Two exclusive discounts, the first tours returning to Japan, last-minute summer deals and some great solos-only breaks mean it’s a bumper newsletter this month – plus you can find a cruise, creative escapes, active holidays and some tempting Mediterranean sun.


– Cathy Winston, Editor

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£500 off Tuscany spa retreat

Subscribers to this newsletter can get £500 off an in:spa retreats break in Tuscany from 16-23 July. Just quote ‘101 Singles’ when you book. It costs £2,395 (was £2,895) for solo travellers: call 020 3235 0120 or quote the code in the online enquiry form, with limited spaces remaining.


The all-inclusive retreat, in an 800-year-old farmhouse surrounded by olive groves, includes yoga and fitness classes, guided hikes, massages, personal nutrition and training sessions, plus there’s a small gym, outdoor saltwater pool, and plenty of places to relax. Includes three meals per day and snacks; excludes flights to Pisa.


£101 off Spain reatreat

There’s a special welcome discount for subscribers who take their first visit to Spanish retreat Cortijo Romero, with £101 off courses in July or August if you quote ‘101 Singles’ online or over the phone. Two courses run each week with no single supplement if you’re happy to share a room. Each course includes optional yoga or tai chi, a day’s excursion into the Andalucian mountains, vegetarian meals, and transfers from Malaga.


The family-run holiday centre has a maximum of 30 guests, and this summer’s courses include weeks with a focus on creativity and writing, as well as yoga and an introduction to Cortijo Romero. Courses cost £704, down from the usual £805, excluding flights. Welcome discount excludes the Being Here course running from 9 July.

Panoramic view of Porte de Soller, Palma Mallorca, Spain

Last-minute singles-only escapes

Snap up a last-minute singles-only break from Solos Holidays, including a week in Mallorca from £1,199 departing 13 July, staying at the four-star adults-only C’an Picafort including half-board and flights. As well as the beach, just 50m from the hotel, there’s the chance to visit island capital Palma.


Or head to West Yorkshire for a three-night walking holiday from 18 July, from £575 half-board, including two fully guided walking days and a visit to the pretty village of Holmfirth.

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No-supplement creative break in Scotland

Flavours Holidays is running a Painting and Photography break at Loch Lomond from 4-8 July that’s perfect for solo travellers, with no single supplement. Priced £1,499, the four-night stay includes your own private en-suite room, painting and photography lessons, all meals, a boat trip on the loch and transfers.


£645 off as Japan reopens

After two years of borders being closed, Wendy Wu Tours is set to return to Japan from 25 July, including a special offer for solo travellers, with half-price single supplements, saving up to £645.


Priced from £6,335 for solo travellers, the 11-day Jewels of Japan tour includes meals, entrance fees and guides, flights, accommodation in 3+/4-star accommodation and visits to Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kyoto and Hiroshima, among other destinations.


Solos-only tour of Peru

Discover some of the most celebrated sights of Peru on a solos-only tour from Cox and Kings, departing 5 October. The 11-day Treasures of Peru solo tour costs £2,595, visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lake Titicaca, Cuzco and Machu Picchu.


Includes twin/double room for sole use in 3- and 4-star accommodation, with breakfast, no single supplement and six other meals, plus international flights. There’s also no single supplement on the eight-day tour, Albania: Land of the Eagle, priced £995, and the 12-day Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia, priced £1,995, both departing 2 September.

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Panoramaaufnahme des Ortes Portree auf der Isle of Skye in Schottland am frühen Abend fotografiert im September 2014

Cruise the British Isles

Join a 12-night British Isles & Ireland Discovery cruise from Ambassador cruises if you book through iglucruise, departing 13 August and visiting Galway, Cobh, Belfast and the Isle of Skye for a mix of history, city culture and beautiful landscapes. The adults-only cruise sets sail from London Tilbury, with single staterooms from £1,813.


New solos-only UK tours

Singles specialists Just You has a series of UK tours for 2022, focused on discovering the best of this “green and pleasant land”, from active escapes to cities, sea and countryside, including Hadrian’s Wall, Snowdonia, the Kent coast, York, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bristol and Bath.


All UK holidays include accommodation in a room of your own, with breakfast, no single supplement, and most other meals. Rates start from £929 for a four-night break.

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Singles-only active break

Head to exotic Morocco this autumn with a singles-only twin-centre break from Friendship Travel, visiting Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains, including a tour of the souks, the colourful Jardin Majorelle and gentle hiking past Berber villages. The five-night break costs £850, including return flights departing 24 September, transfers, double room for sole use with breakfast and six other meals.


Or if you’re new to solo breaks, the walking weekend in Hampshire’s New Forest from 16 September is a perfect introduction, priced £375 including accommodation in a room for sole use, breakfast and dinner with wine.


No single-supplement walking holidays

Discover some of Turkey’s most beautiful countryside with a two-week break from Ramblers Walking Holidays, The Lycian Way, Coast & Mountain. Running from 25 October to 8 November, priced £1,709, it includes flights, accommodation with breakfast and dinner, plus guided walks to secluded bays and ancient sites, including Olympos National Park, as well as a chance to explore Antalya, Fethiye, Kas and Adrasan.


There’s also a great five-night UK break from £689 with no single supplement exploring Ravenscar – Yorkshire’s North Coast, stopping at coastal villages and a stay at a clifftop hotel looking down to Robin Hood’s Bay. Departs 3 July and 16 October.

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Singles-friendly hiking in Italy

Hedonistic Hiking has solo spaces available on some of its week-long autumn tours of Italy, including A Tuscan Harvest from 24 September in Chianti, or Northern Tuscany & Ravenna from 13 October in the lesser-known Mugello Valley, both with the company’s gourmet picnics and dinners, and chance to learn about local gastronomy alongside hiking. From £2,760 including single supplement of £240 for sole use of a double room; excludes flights.

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When do you want to travel?

If you know the month when you plan to take a solo holiday, see my tips for January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.
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