You are not alone
We 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 several solo specialists 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 holiday 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.
You can read more about how we can support those looking to travel on their own by reading our dedicated Solo Traveller page, packed full of advice, recommendations and testimonials from our very own team who have travelled solo.
Or you can download our dedicated guide for the solo Silver Traveller here.
We take a look at the best holiday types for solo travellers covering cruise, touring, activity and adventure, and independent travel. It’s also packed with hints and tips, and the Silver Travel team share their experiences of travelling solo. Click here to read the guide online.
Silver Travel Advisor works with a range of hand-picked partners who specialise in solo travel:
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 again. Excellent solo traveller group tours.
Solos Holidays – The UK’s number one company for solo holidaymakers established in 1982, offering huge range of group holidays for single travellers.
And, we also work with a selection of partners who, whilst not exclusively for solo travellers, still offer a fantastic experience for singles:
Saga Holidays and Cruise are specialists for those over 50 and award-winning for single travellers on huge range of holidays, including singles coach holidays in the UK.
Inghams have many hotels in Europe in the lakes and mountains where single supplements are not charged.
Titan Travel welcome thousands of over 50s solo travellers on their holidays every year. Their solo tours are reserved exclusively for those travelling by themselves, and if you’d rather travel on one of their other holidays, many of them carry low or no single supplement.
Wendy Wu’s tours for solo travellers are designed exclusively to provide you with a ready-made group of like-minded fellow explorers to share your holiday with.
River Cruising is a great option for over 50s solo travellers, and we’d recommend:
A-ROSA offer reduced single traveller supplements on their European river cruises.
Avalon Waterways – No single supplement periodically offered on selected European river cruises. Numbers are limited, so it’s advisable to book early when offers appear.
CroisiEurope – No single supplements on many European rivers, including those in France.
Emerald Cruises – No single supplements on many European river voyages: pay a twin-share price but enjoy single occupancy of your cabin. Limited to five cabins per sailing, so be sure to book early.
Riviera Travel – offers a range of river cruise departures with no single supplements and some exclusively for single travellers.
Saga River Cruises – Saga offers a range of departures with single cabin accommodation for over 50s solo travellers
Scenic – No single supplements on many European river voyages: pay a twin-share price but enjoy single occupancy of your cabin. Very inclusive – drinks on board are included throughout, as is Wi-Fi, shore excursions, gratuities and more.
Titan Travel River Cruises – Titan have a number of sailings with no single supplements, but they tend to book up fast, so you need to move quickly!
Alternatively many ocean cruise lines are perfect for singles holidays:
Azamara has offers keeping single holiday supplements to a minimum. Dining tables and activities are organised to enhance mingling and the chance to meet other solo travellers.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – Good numbers of single cabins are available, and reduced or no single supplement departures, wherever you’re sailing to. Fred. Olsen takes good care of its solo travellers, with special activities arranged and gentlemen hosts for dancing in the evening.
Hebridean Island Cruises – Hebridean Princess has ten single cabins on a ship with a passenger capacity of just 50 and will suit solo travellers looking to travel with like-minded guests. Ship’s officers host one or two large tables in the restaurant, ideal for singles who don’t wish to dine alone.
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 holiday offers.
Noble Caledonia offer expedition and destination cruises around the world. On some of these they arrange same gender cabin sharing.
Saga Cruises – The brand new ‘boutique cruising’ ship Spirit of Discovery features 109 single cabins, all with balcony; as does sister ship Spirit of Adventure.
Silversea welcomes single travellers with supplements from just 25%, and Gentleman Hosts on selected voyages as dance partners or dinner companions.
St Hilda Sea Adventures superb small ship coastal cruises in Scotland. Solo travellers over 50 will enjoy the wildlife, walking and scenery.
Away from the water there are plenty of escorted tours and coach trips for solo travellers:
Adagio – join a gentle group of like-minded people and explore the world at a more leisurely pace, perfect walking tours for over 50s solo travellers.
Cosmos – Great deals for single travellers, with all the security and friendliness you could want. Room share options too.
Cox & Kings – With escorted holidays for solo travellers, no supplements.
Grand UK Holidays – No single supplements on UK mainland holidays and singles only coach trips in the UK available too. Overseas holidays 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.
Lucketts Group – day trips, short breaks, weeks away, UK and Europe: all by coach and superb for singles.
Riviera Travel – escorted group tours, ideal for over 50s single travellers, in the UK, Europe and Worldwide.
If you like to keep active, check out these single travellers activity holidays:
Ramblers Walking Holidays – small group guided holidays combining walking and cruising and the perfect way for over 50s solos to travel and meet new people plus on some holidays we can offer reduced supplements on some cabins for sole use.
HF Holidays – Guided walking and activity holidays for solos, with no single room charges. Great special interest holidays too; music, dancing, painting and more in friendly country house atmosphere.
Hear from our Silver Travel Community
For more ideas, inspiration and advice on travelling solo you might also like to take a look at articles from our travel writers on their holidays and journeys as single travellers:
Check out the top five destinations for solo travellers
Find out what Jan Leeming thought about touring Croatia with Just You
Discover the fun that can be found travelling solo
And of course, if you’d like more information about singles holidays for the over 50s, be it a cruise voyage, touring adventure or simple city break, please contact us at [email protected]