About Awesome Austin
“Livin Like a Local” in Austin with STI friends! Enjoy secret spots and hidden highlights of our custom designed itinerary proposed by Cindy H. Cindy is our resident local and can’t wait to meet you!
Our weekend in Austin is a collaboration between the team at STI and our member, Cindy H., who lives in Austin!
Inclusive Features of our Tour:
- 3 nights accommodations at the Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown
- Buffet Breakfast each morning
- Welcome Dinner at a popular local restaurant
- 4 hour Tour of the Best of Austin and the Hill Country
- All you can eat BBQ lunch at Austin’s best BBQ Joint
- Farewell Dinner at another local restaurant
- OPTIONAL: Live Music Crawl to explore a few of Austin’s best venues!
- Hotel taxes
Exclusive, Value Added Features when Traveling with STI :
- Complimentary Roommate Matching using our STI Community Profiles, See Who’s Going Before You Join!
- Special Attention from Experienced, Professional Singles Travel Concierge.
- Coordinated Daytime Activities & Meet-ups Throughout the Weekend.
- Dining Together Each Evening Coordinated by our Concierge.
- Socializing and Dancing with Our Singles Group at Local Establishments.
- Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation so You Meet Before You Go!
- Company of Other Singles, Make New Friends, Meet up with Old Friends.
Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI and our local operators. 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. If less than 20 members, STI designates an Ambassador for gathering the group on the first evening and making acquaintances.
NOTE: Our weekend package includes features that are mainly within walking distance; Austin is a walking city. Come prepared with comfortable shoes and at any time, you are welcome to take a taxi at your own expense.
Tour Begins in Austin: November 8, 2018
Tour Ends in Austin: November 11, 2018
Day 1 – Thursday- November 8
Flights arrive at Austin- Bergstrom International Airport and transportation to Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown is on your own. Check-in (after 3 pm) with our Singles Travel International Concierge upon arrival. Here, you can meet your fellow travelers, sign up for optional tours and ask about the best attractions in this Capitol City!
Settle in your room and then we will meet for an optional drink in the hotel bar, before heading to a local restaurant for dinner with the group! This is the perfect opportunity to mingle and get to know your weekend travel companions!
After dinner, head over to 6th street for some of the city’s best entertainment. This is where you will find live music, dancing and cocktails to get the full Austin nightlife experience!
Day 2 -Friday- November 9
Start the day with an early breakfast at the hotel to fuel up for your first full day in this vibrant city!
After breakfast, we will head out for our private tour of Austin! We will start with an overview of the city, including all of the major landmarks. Then we will leave the tourist area and check out the hidden gems only the locals know about! Listen as the narrator tells us all about the lifestyle, food, music and history of this unique city. After we have seen all of the best spots, we will cruise out into the Hill Country to enjoy the picturesque landscape, dotted with wineries and wildflowers. Our tour ends with an all you can eat BBQ lunch at The Salt Lick; the most famous pit in central Texas!
After being dropped off back at the hotel, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy! You can spend it in the 2nd Street Shopping District, the famous Graffiti Park, or take the opportunity to visit Lady Bird Lake’s hiking and biking trails!
Dinner will be at your leisure and, with this being one of the best cities for food, the options all around you will not disappoint!
If you are looking for a fun night on the town, Austin is one of the best places to be. Explore Rainey Street, where you will find old homes turned in to bars with outdoor patios; or, see a show at the historic Paramount Theatre! If you are looking to get to the heart of Austin, the music, then we suggest you join the Live Music Crawl! Sign up and meet the group, at 7pm, for a 3 hour tour, hitting 2-3 of the best venues! Austin has over 270 live music venues and this tour skips the cover bands and brings you straight to the authentic spots! Led by a local musician, you will get the latest scoop on the current music scene, learn about Austin live music history, and see iconic venues, most of which are outside of the downtown area.
Day 3 -Saturday- November 10
Wake up and enjoy breakfast at the hotel while you plan out your adventures for your last day in the Capitol City.
You can check out the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the popular Downtown Farmer’s Market, or explore with your taste buds at the food trucks!
To see some of the beauty of Austin, head over to Zilker Metropolitan Park and walk the Botanical Garden, or venture outside of the city, to Mount Bonnell, alongside the Lake Austin portion of the Colorado River.
However you choose to spend your day, plan to meet the group at a local restaurant for our farewell dinner this evening. The perfect way to bookend your fabulous weekend in Austin with new friends!
Day 4 – Sunday- November 11
Our final breakfast at the buffet before checkout at noon.
Transport to Austin- Bergstrom International Airport will be at your own expense.
Once you make your online reservation, an STI reservation specialist will contact you to review and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services. Once that step is complete, you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.
READ your invoice and the FAQ page very carefully and advise if any changes need to be made.
Next, say hello to your fellow travelers on the chat!
Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be posted here 14 days prior to trip start date. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The tour begins in Austin at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday November 8, 2018 and ends at 11:00 a.m. in Austin on Sunday November 11, 2018. Therefore, the trip is 3 nights/4 days.
We recommend that you arrive at Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown by 5 p.m. on Thursday November 8, 2018. Check-in begins at 3pm. We will meet for an optional drink at the hotel bar, around 6, before heading to dinner right before 7pm.
Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown
300 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701
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 without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI. Your credit card on file will automatically be charged.
A deposit is due at time of reservation and will automatically be charged to your card. If you make a reservation after August 8, 2018, full, non-refundable 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 $75.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.
Between August 8 and October 4, 2018 – $300 penalty applies.
After October 4, 2018 – 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.
In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.
To make the most of your weekend, we recommend that you arrive by 3pm on Thursday, November 8 and depart after 12 noon on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Note that Austin is served by the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
The least expensive transportation is the SuperShuttle. The shared cost is approximately $12 each way (gratuity not included). Taxis are available outside each terminal and rates are approximately $38 each way per car. Post a message on the chat and find another member to share a ride.
Our tour does not include airfare, transfers, 1 lunch and 1 dinner. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages, incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, WIFI in your room, plus gratuities to STI staff ($10-$15 per day) and local guides.
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 August 8, 2018. We may still be able to match you after this date, call us for options. Of course, single accommodations are available at an additional rate.
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.
Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown is located in the center of Downtown, with plenty of vibrant bars, restaurants and shopping within walking distance.
Standard rooms (373 square feet) are non-smoking, have 2 Double Beds or 1 King Bed, a working desk, cable with pay per view movies and coffee makers.
Plus, your STI Concierge Team will be on hand to take care of your every need. It’s not only what we do, it’s who we are!
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 24 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 a get together and the camaraderie builds as we go along.
Our “All Ages” vacations cater to 40+ and our average age range is 45-65. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee the ratio or ages.
Take advantage of our community features, send individual messages and post to friends and fellow travelers on the chat, exclusively for members on your same tour.
Beautiful! You may expect sunny days with daytime temperatures to be between 65-75. Evening temperatures are generally in the low 60s. There isn’t much rain in November but possible, so come prepared with rain gear and a jacket for evenings.
There is no baggage limit at the hotel.
Currently, most airlines will allow you to check up to 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.
Remember to bring comfortable shoes and a jacket for evenings. Casual attire is acceptable throughout the weekend. However, you may want to bring something dressy for our welcome and farewell dinners.
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 around one or two colors. Don`t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.
Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.
– A great attitude and an open mind.
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes.
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc).
– Collapsible umbrella (which can double as a sunshade parasol) and/or lightweight raingear.
– Ladies may wish to bring an evening wrap and gentlemen a nicer jacket for evening wear.
– Sweater or light jacket.
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor.
– 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, anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife, great for opening wine, packages etc. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write 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.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries.
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. You may also call Singles Travel International if you have not received your quote within 3 days.
Your Final Vacation Details & Meetup Info Documents will be available here on FAQ (question #1), 14 days prior to departure and will include phone contact numbers for each hotel listed in your daily itinerary. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.
Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.
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Meet Your STI Concierge
Hi! My name is Vicki, and I am so happy to have joined the STI family as a Concierge! After having a career as a health-and-fitness writer and then having children, I decided to make a career change in order to pursue my love for travel. For 9 years now, I have designed small-group tours all over Europe and have led tours in Italy, Malta and Croatia. From the moment I began leading tours, being able to share wonderful experiences and make people smile through discovering a new location - or perhaps through discovering something about themselves - I felt as if I had found exactly what I was meant to do! I look forward to making your vacation dreams come true.
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