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 and restrictions starting to ease. It’s also a great time to indulge your interests, whether that’s walking, cycling, personal development or culture.

Remember that in 2022 the late May Bank Holiday is moved to Thursday 2 June in 2022, and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday is on Friday 3 June, giving Britain a four-day weekend.

Here are the best singles holidays in May. Follow the links below for details of prices and dates.

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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. There’s a tempting solos-only holiday in Croatia too: you could join a  cruise along the coast of Croatia

You’ll find group tours in Turkey which are popular with solo travellers and carry no compulsory single supplement. The 14-day Turkey Discovered tour packs in Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy and Ephesus, the Aegean coast and Cappadoccia, as well as part of the Silk Road.

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 an island-hopping break to Rhodes and the Aegean.

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 Garda 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. Find more singles holidays in Italy.

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 history in the south-west of Britain as well as the glories of St Petersburg

If you’re a foodie, you could join one of these cooking holidays in Italy. Stay in a charming villa with private pool. All meals and tuition are included, and you’ll get your own room with no single supplement.

There’s adventure to be had in Europe too, in less discovered countries like Bosnia, visiting Sarajevo and Mostar as well as isolated mountain villages.

Join like-minded solo travellers on one of these amazing Immersive Journeys from Abercrombie & Kent, or a tailor-made private tour like this trip to Morocco , visiting Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains and Essaouira.

Cruise holidays in May

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

Fred. Olsen has no single supplements on selected departures this month, plus itineraries to the Mediterranean, Ireland and northern France. 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 or venture to  Spain, Italy, France and even Borneo if you’re planning ahead for 2022.

These UK walking breaks with Ramblers Holidays are hugely popular with solo travellers, and some have no single supplement. Solos Holidays also has 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.

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.

If food and drink is a high priority, book ahead on one of the indulgent walking breaks in Italy with Hedonistic Hiking for 2022.

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, where it’s one of the driest months in Bali, and shoulder season keeps prices low. Mercury Holidays has hotels with no single supplements in Bali, as well as Mauritius and Sri Lanka for more Indian Ocean beaches.

Long haul touring holidays

From the Americas to Asia, there are some unforgettable long-haul escapes and group tours for singles. Just You has a wide range of solo holidays in north America and Canada for solo travellers only. You could explore some of Canada on a spectacular trip on the Rocky Mountaineer, including Vancouver and Lake Louise.

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.

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

Solo travel for body and soul

For those who’d like more from their holiday than a tan, the extra pampering at 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 which have previously focused on 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 2022 are: Monday 2 May, Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June (the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee).

Last updated: 30 November 2021

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