Thursday 19 September 2019

Going solo: 7 amazing guided tours that are perfect for solo adventurers

They say it takes two to party but it only takes one to explore the world and have an adventure that you’ll never forget.

Solo travelling is about doing something for yourself, seeing things that you’ll always remember and meeting new friends along the way. Just because you’re travelling alone doesn’t mean that you can’t meet other solo travellers and enjoy some expert local insights at your chosen destination.

Travel Department offer a variety of guided holidays especially for solo travellers to a range of exotic, beautiful and fascinating locations. Their expert guides will help you find the best places and hidden gems in each location to give you a truly authentic experience.

Here are some amazing guided tours that are too good to miss.

1. Highlights of Namibia

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What is it: Namibia lies to the north west of South Africa and it’s a country that’s renowned for its natural beauty. From beautiful coastal towns like Swakopmund to the chance to see elusive desert elephants on a safari in Africa’s third largest national park, this trip is a chance to take in the very best that Namibia has to offer.

Unmissable experience: One of the most memorable parts of this trip is a journey to Sossusvlei, an otherworldly desert region that boasts some of the highest dunes in the world. You can watch the sun rise over its famous red dunes and scale the highest dune in the area – the 325m ‘Big Daddy.’

Cost: This 15-night holiday includes flights and B&B/half board accommodation from €4,999.

2. Winter in Bavaria

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What is it: Enjoy a Bavarian wonderland with a winter trip to see the snow-capped peaks and alpine lakes of the Berchesgadener region. It’s a fairytale landscape where soaring mountains touch the clouds and sweep down into delightful valleys and lakes. Take in Germany’s only Alpine National Park, a horse carriage ride through the picture postcard landscape, and a guided tour of the historic city of Salzberg.

Unmissable experience: A boat trip on Lake Königssee is a chance to explore the deepest lake in Bavaria, which sits at the bottom of the imposing Watzmann mountain. As backdrops go, they don’t get much better than this.

Cost: This four-night holiday includes flights and half board accommodation from €899.

3. Cape Town, the Garden Route and the Winelands

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What is it: Visit the city of Cape Town, take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela in Robben Island’s prison. There’s also the chance to get up close to Africa’s “Big Five” with some wildlife spotting at Aquila Private Game Reserve, and tour through the country’s best wine regions.

Unmissable experience: You’ll tour up the Garden Route, one of the world’s best road trips and a must-see when you visit South Africa. Buckle up, soak up the adventure and enjoy unique sights like the Cape Point Nature Reserve, with its distinctive landscape and famous penguin colony.

Cost: This 12-night holiday includes flights and B&B/half board accommodation from €2,949

4. Danube Taster River Cruise

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What is it: You’ll cruise down one of Europe’s most famous rivers and take guided tours of historic cities like Passau, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Melk. It’s a chance to see some of Europe’s most impressive architectural sights, be shown their secrets by local guides and get a real sense of their history and culture.

Unmissable experience: Any one of these cities is an unmissable experience in its own right but how often will you get to cruise the Danube, sipping a cocktail between city breaks, as you enjoy the tranquillity of one of Europe’s longest rivers?

Cost: This five-night holiday includes flights and full board accommodation on cruise from €1,399.

5. Discover Sicily

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What is it: Sicily is a place of legends, the home of the cyclops, and somewhere that has been celebrated by countless great civilisations. Enjoy amazing food and wine, visit filming locations from The Godfather, explore intriguing sites like the Ear of Dionysius cave, sip a coffee in a hillside village, and have a guide show you everything this Mediterranean island has to offer.

Unmissable experience: Sicily’s most famous landmark is the active volcano, Mount Etna, and scaling this force of nature is something that’s not to be missed. Your reward will be a stunning panoramic view of the island, some amazing photos and a visit to a wine producer on the way down for a well-deserved wine-tasting.

Cost: This seven-night holiday includes flights and half board accommodation from €1,269.

6. French Riviera Short Break

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What is it: Whether you call it the French Riviera or the Côte d'Azur, a trip to this French destination is a perfect way to relax and treat yourself. Experience the life of the rich and the famous, soak up the style in Cannes, go sightseeing in Nice, enjoy great shops or just relax on a beautiful beach.

Unmissable experience: A half day excursion to the ancient port town of Antibes, with its cute Old Town, is a chance to see how the other side lives. Millionaire’s Quay is full of luxury yachts, drawn to the region by the fantastic views of the Côte d'Azur. Art fans will love its Musée Picasso, a museum dedicated to Picasso which has over 250 of his pieces.

Cost: This five-night holiday includes flights and B&B accommodation from €949.

7. Egypt - Nile River Cruise including Cairo & Hurghada

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What is it: Treat yourself to the trip of a lifetime to see magical monuments and the mighty Nile with this solo tour. A seven-day cruise down the River Nile will include guided excursions to wonders of the ancient world like the Temple of Horus, the Valley of Kings, the High Dam and the Temples of Karnak and Luxor. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also spend three days on the beach resort of Hurghada.

Unmissable experience: No trip to Egypt would be complete without a visit to the Pyramids of Gaza and the Great Sphinx. A guided tour will take you around these iconic landmarks, giving you a chance to get up close and personal with these breathtaking relics from an ancient age.

Cost: This 12-night holiday includes full board on cruise and B&B/half board accommodation in hotels from €2,199.

For more information or to discover Travel Department’s full range of solo traveller holidays, check out the Travel Department website.

 

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