Singles Holidays and Solo Travellers

Date published: 15 Aug 16

You are not alone

Single travellersWe are often asked about singles holidays for over 50s, and we’ve brought together a range of suggestions and ideas to help you make the best decision for your next holiday.

We're delighted to report that not only are specialists such as Solos Holidays providing a great choice, but also, many of the larger tour operators have listened to our requests and are reducing or removing the dreaded single supplement.

And we’re pleased to note that many of the cruise lines are building their new ships, or re-modelling older vessels, to include more single cabins. 

Our top recommendation is:

Solos Holidays is an award-winning specialist tour operator with over 30 years’ experience.  If you’re a little nervous about heading off on a two week holiday for your first ‘on your own’ holiday, try a UK dinner dance or an overnight trip to a Christmas market to test the water. And then you’ll realise just what fun travelling with a group can be, especially when a tour director is always on hand to support and advise. Before long, you could be off on a sun and sand holiday, or an activities break, with many different sports to be enjoyed. solos Holidays also have a range of exclusive Club Solos Hotels, just for singles of course! 

For single travellers, Silver Travel Advisor also recommends:

Just You – an award-winning collection of worldwide escorted holidays designed exclusively for single travellers.

One Traveller – a family-run company that is an expert at helping first time solo travellers enjoy their holiday, with many returning time and again.

Saga Holidays Singles holidays specialists for those over 50 and award-winning for single travellers on huge range of holidays.

Travel One Mediterranean holidays for sociable solo travellers.

Inghams have many hotels in Europe in the lakes and mountains where single supplements are not charged. 

Explore's range of small group activity and adventure holidays have been well received by solo travellers. For those preferring privacy, a number of their trips have the option to upgrade to single room, or, as many of their travellers prefer, you can share with people of the same gender from the group for no additional cost.

Titan welcome thousands of solo travellers on their holidays every year. Their solo tours are reserved exclusively for those travelling by themselves. A drinks reception hosted by your tour manager is included on the first night and your tour manager will be on hand throughout to make sure everyone in the group gets the best out of their holiday. And if you’d rather travel on one of their other holidays, many of them carry low or no single supplement. Find out more

River Cruising

AmaWaterways no single supplements on various river cruises in Europe and worldwide. Double cabins for single occupancy.

Avalon Waterways No single supplement on selected cruises in panorama suites or deluxe staterooms.

CroisiEurope no single supplements on many European rivers, including those in France.

Uniworld no single supplements on many European river voyages. Enjoy true luxury in a boutique setting.

Ocean Cruising Singles Holidays

Singles holidays

Cruise & Maritime Voyages On Magellan there are 150 superior inner and ocean view cabins for single occupancy, with just a 25% single supplement.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines single cabins available on ships, wherever you're sailing to!

Holland America Line well known for hosted singles dining, a meet up group and dance partners.

Hurtigruten voyage along the Norwegian coast, enjoying the fjords and northern lights, frequent singles offers.

Noble Caledonia offer expedition and destination cruises around the world. On some of these they arrange same gender cabin sharing.

Silversea welcomes single travellers with supplements from just 25%, and Gentleman Hosts on selected voyages as dance partners or dinner companions.

Escorted Tours & Coach Trips

Single travellers

Cosmos Tours & Cruises great deals for single travellers, with all the security and friendliness you could want. Room share options too.  

Cox & Kings with group tours for solo travellers, no supplements.

Grand UK Holidays no supplements on UK mainland holidays and singles only trips available too.

Jules Verne join tours, many with no single supplements and experience world-class trips.

Just Go! Holidays a great range of short breaks in the UK, Ireland and Europe without single supplements.

Riviera Travel - Escorted Tours perfect for those wanting to enjoy a group tour with the comfort of a tour director.

Shearings Coach Holidays with the 'Your Time' brochure just for singles, taking in Europe, you can travel with confidence.

Single Travellers Activity Holidays

HF Holidays Singles Holidaysguided walking for solos, with no single room charges. Great activity holidays too; music, dancing, painting and more in friendly country house atmosphere.

Headwater Walking Holidays walking and cycling holidays for single travellers, guided groups and independent travellers too.

Ramblers Walking Holidays lots of options if you like to walk in group, almost anywhere in the globe.

Special Offers

Our special offers for single travellers are regularly updated and can be found here. 

Mini GuideMini guide

Our popular mini guide for Solo Silver Travellers is available free. We can pop it in the post or you  can view it online or download it – all the details are here!

Star articles

You might also like to take a look at articles from our travel writers on their holidays and journeys as single travellers. There are some tips and suggestions too! And our forum has lively discussions on this very subject.

And of course, if you’d like more information, please contact us at [email protected]  


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Other Members' Thoughts - 5 Comment(s)

  • Alph
    3 months ago
    I booked a coach trip, Just a day trip to somewhere I had not been to before. I booked it a week before I was going. But the day before the trip I was informed that they had over booked and there was no longer any room. I later found out that it was because they had a couple who wanted to go and because I was a solo traveller it would mean having an empty seat on the coach. I do get my money back but missed out on the trip.
  • Telangatuk
    6 months ago
    I am surprised that no mention is made of Just You - a travel company for solo travellers of all ages. I have had quite a few very good holidays with them, I'd recommend them.
  • CaroleA
    9 months ago
    It's not only Daish Holidays who add a single supplement for a single room - I recently paid an extra £32 for a room with Cairngorm Travel for a 5 day/4 night holiday. My room was like a broom cupboard overlooking the car-park at the back of the hotel. Shearings advertise holidays which suddenly become unavailable when you are a single traveller!
  • Ceejay
    12 months ago
    I would like to warn people about DAISH HOLIDAYS policy of charging extra for a single room supplement on their UK coach holidays. I have no problem being charged extra when a double or twin is sold for single occupancy but they sell single rooms which could not be sold as twins and charge a £10 supplement. When asked why they claim it is to cover extra costs involved!
  • PatGoldwing
    about 1 year ago
    I'm glad I have found this forum. Recently widowed so I would like to book a cruise for next year. Looking forward to reading people's experiences