There’s still time to snap up a last-minute holiday if you want to get away before winter starts. I’ve picked the best trips for solo travellers in Europe this September and October, to countries on the UK’s Green and Amber lists, including Greece, Spain, Italy and Iceland.


– Cathy Winston, Editor

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ClubSolos Zakynthos Solos Holidays

Solos-only Greece from £445

Save £100 on a September singles-only break in Greece with Solos Holidays if you book by 26 August. Seven nights costs from £445 for a room for sole occupancy with breakfast, on a range of dates throughout September in Corfu, Santorini and Zakynthos. Excludes flights, which can also be booked with Solos Holidays.

Poseidon of Paros Friendship Travel

Five-star Greece for singles

Singles specialist Friendship Travel has a luxury beach houseparty holiday at its villa, with access to the five-star Poseidon Hotel on the Greek island of Paros this September. Priced from £1,495 for seven nights including flights, ferry from Mykonos and a double room for sole use, half board (including half bottle of wine at dinner). Set on Golden Beach, where water sports can be arranged, the hotel has two pools, a spa, restaurant and tennis courts.

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San Sebastian

Up to £150 off cultural tours

Cox & Kings has single-traveller savings on some of its excellent small-group tours this autumn, if you book by 3 September. Save £150 on The Wonders of Ancient Crete tour with no single supplement departing on 3 or 17 September, or 1 October, now from £1,545 including flights. Staying in four and five-star accommodation, the eight-day tour visits Knossos and Eleftherna, with a boat trip to the former leper colony of Spinalonga.


There’s also £100 off the Spotlight on the Basque Country tour departing on 9 October, with no single supplement, now £1,495 including flights. Visiting Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona and Burgos, the trip includes cheese tasting, a pintxos tour and a visit to the Guggenheim.

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Strokkur is a geyser in southwestern Iceland. Golden Circle from Discover the World

Autumn escape to Iceland

Go in search of the northern lights this autumn with two Iceland trips from Discover the World. The seven-night Iceland Full Circle tour covers all the classic sights on the country’s ring road, priced from £2,005 for a single traveller excluding flights, with four departures in September and October.


Or the Icelandic Northern Light Odyssey travels through west and south Iceland with an excellent chance of spotting the lights as you go Aurora hunting. The seven-night trip costs from £2,296, including a cruise and visit to the Blue Lagoon, excluding flights, with three departures in September and October.


If you’re planning further ahead, there’s no single supplement on selected cruises in 2022 if you book by 15 October, including Iceland and Greenland, as well as the Scottish islands.

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Eat your way around Sicily

If you’ve been missing Italian food, A Gastronomic Tour of Sicily from Peter Sommer Travels, departing 25 September, is a perfectly indulgent solution. Priced £4,075 for solo travellers, including all breakfasts, six lunches and four dinners, the eight-day break explores some of the island’s historic sights and cultures, as well as a taste of the best seasonal produce and wine. Excludes flights. (Italy’s current requirement to isolate for five days on arrival is due to end on 30 August).

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Atsitsa Bay Skyros

Solo-friendly Greek retreat 

Escape to the holistic holiday centre of Atsitsa Bay on Skyros island in Greece for an activity-packed break in the sun. Seven nights costs from £835, including single occupancy eco-hut and three meals per day, plus all courses and activities, excludes flights to Athens. Running to 19 September, choose from eight courses per holiday including windsurfing, kayaking, writing, yoga, coaching and art.

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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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