Singles holidays in September

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By Cathy Winston, Editor

September is one of the best months for a holiday. With the sun still shining across Europe, prices dropping for “shoulder season”, and even the prospect of an Indian summer in the UK, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to solo travel. Here are the best trips for singles in September.

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Mediterranean sun

Sometimes all you want from a holiday is the chance to relax on a sun lounger, punctuated by the occasional dip in the pool or sea. Fortunately, September is the ideal month for a beach break whether short-haul or long-haul.

It’s a perfect time for a singles holiday in Greece, with warm sea and air temperatures and lots of sunshine. Solos Holidays has a choice of hotels across the Greek Islands with breaks for singles. The company also runs its own ClubSolos hotels that cater exclusively to small friendly groups of singles, such as Villa Maistrali in Santorini and Aronda House in Corfu.

On Crete, the Mistral Hotel is exclusively for solo guests as well, with a range of local excursions and activities if you’d like something to do between relaxing by the pool and on the nearby beach.

If making new friends appeals, the singles-only house party hotels from Friendship Travel are another great solution. The emphasis is firmly on relaxing as you get to know the other guests, although hosts will also arrange day trips along with exploring Fethiye and Olu Deniz.

Travel One also has some tempting house party-style breaks, including Calpe on Spain’s Costa Blanca and Lanzarote for a mix of sun, sea and volcanoes. See more singles trips to Spain.

For a house party with a difference, Flavours Holidays has a selection of cookery courses in Italy. You’ll be a small group staying at a charming villa with a private pool, and you’ll have your own room with no single supplement. Hands-on tuition, trips to local markets and all your meals are included.

Or soak up the sun in Portugal with one of these Algarve hotels with no single supplement. The Auramar Beach also has an indoor pool if you run into any cloud, while the Baia Grande Hotel has a table for solo travellers, if you’re looking for company.

In Italy, you could escape to the lakes and mountain, staying at one of the pretty hotels on Lake Como or Lake Trasimeno. Or join one of these escorted tours for solo travellers – options include Tuscany and Sicily and the Amalfi Coast. See more singles holidays in Italy.

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Long haul beaches

In St Lucia, The BodyHoliday is a wonderful luxury resort that combines spa treatments, sunshine, sporting activities and plenty of “me time” – and September sees its annual Solos month with extra savings and activities for single travellers. The hotel has a whole wing of single rooms with king-sized beds and en-suite marble bathrooms. Find out more.

You could experience the fabulous beaches of the Maldives at the four-star Bandos Island Resort with special offers for solo travellers during the islands’ low season if you book with Barefoot Traveller. The resort also has a dive school.

Active, spa, courses

If you prefer to return from your holiday with more than a tan, try a personal development course in a converted Spanish farmhouse. From yoga and Pilates to sketching and mindfulness, a stay at Cortijo Romero includes the chance to discover unspoiled mountain villages and some time to reflect on life.

Skyros runs personal development holidays in the Greek Islands. Select from a range of courses including painting, trapeze, yoga and comedy improvisation. Take a creative writing course or book a trip to transform your life.

You can revitalise body and mind on an in:spa retreat with a focus on yoga, hiking, nutrition and wellness in Marrakech, the South of France and Spain.

How about discovering more of the world from the saddle of your bike? The cycling breaks from Saddle Skedaddle include single-friendly group trips to Eswatini (Swaziland) and Borneo.

In Italy, Hedonistic Hiking combines gourmet food, fine wine, good company and walks in stunning countryside. The walks are graded 1-5.

Make the most of autumn in the UK. Ramblers Walking Holidays has no single supplement on many destinations including the Cornish Coast and the island of Guernsey. The company’s own B&B – Hassness Country House in the Lake District – has a house party atmosphere and a supplement of only £5 per night.

Wildlife tours and safaris

September is an ideal month for an Africa safari. Head to Rwanda to go trekking with mountain gorillas. Check out Rainbow Tours which has modest single supplements on these trips.

Take Me To Africa runs a two-week South Africa tour featuring Cape Town, wine tasting ​in Stellenbosch, game viewing in Addo National Park and the chance to see whales, penguins and dolphins on the Garden Route. This group is a maximum of 12.

As the great migration reaches the Maasai Mara and Serengeti this month, it’s an unbeatable time to witness this wonder of the natural world. Around 60% travel solo on Tucan Travel’s group safaris; try the Serengeti and Zanzibar  trip to take in one of these fabulous safari hotspots along with the Ngorongoro Crater and beach.

September is one of the best times to see humpback whales off the coast of Madagascar where these small group tours are popular with solo travellers. This unique island is packed with wildlife encounters, cultural experiences and superb beaches. Most popular trip is this two-week Wildlife Discovery Tour.

Saddle up in America or Canada on a ranch holiday – the weather’s warm in Arizona, where the White Stallion Ranch is popular with solo travellers and caters to all levels of riding experience.

Adventure tours

Get under the skin of Scandinavia on a Local Lives tour with Discover the World exploring Arctic Sweden and Norway’s Senja Island. As well as hiking, exploring and eating well, your small group will meet local experts  in foraging, fishing, star gazing and traditional local culture. Book early and avoid paying a single supplement.

For another memorable option close to home. Iceland is increasingly popular with single travellers and this Grand Tour group trip which runs in early September will take you to many of its most spectacular sights. Also in September, the six-day Volcanoes and Glaciers group tour is packed with natural wonders. You can even catch the first glimpses of the Northern Lights on one of these Autumn Auroras tours.

Or look to the ancient glories of Egypt. There are trips with no single supplement for your own room from On The Go Tours this month, including the Egypt Unplugged tour, with a few days on the Red Sea at Hurghada, or the Pharaohs Adventure which visits the Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings.

Experience the wonders of China on one of these small-group tours for solo travellers from award-winning Wendy Wu Tours. This two-week China tour includes Shanghai, Beijing, the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, Guilin and two river cruises.

How about joining an Overland Adventure travelling by truck in a group of up to 24 people with two crew. One of the most exciting regions to explore is the Silk Road and Central Asia. Oasis Overland has a huge choice of itineraries.

If you’d rather have an adventure without joining a group, look to the Indian Ocean and the island of Sri Lanka where Barefoot Traveller arranges private tours specifically for solo travellers. Discover the ancient ruins of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, see elephants and monkeys in the wild, and visit the city of Kandy with its famous temple.

Or discover the Treasures of Peru, a dedicated nine-day tour for solo travellers from Cox & Kings that includes the Sacred Valley of the Incas, lunch at a family home on Lake Titicaca and an overnight stay at Machu Picchu.

Cruise holidays for singles in September

September is a great month for a singles cruise. Norwegian Epic has cabins exclusively for solo travellers, no single supplements and an informal cruising ethos, including flexible dining.

For a slightly more conventional cruise, Fred. Olsen is popular with older single passengers. Expect dinner hosts and companions for shore excursions on request and a range of departures from the UK, including Scandinavia and northern Europe with no single supplements on selected dates. See the latest deals.

If you’re over 50, check out the single cabins on Saga Travel’s own cruise ships which have no single supplements. Both the new Spirit of Adventure and the Spirit of Discovery offer sailings out of Southampton and Dover.

For river cruises across Europe, I recommend Just You which offers single occupancy of a double or twin cabin and a guarantee of no single supplements. If gourmet food and drink top your wish list, hop on board a luxury hotel barge for a cruise through one of Europe’s waterways. Enjoy the grape harvest as you pass through Burgundy and Gascony, with no single supplement on selected dates and a house party atmosphere it’s perfect for singles.

Or discover the beautiful coastline and islands of western Scotland with St Hilda Sea Adventures. The small ships include single and supplement-free cabins on Seahorse II and there are cruises themed around Scottish castles and lochs this month.

City and culture holidays

Take a themed tour through England to discover the country’s history, art, literature and beautiful buildings, led by an expert guide. You can head off the beaten track in London to uncover architectural treasures, discover modern art in Sussex or explore the Lake District.

There are more art-themed tours to be found in France. Kirker Holidays has a tour of Roman Provence focused on Van Gogh and Cezanne as well as the art of the Cote d’Azur this month.

For two cities with an unbeatable artistic and architectural heritage, it’s hard to beat Russia especially with tours exclusively for solo travellers from Cox & Kings. Staying in four-star hotels, without any single supplements, it’s the perfect way to see the Hermitage and Summer Palace in St Petersburg, along with St Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin in Moscow.

To dig deeper into the past, I’d suggest an archaeological holiday in Italy, Croatia, Greece or Turkey. Expert guides will bring the fabulous ruins of Ephesus to life on an escorted tour with the chance to cruise the coast or walk amongst some of the stunning Turkish coastline.

Or discover centuries of history in Jordan including Roman and Crusader sites, not to mention the fascinating city of Petra on a  small group tour. There’s no single supplement on the first four solo places booked.

Long haul tours

Saga Travel has several tours exclusively for solo travellers over 50, as well as some escorted tours without solo supplements. For a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, the 19-night Aussie Odyssey takes in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney as well as Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef.

Autumn is also a lovely time to visit Japan, after the muggy heat of summer. InsideJapan Tours has no single supplement on selected trips, and recommends a 13-night Japan Unmasked group tour that includes buzzing cities, quiet mountain villages, gardens, temples, hot springs and a trip on the Bullet Train.

Last updated: 20 November 2020