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7 Best European Tours for Singles Over 50

By Sandra Roussy January 27, 2024 Travel

Embark on an unforgettable journey of discovery through the enchanting landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of Europe with our specially curated travel tours suitable for solo adventurers over 50.

These European travel tours cater to the needs and preferences of mature solo travelers, offering a perfect blend of adventure and camaraderie.

  1. European Whirl – Go on a European whirlwind adventure, exploring London, Rome, Florence, Paris, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, and Lucerne. Enjoy the convenience of expert travel guides, luxury transportation, and comfortable hotels while visiting iconic landmarks.
  2. London to Istanbul Rail Adventure – Embark on a memorable rail adventure through Central Europe, exploring iconic cities like Venice, Zagreb, Belgrade, and Sofia. Delve into off-the-beaten-path destinations in Croatia, Serbia, and Bulgaria with impressive train journeys and cultural discoveries along the way, including stays in enchanting Venice and historical Istanbul.
  3. The Great Adventure – Join The Great Adventure Tour and explore iconic European cities, from Rome and Florence to Venice, Zurich, Paris, London, Amsterdam, and more, immersing yourself in cultural wonders, stunning landscapes, and historic landmarks for a remarkable 14-day journey.
  4. Best of the Balkans: From Medieval Fortresses to the Majestic Adriatic Sea – Experience Road Scholar’s Best of the Balkans tour, a captivating 17-day journey through historically rich destinations in the Western Balkans, from medieval fortresses to the majestic Adriatic Sea, with expert-led discussions, cultural immersion, and unforgettable experiences.
  5. Best Of Europe – Experience this 22-day European tour to explore iconic cities like Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, and Vienna, with guided tours, free days for independent exploration, and memorable experiences, including tasting champagne in France and cruising the canals in Amsterdam.
  6. Explore Central Europe – Join a National Geographic Journeys tour through Central Europe, exploring iconic landmarks, delving into the past with local historians, savoring culinary specialties, and experiencing the vibrant atmosphere of Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and the Bohemian countryside.
  7. Highlights of the Greek Islands Go on this eight-day island-hopping adventure from Athens to Santorini, immersing yourself in breathtaking landscapes, ancient ruins, local culture, and delightful cuisine for a soul-enriching experience.

Whether you dream of wandering through historic cobblestone streets, savoring delectable cuisines, or simply basking in the beauty of iconic landmarks, these European tours ensure an enriching and hassle-free experience.

Why Choose a Travel Tour in Europe

Choosing Europe as the destination for solo travelers over 50 offers a long list of compelling reasons that make it an ideal choice for mature solo travelers.

Rich History and Cultural Diversity

Europe boasts an extraordinary history that spans millenniums, leaving behind a wealth of historical landmarks, museums, and architectural marvels. From the grandeur of Rome’s Colosseum to the fairy-tale castles of Germany and the iconic cathedrals of France, Europe is a treasure trove of cultural heritage waiting to be explored.

Scenic Landscapes

The continent holds breathtaking landscapes that range from the rugged coastlines of Portugal to the pristine alpine peaks of Switzerland. Whether it’s the picturesque vineyards of Tuscany or the captivating fjords of Norway, Europe’s natural beauty captivates all of the senses.

Convenient Travel Infrastructure

Europe offers a well-developed and efficient transportation network, making it easy to navigate and explore multiple countries in a relatively short period. Trains, buses, and flights connect cities and regions, allowing travelers to customize their itineraries seamlessly.

Diverse Culinary Delights

Food enthusiasts will delight in Europe’s gastronomic offerings. Each country boasts a unique culinary identity, offering a delectable array of dishes and local delicacies to tantalize the taste buds.

Vibrant Arts and Entertainment

Whether it’s attending a world-class opera performance in Vienna, exploring contemporary art galleries in Paris, or witnessing the flamenco dance in Spain Europe’s artistic offerings provide an enriching cultural experience.

Welcoming and Inclusive Atmosphere

Europe is renowned for its hospitality and openness to visitors from all walks of life. Solo travelers will find a warm and friendly atmosphere, making it easy to meet like-minded people and forge new friendships. Many European countries are also known for their safety, making it an inviting destination for solo female travelers.

Europe’s combination of historical charm, natural beauty, diverse cultures, and traveler-friendly infrastructure makes it an irresistible multi-day tour destination for solo travelers over 50 seeking a rich and fulfilling experience.


European Tours for Mature Singles

European Whirl

European Whirl

Go on a captivating journey through the heart of Europe, immersing yourself in the rich history and culture of iconic cities with the guidance of expert local specialists. Uncover the secrets of London, Rome, Florence, and Paris as you visit historic landmarks like St. Peter’s Basilica and experience the allure of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Next, explore the enchanting cities of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, and Lucerne. Witness the art of glassblowing in Venice and the architectural marvels of Amsterdam’s canals, the Golden Roof in Innsbruck, and St. Mark’s Square in Venice.

During your journey, indulge in the comforts of comfortable hotels, with all porterage, restaurant gratuities, and local taxes taken care of. Daily breakfast and up to half of your evening meals are included, ensuring a delightful culinary experience throughout.

Travel in style with luxury air-conditioned coaches equipped with Wi-Fi or alternative transportation like rail voyages. High-speed Eurostar trains add a touch of convenience as you journey from London to Brussels and back.

With the services of a Trafalgar Local Host and ample free time, you’ll have the freedom to explore at your own pace. Optional Experiences and surprise extras promise special memories, making this an exceptional adventure through Europe’s most captivating destinations.

Tour Operator: Trafalgar

Total Tour days: 14 days, 9 countries, 14 cities

Maximum Group: NA

London to Istanbul Rail Adventure

London to Istanbul Rail Adventure

Experience the thrill of a rail adventure, traversing the heart of Central Europe, where iconic cities like Venice, Zagreb, Belgrade, and Sofia await your exploration. But this journey is more than just a conventional tourist route; it takes you off the beaten path to lesser-known destinations in Croatia, Serbia, and Bulgaria, offering a unique and authentic experience.

Travel by train, immersing yourself in the rich history and picturesque landscapes. Take a memorable ride on a historic narrow gauge train through the rugged Serbian mountains, and witness the diverse landscapes transform as you cross Bulgaria and reach Turkey.

Venture into the fascinating rural Balkans, going beyond the tourist haunts to discover the warmth of local hospitality. Visit a traditional winery in Serbia, where generations of winemakers have honed their craft, and explore the baroque town of Varazdin in Croatia, with its stunning architecture and captivating charm. Plovdiv city in Bulgaria, with its many archeological treasures will inspire you to visit again.

Throughout this epic rail adventure, you’ll witness the captivating blend of ancient traditions and modern dynamics that define Central and South-Eastern Europe. From the well-known landmarks to the hidden treasures, every moment of this trip promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Tour Operator: Explore

Total Tour days: 15 days

Maximum Group: 16

The Great Adventure

Embark on The Great Adventure Tour where you’ll enjoy an exhilarating 14-day journey through some of Europe’s most iconic and enchanting cities. Explore the Eternal City’s famous landmarks in Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Imperial Forums. Delight in the artistic heritage of Florence and its beautiful architecture before reaching the magical city of Venice, where you can experience a boat ride on the canals and witness the art of crafting Murano Glass.

Venture into the heart of the Alps, visiting Innsbruck and Zurich, with breathtaking alpine scenery, lakes, and snow-peaked mountains. Discover the stunning Swiss cities of Grindelwald and Lucerne, immersing yourself in the beauty of the Swiss landscape.

Experience the romance of Paris, marvel at iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, and embark on a boat cruise along the Seine River. Explore the historic sites of London, including Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, before crossing the English Channel into the Netherlands to discover Amsterdam and the picturesque village of Volendam.

Throughout this adventure, you’ll enjoy guided tours, scenic drives, and optional outings to make the most of your European experience. The Great Adventure Tour promises an amazing blend of culture, history, and natural beauty, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Tour Operator: Euromundo

Total Tour days: 14 days

Maximum Group: NA

Best of the Balkans: From Medieval Fortresses to the Majestic Adriatic Sea

The Best of the Balkans: From Medieval Fortresses to the Majestic Adriatic Sea tour from Road Scholar is an enriching and captivating journey through the diverse and historically rich West Balkan region. From exploring medieval fortresses and UNESCO World Heritage sites to basking in the beauty of the Adriatic Sea, this 14-day tour offers a unique blend of cultural discovery, natural wonders, and immersive learning experiences.

You will have the opportunity to visit iconic destinations such as Dubrovnik, Kotor, and Mostar, each brimming with history and cultural significance. You’ll stroll through ancient cobblestone streets, witness sensational landscapes, and interact with locals, gaining insights into the region’s fascinating past and vibrant present.

The tour features expert-led discussions, engaging lectures, and interactive activities, providing a deeper understanding of the West Balkan’s complex history and the region’s geopolitical significance. From the medieval city walls of Dubrovnik to the ethereal beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, each stop on the itinerary promises a memorable and educational experience.

You will also have the chance to savor the local cuisine, sample traditional dishes, and enjoy the warm hospitality of the West Balkan people. This carefully curated journey promises an indelible adventure, fostering lifelong memories and a deeper appreciation for the diverse cultures and landscapes of the West Balkans.

Tour Operator: Road Scholar

Total Tour days: 17 days

Maximum Group: 24

Best of Europe

best of Europe

Indulge in one of our finest European tours, spanning 22 incredible days to explore the highlights of Western, Central, and Eastern Europe.

This jam-packed itinerary showcases iconic cities like Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Venice, Berlin, Florence, and Luxembourg. Journey eastward to Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and Zagreb, with leisurely free days to discover places like Paris, Lucerne, Rome, Berlin, and Amsterdam at your own pace.

Marvel at the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, while local guides lead you through the charm and history of Rome, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague.

Savor the taste of champagne in France and cruise the charming canals of Amsterdam. This European vacation promises unforgettable moments, cultural experiences, and the exploration of captivating cities.

Tour Operator: Expat Explore

Total Tour days: 21 days

Maximum Group: NA

Explore Central Europe

Explore Central Europe

Experience the cultural wonders of Central Europe on a National Geographic Journeys tour, delving into the most celebrated landmarks, from Germany’s Brandenburg Gate to Czechia’s Charles Bridge, while stepping into the past in Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and the Bohemian countryside. All this led by local historians exploring ancient castles and historic districts, savoring culinary specialties, discovering contemporary art, and immersing in the ever-evolving vibrancy of these storied places.

Join this unique journey to explore sections of the Berlin Wall, Prague’s old town, taste the world-famous Sacher Torte in Vienna, and visit bustling markets with a foodie-guide.

Tour Operator: National Geographic Journeys in collaboration with G Adventures

Total Tour days: 9 days

Maximum Group: 16

Highlights of the Greek Islands

Highlights of the Greek Islands

The Highlights of the Greek Islands tour is a paradise for lovers of breathtaking landscapes and sun-kissed beaches, offering an enchanting eight-day island-hopping adventure from Athens to the most incredible destinations in the Greek islands, culminating in the photogenic island of Santorini. Absorb the rich history of ancient sun-bleached ruins, set against the backdrop of piercing blue skies and the balmy Aegean Sea, creating a mesmerizing setting for this trip filled with cultural encounters, local music, delectable cuisine, and soul-enriching activities.

Each day on this journey unveils a new island paradise, where you can explore charming villages, encounter vibrant local culture, and unwind on pristine beaches. Dive into the wonders of ancient civilizations as you visit historic sites and archaeological marvels, evoking a sense of wonder and awe at the heritage of this captivating land.

Engage in cultural experiences, enjoying traditional music and dance, and savoring the delectable local cuisine, showcasing the essence of Greek flavors.

This tour promises an impressive blend of relaxation, exploration, and cultural immersion. Whether you seek tranquility on idyllic beaches, crave the magic of ancient history, or wish to savor the beautiful Mediterranean ambiance, the Highlights of the Greek Islands tour is a true odyssey of discovery and wonder.

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Total Tour days: 8 days

Maximum Group: 16

Margaret’s Favorite European Destination

Margaret Manning, founder of Sixty & Me, tells about one of her favorite places in Europe. 

In our article, 6 Amazing Adventure Tours for Women Like Us, we said that a sense of adventure does not diminish with age. As older women, we have a greater sense of self, are more confident and appreciate those things that are most important in life.

One of my favorite places to visit is Ireland. Here are a few of my favorite pictures of Southern Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula.

Sunlight breaking through the clouds on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland

Sunlight breaking through the clouds on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland.

Cill Mihuire Castle on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland

Cill Mhuire Castle on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland.

A small fishing village on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland

A small fishing village on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland.

A baby sheep in a field on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland

A baby sheep in a field on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland.

Mountain lake on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland

Mountain lake on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland.


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Shiloh Holidays

Embarking on a journey through Europe is like stepping into a living canvas, where history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes intertwine. From the iconic landmarks of Paris to the enchanting canals of Venice, every cobblestone street and charming village tells a story of centuries past. The diversity of languages, cuisines, and traditions creates a kaleidoscope of experiences, offering a taste of the old world and the new. Whether wandering through the vibrant markets of Barcelona, savoring a gelato in Rome, or marveling at the architectural wonders of Prague, each moment is a chapter in a travel diary that promises memories to last a lifetime. Europe, with its rich tapestry of heritage and modernity, is an enchanting adventure waiting to be explored.”

The Author

Sandra is the middle-aged woman you hear about who sheds everything she owns and sets out into the world to rediscover and redefine herself. After more than twenty years spent in the fashion industry designing collections for brands such as La Senza, Victoria’s Secret, and JACOB Lingerie, she shifted her path and pursued her longtime passion for writing, traveling, and photography. Sandra was published in the NY Times best selling book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. A deeply personal essay hand-picked by Elizabeth Gilbert about loss, facing fears, and going after dreams. Visit her website:

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