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

    Travel One runs trips for singles at hotels in Calpe and 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.

    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 Cristal Palace Hotel, with most guests aged 35 to 65. Or you could enjoy the Mediterranean from on board a gulet cruise in Turkey.

    Looking further afield, June sees some of the best diving conditions on Koh Samui combined with plenty of sunshine. For a yoga-themed break, how about Absolute Sanctuary, which also has spa and detox programmes.

    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.

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

    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 ideal if you fancy an all-inclusive getaway, with spa treatments included along with food, drink, activities and plenty of luxury.

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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.

    Or visit three countries in one break on a four-night trip to Dubrovnik in late June, with day trips to Montenegro and Mostar with Solo Travellers Group Tours, one of a string of friendly group tours.

    The same company has a fabulous Morocco Highlights group tour in June that includes Marrakech, Fes, Essaouira and the Sahara Desert.

    Further east, you can experience the scenery and culture of Romania with one of the amazing escorted 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 between 40 and 60). Best itineraries include the nine-day Great Wall & Warriors and the 11-day Chinese Checkers.

    It’s a great time of year to visit Peru as well. Cox & Kings also 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 the 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, among other themed tours in June. See its full range of tours for solo travellers.

    For more affordable cultural tours in the UK and Europe, the Cultural Travel Company has trips for a range of interests.

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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.

    The small ships from St Hilda Sea Adventures are also perfect for an informal atmosphere with a maximum of eight on board, including single cabins on board Seahorse II. Their trips around the Hebridean islands this month include stops at the Isle of Mull and St Kilda.

    Further north, Fred. Olsen cruises are famous for their Baltics and Scandinavia routes, with sailings to Iceland and the Swedish waterways as well. 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. 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.

    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. Get a glimpse of a 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.

    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 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, around 60% of them usually travelling solo.

    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!

    American Sky has an exciting choice of solo holidays in the USA too, 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 bunkhouse or in a tent under the stars. There’s no single supplement.

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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 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 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 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 from Lands’ End to John O’Groats in Scotland, as well as a few more relaxed itineraries in England including South Shropshire and the Chilterns.

    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.

    Last updated: 24 December 2018

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