What we're about

Have you ever wanted to explore a faraway place or some exotic locale while being able to share that experience with fun and interesting people? Have you ever wanted to travel somewhere but didn't have someone to travel with? Friends don't have the money or vacation time?

Well, look no further! Whether you are single, solo, or a couple looking to find new friends to explore the world with, we will bring you together on vacation so that you never have to travel solo again! We seek to have "a week of travel, a lifetime of friendships".

In addition to travel, we will get together locally to explore the area in which we live. Our area provides rich historical attractions, top rated restaurants, globally recognized wineries, unique cultural experiences, and so much more.

Please look at this discussion from our Message Board for more information about our group.

http://www.meetup.com/The-Never-Travel-Solo-Social-Club-Chicago/messages/boards/thread/41698732

Hope to see everyone at one of our events or on one of our trips!

Paul Cathcart
https://www.facebook.com/paul.cathcart.3rd
contact@nevertravelosolo.com
(571)318-9252

Upcoming events (5+)

New Zealand North Island - 2 SPACES LEFT!

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Full details of this trip can be found at the following link. https://www.meetup.com/The-Never-Travel-Solo-Social-Club/events/249841013/

7 Night Tuscany Private Villa - SOLD OUT!

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- Never Travel Solo host onsite during the trip. - 7 nights accommodations at a private villa in Tuscany. - Tours and admissions for all attractions listed on the itinerary. - Visit the cities of Florence, Sienna, San Gimignano, and Greve in Chianti. - Roundtrip transportation from the Florence airport to our private villa. - Private transportation for all tours. - 7 continental breakfasts at villa. - 6 dinners. * 3 private chef dinners. * 1 light dinner at villa. * 1 winery dinner. * 1 cooking class. - 4 lunches. * 2 lunches at local restaurants. * 2 light lunches at villa. - 3 winery visits with tastings. - All taxes, fees, surcharges, and currency fluctuations. - A mandatory $100 tip will be collected in addition to the trip price to cover the private chefs, maids, motorcoach drivers, and tour guides. - The prices below do not include airfare to and/or from Italy. - The price for this trip is $2,999 per person double occupancy, $5,998 single occupancy if paying by check. If paying by credit card, there is a fee of $90 for double occupancy, $180 for single occupancy. Our complimentary roommate matching service will match you up with a roommate as long as you're a complete non-smoker/tobacco user and you book at least 120 days prior to the trip. - Deposit is a non-refundable $1,000 double occupancy, $2,000 single occupancy. To book, please contact Paul at [masked] or (571)[masked]. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 09/07/19 (Saturday) - Arrival Day & Welcome Private Chef Dinner We have a group pickup departing the Florence airport at 2:30 PM so please ensure your flight arrives in time to join us. Upon arrival at the villa we'll enjoy some light snacks and wine while we explore our home for the week. Our private chef will prepare us with a delicious Tuscan dinner later that night. NOTE Should you miss our 2:30 PM departure from the Florence airport you will need to make your way to our Tuscan villa at your own cost. 09/08/19 (Sunday) - Chianti Classico Expo Wine Festival Today we'll visit a long running wine festival, the Chianti Classico Expo. Located in the town square of quaint Greve in Chianti and in its 49th year, we'll have a chance to taste from over 60+ wineries that will be exhibiting. http://www.expochianticlassico.com/en/ Afterward, we'll head back to the villa to enjoy everything it has to offer before we enjoy a light dinner. 09/09/19 (Monday) - Winery School, San Gimignano, & Private Chef Dinner With our first stop today at a wine tasting school, we'll get an education on Tuscan wines and enjoy a wine tasting and samples of some local food. In the afternoon we'll visit the beautiful medieval town of San Gimignano. Enjoy your time wandering the narrow streets and you even have a chance to visit a world-champion gelateria. Another amazing meal from our private chef will be offered tonight. 09/10/19 (Tuesday) - Florence Guided Tour & Lunch With our local guide we'll spend the morning exploring Florence and visiting sites such as Il Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza della Signoria after a stop to view the Statue of "David" in the Accademia Gallery. After our tour, we'll feast on an included lunch before we set you loose to enjoy some free time exploring the city. Dinner is on your own before we meet back up to head home to our villa. 09/11/19 (Wednesday) - Winery Tours & Winery Dinner Today we'll visit two amazing Tuscan wineries where we'll have guided tours of their properties. We'll taste 3 wines at our first stop and at our second winery we'll enjoy a 4 course Tuscan dinner paired with wine. 09/12/19 (Thursday) - Cooking Class This morning we'll have some time at our villa to relax. Later that day we'll enjoy a cooking class at the villa where we'll learn how to prepare some great Tuscan dishes and enjoy what is cooked. 09/13/19 (Friday) - Siena Guided Tour & Lunch / Farewell Private Chef Dinner We'll head to Siena where we'll have a tour of the city with our local guide. Be amazed at the Piazza del Campo and hear about the famous Palio Horse Race that takes place twice a year. Take in other wonderful sites of this picturesque city before we dine on an included lunch at a restaurant near the city center. Tonight we end our trip with a Farewell Dinner from our private chef. 09/14/18 (Saturday) - Departure Day Today is our departure day and private transportation will leave the villa at 8:00 AM to head to the Florence airport for a 9:30 AM arrival. NOTE Should you decide to leave at another time during the day you will have to pay for your own transportation. We are required to check out of the villa no later than 10:00 AM. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NOTES Depending on the size of our group, some of our activities may be part of a larger tour group. The hotel, activities, and/or their order may change and/or be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. In the event this happens, we will try our best to make similar accommodations or changes. Some parts of this trip requires extensive walking (5 - 8 miles over the course of the day as well as uphill/downhill climbing on cobblestone or non stable pathways).

7 Night Tuscany Private Villa Second Week - 17 BEDROOMS! - 3 SPACES LEFT!

- Never Travel Solo host onsite during the trip. - 7 nights accommodations at a 17 bedroom private villa in Tuscany. - Tours and admissions for all attractions listed on the itinerary. - Visit the cities of Florence, Sienna, San Gimignano, and Panzano in Chianti. - Roundtrip transportation from the Florence airport to our private villa. - Private transportation for all tours. - 7 continental breakfasts at villa. - 6 dinners. * 3 private chef dinners. * 1 light dinner at villa. * 1 winery dinner. * 1 cooking class. - 4 lunches. * 2 lunches at local restaurants. * 2 light lunches at villa. - 3 winery visits with tastings. - All taxes, fees, surcharges, and currency fluctuations. - A mandatory $100 cash tip will be collected in addition to the trip price to cover the private chefs, maids, motorcoach drivers, and tour guides. - The prices below do not include airfare to and/or from Italy. - The price for this trip is $2,999 per person double occupancy, $3,299 single occupancy in a single room, and $3,499 single occupancy in a double room if paying by check. If paying by credit card, there is a fee of 2.9% + .30 per payment. Our complimentary roommate matching service will match you up with a roommate as long as you're a complete non-smoker/tobacco user and you book at least 120 days prior to the trip. - Deposit is a non-refundable $1,000 double occupancy; $1,300 single occupancy twin; $1,500 single occupancy double. To book, please contact Paul at [masked] or (571)[masked]. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 09/14/19 (Saturday) - Arrival Day & Welcome Private Chef Dinner We have a group pickup departing the Florence airport at 2:30 PM so please ensure your flight arrives in time to join us. Upon arrival at the villa we'll enjoy some light snacks and wine while we explore our home for the week. Our private chef will prepare us with a delicious Tuscan dinner later that night. NOTE Should you miss our 2:30 PM departure from the Florence airport you will need to make your way to our Tuscan villa at your own cost. 09/15/19 (Sunday) - Panzano Wine Festival Today we'll visit a long running wine festival in Panzano. Afterward, we'll head back to the villa to enjoy everything it has to offer before we enjoy a light dinner. 09/16/19 (Monday) - Winery School, San Gimignano, & Private Chef Dinner With our first stop today at a wine tasting school, we'll get an education on Tuscan wines and enjoy a wine tasting and samples of some local food. In the afternoon we'll visit the beautiful medieval town of San Gimignano. Enjoy your time wandering the narrow streets and you even have a chance to visit a world-champion gelateria. Another amazing meal from our private chef will be offered tonight. 09/17/19 (Tuesday) - Florence Guided Tour & Lunch With our local guide we'll spend the morning exploring Florence and visiting sites such as Il Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza della Signoria after a stop to view the Statue of "David" in the Accademia Gallery. After our tour, we'll feast on an included lunch before we set you loose to enjoy some free time exploring the city. Dinner is on your own before we meet back up to head home to our villa. 09/18/19 (Wednesday) - Winery Tours & Winery Dinner Today we'll visit two amazing Tuscan wineries where we'll have guided tours of their properties. We'll taste 3 wines at our first stop and at our second winery we'll enjoy a 4 course Tuscan dinner paired with wine. 09/19/19 (Thursday) - Cooking Class This morning we'll have some time at our villa to relax. Later that day we'll enjoy a cooking class at the villa where we'll learn how to prepare some great Tuscan dishes and enjoy what is cooked. 09/20/19 (Friday) - Siena Guided Tour & Lunch / Farewell Private Chef Dinner We'll head to Siena where we'll have a tour of the city with our local guide. Be amazed at the Piazza del Campo and hear about the famous Palio Horse Race that takes place twice a year. Take in other wonderful sites of this picturesque city before we dine on an included lunch at a restaurant near the city center. Tonight we end our trip with a Farewell Dinner from our private chef. 09/21/18 (Saturday) - Departure Day Today is our departure day and private transportation will leave the villa at 8:00 AM to head to the Florence airport for a 9:30 AM arrival. NOTE Should you decide to leave at another time during the day you will have to pay for your own transportation. We are required to check out of the villa no later than 10:00 AM. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NOTES Depending on the size of our group, some of our activities may be part of a larger tour group. The hotel, activities, and/or their order may change and/or be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. In the event this happens, we will try our best to make similar accommodations or changes. Some parts of this trip requires extensive walking (5 - 8 miles over the course of the day as well as uphill/downhill climbing on cobblestone or non stable pathways).

Budapest, Vienna, and Prague - SOLD OUT!

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- Never Travel Solo host onsite during the trip. - 3 nights accommodations with breakfast in Budapest. - 2 nights accommodations with breakfast in Vienna. - 3 nights accommodations with breakfast in Prague. - Tours and admissions for all attractions listed on the itinerary. - Budapest airport to Budapest hotel transfer. - Prague hotel to Prague airport transfer. - Budapest to Vienna train ticket. - Vienna to Prague train ticket. - Budapest metro pass. - Vienna metro pass. - Prague metro pass. - Welcome dinner. - Farewell drink. - The prices below do not include airfare to and/or from arrival and departure cities. - The price for this trip is $1,999 per person double occupancy, $2,799 single occupancy if paying by check. If paying by credit card, there is a fee of $60 for double occupancy, $85 for single occupancy. Our complimentary roommate matching service will match you up with a roommate as long as you're a complete non-smoker/tobacco user and you book at least 120 days prior to the trip. Don't let not having a roommate keep you from going on this amazing trip! - Deposit is a non-refundable $800 double occupancy, $1,600 single occupancy. To book, please contact Paul at [masked] or (571)[masked]. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 09/28/19 (Saturday) - Arrival Day / Welcome Dinner (Budapest) You can schedule your flight to arrive anytime today and a transfer to our hotel will be provided. We will meet up at 6:00 PM for a group dinner so please keep that in mind. Today is a day to adjust to the new time zone so feel free to relax and explore until we meet up for our group dinner. NOTE Your hotel room may not be ready for check in until 3:00 PM. If you arrive early and your room is not ready. the hotel can hold your luggage. 09/29/19 (Sunday) - City Tour (Budapest) Our city tour starts at St. Stephen's Basilica and ends in front of Matthias Church. Along the way we'll see other famous sites like the Danube Promenade, Buda Castle, Chain Bridge, Fishermen's Bastion, and more as we take in the history of this city. 09/30/19 (Monday) - FREE DAY (Budapest) Today is a free day to explore the city. 10/01/19 (Tuesday) - Train to Vienna (Vienna) Enjoy a couple of hours in the city before our afternoon train ride to Vienna. We'll take the metro to the train station. 10/02/19 (Wednesday) - City Tour (Vienna) Take in the highlights of Vienna as we see St. Stephens Cathedral, the Opera House, Hofburg, St. Michael’s Square, the Jewish Quarter, and more. 10/03/19 (Thursday) - Train to Prague (Prague) Today is a free day to explore the city. We'll meet up at 4:00 PM to take the train to Prague. 10/04/19 (Friday) - City Tour (Prague) We’ll visit the must-see sites such as Old Town Square, the Powder Gate, Wenceslas square, Charles Bridge and much more while learning of remarkable history and the stories of famous Prague residents such as Franz Kafka. 10/05/19 (Saturday) - FREE DAY / Ruin Bar (Prague) Today is a free day to explore the city. We'll meet up that night for a farewell drink at one of Prague's famous ruin bars. 10/06/19 (Sunday) - Departure Day Today is our departure day and you're free to schedule your flight to leave any time. Checkout from the hotel is at 11:00 AM but they'll hold your bags if needed. A transfer to the airport will be provided. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NOTES Depending on the size of our group, some of our activities may be part of a larger tour group. The hotel, activities, and/or their order may change and/or be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. In the event this happens, we will try our best to make similar accommodations or changes. Some parts of this trip requires extensive walking (5 - 8 miles over the course of the day as well as uphill/downhill climbing on cobblestone or non stable pathways).

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