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    Singles holidays in July

    By Cathy Winston, Editor of 101 Singles Holidays

    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. If you’re looking for luxury, I’d recommend European Waterways which has no single supplement on selected canal cruises. You’ll find gourmet food and wine on board, and a group of like-minded travellers.

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

    Europe has the world’s best river cruises, from the Douro in Portugal to Venice and the River Po. The specialist operator Just You has great deals for singles including no cabin supplements.

    For the over-50s, Saga Travel has its own cruise ships with dedicated single cabins and no supplements. Both the Saga Sapphire and the Spirit of Discovery sail out of UK ports so there is no need to fly.

    Fred. Olsen has a variety of options for solo passengers, including dinner and dance companions – whether you prefer the Norwegian fjords 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 to introduce you to the archaeological sites visited along the way. And for single parents, there’s a Greek family adventure.

    It’s also a great month to make the most of some of the UK’s best weather on a cruise off the coast of Scotland with St Hilda Sea Adventures, with cruises themed around wildlife and castles this month.

    Activity holidays

    A walking holiday in the UK is a great way to meet new people, get fit and enjoy the countryside. Ramblers Walking 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 Orkney Islands and Guernsey, plus it also has its own B&B – Hassness Country House – on the shores of Buttermere.

    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, and lovely itineraries in France.

    There are plenty of chances to get active on some of the personal development holidays offered by Cortijo Romero, a beautiful converted farmhouse in Spain’s Alpujarras mountains. 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.

    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. In Turkey, the small friendly Forever Hotel has 19 rooms and is also exclusively for solo travellers.

    Friendship Travel’s other breaks to Turkey include staying in Fethiye and Olu Deniz with a house party atmosphere. And for another house party style trip, Travel One has breaks in Spain, including the lovely resort of Calpe on the Costa Blanca. See more singles holidays in Spain.

    Solos Holidays has hotels with double rooms exclusively for singles at resorts across the Greek Islands. It operates its own ClubSolos holidays – no couples, no children, just small modest hotels in good locations. Options include Kayakoy Boutique Hotel in Turkey and Villa Maistrali in Santorini.

    If you’re not a beach type, you could head to 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, as well as 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. 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.

    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.

    Take Me To Africa has a 10-day road trip of Namibia in July that is popular with singles. The maximum group size is 12 and the typical age range is 30 – 60.

    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.

    One of the most exciting regions for an overland truck tour is Central Asia. Travel with the specialist operator Oasis Overland and you’ll see the treasures of the Silk Road, camp under the stars and make friends for life. Popular trips includes its 20-day Bishkek to Ashgabat adventure through Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

    If you love horses, why not take 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.

    For 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, while there are deals for solo travellers staying at the Eden Resort & Spa near Beruwela if you book with Barefoot Traveller.

    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 one of the tipi holidays in Herefordshire or stay in lodge in Cornwall, perfect to spend some time together as a family 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 Iberostar Lanzarote Park in Lanzarote 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 island of Menorca 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: 3 October 2019

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