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    Singles holidays in April

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    By Cathy Winston

    April showers aside, this month sees the first of the good weather across the UK and closer to home in Europe, so it’s a great time to book a short-haul holiday if you’re travelling solo. But you’ve also got a huge choice if you look further afield, from the last of the season’s snow in the Alps to more exotic trips to South East Asia, India and north Africa before summer temperatures soar.

    It’s still peak season in the world’s top beach destinations too, if you’d like your sunshine to be guaranteed. Keep an eye on Easter: in 2019 it falls late on 21 April. Here are some of the best singles holidays in April.

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    UK short 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 around some of the UK’s most memorable sights. With no single supplements on selected tours, Martin Randall Travel is unsurprisingly popular with solo travellers, and this month their expert guide can take you behind the scenes at the country’s great cathedrals. Its sister operator, The Cultural Travel Company, offers similarly themed tours with some more affordable options in the UK and Europe too.

    Or pick a weekend getaway that’s aimed specifically at singles. Solos Holidays has a variety of dances and short breaks, including a special Easter weekend event.

    And single parents can enjoy a short break on one of the Easter UK holidays from Single with Kids, as well as their Mediterranean getaways, including a new beachfront hotel in Cyprus.

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    Short haul

    April has some of the best variety for short-haul trips, whether you want snow, sun or gorgeous countryside with great food. The ski season is almost over, but booking this month can also mean lower prices and quieter slopes, especially outside the Easter holidays. For major resorts like Meribel and Val d’Isere, I’d suggest Friendship Travel which has week-long ski breaks for those travelling solo, as well as room share options if you’d like to keep costs down even further.

    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.

    Single Parents on Holiday has some great luxury options too if you’re looking for single parent family holidays, including family-friendly skiing in Austria to catch the last of the season’s snow.

    It’s a great time of year to visit Russia as well – this seven-day Majestic Russia tour is run exclusively for solo travellers and visits the key sights of Moscow and St Petersburg.

    Or venture further south with a cultural tour from Kirker Holidays including art and music-themed breaks across Italy. If it’s archaeology which captures your interest, Peter Sommer Travels has an expert-guided tour exploring Sicily too, which is popular with solo travellers.

    If you love nature, watch the flowers bloom in the Netherlands on a luxury hotel barge holiday with European Waterways including occasional departures with no single supplement, a floating house party atmosphere and all-inclusive gourmet food, wine and excursions.

    Or discover the great cities of Spain on a cruise aboard Norwegian Epic, with its studio staterooms and singles-only areas.

    Spend just a few more hours on a plane and you can be transported to a very different world, among the legendary tombs and temples of Egypt. A Nile cruise isn’t just the classic way to travel, it’s easily the most memorable, sailing through the heart of the country to discover Karnak and Luxor.

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    Long haul singles holidays in April

    If your heart is set on seeing India with its riot of colours and ancient culture, April is your last chance before the main heat of summer and the monsoon season, so book for the beginning of the month to discover this eternally fascinating country. On The Go Tours has a string of itineraries whether you prefer the iconic sights of the north or a chance to relax in Goa or Kerala in the south, as well as tours which combine the two.

    It’s also a perfect month to explore Jordan. See some of the country’s highlights on a Passage to Petra tour. Cox & Kings has tours exclusively for solo travellers to the country too such as Treasures of Jordan, which also visits Petra, as well as Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and Red Sea for a relaxed end to the trip.

    And it’s cherry blossom season in Japan, where InsideJapan Tours has no single supplement on selected trips. Popular group tours include the 13-night Japan Unmasked which includes cities, mountain villages, gardens, temples, castles and hot springs.

    There’s never a bad time to explore China but travelling alone is this vast, baffling country can be a challenge. Better to join a small-group tour where you’ll find many solo travellers. You can tick off a lot of the big sights on this 9-day Great Wall & Warriors trip.

    It’s the end of peak season in the Caribbean, with prices dropping but temperatures staying up, especially in the northern islands. Check out the holidays for solo travellers in Cuba from solos Holidays, with trips exclusively for solo travellers, while over-50s can discover the island’s less developed north coast with stays at Hotel Breezes Jibacoa from Saga Travel.

    It’s the last month of the dry season in the Dominican Republic, so make the most of the Caribbean sunshine with low single supplements at adults-only all-inclusive Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa 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 included in the price.

    In the Maldives, enjoy the warmest sea temperatures of the year with fantastic diving and snorkelling at Bandos Island Resort. And it’s one of the best months to lounge on Sri Lanka’s beaches as well, with good weather in the south of the country. Pick one of the beach hotels with no single supplement in Sri Lanka whether you fancy snorkelling or an Ayurvedic spa.

    Explore more of the country with the Colombo Caves & Kandy tour, with solo travellers able to have their own room for no extra cost on selected dates this month.

    If the Silk Road is on your bucket list, April is a great month to discover Uzbekistan – the group tours with Solo Travellers mean you needn’t head out off the beaten track entirely alone either.

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    Walking and wildlife holidays

    April is the perfect month to get outside, with pleasantly warm or sunny temperatures as you soak up the scenery. Singles will love Solos Holidays, exclusively for those travelling alone, and a choice of breaks across the UK, Spain and Canary Islands for different levels of difficulty. Wander the North Downs this month, through scenic valleys and villages and hear tales of those going to Canterbury as you follow in their footsteps.

    Or explore the Jurassic coast of Devon on a UK walking holiday as well as the Lake District, staying at Hassness Country House for a minimal single supplement.

    In Spain, Cortijo Romero has a more active holiday exploring the unspoiled mountain villages of Andalucia this month, along with their regular personal development courses plus singing, writing and photography.

    Explore has a great selection of wildlife group tours (about 60% of clients travel alone). Highlights in April include Costa Rica where you can encounter volcanoes, sloths, monkeys, tree frogs and spectacular birdlife. Or how about this 4X4 safari in South Africa and Swaziland. It includes Kruger National Park along with the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park, home to Africa’s largest rhino population.

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    Health and sports holidays

    You could join a small group of single travellers and one of the UK’s leading yoga teachers on a yoga holiday with a choice of gorgeous destinations including Morocco, Spain’s Costa del Sol and Ibiza. If you want to give your mind and body a five-star MOT, try a detox retreat which is almost exclusively attended by people travelling alone. Or if you’re looking to shed a few pounds before the summer, consider a weight loss holiday.

    Golf is a fun and sociable way to enjoy the countryside. Solos Holidays runs golf holidays exclusively for single travellers in the UK and destinations in Europe including Spain. If you don’t have a handicap you can join a laid-back week in Corfu too.

    If you’d rather sightsee as you shape up, how about a cycling holiday? The cycling breaks from Saddle Skedaddle including several UK departures now the weather has improved, including a chance to freewheel around the Lake District.

    Last updated: 9 June 2018

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