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Solo Travel Guide: Travelling alone in Europe

Europe offers plenty of fun, safe and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for people who want to travel alone. Here's our guide to travelling solo in Europe as part of a small group tour.
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Our small group tours to Europe are perfect for solo travellers. Choose from trips to Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Portugal and many more. Whether you’re 30 or 60, a wide variety of solo travellers join our small group tours, and with an average group size of 12 people, you’ll have the opportunity to meet new, like-minded people while benefiting from a fully immersive experience. Visit places that you may not have discovered travelling alone and explore at ease under the expert guidance of your local tour leader

Here we give you a few ideas of the best places to visit in Europe, answer some of the most frequently asked questions about our solo European trips and explore why booking a trip alone is such a great way to travel in Europe.

Spain

Spain is one of our most sought-after Europe solo tour destinations. From walking through sleepy rural villages on our Highlights of Andalucia Tour to pedalling past sweet-smelling apricot groves on our Murcia Cycling Holiday, there are plenty of exciting solo trips to choose from in Spain. If you like Spanish wine and tapas, join our wine tasting walking tour through the Ribera del Duero region. Or, for something a bit more active, make the famous pilgrimage from Leon to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on our Camino de Santiago Walking Tour.
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Italy

For charming piazzas, ancient architecture, delicious pasta and verdant countryside, head to Italy on your next European solo trip. Our Amalfi Coast Walking trip will whisk you away from the stress of everyday life for a sociable trek with like-minded travellers along its sun-drenched coast of pristine beaches and turquoise waters. Join a small group discovery tour to uncover ancient ruins on the volcanic island of Sicily, or trek along the tranquil waters of Lake Como on our small-group walking tour. Alternatively, if you fancy going out on your own, take a self-guided cycling tour from Pisa to Florence.
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Greece

If you're looking for great company, delicious food and never-ending celestial views, Greece is an excellent destination for a solo holiday in Europe. Join like-minded travellers for a relaxed island hopping cruise around the Cyclades archipelago on our Greek Island Wanderer Tour, or discover the gems of Europe's oldest capital city, Athens, on our Peloponnese Explorer Trip. For something more active, take on the challenge of walking 220 km along the Corfu Trail with its quaint rural villages and quiet pebble beaches, or go solo with our Crete Self-Guided Walking Holiday.
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Turkey

Get away from crowded beaches to uncover the lesser-known gems of Turkey on our small group tours. Perfect for solo travellers wanting to explore Europe in good company, join your expert local guide to explore the fairy-tale stone turrets of Cappadocia and seek out the ornate Greco-Roman sculptures of Aphrodisias on our Turkey in Depth tour. Take group photos against spectacular Mediterranean backdrops on our Lycian Way Trekking Holiday, or pedal along Turkey's spellbinding Turquoise Coast with newfound friends on our Cycle Turkey Trip.
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Croatia

Share treasured memories with other solo travellers as you discover the aquamarine lakes and panoramic mountain-top views of Croatia's Plitvice National Park by foot on our Croatia Walking Tour. Or jump in the saddle to ascend pearlescent limestone cliffs that rise from the azure-blue seas by bike on our Cycle Dalmatian Coast Tour. Immerse yourself in a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets in Dubrovnik's Old Town or step back in time as you uncover pre-Romanesque churches and Gothic chapels in Split on our Highlights of Croatia holiday.
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Portugal

From the golden beaches of the Algarve to the exotic islands of the Azores, Portugal is an attractive destination for solo travellers looking to join a small group tour in Europe. Wander around the emerald green crater lakes and swim in lava rock pools on our Azores Island Hopping Walking Holiday, or take a train to Porto on our Highlights of Portugal Tour to uncover colourful old townhouses and quaint cobbled streets. Trek along mossy levadas and clifftop passes in Madeira and discover an unspoilt corner of Portugal along the western Algarve on our Coastal Trails of Portugal walking holiday.
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Frequently asked questions about our solo tours in Europe

Is Europe a good destination for solo travellers?
Europe is an excellent destination for solo travellers. From the fragrant rural countryside of Spain and the striking ancient architecture of Italy to the golden-sand beaches of Portugal and pearlescent lakes and seas of Croatia, there is plenty for solo travellers to explore in Europe.

Is Europe safe for solo travellers?
Yes, Europe is generally a very safe place for solo travellers to visit. However, while the risks are low, as with all trips, you should keep your wits about you and take precautions to keep you and your belongings safe. By travelling in a small group you will be better protected, and your local guide can advise you on the local customs, as well as warn you of any places that may pose a threat. Europe is also a safe place for female solo travellers - take a look at our solo travel guide for women for more information.

How big are the group sizes on your Europe trips?
Depending on the type of tour, our European small group trips can accommodate 6 to 20 people, but our average group size is about 12 people. This is the perfect group size for solo travellers who want to book a trip alone but don't want to feel lonely.

Will I need to pay a singles supplement?
The individual prices of our tours to Europe are based on shared twin rooms. So, if you're travelling alone, we will pair you up with another solo traveller of the same gender. If, however, you would prefer a room to yourself, you have the option to pay a single room supplement.

Will I have time to myself on a small group tour?
Most of our European trip itineraries provide time for you to explore the destinations on your own. This free time can be spent with other travellers in the group, or you are free to enjoy some time alone.

What types of Europe group tours does Explore offer?
We have several different group tour types available in Europe. Join a Europe Discovery tour for an all-round 'classic' trip that includes cultural highlights, history, food and wildlife. Or if you're looking for something more active, take a look at our Walking and Trekking and Cycling holidays.

 

The benefits of small group tours for solo travellers in Europe

Save time on planning and logistics
When you travel with an organised group tour, all of the planning, travel arrangements and accommodation booking is taken care of; all you need to do is turn up and enjoy the trip! Our tour leaders are also very knowledgeable, so you'll likely see and visit places in Europe that you perhaps wouldn't have considered if you'd been travelling solo.

Make new friends
One of the most significant benefits of travelling in a group is that you have the opportunity to meet other like-minded solo travellers. Many of the solo travellers who join our trips make new life-long friends during their adventures. And some even choose to travel together on another Explore tour in the future.
Solo traveller at Ephesus in Turkey
Share the experience
From the moment that you reach the imposing cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on our Camino de Santiago Walking Tour to spotting the fluorescent flashes of the Northern Lights on our Iceland Yurt Adventure, a small group tour to Europe allows you to share these unforgettable experiences with fellow travellers. Take a group selfie as you reach the highest point of Hvar on our Cycle the Dalmatian Coast Tour and make a toast to wonderful adventures with new friends as you feast on delicious Greek mezze at the end of a group walking holiday in Greece.

Uncover hidden gems
Accompanied by an expert local tour guide, a small group tour gives you a better chance of finding some of the more obscure and hard to find places and attractions in Europe. Uncover the dramatic peaks and turquoise lakes of the Carpathian Mountains on our Poland Hiking Tour or step back in time as you explore the abandoned Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine.

Stay safe
Keeping you safe while travelling on one of our small group tours is our number one priority. Safety in numbers means you'll be less at risk as a solo traveller and your local group leader will keep a watchful eye over you and your fellow travellers throughout your Europe trip. Feel at ease as you delve into the busy markets of Istanbul on our Turkey in Depth tour and avoid getting lost in Italy's Alta Murgia National Park by following your knowledgeable tour guide on our Cycle Puglia tour.

More cost-effective
Travelling with a small group in Europe can often make the trip more affordable than travelling solo. You'll benefit from discounted group bookings for accommodation, transport and admissions, and you'll have the opportunity to share the cost of food and drink with your fellow travellers.

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