Bridge on the Slovian & Istrian Coast Twin Centre Holiday

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23 Sep 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
Duration: 14 OR 21 nights half board incl. flights
Ref: 18058TWIN
With: Nigel Durie


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Single Supplement: £18 per night in Grand Hotel and £13 per night in Valamar Diamant
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Both the Grand Hotel Portoroz and the Valamar Diamant have great reviews on TripAdvisor and they have both received a 2017 Certificate of Excellence.

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With: Nigel & Pauline Durie

This holiday gives you the fantastic opportunity to stay in two completely different countries and experience two very different resorts - yet the transfer time between your two hotels is only just over one hour!


The first week we stay at the four star superior Grand Hotel Portoroz on the Slovenian Riviera. This impressive hotel is excellent for any one with walking difficulties as it is situated directly on the flat sea front promenade in Portoroz, opposite the beach and close to shops, minimarkets, cafes and restaurants.

Portoroz is a chic, up market resort, popular with Italians who cross the border to holiday here, enjoying its elegant promenade and beautiful sandy beach. Yet close to the resort you will find many fabulous historic old towns that have survived for many centuries under Venetian rule and brimming with character and history. The historic walled coastal city of Piran is easily reached by local bus, boat or a flat coastal walk, and the old fishing town of Izola is well worth a visit. From here it is possible to visit the Lipica Stud Farm: Postojna Caves, and Lake Bled in the Julian Alps.


Porec in Croatia is a delightful old historic Croatian coastal town, full of cobbled streets, old buildings & museums, interesting shops, cafes and restaurants. There are daily boat trips available from the quayside to many different islands dotted around the coastline, and some fascinating excursions available to Pula with its ancient amphitheatre, and to the artist’s hill top villages.

The Hotel Valamar Diamant is positioned in beautiful gardens leading down to the clear pristine waters of the Adriatic Sea with its stony Blue Flag beaches. A 20 minute walk will take you into the centre of Porec, or you can part walk and part take the “Noddy train”.

Both hotels have excellent facilities. The Grand Hotel Portoroz has the most comprehensive wellness facilities in any hotel in Europe, and our guests have complimentary entrance to the thermomineral and heated sea water pools in its vast wellness centre.

The Valamar Diamant boasts a very large indoor pool and spa, and two outdoor pools - one heated which is a rare bonus!

Both hotels offer a good range of buffet style dining and show cooking. The Grand Hotel Portoroz is a four star superior , and you will find this hotel a higher standard to the Valamar Diamant, which is rated 4 star and more in line with a typical package holiday hotel.

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During your duplicate bridge holidays nothing is obligatory, you can play in as many or as few bridge sessions as you wish. Our bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break and in addition to playing bridge, we will always endeavour to provide a minimum of two bridge seminars for breaks of 7 days or more.

All of our bridge holidays include bridge seminars with handouts in addition to a varied and interesting duplicate bridge programme. We use duplimated boards every evening to ensure fairness and consistency. Bridge hand records are provided, as well as bridge partners if needed.

Your duplicate bridge will usually be available twice daily, at 2.30pm and 7.45pm. The afternoon sessions usually finish between 4.45pm and 5pm, the evenings between 10.45pm - 11.15pm. The afternoons are normally given over to open pairs/teams. We endeavour to vary the evening sessions, with a balance between teams and pairs, with at least one Swiss style event during a two-week bridge break.

During all evening sessions, we utilise a duplimate machine, which means we are able to produce hand record sheets at the end of the session and when we have two or more sections, both can play the same hands. On our UK duplicate bridge breaks, provided numbers allow, we usually will lay on an "Early Bird" afternoon session on the day of arrival.

We don’t forget you are on holiday, our bridge programmes allow time for relaxation plus giving you plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area and relax.

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14 nights - 7 nights in Grand Hotel Portoroz, Slovenia and 7 nights in the Valamar Diamant Porec, Croatia half board: £1499
21 nights - 7 nights in the Grand Hotel Portoroz, Slovenia and 14 nights in the Valamar Diamant Hotel Porec half board: £1949


Grand Hotel Portoroz: £18 per night
Valamar Diamant Hotel: £13 per night

Upgrade to executive room with sea view - Grand Hotel Portoroz: £15 per room per night


  • Full bridge programme with seminars and varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Return flights from Stansted airport. Gatwick, Manchester & Leeds Bradford available at a supplement
  • Return transfers from Pula Airport to hotels
  • Transfer between Grand Hotel Portoroz and Valamar Diamant Hotel
  • 7 or 14 night’s accommodation on a half board basis in each hotel
  • 2 hours free entrance to Sauna Park in Portoroz
  • Complimentary entrance to the thermomineral and heated sea water pools in the hotel wellness centre in the Grand Hotel Portoroz
  • Porterage
  • Welcome cocktail


Return flights from Stansted, Manchester and Leeds Bradford are into Pula airport. From here the transfer to Portoroz is only just over one hour, and the transfer back from Porec to Pula airport is approximately 45 minutes.

We can offer an alternative 13 and 20 night twin centre option from Gatwick where we fly into Venice Marco Polo and transfer to Portoroz ( approximately 2 hours transfer), and return from Pula airport on a Saturday flight.

Grand Hotel Portoroz

The Grand Portoroz is situated in the centre of Portoroz on the seafront promenade. It offers its own private beach, sunny terrace, top quality Mediterranean gastronomy and experienced staff. The hotel is directly connected with the Terme & Wellness LifeClass that offers the most comprehensive spa, medical and wellness in Europe. The hotel offers free WiFi in rooms and throughout the hotel.


Please note that not all rooms have balconies. We have a limited number of balcony rooms and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please book early to secure one.

  • Air conditioning
  • LCD TV
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • Mini bar (payable)
  • Safe deposit box (free of charge)
  • Free WIFI
  • Full bathroom & toiletries
  • Bathrobe & slippers


A full hot and cold buffet breakfast and evening meal is served in the elegant Adria Restaurant. The hotel also has an a la carte restaurant, café and piano bar. Please note check out of rooms on departure is 11.00 hours.

The Valamar Diamant Hotel


  • Spacious modern rooms
  • Full bathroom with toiletries and hair dryer
  • Electronic safe deposit box
  • Flat screen TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Free Wifi
  • Mini-bar (charge)
  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony


Breakfast and dinner are both buffet style, with plenty of show cooking at evening meal. There is an excellent choice of Istrian and international dishes and regular themed evenings. Food is freshly prepared and the hotel even has its own bakery.

The hotel has a large relaxing lobby bar with indoor and outdoor seating. Regular entertainment and activities are available to guests.

It has two outdoor pools (one heated) with sunbeds and a pool bar that serves an excellent choice of light lunches at a reasonable cost.

There is an extensive gym with over 40 exercise machines, 6 outdoor tennis courts and 2 covered tennis courts & mini golf which are available for a small charge.

The Hotel Valamar Diamant also has an exceptionally large indoor wellness centre with swimming pool including geysers and waterfalls, saunas, Jacuzzis, ice fountain and spas that can be used by guests at a daily charge.