Best singles holidays for over-50s

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By Cathy Winston, Editor

Are you over 50 and looking for a singles holiday? You’ve come to the right place! I’ve curated a collection of the best escorted tours and sunshine breaks that are ideal for solo travellers, many with no single supplement and all of them popular with people travelling alone.

The vast majority of the singles holidays on this website are open to all ages. If you’re sufficiently fit, strong and keen, you can do it. But of course it’s always advisable to speak first with the tour operator and discuss your options.

Some of these trips may be impacted by Covid-19 travel restrictions and quarantine rules. For details of departure dates and booking policies, click on the links below to individual tour operators.

Here’s my pick of the best singles holidays for over-50s. You can also see my pick of the best holidays for solo women, and for solo men.

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Cruise holidays for over-50s

Many cruise lines are popular with older single travellers, but I’ve found that Fred. Olsen is one of the best companies for over-50s with its small friendly ships, an inclusive atmosphere with dining options for solos and no single supplement on selected dates. It’s ideal if you prefer a more traditional cruise. Check out the latest deals.

Saga Holidays, which caters exclusively to over-50s, has some great cruise deals on the contemporary-styled Saga Sapphire and the Spirit of Discovery, which guarantees a cabin with balcony for solo passengers. Both sail in and out of Southampton or Dover and prices include transfers between your home and the port (up to 250 miles) or free car parking.

The small cruises from St Hilda Sea Adventures are popular with over-50s, with a maximum of eight on board and itineraries taking in the islands off the west coast of Scotland. Seahorse II has two single cabins as well as a double which can be booked for sole occupancy with no single supplement.

For river cruising, I recommend the specialist operator Just You. Its most popular itineraries include the Douro in Portugal and the Seine to Paris. Most trips include flights and a double or twin cabin with no single supplement.

European Waterways runs luxury barge holidays mainly in France with destinations including Burgundy, the Canal du Midi, Bordeaux and Champagne. Its special interest cruises focus on subjects such as wine appreciation, antiques, flower shows and golf. Keep an eye on the special offers for trips with no single supplement.

And, of course, a Nile Cruise in Egypt is one of the most exciting river itineraries in the world.

House parties, dinner dances and hotels for singles

How about a Christmas and New Year break with Friendship Travel in Belfast, Chester and Dunchurch in Warwickshire. You’ll get your own double or twin room with no single supplement and activities such as a quiz, golf tournament, carol concert and Black Tie ball are all included in the price. You can join in as much as you like, or not. See more singles holidays in the UK.

Friendship Travel also offers exclusive singles-only house parties at Fethiye and Olu Deniz in Turkey. Most meals and drinks are included and there are no single supplements.

During the winter months, you can join a group of solos at this adults-only beach hotel in Fuerteventura.

Solos Holidays operates its own ClubSolos hotels in the Mediterranean and Antigua in the Caribbean – no couples, no kids, just a small friendly group of singles who want to relax in the sun, socialise with like-minded people and explore the local restaurant scene.

And the Mistral Hotel on Crete is exclusively for guests staying solo, there’s a wide age range from 20-somethings to 70-plus, with activities, two pools, a nearby beach and the chance to be as sociable as you want.

Travel One offers house parties for singles at beach hotels in Calpe on the Costa Blanca, Majorca and Lanzarote, with its guests typically aged in their 40s, 50s and 60s. Its Autumn Party in Spain and Christmas and New Year parties are particularly popular.

There’s never a bad time to take stock of your life either – and for a trip promising more than a chance to chill out, head to Cortijo Romero, a converted farmhouse in the hills of Andalucia, where the themed breaks include dance, Pilates and creative writing as well as personal development. It’s popular with singles and about half its guests are over 50. Check out the course schedule for the full list.

Touring holidays for solo travellers

Group tours are a great way to see the world if you’re travelling solo, and many tour operators cater to solo travellers, some offering room sharing as an alternative to paying a single supplement. There is also an increasing number of solo-only tours.

Discover the World has launched Local Lives, a small collection of tours in Arctic Sweden and Norway’s Senja Island. As well as hiking in stunning countryside, you’ll encounter local experts in foraging, fishing, star gazing and Sami culture. Solo places are available with no single supplement.

If you fancy China, specialist operator Wendy Wu Tours has a range of small-group tours for solos with most clients aged 45-65. You’re guaranteed a single room, and most meals are included.

On The Go Tours has a high proportion of singles on its group trips, some of which have no compulsory single supplement. They are open to all ages, though the majority of guests are aged over 50. Popular destinations include Thailand, Sri Lanka and Egypt.

I especially like its tours in Turkey which will get you under the skin of this fascinating country. For example, the Turkey Unplugged tour visits Istanbul, Gallipoli, the historical sites of Troy and Ephesus, the thermal pools at Pamukkale and the cave churches of Cappadoccia.

Another company with room-share options is InsideAsia Tours which specialises in South East Asia. Try Burma, or Vietnam.

Take Me To Africa specialises in upmarket small-group tours to destinations including South Africa and Namibia. There’s a maximum of 12 people in each group and same-sex room share options. If you’ve done a safari in Africa and looking for something new, your next stop could be Madagascar where these small group tours are perfect for solo travellers.

Cox & Kings has a selection of tours for single travellers including a 12-day Exotic India tour of the Golden Triangle and beyond. You’ll get an expert guide, your own double room and no single supplements.

The same company’s Natural Wonders of Costa Rica tour explores wildlife, volcanoes, rainforest and cloud forest, while Treasures of Peru features Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, lunch with a local family on Lake Titicaca and an overnight stay at Machu Picchu. Its seven-day Majestic Russia tour for solo travellers is also popular with over-50s.

These Immersive Journeys with Abercrombie & Kent are upmarket small group tours to dream destinations.  The first four solo travellers on each trip get their own room with no single supplement. Check out the Jordan tour which includes Petra, the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum.

Just You has a great range of escorted tours and short breaks in Italy. Popular trips include Lake Como, walking on the Amalfi Coast and a Highlights of Tuscany tour. Check out its last minute deals.

Active holidays

Europe’s lakes and mountains have long been a favourite of the over-50s. There are plenty of quiet unspoilt resorts where you can explore picturesque lakeside towns and take gentle walks through flower-filled meadows. But there are also challenges for those who fancy hiking up some serious gradients, or skiing in winter.

Inghams has negotiated single and double rooms with no supplement for most of the year at charming hotels in the Alps and Norway. In Austria, best resorts include Mayrhofen and Obergurgl. In Italy, head to Lake Como or pretty Limone on Lake Garda.

Solos Holidays has a great selection of walking holidays across the globe – there are no single supplements and you get your own double room. Highlights include Mallorca, the Albanian Alps and Montenegro.

Do you love food and hiking? Then head to Italy with Hedonistic Hiking, a small specialist company that offers gourmet eating, wine tours and guided walks.

More walking breaks are available from Ramblers Walking Holidays, including the UK, Europe and further afield. Check out its complete list of walking holidays with no single supplement.

You could join a trekking holiday in Iceland along the famed Laugavegur trail in the southern central highlands. For something less strenuous, this five-day Land of the Northern Lights tour in winter, or this Grand Tour of Iceland in summer, are both tempting.

Or how about an active holiday where you return feeling revitalised and re-energised? The Healthy Holiday Company has a range of holiday ideas for singles, including yoga and fitness-based breaks, all with a side of luxury.

The BodyHoliday in St Lucia mixes spa treatments with watersports and exercise classes, all included in the price. As well as communal dining and single rooms with king-size beds, it runs a Solos programme every September.

If you love horses – or have always fancied being a cowboy – head to the American West for a ranch holiday. You’ll find luxury resort ranches that are ideal for beginners and small working ranches where experienced riders can take part in cattle drives and sleep around a campfire under the stars.

And ski fans needn’t miss out because they’re travelling alone either. Inghams has supplement-free ski holidays for solos if you want to spend time on the slopes, but not in a group.

For group ski trips check out Friendship Travel which runs its own ski house parties in the French resort of Alpe D’Huez and offers ski holidays for solos in Meribel, St Anton and La Plagne.

Single Parents on Holiday also runs solo holidays aimed at those travelling without their kids – perfect if yours have recently flown the nest – including a four-star ski break in Austria.

Culture holidays for over-50s

Art, literature, music, archaeology – whatever your passion, there are more specialist holidays than ever based around particular themes – and with a guaranteed interest in common, it makes an ideal trip for solo travellers.

Kirker Holidays has a range of music holidays and cultural tours that are popular with singles over 50. Groups typically consist of 12 to 20 people led by an expert guide. There are no single supplements on selected trips.

The cultural and archaeological holidays in the Mediterranean from Peter Sommer Travels are also popular with solos. You can sail on a traditional Turkish gulet to the Cyclades in the Greek Islands, take a Gastronomic Cruise in Turkey or cruise Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Land-based tours include Sicily and Crete.

And Martin Randall Travel has singles-only cultural trips. You could discover the palaces and art collections of St Petersburg or explore Samarkand and the Silk Road cities. The company runs cultural tours in the UK including a five-night visit to the great houses and gardens of the South Downs.

Beach holidays for single travellers

When it comes to beach idylls, it’s hard to beat the Maldives: you could have sole use of a double room with no single supplement at Bandos Island Resort. See more tropical getaways for solo travellers across the Caribbean, South East Asia and the Indian Ocean.

In Sri Lanka you’ll find a collection of beachfront hotels with no single supplement including the Koggala Beach Hotel
and Long Beach Resort in Koggala on one of the country’s best beaches.

There’s plenty of beach options closer to home, such as this great collection of Algarve hotels with no single supplement. A number of these have great offers on longer stays.

Saga Holidays has deals on long-stay hotels with no single supplement (for example, four weeks for the price of three). Its best-sellers include the Hotel Iberostar Royal Andalus on Spain’s Costa de la Luz (the food is outstanding) and the Hotel Aguamarina in Tenerife. Saga has exclusive use of the award-winning Bel Jou on St Lucia and has all-inclusive deals at the Tamassa luxury resort in Mauritius, Kamala Beach in Thailand and Memories Jibacoa in Cuba.

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Last updated: 30 September 2020