They say there is ‘nowhere quite like home’ and when you
join us on one of our UK breaks, day trips or evenings out,
you’ll discover just how true this statement is.
From the breathtaking beauty of the Cotswolds, Royal
Palaces of Edinburgh and Windsor, the classic seaside break
in Blackpool and Torquay to celebrations of British ingenuity
and engineering at Bletchley Park and Titanic Belfast®, our
breaks offer the very best of British!
In response to requests from Solos customers, we’ve added
new tribute nights - take your pick from Michael Bublé,
Freddie Mercury/Queen or The Rat Pack Spectacular for a
fun night of entertainment. Also new is our Taster Cruise - join
Solos for a night onboard the Thomson Spirit to fi nd out why
cruising is becoming one of the most popular types of holiday.
Another new addition is our Discover Solos Weekends which
offers an ideal introduction to Solos for those who have not
travelled with us before, although frequent Solos travellers
are more than welcome to join us!
Our Dances and Festive Breaks take place at venues
across the UK throughout the year.
With the festive season drawing closer our thoughts
turn to our social calendars. Our special Christmas and
Twixmas breaks give you the opportunity to celebrate
this special time of year with fellow Solos guests. Party
into 2013 with our top selection of New Year breaks -
fun, dinner and dancing are all part of the celebrations.
These breaks are popular so we recommend you book
as soon as you can!
To get you in the mood in the run up to Christmas why
not join us on one our Christmas markets at either Bath
Our Dance Weekends have been a real hit over the last
year, so in addition to the Learn to Ballroom weekends
we have also added The Next Step to help you develop
your ballroom skills plus back by demand, we have our
Ceroc weekends. Whether or not you unearth a hidden
talent you will at least have a giggle in the process!
Our Dinner Dances and Black Tie Balls both start
with a glass of something refreshing at a welcome
reception before our three-course dinner where the
gentlemen move tables between each course. Laughter
and chatting flow easily before dancing to a disco
commences, taking us through into the early hours.
These popular social events are an ideal opportunity
to mix and mingle with fellow Solos guests. Join us for
just the dinner dance or ball, or stay overnight and take
advantage of the hotel leisure facilities with included
Men Wanted! Gentlemen - please don’t leave it too late
to book our Dances & Festive Breaks as the longer you
leave it the longer we have ladies waiting...
Dramatic scenery, history, architecture, culinary treats
or simply the opportunity to dip into another country’s
culture and customs - whatever your reasons for taking
a Short Break they have been designed to allow you to
escape for an experience for less than a week.
Across Europe and further afield there is plenty to
choose from. Popular with Solos travellers, but also
great choices for first time Solos customers, we continue
to offer trips such as Marrakech and Berlin, along with
Rome, which is always a firm favourite.
Resting some previously featured breaks has allowed us
to bring in some new choices including Spain’s largest
sun kissed city, Madrid and the beautiful, medieval
city of Bologna. By popular demand we have included
breaks to the home of Italian opera, Verona and with
the rise in popularity of Croatia, a chance to discover the
diversity and culture of its capital of Zagreb.
Christmas Markets in Europe have always been a
popular choice and our trips to Vienna and Budapest not
only give us the chance to buy unique gifts, but to enjoy
these cities at this special time of year.
So whether it is a new destination or a Solos favourite,
the choice is yours.
Our Discovery Tours offer a diverse selection of
countries to visit spread across all 4 corners of the
globe. Guided sightseeing, places steeped in history,
breathtaking scenery, unique insights to different
cultures and thrilling game drives are just some
examples of what you can expect when you choose one
of our tours.
It’s a chance to experience a life different from your
own and in some cases feel a sense of real adventure.
Modern technology has introduced us to the sights and
sounds of countries and continents across the world;
here is the opportunity to experience some of them
hands on for yourself, but better still not on your own.
Memories are made from experience and discovery in
life and what better way to create them by travelling as
part of a Solos group.
Here is the chance not just to experience a destination,
but to sample the Food and Drink that’s typical of a
region or country, or simply to have a treat or indulgence
as part of a week away or short break.
New in this brochure we are pleased to offer a Gourmet
Tour in the Champagne Region, a true gourmet lovers’
chance to wine and dine at some fine restaurants and
taste some unusual local produce. Italy has always
been a popular destination for Solos, one of the main
attractions being its delightful choice of food and wines.
With this is mind we have added A Taste of Piceno based
in the ‘boot’ of Italy in addition to our fun and informal
Italian Style based in the Dolomite Mountains.
Thoughts of Thailand conjure up beautiful white sand
beaches, golden Buddhas and smilingly welcoming
people but it’s also home to fiery and delicious cuisine.
There is a chance to experience all of this whilst trying
your hand at a little Thai cooking aswell.
Solos’ unrivalled selection of sun destinations,
with departures all year round, offers something
for everyone. From 3* through to 5* we offer a wide
selection of hotels across the world including some
customer favourites and new choices.
New and exclusive to Solos we are delighted to
introduce the Olympos Hotel in Ovacik, Ölüdeniz.
Owned and run by ‘Mama and Papa’ Sarbat who
will dedicate themselves to ensuring our stay is an
enjoyable one. We are confident the Olympos Hotel will
quickly establish itself as a favourite amongst Solos
Take the opportunity to sail to a variety of destinations
– Solos’ cruising has it all. From the exotic shorelines
of the Caribbean to the historic and fascinating ports of
the Mediterranean. Some itineraries offer the chance to
get a flavour of a city’s or country’s culture, others offer
warm sunshine or stunning scenery.
In addition to Solos favourites such as Red Sea Magic
and Colourful Coasts, new cruise itineraries featured
in this section include the Iberian Peninsula and
Norwegian Treasures in addition to By Sea to Petra and
Palaces and Gardens with Swan Hellenic.
Our Epic singles cruises to the Western Mediterranean and
the Caribbean continue to be popular and feature the
exclusive Studio Lounge which you gain access to
when you have booked a Studio stateroom which is a
specifically designed cabin with the single traveller in
mind. The Studio Lounge is a shared private lounge,
your own private spot to meet up with your fellow
travellers, have coffee or make plans for the day. Epic’s
latest addition to its fleet Breakaway departing from
New York and travelling to the Bahamas also offers this
same style of cabin and exclusive Studio Lounge.
What are your Options?
1. Choose one of our fabulous Solos cruise group
departures and join fellow independent cruisers to share
NB: Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruise
departures will still operate.
2. If you are a single traveller but do not wish to cruise in
a Solos group, or do you wish to go on a different date
to the ones published or on a different itinerary or ship
we are happy to try and arrange a tailor-made cruise
just for you. We work closely with many of the major
cruise companies and have access to a huge range of
A Solos activity break gives you the chance to take part in
a diverse selection of outdoor sports, soft adventures or
to be creative.
Our choices for winter have increased with a week of
activities in the Wild Taiga region which includes
cross-country skiing and snow shoe trekking in addition
to our Wintry Slovenia and Magical Lapland. Other new
adventures include Wet ‘n’ Wild Wales, an action packed
weekend of climbing, abseiling, scrambling and trekking,
and a week of Summer Fun in Finland which includes
canoeing, quad biking and Nordic walking.
Our North Italy Active and Turkey Multi-Activity which
continue to be popular, have been joined by Dalmatia
Active and North Greece Active, and formerly in our Sun
section we have our Active Sun in Halkidiki back for a
second year joined by a new option in Turkey, Adakoy.
Both of these beach clubs offer a wealth of water and
land based activities.
Creative & Active in Devon is our new short break on the
edge of Dartmoor at a venue that offers a multitude of
arts, craft, sport and leisure activities plus Cyprus Arts
& Activity introduces us to an eclectic mix of activities
and crafts. Following the success of Yoga and Walking in
May 2012 we are pleased to offer this again for 2 dates
in 2013. Whether you have been inspired by the Tour de
France, the Olympics or simply want to enjoy your hobby
on holiday we have introduced Cycling in Malta & Gozo
and Cycling in Zakynthos.
Walks - For those activity weeks that include walking we
have different levels so you can pick the one that suits
Cycling - For this activity we ask that you please ensure
you can ride a bike with multiple gears to a proficient
From the Lake District to the Himalayas, we offer a wide range of walks, treks and rambles across the UK and Worldwide at different grades.
New for 2013 we have the North Yorkshire Moors, Swiss Mountains, Dalmatian Riviera, Umbria & Marche, Lycian
Rambling and Cape Verde.
Easy to Medium: The walks vary in length from an average of 7km to 12km (4.3-7.4 miles), mostly on good paths and occasionally rough underfoot.
Medium: The walks average 13km (8 miles) or more, occasionally over rugged terrain. There will be significant ascents and descents, and you should have
Medium to Difficult: The walks may vary in length greatly, but importantly the going may be rough underfoot, in often mountainous terrain, and there will be significant ascents and descents, often at high altitude.
Please note that some walks may become more challenging as a result of inclement weather.
Whether it’s playing with new friends and enjoying the occasional game, or wanting to be competitive with other proficient players, why not join us for a tennis
Following feedback from a number of customers we have re-categorised our levels of tennis, detailed below.
These weeks are for anyone who knows the basics well enough to play in doubles matches. They may sometimes include coaching, if this is the case it will be
indicated on the individual destination page.
Intermediate to Advanced
These tennis weeks are designed for competent players of intermediate level and above, who are also able to play in doubles matches.
For 2013 we have 2 new destinations for tennis. Enjoy the invigorating mountain air and freshness in the Italian Dolomites and Letoonia in Turkey is located on a private peninsula outside Fethiye.
Skiing is the ultimate group activity, whether you’re a novice or a seasoned snow-lover, we guarantee a Solos ski holiday will be one to remember.
New in this brochure we have added Borovets in Bulgaria, Arinsal in Andorra and increased the duration of our Whistler trip in April from 9 days to 11 days.
Easy runs are green and blue, intermediate are red and difficult are black. However, in order to help you select the very best ski holiday for you, we recommend our holidays by level of difficulty:
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this category is open to everyone. We have used resorts with a variety of runs and slopes that cater for all levels of ability.
Beginners & Intermediates
If you are a first-time skier then choose one of these resorts, which have been selected for their ski schools, confidence-boosting nursery slopes and gentle green and blue runs. Intermediates will also relish developing skills on the good range of red runs on offer. There may also be a small selection of black runs available, if you fancy the challenge.
Intermediates & Advanced
If you are a confident or advanced skier, then these holidays are designed for you. Whizz down a variety of red runs as well as a selection of exciting short or narrow black runs. Mogul fields may also be present, enabling you to hone your tight parallel turns to perfection.
Our golf programme offers a variety of opportunities
to learn, improve or play golf in a fun and friendly
atmosphere! Choose from a short break in the UK or one
of our itineraries in Europe or beyond.
Learn to Play
Perfect for beginners who have always fancied having
a go at golf, or for improvers who wish to tidy up their
Where handicap certificates are required, the maximum
handicap is 36 for ladies and 28 for gentlemen.
Where handicap certificates are not required, these
trips are for players who have not yet achieved an
official handicap, or for handicap players who wish to
enjoy a relaxing golf break (not suitable for complete
Our festival weeks combine enjoyable, team
competitions, with 2 individual Stablefords, to find our
overall ladies’ and gents’ champions of the week.
What is Solos for One?
Separate to our Solos group departures, we have a selection of holidays for people wishing to take time out by themselves. Choose from our hand-picked singles-friendly resorts, hotels or on escorted tours, instead of holidaying within a Solos group.
Please note: there is no guarantee how many other single travellers, Solos or otherwise, will be on any of these holidays and consequently there is no Solos Tour Leader either.