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3 February, 20215 minute read

Experiencing Europe as a solo traveller

When it comes to travel, Europe pretty much has something for everyone. City breaks and beach escapes. Mountains, lakes and rolling countryside. Culture, food, wine. The variety makes Europe a great option if you’re wondering where to go on holiday alone.

We have more than 40 escorted tours to Europe on our books, ranging from Icelandic adventures to mellow Mediterranean holidays. They’re all suitable as single traveller holidays, but a selection of them do have dedicated solo travel departures as well, where everyone on the trip will be travelling on their own. Each one has been carefully planned to take you to the highlights of your destination (and a few hidden gems, too), with hotels, transfers and excursions all taken care of for you – all you need to do is pack your bags.

And what’s great about our tours for solo travellers is that you get the best of both worlds: you’ve got the ease and peace of mind that an escorted holiday offers, but you’ll have time to do your own thing, too. Explore more or relax at the hotel. Go for a coffee or potter around the shops. Spend time on your own or meet up with a few other members of the group. It’s completely up to you.

The following holidays all have solo traveller departures. For more inspiration, you can download a copy of our solo travel brochure or take a look at the solo travel trips on our website.

Lake Orta, Italy

Our solo holidays to Italy’s Lake Orta offer the perfect mix of relaxation and sightseeing. We base ourselves in the lovely little town of Pettenasco, right on the lake’s shore. Excursions take you to the pastel-hued town of Orta San Giulio (and the little island that sits just in front of it), the Roman mountain town of Aosta and elegant Stresa, on nearby Lake Maggiore. There’s also a full day trip into Switzerland, where you’ll take in views of the Matterhorn and Gorner Glacier on a series of scenic rail journeys.

You’ll also have two days at leisure to take it easy and enjoy your surroundings. Read a book in the hotel gardens, relax by the pool, wander along the lakeside path or perhaps venture up into the wooded hills to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sacro Monte di Orta.

Isola San Giulio, the small island that sits in front of Orta San Giulio, Lake Orta's main town

Rhodes, Symi & Leros, Greece

Island-hopping in Greece is a wonderful holiday experience, but working out logistics, timetables, transfers and tickets can be a bit of a headache. On our Greek island tours, we’ve done the hard work for you, designing a fantastic itinerary across three very different Dodecanese islands.

You’ll start in Rhodes, with a tour of Rhodes Town’s medieval sights and Lindos’s maze of whitewashed streets. After a chilled-out free day, we’ll catch a catamaran over to Symi, where a jumble of colourful neo-classical buildings welcomes us. A private boat around the island showcases Symi’s jagged coastline and unspoilt bays, and a day at leisure gives you a chance to enjoy a long beachside lunch or perhaps follow the old pathway from our hotel to Gialos, the island’s capital.

Next up is Leros. If you’re looking for remote Greek island holidays, we reckon you’ll love Leros. It flies under the radar in terms of tourism, but has plenty to offer – our tour of Leros reveals a Byzantine castle, a Franco-Byzantine fort and a picture-perfect harbour town complete with traditional windmill. Our holiday ends back in Rhodes, with a couple of days at leisure to relax and reflect on your Greek island adventure with new friends.

Small boats bob on the water in front of colourful townhouses in Symi, Greece

The Swiss Alps

Fresh air, glorious mountain scenery and some of the best walking in the world (with plenty of cheese and chocolate on hand for sustenance). Welcome to Switzerland, the perfect holiday spot for hikers, photographers and lovers of the great outdoors.

Our solo Switzerland holidays show you the country’s spectacular landscapes from the comfort of its world-famous scenic railways. We base ourselves in Davos, a ski resort that’s a haven for outdoor activities in the summer months (think hiking, biking, and swimming and sailing on lovely Lake Davos). We’ll take trips on the Bernina Express and Glacier Express, cruise across the tranquil waters of Lake Constance, and enjoy free time so you can make the most of your mountain surroundings.

The Bernina Express crosses the famous Brusio spiral viaduct of Rhaetian Railway in Brusio,  Switzerland

Moscow & St Petersburg, Russia

Russia is an absolutely fascinating country to explore, but the language barrier, cultural differences and often confusing public transport system can make it challenging for solo travellers. Our Moscow and St Petersburg tour is led by an expert tour manager, so you’ll have someone on hand throughout to show you where to go or help with any independent sightseeing you want to do.

We begin in Moscow, with exclusive early access to the Armoury at the Kremlin. We’ll see Red Square and the candy-like domes of St Basil’s Cathedral, and admire Russian art at the Tretyakov Gallery. We’ll also head below ground to appreciate the marble and mosaics of the city’s 1930s metro stations.

Taking the high-speed train north, we’ll arrive in St Petersburg late afternoon on day 3. We’ll visit Catherine Palace and tour the Hermitage (one of the world’s biggest art museums), and stop by the oldest building in St Petersburg: the Peter and Paul Fortress. We’ll also spend time at the Peterhof Palace and Gardens, home to 175 cascading fountains.

Fountains in front of the Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg, Russia

For more information about our escorted tours for single travellers, order our free solo travel brochure or contact our travel advisors. You’ll also find more inspiration for solo holiday destinations on our website.  

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Laura

Although she loves a lie-in at home, Laura is often up and about before dawn on holiday. She’s watched the sun rise over the Grand Canyon, Uluru and Angkor Wat, but her favourite was seeing the first light of the New Year sweeping across the yacht-dotted waters of Sydney Harbour.

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