10 Solo Small Group & Self-Guided Adventures

Solo travel is booming. More people than ever are deciding to head off and explore by themselves. However, we understand it can be a daunting ventur... Read more
10 Solo Small Group & Self-Guided Adventures

Solo travel is booming. More people than ever are deciding to head off and explore by themselves. However, we understand it can be a daunting venture, so we have compiled a list of our favourite adventures for solo travellers to help you find that perfect adventure.

The first question; guided or self-guided? Just like independent travel, we’ve seen a massive increase in popularity for self-guided holidays over recent years. But, how to choose? Well, we’ve outlined the differences below.

Solo Small Group Holidays

Going solo while not alone, our guided trips are extremely popular with independent travellers looking to explore new places with other like-minded people who share a passion for travel and adventure. While groups can be daunting, we keep our numbers small and intimate.

Our guided groups range from low-level trekking, cycling or cultural excursions to high mountain expeditions in the Himalayas. You can also opt for solo occupancy, giving you a whole room or tent to yourself.

Solo Self-Guided Holidays

Explore the world at your own pace. Cycle through a vineyard, or walk along the Mediterranean coast at a speed you’re comfortable with, stopping at a café if, or when, you want. We know how precious your time is, so whist you're sitting at the café sipping a true Italian mocha, your bags are being transported to your next night's accommodation. And of course, if anything happens, then we are just a phone call away with 24/7 assistance.

Nearly all our self-guided trips are suitable for solo travellers, with the range starting with a relaxed cultural and coastal walk in Lisbon, going all the way to the Camino Portuguese Way. If you fancy cycling, then we have a Prosecco Tour of Italy and a circumnavigation challenge of Madeira.

Here are just a few of our amazing guided and self-guided holidays, that we think are perfect for solo travellers.

Cinque Terre - Italy (Self-Guided) 

Picture perfect villages, fantastic food, crystal clear seas and bustling harbours - the Cinque Terre really does have it all! Part of the Ligurian Coast, the 5 UNESCO Villages of the Cinque Terre, are nestled on the north western coast of Italy, sandwiched between the blue waters of the Ligurian Sea and the magnificent Alps and Apennine Mountain ranges.

Based in the pretty village of Corniglia, the middle of the five villages; Vernazza, Monterosso, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, known as the ‘Five Earths’ which collectively make the Cinque Terre, you will have the ultimate base for exploring the region. Utilising the trains and coastal path which links these colourful villages, you will feel like a local in no time. You will even have opportunity to enjoy a boat journey from Portovenere to Monterosso to see the villages anew- from their most photographed angle. 


North & South New Zealand Explorer (Small Group) 

New Zealand is an outdoor lover's paradise with volcanoes, mountains, beautiful coastline, forest, beaches and huge lakes to enjoy, in this 3-week holiday, we have attempted to include all the hiking highlights of this wonderful and welcoming country, and to get ‘off the beaten track’ as much as possible. To the Maori, New Zealand is Aotearoa, 'Land of the Long White Cloud', and the contrasting North and South Islands have become a patchwork of Maori, European, Asian and Pacific Island history. 


Camino: The Portuguese Way (Self-Guided) 

It is said that there is the Camino you walk and the Camino you live. This 2-week walking holiday allows you to live the Portuguese Way from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. Taking the route less travelled, you will start your journey in the UNESCO city of Porto, before stepping out to discover beautiful peaceful landscapes, vineyards, and quaint Portuguese villages with rich histories and legends.

You will follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims; discover the legend behind the symbolic rooster of Portugal, and cross the Spanish border to embrace Galician culture. You will even spend the night in Pontevedra, where great explorer Columbus’s flagship, the Santa Maria, was crafted. 


Walking the Balkans Borderlands (Small Group) 

Breath-taking landscapes, remote trails, towering mountains, meandering rivers, crystal clear lakes, colourful flora, eclectic architecture, fascinating history, a melting pot of cultures, tasty food and one of the warmest welcomes on the planet – welcome to the Balkan Borderlands. This fantastic cross-border walking holiday explores wild regions and follows trails along the Peaks of the Balkans route. As we weave our way through spectacular mountains and explore some of Europe's wildest scenery, we’re guaranteed a warm Balkan welcome, simple way of life and unique experience. 


Cycling Italian Prosecco Tour (Self-Guided) 

Just inland from Venice at the northern end of the Adriatic Sea, the Italian region of Veneto, between the Piave and Sile rivers, is the perfect place for a self-guided cycle tour. This charming corner of Italy is famous for wine growing, and for its wealth of historical and architectural heritage. Prosecco is one of the most important wines produced here and as recently as 2019 the picturesque ‘Prosecco Hills’ in the vicinity of the small towns of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano, were granted UNESCO World Heritage status in recognition of the importance of this sparkling and popular drink. 


Everest Base Camp Trek (Small Group) 

Nepal's Khumbu region boasts some of the most extraordinary high mountain scenery on earth, and its popularity as a trekking destination is easy to understand. Hiking up to Everest Basecamp and having the chance to meet the famously friendly Sherpa people is high on the wish list of many adventure travellers. After flying in to Lukla, this exciting trek to Everest Basecamp takes us via the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, and then up to the sacred lakes in the stunning Gokyo Valley. Here, we climb Gokyo Ri which is one of the finest vantage points for Mount Everest (8848m). 


Walking on Cape Verde (Self-Guided) 

The archipelago of Cape Verde, or Cabo Verde, is a stunning collection of islands of varying scenery, situated in the wild Atlantic Ocean, 385 miles off the west coast of Africa. On this self-guided walking holiday, you will visit the islands of Sao Vicente and Santo Antao where you will walk on some of the most incredible hiking trails in the mountains and on the coast, discover rural Cape Verdean life and marvel at the spectacular contrasts of the volcanic island landscape. 


Walking Wild Tuscany (Small Group) 

With its breath-taking mountain ranges, rich alpine meadows, mountain flowers, charming villages, medieval towns, vineyards and olive groves, the wild and dramatic Garfagnana is one of Italy's best kept secrets and the perfect region for an Italian walking holiday.  Fondly known as Wild Tuscany, this jaw-dropping landscape is home to the striking peaks of the Alpi Apuane and Apennine mountain ranges.

This stunning area is also known for its mouth-watering food which we’ll enjoy alongside picnic lunches bursting with fresh and colourful local produce.  Our home for the week is a renovated organic farm complete with swimming pool and acres of colourful meadows, vineyards, a vegetable garden and woodland to explore.  


Cycling The Rhine - Germany (Self-Guided) 

Originating high in the Swiss Alps, the mighty Rhine River winds its way through Liechtenstein, Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands before culminating in the North Sea. On this one week self-guided cycling holiday in Germany, you will ride around 295km of the 1230km-long EuroVelo 15 Rhine Cycle Route, from Strasbourg in France, to Mainz in Germany.

Along the way you will discover nature reserves as well as picturesque towns and cities with their cathedrals, Baroque castles, fortresses and historic monuments, offering a glimpse into the influences on this region over the course of history. Not only that, your journey will take you through the regions of Alsace, Baden and the Palatinate, all known for their wonderful wines which you will of course have plenty of opportunity to enjoy. 


Inca Trail Trek - Peru (Small Group) 

KE Adventure Travel has been taking trekkers to Cusco and the surrounding mountain ranges since 1997, when KE founder, Glenn Rowley, joined our inaugural group to do the “Inca Trail and Beyond”. This trek has become a KE classic, and is often listed by our staff as one of their "best ever" treks. In fact, Vanessa Douglas in our sales team took this trip as her honeymoon!

With over 30 years’ experience of operating Inca Trail treks and tours around Cusco, we know how to make the best of your precious time so you trek the most beautiful trails and see the main sights at the right times, and in the right order, plus we offer “off-the-beaten-track” options. Once you arrive, you will be in good hands; our Peruvian guides are the best in the business and will ensure you feel welcome and well taken care of. Camp standards on a KE Inca Trail are amongst the best in the world! 

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