The Best Tours for Single Travelers
There are a lot of reasons to travel alone. Perhaps you’re lucky enough to have more vacation days than any of your friends or family. Maybe you long to explore far-off countries (India! Morocco! Peru!) while your friends prefer to stay closer to home. Or many you just want to experience the joy of solo travel and the thrilling experience of being on no one’s agenda but your own. The idea of solo travel can be daunting, though, which is where tour groups come in. Traveling with a tour company can give individual travelers the freedom to explore on their own, choosing a destination and itinerary that works for your taste, while also providing the security and kinship of a group.
Ahead, our picks for the best tours to take when you embark on an adventure for one.
Moroccan Camel Trek
Head to the snowy peaks of the High Atlas Mountains for a solo adventure to write home about—a camel ride through the Sahara. Mountain Travel Sobek’s Morocco tour is perfect for solo travelers, because after all, a camel only seats one. Begin your journey exploring the narrow streets of Marrakesh, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, or head to a desert souk in the village of Agdz. Then start your journey through the Sahara with your trusty camel for a trek over the dunes under the Moroccan sun. Watch for nomads traveling across the sand, search the landscape for date palm oases, and sleep under the stars in the great sand sea, before ending your adventure in Fes.
Walk Through Portugal
Explore Portugal’s wine region with Butterfield & Robinson’s Douro Valley Walking tour. Start your trip in Porto, home to vineyards that put out some of the finest ports and wines in the world. Walk the historic streets of Amarante and taste the locally made young wine, Vinho Verde. Wander among the vines at estates that have been producing grapes for generations and trek through the highlands overlooking the Douro river and into the vast valley below. Along the way, sample the spirits that have helped make Duoro the go-to destination for wine lovers worldwide. After a long day of walking, indulge in the hotel’s luxurious spa with an olive oil body wrap or a rose-jasmine facial. It’s the perfect combination of communing with nature, tasting history, and relaxation.
Adventure Travel in Rajasthan
See the wonders of India firsthand on Intrepid Travel’s trip designed for adventure-loving solo travelers. This trip takes you throughout India’s northern province of Rajasthan offering chance to tour through the major cities like Delhi, Agra, Udaipur, and Jaipur while traveling through India’s countryside. Start in Delhi with visits to the Chandni Chowk marketplace, Delhi’s oldest and largest mosque, and the Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple). Travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, explore the Amber Fort in Jaipur, see the splendors of Maharajahs' palaces. Balloon over Jaipur at sunrise, ride camels through the desert in Pushkar, and go tiger spotting in Ranthambhore National Park.
Tucked between Nepal, China, and India is the mountainous country of Bhutan, known for its pine-covered hills, snow-capped mountains, and laid-back vibe. Bhutan has also been named one of the happiest countries on Earth and prides itself on its “Gross National Happiness.” The once-secluded kingdom has opened its doors to visitors and Abercrombie & Kent offers guided tours to the nation’s many wonders as well as neighboring Nepal. Explore Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, the Tiger's Nest Monastery, take an elephant-back safari in Chitwan National Park, ride a rickshaw ride to Durbar Square, visit Teleju Temple, and attend a Nepalese cooking class in a local home. In addition to creating an exciting itinerary, Abercrombie & Kent has also waived many of the fees typically associated with solo travel.
Bike Through Havana
Bike trips are the perfect solo adventure, because unless you have a bicycle built for two, it is just you and the open road. Take advantage of the U.S.’s warming relationships with Cuba to ride through the countryside with Gray & Co. During your trip, experience all that Havana has to offer from vibrantly hued architecture, fresh music, and vintage cars set against the backdrop of a historic city. Start your trip in Old Havana—the city that time forgot—bike to the tobacco-farming town of Viñales, ride to the coast alongside horse carts, and dine on fresh seafood on unspoiled beaches. Visit the Spanish Colonial town of Trinidad and the white sand beaches of Playa Ancon for a well-deserved dip in the Caribbean.
Wellness Adventure in Malta
Italy’s Amalfi Coast has a lot to offer visitors from food, wine, sun, and history. Experience it all on a trip to the coast’s lesser known Maltese archipelago made of the idyllic islands of Malta, Gozo, and Comino. Perillo's Learning Journeys offers a tour that lets travelers indulge in the islands’ food and drink with cooking classes and wine tastings, and gives them the opportunity to work it off with yoga and spa visits. It’s a whole body trip with plenty of history. Tour palazzos, temples, artists’ studios, villas and stately gardens, and the shops that line the streets of Valetta and Mdina. To make the tour even more enticing, Perillo offers special pricing for solo travelers, while giving the comfort and security of a group.
Peru and Bolivia
Head back in time to explore the Empire of the Incas across Peru and Bolivia. Take a scenic train ride through the Andes mountains, explore the mysteries of Machu Picchu, wander the streets of Cusco, and journey through the sacred Valley of the Incas after a shaman blesses your trip. On Tauck’s Empire of the Incas tour, visit Lake Titicaca, meet the residents that call the lake’s reed islands home, and trek to La Paz, Bolivia’s bustling capital, all while hiking, biking, and walking through the glorious South American scenery. Tauck offers special Solo Traveler savings on many of their land trips, too.