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    Easter holidays for singles

     By Cathy Winston

    Easter is a great time of year for a singles holiday, with extra days off over the Bank Holiday weekend and an impressive variety of trips on offer from beach and skiing to city breaks.

    Easter in March could mean shoulder season prices on sunny short-haul destinations, while April dates can cut the cost of late-season ski trips. In 2020, Easter Sunday is on 12 April. Here’s my pick of the best Easter holidays for singles.

    Mediterranean sunshine

    If you’re looking for short-haul sunshine, Mercury Holidays has a string of hotels with no single supplement in Europe, including Malta and the Algarve.

    Or head to Crete where the sociable family-run Mistral Hotel is exclusively for solo guests and is popular with all ages.

    For Spanish sun combined with a life overhaul, Cortijo Romero runs personal development courses, which range from yoga and mindfulness to creative writing, including an Easter walking week.

    Beyond the Med, the Canary Islands are just four hours flying time from the UK with great weather. Friendship Travel hosts group singles holidays at this four-star adult-only hotel in Fuerteventura.

    Long-haul Easter sun for singles

    In the Caribbean it’s the end of peak season. Choose from a party atmosphere with low single supplement at adults-only all-inclusive Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa or another all-inclusive that’s all about relaxation and spa at The BodyHoliday in St Lucia.

    For over-50s, Saga Holidays has long-stay discounts at St Lucia’s Bel Jou and Hotel Breezes Jibacoa in Cuba.

    In Asia, Mercury Holidays has supplement-free places to stay in Bali and Sri Lanka. Or add some pampering with a Bali spa retreat from the Healthy Holiday Company, or a luxury detox at Absolute Sanctuary in Koh Samui.

    The Maldives are best known for couples holidays and honeymoons, but solo travellers are made to feel very welcome at Bandos Island Resort.

    There are breaks exclusively for solo travellers in Kenya with Friendship Travel, mixing the white sand beaches of the coast with a short safari. Tucan Travel also has a safari and beach combo, this one teaming up the Serengeti and Zanzibar.

    Easter ski for singles

    If Easter falls later in the season, choose your resort carefully. Inghams has supplement-free ski holidays for solos across Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland, with stays to suit every level of expertise and budget – Meribel is great for beginners as well as more experienced skiers, while Cervinia in Italy has a bargain two-star option. For high-end glamour, head to Zermatt or Klosters.

    If you prefer a mid-priced ski chalet holiday exclusively for solo travellers, Friendship Travel suggests Alpe D’Huez in France – as Easter is late in 2020, the trips take place in the earlier part of the month to catch the last snow.

    Active breaks

    The Easter weather is ideal for an active break. Try a walking holiday with no single supplement from Ramblers Walking Holidays. Popular trips include Turkey’s Lycian Way and Sidmouth in Devon.

    Solos Holidays, exclusively for those travelling alone, has walking holidays worldwide including North Cyprus and La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

    For a walk with a difference, head into the African wilds on this Botswana on the Move tour discovering animals on foot and from canoe.

    Or hop onto a bike for a cycling holiday. Saddle Skedaddle has guided options across Europe, from the Lake District to Spain, Italy, France and Portugal. In the US and Canada, you could hop into a different saddle on a ranch holiday.

    Finally, how about a yoga holiday in Morocco, Spain’s Costa del Sol or Ibiza.

    Escorted tours

    With an ever growing range of escorted tours for solo travellers, there’s a big choice at this time of year. It’s cherry blossom season in Japan, where InsideJapan Tours has no single supplement on some of its trips.

    Easter is also the last chance to explore India before the searing heat of summer and the monsoon. On The Go Tours has a string of itineraries, including an eight-day Taj Traveller break over Easter itself. Saga’s escorted tours for solos over 50 feature a chance to discover Exotic Southern India.

    The weather is warming up nicely in China, a country more easily tackled with an experienced guide. Wendy Wu Tours has a choice of small-group tours for solo travellers including the two-week Captivating China tour that takes in Shanghai, the Great Wall, the pandas at Chengdu, the Terracotta Warriors in Xian and a Yangtze River Cruise.

    Or discover some of the treasures of the ancient world on a Passage to Petra tour in Jordan, including the mosaics of Madaba and the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum.

    In Australia, the worst of the summer heat has died down – Australian Sky has escorted tours which are popular with solo travellers.

    With days lengthening in the Arctic Circle, the weeks around the equinox in March are among the best times to see the Northern Lights. The five-day Land of the Northern Lights tour takes you in search of those eerie green swirls in Iceland.

    Cruise holidays

    Whether you prefer river, canal or ocean, there are some great cruises at this time of year. Fred. Olsen has an Easter chocolate and tulips cruise, or you could cruise along the Guadalquivir river in Spain with singles specialists Just You, visiting Seville, Cordoba, Cadiz and Granada.

    The luxury hotel barge holidays from European Waterways start for the season in March, with no single supplement on some departures and all-inclusive gourmet food, wine and excursions. Cruise past fields of tulips in the Netherlands or enjoy some of France’s most beautiful countryside, including Burgundy and the Canal du Midi.

    Discover the coast of Scotland on one of the boutique cruises from St Hilda Sea Adventures, including a photography-themed itinerary.

    If you want warmer temperatures, try a Nile cruise with Cox & Kings, with expert guides to show you around the temples and tombs.

    Single parent Easter holidays

    If you’re travelling with kids, especially during school holidays, it pays to check out the specialist companies to avoid single supplements on top of peak prices.

    Single with Kids has a range of fun UK breaks including North Wales and Sherwood Forest. There’s also guaranteed sun on offer in Tenerife.

    Single Parents on Holiday is exclusively for single parents and their children, with a ski break at Mayrhofen in the Austrian Tyrol.

    Check out the family activity holidays from On The Go Tours. Spot elephants and monkeys, go kayaking and white water rafting with the Sri Lanka adventure for teenagers, while the Kasbahs, Kids and Camels in Morocco is aimed at five-year-olds and up.

    Find more tips on our page on holidays for single parents.

    Culture and city breaks for singles

    Easter is a great time of year for a European city break – lots of sunshine but without the high temperatures and crowds of summer.

    The cultural themed tours from Martin Randall Travel cover art, culture and literature – and no single supplements on selected departures. History-lovers will love little-visited Albania and its ancient sites.

    Peter Sommer Travels has an expert-guided tour of Athens as it celebrates Orthodox Easter.

    For classical music, try a cultural tour from Kirker Holidays, including concerts in Baden Baden over the Easter weekend. There are few places to beat the cultural treasures of Russia’s two most famous cities – Cox and Kings has a seven-day Majestic Russia tour to Moscow and St Petersburg, exclusively for solo travellers.

    Or you could discover the ancient cities of Iran on this Cultural Adventure tour.

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    Last updated: 29 November 2019

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