Singles holidays in September
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.
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.
Friendship Travel has a single holiday in Sicily which includes several excursions – Mount Etna, a Palermo, a boat trip and a trip to Cefalu – plus your own double room at the stylish four-star Domina Home Zagarella.
If making friends is as important as great weather, the singles-only house party hotels from Friendship Travel are the ideal solution. 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.
Or soak up the sun in Portugal with one of these Algarve hotels with no single supplement. The Auramar Beach also has an indoor pool, while there’s a spa and health centre at the Real Bellavista Hotel.
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 too. 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. With a string of hotels with no single supplement, it’s also a great month for a sunshine break to Bali especially for keen divers who get some of the best conditios in September.
If you prefer to 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 still wondering about whether you’d enjoy this type of holiday, you could try a long weekend with Skyros in Venice, Paris or Marrakech, or at the company’s own four-star country house, The Grange, on the Isle of Wight.
Adventure trips for solo travellers
And as the great migration reaches the Maasai Mara and Serengeti this month, it’s an unbeatable time to look at booking a safari. Tucan Travel’s group safaris have around 60% travelling solo; try the Mara and Serengeti trip to take in these two safari hotspots along with the Ngorongoro Crater.
Or look further north to the ancient glories of Egypt. There are trips with no single supplement for your own room from On The Go Tours this month, including the Pharaohs Adventure visiting the pyramids and Valley of the Kings. Add a bit of beach time with a few days on the Red Sea at Hurghada on the Egypt Unplugged tour.
This month is one of the cooler parts of the year in Vietnam, so it’s a great time to explore this fascinating country. For an introduction to its highlights, try the Vietnam Insight tour from specialists Insider Journeys. And it’s also the end of the dry season in Peru, where the Condor tour from Journey Latin America visits Machu Picchu and the Amazon rainforest before some time in Bolivia.
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.
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.
Or how about discovering South America from the saddle of your bike. The cycling breaks from Saddle Skedaddle include an adventure in Peru visiting Machu Picchu, the Andes and the Amazon, or a chance to discover the vineyards of Chile.
And there are plenty of memorable options closer to home as well. Make the most of the best autumn weather with 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. The company’s own B&B – Hassness Country House in the Lake District – has a house party atmosphere and a supplement of only £5 per night.
For a singles-only trip, Solos Holidays has a string of walking holidays worldwide including several short breaks in the UK.
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 the single cabins on Saga Travel’s own cruise ships which have no single supplements. Both the Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II 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.
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.
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.
Or combine art, music and literature in one trip this month with a tour to Moscow from Kirker Holidays.
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.
Saga Travel has a great tour exploring one of Portugal’s most beautiful regions. The Douro Adventure includes a cruise along the Douro River and a journey on the picturesque Douro Valley railway.
Autumn is also 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.
Last updated: 20 March 2017