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Cathy Winston
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Singles holidays in December

By Cathy Winston, Editor

After the coronavirus crisis played havoc with travel in much of 2020, many people are pushing holiday plans forward to December. It’s usually a popular time of year for single people to travel as the rest of the world gets caught up in Christmas preparations. Fortunately, there’s a great choice of holidays specifically for solo travellers in December. Here’s my pick of the best.

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Short-haul Christmas and New Year breaks

Friendship Travel runs Christmas breaks exclusively for solo travellers – perfect for making friends while also giving you time to yourself. Enjoy a UK break in Belfast or Chester, each in a four-star hotel with your own double room.

Just You has some solos-only Christmas escapes, including Slovenia’s Lake Bled and Salzburg in Austria

Or work off your Christmas pudding with a walking holiday with no single supplement from Ramblers Walking Holidays. The UK walking breaks include a stay in Cheltenham over Christmas and New Year, as well as the sunnier climes of the Canary Islands, with Christmas escapes to Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria.

Solos Holidays has its own trips exclusively for single travellers including New Year in Kiev and a sunshine escape to Paphos in Cyprus over December 25.

And Travel One’s regular singles-only Christmas and New Year breaks, including Tunisia, all but guarantee festive sun. Its guests are typically aged in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

If your ideal Christmas is filled with art and culture, Kirker Holidays’ city breaks over the festive period include Vienna and Venice, while Martin Randall Travel has a similar set of themed cultural tours. Discover Provence at Christmas or the Art and Architecture of the Dutch Golden Age in Amsterdam.

Or hit the slopes. Inghams has negotiated no single supplements on ski holidays for solos at a range of top Alpine resorts including Meribel and Morzine in France and Cervinia in Italy.

For single parents, there’s nowhere quite as magical as Lapland – and Single With Kids has a trip if you’re travelling solo with your kids. Or for a rather different family adventure, Oasis Overland has a Christmas escape to Morocco from Marrakech to the desert.

To end the year in thoughtful fashion, try a festive themed retreat over Christmas Day at Cortijo Romero with an emphasis on camaraderie and simple pleasures, as well as a Starting Afresh course.

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Winter sun for solo travellers

Treat yourself to an early Christmas present of some winter sun in the Caribbean or Indian Ocean. A stay at The BodyHoliday in St Lucia is all but tailor-made for solo travellers. This all-inclusive resort has double rooms with king-sized beds at no single supplement, communal dining, plus water sports and daily spa treatments all included.

Closer to home, you’ll find plenty of sunshine on the coast of Morocco. Try this singles trip to Agadir. Or fly four hours to the Canaries where you can join a group of solos at this adult-only hotel in Fuerteventura.

For the over-50s, Saga Holidays has great prices for longer stays too (for example, four weeks for the price of three) with no single supplement, including award-winning Bel Jou in St Lucia, as well as in Europe at the Hotel Iberostar Royal Andalus on Spain’s Costa de la Luz and Hotel Aguamarina in Tenerife.

Mauritius enjoys some of its best weather in December to discover world-class beaches and fascinating Creole culture. I’d recommend Mercury Holidays which has no single supplement on a string of hotels across the island, along with other all-inclusive beachfront locations including Bali and Sri Lanka.

At the latter, indulge in Ayurvedic treatments at The Palms in Beruwala, or snorkel off one of the island’s best beaches in Koggala. There are special deals for singles at Koggala Beach Hotel and Long Beach Resort, both with communal dining options.

Or explore further with a tour of the island. The 13-night private tour from Barefoot Traveller is specifically for solo travellers, voyaging from the beaches of Trincomalee to the temples and palaces of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, plus elephants in the wild and tea plantations. If you prefer being part of a group, take a look at these tours of Sri Lanka with On The Go.

December singles holidays for nature lovers

Enjoy some winter sun with a difference on an animal-spotting holiday in Africa. The safaris from Tucan Travel are ideal for solo travellers, with the majority of guests travelling alone, and include the East Africa Circuit, mixing classic safari with mountain gorilla trekking, and the Rwanda to Masai Mara tour.

There’s also the opportunity to go gorilla trekking in Uganda with Rainbow Tours, which runs small-group tours year-round.

And the sun is still shining in the American South: try a ranch holiday at White Stallion Ranch in Arizona.

Amazing Halong Bay in the north of Vietnam

Tours for singles in December

View the spectacular Aurora Borealis on a five-day Land of the Northern Lights group tour or for a shorter break, go to Reykjavik for the weekend. You can also see wildlife – including moose, whales, seals and sea otters – along with the Northern Lights on this Images of Vesteralen small group tour.

On The Go Tours has solos-only trips to Vietnam with departures over Christmas and New Year, as well as a tour combining Vietnam and Cambodia, featuring the temples of Angkor.

And I can think of few more desirable destinations in December than Australia. Check out these escorted tours in luxury air-con coaches which are for solo travellers only.

Cruises for singles in December

Swap snow for sun with a Christmas cruise – the new Spirit of Discovery from Saga Travel has a festive sailing to New York and the Caribbean from Southampton, seeing in the New Year in Bermuda. Exclusively for over-50s.

Fred. Olsen has several Christmas cruises departing from Southampton this month, from a festive escape to the Canary Islands to Eastern Caribbean itineraries. And Norwegian Epic spends the winter months in the Caribbean, with a choice of island itineraries and staterooms designed especially for singles, including a Christmas cruise in the South Caribbean.

Or sail down the Nile in Egypt: On The Go Tours runs a 9-day Festive King Tut group tour that’s very popular with singles. There are four different departures over the Christmas and New Year period.

Last updated: 15 April 2020

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