Top Holidays for Mature Solo Travellers

With summer fast approaching, One Traveller, the solo holiday tour operator for mature travellers, has highlighted some of the best destinations to visit in 2017

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Verona Opera 2

Verona Opera

Tuscany

Tuscany

From visiting an elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka and wine tasting on Lake Balaton, to enjoying two world class performances at the Arena di Verona and wandering through the cobblestone streets of Québec City, One Traveller is offering a brilliant variety of holiday options for the mature solo traveller.

Verona

Founded by the Romans in the 1st Century A.D., the northern Italian city of Verona is dotted with pretty palazzi, elegant squares and medieval gems. Architectural remnants of the Roman era are a real draw and the city is also dubbed the ‘City of Love’, as it was the famous setting for Shakespeare’s play ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

Walking past the iconic Roman Arena or along the river, visitors will be struck by the pleasant spaciousness of the city. With cars and buses barred from many of the squares and narrow, medieval lanes, Verona is a very peaceful and attractive city to explore by foot.

A highlight to any trip to Verona is watching a performance at the Arena di Verona, one of the world’s most remarkable opera houses. With a 2,000 year old Roman amphitheatre in which to stage productions, visitors are treated to an authentic and magical experience.

Get there: Verona Opera Festival, five days (10 – 14 July 3017, 9 – 13 August 2017, and 19 – 23 August 2017) from £1,450
Departing from London Heathrow, package includes flights with British Airways, four nights’ accommodation, all evening meals, two lunches, a personal guiding system, travel in an executive coach and a dedicated One Traveller Tour Manager throughout. Itinerary includes guided tours of Verona and Lake Garda, a traditional lunch in the small, historic town of Sirmione, two performances at Arena di Verona, numbered seats in the ‘Poltroncina centrale di gradinata’ section, and a lavish four-course lunch and wine tasting at the stunning Valpollicella, a winery that dates back to the 17th Century.

London

One of the world’s most visited cities, London is steeped in rich history, art, and culture. From world-famous museums and art galleries, to its colourful food and drink scene, London attracts a diverse range of visitors from around the world.

History lovers should wander along the Southbank and explore the Houses of Parliament, an iconic landmark that has played a significant role in global events over the centuries.

London is not only a sight-packed, urban metropolis as visitors to the city can easily escape the crowds and retreat to green, leafy areas that offer wide-open vistas. Central London is where the major museums, galleries and most iconic sights can be found, but visit Richmond Park and Kew Gardens for wide open, green expanses.

Get there: London, five days (6 – 10 July 2017) from £1,090
Package includes four nights’ luxury accommodation at Richmond Hill Hotel, all evening meals, full English breakfasts, travel in an executive coach and a dedicated One Traveller Tour Manager throughout. Itinerary includes guided tours of Kew Gardens, Windsor Castle, the Houses of Parliament, and Old Spitalfields Market, as well as a ‘Hidden Selfridges’ guided tour and full use of the hotel’s leisure facilities.

Moscow and St Petersburg

Moscow, Russia’s cosmopolitan capital, is a city that delights visitors with its artistry, history, and startling beauty. The very founding site of the city (and arguably, the country), the Kremlin and Red Square are still at the heart of Moscow – historically, geographically and spiritually. Visitors can feel the weight of this significance by wandering within the walls of the ancient fortress and marvelling at the magnificence of St Basil’s Cathedral.

St Petersburg, Russia’s imperial capital for two centuries, is today a dazzling metropolis that amazes visitors with its rich history, cultural legacy, and grandeur. Whether admiring the beautiful palaces, cruising the elegant canals or crossing one of the 342 bridges in the city, visitors are never far from water in St Petersburg, which has earned the city unsurprising comparisons to Venice.

Get there: Moscow and St Petersburg, seven days (14 – 21 July 2017) from £2,090
Departing London Heathrow, package includes flights with British Airways, all evening meals, one lunch, a personal guiding system, travel in an executive coach and a dedicated One Traveller Tour Manager throughout. Itinerary includes guided tours of Moscow and St Petersburg, travel on the Sapsan high speed train between the two cities, and a farewell champagne dinner in St Petersburg.

Sri Lanka

Colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, Sri Lanka has an air of the familiar blended with Eastern exotic charm. Sri Lanka is not just blessed with sun-kissed beaches and wrinkled elephants but it is also home to a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has a diverse landscapes from lush tropical vegetation to lakes and mountains. . The country also has a bio diversity that will have nature, bird and animal lovers bubbling with amazement.

From exploring the bustling capital of Colombo to enjoying the country’s unspoilt nature, scenic train rides, safaris, botanical gardens and spice markets, visitors are spoilt for choice in Sri Lanka.

Get there: Sri Lanka, 16 days (6 – 21 August 2017) from £3,690
Departing London Heathrow, package includes flights with Sri Lankan Airways, 14 nights’ luxury accommodation, all meals, two high teas, a personal guiding system, travel in an executive coach and a dedicated One Traveller Tour Manager throughout. Itinerary includes a safari in Yala National Park, a scenic train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in tea country, guided tours of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Polonnaruwa, Dambullah Cave Temple and Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic as well as a guided tour of Colombo that takes in Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Perideniya Royal Botanical Gardens, Spice Garden, Luganagana, and a Mangrove boat trip.

Tuscany

Stretching to 8,900 square miles, Tuscany is an area of Italy that is famous for its stunning countryside and Renaissance cities. The vineyards, olive groves and medieval hilltop villages are interspersed with ancient cities such as Pisa, Lucca, Siena, and of course beautiful Florence.

Soak up the history of Tuscany by visiting Abbazia di Sant’Antimo, a beautiful, isolated Benedictine monastery. Wander through the narrow, picturesque streets in Florence, not forgetting to people watch on the Piazza della Signoria. For wine enthusiasts, head to Montalcino for an evening of wine tasting, one of Italy’s most loved wine regions.

Get there: Tuscany, nine days (10 – 18 June 2017) from £2,090
Departing from London Heathrow, package includes flights with British Airways, eight nights’ luxury accommodation, all evening meals and three lunches, a personal guiding system, travel in an executive coach and a dedicated One Traveller Tour Manager throughout. Itinerary includes guided tours to Pisa, Florence, Lucca, Siena, Montalcino, Pienza and San Gimignano, entrance to the Abbazia di Sant’Antimo, afternoon tea at Tettucio Terme spa, chocolate tasting at an artisan chocolate producer, wine tasting and antipasti in Montalcino, a cookery demonstration using local Tuscan ingredients, and a farewell dinner in the heart of Siena.

Spain

Madrid, Spain’s lively capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks, including the 350-acre Buen Retiro. The city is renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. Must-do’s include visiting the portico-lined Plaza Mayor for people watching and rosé sipping, as well as visiting the baroque Royal Palace.

Situated on Spain’s southern coast, Andalucía embodies much of what the world thinks of as classically Spanish: flamenco, tapas and classic architecture. Yet it was under Moorish rule from the 8th-15th centuries, a legacy that can be seen in its architecture, including such landmarks as the Alcázar Palace in Seville and Granada’s magnificent Alhambra Palace.

Get there: Classical Spain, 10 days (9 – 18 Jun 2017) from £2,250
Departing London Heathrow, package includes flights with British Airways, nine nights’ luxury accommodation, all evening meals, five lunches, a personal guiding system, travel in an executive coach and a dedicated One Traveller Tour Manager throughout. Itinerary includes city tours of Madrid, Toledo, Córdoba, Seville, Granada and Antequera, a high speed train journey from Madrid to Córdoba, an Andalucian horse show, olive oil tasting, a Flamenco show, a Guadalquivir River cruise, and a private Andalucian lunch.

Canada

Québec is well-known for being Canada’s French speaking province, and is home to the bustling metropolises of Québec City and Montréal. Québec City, the only walled city in North America, continues to retain the atmosphere of a quaint French village and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, complete with cobbled streets, old world bakeries, and artisan shops.

Similarly, Montréal fuses its European culture with contemporary design. The city is bursting with world-class museums, art galleries, and elegant coffee houses. Culture seekers should head to Old Montréal and spend the afternoon wandering along cobblestone streets, admiring smaller, boutique art galleries and stylish shops.

No trip to Canada is complete without a visit to the majestic Niagara Falls in Ontario. Make sure to book the Maid of the Mist cruise, as this takes passengers underneath the cascading flow of water. A truly magical experience.

Get there: Québec, Ontario & Niagara Falls, 12 days (14 – 25 September 2017) from £3,590
Departing London Heathrow, package includes flights with British Airways, 11 nights’ luxury accommodation, full buffet breakfasts each day, seven evening meals, one lunch, travel in an executive coach and a dedicated One Traveller Tour Manager throughout. Itinerary includes Rideau Canal and Thousand Islands cruises, a guided tour of the Canadian Parliament, Maid of the Mist cruise at Niagara Falls, dinner in the revolving restaurant in the CN Tower, a farewell dinner at the Sheraton Falls View Niagara, and guided tours of Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa, and Toronto.

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