The best solo holidays revealed

  • Join The Slow Cyclist on one of its two-wheel breaks to Transylvania
  • Discover Myanmar’s hinterland on a journey from Mandalay to Yangon
  • Inspired by Eat, Pray, Love, go on a thrilling tour of self-discovery 

Find your perfect match with the help of our irresistible guide to the best solo holidays. 

Set your pulse racing

Join The Slow Cyclist on one of its two-wheel breaks to Transylvania. No special fitness required, but expect to cycle up to 25 miles a day in Dracula’s homeland, visiting villages such as Viscri, where Prince Charles owns a home, and Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler.

Get to know each other round a big table at mealtimes in local houses and B&Bs, and bond over activities such as wine-tasting.

The Slow Cyclist offers two-wheel breaks to places such as Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler

The Slow Cyclist offers two-wheel breaks to places such as Sighisoara, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler

Expect live music and a chance to dance to a gipsy troupe in a Transylvanian wildflower meadow. Last year, one cyclist found love with the slowest female in the group, because he waited for her and kept her company.

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Details: A five-day break in July and September costs £875 pp (excludes flights, but includes full board, bicycle and helmet hire). Theslowcyclist.co.uk, 020 7060 4487.

Embrace Burma

Victorian writer Rudyard Kipling was so dazzled by Burma when he visited Rangoon in his 20s that he noted: ‘When I die I will be a Burman . . .’

Now Myanmar (Burma) is opening up to tourists, it’s a great time to discover its hinterland on a journey that begins in Mandalay and ends in Yangon (Rangoon).

On a journey from Mandalay to Yangon, walk through canal-side villages and take a boat ride on Inle Lake

On a journey from Mandalay to Yangon, walk through canal-side villages and take a boat ride on Inle Lake

Walk through stilted Shan villages and boat on Inle Lake with its backdrop of green hills and extraordinary ‘leg-rowing’ fishermen showing off their acrobatic technique.

It’s ideal for solos, as you meet fellow travellers and the tour leader before leaving. Nor is there a single room supplement and group meals are taken in local restaurants.

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Details: Classic Myanmar Tour departs monthly from February 27 from £1,339pp (excluding flights). Includes a train through the Shan Hills, a boat ride on Inle Lake. Tucantravel.com, 0208 896 1600.

Go on a film fling

In her memoir-turned-film Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert takes a journey of self-discovery through Italy, India and Bali, where she tries new things and ultimately falls in love.

Vidados covers all three destinations on its activity holidays; they’re all about learning together and each starts with a welcome dinner.

On the Italian cooking and gelato tour, Rinaldo the fisherman will teach you how to reel in a catch (of fish) as he navigates the coves and reefs along the Trabocchi coast in Abruzzo.

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Details: A six-night food-fest of cooking, wine-tasting and gelato-making in Italy’s Abruzzo region costs £1,084 pp (includes all the food you can eat, but excludes flights).

In India, you can nourish your soul with some yoga, partake in ceremonial rituals in the Ganges and visit the Taj Mahal for £1,657 pp (excluding flights) for 14 nights.

In Bali, where Elizabeth finally finds the man of her dreams, you can detox, rejuvenate, and learn to love yourself if you don’t find your soulmate. Prices: Vidados.com, 020 3750 2455.

The solos-only seven-night chalet ski holiday in Val d’Isère is ideal for finding love in a cold climate

The solos-only seven-night chalet ski holiday in Val d’Isère is ideal for finding love in a cold climate

It’s snow or never!

If the ice doesn’t break over pre-dinner drinks, it will over the four-course meal with lashings of wine, or during breakfast and afternoon tea the following day. The solos-only chalet ski holiday in Val d’Isère is ideal for finding love in a cold climate.

The resort has some 300km of pistes and you’ll find one of the liveliest apres-ski scenes in the French Alps. Chalet hosts encourage guests to buddy-up with each other on and off the slopes.

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Details: A solo skiers’ seven-night chalet holiday in Val d’Isère costs from £699 pp (including flights, transfers and half board) with no single-room supplement. Next departure April 16. Inghams.co.uk, 01483 791 114.

Love is in the stars

Camping in Bedouin tents under the stars and learning about the wonders of the universe are ideal conditions for sparks to fly between travellers on this Moroccan adventure. Following an old caravan route from Marrakech across the High Atlas mountains into the vast stretch of the Sahara, the journey includes a night of star-gazing and treading across the dunes on a camel.

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Details: Star-gazing in Morocco costs £799pp excluding flights, departing April 30. Intrepidtravel.com, 0808 274 5111

Easy does it

If you like a party, head for the Greek island of Zante, where Friendship Travel will be hosting ‘house parties’ for single travellers aged 25-plus for the first time this summer at the two-star Apollon Hotel and four-star Ionian Hill Hotel.

Nervous novices can get to know their fellow mature travellers beforehand via Friendship Travel’s online chat room.

And to put you even more at ease everyone is met by the travel host, whose job is to make sure nobody feels left out.

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Details: A seven-night stay costs from £595pp, including flights, transfers and half-board accommodation in your own double room. Friendshiptravel.co.uk, 0871 200 2035.

Speed dating

Solos Holidays is launching Albania Uncovered, a holiday designed for people who are newly single or never been away on their own before.

And if you want to size up who is going, book your place on a Discover Solos Weekends to meet fellow travellers. The next one is on March 18-20 at the Meon Valley Marriott Hotel.

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Details: Albania Uncovered! — a seven-night tour departing May 6 or October 7 priced from £1,069 pp. Solosholidays.co.uk, 0844 815 0005.

Art of romance

Creative types cannot fail to fall in love with Florence and they may even meet their very own Michelangelo or Leonardo lurking in a mask-making, fresco painting or paper-marbling class.

Penny Howard’s bespoke courses are designed for solo travellers and can be as short as one day or last a whole week. Everyone cooks and eats together, and if the group is small enough, she invites them to stay in her private apartment.

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Details: There are spaces on the one-day writing course in February at the Castella de Vincigliata costing £154 pp for the day, and on the culture and culinary trip on October 26-29 costing £1,728, including flights, workshops and a single room. Beyondtheyalladog.com, 07979 464640.







Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

Comments

  1. Nenge Mboko January 19, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    thailand for the gents and turkey for the ladies, you know what im talking about dont you ladies?

  2. churchbells January 20, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I have been on a couple of group ‘ solo’ holidays. Normally about 12 women to 2 men and they are normally not the sort of people I would want to associate with on holiday. I go alone and I am quite happy.

  3. churchbells January 21, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I have been on a couple of group ‘ solo’ holidays. Normally about 12 women to 2 men and they are normally not the sort of people I would want to associate with on holiday. I go alone and I am quite happy.

  4. harriet January 22, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I have always loved taking European Citybreaks on my own, and have done so for over 20 years. Sadly, this year, I’m thinking twice about any trip. With the recent m i g r a n t situation and the increased s e x u a l as s aults on women, I’m beginning to seriously question if it is still safe for women to walk around European cities alone after the sun sets. What a sad state of affairs, now the crisis has come to the point where it is affecting tourism revenue, Europe as we know it will never be the same.

  5. harriet January 23, 2016 at 8:42 am

    WTF ? Who in their right mind would recommend a woman travel alone to Mo r o cc o in this day, age and political climate ? As much as I enjoyed the country, I traveled as a woman alone through M or o cc o six years ago, and at on many occasions , it wasn’t easy.To recommend a solo trip now is just irresponsible and dangerous. I am not saying the place should be avoided completely, but people, especially women, should be traveling with people they know and trust. It’s simply not worth the risk otherwise.

  6. Iwozthere59 Moray January 24, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Once sent off 50 quid to a ‘Find your perfect match’ site. Got two boxes of Swan Vestas in return – !!!!

  7. Libra Sun January 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Anybody looking for romance and everlasting love,should shun these exotic holidays In brochures they offer every thing but deliver nothing ! There is a very romantic place,with all the ladies,and men one could wish for on parade 7 days a week ! The ladies walk slowly,every night in full make up,very tight T shirts with their name and mobile no on the back,G strings,or bikini bottoms,and high heels,complete with corn plasters .The men walking very closely behind,thinking they are sex symbols,and gods gift to women,with their football shirts,to tight shorts,flip flops,and sun glasses held together with sellotape ! There is a delighfull aroma of fish,chips,and burgers,donkey dirt wafting through the air,but I have run out of space to tell you where it is,check out the clues

  8. Duchess of nothing January 24, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Another valentines on my own.

  9. Andy Fender January 25, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Not all single people fancy paying loads to go on holiday with a bunch of people they don’t know.

  10. Busyme January 25, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I was in Albania last summer, i recommend it. You can do and see a lot within a very short space of time. Amazing weather and landscape.

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