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    Singles holidays in July

    By Cathy Winston

    The sun is shining and the living is easy – there’s no question July equals holidays. It’s a great time for solo travellers, particularly if you take advantage of the lower prices in the first half of  the month. If you’re a single parent there is also good news: holiday companies have finally woken up to the idea that not every family consists of two adults and two children. You can book some great trips during the peak summer period without being hit by single supplements.

    From safaris in Africa to solo cruising in the Med, long-haul adventure to fun in the sun on a European beach, here’s my selection of some of the best singles holidays in July.

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    Sailing and cruising for singles in July

    July is a great month for a sailing or cruise holiday, and it can be a cooler way to explore some European destinations as well. If you’re looking for luxury, I’d recommend European Waterways which has no single supplement on selected canal cruises. The gourmet meals and wines are perfect for those who’d like a taste of the finer things in life as well as a new group of like-minded travellers to share them with.

    For an informal atmosphere on the open seas, check out Norwegian Cruise Line’s ‘Freestyle Cruising’. Its ship, Norwegian Epic, also has cabins exclusively for solo travellers and is spending the summer cruising through the Mediterranean.

    For the over-50s, Saga Travel has its own cruise ships with dedicated single cabins and no supplements. Both the Saga Sapphire and the Saga Pearl II sail out of Dover and Southampton so there is no need to fly. Prices include transfers between your home and the port (up to 250 miles) or free car parking.

    Mature passengers will also enjoy the Fred. Olsen cruises, with a variety of services for solo passengers, including dinner and dance companions – and a choice of destinations, whether you prefer the Norwegian fjords and cooler north, or the chance to see the lavender of Provence.

    Or how about a Mediterranean cruise with a difference? Peter Sommer Travels has a range of gulet cruises around Croatia, Greece, Turkey and Italy, with an expert guide on board too to help introduce you to the archaeological sites you visit along the way. And this month, there’s a Greek family adventure chasing gods and monsters across the Aegean.

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    Activity holidays

    A walking holiday in the UK is a great way to meet new people, get fit and enjoy some superb countryside. Ramblers Worldwide Holidays says more than half its guests travel alone and it has no single supplement on a range of trips. Destinations this month include the Lake District, the Orkney Islands and Guernsey, plus it also has its own B&B – Hassness Country House – which has a house party atmosphere on the shores of Buttermere.

    There’s great walking in Europe this month too. Explore’s small group tours include a trip to the volcanic Azores, off Portugal’s west coast, to discover the beautiful landscapes and thermal springs – one of a string of small group tours in Portugal.

    For something more hardcore and remote, you could explore the mountains of Kyrgyzstan by foot or horse on a small group tour, sleeping in yurts and leaving the modern world behind you.

    If you’d rather get on a bike, how about a group cycling tour. Saddle Skedaddle is making the most of the UK’s best weather, with trips in England and Scotland as well as the mountains of Spain, a north to south trip across France and a family break to Slovenia.

    There’s plenty of chance to get active on some of the personal development holidays offered by Cortijo Romero, a beautiful converted farmhouse in the Alpujarras mountains of Andalucia. See the course schedule which ranges from dance and tai chi to meditation and mindfulness.

    Skyros also promises a house-party atmosphere on its personal development holidays at Atsitsa Bay in Greece. Each week features a varied programme of courses such as singing, yoga, dance, massage, windsurfing and creative writing.

    If you’d like to return from holiday feeling fit and healthy, how about a yoga break with a dedicated teacher in the Costa del Sol or Ibiza. Most guests travel alone and you’ll have your own double room. Or you could join a weight loss holiday – best value is a six-night programme at Shanti Som in Andalucia.

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    Short haul breaks for solo travellers

    If you want to laze in the sun, check out the family-run Mistral Hotel in Crete which is exclusively for singles and has a house party atmosphere with no room supplements. There are two pools and it’s a three-minute walk to the beach.

    July is also a perfect time to visit Russia to experience the long midsummer nights. Cox & Kings has tours exclusively for singles, with its Russia trips aimed particularly at the over-50s, focusing on the culture, history and heritage of Moscow and St Petersburg.

    This is a perfect time to enjoy Europe’s lakes and mountains where the hills are alive with hiking and biking opportunities, or you can just lie back and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. We’ve found hotels with no single supplement in leading resorts including Italy’s Lake Como and car-free Zermatt and Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.

    You could combine Europe’s scenery with its culture on a trip to one of the many summer music festivals from Kirker Holidays including some in the UK such as Buxton’s opera festival. Or join a group tour of the Art Treasures of Venice with an expert guide from The Cultural Travel Company. For more culture, Martin Randall Travel has a string of small group tours on a theme as well, including the chance to explore France’s great Gothic cathedrals.

    Solo Travellers is the UK’s only group tour specialist for singles. As well as trips throughout the year to less visited short-haul destinations including Georgia and Armenia, with its medieval monasteries, fortresses, lakes and mountains, there’s a short break to Lisbon this month.

    When only beach will do, there’s still a chance to get a holiday with no single supplement in Greece, even in peak season. Solos Holidays has hotels with double rooms exclusively for singles at resorts across the Greek Islands. Or singles specialists Friendship Travel also has breaks to Turkey, staying in Fethiye and Olu Deniz with a house party atmosphere.

    For another house party style trip, Travel One has breaks in coastal resort of Nerja in Andalucia with beaches, mountains and the historic city of Granada to explore nearby.

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    Long haul adventures

    Just because the weather’s good (hopefully) in the UK, doesn’t mean you should forget about the more exotic alternatives as there are some great long-haul destinations for solos in July. You could get up close with wild mountain gorillas on a nine-day trip to Rwanda with Rainbow Tours, which has low single supplement if you want your own room.

    You can see humpback whales off the coast of Madagascar where this two-week Wildlife Discovery Tour is popular with solo travellers. It includes night walks and day safaris to see lemurs, chameleons and other unique natural wonders.

    If you fancy a budget safari in Africa, how about an overland tour with a group of 12 – 24 people. Popular trips include a 10-day Mara and Serengeti tour that visits the Masai Mara, Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

    If you love horses, how about a ranching holiday in the American West. There are some great deals for solo travellers, whether you want a luxury hideaway such as White Stallion Ranch in Arizona or a more hardcore experience such as Silver Spur Ranch in Idaho.

    It’s a great time to visit Sri Lanka too and in July, you can discover the country’s famous cultural triangle, with the rock fortress of Sigiriya and historyic Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. This 8-day tour whisks you between the sights and has no compulsory single supplement.

    If you’d prefer a more relaxed visit to the island, Mercury Holidays has hotels with no single supplement in Sri Lanka so you can chill out by the beach as well as getting a taste of local life and culture.

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    Family holidays for single parents

    Picking the perfect holiday for a sole adult and one or more children can be a tricky balancing act, but there are now some attractive options. You could book a UK break which gives kids all the fun of getting outdoors while single parents enjoy a chance to relax. Single with Kids has designed its holidays to suit single mums, single dads and children, with the emphasis on adventure and making friends.

    I’d pick the wigwam break in Northumberland or stay in a converted farmhouse, where you can explore beaches and one of the Harry Potter filming locations, enjoy barbecues and join in group activities with other single families.

    If you’d prefer your sunshine guaranteed, I recommend Single Parents on Holiday which hosts single-parent only groups at luxury accommodation such as the five-star Alexander Beach Hotel in Crete along with the charming rustic Gelindo dei Magredi on a working farm in the foothills of the Italian Dolomites.

    Single With Kids also has beach breaks. This holiday on the Greek island of Rhodes is perfect for school-age kids. Or check out the Sardinia breaks, one of their newer additions, with kids clubs and plenty of activities.

    Last updated: 6 September 2018

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