Singles holidays in February

By Cathy Winston, Editor

The shortest month of the year can be one of the gloomiest. All the more reason to consider a trip, with sunshine guaranteed in long-haul destinations and great skiing in Europe.

Outside Valentine’s Day and school half-term, solo travellers can pick up some cheap deals in February. Here are my tips for the best singles holidays – to find more about travel restrictions and flexible booking policies, click the links to the tour operator websites below.

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Short haul sunshine

For winter sun without a long flight, consider Cyprus as the almond trees start blooming this month. With perfect walking weather in February, the island is home to ancient sites and picturesque villages. Stay at a five-star hotel with no single supplement through Mercury Holidays.

And in Malta it’s often warm enough to eat lunch outside but not too hot to explore historic towns, villages and castles.

Or head to the Canary Islands where Friendship Travel has singles weeks at a beachfront hotel in Fuerteventura. There are sunny breaks on neighbouring Tenerife and Gran Canaria from Solos Holidays.

How about the cultural charms of Italy? Martin Randall Travel has a fascinating tour of Rome this month.

Ski and snow for singles

Europe sees some of its best snow conditions in February, so make the most of the powder in the Alps this month. Friendship Travel runs its own ski house parties in the French resort of Alpe D’Huez.

If you prefer to ski alone, you can find ski holidays for solos with no single supplement in resorts including Alpbach and Zurs in Austria, Meribel and Morzine in France and Cervinia in Italy.

There are great options for single parents over February half-term too. Single Parents on Holiday has a week in Austria’s Ziller Valley.

Head north for more winter activities. Spot the Aurora Borealis on a five-day Land of the Northern Lights group tour to Iceland with Regent Holidays, with a low single supplement. In Greenland, you could try a Dog Sledding Expedition.

Long haul adventures

Whether you want adventure or simply an exotic escape, February is a great month for a long-haul singles holiday. For maximum sunshine and minimum cost, try these tours in Egypt from On The Go Tours, some with no compulsory single supplement. See the major sights and relax on a Nile cruise.

Abercrombie & Kent has a choice of group tours it calls Immersive Journeys and the first four solo travellers booking will get their own rooms with no single supplement. In February, it recommends a fabulous tour of Oman featuring the capital Muscat, the desert and the country’s dramatic mountains.

February is also ideal to discover Sri Lanka. Explore the capital, along with the country’s ancient cities and other highlights on the Colombo, Caves & Kandy itinerary from On The Go Tours.

If Burma is on your wish list, February is a good month to visit. Travelling independently can be tricky so these guided tours from InsideAsia Tours are perfect; single travellers make up around a third of the group. The Highlights of Myanmar itinerary features the cities of Yangon and Mandalay, the endless temples of Bagan plus Inle Lake’s famous stilt fishermen.

Wendy Wu Tours also has some tempting trips to South East Asia, including solos-only departures. Vietnam at a Glance: is the perfect introduction to this fascinating country.

Make the most of clear blue winter skies in Japan and discover vibrant cities, tranquil temples, hot springs and mountain villages on a fascinating winter highlights tour. InsideJapan Tours has no single supplements on selected dates, and expert guides lead their small groups.

Or choose a trip for singles only, such as the solo traveller tours from  Cox & Kings. February has some of the best weather for exploring India: team the classic circuit of the Golden Triangle with some of the country’s other iconic attractions, including tiger spotting.

Wildlife holidays in February

Nature lovers should check out this two-week Ultimate Africa Group Tour which, incredibly, includes Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Or if gorillas top your list, Rainbow Tours has small group tours to Uganda with two nights in the rainforest of Bwindi.

For a solos-only tour, there’s also a South African Sun and Safari break from Just You, visiting the Tala Game Reserve.

Or you could travel overland from South Africa to Lesotho with this 17-day adventure from Oasis Overland, stopping at the southernmost point in Africa, as well as the Garden Route and hiking in Tsitsikamma National Park.

If you’re planning ahead to 2022, 60% of passengers travel alone on Tucan Travel’s overland tours of Africa. There’s a mix of hotels and tented camps, so it doesn’t come with a big price tag. Popular trips include the two-week Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya tour, combining Kenya’s Masai Mara with Mountain Gorilla trekking in Uganda.

Cruise holidays for singles

You’ll find some tempting solo cruise options in February. This nine-day King Tutankhamen group tour of Egypt includes Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza, Aswan and a Nile Cruise to Luxor.

In the Caribbean, the Norwegian Epic has cabins exclusively for solo travellers and a relaxed informal atmosphere as you hop from island to island.

Closer to home, Spirit of Adventure from Saga Travel is cruising to the Northern Lights of Norway from Southampton, with welcome events for solo cruisers.

Relaxing beach holidays

You’ll find palm-fringed white sand in Sri Lanka along with colourful reefs, Ayurvedic massages and no single supplements. If you want a budget all-inclusive, try Koggala Beach Hotel or Long Beach Resort.

The Maldives aren’t just for couples. February is one of the best months to enjoy the islands, with superb solo deals at Bandos Island Resort from Barefoot Traveller.

And it’s high season in St Lucia, with some of the best Caribbean weather. The all-inclusive package at BodyHoliday includes spa treatments and activities as well as food and drink, plus there are rooms with no single supplement.

Healthy holidays

Don’t abandon your New Year’s Resolutions just yet – book a healthy holiday focusing on fitness, wellbeing or personal growth. Try a yoga holiday for singles with one of the country’s leading teachers, in destinations including Morocco and Thailand.

Combine yoga with fitness training, hiking, massage and nutritional advice on a detox retreat for solo travellers. Or shed any unwanted pounds on a weight loss holidays in Andalucia.

For an active escape with a difference, a ranch holiday from the Inspiring Travel Company includes both luxurious resort ranches and small working ranches with as much or as little riding as you wish.

Or go walking in a winter wonderland. This holiday in the German Alps from Ramblers Walking Holidays, explores castles and mountain scenery with no single supplement.

Focus on mind as well as body on a personal development holiday at Cortijo Romero, a lovely converted farmhouse in the hills of Andalucia – check out the latest course schedule.

See a full range of healthy holidays exclusively for single travellers.

Need warming up? Find where’s hot in February. and where’s warm in Europe in February.

Last updated: 22 October 2020