Singles holidays in October

Singles holiday in October

By Cathy Winston, Editor

As the Covid-19 pandemic eases, we are expecting most holidays to be up and running again by October 2020. As autumn descends on the UK, it’s a great month to plan a solo holiday, with cheap deals available as the summer season comes to an end.

If you don’t want to lie on a beach, this is a great time of year for walking holidays, culture, long haul adventures or perhaps the chance to learn a new skill. Here are the best holidays for singles in October.

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Short-haul beach holidays

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

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

You’re pretty much guaranteed sunshine in Cyprus where you can find a selection of hotels with no single supplement. Or consider Malta with its own history and beaches, plus some great diving even into the autumn.

For solo travellers aged over 50, Saga Holidays has some tempting singles-only beach breaks, including a chance to escape to Halkidiki in Greece.

Long-haul beach holidays

If you’re happy to fly further, there’s tropical sun too. October is one of the driest months to visit Mauritius, perfect for some Indian Ocean sunshine.

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

As the rainy season ends, St Lucia should have plenty of sunbathing weather too and often lower prices, not to mention plenty of all-inclusive Caribbean indulgence at The BodyHoliday. Spa treatments and water sports are included, along with food and other activities, so you can be as relaxed or as busy as you choose.

Escorted tours for singles in October

Many people assume the Northern Lights can only be seen in the winter months, but you can also witness them alongside beautiful autumn colours in October. Check out these Autumn Auroras tours in Finland.

You may also see the Northern Lights on these Local Lives small-group tours in Arctic Sweden and Norway’s Senja Island with no single supplement. The idea is to explore wild countryside and meet local experts in foraging, fishing, star gazing and traditional local culture.

Find more wonders in Turkey on one of these small-group tours visiting Istanbul and the historical sites of Troy and Ephesus, along with the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli and the Byzantine churches of the Göreme Valley.

In Egypt you can join a group tour that includes a chance to experience the King Ramses Sun Festival at Abu Simbel.

Abercrombie & Kent’s group tours are known as Immersive Journeys as they get right under the skin of a destination. The first four solo travellers booking will get their own rooms with no single supplement. This tour of Morocco looks amazing.

Take Me To Africa runs a two-week South Africa tour featuring Cape Town, whales, penguins and dolphins on the Garden Route and wine tasting ​in Stellenbosch. Cox & Kings has trips exclusively for solo travellers as well as group tours with low single supplements, including Splendours of South Africa to discover the wildlife and the highlights of Cape Town.

October is one of the best months to visit Vietnam, and the small group tours run by Southeast Asia specialists InsideAsia Tours are popular with those travelling solo. Its Highlights of Vietnam tour is an ideal introduction to the country’s highlights, its culture and cuisine.

Further east, you can discover some of the highlights of China on a two-week tour for solos only – Captivating China  visits Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, the pandas in Chengdu and a short cruise on the Yangtze River.

It’s a lovely time of year to visit Peru. Cox & Kings runs’ tours for single travellers including a nine-day Treasures of Peru group tour visiting Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu.

If tour groups aren’t for you, how about a solo escorted tour? Barefoot Traveller has a special 13-night trip of Sri Lanka for solo travellers with your own guide and chauffeur. From the ancient sites of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa to the beaches of Trincomalee and Galle, October is one of the best months for reasonable weather countrywide.

Wildlife holidays for solo travellers

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.

There’s no reason you can’t consider a classic safari solo on these overland tours. Combine Rwanda and the Masai Mara or consider a safari and beach to the Serengeti and Zanzibar.

Oasis Overland has another great trip through East Africa’s national parks, from Nairobi to Kigali with a chance to see mountain gorillas as well as birdlife.

There’s wonderful wildlife closer to hand as well: head to the Inner Hebrides in Scotland for a wildlife cruise with St Hilda’s Sea Adventures.

Walking and activities

You needn’t travel far to find a walking break with a better forecast than the UK this month. 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.

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

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 Hedonistic Hiking combines gourmet food with adventure walks with a focus on Italy. In October this trip to Piedmont is a wonderful celebration of slow food.

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

October is a great month for a cycling tour in the Med – see these group trips to Spain, Italy, France, Portugal and Croatia. Or hop on a different kind of saddle on a ranch holiday in the American West.

Tone up and wind down on a gentler active break, mixing yoga with meditation in Spain or with surfing in Morocco on a retreat from the Healthy Holiday Company.

And keen golfers can tee off before chilling out. These golf holidays in North Cyprus and Spain are exclusively for singles.

Cultural trips

Indulge your love of art, architecture, literature and music without the crowds and heat in one of Europe’s cities. The themed tours from Martin Randall include UK options but you might be tempted by the Renaissance art and architecture in Italy. The company also a range of tours for solos.

There’s more music and art in Italy from Kirker Holidays, from the wonderful cities of the north to the history of Sicily.

Or in Turkey, take an archaeological cruise on a traditional gulet exploring the ancient Lycian Way. With expert guides to bring the landscape to life, Peter Sommer Travels tours are always popular with singles.

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 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.

Cruise holidays for solos

Enjoy the islands of Croatia and some autumn sunshine on a cruise. The Croatian Island Explorer cruise from Just You is for solos only, with a tour manager on hand throughout.

For a gourmet option, hop aboard one of the luxury barges from European Waterways for a cruise along the Canal du Midi, where the sun should still be shining.

Or cruise around the Mediterranean and its historic sites on a larger ship – 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 to Portugal’s historic cities.

For history and culture plus wonderful weather, take a classic Nile cruise on a felucca. The King Tutankhamen tour, sailing between Luxor and Aswan, visits the Valley of the Kings and Karnak plus colossal temple at Abu Simbel. If luxury wins over tradition, upgrade to a five-star cruise boat instead.

Last updated: 10 June 2020