Singles holidays in August

By Cathy Winston, Editor

August is a busy peak season month, both for singles travellers and families, so it’s rarely cheap. Also, the southern Mediterranean can get very hot (and crowded). So plan accordingly.

Here are my recommendations for the best singles holidays in August – including group trips, single rooms and no extra charges for solo travellers. Follow the links below to our recommended tour operators for prices, dates and booking terms.

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Beach holidays for singles

August is peak season across Europe, and if you just want to “fly and flop”, check out Solos Holidays which runs its own ClubSolos holidays (no couples, no kids, just simple friendly and sociable hotels) with destinations including Corfu, Santorini and Crete.

The family-run Mistral Hotel on Crete is exclusively for singles with double rooms, no supplements and a house party atmosphere. It has two pools and a wellness centre, and is three minutes’ walk to the beach. Another singles-only option is the 19-room Forever Hotel in Turkey.

Mercury Holidays has a string of hotels with no single supplement – try the Algarve, including the clifftop Baia Crystal Beach and elegant Baia Grande Hotel which has a dining table for solo travellers. You’ll also find hotels with no supplements in Malta and Cyprus.

Lakes, mountains and cruises

Check out this gulet cruise in Turkey exclusively for singles, from Friendship Travel. It’s an unbeatable way to explore this fascinating coastline with a ready-made group of friends, and there’s no single supplement.

Add in some of the area’s archaeological treasures with a gulet cruise from Peter Sommer Travels such as this trip from Halicarnassus to Ephesus, cruising along Turkey’s Aegean coast.

Take a gourmet cruise on a luxury hotel barge meandering through the waterways and canals of France, including the famous Canal du Midi. These trips are popular with solo travellers thanks to the small groups and no single supplements on selected dates.

For the full cruise experience, Fred. Olsen’s more formal style of travel is a perfect match for the stately grandeur of the Norwegian fjords and Scandinavia’s islands and cities. With no single supplements on selected sailings, the cruise line also provides dinner hosts and companions for shore excursions for solo travellers. Check out the latest deals.

Saga Travel has its own cruise ships for the over-50s with single cabins and no supplements. Both the boutique style Spirit of Discovery and the new Spirit of Adventure sail in and out of the UK so there is no need to fly, and have summer sailings to the Baltic. All prices include tips, 24-hour room service and transfers between your home and the port (up to 250 miles) or free car parking.

Or for a more informal cruise style, singles-friendly Norwegian Epic, which has staterooms designed for solo travellers as well as a solos lounge, sails the western Mediterranean throughout the summer.

Africa for singles

You could encounter mountain gorillas in the wild on a fabulous trip to Uganda which has unusually low single supplements. The trip also includes chimp tracking in Chamburu Gorge, a chance to see tree-climbing lions in Ishasha, game-viewing in Mweya and a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.

It’s also the best time of year to see humpback whales and lemurs in Madagascar.

More escorted tours in August

Discover some of the dramatic landscapes of Canada with a solos-only tour travelling from East to West in 21 days. If you’ve got less time to spare, discover Canada’s Eastern Wonders including whale-watching and Niagara Falls.

Regent Holidays runs a spectacular Grand Tour of Iceland with departures in August and early September. It’s always popular with solo travellers.

Saga Holidays has a selection of  escorted tours for the over 50s including The Golden Triangle and Tiger Trail in India, and an active wildlife adventure in Costa Rica.

Activity holidays for singles

Whatever your passion, there are some great holidays tailored to different interests – ideal for singles too as you’re guaranteed to have plenty in common with your fellow travellers.

Flavours Holidays has a great selection cookery courses in Italy. These fun and relaxed trips include lots of hands-on tuition and all your meals, and you stay in your own room in a gorgeous villa with private pool  – with no single supplement.

Skyros runs personal development holidays at beautiful Atsitsa Bay in Greece, with each week featuring a range of courses including watercolour painting, windsurfing, yoga and music. Or at Skyros Island, there’s a summer creative writing course.

In the hills of Andalucia, Cortijo Romero is a converted farmhouse that plays host to personal development holidays, which are popular with singles. See the course schedule here.

How about joining a walking holiday in the UK? Ramblers Walking Holidays says more than half its guests travel alone and it has no single supplement on a range of trips including Yorkshire’s North Coast and Guernsey. It also has its own B&B – Hassness Country House – which has a house party atmosphere on the shores of Buttermere.

Horse lovers can try a ranch holiday in the American West. There are tempting deals for solo travellers, whether you’re a total beginner (try one of these resort ranches) or an experienced rider (head to a small working ranch where you can take part in cattle drives and sleep in a swag under the stars).

Or you could enjoy some Spanish sun on a yoga holiday for singles including a variety of yoga styles at Shanti Som in Spain or Epic Sana on Portugal’s Algarve with wellness workshops, as well as some pampering alongside your yoga.

UK breaks for solo travellers

Discover some of the UK’s long heritage on a guided themed tour from Martin Randall Travel such as a trip through the heart of England to discover the Industrial Revolution’s impact on the arts. See its full range of cultural tours including several European options.

Or theme your trip around the world’s best composers with an array of music and other cultural tours from Kirker Holidays, including their own festival in Norfolk – along with overseas trips such as Puccini in Italy.

And for the over-50s, Saga Travel has a tempting range of escorted tours including Art Appreciation tours.

You could create your own great works on a cruise around some of Scotland’s most remote island destinations, some with a photography tutor on board – the Skye, Shiant and the Summer Isles cruise from St Hilda Sea Adventures makes the most of the wonderful summer light to discover beautiful scenery, picturesque towns and even puffins.

Last updated: 16 May 2022

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