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    Singles holidays in June

    By Cathy Winston, Editor of 101 Singles Holidays

    June is a fantastic month for a singles holiday. Summer temperatures mean you don’t need to travel far for guaranteed sun, but these last weeks before the start of the school holidays mean you can avoid peak season prices and snap up some great deals for solo travellers.


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    Beach holidays for solo travellers

    If you 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. It runs its own ClubSolos hotels (small, friendly, modestly priced, great locations) in CorfuTurkey and Crete.

    Travel One runs trips for singles at hotels at Calpe in Spain and on Majorca. It has a high number of repeat guests, who are typically aged in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

    On the Greek island of Crete, the singles-only Mistral Hotel offers a house party atmosphere with no room supplements, two pools and a wellness centre. It’s a three-minute walk to the beach.

    Friendship Travel has a gulet cruise in Turkey for solos where most guests are aged 35 to 65.

    Looking further afield, June sees some of the best diving conditions on Koh Samui in Thailand. For a yoga-themed break, Absolute Sanctuary on Koh Samui has highly-rated spa and detox programmes.

    Bali is another good option this month, with less rain but also fewer crowds than the high season periods. Stay at one of these hotels with no single supplement.

    In the Indian Ocean, the dry season has begun on Mauritius with temperatures still in the high 20s. For over-50s there are some long-stay deals at the Tamassa hotel with Saga Holidays.

    Or head to the Maldives where between May and October the four-star Bandos Island Resort costs just £1,495 for seven nights B&B with flights if you book with Barefoot Traveller.

    And if you’d like Caribbean beaches without the high prices, this is a good month to try. Look to St Lucia, where The BodyHoliday is popular with solo guests. It’s an all-inclusive getaway with spa treatments included in the price.

    History and culture tours

    Just You, the solo travel specialist, has a range of escorted tours in Italy in June, from Lake Como to the magnificent Amalfi Coast.

    Further east, you can experience the scenery and culture of Romania with one of these group tours for single travellers from Cox & Kings.

    Keep going east and all roads lead to China. I recommend the escorted trips with On The Go Tours which are popular with solo travellers (mostly aged 40 to 60). Best itineraries include the nine-day Great Wall & Warriors and the 11-day Chinese Checkers.

    The same company has some excellent tours in Turkey. For example, its two-week Turkey Discovered trip includes mud baths, swimming in the Blue Lagoon, walking through the Saklikent Gorge, plus whirling dervishes and a night in an Ottoman mansion.

    It’s a great time of year to visit Peru. Cox & Kings runs a dedicated nine-day tour, Treasures of Peru, for solo travellers only, that includes Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lake Titicaca and an overnight stay at Machu Picchu.

    Or 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.

    And there’s a chance to mix sightseeing with music on these cultural tours from Kirker Holidays. How about opera in Italy or at a Hampshire country house, and even a chance to discover Albania this month? Martin Randall Travel includes music festivals such as Handel in Halle, Germany, as well as Glyndebourne in June. See its full range of tours for solo travellers.

    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.

    For a floating house party, I suggest European Waterways, whose luxury barge holidays offer gourmet meals, an open bar and spa pool on deck, with itineraries throughout France, including the Canal du MidiBurgundy and Gascony. See the special offers for trips with no single supplements.

    St Hilda Sea Adventures runs cruises around the Hebridean islands this month include stops at Mull and St Kilda. The small boats offer an informal atmosphere with a maximum of eight on board, including single cabins.

    Just You offers river cruises across Europe and promises single occupancy of a double or twin cabin with no supplements.

    Fred. Olsen is known for its cruises to the Baltics, Scandinavia and Iceland. Witness the Midnight Sun in June 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. The informal Saga Sapphire sails out of Dover to Norway and the Baltics, with all prices including transfers between your home and the port (up to 250 miles) or free car parking.

    For a less formal 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.

    Adventure tours

    See the highlights of Japan on a group trip with InsideJapan Tours which has no single supplement on selected trips.

    Or marvel at mountain gorillas in the wild on a nine-day trip to Rwanda with Rainbow Tours, which guarantees your own room for a low 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 to 24 people, around 60% of them travelling solo.

    For an upmarket small-group safari (maximum size 12 people), try Take Me To Africa which runs a tour of Namibia in June that features the world’s highest sand dunes, kayaking with dolphins on the Skeleton Coast and searching for Black Rhino in Etosha National Park.

    At the heart of the Silk Road, Kyrgyzstan is a fascinating country of untamed beauty where you can join a small group tour into the rugged Tian Shan Mountains for hiking or horse riding, sleeping in yurts. A unique experience!

    You can also join one of these sensational overland truck tours of Central Asia. You’ll see the treasures of the Silk Road, camp under the stars and really get under the skin of the region. The shortest trips is 15 days, the longest 27 weeks.

    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.

    If you love horses, how about a ranch holiday in the USA or Canada. In the Tuscon Mountains, White Stallion Ranch is a luxury resort with great deals for solo travellers. For more serious riders, Silver Spur Ranch in Idaho is a small working ranch where you can take part in cattle drives, and sleep in a tent under the stars. There’s no single supplement.

    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. Inghams Holidays has hotels with no single supplement in resorts including Obergurgl in Austria, and Chamonix and Morzine in France.

    In Italy, Hedonistic Hiking combines gourmet food and wine with guided walks through sensational countryside from the Dolomites to Basilicata.

    The British summertime is rarely predictable, but long summer days and balmy evenings make this month a great choice to head outdoors. Ramblers Walking 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. At the company’s own Hassness Country House on the shores of Buttermere, the single supplement is just £5 per night.

    Or hop on a bike with one of the Saddle Skedaddle cycling breaks in Scotland and England plus more adventurous group tours in Spain, Italy and France, along with Cuba, China and Japan.

    For more predictable weather, 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 prefer your privacy.

    Skyros offers a range of personal development holidays at beautiful Atsitsa Bay in Greece, with packed programmes including creative writing, Cuban salsa dancing, windsurfing, yoga, music and singing.

    Last updated: 14 October 2019

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