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About Algarve Summer Relaxation
It’s time for a little relaxation and STI has the perfect getaway planned for us to rest, rewind and rejuvenate! Join us in the Algarve, at a beautiful 5-star resort, for some fun in the sun! The gorgeous Portugal Riviera provides us with a taste of Luxury, History, Culture and, of course, stunning views as we enjoy our summer recharge!
Join STI for some rest and relaxation at the award-winning, 5-star Hilton Vilamoura Golf Resort & Spa. Our Algarve hotel is surrounded by five acres of glorious manicured gardens and located in the heart of the sun-kissed Algarve, Portugal. It boasts six large pools with cascading waterfalls so we can enjoy a relaxing swim and we are also close to two Vilamoura golf courses, including the prestigious Pinhal Golf Course, for those who want to start their days off with a round. The 7 Seven Spa, Portugal’s largest spa, features a range of luxurious treatments to help alleviate us from the stresses of everyday life. Our fabulous hotel also features plenty of a la carte dining options including Aquarela, a delicious Mediterranean Barbeque, Rubi Bar or AL.MAR Tapas by the Sea, which offers sumptuous cocktails and Alfresco Dining, while Cilantro serves up seasonal Mediterranean with an Algarve twist. This trip is packed with plenty of free time to relax on the beach, taste your way through the Portugal Riviera or add our optional excursions.
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Why choose Singles Travel International?
INCLUSIVE FEATURES OF OUR TOUR:
- 7 Nights Accommodations in Vilamoura at the award-winning, 5-star Hilton Vilamoura Golf Resort & Spa!
- ALL Rooms have Balconies and Panoramic Baths, Walk-in Showers and Working Desk
- 7 Buffet Breakfasts (B) and 2 Dinners (D); This will provide opportunity to join new friends and plan out our days!
- Guided Historical Algarve Tour – Full Day
- Benagil Catamaran Cruise – Full Day
- Optional Activities and Excursions including Wine Tasting Tour, Algarve Lunch Cooking Class and Lisbon Day Trip!
- Custom and Carefully Designed Vacation Elements so You Don’t Have to Plan, Just Show Up!
- Special Attention from Experienced, Professional Singles Travel Concierge*
- Complimentary Roommate Matching Via our State-of-the-Art Member Profile Feature
- View Member Profiles and Meet Fellow Travelers Online Before You Go.
- Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation – Topics Include Optional Tours, What to Pack, Who’s Coming Early etc., to Assist Members in Coordinating Activities in Advance. Create your own Topic and have fun!
- Exclusively Singles Only Events and the Company of Other Like Minded Members with a Passion for Travel
- Hotel Taxes & Service Charges
*Minimum of 20 guests required. If no concierge, a guest will be designated as an “STI Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.
Rates are subject to change at any time until confirmed by STI vacation specialist. If the Euro fluctuates, by more than 3%, the new adjusted rate applies.
Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.
Day 1 – Tuesday, June 28 (D)
Arrival, Transfer to hotel and Welcome Dinner
Welcome to the stunning Portugal Riviera! Once your flight lands at the Faro Airport, transfer to 5-Star Hilton Vilamoura Golf Resort and Spa is on our own. You may arrive at any time, although check in is after 3:00 PM. Once settled, venture around the property to get accustomed to the resort before meeting the group for our Welcome Dinner at 7:30 PM, at one of the hotel’s delicious restaurants!
After dinner, the night is ours to explore the area or spend a relaxing evening at one of the hotel bars or poolside!
Day 2 – Monday, June 29 (B)
Leisure Day and Optional Wine Tasting Tour
After breakfast, the rest of the day is ours to explore our resort hotel or the surrounding area. Book tee times and spa treatments for the week before relaxing by the beautiful pool or soaking up some sun at the Private Beach! There is a free shuttle that runs until midnight to deliver us to the beach.
Optional Wine Tasting Tour
This afternoon, discover the Algarve countryside during a wine-focused half-day tour. Learn about the heritage and history of this region in Portugal while visiting the town of Silves and its Moorish castle. Sample a variety of wines including red, white, and rose alongside traditional Portuguese tapas.
Day 3 – Tuesday, June 30 (B)
Full Day Historical Algarve Tour
A chance to visit the mountains and see some remains of its Moorish and Roman existence, Silves (The old Moorish Capital) castle and cathedral. Climb the Monchique Mountains to Foia – the highest point of the Algarve. We will also have free time for wine tasting and exploring on our own before we make our way down to the mountains and stop for lunch (not included). After lunch, we will journey over to the beautiful town of Lagos where we will see the first indoor slave market of Europe, Saint Anthony’s golden church, fort and old town. Afterwards, we continue on to Cape Saint Vincent, the most southwesterly point of Europe, known as “the End of the World”. Visit the strongest lighthouse in Europe, Baleeira and pass by the Fortaleza (Home of Prince Henry’s School of Navigation) on our way back.
Day 4 – Wednesday, July 1 (B)
Leisure Day and Optional Algarve Lunch Cooking Class
This morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we enjoy another day of relaxation in the sunny Algarve! Play a round of golf, indulge in a massage or enjoy the company of new friends at the beach. Venture out and around Vilamoura or perhaps plan to spend the day in another area of the Algarve!
Optional Algarve Lunch Cooking Class
Prepare a multi-course meal paired with Portuguese wines that features fresh seafood and produce from the region’s farms. With a focus on the traditional dishes of the Algarve, we’ll get beyond the tourist menus at restaurants to try authentic local flavors, bringing home recipes that let us reproduce the Portuguese delicacies at home.
Day 5 – Thursday, July 2 (B)
After breakfast, the day and night is ours to enjoy at leisure! Check out one of the insane waterparks, like Aquashow or Aqualand, during the day, or spend another fabulous day on the hotel’s private beach. Tonight, head out for a night on the town and check out some of Vilamoura’s hotspots, including Bliss Nightclub, or join a sunset party at NoSoloÁgua!
Day 6 – Friday, July 3 (B)
Leisure Day and Optional Full Day Lisbon Trip
After breakfast, join fellow singles for our last leisure day in the Portugal Riviera. Enjoy a relaxing facial at the resort spa or play a last round of golf. Venture to the beach or spend the day by the pool with a summer read. However we choose to spend our free time in the beautiful Algarve, we know we will be surrounded by stunning views and a relaxing atmosphere.
Optional Full Day Lisbon Trip
Discover stunning Lisbon monuments and culture during a guided day trip from the Algarve. With a guide, see the architectural beauties of Belém, the UNESCO-listed Jerónimos Monastery, and the old quarter of Alfama with the the Castle of São Jorge. Spend free time exploring on our own before heading back to the Algarve.
Day 7 – Saturday, July 4 (B, L, D)
Full Day Benagil Catamaran Cruise and Farewell Dinner
Enjoy this wonderful full day cruise on a Catamaran along the breathtaking Algarve´s coastline. See the unique rock formations, incredible golden beaches of Southern part of Portugal and take a rest during our barbecue on one of the secluded beaches. Lunch is grilled fish of the day, pork steaks, salad, bread, fruit, wine and juice. Discover the long beaches, cliffs, rock formations, caves and old fishing villages on a relaxing cruise. We will view some of the most famous beaches such as; Praia da Falésia, Praia de Santa Eulália, Praia da Oura, the well known Praia dos Pescadores, Praia de São Rafael, Praia da Coelha and Praia da Galé. We will also have time to swim in the sea and relax on the beach. Don’t forget your swimsuit and camera!
When we return to the hotel, we will head back to our rooms to get ready for our last dinner in the Algarve, at a nearby restaurant. Enjoy a delicious meal as we say farewell to our new friends and the Portugal Riviera.
Day 8 – Sunday, July 5 (B)
Check out and Transfer to Airport
This morning we will have our final breakfast at our hotel before we check out and transfer, on our own, to the airport.
*Note: Itinerary activities are subject to change at the discretion of our local operators without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.
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A passport is required for US citizens and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.
Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.
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Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every trip sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 25 years, we have perfected the singles vacation experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you join our tour, our STI Concierge is waiting to meet you. Our first day begins with an orientation and the camaraderie builds as we go along. The nature of the trip is trying something new, challenging yourself and motivating those around you. The bonds that develop on our tours are by far the strongest and longest lasting.
Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single room is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by February 28, 2020. Book today as we are limited to only a few single reservations, based on a first come, first serve basis.
Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of departure, including roommate changes once on tour for members who select the Share & Save option.
We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.
Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.
Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.
The tour begins in Vilamoura, Portugal (FAO) on June 28, 2020, and ends on the morning of July 5, 2020, in Vilamoura, Portugal (FAO) . Therefore the tour is 7 nights/8 days. Note: Flights from North America must depart on June 27, 2020 in order to arrive in Portugal on June 28. Your return flight from Faro Airport arrives in North America on the same day, so the actual length of the trip is 8 nights/9 days (first night on airplane).
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The weather changes from year to year but nevertheless, prepare for all conditions. The temps this time of the year will be perfect for touring, swimming and all other outdoor activities. This is the driest time of year and temperatures will average around mid 70s to mid 80s. Rain is possible, although not likely, but pack accordingly.
Check out www.wunderground.com for up to date predictions as well as historical data for you destination,
A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by February 28, 2020. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you will need to contact us with your credit card details. If you make a reservation after February 28, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.
Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:
After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $200.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.
February 28, 2020 and March 27, 2020 – $500 penalty applies.
March 28 and April 24, 2020 – 50% Penalty applies
After April 25, 2020 – 100% penalty applies.
Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.
For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after airline tickets have been issued, tickets are non-refundable and often times unusable.
We recommend arriving at the Hotel in Vilamoura, Portugal by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2020. The group will meet for our Welcome Dinner around 7:30 PM.
HILTON VILAMOURA AS CASCATAS GOLF RESORT & SPA
Lote 4.11.1B, 8125-467
T:+351 289 304 000
Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate.
A passport is required for travel to Europe. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.
Non US citizens are responsible for contacting all countries on our itinerary to secure appropriate documentation in advance.
In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.
In order to be ready to begin the tour in Vilamoura (FAO) on Sunday, June 28, we recommend that you arrive before 5 p.m. If traveling from the US, you will need to depart on June 27. Transportation is not included on arrival.
Schedule your return flight from Vilamoura (FAO) to depart after 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 5. Transfer to the airport is on your own.
Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.
Transportation to and from the airport is not included in our package. A taxi between the Faro Airport (FAO) and our hotel in Vilamoura will cost around 50 Euros, each way.
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Our tour does not include airfare, transfers, 5 dinners and 6 lunches. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages (except when included in STI events), incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to guides.
It has been our experience over 25 years that the best possible quality of service is achieved when our Concierge Team is compensated by tips from our delighted members. This is their best incentive to make your vacation an exceptional experience. You will have an opportunity to reward your Concierge at the end of your tour. It is customary to tip, but of course, gratuities are at your discretion and are greatly appreciated for a job well done!
Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.
We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.
Currently, most airlines will allow you to check two bags, weighing 50 pounds each, for a fee. In addition you may carry-on one bag plus a personal item such as a purse or briefcase. Please check with your air carrier for up-to-the minute regulations and fees for checked baggage.
Europe is still an elegant place when it comes to attire, especially in the high-end Portugal Riviera. Mixing in with the locals is much easier to do when dressed smartly and respectfully. For touring during the day, dress casual and wear comfortable shoes. Scarves are always fashionable and are a lightweight way to completely change your look!
Packing Tips: Take only what you need; don’t over pack. Save room for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match 1-3 colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.
Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.
– A smile and an open minded attitude
– Notepad, reading material and a travel journal to write all about your experience.
– Bathing suit, we have our own indoor pool!
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc.)
– Ladies will want to bring a nicer warm wrap and gentlemen a nicer jacket, for evening wear.
– Water Resistant Jacket with light lining and/or collapsible umbrella, just in case
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, money or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Home address book (smart phone with contacts) for sending postcards to all your friends who said they’d go but didn’t! A useful tip is to pre-write or print names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film, cards, extra batteries and/or chargers.
– A European adapter and converter for your electrical gadgets.
The currency used in Portugal is the Euro.
Exchange Rates: The exchange rate fluctuates often. You may find the current exchange rates in the financial sections of newspapers and on the Internet. You may also find a number of websites by typing “foreign exchange rates” in your search engine. We recommend using xe.com.
Currency Exchange: Many locations will accept major credit cards, but for incidentals and small vendors you will need some local currency. ATM machines will dispense local currency for internationally accepted ATM cards and/or credit cards. They are usually conveniently located in large cities, but are limited in smaller towns and rural areas.
You may exchange cash and traveler’s checks for local currencies at hotels, banks and exchange bureaus. Banks offer the best rates, but beware, hours are limited in Europe. They are generally open from 9 a.m.-12 noon and 2-5 p.m.
You may purchase Euros from your local bank in advance or get a small amount on arrival at the airport. There is always an exchange at airports.
We recommend that you bring a combination of $3-500 USD depending on your spending habits for meals and shopping, as well as a debit card for withdrawals and a major credit card, preferably VI or MC.
Credit Cards: Your credit card will be accepted to settle your incidentals bill at all hotels and in major shops and restaurants.
No inoculations are required for travel to Europe. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.
You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website, cdc.gov. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).
Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation. If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.
Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.
For easy, less expensive communication in Europe, you may be able to use your own phone plan, generally .99-1.99 per minute (check before departure).
Internet access is available almost everywhere, including our hotels, but access is not always free. We recommend that you contact your provider before you depart to add an international roaming, text and data package. Most may be disabled once you return home.
Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.
All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.
On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.