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The best holidays for singles

13 April 2022

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. Go 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: Jewels of the Aegean for solo travellers

2. Wine and dine on a river cruise

Spend your days sailing through some of the prettiest stretches of the Rhine, its banks cloaked in a patchwork of vineyards - 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 and 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: Castles and Vineyards of the Rhine for solo travellers

Which is the best European river cruise for you?

3. Beach and birdwatch in Spain

Spain is known for its beautiful beaches and weather, but why not combine a relaxing beach holiday with a trip to watch colourful migrating birds at a luxury hotel at Marismas de Isla Cristina? Your evenings can be spent strolling the plazas and narrow lanes of the old town, and if your appetite for wildlife is whetted the Donana National Park is just an hour away.

Try: Occidental Isla Cristina for solo travellers

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

4. Ride the rails in India

Step aboard and explore northern India by train for a memorable holiday filled with incredible sights.

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 a 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. Explore the rainforests of Borneo

Experience one of the most diverse eco systems in the world with a trip to Borneo, where you can cruise along tropical rivers for the chance to spot characterful orang-utans and other animals. Plus, visit organic tea plantations, visit hot springs or go scuba diving in the beautifully warm seas around Manukan Island.

Try: Borneo Rainforest Adventure for solo travellers

6. Discover South Africa

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

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, including honey badgers and warthogs. Whether you're interested in seeing conservation in action or want to unwind at a spa, a South African holiday has it all.

Try: Mabula Game Lodge for solo travellers

7. Follow the Silk Road to Uzbekistan

Exotic cities full of historic sites, gleaming turquoise domes and bursting with a rich cultural legacy await on a trip to Uzbekistan, right at the heart of the Great Silk Road across central Asia. Explore Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent for a unique and memorable holiday experience.

We recommend: Uzbekistan: Heart of the Silk Route for solo travellers

8. Get a taste of history in Jordan

Jordan is steeped in history and a trip to explore ancient Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is surely one for the bucket list. Take in the desert castles, tombs and stunning landscapes, or float dreamily on the salty waters of the Dead Sea.

We recommend: Ancient Petra and Arabian Deserts for solo travellers

9. Meet new people on an ocean cruise

If you yearn for camaraderie and laughter with friends but don't have anyone to holiday with an ocean cruise can be the perfect opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Saga ocean cruises are designed to be as welcoming as possible for solo travellers, in fact our custom-built Spirit of Discovery was built with over 100 cabins just for solo travellers.

Each cruise includes a 'Singles Mingle' drinks party and a Singles Lunch to meet your fellow solo cruisers, and on port days there's the opportunity to meet with other solo travellers for excursions so you never have to feel like the odd one out.

We recommend: Saga ocean cruises 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 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.

Browse our huge range of holidays, including adventurous touring trips, relaxing beachfront getaways and luxury resorts in incredible destinations around the world. Find out more here


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