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The best way to travel solo? With us. On our solo tours, you'll enjoy an included private room, and your tour mates will be solo travelers, too. We’re pretty sure that, by the time tour ends, your group will feel more like a family.

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Egypt & Nile River Cruise for Solo Travelers
9 days | 12 days with Alexandria & Cairo extension

4.8 star rating

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Adventures
(and new friends) await

Been waiting for the perfect travel companion to come along? That’s us—and the friendly, up-for-anything solo travelers you’ll meet on tour. Watch the video to see what going solo’s like.

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Friendship. Flexibility. Full planning support.

These are just a few advantages you’ll enjoy on our solo group tours—and we’re only just scratching the surface.

You’ll become part of a close-knit community

Explore alongside other solo travelers who share your curiosity about the world, and your craving for meaningful connections.

You can go where and when you want

Fancy seeing Ireland at its lush, summertime best? Or, maybe a year-end trip to Egypt’s more your speed. It’s 100% up to you.

You’ll have a room
all to yourself (ahhh)

At the end of each day, you’ll wind down, stretch out, and rest up in your own private room, and it won’t cost you anything extra.

You won’t have to sweat the details

We’ll plan hotels, meals, activities, and transportation. You? Focus on new sights, sounds, and flavors—and friendships taking shape.

We’ll have your back every step of the way

On your trip, you’ll be accompanied by one of our best-in-the-biz Tour Directors. Plus, our global staff will be here to support you 24/7.



You got this!!! Traveling with Go Ahead Tours, you won’t ever feel alone. You’ll meet people to get together with and have a great time. I did the Greece tour in May. I met wonderful people and had a merry time. It was a lovely 2 weeks...


Traveler Peggy

See what others like Peggy have to say about solo travel in our private Facebook group →

Solo travel stories
9 reasons why people choose to travel solo

Convenience. New connections. Stepping outside your comfort zone. Whatever your reasons for traveling solo, you’re not, well, alone: More and more travelers—1 in 4, to be precise—are choosing to set out solo.

Find out why travelers are going solo

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Solo travel made so easy

With lots of options—and ways to connect with fellow solo travelers—at your disposal, this is how simple (and fun) solo travel can be.

Decide where
you want to go 

We offer Solo Tours to Portugal, Peru, Egypt, and beyond. Need help deciding? Chat with us or schedule a call. We’ll help narrow down the choices as we get to know you.

Book for $99
with AutoPay

That’s all it takes to secure your spot on tour when you sign up for AutoPay—a hassle-free way to make interest-free, monthly payments leading up to your tour.

Meet your tour mates via our mobile app

Once you’ve booked, download our free mobile app and connect with your fellow travelers before tour. You can also check out your itinerary, scope out your hotels, and more.

Join our Solo Travel Facebook group

As a member of this supportive online community, you can swap travel tips and inspo with other solo travelers. (And, who knows? You might even meet a new travel pal.)

Add excursions
and extend your trip

On tour, you can explore even more in depth during sunset cruises, cooking classes, and other excursion options. Want your trip to last a little longer? Add its extension.

Set out on your
solo adventure

The moment has arrived—and so have you. Meet your group in your arrival destination, and spend the next several days soaking up culture and newfound friendships.

What travelers are saying about their Solo Tours

Excellent!
05/10/22 by 3rd-time traveler Gena
This was my first solo tour but it won't be my last. My fellow travelers were wonderful and easy to get along with. The hotels were all comfortable, spacious, and accommodating. The food was delicious in every hotel restaurant and tour venue.
Ireland for Solo Travelers →
Portugal Solo Trip
10/04/22 by 4th-time traveler Violet
What a great trip! I started out not knowing anyone and finished with 29 friends. I had a great time, ate fabulous food and enjoyed beautiful scenery. Rafi was a great and knowledgeable tour guide.
Portugal for Solo Travelers →
Amazing experience!
10/08/22 by 1st-time traveler Jennifer
I took a recent tour to Italy. The trip far exceeded any expectations I had. My tour guide, Enrico was incredible. So much was packed into a little over a week’s time. I felt safe as a single traveler at all times. Enjoyed sharing the dream vacation with other members of the tour.
Venice, Florence, & Rome for Solo Travelers →
Don't hesitate...
05/21/22 by 1st-time traveler Barb
Fabulous trip. I've never done a tour company trip but usually went with a small group of friends and hired guides and drivers. The small group size means you get to know everyone and can form lasting friendships. I highly recommend this for anyone traveling alone because on this trip, you're not!
Central Europe for Solo Travelers →
Fabulous Trip!
06/17/22 by 1st-time traveler Tracey
This was my first solo-travelers trip and I really enjoyed it! The hiking and scenery were fantastic and the group I traveled with was incredible. Our tour director was helpful, knowledgeable and a good mix between flexible and scheduled. I would highly recommend this trip, if you love the outdoors!
U.S. National Parks for Solo Travelers →
Wonderful !!!
09/03/22 by 4th-time traveler Alexis
I highly recommend this solo tour to Sicily. Maria was the best! She was very organized and knowledgeable. The itinerary was paced just right and we had our own time too to either shop, relax at the pool or go to the beach!
Sicily for Solo Travelers →

Even more tours to choose from

In addition to our solo trips, you can join any of our 175-plus group tours as a solo traveler. Check out some of our most popular trips.

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A Week in Greece: Athens, Mykonos & Santorini
9 days | 12 days with Rome extension

4.7 star rating

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FAQs and benefits of traveling solo with a group

Why should I consider solo travel?

Solo travel can offer you a unique opportunity to challenge yourself, gain independence, and have an adventure. Plus, going on a guided tour as a solo traveler comes with great perks—including, private rooms in handpicked hotels, local experts and a Tour Director to handle all the details, and the company of equally curious travelers to share your journey. Here are a few other compelling reasons to go solo:

  • Takes the guesswork out of exploring someplace new. Need tickets to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna? Want to dine like a true Italian at a local’s home in Rome? Wondering how to hire a boat to float down the Nile River? Our experts will help you securely and easily navigate a destination you’ve only dreamed about exploring.
  • No need to find a traveling partner. Perhaps the biggest reason people travel solo is not having someone with matching travel interests. Traveling solo opens up a whole new world of possibilities. You get to go where you want and when you want. Going solo allows you to chase your dreams without waiting for someone to come along for the ride. 
  • Enjoying adventures beyond your comfort zone. Traveling solo isn’t just exhilarating, but easy on one of our small-group adventure trips. You’ll find yourself learning and trying new things, from what you do (hands-on activities) to where you’ll go (roads less traveled) to how you get around (think outside the bus). All you need to get started is an open mind, a good pair of walking shoes, and a passion for taking the side streets.

Discover more reasons why people choose solo travel →

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Where should I travel solo?

Thanks to its mix of culture, history, natural landscapes, and centuries-old culinary traditions, Europe is an ideal destination for travelers who book solo vacation packages. Individual countries and regions of Europe also make great choices when you go solo. For the best solo travel experiences, we recommend the following:

  • Greece. Explore the best of the Greek Islands alongside fellow solo travelers as you hop from Athens to Crete and over to Santorini.
  • Portugal. Sampling Portugal’s signature pastel de nata, a flaky and flavorful custard tart, is much more fun when you have new friends to share in the excitement of taking that first bite.
  • Peru. Make your way from cosmopolitan Lima to historic Cuzco to the sweeping Sacred Valley—and mystical Machu Picchu—alongside fellow solo travelers.
  • Central Europe. Whether you’re excited to see Bavarian castles or sample Swiss chocolate, there’s no better way to tour Switzerland, Germany, and Austria than with like-minded travelers.
  • Egypt. With fellow solo travelers by your side, you’ll decipher hieroglyphics at towering temples, stand in the shadows of the Pyramids of Giza, and take to the Nile by boat.
  • Ireland. Green landscapes and frothy Guinness await solo travelers on the Emerald Isle, where making new friends comes naturally.
  • Thailand. Visit an elephant sanctuary and hop between Thailand’s temples, markets, and islands with fellow solo travelers.
  • United States. You don’t need to go international to go solo. America’s majestic national parks are a great choice for solo travel tours.
  • Japan*. *Be dazzled by Japan’s natural beauty, rich history, and distinctive cuisine—and bond with your fellow solo travelers over hands-on activities, such as cooking classes.
  • Kenya*. *Majestic wildlife, vibrant culture, and warm locals make for the ultimate mix when you join fellow solo travelers on an epic journey across Kenya.
  • Spain. Spain charms from Catalonia to the Costa del Sol with its mix of cosmopolitan, coastal, and cultural treasures on solo travel tours.
  • Italy*. *Travel solo (but never alone!) as you eat your way through Italy with fellow foodies, while taking in the classic sites and delicious cuisine.

For more inspiration, check out eight of the best places to travel solo

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How do I choose a destination for solo travel?

Consider your interests, budget, and comfort level in a foreign environment. Depending on factors such as language barriers and cultural differences, some destinations may be better suited for solo travel than others. Research your options and read reviews from other solo travelers. 

For more inspiration, check out eight of the best places to travel solo →

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How can I make the most of my solo travel experience?

Embrace new experiences, be open to meeting new people, and step outside your comfort zone. Take time to reflect on your journey and enjoy the freedom that comes with traveling solo. Remember to take plenty of photos and keep a journal to capture your memories. And take advantage of the Tour Director and local guides who’ll accompany you during your travels. They can recommend places to eat, sites not to miss, and things to do in your free time on tour.

Explore our favorite free-time activities for solo travelers

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Is solo travel good for introverts?

Yes, if you’re looking to get out of your comfort zone. There’s free time to explore on your own, so you can be as social as you want. Traveling solo within a group can be a great way to break out of your personal space and meet others who share your passion for exploration. And there’s no easier way to find a new friend than on tour!

Tips for breaking the ice with fellow travelers on a solo tour

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How do I gain the confidence to travel solo?

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and connect with fellow travelers; they’re going solo, just like you! Here are a few tips and tools to help you feel confident when you travel solo:

  • Check out our **[Go Ahead Difference page**](https://www.goaheadtours.com/about/the-go-ahead-difference). You’ll discover all the perks of traveling with us, including unrivaled safety and support.
  • Involve your friends back home. Let all your friends know about your travel plans and get their tips and tricks. Have them follow you along on your journey.
  • Download our **[free mobile app](https://www.goaheadtours.com/about/travel-app).** It puts everything you might need for your trip on your phone on one easy-to-navigate platform. Our app has not only the itinerary, but also the addresses and contact details you need for your trip. Plus, we even include a list of your fellow travelers there. That way, you can connect with them before you leave for the tour and start building friendships you’ll strengthen when you’re finally on the road.
  • Join our Facebook page. You’ll find lots of helpful info on our Solo Travelers Facebook page, including answers to frequently asked questions.

Eight reasons to go guided as a female solo traveler

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What to know before traveling solo for the first time?

The first thing to know is that even though you’ll be traveling solo, you won’t be traveling alone. You’re about to go on a trip with 14–20 people who will be solo, just like you. Plus, you’ll have your expert tour director to guide you along the journey. Solo travel is one of the most exciting ways to see the world. When you travel on one of our solo trips, you may not be with a friend you already know, but you’ll join equally curious travel lovers on the adventure of a lifetime. More important things to know before you go:

  • Your Tour Director will meet you at the airport when you arrive in your destination
  • We curate these tours with solo travel in mind
  • Experiences are made for solo travelers to come together as a group
  • You’ll make friends whom you could travel with in the future
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What makes solo tours different from other tours?

We specially design our Solo Tours for solo travelers. When you join one of our solo travel groups, you’ll get your own included, private hotel room. Each day, you’ll be able to explore your destination alongside your tour mates, who are solo travelers, too. And you’ll have free time to explore your own interests at your own pace.

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Why should I travel solo with Go Ahead Tours?

You’ll never be alone when you book one of our solo travel packages, even though you’re traveling solo. Our worldwide presence gives solo travelers the safety and security to discover the world with confidence. Here are just a few reasons to travel on our solo guided tours:

  • Security of the EF global network
  • Assistance from our On-Tour Support Team (they’re on-call 24/7)
  • Getting the local’s perspective from your Tour Director
  • Meeting equally curious travelers
  • Enjoying the perfect balance of sightseeing tours and time to explore each locale at your leisure
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