- Discover some of the best solo travel holidays for 2020 – ideas, inspiration and exciting new destinations
- Explore Europe and beyond as a solo traveller – from Krakow and Croatia to California, Costa Rica and Istanbul
- Solo travel ideas for everyone, including European river cruises, walking tours, city breaks and yacht cruising
When it comes to solo travel holidays, there’s never been so much choice. Whether you enjoy river cruises, escorted tours or walking holidays, if you’re planning a trip for next year, then read on for our list of the 10 best solo holidays 2020. Which of these will capture your imagination?
Krakow, Poland’s second-largest city, is a beautiful and fascinating destination for solo travel holidays. Its historic UNESCO-listed centre is home to over 6,000 notable buildings and monuments. With 18 museums, around 140 churches and one of Europe’s oldest universities – you’ll undoubtedly find lots of things to see and do. A highlight of a city break will be a tour around Wawel Castle, which has spectacular royal apartments and an impressive collection of tapestries. You may also wish to embark on a thought-provoking trip to nearby Auschwitz.
Amsterdam, Kinderdijk and the Dutch Bulbfields
A springtime river cruise that meanders along the Dutch waterways is another option for 2020 – it’s also ideal for a first-time solo cruise. Not only do you have a chance to explore the charming cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, but the cruise itinerary includes excursions to see the Netherland’s famous windmills and fields of colourful tulips. Visiting Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden covering nearly 80 acres, is a delight too. Around seven million bulbs are carefully planted to create dazzling floral displays – keen gardeners will return home inspired.
If eager to travel further afield, Costa Rica is an exciting solo holiday destination to consider. Lush rainforests, amazing wildlife, stunning tropical beaches – the country is a natural paradise and, unsurprisingly, has been rated as one of the happiest places on the planet. More than 25 per cent of Costa Rica is designated as protected reserves or national parks. Pack your camera as you never know when you’ll see a brightly-coloured tree frog, three-toed sloth or resplendent quetzal. On an escorted tour, every day will be full of unforgettable experiences.
Tenerife and La Gomera
The Canary Islands are often a sunny option for fly and flop holidays, but there’s so much more to discover about the Spanish hotspots, especially Tenerife. The largest of the seven islands, Tenerife is full of wonderful treasures and boasts some of the archipelago’s finest architecture. With a towering volcano, Mount Teide, to boot, and an awe-inspiring National Park with a moonlike landscape, solo travellers will join excursions with expert guides who know all the hidden places to visit and the best restaurants serving delicious Canarian dishes.
Split, Rab and Undiscovered Islands of the North
Fancy a different type of holiday experience in 2020? Look no further than a yacht cruise in Croatia. Aboard the elegant MS Il Mare, solo travellers can set sail in comfort from the ancient harbour at Split, soaking up the sunshine and picturesque Dalmatian coastline. Leisurely days are spent relaxing on board, admiring idyllic bays where the yacht will often drop anchor to allow you to take a dip. Mooring later in fishing villages, alongside historic quays and near National Parks, there’s also plenty of time to explore ashore.
Solo walking holidays are becoming increasingly popular – and for many good reasons. Exploring on foot is an active way to learn more about an area. Regular walks keep you fit and healthy, and the like-minded company can make a ramble all the more enjoyable. On a walking holiday in the Algarve on Portugal’s southern coast, one morning you may follow a trail along a dramatic coastline, the next day it’s a hike through the forested hillside. A guided trek beside the River Guadiana that forms a natural border with Spain will also be a highlight.
St Petersburg and Moscow
Can’t decide whether to book a city break to St Petersburg or Moscow? Why not visit both on one trip – they’re only a four-hour, high-speed train journey apart. A solo travel holiday in Russia’s captivating capital, seeing St Basil’s Cathedral, Gorky Park, the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre, the Kremlin and legendary Red Square will be a dream come true for many. And in St Petersburg, you can’t miss the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum, the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood and the lavish Peterhof Palace and Gardens.
Closer to home, Provence may be an option if you’re looking for solo holidays in Europe. Situated in France’s south-east, time here seems to stand still, making Provence the perfect tranquil spot to unwind, enjoy fine food and appreciate the region’s natural beauty. Striking landscapes inspired the works of Van Gogh and Cézanne – the latter lived in Aix-en-Provence, aka the City of a Thousand Fountains. Other highlights will be the Palais des Papes in Avignon, the Pont du Gard aqueduct and a trip to the Camargue wetlands, famous for its wild white horses.
Istanbul, Ephesus and Troy
Join an escorted singles holiday around Turkey, and you’ll be able to explore the wonders of incredible Istanbul with ease – Hagia Sophia, the city’s Grand Bazaar and Hippodrome – as well as Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus, three of the country’s most famous ancient sites. Troy, immortalised in Homer’s Iliad, is an alluring archaeological site dating back some 4,000 years. The world’s steepest ancient amphitheatre can be seen at Pergamon, and Ephesus is home to an extraordinary number of well-preserved monuments, including the Library of Celsus and Temple of Artemis.
Solo travel in 2020
Has our list of 10 solo travel holiday ideas inspired you to book a trip for 2020? Maybe you’re now keen to embark on a river cruise, escorted tour or a solo adventure holiday – it doesn’t matter. Wherever you choose to travel to, you’ll be off on an unforgettable journey. Enjoy!
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