes, both on and off road in England and Scotland where you can discover gorgeous countryside in small friendly groups.

Or you could join a walking holiday in some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside. Ramblers Worldwide Holidays has no single supplement on many destinations including the Cornish Coast and the island of Guernsey. It also a remote B&B – Hassness Country House in the Lake District – which has a house party atmosphere and a supplement of only £5 per night.

American Sky has a great selection of coach tours in America – and one of its most popular trips is Autumn Colours, a grand tour of New England where you’ll see spectacular displays as the autumn leaves turn colour. See its full range of solo holidays in the USA.

How about a whale and dolphin watching holiday? These are hugely popular with solo travellers and Naturetrek has great expert-led small-group tours with a room share option. In September, two of the best destinations are Northern Spain and the Azores.

Sailing in the Greek IslandsBalmoralRoyal VikingTake to two wheels

Cruise holidays for singles in September

If you’d rather take to the high seas, September is also a great month for a singles cruise holiday. Norwegian Epic has cabins exclusively for solo travellers, no single supplements and an informal cruising ethos, including flexible dining as you cruise the Mediterranean visiting Portugal, Spain and Italy. For a slightly more conventional cruise, Fred. Olsen is particularly popular with older single passengers. Expect dinner hosts and companions for shore excursions on request and a range of departures taking in the beauties of northern Europe and the Mediterranean, with no single supplements on selected dates.

If you’re over 50, check out Saga Travel’s own cruise ships which have a generous number of single cabins and no single supplements. The Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II both offer sailings out of Southampton or Dover, and prices that include return home transfers up to 250 miles, or free car parking.

If gourmet food and drink top your wishlist, hop on board a luxury hotel barge for a cruise through one of Europe’s waterways. Enjoy the grape harvest as you pass through Burgundy, Gascony and Champagne, with no single supplement on selected dates and a house party atmosphere that’s perfect for singles looking for a memorable holiday on the water.

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City and culture holidays

September is a great month for a city or cultural break. You could take a themed tour through England to discover the country’s history, art, literature and beautiful buildings, led by an expert guide. September sees the chance to visit medieval chapels, head off the beaten track in London to uncover architectural treasures and explore the great houses of the North.

GoLearnTo is a new company with more than 400 singles holidays where you stay with local hosts and don’t pay a single supplement. Combine culture with adventure: for example you could mix learning a language with hiking, yoga or surfing. There are many more ideas on their website.

Classical music lovers can enjoy some of  Europe’s great festivals and events on a music and cultural tour, including opera in Verona, as well as Chopin in Mallorca at one of the Kirker Music Festivals. Selected tours have no single supplements and you’re sure to be surrounded by like-minded travellers.

To dig deeper into the past, I’d suggest an archaeological holiday in Italy, Greece or Turkey. Expert guides will bring the fabulous ruins of Ephesus to life on an escorted tour with the chance to cruise the coast or walk amongst some of the stunning Turkish coastline.

Autumn is a lovely time to visit Japan, after the muggy heat of summer. InsideJapan Tours has no single supplement on selected trips, and recommends a 13-night Japan Unmasked group tour that includes buzzing cities, quiet mountain villages, gardens, temples, hot springs and a trip on the Bullet Train.

For two cities with an unbeatable artistic and architectural heritage, it’s hard to beat Russia especially with tours exclusively for solo travellers from Cox & Kings. Staying in four-star hotels, without any single supplements, it’s the perfect way to see the Hermitage and Summer Palace in St Petersburg, along with St Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin in Moscow.

Saga Travel has a great tour – the Douro Adventure – where you’ll explore Portugal’s most beautiful region with a cruise along the Douro River and a journey on the picturesque Douro Valley railway.

Last updated: 15 December 2016

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