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    Singles holidays in April

    By Cathy Winston, Editor of 101 Singles Holidays

    April showers aside, this month usually sees the start of improved weather across the UK and northern Europe, so it’s ideal for a short-haul solo holiday. There is spring skiing in the Alps, and it’s peak season for some of the world’s top beach resorts and long-haul beauty spots.

    There are great deals to be found if you avoid Easter (in 2020 Easter Sunday falls on 12 April). Here is my pick of the best singles holidays in April.

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    UK breaks for solo travellers

    There’s so much to discover on our small island, so if you’ve a passion for literature, architecture or history, try a themed tour. With no single supplements on selected tours, the expert guides from Martin Randall Travel will take you behind the scenes. For example, discover the cathedrals of England.

    You could explore Scottish castles and lochs on a Hebridean cruise with St Hilda Sea Adventures.

    Or pick a weekend getaway aimed specifically at singles. Solitair Holidays has an activity-packed Easter break aimed at singles over 50, while Solos Holidays has fun get-togethers in Worcester, Warwick and Harrogate.

    Single parents can enjoy a short break in the UK including self-catering escapes in North Wales and Sherwood Forest.

    Ski and snow

    The ski season is nearing its close but you can still enjoy superb spring skiing and warm sunshine if you stick to a resort at high altitude such as Alpe d’Huez in France. This sociable chalet holiday with Friendship Travel is exclusively for singles with room share options to cut costs.

    Inghams also has ski holidays for solos with no single supplement at a choice of top resorts including Lech in Austria, Meribel in France, Saas Fee in Switzerland and Cervinia in Italy.

    You’ll also find single parent family holidays, including this four-star ski trip in the Austrian resort of Obertauern.

    With longer days and warming temperatures, April is also a good month to explore Iceland. Bathe in geothermal pools and discover volcanic landscapes as you hunt for the Aurora Borealis on this Land of the Northern Lights tour.

    Short haul solo breaks

    You can find culture, nature and sun on a short-haul singles break. It’s a great time of year to visit Russia – this seven-day Majestic Russia tour visiting Moscow and St Petersburg is exclusively for solo travellers.

    Or join a cultural tour from Kirker Holidays including art- and music-themed breaks across Italy. Another option is to sail to Italy’s historic cities on this Amalfi Coast, Tuscany & Italian Riviera cruise with Fred Olsen.

    If archaeology captures your interest, Peter Sommer Travels has an expert-guided tour of Sicily, which is popular with solo travellers.

    You can expect warm sunshine in Crete, where the Mistral Hotel is exclusively for solo guests. Or head to guaranteed sunshine in the Canaries where Friendship Travel hosts singles holidays at an adult-only beach hotel in Fuerteventura.

    You could see the tulips bloom in the Netherlands on an all-inclusive luxury hotel barge holiday with European Waterways, which has some departures with no single supplement.

    Be transported to the legendary tombs and temples of Egypt, with no compulsory single supplement. The six-day Cairo to Luxor Explorer tour takes in the famous highlights, including the Pyramids and Sphinx, while the 10-day King Tutankhamen itinerary features a Nile cruise. You can choose from a traditional felucca or a five-star cruise.

    Or see the treasures of Jordan. This Passage to Petra tour visits the main highlights on a budget, while Cox & Kings has a luxury solos-only Treasures of Jordan tour.

    Long haul singles holidays in April

    April is the last chance to discover parts of Asia before temperatures soar and monsoons arrive. It’s  cherry blossom season in Japan, where InsideJapan Tours has no single supplement on selected trips. One of its most popular trips is this 13-night Japan Unmasked tour, visiting cities, temples, castles and hot springs.

    There’s never a bad time to explore China but travelling alone in this vast country can be a challenge. Join this 9-day Great Wall & Warriors trip to see some of the main sights, with no compulsory single supplement.

    Or for a longer adventure, check out the Central Asia overland tours from Oasis Overland, including this Moscow to Bishkek itinerary visiting Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

    Long haul beach holidays

    This month marks the end of peak season in the Caribbean, with prices dropping but the weather still sparkling. Adults-only all-inclusive Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa has low single supplements if you book with Tropical Sky.

    Or chill out in St Lucia where all-inclusive really does mean just that at The BodyHoliday, with spa treatments as well as food, drink and activities all in the price.

    Over-50s can discover Cuba’s less developed north coast with stays at Hotel Breezes Jibacoa from Saga Holidays.

    In the Maldives, enjoy the warmest sea temperatures of the year with fantastic diving and snorkelling at Bandos Island Resort.

    It’s one of the best months to lounge on Sri Lanka’s beaches: check in to one of these hotels with no single supplement, including one with an Ayurvedic spa.

    Walking holidays

    April is a great month to dust off your hiking boots, with walking holidays across the UK and Europe. The singles-only trips from Solos Holidays include North Cyprus, the tiny Canary Island of La Gomera and truffle hunting in Umbria.

    Hedonistic Hiking offers just what you’d expect from the name: a chance to walk, with plenty of indulgence along the way. Its hike around the Italian Lakes includes gourmet food and wine, along with spectacular scenery.

    In Spain, Cortijo Romero runs personal development courses and has holidays exploring the unspoiled mountain villages of Andalucia this month, including an Easter walking holiday.

    Check out this huge choice of walking holidays in the UK, from the Jurassic coast of Dorset to the Lake District, where a stay at Hassness Country House has a minimal single supplement.

    Further afield, the Lebanon Mountain Trail is spectacular but suitable for beginners. It features on this Lebanon Adventure holiday which also takes in Beirut, the Roman temples of Baalbek and the country’s vineyards.

    Wildlife encounters

    April is a great month for safari holidays. The Ultimate African Taster Tour from Take Me To Africa includes a chance to see the continent’s largest elephant population.

    You could experience an encounter with mountain gorillas in Rwanda, as well as a classic safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara on this two-week East Africa Circuit with Tucan Travel.

    Madagascar is a wonderful destination at this time of year, with small group tours that are ideal for solo travellers, including chances to spot the island’s famous lemurs.

    For a different kind of safari, you could see leopards and Bengal tigers on a solos-only Tales of India tour, visiting three separate national parks as well as the Taj Mahal and Golden Triangle cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

    Healthy and sports holidays

    Unwind on a yoga holiday with a choice of gorgeous destinations including Morocco and Spain’s Costa del Sol, or shape up before the summer on a weight loss holiday that includes a tailored exercise programme.

    If you’d rather sightsee as you shape up, how about a cycling holiday? The cycling breaks from Saddle Skedaddle include several UK departures plus exciting group tours in Spain, Italy, France, Portugal and Croatia, along with Swaziland, Borneo and Japan.

    Or hop into another type of saddle as part of a ranch holiday. Arizona is bathed in sunshine in April, and White Stallion Ranch guest ranch in the Tucson Mountains is popular with solo travellers. There are family-friendly options for single parents with horse-mad kids too.

    Golf is another fun and sociable option for an active break. Solos Holidays runs golf holidays for single travellers in the UK and destinations in Europe including Spain and Portugal.

    Last updated: 11 October 2019

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