“Travelling solo doesn’t need to mean travelling alone.”
I look after lots of single travellers who have collectively been to a broad spectrum of destinations, including South Africa, India, China and even Iran.
Understanding an individual’s needs and finding the right tour for them is a key element to the trip experience and to be able to provide the necessary confidence and reassurance that they will be looked after throughout is of huge importance to me.
Riviera Travel is one of my go-to suppliers when it comes to touring, particularly for the solo traveller for whom they have a dedicated and exciting portfolio of long and short-haul destinations along with luxury solo river and yacht cruises.
With over 35 years of commitment to providing quality touring experiences, they understand how to explore a destination, and offer insight into the lives, histories and cultures of the people who call those places home.
Whether you prefer to travel alone or like your own space with the option of mingling at times, their Solo Traveller options should produce the flexibility for a perfect holiday.
Offering regional UK departures, a tour manager or a member of the Riviera team will be at your chosen airport, or on the train when travelling by Eurostar.
All tours that fly from the UK also include entry to an airport lounge along with complimentary refreshments, providing a good way to meet any travelling companions away from the hustle and bustle of the public areas.
Porterage at all hotels is included, so there is no need to worry about negotiating stairs or other obstacles with your luggage.
Every solo holiday includes a friendly welcome dinner, enabling guests to meet like-minded travellers and make new connections should they wish.
Each itinerary has been thoughtfully crafted by experts and provides fascinating perspectives on the culture, history, gastronomy and architecture of the places visited, whilst every detail has been carefully considered from the stops made to the routes taken.
Free time is always provided to allow additional individual exploring if desired.
Tour managers are chosen not only for their wealth of knowledge but also a flair for engaging audiences and sharing eye-opening insights, and they are present throughout to ensure an exceptional experience.
Accommodation is carefully chosen, well-located and primarily rated four stars.
Riviera like, where possible, to work with privately owned hotels that offer something special, be it a rooftop bar or restaurant with panoramic views or a prime located position.
On the river, their five-star cruises are some of Europe’s most modern with solo travellers always having the exclusive use of a double or twin cabin.
I have selected a couple of popular trips to provide a flavour of the kind of itinerary you can expect.
The Blue Danube River Cruise for Solo Travellers
This week-long cruise enables you to soak up all that Europe’s most cultured river has to offer, with its wealth of grand baroque architecture, medieval cities, picture-perfect towns and the sights that inspired Strauss and Mozart.
The superb surroundings of your floating luxury hotel will be your home for seven nights with spacious and well-appointed cabins or suites, private bathrooms and meticulously prepared fine cuisine.
From Budapest, the journey heads north to Esztergom, spending time exploring its historic centre, once Hungary’s capital, before continuing westwards to the beautiful old town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
Navigating through Lower Austria, the romantic town of Dürnstein is the next stop, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, having been shipwrecked on his return from the crusades.
A visit to the remarkable monastery in Melk, with its 200m long Emperor’s Gallery, lined with portraits of Austrian emperors is captivating.
After arriving in Linz, the tour takes a short drive to Salzburg, where a guided tour of the old town includes the imposing fortress Hohensalzburg towering over the city and of course a comprehensive look at the birthplace and residence of Mozart, Salzburg’s most famous citizen.
Returning eastwards, classical Vienna, the home of Strauss and many great composers, offers up an abundance of wonderful architecture as well as a host of other things to see including the Spanish riding school.
The final leg into Hungary, takes in imperial Budapest, straddling the picturesque Danube and after a guided tour of the palatial city, the captain hosts a spectacular onboard dinner as an excellent finale to this exceptional cruise.
India & Shimla for Solo Travellers
India is a vast country of contrasts waiting to be explored, from world-famous landmarks to wondrous hidden treasures.
An adventure here is a real feast for the senses as the vibrant colours, delicious flavours and heady scents combine to make a unique and unforgettable holiday.
Specially tailored for solo travellers, this tour starts in rural Rajasthan, where a potpourri of the ancient and the modern is so clearly exhibited.
The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur is popular for its wealth of palaces and examples of jaw-dropping architecture.
Wildlife is a major attraction and there will be the opportunity to spot tigers in their natural habitat in Ranthambore.
The highlight for many is the sublime Taj Mahal, a mausoleum seen so often in films and photographs, but for which there is simply no substitute for the exhilaration of experiencing it first-hand.
This wonderful tour concludes with a breathtaking train journey into the Himalayas and the hill station of Shimla, a microcosm of Victorian English society during its colonial past.
The best thing about touring holidays for singles is being with like-minded people who share a passion for travel and a sense of adventure.
I am very experienced in organising these trips, so please contact me for more detailed insight and discussion.