Singles holidays in May

By Cathy Winston, Editor

May sees the start of the summer season across Europe and if you travel outside school holidays, you can find discounts along with fine weather. It’s also a great time to indulge your interests, whether that’s walking, cycling, personal development or culture. Here are the best singles holidays in May.

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European sun

It’s a perfect time to be in the Mediterranean. For a hotel that’s only for singles, Friendship Travel’s house parties are a slice of sociable sun, with laid-back Greek escapes to Rhodes and Zante. You can find more singles-only getaways with Travel One – explore lovely Corfu, with the option to upgrade from half-board to all-inclusive.

You’ll find group tours in Turkey too which are popular with solo travellers and carry no compulsory single supplement. The 10-day Turkey Unplugged tour packs in Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy and Ephesus, the Aegean coast and Cappadoccia.

For a different way to experience the same region, an archaeology tour really gets under the skin of the culture. The gulet cruises from Peter Sommer Travels let you explore sea as well as land – try Cruising to the Cyclades or Walking and cruising West Lycia in Turkey.

Or look to Portugal, where a string of Algarve hotels have no single supplement – try the clifftop Baia Crystal Beach or the Baia Grande Hotel which both have a solo travellers’ table in the restaurant.

And for solos over 50, Saga’s escorted singles-only tours include a relaxing escape to the Croatian coast and a twin-centre break to Sardinia and Corsica.

Other short haul holidays in May

You could discover the beauty and culture of Italy on a range of escorted tours for solo travellers, including Lake Como and Tuscany. The culture-packed trips from Kirker Holidays also include chances to explore Italy, from the villas and gardens of Rome and the Italian Lakes to the glories of Umbria.

Or join a singles-only tour to St Petersburg with Cox & Kings to see some of the fabulous treasures of Russia.

There’s art, history and stunning scenery right on our own doorstep too. Expert guides and no single supplements on selected dates make Martin Randall Travel popular with solo travellers, with escorted themed tours including Roman heritage in the south of Britain.

Join like-minded solo travellers on one of these amazing Immersive Journeys from Abercrombie & Kent. This tour of Jordan will introduce you to the Dead Sea, Jerash, Wadi Rum and the Rose City of Petra.

Single parents can find short breaks over the bank holiday weekend and half-term. Enjoy an outdoorsy escape in Wales or stay on a working farm in Italy at Gelindo dei Magredi.

Cruise holidays in May

May is a great month for a cruise of the UK or Scandinavia. Book early with St Hilda Sea Adventures and you can get the double cabin on Seahorse II with no single supplement for cruises around the Isle of Skye and Mull.

Fred. Olsen has no single supplements on selected departures this month, plus itineraries to Norway’s fjords and Spain. The more formal cruise traditions mean that solo travellers are paired together for dinner while the cruise line also offers companions for shore excursions. See the latest deals.

For a luxurious escape, board one of the all-inclusive barges from European Waterways with sailings through Italy, including the wonders of Venice, and no solo supplement on some dates.

Activity holidays for singles

As the weather improves across Europe, it’s the ideal time to plan an activity holiday before the summer heat and crowds arrive. Join a group cycling tour in England, Scotland or Wales, or venture to  Spain, Italy, France or even Borneo.

These UK walking breaks with Ramblers Holidays are hugely popular with solo travellers. Some have no single supplement. Solos Holidays also have UK walking holidays this month, including a short break to the Peak District.

The start of summer is a perfect time to spend time in Europe’s lakes and mountains. Inghams has no single supplements at many hotels in Alpine resorts including Alpbach in Austria, and Interlaken in Switzerland.

If food and drink is a high priority, try one of the indulgent walking breaks in Italy with Hedonistic Hiking. Or on the Greek island of Crete, the singles-only Mistral Hotel has its own house party atmosphere with no room supplements, and offers a walkers’ week in May.

Beach in the Seychelles

Tropical beaches

Discover the fabulous snorkelling and diving of the Maldives at the four-star Bandos Island Resort, where Barefoot Traveller has a special rate for singles between May and October.

There are some tempting escapes to Asia this month. It’s one of the driest months in Bali, and shoulder season keeps prices low.

Long haul touring holidays

From the Americas to Asia, there are some great long-haul escapes and group tours for singles. Just You has a wide range of solo holidays in the USA for solo travellers only. You could explore some of America’s magnificent national parks or America’s musical heritage in the Deep South.

If you’ve always dreamed of riding horses in the Wild West, check out these ranch holidays in Colorado, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Choose between a luxury resort ranch and a small working ranch where you can take part in cattle drives and sleep in a swag under the stars.

It’s a good time of year to visit Peru, one of the singles-only tours from Cox & Kings. Or join this Colombian Adventure overland tour from Cartagena to Quito.

If China is on your list, check out this range of small-group tours for solo travellers from market leader Wendy Wu Tours. Its two-week Charming China trip includes Shanghai, Beijing, the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, Guilin and a cruise on the Huangpu River.

Or these small group tours of Japan are ideal for singles, some with no supplement. The 13-night Japan Unmasked tour includes the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima, a journey by Bullet Train and visits to mountain villages, temples and castles.

Take Me To Africa runs small-group safaris, including a 10-day tour of Namibia where you’ll find the world’s highest sand dunes, go kayaking with dolphins on the Skeleton Coast and search for Black Rhino in Etosha National Park. Popular with singles, the typical age range is 30 to 60.

Discover unique wildlife before relaxing on an Indian Ocean beach with a tailor-made trip to Madagascar from Rainbow Tours.

And with the end of the annual migration in the Serengeti, it’s a fantastic month to view wildlife before relaxing in Zanzibar on a safari and beach escape with Tucan Travel.

Solo travel for body and soul

For those who’d like more from their holiday than a tan, the extra pampering at The BodyHoliday in St Lucia is solo traveller heaven. No single supplements, a relaxed atmosphere and all-inclusive spa treatments and activities, such as yoga, archery and tennis, along with food and drink.

At Cortijo Romero in the beautiful Spanish mountain region of Las Alpujarras in Andalucia, choose from a variety of personal development courses, including wellbeing, walking, yoga and tai chi, along with creative pursuits.

And to get your health and fitness back on track, how about a detox retreat in one of Europe’s most picturesque locations such as a chateau in south-western France.

* The May Bank Holidays in 2021 are: Monday 3 May and Monday 31 May (Spring Bank Holiday).

Last updated: 15 April 2020