About The Spanish Fiesta
The Spanish passion for living is deliciously contagious. Art, culture, cuisine. Travel is easy, the climate benign, the people relaxed, the food and drink easy to come by and full of variety. STI rolls out a 4 STAR, 8-Day tour that will give you a complete Spanish experience.
Escape with Singles Travel International to spectacular Spain!
This vibrant vacation includes Spain’s most popular cities. We’ll start in the Costa del Sol and end in Madrid with overnight stays in Granada, Seville, Toledo and a high speed train ride from Seville to Madrid. We’ll be hosted by a local tour guide in all major cities. Highlights are a visit to Madrid’s Prado Museum, Madrid City Tour, Toledo Tour, Seville City Tour, visit to Santa Cruz Quarter and an exclusive Granada Excursion and the Rock of Gibraltar. An unforgettable vacation because the entire group is single; STI chartered the entire tour! Days are filled with sites and each evening is a culinary exploration from tapas to paella for the foodies out there. Listo?
Inclusive Features of Our Tour:
- Visits with Tours in the Following Cities:
- TORREMOLINOS – Home base for 3 nights on the Mediterranean Sea; Welcome Drink and Orientation; Optional Group Dinners
- GRENADA – Guided Sightseeing to Include: Alhambra; Water Gardens of the General Life
- MOROCCO (Optional Day Tour-$99) – Guided Sightseeing to Include: Colorful Grand Market, Lunch in a Typical Moroccan Restaurant with Entertainment, Shopping for Handicrafts and Carpets, Round-trip Ferry Between Spain and Africa, that’s right, Morocco is on the continent of Africa
- GIBRALTAR (Where the Atlantic meets the Med) – Guided Sightseeing to Include: St Michael’s Cave, the famous Barbary Apes, Dramatic Views of the Spanish and Moroccan Coastline. DUTY FREE Shopping.
- SEVILLE – Guided Sightseeing to Include: Maria Luisa Park; Plaza de España; Giralda Tower and Seville’s Cathedral, which is both the largest Gothic structure and the largest Roman Catholic cathedral in the world; Santa Cruz Quarter; Optional Flamenco Show
- MADRID – Farewell dinner; Guided Panoramic Sightseeing to Include: Grand Via through the Opera District, Plaza de Colon and view the Royal Palace; Puerta del sol; Plaza de España; Entry to Prado Museum; High Speed Train Between Seville and Madrid
- TOLEDO – Guided Sightseeing to Include: UNESCO World Heritage Sites via Walk through the Jewish Quarter and a Panoramic Drive to View the Alcazar and the Cathedral; Church of Santo Tome (El Greco Masterpiece) and Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue
- 8 Nights, 4 STAR Accommodations at the following hotels:
- 3 nights at Sol House Aloha, Carihuela Beach & Pool, Torremolinos
- 2 nights Seville Center Hotel with Rooftop Pool, Seville
- 3 nights Catalonia Atocha, with Rooftop Pool, Madrid
- 9 meals, 8 Breakfast, 1 Farewell Dinner with Wine – Dinners are intentionally left open so that we are able to explore the flavors of Spain to our individual liking.
- Welcome Drink
- Round-trip station transfers in Madrid and Seville
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach as listed on the day by day itinerary
- Services of English-speaking tour manager from arrival to departure
- Local guides as required by law for sightseeing tours of Madrid, Toledo, Seville, and Granada
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Standard rail seating on high speed train from Seville to Madrid
- Porterage of one piece per person on arrival and departure at each hotel
Exclusive Singles Travel International Features :
- ROOMMATE MATCHING TO AVOID THE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT ON YOUR VACATION
- Special Attention from Professional & Experienced, Bi-Lingual, Singles Travel International Concierge
- Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation
- Great Times with other Singles in your Age Group!
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 – Friday, July 7, 2017
OPTIONAL PRE TOUR STAY: Board an overnight transatlantic flights to Malaga (AGP).
Day 2 – Saturday, July 8, 2017
OPTIONAL Stay Malaga/Torremolinos
Make your own way to our hotel in Torremolinos, approximately 3 miles south of the airport. Check in and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Our day is at leisure to enjoy the sunny and relaxing Costa del Sol. Catch up on jet lag before our tour begins officially on the evening of July 9. this evening, meet up with others who have arrived early for a drink and seaside dinner nearby. It’s Saturday night in the summer on the Costa del SOL. Don’t even think about turning in early tonight, sleep in tomorrow, this is Spain!
Members on MAIN TOUR ONLY board an overnight transatlantic flights to Malaga (AGP).
(Included: B In Flight)
Day 3 – Sunday, July 9, 2017
Breakfast at the hotel for members who arrived yesterday. Enjoy your day at the beach or our cool hotel pool with DJ’s, pool parties and a Tweet Concierge! Service at your fingertips.
MAIN TOUR: Arrival in Malaga. Make your own way to our hotel in Torremolinos, approximately 3 miles south of the airport. Check in and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. At 6 pm, we’ll meet our local Tour Director and traveling companions and have a welcome drink at our hotel.
(Included: B In Flight/Hotel)
Day 4 – Monday, July 10, 2017
After breakfast enjoy a full day excursion to Granada. Visit the famous Alhambra Palace founded in the 13th century and originally composed of houses, schools, baths, barracks and gardens surrounded by seemingly impenetrable walls. Enjoy a walking tour of the old quarter and stroll through the water gardens of the Palacio de Generalife. This evening return to Torremolinos for evening at leisure. Our STI Concierge is ready with options for a leisurely dinner.
Day 5 – Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Free day at leisure or Optional Full Day to Morocco ($99). Today’s sightseeing includes a full day tour to Morocco. Cross the sea to Africa and enter the exotic world of this colorful continent. Enjoy a guided tour of the colorful Grand Market and enjoy lunch in a typical Moroccan restaurant with entertainment before shopping for handicrafts and carpets. Return to Spain via ferry.
Local dinner is an option or get some rest before our departure for Seville tomorrow.
Day 6 – Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Torremolinos – Gibraltar – Seville
After breakfast depart to the Rock of Gibraltar, a British Colony for over 300 years standing guard over the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean and Europe meets Africa. Enjoy a tour of the area with mini buses climbing up to see St Michael’s Cave and the famous Barbary Apes with dramatic views of the Spanish and Moroccan coastline. Enjoy some time in the main street of the town with its colonial buildings and duty free shops. We then continue on to Seville for optional dinner with new friends. Our STI Concierge will have plenty of options for us.
Overnight: 4 STAR Seville Center Hotel, Seville
Day 7 – Thursday, July 13, 2017
Enjoy breakfast at our hotel followed by our morning sightseeing tour. This morning view the Moorish architecture of the Giralda Tower and visit Seville’s Cathedral, which is both the largest Gothic structure and the largest Roman Catholic cathedral in the world. Drive to the Plaza de Espana, pass Maria Luisa Park, and explore the narrow streets and the many plazas of the Santa Cruz Quarter. Then enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Join the group for an optional dinner before our Flamenco show.
Optional: Evening Flamenco show including a drink ($49): This evening, enjoy a drink and traditional Flamenco show. As performed by some of Seville’s leading Flamenco artists, enjoy routines based on the cante jondo or “deep song,” which describes the performer´s profound emotions in ancient poetic phrases. Although the development of Flamenco has centered principally in the region of Andalucia, it has come to embrace many of the folk traditions of the northern provinces. As a result, it has become, along with the bullfight, a popular symbol of Spain.
Overnight: 4 STAR Seville Center Hotel, Seville
Day 8 – Friday, July 14, 2017
Seville – Madrid via train
Enjoy breakfast at our hotel. Transfer to the train station and board the high-speed train to Madrid. On arrival, transfer to our hotel. Tonight, join the group for an optional dinner at a typical restaurant.
Overnight: 4 STAR Hotel Catalonia Atocha, Madrid
Day 9 – Saturday, July 15, 2017
After breakfast enjoy a morning sightseeing. Drive along the Grand Via through the Opera District, Plaza de Colon and view the Royal Palace. Pass through the Puerto del sol Plaza and Plaza Espana, with its monument to the author Cervantes. The tour will end with a visit to the Prado Museum, where you will be able to view works of art by some of Spain’s most prominent artists including El Greco, Velazques and Ribera.
Our afternoon and evening are at leisure. Our STI Concierge, speaks Spanish and is your dance leader as you navigate the nightlife of this vibrant city!
Overnight: 4 STAR Hotel Catalonia Atocha, Madrid
Day 10 – Sunday, July 16, 2017
After breakfast, we take a tour to Toledo. This morning travel to the ancient capital of Castile, Toledo — the ‘Museum City’. A tour of the city, chockfull of UNESCO World heritage sites includes a guided walk through the Jewish Quarter and a panoramic drive to view the Alcazar and the Cathedral. Continue to visit the Church of Santo Tome with its El Greco masterpiece and Santa Maria la Blanca synagogue.
Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of our vacation in Espana!
Overnight: 4 STAR Hotel Catalonia Atocha, Madrid
Day 10 – Monday, July 17, 2017
Breakfast at our hotel to say goodbye for now. Independent transfers to the airport for our homebound flights.
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.
Please submit a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after April 10).
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 Torremolinos at 6:00 p.m. on July 9, 2017 and ends the morning of July 17, 2017. Therefore the tour is 8 nights/9 days.Note: Flights from North America must depart on July 8 in order to arrive in Malaga (AGP) on July 9. Your return flight from Madrid arrives in the U.S. on the same day, so the actual length of the trip is 9 nights/10 days (first night on airplane).
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 April 10, 2017. A reminder will be emailed to you 7 days prior to due date and your card will automatically be charged. If you make a reservation after April 10, 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 $300.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.
After April 10, 2017 – 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.
Make sure you are at the Sol House Aloha by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 9. Note that hotel is subject to change before departure and any changes will be reflected in your final documents.
Sol House Aloha
Salvador Allende, 45
The new Sol House Aloha – Costa del Sol is located right on the Paseo Marítimo seafront promenade, with direct access to the fabulous Carihuela Beach and its numerous “chiringuitos” (typical beachside restaurants) specialising in “pescaíto frito” (fried fish). The Sol House Aloha – Costa del Sol is located near the leisure area of Puerto Marina, one of the most important tourist resorts on the Costa del Sol with amusement arcades, shops, restaurants, bars and clubs, amongst other attractions.
Ideal for enjoying with friends, the Sol House Aloha – Costa del Sol provides magnificent fully renovated suites, the majority with lounge and large terrace; 3 outdoor pools and a children’s pool; different dining spaces; free high speed Wi-Fi Internet and new Play Bar with pool.
STI offers a fun filled pre tour package in Torrremolinos which allows our members to get a head start socializing and reduce the effects of jet lag! See the Price & Options Tab for details and to make your reservation. If not taking our package, we’ll meet you at the hotel on July 9. Meeting details will be provided in your Final Vacation Details and Meetup Information document listed here on FAQ tab, 14 days prior to departure.
Add our post tour stay in Madrid, also found on Price & Options Tab at check out.
Visit the chat to find out who else is adding on to their tour.
If you need other arrangements, please call us, we’d be happy to assist with your vacation plans. Remember that if you arrive early or stay late, transportation to and from the hotel is not included in our pre or post tour package. If you choose not to take advantage of our package, transportation is on your own. Note that we do not guarantee roommates for optional pre and post tour stays.
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.
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 Torremolinos at 6:00 p.m. on July 9, you may be required to depart your home city on the day before. Reserve your flights into MALAGA (AGP). The trip concludes in MADRID (MAD) on the morning of July 17, so you may schedule your return at any time that day.
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.
Our tour does not include airfare, transfers, optional excursions, most dinners and extra hotel nights before or after the tour. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages (except when included in STI events), incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to STI staff ($10-$15 per day) and local guides.
It has been our experience over 22 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 STI 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!
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 April 10, 2017. Of course, single accommodations are available at an additional rate assessed by the hotel.
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.
All guests are required to travel with a valid Passport that does not expire prior to January 18, 2018. No visas are required for US or Canadian citizens.
We use the best possible accommodations for the area and have chosen hotels that offer comfort, variety and are in ideal locations. See the itinerary tab for links to each property. All our hotels are 4 star according to international standards.
• 3 nights at Sol House Aloha, Carihuela Beach & Pool, Torremolinos
• 2 nights Seville Center Hotel with Rooftop Pool, Seville
• 3 nights Catalonia Atocha, with Rooftop Pool, Madrid
Note that hotels are subject to change until day of arrival.
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 23 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 Travel Directors are 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.
This tour was specially designed for singles ages 40+. 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. 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.
The average daytime temperatures generally hover around 27°C (that is about 81°F) whereas the average minimum temperatures tend to drop down to 19°C (that is about 66°F).
Currently, most airlines will allow you to check one bag, weighing 50 pounds, 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. On TOUR, one bag and 1 carry on per person.
Bring along summer clothing and a bathing suit for the beach and rooftop hotel pools for shilling at the end of each day on tour. We recommend that you mix and match using 1-3 colors, such as khaki, brown and white. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.
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 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.
Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes.
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, dress shoes, etc)
– Bathing suit, we have our own indoor pool!
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor
– Shorts & T shirts for daytime, khakis & polos/sundresses for night time
– 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, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. 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.
– A European adapter and converter for your electrical gadgets.
The currency used in Spain is the Euro.
Exchange Rates: The exchange rate for the Euro 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. Two specific websites are: xe.com and money.cnn.com/markets/currencies.
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 Spain. They are generally open from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Credit Cards: Your credit card will be accepted to settle your incidentals bill at all hotels and in major shops and restaurants.
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 document, posted to the FAQ tab 14 days prior to departure, will include phone contact numbers for our hotels. 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.