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November 13, 2017

New for 2018: Sociable Singles’ Holiday in Portugal

Leading singles holidays company Friendship Travel has a new Portugal holiday for 2018. It is based in the coastal town of Olhao within Portugal’s Ria Formosa Natural Park.

This is ‘the other side of the Algarve’: instead of driving west from Faro airport, as most holidaymakers do, Friendship Travel’s guests will be transferred a few miles east to an authentic fishing port on the spectacular tidal estuary.

The package is Hosted by a Friendship Travel team member, and during each seven-night holiday guests enjoy four included excursions: to Faro’s historic centre; to the town of Vila Real de Santo Antonia on the Spanish border; a local cookery school demo; a boat trip around Olhao’s tidal estuary and islands.

Olhau is a wonderfully unspoiled destination. The old town is a warren of cobbled streets lined by 18th century townhouses. There’s a quayside fish market (designed by Gustave Eiffel) and a commercial harbour protected from the Atlantic by a chain of low-lying islands offering beautiful sandy beaches and a haven for wildlife.  A couple of islands are inhabited, with beach bars and watersports for day visitors, with scheduled ferries providing easy access.

Friendship Travel’s groups will be based at the contemporary Real Marina Hotel in ‘new’ Olhau, yet still only 500m along the seafront from the market complex, which means the town’s bars and ice-cream parlours are an easy stroll away.

The sea-facing hotel has a first-floor heated outdoor pool and sun terraces with superb sea views, there’s a spa and indoor pool, a couple of bars and restaurants and 144 rooms.  Friendship Travel guests enjoy sole occupancy of a double room, with free WiFi, air-con and everything you’d expect of a modern four-star.

 

PRICE

Dates in May, June, September and early October are offered, with prices from £1135. This includes flights from Gatwick (up to 27 other UK/Ireland regional departures available possibly at a supplement), transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation in a smart double room for sole occupancy, with breakfast each day, two lunches and four dinners with wine, four planned excursions and the support of a Friendship Travel Host throughout.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

Editor’s Notes

  • Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 by Colum McLornan and is based in Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Offers holidays for single people aged 25+
  • All holidays are Hosted by Friendship Travel representatives
  • Programme ranges from weekend breaks in the UK to house-parties around the Med, hotel holidays in the sun, winter ski weeks and escorted tours worldwide
  • There is no single supplement to pay on Friendship Travel holidays

 

Written and distributed by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800 or jane@beaconpr.co.uk

For expert comment on the singles holidays market, contact Colum McLornan, Friendship Travel managing director via Beacon PR.

November 6, 2017

Winter Sun for Sociable Single Travellers from £599

Leading singles holidays company Friendship Travel reports winter sun bookings up 12% compared to 1 November 2016, with demand for its three featured hotels in the Canary Islands up 30%.

The company is now highlighting Cyprus as delivering outstanding value at temperatures typically ten degrees higher than London, so that in December the island averages 18C by day, with six hours of sunshine a day.*

Friendship Travel has six Hosted weeks for single travellers in Cyprus this winter between November and March next year, with a seven night stay at the Smartline Paphos Hotel from only £599. That is based on flights from Gatwick on 24 February 2018 and the package includes transfers, sole occupancy of a double/twin room, breakfast every day and four dinners each week, with wine.

Each holiday is Hosted by a Friendship Travel team member from the UK, and guests are welcome to do their own thing, or join fellow guests for optional activities and sightseeing. The friendly three-star has indoor and outdoor pools, and beautifully-landscaped gardens offering sheltered spots for reading in the sun. Paphos’ bars, shops and sights are within walking distance.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

* Source Met Office

Editor’s Notes

  • Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 by Colum McLornan and is based in Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Offers holidays for single people aged 25+
  • All holidays are Hosted by Friendship Travel representatives
  • Programme ranges from weekend breaks in the UK to house-parties around the Med, hotel holidays in the sun, winter ski weeks and escorted tours worldwide
  • There is no single supplement to pay on Friendship Travel holidays

Written and distributed by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800 or jane@beaconpr.co.uk

For expert comment on the singles holidays market, contact Colum McLornan, Friendship Travel managing director via Beacon PR.

October 18, 2017

New Houseparty for Single Skiers: Friendship Travel

Sociable singles holiday company Friendship Travel has added a second Ski Houseparty to its 2017/8 winter programme.

The company now has two chalets that are exclusively for single travellers, both Hosted by Friendship Travel staff.

The additional chalet is in Serre Chevalier, in the heart of the resort’s Villeneuve ski village. Chalet Refuge & Lodge provides accommodation for up to 12 single skiers for six weeks of the season, including Christmas, with departures on 23 December 2017, 20 and 27 January, 10 and 17 March 2018.

The package starts at £1075 and includes flights from Gatwick to Turin, transfers, a single room, breakfast and afternoon tea each day, dinner with wine on five evenings, and six mornings of lessons in the resort’s ESF school (ski or board).

Holidays are Hosted by Friendship Travel staff, who in addition to catering and offering an informal ski-mapping service provide the social ‘glue’ that ensures all guests feel at home in the chalet and in the resort, including organising après ski activities.

The other exclusive Ski Houseparty is in Alpe d’Huez, where an identical package at Chalet Maya costs from £1050.

“The Houseparty format proved particularly popular with novice skiers, who all wanted us to organise lessons for them, so this season we are including them in the package.

“This, along with the fact that our single skiers don’t have to pay a hefty single room supplement, makes our Houseparties outstanding value,” says Friendship Travel’s founder and managing director Colum McLornan.

Friendship Travel also operates ski holidays in seven other European resorts, where single rooms are available in chalets shared with other guests.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com
Editor’s Notes

  • Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 by Colum McLornan and is based in Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Offers holidays for single people aged 25+
  • All holidays are Hosted by Friendship Travel representatives
  • Programme ranges from weekend breaks in the UK to house-parties around the Med, hotel holidays in the sun, winter ski weeks and escorted tours worldwide
  • There is no single supplement to pay on Friendship Travel holidays

 

Written and distributed by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800 or jane@beaconpr.co.uk

For expert comment on the singles holidays market, contact Colum McLornan, Friendship Travel managing director via Beacon PR.

September 7, 2017

Small Group Tours in Asia from Singles Specialist Friendship Travel

Single travellers looking for an escorted tour with a difference this winter will find Friendship Travel’s small group journeys in Cambodia and Vietnam ideal.

The sociable singles holidays company has exclusive departures for small groups of up to eight travellers, with single rooms guaranteed at every point.

The 14-day tour to Cambodia has departures on 11 November this year and 24 February 2018, with prices from £3,050. This includes flights, all transfers and travel within Cambodia, 12 nights’ accommodation in good quality hotels with breakfast every day and selected other meals, entrance fees to places of interest included in the itinerary and the leadership of Friendship Travel Host as well as local drivers and guides.

Siem Reap, Kratie, Sen Monorom, Phnom Penh and Kampong Thom are the main centres, with memorable sightseeing at Tonle Sap Lake, in the Mekong Delta, and to the temples at Angkor Wat all included.

The company’s 15-day tour of Vietnam has one departure, on 28 January 2018. Again, the trip is unique to Friendship Travel. Costing from £2,860 the package includes international flights, two internal flights and all other travel within Vietnam, plus 12 nights’ accommodation on a B&B basis, eight lunches and two dinners as well as entrance fees to places of interest visited.

Taking in Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Hoi An and Hanoi, the itinerary also includes a two-night cruise around Ha Long Bay, as well as unforgettable sights such as My Son temples and the Thien Mu Pagoda.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com

 

 Editor’s Notes

  • Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 by Colum McLornan and is based in Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Offers holidays for single people aged 25+
  • All holidays are Hosted by Friendship Travel representatives
  • Programme ranges from weekend breaks in the UK to house-parties around the Med, hotel holidays in the sun, winter ski weeks and escorted tours worldwide
  • There is no single supplement to pay on Friendship Travel holidays

 

Written and distributed by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800 or jane@beaconpr.co.uk

August 7, 2017

Expanded range of Christmas Escapes for Sociable Singles

Friendship Travel has increased the number of Christmas escapes it offers for 2017, reflecting a growing trend among single travellers to break with family tradition and opt for a sociable break with people their own age.

“Christmas 2016 was a sell-out,” says founder and managing director Colum McLornan, “and it’s clear that more single people aged 40 plus are saying ‘no thanks’ to invitations from family and friends and choosing to please themselves instead.”

Dunchurch Park Hotel in Warwickshire has been introduced, taking the number of Christmas breaks in England up to four. The country house hotel dates to 1903 and has impressive public areas, open fires and cosy bars. It is set in 72 acres of grounds and the village pub is within 10 minutes’ walk.

This new break costs just £295 for a package starting on Christmas Eve and ending after breakfast on Boxing Day. Half board is included, with wine at Christmas Eve dinner and at Christmas lunch. (Stay until 27 December and pay £395.)

Like all Friendship Travel holidays, this is Hosted by an experienced member of staff, not only to liaise with the hotel team, but ensure that all guests quickly feel welcome and at home.

Short breaks to Northern Ireland, Barcelona and Marrakech also operate at Christmas.

Those looking for winter sun have a choice of five short-haul destinations: Cyprus, Malta, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Boa Vista in the Cape Verde islands.

As an example of price, the seven-night Christmas departure to Malta, with four nights at Le Meridien St Julian Hotel & Spa followed by three nights on Gozo at Ta’ Cenc, costs from £1195 including flights, transfers, some meals and sightseeing.

Single travellers looking for a white Christmas have five ski holidays to choose from, two more than last year. Christmas ski weeks lead in at £895 including flights, transfers and sociable chalet-board.  Friendship Travel’s exclusive Ski Houseparty for single travellers at Christmas costs from £1095.

Long haul destinations with Christmas departures are to Cuba, St Lucia and Kenya.

All prices quoted are based on guests enjoying sole occupancy of a standard double/twin room, and include the services of a Friendship Travel Host or representative.

Friendship Travel, 0289 446 2211, www.friendshiptravel.com

Editor’s Notes

  • Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 by Colum McLornan and is based in Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Offers holidays for single people aged 25+
  • All holidays are Hosted by Friendship Travel representatives
  • Programme ranges from weekend breaks in the UK to house-parties around the Med, hotel holidays in the sun, winter ski weeks and escorted tours worldwide
  • There is no single supplement to pay on Friendship Travel holidays

 

Written and distributed by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800 or jane@beaconpr.co.uk

For expert comment on the singles holidays market, contact Colum McLornan, Friendship Travel managing director via Beacon PR.

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