Freedom and flexibility for single travellers
That’s what Friendship Travel is all about. The majority of our holidays are laid-back and unstructured. Even on an escorted tour or a ski holiday, you can choose to do as much or as little as you like: it’s up to you. Here we describe the main holiday styles we offer across our summer and winter programmes, to help you choose the right one for you. Each resort, each hotel and each holiday is a little different, so please do read the detailed descriptions before making your choice and, if in doubt, ask us.
Our summer sun houseparties are legendary for their laid-back and relaxed enjoyment. These are our most popular holidays, with the widest choice of dates between May and October. Every hotel is different, from simple family-run hotels of two-star standardto boutique four-stars so there is something for every budget, though each offers outstanding value in its class. Typically, our houseparties include half board, with wine at dinner.
In the Turkish resort of Oludeniz-Hisaronu we have exclusive use of the Hotel Era (which is great value with its all-inclusive package), and we have exclusive use of the Forever Hotel. Our Gulet cruises are also exclusive floating house-party style holidays departing from Turkey.
Non-exclusive houseparties, where we share the pool, restaurant etc with a small number of other travellers, are held at friendly Caesar’s Gardens Hotel on Rhodes; a beach front property at Villa Aeolos on Paros Island Greece and at the delightful Amor Hotelon the Croatian island of Brac.
What makes a House Party different to other hotels for singles? – Before we set up a Houseparty a senior member of our team briefs the hotel owner about our singles holidays and the things that are important to single travellers, based on our years of experience. We work hand-in-hand with the hotels to ensure they deliver to our standard. A resident Friendship Travel Host ensures that everything from the bedrooms to dinner menus are just right for our guests, and create the unique Friendship buzz. And we use our guests’ feedback to feedback to our hotels and improve our Houseparties, year after year.
Perfect if you’re a first-timer who isn’t sure what to expect from Friendship Travel. And ideal if you’re a regular guest who can’t wait to meet up with old friends. The usual format is that your Friendship host arranges a welcome drink, at least one very good dinner – with wine – and usually an excursion. We make sure there is free time to mingle, or do your own thing, as you please. We also celebrate Christmas and New Year with memorable gala events!
At the larger properties we feature in Portugal, Greece, the Canaries and the Cape Verde Islands, a Friendship Travel host creates our own group within the hotel – getting together at breakfast, for drinks and dinner for example – while taking advantage of the wider range of hotel facilities, such as swimming pools, bars, sports and activities.
European City Breaks
We arrange your scheduled flight – from your local airport if available – and pick you up at the airport. Your Friendship host is on hand throughout the weekend to suggest must-see sights and typical restaurants where we might like to eat together. As to sightseeing: you choose what to do, whether it’s a city tour, an art gallery or a nightclub.
Our winter ski weeks deliver high-altitude fun with a houseparty atmosphere in catered chalet-hotels. We include charter flights, transfers, breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner (with wine) as well as ski hosting. You can ski as much, or as little, as you like, leaving plenty of time for that key ingredient: après ski. These are active, sociable holidays hosted by resort staff who understand what Friendship Travel guests need.
Club-style Singles Holidays
For action-packed summer holidays we’ve chosen water-sports centres in Corsica plus a mountain activity resort in the French Alps, operated by one of the UK’s leading specialists. At each resort the local staff make Friendship Travel guests very welcome and help you to get the most out of all the sports and activities on offer.
Throughout the year we offer a choice of holidays afloat. Each one is very different in style, though in each case the excellent crew operates as Friendship hosts.
Our Croatian Island cruises are floating houseparties, the atmosphere created by the mix of single travellers and couples, typically 10-20 guests depending on the boat. Turkish Gulets offer days filled with swimming and sunbathing with a small-group buzz and simple accommodation.
We also feature full ocean cruising in the Mediterranean and Caribbean on board NCL’s two single-friendly ships, NCL EPIC and NCL Breakaway; five-star luxury with Silversea; tall-ship sailing on the Royal Clipper and no-fly cruising from the UK on Cruise & Maritime’s ship Magellan.
Why shouldn’t single travellers go long haul? We have searched high and low to find single-friendly holidays where you can feel secure and yet don’t have to take out a second mortgage. Each destination offers something different, from the 5* BodyHoliday at Le Sport’s holistic approach to the lively Mexican all-inclusive resort, so please read the individual holiday descriptions to see what is included. Long-haul holidays operate differently from our house parties and hosted groups in Europe.
On worldwide adventures, the resort’s own friendly staff meet and greet you and provide support during your holiday. In this respect, the holidays are best suited to confident single travellers happy to mix with a range of other guests without a Friendship Travel host in attendance.
For UK holidays, you need to get yourself to the hotel by car or rail (ask the office about parking or local taxis).
For overseas holidays, we can access a huge range of charter, scheduled and low-cost flights, including direct flights from your local airport. Fares vary depending on where you are flying from, when you book and when you travel. On most Friendship Travel holidays the flights are included as part of an ATOL-bonded package under our Civil Aviation Authority ATOL licence number 6683. Please see each price panel for details.
On other holidays, flights are not included in the package, and we show a guide price, which may be lower or higher, depending on your choice of airport and when you book. Usually, the later you book, the more the flight costs. When you ask us to book a low-cost flight (for example with Ryanair) we pay for your seat using your credit or debit card. In this case, your flight maybe protected by the Consumer Credit Act (please check your own card cover), you have not booked an ATOL-protected package.