Best singles holidays for over-50s

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By Cathy Winston, Editor

Are you over 50 and looking for a singles holiday? Here’s my pick of the best escorted tours and group trips, many with no single supplement.

Most 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 it’s always advisable to chat first with the tour operator and discuss your options.

Some of these trips may be impacted by the pandemic. Click on the links below for prices, dates and booking policies.

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 is one of the most exciting river itineraries in the world.

House parties, dinner dances and hotels for singles

If you just want a relaxing hotel break with a spa, pool and a range of activities, Warner Leisure Hotels has 14 locations around the UK with no children allowed and thousands of rooms with no single supplement.

You could join a Christmas and New Year break with Friendship Travel in the UK 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.

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.

If you love Italian food, check out the cookery courses in Italy run by Flavours Holidays. Based at a villa with a private pool, you’ll be in a small group, and have your own room with no single supplement.

Friendship Travel offers 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.

There’s never a bad time to take stock of your life – 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. See the course schedule. See more singles holidays in Spain.

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.

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 Spain and Greece

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. See 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.

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 in 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.

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 Les Deux Alpes.

Culture holidays for over-50s

Art, literature, music, archaeology – whatever your passion, there are more specialist holidays than ever based around particular themes.

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.

Solos Holidays has fully-escorted city breaks exclusively for singles including Rome,  IstanbulBerlin and Ljubljana. These short trips are ideal for first-time solo travellers.

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 join a land-based tour in Sicily or 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 trip 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.

In the Caribbean, Friendship Travel has group trips to Jamaica at the five-star all-inclusive Ocean Eden Bay, an adults-only resort in Montego Bay.

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

Saga Holidays also has deals on long stay holidays for the over-50s with no single supplement (for example, four weeks for the price of three). Options include Hotel Port Denia on Spain’s Costa Blanca, the Alexander the Great Beach Hotel near Paphos in Cyprus and the stylish 5-star Enotel Lido in Madeira.

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.

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. I recommend its trips to Egypt.

If you’ve done a safari in Africa and are 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.

It also has a two-week tour exclusively for solo travellers, Splendours of Sri Lanka, with highlights including the ancient city of Anuradhapura, a tea plantation, a scenic rail journey, Dambulla Caves and a chance to spot leopards and sloths in Wilpattu National Park.

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.

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

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.

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Last updated: 19 May 2022

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