Whether they prefer to travel on their own or bring along a friend, our solo travelers know that no matter where they choose to go, they’ll always experience a sense of camaraderie within their small group and under the guidance of a local Trip Experience Leader. In fact, more than 90% of our solo women travelers rated their adventures excellent.
With more than 18,200 single spaces available across our adventures both on land and by small ship—an increase of 38% over 2020—we expect 2021 to be a great year to travel solo with O.A.T. Here are our top trending adventures for solo travelers so far.
10. New! Tunisia: From the Mediterranean to the Sahara—16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure
Optional extensions: 5 nights in Rome, Italy; 6 nights in Algiers, Constantine, Algeria; 5 nights in Marrakesh, Morocco
Discover the mystery and romance of this North African crossroads of history—from the ruins of ancient Carthage to the whispering sands of the Sahara. Here, the Romans left many impressive legacies and the rulers of desert empires built magnificent mosques. Today, Tunisian artisans ply their crafts in exotic souks and medinas, where narrow lanes snake between white-domed buildings that gleam in the sun. Explore this fascinating land and its surprising diversity in true O.A.T. style, from its rich Mediterranean coast to Saharan oases deep in the interior.
9. Ultimate Galápagos Experience & Ecuador’s Amazon Wilds—16-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure
Optional extensions: 6 nights in Machu Picchu & Cuzco, Peru; 6 nights in Ecuador: The Andes & the Devil’s Nose Train; 5 nights in Panama: Panama City, Clayton, the Panama Canal
From the colonial streets of Quito to the tropical rain forests of the Amazon Basin and the pristine shores of the Galápagos Islands, we’ll experience Ecuador’s many splendors on an itinerary rated excellent by more than 92% of travelers. You’ll find that Ecuador’s capital is a stark contrast to the diverse flora and fauna and riverside communities of the Amazon. Here, we meet the locals who call the Amazon home and form the type of cultural connections that are only possible in a group of our size. Then we explore the Galápagos Islands in depth on our seven-night cruise. Each day, we'll step ashore in search of the islands' unique wildlife; by night, we'll sleep aboard a small ship chartered exclusively for our small group.
8. Israel: The Holy Land & Timeless Cultures—17-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure
Optional extensions: 3 nights in Jordan: Amman, Petra; 5 nights in Palestine: Bethlehem, Jericho
While many tours focus on one religious tradition or another, we follow a multicultural pathway through Israel's many layers of religious heritage. And we explore contemporary issues, too—inviting you to peer behind the headlines to meet Palestinians and Israelis, native Sabras and Eastern European immigrants, Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Druze. Plus, in our small group—and in the company of a local Trip Experience Leader—we'll have intimate chances to really get to know the local people, including joining them for meals in their homes.
7. Japan’s Cultural Treasures—14-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure
Optional extensions: 3 nights in Tokyo; 3 nights in Hiroshima
Travel to Japan with O.A.T. and discover the country you’ve always dreamed of. Discover an Asian land both modern and ancient … where a colorful Shinto festival snakes past neon lights and Tokyo skyscrapers … a modern bullet train speeds past a farmer tending his rice paddies … a well-dressed businessman stops in a Buddhist temple to light incense … and majestic Mount Fuji provides an iconic backdrop for Hakone, where locals and travelers alike relax in volcanic hot springs. Our small group allows us to get an intimate glimpse of Japan's distinct culture, which we'll experience alongside the people that know it best—the locals.
6. Enhanced! Crossroads of the Adriatic: Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Slovenia—18-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure
Optional extensions: 4 nights in Tirana, Albania; 4 nights in Novi Sad & Belgrade, Serbia
On this adventure you’ll venture to the countries of Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Slovenia—southeastern Europe’s multicultural lands of forgotten beauty. United as Yugoslavia after World War I, these diverse countries at the crossroads of Eastern and Western cultures coexisted peacefully—yet have been at the center of intermittent hostilities from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century. Over the course of this journey, you'll have the opportunity to meet locals and speak with them about this turbulent history, including a survivor of the three-and-a-half-year siege of Sarajevo.
5. Egypt & the Eternal Nile by Private, Classic River-Yacht—16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure
Optional extensions: 4 nights in Jerusalem, Israel; 5 nights in Amman & Petra, Jordan; 5 nights in Alexandria & Cairo, Egypt
Journey back to the days of the pharaohs on this adventure with five nights aboard an elegant classic river-yacht on the fabled waters of the Nile. Discover ancient Egypt’s enduring legacy, from the treasures of Tutankhamen to the remote Valley of the Kings and tranquil enchantment of Aswan. Enjoy many personal interactions with the people of Egypt, from modern-day Nubians in Abu Simbel to fishermen and fellaheen (farmers) along the Nile. And when we’re not cruising, stay in Egypt’s most palatial, historic hotels, where you will relive the elegance and glamour of the pioneering days of Egyptian travel.
4. Sicily's Ancient Landscapes & Timeless Traditions—16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure
Optional extensions: 5 nights in Italy: Matera, Lecce; 5 nights in Italy: Pizzo, Civita, Salerno
On this Sicily travel experience, you'll discover an Italian island with more than 3,000 years of history. Once home to a Greek colony, a Roman province, an Arab emirate, a Norman kingdom, and more, traces of ancient conquerors can still be found in Sicily’s well-preserved ruins, elegant architecture, and gastronomic delights. And thanks to our expert Trip Experience Leader and small group size—just 8-16 travelers, with an average of 13—you can go behind the scenes and off the beaten path, where you’ll discover authentic cultural experiences with the friendly, fiercely-proud Sicilian people.
3. New! Ancient Egypt & the Nile River—16-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure
Optional extensions: 8 nights in Jerusalem, Israel and Petra & Amman, Jordan; 4 nights in Alexandria & Cairo, Egypt
Experience a land of superlatives on this Small Ship Adventure to Egypt and the legendary waters of the Nile. In Giza, stand in the 4,500-year-old shadow of the only Wonder of the Ancient World that still remains. A stone's throw away, in the necropolis of Sakkara, witness the oldest pyramid on Earth stair-stepping up from the sand as a testament to the ingenuity of the 27th century BC. You’ll cruise aboard the recently refurbished, 75-passenger Nefertiti and witness Egypt's wonders just as Agatha Christie and Antony and Cleopatra did.
2. Ultimate Africa: Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari—17-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure
Optional extensions: 4 nights in Private Game Reserve Safari, South Africa; 4 nights in Cape Town, South Africa
On this adventure, spend 12 nights in small lodges and tented camps and enjoy up to 19 game-viewing drives with our sharp-eyed Trip Experience Leaders and naturalist driver-guides. Along the way, see majestic elephants congregating around a waterhole in the depths of the wilderness, meet members of a village near Hwange National Park, and feel the spray of Victoria Falls roars in the distance. Each morning, you’ll wake to the birdsong emanating from nearby trees. From world-famous Chobe National Park to the majestic Okavango Delta—this safari has it all.
1. Morocco Sahara Odyssey—16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure
Optional extensions: 5 nights in Casablanca, Chefchaouen, Tangier, Morocco; 5 nights in Essaouira, Casablanca, Morocco
Morocco travel enthralls even the most experienced adventurer. Tradition infuses its labyrinthine medinas, overflowing with centuries-old customs and the colorful bounty of the Earth. Village oases seem to rise from the desert, mirage-like. And the mighty Sahara, a timeless sea of sand, stretches to infinity. During this comprehensive adventure, we’ll truly get to know the people of Morocco, experience their traditions, and taste the secrets of their flavorful cuisine. We'll cross paths with nomads in remote stretches of desert, be welcomed in by locals for home-cooked meals and unforgettable conversation. Plus, we'll discover the beauty of Moroccan architecture—including a visit to Casablanca's remarkable Hassan II Mosque.