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August 7, 2019

Kingdom of Jordan a New Singles Destination for Friendship Travel

Sociable singles specialist Friendship Travel has launched its 2019/20 Winter holiday programme, with a small group escorted tour to the Kingdom of Jordan among the new holidays introduced.

The 11-day tour is accompanied throughout by a Friendship Travel Host as well as local guides. Highlights are a day exploring the ancient city of Petra, the Wadi Rum desert and a night in a Bedouin camp, floating in the Dead Sea, a day trip to Israel and rest and relaxation beside the Gulf of Aqaba.

Every guest enjoys – with no supplement to pay – their own room in four- and five-star hotels, with one night under canvas in the desert.

The package also includes direct flights from Gatwick, all travel and transport within Jordan, half board (usually with wine at dinner) and some additional meals. Initially offered with one departure date on 1 February 2020, the holiday costs from £2995.

Also new to the programme is the Dominican Republic where the newly-built H10 Ocean Dunas Resort at Punta Cana delivers an all-round experience, from the lazy river pool complex to the water-sports on the beach and superb entertainment every night.

With a wide choice of bars and restaurants across the large complex, the all-inclusive plan is never boring. Friendship Travel’s hosted holidays here start at £1975 for seven nights (from £2895 for two weeks).

Other new holidays are on Tenerife (from £1095 for seven nights) and Fuerteventura (from £1115), with specific departures between November 2019 and April 2020.

No less than 19 of the company’s short breaks and winter sun holidays offer Christmas escapes at a time when singletons increasingly prefer to escape the pressure of ‘family festivities’. A range of New Year breaks also offer single travellers the opportunity to see in 2020 with like-minded single travellers.

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

Prices correct at date of issue, but subject to change/availability.

 

July 24, 2019

New Singles Ski Chalet in Alpe d’Huez for Friendship Travel

Sociable singles specialist Friendship Travel has introduced Chalet Pregentil in Alpe d’Huez to its line-up of ski holidays for the coming season.

The seven-bedroom traditional chalet will operate as houseparty exclusively for single travellers on six departure dates, including Christmas.

Up to 10 guests will be hosted by Friendship Travel representatives on a package that includes a single room, flights to Grenoble and transfers, breakfast, afternoon tea every day and dinner with wine on five evenings, AND six mornings in the resort’s ESF ski school for ski or snowboard lessons.

Prices start at £1195 a week, and from £1295 for the Christmas departure. There is also an option to share a twin room with another traveller of the same gender at a reduced rate, from £995. Departures are 21 December 2019, 11 and 18 January, 1 February, 21 and 28 March 2020.

Chalet Pregentil has plenty of rustic charm, with the addition of a sauna on the ground floor beside the ski/boot racks, while the open-plan dining/living room opens onto a first-floor balcony.

The chalet is close to the Telecentre lift to take guests up to the ski school meeting point and the foot of the main lifts. At the end of each day, guests may ski down to within 150 metres of the front door, while the resort’s nightlife and leisure facilities are within an easy walk.

The Chalet Hotel Alba in Meribel is also newly-featured: a large four-star hotel where single travellers share the excellent facilities with other guests, but come together around their own table for meals. With prices starting from £1095, the package includes flights, transfers, your own room, breakfast and afternoon tea every day and dinner with wine on six evenings. (Ski school not included.)

Other resorts featured by Friendship Travel are La Plagne in France and St Christoph in Austria.

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

Prices correct at date of issue, but subject to change/availability.

 

June 27, 2019

School’s Out for Teachers too: Peak Season Singles Holidays with No Supplements!

Teachers and others in the education field have no choice but to holiday in peak season and single, divorced or widowed teachers get a particularly raw deal, says Friendship Travel.

“Few hoteliers want to give a double room to a single traveller at this time of year,” says Friendship Travel managing director Colum McLornan, “at least, not without charging a massive single room supplement.

However, because we’ve been organising sociable singles holidays for more than 20 years, we’re able to offer a choice of beach holidays to suit all budgets – all with no single supplement to pay.”

Examples include:

  • Zante, Greece: Apollon Hotel, a two-star-plus property of 24 rooms just 150 metres from Tsilivi beach, where seven nights starts at £885 for a package that includes flights from Stansted (with generous baggage allowance), transfers, single occupancy of a double room, breakfast every morning and five dinners with wine during the week. Departures every Saturday throughout July and August.
  • Oludeniz, Turkey: Forever Hotel, a three-star gem with 19 rooms in a tranquil spot a short dolmus ride from the beach. A week in August costs from £885 for flights from Stansted (plus baggage allowance), transfers, single occupancy of a double room, breakfast each morning and four evening meals.
  • Rhodes, Greece: Caesar’s Gardens, a luxurious boutique hotel on the edge of Lindos. A week starts at £1669 to include flights from Stansted (including baggage allowance), transfers, single occupancy of a double room, breakfast every day and five dinners with wine during the week. Departures every Wednesday throughout July and August.
  • Side, Turkey: the five-star Raga Side hotel is an adults-only property with a superb all-inclusive offering. With departures every Saturday throughout the summer, a week with Friendship Travel starts at £1539 to include flights from Gatwick (including baggage allowance), transfers, single occupancy of a standard double room, all meals and drinks.

Other destinations with peak season departures with no single supplements include Mallorca, Fuerteventura, Cyprus and Marrakech. Every holiday is Hosted by a Friendship Travel team member and guests are free to be as independent as they please, coming together every evening for a sociable meal.

 

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

 

Prices correct at date of issue, but subject to change/availability.

 

May 23, 2019

First departure of New Montenegro Holiday for Single Travellers

Sociable singles specialist Friendship Travel welcomes single travellers to the beautiful Bay of Kotor in Montenegro for the first time, with a week’s holiday starting 22 June at the Iberostar Herceg Novi hotel.

Seven nights’ all-inclusive at this four-star hotel starts from £1570 – with no single supplement to pay. The holiday is Hosted by Friendship Travel’s own staff, and the package includes flights from Luton (with up to five regional options), transfers and all meals, snacks and drinks.

The 183-room hotel was renovated in 2018 and has a smart pool deck overlooking the bay, with swimming from the private jetty or shingle beach. Superb facilities include a spa and rooftop bar.

Another new option this month is the 4Reasons boutique hotel on Turkey’s Bodrum peninsula.

The 20-room property welcomes Friendship Travel guests from 10 June, with prices from £1130 for a seven-night package that includes flights from Gatwick, transfers, sole use of a double/twin room, breakfast each day and dinner with wine on five nights of each week.

As usual on Friendship Travel’s small group holidays, guests are free to do as they please during the day, coming together every evening for a sociable dining experience.

Other holidays for single travellers in June include Olu Deniz and Side in Turkey, the Greek islands of Zante, Rhodes and Skiathos, the Costa Brava, Mallorca and the Algarve.

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

Availability and prices correct at date of issue.

May 22, 2019

Save 25% on Zante Singles Holidays: Friendship Travel

This last-minute offer from sociable singles company Friendship Travel is on the next two Hosted holidays at the elegant Ionian Hill Hotel on the Greek island of Zante, with a saving of up to £314 on a week’s half-board AND no single supplement to pay.

Details are:

Flying from Stansted on Thursday 30 May, seven nights WAS from £1144, now from £858, saving up to £286 for an ATOL-bonded package including flights, transfers, sole use of a double room, breakfast every day and dinner with wine on five nights of the week. Regional flights available, potentially at a supplement.

Flying from Gatwick on Thursday 6 June, seven nights WAS from £1259, now from £945, saving up to £314 for the same ATOL-bonded package of flights, transfers, sole use of a double room, breakfast every day and dinner with wine on five nights of the week. Regional flights available, potentially at a supplement.

The Ionian Hill is an elegant 28-room four-star hotel with a boutique feel and stupendous views over Argassi and the sweeping bay from the beautiful pool terrace and restaurant.

Argassi’s sandy beach, bars and restaurants are a 15-minute walk down the hill, and Zante town a 15 minute taxi ride.

As usual on Friendship Travel’s small group holidays, guests are free to do as they please during the day, coming together in the evening for a sociable dining experience.

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

Availability and prices correct at date of issue.

ENDS

Editor’s Notes

  • Friendship Travel was founded in 1999 by Colum McLornan, who is available for comment on the singles holidays market
  • Offers holidays for single people aged 30+
  • 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
  • All flight-inclusive holidays are ATOL-protected

 

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

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