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Top solo trips for 2024

Author: Donná - Digital Content Executive at Explore Worldwide
Date Published: 3 January 2024

Embarking on a solo holiday in 2024 is more than just a trend; it's a lifestyle embraced by those seeking self-discovery, independence, and a unique connection with the world. 50% of our travellers on our trips are solo holiday enthusiasts. With the growing popularity of small group adventures for solo holidays and an acknowledgment of the increasing appeal of intimate and authentic experiences, we share our top solo holidays for 2024.

1. Amalfi Coast Walking - Agriturismo

Embark on a small group adventure as a solo traveller on our Amalfi Coast Walking trip. The trip combines the charm of an agriturismo stay with invigorating hikes along the rugged coastline. Staying with an Italian family on their farm overlooking the Mediterranean will give you a real local experience, and you'll get to enjoy home-produced organic food and wine.

The 8-day trip covers 51 kilometres of spectacular, moderate-grade coastal walking, from clifftop hikes overlooking the azure coastal waters to woodland walks in Ferriere Nature Reserve. Take a boat ride from Amalfi to the island of Capri, where you can enjoy superb views of the mainland and the magnificent limestone cliffs rising out of the Mediterranean. A highlight of this trip is the "Walk of the Gods," known as one of the greatest coastal walks in the world.

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2. Highlights of Morocco

Solo travellers, get ready for a cultural journey through the heart of Morocco. On our Highlights of Morocco tour you'll join a small group and discover together the lively markets of Marrakech and experience the vibrant Moroccan culture.

In Morocco's artisan capital, Fes, meander through the medina and souks, where you'll witness weavers, coppersmiths, and tanners at work, before visiting the Royal Palace (Fes El Jedid). Experience Berber hospitality as you embark on a 4WD journey into the dunes of Erg Chebbi, where your overnight accommodation will be a traditional Berber camp, and indulge in a traditional tagine.

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3. Cycle the Dalmatian Coast

Calling all solo cycling enthusiasts! Join a small group for a breath-taking journey as you pedal along the scenic Dalmatian Coast. From historic cities to idyllic islands, our Cycle the Dalmatian Coast trip promises an active island hopping bike adventure in the company of fellow travellers.

As you journey by bike from Split to Dubrovnik, you'll get to discover all the islands in between. Take a ferry across to Hvar Island, where you'll continue your cycling adventure, exploring and spending two nights on the island. On Korcula Island, you'll cycle through traditional fishing villages and even have the chance to swim in the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea, or you can choose to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. With the option of e-bikes now available on this trip, you can enjoy a more leisurely cycle.

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4. Mountains, Deserts and Coast of Oman

Oman's diverse landscapes provide a captivating backdrop for solo travellers seeking an unique adventure. Uncover the hidden gems of Oman on a journey through mountains, deserts, and the mesmerising coastline. By joining our small group you'll experience an off-the-beaten-path adventure whilst creating connections with fellow travellers.

Our 8-day trip in Oman will take you on a 4WD along the Wahiba Sands where you'll get to camp amongst the rusty red coloured sand dunes that stretch as far as 15,000 square kilometres. Known for its wadis, you'll visit Wadi Shab reaching beautiful oasis of freshwater pools and then going onto Wadi Tiwi leading to Fins Beach where you'll experience beach camping under the stars for the night.

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5. Simply Japan

There's no better way to explore Japan than as a solo traveller on a small group tour. You'll be guided by one of our expert guides who will take you to some of the most exquisite places you'll ever see and experience.

Our 14-day Simply Japan train trip features some authentic accommodation, including a night in a traditional Buddhist temple, interacting with monks, as well as a stay in a family-run ryokan (traditional Japanese inn). What will truly leave you in awe is when arrive at Kyoto and discover the magical Zen gardens and over 2000 temples surrounded by tranquil gardens. Another highlight of this trip is when you hop onto a ferry to reach the astonishing Miyajima Island, arriving to a great view of the floating torii gate, one of the top three best views in Japan.

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6. Sri Lanka in Depth

Embark on a solo journey through the teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka. Our small groups allow you to delve deep into the cultural richness, lush landscapes, and ancient history that define this destination.

Our Sri Lanka trip is an ideal playground for solo travellers, offering a range of cultural and wildlife experiences. Venture on a Jeep safari into Wilpattu and Udawalawe National Parks, spotting wildlife as you journey through the national parks, and get the most spectacular sunrise view over the surrounding jungle with an early morning climb up Lion's Rock. And let's not forget about all the flavourful food, packed with tantalising spices. For tea lovers, this trip includes a stop at a traditional tea plantation where you can learn about the process for the perfect cup of tea.

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7. Costa Rica Wildlife Tour

For nature-loving solo travellers, Costa Rica lures you in with its incredible biodiversity and stunning landscapes. Our Costa Rica Wildlife tour offers a small group adventure through rainforests, national parks, and pristine beaches. You can share the excitement of spotting exotic wildlife and exploring diverse ecosystems with newfound friends.

Over 15 days discover the best of both worlds, from white-sand beaches to brightly coloured rainforests. Get your adrenaline pumping as you white-water raft through the forest-covered Pacuare River, one of Costa Rica's most scenic rivers. Visit Poas Volcano National Park, where you'll come into close proximity to one of the most active volcanoes. Throughout the trip, there are plenty of daily wildlife walks to ensure that you spot all the incredible wildlife—a bird lover's paradise.

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8. New Zealand Explorer

Experience the thrill of outdoor activities amidst the breath-taking beauty of Aotearoa on our New Zealand Explorer small group tour.

Visiting both the North and South Islands, you'll witness the beauty of the jaw-dropping landscapes of New Zealand. Feel a part of a movie set as you explore Hobbiton, where the famous Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were filmed. New Zealand Maoris are among the friendliest cultures you'll ever come across, providing the warmest welcome and hospitality. Experience this friendly culture as you visit a genuine Maori home, where you'll be served a traditional meal.

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9. Highlights of Albania

Albania, with its rich history and unspoiled landscapes, is an emerging gem for solo travellers. Our Highlights of Albania tour provides a small group setting, allowing you to discover the country's hidden treasures with fellow travellers. From ancient archaeological sites to pristine beaches, the itinerary is designed for cultural exploration and shared experiences.

Set your eyes on the greatest archaeological sites in the Balkans and explore the UNESCO listed Butrint. In recent times, archaeologists have excavated the area, uncovering all parts of Butrint's history, such as its Roman theatre, Roman house, thermal baths, and a beautiful baptistery with amazing mosaic floors. The location is picturesque, with the ruins situated in the curve of the Vivari River. Learn about the rural life in Albania with a visit to a local family farm where you'll be treated to a traditional homemade lunch. Admire the beauty of Benja as you relax in the thermal pools, where it is believed to have some healing properties.

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10. Inca Trail Trek

Solo hikers, the ancient wonders of Peru await! Join our small group Inca Trail trek for an unforgettable walk along the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, immersing yourself in the history and beauty of the Andes. The awe-inspiring landscapes, ancient Incan ruins, and the shared challenges of the trek create a sense of unity with your fellow travellers.

Our 9-day trip covers four days of trekking to reach the final reward, Machu Picchu. With moderate to challenging walking routes ranging from 6km to 15km per day, you'll pass through various iconic points such as "Dead Woman's Pass" and the Sun Gate, allowing you to take in all the spectacular views along the way. A special highlight is on the last day of the trip when you'll return to Machu Picchu and enjoy a guided tour of the historic ruins.

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