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    Singles holidays in October

    By Cathy Winston, Editor of 101 Singles Holidays

    As autumn starts in earnest in the UK, October is a great month to plan a solo holiday and escape the dark nights. Shoulder season prices mean you can still pick up some great sunshine deals across warmer parts of Europe, while this month also marks the start of good weather in some long-haul destinations.

    Plus there are walking holidays, chances to learn a new skill and a hefty dose of culture on offer this month too in some of the best holidays for singles in October.

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    Beach holidays for singles in October

    There’s still plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures to be found in Europe during October, without needing to fly for more than four hours.

    Singles specialist, Travel One, runs a very popular annual Autumn House Party in Spain, while Friendship Travel has its own house party style getaways in Greece on the island of Rhodes, exclusively for solo travellers.

    You’ll get sunshine in Cyprus too along with a string of hotels with no single supplement to choose from. Or consider Malta with its own history and beaches, plus some great diving even into the autumn.

    If you’re travelling with your children, there’s still beach weather to be found at half term – Single With Kids has trips this month including a week all-inclusive on the Greek Island of Rhodes, or head to the Canary Islands with Single Parents on Holiday for a half-term break in Fuerteventura.

    Or if you’re happy to fly further, there are tropical options too. October is one of the driest months to visit Mauritius before the humidity of the winter, perfect for some Indian Ocean sunshine.

    The Maldives may be best known for honeymooners, but you’ll be very happy in your own company at the gorgeous four-star Bandos Island Resort which has no single supplements between 1 May and 31 October if you book with Barefoot Traveller.

    Towards the end of its rainiest months, St Lucia should still have plenty of sunbathing weather too and often lower prices than other times of year in the Caribbean, not to mention plenty of all-inclusive indulgence at The BodyHoliday with Tropical Sky. With spa treatments and water sports included, along with food and other activities, you can be as relaxed or as busy as you choose.

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    Escorted tours for solo travellers

    You’ll find a great choice of escorted tours to Asia, Europe and South America for solo travellers in October, as well as trips to take you right off the beaten track. Head to Turkey on one of these small-group tours visiting Istanbul, the historical sites of Troy and Ephesus, the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli and the Byzantine churches of the Göreme Valley.

    October is one of the best months to visit Vietnam if you’re planning to travel the length of the country. A high proportion of those on small group tours run by Southeast Asia specialists InsideAsia Tours are travelling solo. Its Highlights of Vietnam tour is a great introduction to the country, its culture and cuisine, taking in the main cities and the key sights.

    In Africa, Solo Travellers Group Tours recommends this safari in Tanzania. And in Egypt you can join a group tour that includes a chance to experience the King Ramses Sun Festival at Abu Simbel with On The Go Tours.

    Cox & Kings has trips exclusively for solo travellers, including Splendours of South Africa to discover the wildlife and the highlights of Cape Town. With expert guides and no single supplements, it’s a great choice for over-50s.

    It’s a lovely time of year to visit Peru. Cox & Kings has a range of tours for single travellers including a nine-day Treasures of Peru tour (for solo travellers only) that includes Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, lunch at a local family home on Lake Titicaca and an overnight stay at Machu Picchu.

    American Sky has a range of solo holidays in the USA including Autumn Colours, a grand coach tour of New England where you’ll see spectacular displays of autumn leaves. Many of its guests travel solo and there’s a room-share option.

    For the over-50s, Saga Travel has a popular selection of escorted tours. You could soak up the stunning mountain scenery of Italy’s Lakes as well as visiting Bardolino, the medieval alpine city of Trento and heading across the border to Switzerland.

    Many people assume the Northern Lights can only be seen in the darkest months of winter, but they start appearing in the far north as early as September and October, when you can also witness beautiful autumn colours. Check out these Autumn Auroras tours in Finland.

    If tour groups, however friendly, aren’t for you then how about a solo escorted tour? Barefoot Traveller has created a special 13-night trip of Sri Lanka specifically for solo travellers with your own guide and chauffeur, as you explore the Indian Ocean island. From the ancient sites of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa to the beaches of Trincomalee and Galle, plus tea plantations and temples, October is one of the best months to find reasonable weather across the whole country.

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    Walking and activity holidays

    While the weather in the UK might not always lend itself to enjoying the great outdoors this month, you needn’t travel far to find a walking break with a better forecast. Check out the walking tours from Solos Holidays, which deals exclusively with solo travellers and charges no single supplements. In October you can enjoy some Mediterranean sun in Crete and Corfu.

    Look to Spain for some autumn sunshine with Ramblers Walking Holidays, walking in Majorca or the olive groves of Andalucia in southern Spain including some rooms with no single supplement.

    And Explore has small group tours in Portugal which always attract a high proportion of solo travellers. In October you could join a week-long cycling holiday from Lisbon to the Algarve via the beautiful Alentejo region, along with the best-selling Highlights of Portugal tour.

    Or head to Europe’s mountains before the snows set in, to enjoy glorious lakeside scenery with Inghams without a single supplement.

    The singles-only Mistral Hotel in Crete has a house party atmosphere and hosts a week for walkers in October.

    For a hike with a difference, a trip to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda is a big tick off the bucket list. I recommend Rainbow Tours for solo travellers. And there’s no reason you can’t consider a classic safari if you’re travelling solo with these overland tours. Combine Rwanda and the Masai Mara or consider a safari and beach option mixing the Serengeti and Zanzibar.

    If you’re a coffee lover, you could join a small group adventure tour to discover the Origin of Coffee in Ethiopia. Explore the lush jungles of Kaffa with Colobus monkeys swinging overhead.

    Cyclists are spoiled for choice as well, whether you fancy Morocco, Cuba or Vietnam, on a bike tour from Saddle Skedaddle.

    For a gentler active break, mix yoga with meditation in Spain or with surfing in Morocco for a chance to tone up and wind down on a retreat from the Healthy Holiday Company.

    And keen golfers can mix teeing off with chilling out. These golf holidays in Spain and Italy are exclusively for singles.

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    Learning holidays for singles

    Learning a new skill can be a good way to get to know new people, and immerse yourself in a foreign culture. Head to the mountains of Spain, at converted farmhouse Cortijo Romero where the choice of courses also includes personal development and tai chi. It charges only small single supplements.

    And Skyros promises a house-party atmosphere at its personal development holidays, including the Isle of Wight.

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    Cultural holidays

    Without the crippling heat of summer, indulge your love of art, architecture, literature and music in one of Europe’s cities. The themed tours from Martin Randall also include UK options almost year-round, but it’s tempting to swap home for the delights of Italy and discover more about Renaissance art and architecture. The company also has a new singles-only tour to St Petersburg. See its full range of tours for solos.

    There’s more music and art in Italy from Kirker Holidays, whether you fancy exploring the great cities of the north, the history of Sicily in the south or the eternal city of Rome.

    And in Turkey, you could explore the Aegean coastline on a traditional gulet as part of an archaeological holiday, exploring the ancient Lycian Way. With expert guides to bring the landscape to life, Peter Sommer Travels tours are always popular with singles.

    Or venture beyond Europe and take the first steps along the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, with Solo Travellers Group Tours.

    If you’d rather combine great weather with history and culture, take a classic Nile cruise on a felucca. The King Tutankhamen tour, sailing between Luxor and Aswan, visits timeless sites such as the Valley of the Kings and Karnak with a chance to see the colossal temple at Abu Simbel. If you prefer luxury to tradition, there’s the chance to upgrade to a five-star cruise boat instead.

    Or hop on board a larger ship with a cruise around the Mediterranean and its historic sites – Norwegian Epic, with its single staterooms and solos-only lounge, visits Barcelona, Rome, Florence and Pisa among other stops, while Fred Olsen has a cruise through the historic cities of the Adriatic.


    Last updated: 5 May 2019

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