10 of the best group trips for solo travellers | Travelling solo
Flavors of Morocco.
Real Food Adventures by Intrepid Travel offers the opportunity to meet travelers with the same appetite for exploring local cuisine on trips where culture and adventure go hand in hand with cooking and eating. The Moroccan itinerary includes mint tea on the Casablanca waterfront, home-cooked meals in the blue city of Chefchaouen, exploring the Fez medina, and camping in the Sahara before ending the journey in vibrant Marrakech. More than half of those who book these trips are traveling alone, so it’s easy to bond over cooking classes, tastings, and street food itineraries.
From £980, 12 days, various dates, intrepidtravel.com
Packrafting in Croatia
Meet paddleboarding’s adrenaline-pumping cousin, packcraft. These lightweight inflatable canoes fold into a backpack, making it easy to move between land and water and forgiving beginners. Croatian packraft tour by Much Better Adventures is designed for beginners and includes hiking through wild canyons, canoeing on rapids and swimming in clear rivers. Guests stay in hotels or camp in the secluded areas of the national park. In groups of up to eight people, nearly three-quarters of the participants come alone.
£534, four nights, May to September dates, muchbetteradventures.com
Learn to wild camp in the Lake District
For would-be outdoor adventurers who find the idea of camping out in the wild intimidating, Wild Camping Beginner Weekend may be the answer. Adventure Solos, which organizes outdoor excursions for adults, hosted a two-day camping trip in the Lake District. It’s led by an expert who provides advice and guidance, and the price includes a set of quality gear, including a tent, sleeping bag, inflatable mat, stove and headlamp, perfect for your next adventure – perhaps with friends. on this trip.
£695 for two nights May 19-21 and July 14-16 including gear and equipment to leave, adventuresolos.com
Tour Europe’s Greatest Cities
Hostels are, by their nature, a place to socialize, but on one of G Adventures’ new Roamies tours, guests can mingle with a ready-made group—and they don’t have to deal with itinerary planning. These trips use stylish hostels (like the Generator Rome pictured) in central areas and are for people aged 18 to 35. Its Core Western Europe itinerary includes the popular destinations of Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and Munich, combining guided walks and free time to explore, and nearly three-quarters of travelers come alone.
From £1,037, 10 days, mixed or female dorms, various dates, gadventures.com
Black women hikes and hostel trips across the UK
Black Girls Hike started life in 2019 as an Instagram page created by Riana Fatinikun to find other members of her community to enjoy the outdoors together. Now, in addition to nationwide group hikes, it hosts popular weekends of diverse activities for black and mixed-race women, attracting mostly solo travelers of all ages. Activities include hiking, kayaking, gorge walking, crafts and yoga, and participants stay in youth hostels.
£285 Devon Weekend in Dartmoor May 5-7 or Edale Weekend in the Peak District September 8-10, eventbrite.co.uk
Road trip in Portugal
Road trips are best done in groups – driving together and reading a map, as well as choosing tunes along the way, add to the fun. WeRoad organizes trips with a rough itinerary and an easy travel coordinator instead of a formal guide – more like an organized friend who has all the paperwork. The Portugal Beach Life Tour is a laid-back trip from Lisbon to the Algarve for relaxation and fun, as well as hiking, sightseeing and surfing. Almost all travelers come alone and share the driving experience. Trips are designed for one of two age groups: 25-35 and 35-49 years.
From £999, nine days, May 21, weroad.co.uk
Kayak on the west coast of Scotland
Scotland’s wild west coast is dotted with secluded white sand beaches amid wild landscapes promising many exciting wildlife encounters. On the Trad Music and Kayaking trip with Slow Adventure, guests could see seals, eagles, and even basking sharks and whales as they paddled. Dinner will include very fresh seafood – langoustines in a seaside hut? – followed by live folk music before falling asleep to the sound of the waves outside the tent. The trip is suitable for beginners and 5% of the amount goes to local conservation projects.
From £617, spring and summer, dates to be confirmed, slow-adventure.com
Cycling from London to Paris
Biking may not be the easiest way to get to the French capital, but it is the most rewarding. By doing this in a group with an Adventurous Ewe operator, you get companions to share jokes, aches and pains with over 300 miles of travel, and a support crew to haul luggage and fix mechanical problems. There is a personalized training program that includes accommodation, meals, ferry crossing on the way back and Eurostar return. If that’s too much trouble, shorter bike options include a two-day coast-to-coast ride across the Lake District.
£1,000, five days, departure 19 June, adventurousewe.co.uk
Dive into Pembrokeshire
The Preseli Venture offers the chance to kayak, coaster and hike along the cliff tops of the rugged Pembrokeshire coastline before retreating to a comfortable rural eco-lodge to sip local beer and gaze at the stars around a roaring campfire. Nestled in a wooded valley next to a sandy beach, the cottage is also close to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and the Celtic Bike Path. It welcomes solo travelers, both on standard group adventures and “solo adventures” that also include surfing and a boat trip to see seals and seabirds around the Ramsey Island Nature Reserve.
£795, five days, 9 July and 10 September, preseliventure.co.uk
Wine and barbecue in Alsace
Hiking is often enjoyed by solo travelers: about half of Ramblers Walking Holidays clients travel alone (most of them are women over 60). The Wine Villages of Alsace is a week of walking through vineyards and forests on the Sentier Viticole des Grands Crus, past villages like Riquewihr and Ribeauville, with their cobbled streets and half-timbered buildings. It’s a good place for gourmets too, with lots of great Franco-German food and of course good wine.
From £1325 including rail travel, lodging and some meals (single rooms available at an additional cost), various dates from May to October, ramblersholidays.co.uk