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New short breaks for solo travellers

1st February 2013

Over-55s specialist Grand UK Holidays has added five new escorted tours to its range for mature solo travellers, to cater for the rising demand in this sector. 

The coach holidays cover destinations such as Bournemouth (pictured), Cardiff, Yorkshire and Austria.


Grand UK Holidays has always recognised the importance of catering for the solo traveller, having operated a no single room supplement policy since the company was formed in 1984. 

Travellers on its main Grand UK programme don’t pay supplements for single bedded rooms on mainland UK coach holidays, and it also has a dedicated ‘Friendship Club’ solo travel programme.


Sales director Harold Burke said: “The over-55s age group is a growing market and solo travellers make up an increasingly large proportion of this sector.

“A significant proportion of our customers are single, widowed or divorced.

“Grand UK has catered for the needs of solo travellers for more than a quarter of a century now and we know what is important to them and what makes them come back to us again.

“Having a Grand UK tour manager escort helps to ensure everyone feels included and no one is left out.

“We have a great repeat booking rate from solo travellers as they know they will feel comfortable on our tours and won’t have to pay extra for the privilege of having a single bedded room.”


The new tours been added to Grand UK’s range since the 2013 summer brochure was issued in autumn 2012, and so they are featured on the operator’s website at


• Bournemouth Singles Special

5 days, includes excursions to Lyndhurst & Winchester; Dorchester; Poole & Swanage

Departs 18 March, £239pp


• Austrian Singles Special

8 days, includes a boat cruise on Lake Zell; guided walking tour of Salzburg; and the Krimml Waterfalls

Departs 9 June, £599pp


• Cardiff Singles Special

5 days, includes excursions to visit the Welsh valleys; Chepstow & the Forest of Dean; and Museum of Welsh Life

Departs 15 April; 30 Sept, from £249pp


• Four-Star Singles Special

5 days, based at the four-star Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire, and includes excursions to visit the Cotswolds; Stratford-upon-Avon; and the National Memorial Arboretum

Departs 6 May, 29 July, £269pp


• Yorkshire Singles Special

5 days, includes excursions to visit Skipton & the Yorkshire Dales; Harrogate & Knaresborough; and Haworth

Departs 3 June, 15 July, £259pp


For bookings call 01603 619933 or click here to see our new offers.

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