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    Singles holidays in June

    By Cathy Winston

    June is a fantastic month for a singles holiday. Summer temperatures mean you don’t need to travel far for some sun, whether you want to lounge on a beach, soak up some culture or try something more active, but these last weeks before the start of the school holidays mean you can avoid the worst of the peak season prices and snap up the occasional discount for solo travellers.

    Top of my list is cruising on the water somewhere in the sunshine but you’re not short of choices with these great singles holidays in June.

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    Beach holidays for solo travellers

    If you simply want a classic summer beach holiday, the Greek Islands are idyllic and the trips from Solos Holidays guarantee the holiday will be singles only, with no extra charges for solo travellers, whether you’ve set your sights on Corfu, Thassos, KosSkiathos or Samos.

    Travel One runs house parties for singles at hotels in Ibiza and Nerja in Andalucia. It has a high number of repeat guests, who are typically aged in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

    And Friendship Travel has its own sunshine singles-only holiday in Sicily, with some excursions included and your own double room at the four-star Domina Home Zagarella. Typical age range of guests is 35 – 65 years old.

    Looking further afield, June sees some of the best diving conditions on Koh Samui combined with plenty of sunshine. Set on its own lagoon, I’d recommend Kamalaya retreat, where spa treatments and spiritual bliss are on the menu alongside elephant trekking and mountain biking.

    Bali is another good option this month, with less rain but also fewer crowds than the high season periods. With a choice of hotels with no single supplement, it’s not hard to find a tempting beach break.

    And if you’d like Caribbean beaches without the high prices, this is a good month to try. The five-star adults-only Breathless Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic has 11 restaurants, diving and its own app to help solo travellers get to know their fellow guests.

    Alternatively, head to the Maldives where the stunning four-star Bandos Island Resort has no single supplements between 1 May and 31 October if you book with Barefoot Traveller.

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    History and culture tours

    Head to Portugal on a small-group tour with Explore (a large proportion of guests travel solo). Its biggest seller is a week-long Highlights of Portugal trip that gets you to Lisbon, Sintra, Coimbra, Porto and the Douro Valley. Full on.

    How about stepping in the footsteps of a few literary greats in the Lake District. Wander lonely as a cloud or hunt for Peter Rabbit at the homes of Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter on a Literature & Walking tour, led by an expert guide but with no single supplement.

    Or check out this range of affordable cultural tours in the UK and Europe.

    Step back a few more centuries with an escorted archaeological tour of Greece or Turkey with Peter Sommer Travels. Popular with solo travellers, they have the added attraction of offering trips on traditional gulets, so you can cruise along the coast as well as having the ancient ruins brought to life.

    Head to Dubrovnik for four nights in late June and you can visit three countries in one break, with day trips to Montenegro and Mostar with Solo Travellers. Check out its full range of friendly group tours.

    Or experience the White Nights in St Petersburg with one of the escorted group tours for single travellers from Cox & Kings on this amazing escorted trip to Russia.

    And there’s a chance to mix sightseeing with music on the cultural tours from Kirker Holidays. How about opera in Italy, the Aldeburgh music festival and even a chance to discover Albania this month.

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    Cruise holidays for singles in June

    A holiday on the water has to be one of the most relaxing ways to travel, watching your destination slip past and stopping to explore along the way. And whether you’d prefer a European barge holiday, a traditional cruise liner or seeing the world’s great oceans from the deck of a yacht, there’s some fantastic options for solo travellers. For a floating house party, I’d suggest European Waterways, whose luxury barge holidays promise gourmet meals, an open bar and spa pool on deck, with itineraries throughout France in particular, including the Canal du MidiBurgundy and Gascony. And there’s often no single supplements among the company’s special offers.

    Further north, Fred. Olsen cruises are famous for their Baltics and Scandinavia routes. Make the most of the good weather in northern Europe as you watch the fjords over a cocktail, with special dining options for solo travellers and no single supplement on selected dates. See the latest deals.

    For the over-50s, Saga Travel has its own cruise ships with a generous number of single cabins and no supplements. Both the informal Saga Sapphire and the more traditional Saga Pearl II sail in and out of Dover and Southampton and all prices include transfers between your home and the port (up to 250 miles) or free car parking.

    Or for a more informal approach to cruising, Norwegian Epic has its own single staterooms and lounge if you’re travelling solo, with sailings around the Mediterranean and a choice of dining options so you needn’t be tied to the same table every night.

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    Adventure tours

    There’s plenty of excitement to be had on dry land as well in June too. From Lima, Lake Titicaca and La Paz to the Colca Canyon and Cusco, not to mention Machu Picchu itself, the Condor tour from Journey Latin America is the perfect introduction to Peru, with around 40% of the group travelling solo. Or get a glimpse of another fascinating culture in Japan, seeing the highlights of the country with InsideJapan Tours which has no single supplement on selected trips.

    Explore runs small group tours with about 60% of clients travelling solo. It has a great range of wildlife tours including a Brown Bear Weekend in Finland where you stay in simple lodges and huts.

    You could see mountain gorillas in the wild on a nine-day trip to Rwanda with Rainbow Tours, which guarantees your own room for a low single supplement. This once-in-a-lifetime small-group tour includes a day’s gorilla trekking in the Parc Nacional de Volcans, a guided walk to see chimps and colobus monkeys and a forest canopy walk in Nyungwe. Find out more.

    For a low-cost safari in Africa, I also love these overland tours where you’ll join a group of 12 – 24 people, 60% of them travelling solo.

    And American Sky has an exciting choice of solo holidays in the USA, all with a room-share option. Among its most popular trips in June is this Western Discoverer tour which takes in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, the Grand Canyon, Zion and Yosemite National Parks, San Francisco and Mammoth Lakes.

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    Active breaks

    June is arguably the best time of year to enjoy the beauty of Europe’s lakes and mountains. The hills are alive with hiking and biking opportunities, or you can just lie back and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. We recommend Inghams Holidays which has hotels with no single supplement in top resorts including Mayrhofen and Obergurgl in Austria, and Chamonix and Morzine in France.

    The British summertime is rarely predictable, but long summer days and balmy evenings make this month a great choice to head outdoors at home as well. Ramblers Worldwide Holidays runs great-value walking holidays with no single supplement in some of the UK’s loveliest beauty spots including the Lake District and the Cornish Coast. Or head to the company’s own Hassness Country House on the shores of Buttermere where the single supplement costs just £5 per night.

    Or save your feet and hop on your bike with one of the Saddle Skedaddle cycling breaks around the UK. Pedal coast to coast in the Highlands of Scotland or travel from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, as well as a few more relaxed itineraries in England including the Derbyshire Dales.

    For more predictable weather, and a more relaxed way to be active, head to Spain. In the converted farmhouse of Cortijo Romero in Andalucia, you can combine Pilates with yoga, tai chi and exploring mountain villages in Las Alpujarras as well as courses with an emphasis on personal development and creativity. Popular with solo travellers, there’s a room share option or small single supplements if you’d prefer your privacy.

    Skyros offers a range of personal development holidays at beautiful Atsitsa Bay in Greece too, with packed programmes including creative writing, Cuban salsa dancing, windsurfing, yoga, music and singing. For shorter getaway, check out the weekend city breaks in Greece, with a mix of sightseeing and either life coaching or journal writing guidance, as well as the option to stay at the company’s own four-star country house, The Grange, on the Isle of Wight.

    Last updated: 5 October 2017

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