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    Christmas holidays for singles

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    By Cathy Winston, Editor of 101 Singles Holidays

    With so much emphasis on being with family at Christmas, the festive season can be a tricky time when you’re single. But if you’d prefer to avoid crackers and sprouts with your relatives, there are plenty of great options for solo travellers.

    Along with special festive singles breaks throughout December and New Year for those who’d rather celebrate as part of a group, you can avoid the dilemma of how to stay at home without offending someone by flying off to a snowy wonderland or basking in some winter sun without a single jingle bell to disturb your break.

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    Christmas breaks for singles

    Celebrate in style on a Christmas break with Friendship Travel. Ideal if you’re looking to meet new people but just as good for some relaxed “me” time, their Christmas breaks include options such as a spa, black tie ball and organised activities. You’ll get your own double room with no single supplement – choose between BelfastChester and Dunchurch in Warwickshire.

    If you’d prefer to celebrate in the sunshine, singles specialist Travel One runs a house party over Christmas and New Year at the three-star Seashell Resort in Malta. Its guests are typically in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

    And for those aged 50 or above, Saga has some great Christmas breaks for solo travellers only, including drinks receptions, entertainment and excursions.

    Or for a Christmas escape with a difference, Cortijo Romero has a festive themed retreat over December 25 with a focus on celebration and reflection. View the courses.

    Snow and ski holidays

    Head to the land of fire and ice for a magical winter break. This five-day Land of the Northern Lights group tour from Regent Holidays, which also takes in some of Iceland’s natural wonders, has departures throughout December including over Christmas and New Year. See more holidays in Iceland including short break to Reykjavik.

    The ski season is well underway across Europe. There’s no single supplements on ski holidays for solos with Inghams at resorts throughout Austria, including AlpbachKitzbuhel, Lech and Zurs, as well as top Alpine destinations such as Meribel and Morzine in France and Cervinia in Italy.

    Or for those who would rather join a group trip, Friendship Travel runs skiing and snowboarding holidays in France, Italy and Austria and a special Christmas house party in Serre Chevalier, France.

    If you’re travelling with kids, there are few places more fairytale than Lapland at Christmas. Single with Kids has a five-night Lapland Magic escape, including a visit to see Santa.

    Amazing Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam

    Escorted tours for singles

    If you’d prefer some guaranteed company for your December holiday, a small group tour is a great option with plenty of departures travelling over December 25.

    Festive King Tut is a nine-day group tour of Egypt over the Christmas and New Year period that is always very popular with  solo travellers. It’s great value and sunshine is pretty much guaranteed, while there’s a New Year option offering your own room at no single supplement.

    Escape the tinsel entirely in South East Asia with a tour of Burma or Vietnam from On The Go Tours. From Hanoi and Hoi An to Halong Bay, the 10-day Very Vietnam is the perfect introduction to this beautiful and fascinating country, with a tour over Christmas Day.

    Thailand is hot at Christmas too and excellent value, with no compulsory single supplement on many tours in Thailand from On The Go Tours – the Thailand Temples and Tribes is a great introduction to the country. Sri Lanka is another tempting destination over Christmas if you want to combine sightseeing and beach downtime; try their 12-day Buddha and Beach tour.

    Cox & Kings also has a tour of Sri Lanka, exclusively for solo travellers which travels over Christmas and New Year.

    The sun will be shining in Cuba too, where you could explore historic Havana before spending a lazy week on the beach on this singles-only trip with Friendship Travel.

    Or head south to Australia where you could join an escorted tour offering room sharing for single travellers. Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, discover some of Australia’s best known sights on a 12-night Australian Icons adventure, or spend three weeks exploring the Highlights of Australia and New Zealand with no single supplement.

    If you’d prefer short-haul to long-haul, make the most of the festive spirit with the chance to hear opera as part of the Christmas in Vienna break from Kirker Holidays, or visit local churches and ancient sites in Rome.

    Martin Randall Travel has cultural city breaks running over 25 December too which are great for singles, including an expert guide to introduce you to art in Florence and modern art on the Côte d’Azur.

    Southern Europe are still likely to be sunnier than the UK so make the most of the better weather with some spectacular scenery to enjoy on a walking holiday from Ramblers Walking Holidays – several group trips travel over Christmas 2019, including one to the Menorca or follow the sun to the coast of Africa with trips to Lanzarote, La Gomera and La Palma in the Canary Islands.

    You could join thousands of pilgrims to experience the colourful rituals of the Ethiopian Christmas – called Genna – on a nine-day adventure tour departing in early January.

    Nature tours

    Not all wildlife is busy hibernating in the depths of winter – nature lovers can find some great Christmas trips if they look further afield. Choose your country carefully, and you can skip the ‘small rains’ as the shorter winter rainy season is known. A close-up encounter with wild mountain gorillas has to be one of the most remarkable ways to spend Christmas Day.

    Look ahead to 2019 for a festive trip to Africa from Tucan Travel. The 10-day Mara and Serengeti trip takes you to both the wonderful Masai Mara and the Serengeti for some of the continent’s best wildlife-spotting, while the nine-day safari and beach break mixes the Serengeti with the white sand beaches of Zanzibar. Both tours run over Christmas Day 2019.

    Rainbow Tours treks in Uganda include a 9-day small group safari where you’ll spend part of the trip in the rainforest of Bwindi encountering primates in the wild, including a departure just before Christmas.

    Winter sun for solo travellers

    Swap freezing temperatures and chestnuts roasting on an open fire for scorching sun in the Caribbean or Indian Ocean. Mercury Holidays has no single supplement at hotels in MauritiusSri Lanka and Bali among others.

    If you want to guarantee an escape from families, Friendship Travel has adults-only four and five-star resorts in St Lucia and Cuba and along with Cape VerdeLanzarote and Fuerteventura, all without any single supplement. And there’s more adults-only all-inclusive fun at Breathless Punta Cana resort in the Dominican Republic where the eleven restaurants, free classes and an online guest chatroom make it easy to meet fellow guests.

    Or treat yourself to a pampering break in St Lucia. As well as daily spa treatments and activities including yoga, The BodyHoliday all-inclusive resort has double rooms with king-sized beds and no single supplement. And at The Palms in Sri Lanka’s Beruwala, there’s an excellent Ayurvedic spa with treatments including massages.

    Exclusively for the over-50s, the long-stay rates from Saga Holidays will tempt you to get away for longer and there’s no single supplement in selected hotels. Discover the award-winning Bel Jou on St Lucia, with all 64 rooms exclusive to Saga, and 12 rooms specifically for singles. Or consider Hotel Breezes Jibacoa on Cuba’s less developed north coast, and Kamala Beach on the Thai island of Phuket.

    Can’t decide which Caribbean island to pick? Take a cruise on Norwegian Epic which winters in the Caribbean out of Orlando, with single ‘studio’ staterooms and a singles lounge, as well as informal freestyle dining options which let you eat and drink your way around the ship. The nine-night cruise of the Western Caribbean departing on 21 December calls at the Bahamas, Jamaica and Grand Cayman, among others.

    Also see Annabelle Thorpe’s selection of the best short breaks at Christmas and New Year.

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    Last updated: 7 March 2019

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