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The best holidays for singles

18 May 2017 ( 13 June 2019 )

Demand is rising for activity holidays for singles that suit a variety of age groups and interests. Here's our guide to the top solo holidays to try.

Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
The Acropolis of Lindos on the island of Rhodes in Greece.

From the traditional sun and sea holidays to treks, tours, safaris and intimate cruises designed for you to meet like-minded travellers, there are now plenty of options for a solo adventure that’s as individual as you are. 

If you’re struggling to choose where to go, here are some of our favourite over 50s singles holiday destinations:

Discover a selection of holidays designed specifically for solo travellers. Find out more here

1. Greek Island hopping

Greece blends ancient history with the inviting Mediterranean reputation for beautiful beaches, warm waters and friendly locals.

From Mykonos to Santorini, Crete to Naxos, Greece has always been a top choice amongst single travellers, and island-hopping in the Aegean offers some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet.

With so much to see, it's unlikely you'll ever get bored!

Try: Crete and the Cyclades for solo travellers

2. A rock 'n' roll Rhine river cruise

Join this cruise that's been designed specifically for solo travellers who know how to rock 'n' roll! Spend your days sailing through some of the prettiest stretches of the Rhine river, its banks cloaked in a patchwork of vineyards, and enjoy live rock ‘n’ roll music every night - all in the company of other solo travellers and a dedicated solos host. As with all Saga's solo river cruises, you can look forward to a solos cocktail party travelling group.

If you’re looking for romance, there is hardly a better place to find it than on one of our cruise ships, where we make our evenings as inclusive as possible for singles.

Try: Rock ‘n’ Roll on the Rhine for solo travellers

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3. Hike the Himalayas

If you want to maximise your adventurous experiences on a singles holiday then an adventure to the Himalayas might just be for you. 

We're not asking you to climb Everest, but there's much more this wonderful country than first meets the eye! You'll be able to journey along the UNESCO-listed Kalka-Shimla railway, witness a military ceremony in Wagah and see the Taj Mahal at sunrise. 

All while making new friends!

Try: Himalayan Heritage Trail for solo travellers

Saga customers can save hundreds on holidays and cruises - browse our available travel offers and find out more here.

4. Ride the rails in India

Step aboard and explore northern India by train on six memorable rail journeys.

Discover India’s ‘Golden Triangle’ comprising three of the most vibrant cities of north-west India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, capital of the ancient state of Rajasthan. Head north to Amritsar, Chandigarh, and Shimla in the Himalayan foothills with its colonial British connections.

During this 14-night holiday in the company of other solo travellers you’ll marvel at the Taj Mahal, visit the famous Golden Temple, watch for tigers in Ranthambore National Park and travel by steam train on one of India’s UNESCO World Heritage Mountain Railways.

Try: The Great Indian Rail Journey for solo travellers

5. Uncover Albania

Be among the first to discover the historical sites and natural wonders of Albania on this comprehensive tour of Albania, where you have the opportunity to explore the length and breadth of the country from the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian coast to the national parks of the Cika Mountains and even across the border into Macedonia on an unmissable optional excursion.

On the way you will discover unspoilt areas of outstanding natural beauty, ancient cities and their sights as well as relics of the Cold War. And you will come away with the feeling that you are trailblazing a new frontier in European tourism as Albania truly feels like an eagle rising from the ashes.For the trip of a lifetime make your way past the Arctic Circle to see the aurora as they dance across the horizon. 

Try: Land of the Eagle for solo travellers

6. Discovering South Africa

Discover the diverse landscapes and cultures of South Africa in the company of other solo travellers. 

We keep our groups small, so when you are out in the game reserves you can interact with our expert guides who can take you right into the heart of habitats that are home to some of the most famous big cats and other wildlife species too.

Try: Best of South Africa for solo travellers

South Africa is more than The Big Five

7. Road trip in the USA and Canada

Sophisticated city break? New York. Sunshine and sandals? San Francisco. Music and food? New Orleans. 

Outdoor adventure and walking? Yellowstone, Yosemite, or the Rockies. Whatever your mood, you can find a place that suits it in the USA

Or discover the cities of eastern Canada, from historic Ottawa to ultra-modern Toronto and sophisticated Montreal, experience the natural splendour with a cruise around the picturesque Thousand Islands and see Niagara Falls up close....

We recommend: Highlights of Eastern Canada for solo travellers

8. Touring through China

From the Great Wall to the magnificent temples, China is a country filled with history and culture, and makes the perfect holiday destination for solo travellers. 

Being part of a small group of fellow singles will allow guests to enjoy all that China has to offer while feeling safe but not missing out. 

We recommend: China: Land of the Dragon for solo travellers

9. Taste wine on a Portugal holiday

Brush up on your wine tasting skills by heading to Portugal. Starting in Oporto, famous for their production of dessert port, you can take a tour of a wine cellar and put those olfactory senses to the test. 

Then journey via river, rail and road across Portugal and discover its more traditional side.

We recommend: Delights of Oporto and the Douro Valley for solo travellers

10. Spot wildlife in Costa Rica

This peaceful nation is nestled in and around the magical cloud forests. See multi-coloured toucans, the languorous sloth, noisy mantled howler monkeys, or try to spot the elusive jaguar. Between your trips to the rainforest, you can while away the days by the beach, where warm waters welcome all sorts of beautiful underwater wildlife.

We recommend: The Jewel of Central America for solo travellers

Our all-inclusive holidays for solo over 50s travellers are created to make going away easy, inexpensive and fun, whether you want to cruise the great waters of the world or stay in a luxurious island hotel for a couple of weeks. 

On some trips we will even pick you up from home before dropping you off at the airport and collect you upon your return.

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