Singles holidays in July 2021

By Cathy Winston, Editor

Summer time and the living is easy – July is 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, you can book some exciting trips during the peak summer period without being hit by single supplements. Here’s my pick of the best singles holidays in July.

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Sailing and cruising for singles in July

July is ideal for a sailing or cruise holiday. If you’re looking for luxury, I recommend European Waterways which has no single supplements 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 spends the summer cruising the Mediterranean.

Europe has the world’s best river cruises, from the Rhone and the Rhine to Venice and the River Po. The specialist operator Just You has great deals including no single cabin supplements.

Fred. Olsen has a variety of options for solo passengers, including dinner and dance companions – whether you prefer the Norwegian fjords or visiting Bordeaux and Spain.

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

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, it runs a Greek family adventure.

It’s also a good time 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. Its cruises in July are themed around wildlife and voyaging through the Outer Hebrides.

Activity holidays

A walking holiday in the UK is a fantastic 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 has its own B&B – Hassness Country House – on the shores of Lake Buttermere.

Hedonistic Hiking ensures there’s plenty of indulgence alongside your walks, with fabulous food on their holidays – this month, you could discover Austria and the Dolomites.

Or try an adventurous group tour in Iceland. Not just a winter destination, as this Volcanos and Glaciers of Iceland itinerary proves, visiting the Westman islands and black sand beaches.

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 yoga and pilates to creative retreats.

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 with Friendship Travel.

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 the family-run Iraklis Apartments on Crete and Villa Maistrali in Santorini.

And Mercury Holidays has hotels with no single supplement across Europe and north Africa, including Cyprus, Malta and Morocco.

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.

Or check out the special Immersive Journeys from Abercrombie & Kent, including the week-long Treasures of Russia tour – the first four solo places pay no supplement.

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. For more culture, Martin Randall Travel has a string of small group tours on a theme, 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 tempting 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 a 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.

How about joining an overland truck tour to 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 include its 16-day Bishkek to Bishkek adventure through Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

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 good 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 historic 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, this special tour for solo travellers includes six nights on the beach at Negombo along with a private tour of six Unesco World Heritage Sites.

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.

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 four-star Iberostar Herceg Novi in Montenegro along with the charmingly 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 Algarve is ideal for school-age kids including gentle beaches if they have younger siblings. Or check out the Sardinia breaks, one of their newer additions, with kids clubs and plenty of activities.

Last updated: 14 September 2020