Best singles holidays for over-70s

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 By Cathy Winston, Editor

The average age of a solo traveller is 57, so if you’re over 70 and searching for singles holidays, you certainly aren’t alone. You’ll find plenty of ideas on this site, but if you’d rather avoid the longest long-haul flights or anything too strenuous, here’s my pick of the best singles holidays for over-70s.

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Singles hotels and house parties

Singles-only breaks and hotels catering specifically to solo travellers are a perfect starting point if you’re looking for a short break.

Singles specialist Friendship Travel has a string of house-party style breaks as well as hotels for groups of singles. You could relax on the beach in Turkey, where all your fellow guests at the Forever Hotel are solos. It’s a sociable way to enjoy the sun, without any single supplements.

Solos Holidays, another singles specialist, has European sunshine breaks for over-50s only (and all exclusively for solo travellers), including holidays in the Greek Islands.

On the island of Crete, the Mistral Hotel is also exclusively for solo travellers, attracting guests in their 70s with two pools, the beach and optional excursions and activities.

UK breaks

Friendship Travel has Christmas and New Year breaks in hotels across the UK where you can join in activities or enjoy your own company, as you prefer.

Or check out the cultural tours offered by Martin Randall Travel that are consistently popular with solo travellers. The company has a variety of cultural tours of the UK including music and history weekends.

Beach holidays for singles over 70

Along with the singles specialists above, there are more short-haul sunshine escapes for solo travellers including plenty of hotels with no single supplement. You can relax in the Algarve taking advantage of some great offers for longer stays with Mercury Holidays, plus similar getaways in Cyprus.

Friendship Travel hosts singles weeks at this four-star adult-only hotel in Fuerteventura which is perfect for winter sun holidays, just four hours flying time from the UK.

If you’ve got time to spare, you’ll find deals on longer stays with Saga Holidays– four weeks for the price of three, for example, and no single supplement. Options include the Alexander the Great Beach Hotel in Paphos, Cyprus and the Hotel Port Denia on the Costa Blanca.

Culture holidays for over-70s

From Europe’s capitals to its ancient sites, art galleries to beautiful architecture, music and even literature-themed tours, you can find plenty of expert-led cultural holidays.

Kirker Holidays specialises in music-themed breaks including festivals and events in the UK and across Europe, as well as other cultural tours which are popular with solo travellers. Selected dates and trips have no single supplement.

Just You – a singles only specialist – has a range of classic tours to Italy that includes Tuscany, Lake Como and Sicily. It guarantees a double or twin room for single occupancy and usually has some last minute deals.

Cruise holidays

Whether you’re looking to avoid planes, love the sociable but relaxed nature of cruises or are looking for a trip targeting older solo travellers, a cruise can be the perfect answer.

Saga Holidays has its own ships sailing from the UK, including new Spirit of Discovery with around 20% of the cabins set aside for solos. The company provides free transfers and parking.

Fred. Olsen is also popular with over-70s and has no single supplement on selected dates plus some sailings from the UK. They provide gentlemen dinner hosts for the more formal main restaurant, as well as companions for shore excursions if you wish.

A river cruise is a relaxing and easy way to explore cities and cultural sites. Just You offers single occupancy of a double or twin cabin with no supplements. Its most popular river itineraries include the Douro in Portugal, and the River Seine travelling from Honfleur to Paris.

Take a luxury barge holiday in France, the Netherlands, Italy or Germany with European Waterways. With all-inclusive gourmet food and bar, you could explore the vineyards of Burgundy or the gentle beauty of the Canal du Midi.

And if you’ve always wanted to see the pyramids, heading to Egypt for a Nile Cruise is one of the world’s great river journeys, travelling to ancient temples in a luxurious river cruise boat.

Group tours for older solo travellers

With someone to take the stress out of arrangements and practicalities, escorted small groups tours are always a popular way to explore, with some companies providing tours exclusively for solo travellers.

Cox & Kings is particularly popular with older solo travellers. The high-end group tours include four and five-star accommodation, guided sightseeing and representatives to assist with travel between destinations – see all their tours for single travellers.

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Last updated: 18 February 2022

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