6 Sensational Tours for Solo Travelers

Put your mind at ease. We provide solo travelers with a few options to help them choose the best tour company to suit their needs for an amazing outdoors and adventure trip.

By: Valerie Conners and Ben Breslerman
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Discover the Top Tours

Are you thinking of taking a tour alone, but you’re afraid of being the only solo traveler in your tour group? Don’t fret. The number of solo travelers of all ages embarking on outdoors and adventure tours has skyrocketed in recent years. Many tour companies now offer a variety of perks to accommodate this growing trend, reducing or, in some cases, entirely eliminating steep "single supplement" fees that have traditionally accompanied solo bookings. Discover the top tours for single travelers offered by companies that delve into a region's culture while maintaining a friendly, small-group setting.

For Independent Travelers: Intrepid Travel

Keeping tour-group sizes to no more than 10 people, exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations and having the freedom to chase down unexpected experiences as they pop up along the road — such is the philosophy behind Intrepid Travel. This company attracts adventurous souls seeking tours led by guides based out of offices in 22 countries, as well as local travel operators in countries where Intrepid does not have offices. Intrepid tours take travelers to far-flung destinations around the world. Some of its most popular trips include Peru, Thailand, Kenya and Italy, with options offered in a variety of tour styles, from budget-friendly "Basix" (1- to 2-star hotel accommodations) and standard "Original" tours (2- to 3-star lodgings) to "Comfort" level trips, which feature higher-end accommodations.

For Budget-Conscious Travelers: Overseas Adventure Travel

Budget-conscious solo travelers would be wise to investigate Overseas Adventure Travel's offerings for singles, which include a number of money-saving deals to exotic destinations, including India, Botswana and Burma. Single travelers face no single supplements on any of OAT's Land Adventures (land-based tours with groups of 10 to 16 travelers) or Small Ship Adventures (boat tours of 16 to 25 travelers), all of which are led by certified guides who are residents of the region you'll be exploring. There's the Travel Companions program as well, which allows travelers to create a profile in a private online community. You can virtually meet fellow travelers with similar interests, allowing you to make friends before you've even embarked on your adventure.

For Hard-Core, Authentic Journeys: G Adventures

For more than 20 years, G Adventures has offered all sorts of trips for solo travelers, from physically challenging tours, such as a hard-core, 10-day trekking adventure up Mont Blanc in Switzerland, to less demanding ones, such as a 22-day Mayan adventure tour through Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, where you'll travel by bus, van and boat. G Adventures' tours are also best for solo travelers seeking the most authentic experience possible in a given destination; the company offers true local experiences, from authentic accommodations (sleeping in a tented desert camp in Morocco) to local transportation (4x4 vehicles in Africa) to off-the-beaten-path experiences (touring orchards on foot in a rural agriturismo area in Tuscany, Italy).

For Taste-Bud Satisfaction, Secret Food Tours

Discover your favorite city in a way that is sure to tease, then sufficiently satisfy your taste buds. From European treasures like London, Barcelona and Paris (yes, it’s still amazing even if you’re on a solo mission) across the pond to the states most food-savvy cities of New York, New Orleans and San Francisco, Secret Food Tours now has 12 of the world’s most charming cities in their arsenal. On your tour, you’ll poke your head into the best bakeries, butchers, cheese shops and more that the city has to offer. Your guide will explain the history and origin of the food, while grabbing the appropriate amounts to share with the group. Once you’ve hit all the hot spots, the tour culminates in an epic feast that the foodie in you will never forget.

For Solo-Traveler-Specific Tour Dates: Exodus

Exodus shows travelers some of the best ways to explore a city or region, whether it's cycling along Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, taking small expedition ships through the world's polar regions, or experiencing the northern lights from an igloo. Travelers, in turn, get to dive into a destination's culture, food and lifestyle in a unique way during tours led by local guides trained in Exodus' leader program. The company designates one or two departure dates for a given tour as "solo departures," which are recommended for clients traveling alone. This approach attracts a high number of solo travelers to tour together. Dozens of itineraries are designated as solo departures (marked by an "S" on the company's website), including trips such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, cycling through Vietnam, touring Peru's Inca Trail and Amazon rain forest, and walking Italy's Amalfi Coast.

For Well-Heeled Single Travelers: Abercrombie & Kent

Iconic luxury outfitter Abercrombie & Kent offers small-group travel, granting more intimate access to local culture. Solo travelers might be hesitant to book with a high-end company because of the higher costs, but Abercrombie & Kent grants generous discounts on single supplements for select departures on a variety of tours. On more than 40 departures for trips to places such as China, Tanzania and Turkey, the company reduces a tour's single supplement by as much as 75 percent or waives it entirely, which can save hundreds or thousands of dollars. Unlike some tour companies that place solo travelers with roommates, single travelers on Abercrombie & Kent tours will always be granted single accommodations at hotels throughout their itinerary.

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