Escorted Group Tours

An escorted tour is a great way for solo travellers to meet like-minded people and confidently explore the world, says Tracey Davies, Editor of 101 Singles Holidays. Here’s ten tours to recommend...

Morocco

Morocco is one of the most evocative countries in the world and a growing destination for solo travellers.

Located across the Gibraltar Strait, its combination of Berber, Arab and European influences makes it a fascinating country to explore. Head of the Berber Empire, Marrakech is the cultural capital and the perfect place to start. Flavours Holidays offers a week-long trip to Marrakech from £2,199pp, including private rooms with breakfast and dinner, all excursions, cookery classes, yoga sessions and walking tours. flavoursholidays.co.uk

Iceland

Tours iceland

Puffing volcanoes, steamy geysers and those elusive Northern Lights, the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ is one of the most popular destinations for solo travellers. See the highlights on the Golden Circle route, including Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods, the floating icebergs at Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and the lava pillars at Lake Mývatn. Regent Holidays offers a seven-night Classic Iceland Circle group tour from £2,755pp, including return flights, B&B accommodation, all transport and a guide. regent-holidays.co.uk

Greece

Tours greece

Greece has been a popular destination for solo travellers since the 1960s thanks to its happy-go-lucky Mediterranean vibe. Safe, easy and well-connected, it’s a great place to meet new friends. Skyros Holidays offer holistic holidays tailored to solo travellers on the island of Skyros, where you can learn everything from yoga and creative writing to stand-up comedy. Seven-night trips start from £975pp, with accommodation and all meals included but not flights. skyros.com

Spain

Tours spain

Home of the OG of solo adventures – the Camino de Santiago – Spain is an easy introduction to travelling by yourself. Ramble Worldwide is offering a new Wine & Walking in Rioja tour, which explores the wineries and vineyards of Spain’s most famous wine region. Five-night trips start from £1,955pp, including return flights, transfers, B&B accommodation, plus dinners in local restaurants, wine tastings and a tour leader. rambleworldwide.co.uk

India

Tours india

One of the most culturally unique countries on the planet, India tops many a solo bucket list as travelling alone is a rewarding and transformative experience. However, first-timers could start by exploring the Golden Triangle on this 14-day tour by Cox & Kings. The Exotic India: Solo Travellers tour includes watching the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, a rickshaw tour of Delhi, and spotting Bengal tigers in Ranthambore. Prices start from £3,895pp, including flights, accommodation, most meals, safaris and a guide. coxandkings.co.uk

Wales

Tours wales

For a solo adventure a little closer to home, a walking holiday in Wales could be just the ticket. Explore the heavenly Welsh coast, conquer Snowdonia’s snow-capped summit or visit quirky villages like Portmeirion. New for 2024, HF Holidays’ Best of the Meirionnydd Coast Path trip is priced at £1,154pp for a single room, including full-board accommodation, guided walks with a HF Holidays Leader, and transport to and from walks. hfholidays.co.uk

China

Tours china

China is the ultimate solo adventure: scale the Great Wall, see the Terracotta Army in Xian and meet giant pandas in Chongqing. Travelling alone in China is very safe but its cultural differences and language barrier can make it a challenge to attempt independently. The best way to see it is on an organised tour.Wendy Wu offers ‘Dedicated Solo Traveller’ departures on its 16-day Wonders of China tour. Prices start from £3,840pp, including flights, accommodation, most meals, all excursions, and visas. wendywutours.co.uk

Italy

Tours italy

Rome, Florence and Venice are all treasure troves of history, art and architecture and ideal for creative types looking for inspiration. Alternatively, clients can capture Italy’s beauty in oils in the Italian Alps. Friendship Travel is offering a week-long painting retreat in Usseaux with a local artist. Prices start from £1,256pp, including flights, a double room for sole use, and meals. friendshiptravel.com

Mexico

Tours mexico

From Mayan ruins to margaritas on the beach, Mexico has been a well-trodden route on the South America traveller trail for decades. While easy and relatively safe to travel as a solo traveller, you can often see more by hopping on an organised tour. This 15-day Mexican Adventure trip by solo travel specialists Just You starts in the capital, Mexico City, before winding past the ancient city of Teotihuacan, Oaxaca, San Cristobal and over to Cancun for some relaxing beach time. Priced from £4,449pp, the deal includes international flights, 13 nights in three-and four-star hotels (B&B), transport and guides. justyou.co.uk

Turkey

Tours Turkey

Friendly and welcoming, Turkey is considered a safe and easy country to explore alone. However, one of the most indulgent ways to see it is on a traditional Turkish gulet. Peter Sommer Travels offer its seven-night Gastronomic Gulet Cruise, which includes the Greco-Roman city of Knidos, the wineries of the Datça peninsula and the ancient city of Kaunas. Prices start from £3,770pp, including single supplement, return flights, and all meals and excursions. petersommer.com