The best holidays for singles

18 May 2017

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.

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 getaway 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 and Naxos, it 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.

This trip is worth the visit to see Rhodes alone, which once housed the Colossus—one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World.

We recommend: Islands of the Aegean for Solo Travellers

2. Sailing down the River Nile for singles

A cruise down the River Nile offers the perfect combination of relaxation and culture, ideal for a solo traveller who wants to experience something new and unwind at the same time. 

Our intimate ships provide a great environment in which to interact with other people as you travel, or you can enjoy the privacy of your cabin as you sail past Luxor and the Valley of the Kings on your journey along the banks of the world’s most famous river.

We recommend: Land of the Pharaohs for Solo Travellers

3. In the shadow of 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 see wildlife in the Chitwan National Park, visit the amazing temples in Katmandu and stay in some traditional Nepalese lodges. 

All while making new friends!

We recommendation: In the shadow of the Himalayas for solo travellers

4. Caribbean Island tour

The Caribbean is often cited as having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world for cruise holidays, but this melting pot of cultures from Europe, Africa and the Americas is more than just its shoreline. 

Visitors who travel to Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis can learn about the British colonial heritage and see some outstanding natural beauty.

We recommend: Heritage of the Leeward Islands for solo travellers

5. See the famous Northern Lights on a Scandinavian holiday

For the trip of a lifetime make your way past the Arctic Circle to see the aurora as they dance across the horizon. 

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.

We recommend: To the Top of the World

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.

We recommend: A world in one country for solo travellers

7. Road trip around the west coast of the USA

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

But for pure fun in the sun, head to the west coast of America on your singles holiday.

We recommend: Best of the West 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: Douro Adventure 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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