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Arena Travel’s First for Bridge collection offers an extensive selection of quality holidays expertly created for Bridge players who love to travel. With over 20 years’ experience of organising bridge holidays and cruises in the UK and abroad, First for Bridge is proud to continue offering the professional service and high standard of holiday we’re renowned for.
All First for Bridge holidays combine a varied programme of seminars and bridge sessions with good quality hotels and fascinating destinations. Experienced directors and friendly hosts accompany every holiday. We are pleased to welcome solo travellers on all our holidays and will always find partners in the bridge room for those travelling alone.
We have found 33 Holidays available from £350pp
Join us at the popular Athena Beach Hotel for a Christmas and New Year overseas bridge and bowls break.
Enjoy a Twixmas bridge break to Oxford, staying at the fantastic and perfectly located Doubletree by Hilton Oxford Belfry Hotel.
Join us for a festive, relaxed New Year bridge break in gorgeous South Devon, staying at the firm favourite Dartmouth Hotel, Golf & Spa
Join us in the heart of Torquay and enjoy a fantastic location just five minutes away from the stunning seafront.
Travel to the southwest coast of Cyprus, soak up the sun, and play bridge and bowls in gorgeous Paphos.
The March 2024 EBU Overseas Congress will take place at the 4-star Hotel Bella Playa & Spa, Cala Ratjada.
Embark on a charming holiday to Harrogate, the heart of Yorkshire, where the exquisite Crowne Plaza Hotel awaits.
The Hotel Bella Playa & Spa is a renowned resort, with excellent dining, friendly service and relaxing facilities.
Within walking distance of the popular marina, the 5-star Barcelo Concorde Green Park Palace is the best located hotel in Port El Kantaoui.
A historic 19th-century villa restored into a beautiful hotel, our amazing 4-star base sits within rich parkland near Treviso.
From the 4-star Marriott Cheltenham Chase, enjoy rolling countryside, incredible views of the Cotswold Hills, and modern luxury.
Visit Westport House, Achill Island and Connemara’s Kylemore Abbey, and take a cruise on Killary Fjord, as you discover Ireland’s west coast.
From the idyllic Kernos Beach Hotel, overlooking the shining Sea of Crete, enjoy guided tours of Knossos Palace and Spinalonga.
Staying at the Makeney Hall Hotel, enjoy visits to Chatsworth House and Crich Tramway Village on this 5-day bridge break.
Along the outskirts of St Helier, we stay at the highly-rated Westhill Country Hotel, renowned for its excellent dining and friendly staff.
At the entrance of Boka Bay where the Adriatic Sea meets the mountains of Montenegro, the Carine Hotel Kumbor boasts a truly stunning location.
Enjoy this relaxed bridge holiday in the Bay of Kotor, with two half-day boat trips to Herceg Novi and Kotor included!
Join us in the market town of Tiverton, mid-Devon, on this 5-day bridge holiday, staying at the Tiverton Hotel Lounge & Venue.
Enjoy a 5-night stay at the wonderful Ufford Park Resort. For keen golf enthusiasts, make this one to remember with our fantastic golf package.
From the Sprowston Manor, Golf & Country Club, play bridge and visit Sandringham, ride the Bure Valley Railway and cruise the Norfolk Broads.
Within the heart of the Rhine Valley, relax, explore and play bridge in the delightful winemaking town of Boppard.
Based at the Charlecote Pheasant, enjoy a fabulous visit to the beautiful Sudeley Castle and a relaxing railway journey on this bridge break.
Experience ultimate relaxation at the popular and charming Château des Comtes de Challes, set within truly beautiful surroundings.
Enjoy a warm welcome at the Tiverton Hotel Lounge & Venue, with visits to the RHS Garden Rosemoor and Powderham Castle included.
An excellent 5-star hotel awaits you in Albena, with a wide, sandy beach, complimentary sunbeds and umbrellas, and spacious bridge room.
Join us at the Hotel Principe Palace in Lido di Jesolo for an 8-day bridge holiday, featuring a wonderful trip to Venice.
Take an indulgent bridge holiday at the luxurious, adults-only La Quinta Menorca by Portblue Boutique, with its first-class facilities and service.
Staying at the lovely Acacia Marina resort, enjoy the beautiful gardens and a short level walk along the seafront promenade.
Join us at the sophisticated and elegant Hotel Château Bela in Southern Slovakia. Our bridge sessions will be held in the magnificent Orangerie.
This autumn bridge holiday will be held at the fabulous Merrion Hotel in Llandudno, renowned for its excellent location and superb dining.
With excellent dining in the beachfront restaurant and an ultra all-inclusive package, the 5-star Raga Side Hotel is a Mediterranean dream.
Nestled in 225 acres of glorious South Devon countryside, join us at the Dartmouth Hotel, Golf & Spa for an idyllic bridge retreat.
Take on an unforgettable, festive bridge holiday to the very special Makeney Hall, with its Victorian feel and warm & welcoming staff.
With so much on offer, you might need some inspiration! We’ve hand-picked a selection of favourite destinations and provided an overview of the very best highlights...
If you want to play Bridge in some of Europe’s most fascinating and beautiful places, our First for Bridge collection of European holidays has just the holiday to suit you!
Spain’s ever-popular Balearic Islands, along with the islands of Sicily, Cyprus and Malta are the perfect choice if you are looking for some Mediterranean sunshine. For a winter escape the warmer climes of Madeira or the Canary Islands may appeal. You’ll be staying in first-class, resort-style hotels and when you’re not playing Bridge there’s a whole range of facilities for you to enjoy. If you still want to follow the sun but prefer smaller, more intimate hotels, you’ll love our holidays to the Italian Riviera.
Our collection of Bridge holidays abroad also includes lakes and mountains. Whether it’s the Italian Dolomites, the Austrian, Swiss or French Alps, you’ll be holidaying in idyllic surroundings – perfect if you want to relax and immerse yourself in Bridge. At First for Bridge we believe Bridge and cruising go hand in hand, and on our ocean and river cruises you can play Bridge between stepping ashore to explore a host of intriguing destinations.
First for Bridge European escapes cater for everyone looking for a short break to a fortnight’s holiday. On some holidays you can choose between a 7 or 14-night stay and it may be possible to fly from your local airport. Our Club Standard Bridge Holidays and Refresher’s Bridge always include the services of a qualified Bridge director and a friendly Bridge host to take care of all your travel arrangements. So, whether you’re travelling alone or as a couple, with First for Bridge you can relax safe in the knowledge you’ll be holidaying with people who share your mutual interest, enjoying amazing destinations and of course stimulating sessions of Bridge.
If you love to play Bridge and are looking to get away for the festive season, why not join us on one of our First for Bridge Christmas and New Year holidays? Whether you’re looking for some winter sun, or want a cosy hotel break closer to home, let us take care of all the trimmings so you can relax and enjoy the festivities with plenty of time for Bridge.
You’ll be staying in first-class, comfortable hotels celebrating Christmas Day with a traditional feast and seeing in the New Year in sparkling style. Whether holidaying with a partner or alone you’ll be warmly welcomed by our friendly Bridge hosts, who’ll be on hand throughout your stay and sharing the festivities. As with every First for Bridge holiday our Christmas and New Year festive breaks include a full programme of Bridge and the services of one of our qualified Bridge directors.
Whatever your level of play, First for Bridge has a wonderful selection of winter Bridge holidays.
Our winter sun Bridge holidays head south to the Mediterranean, Madeira and the Canary Islands where you can enjoy all the facilities of first-class, resort-style hotels. They’ve been carefully chosen to appeal to the age of our Bridge guests and their popularity means we return to many of them year-on-year. Situated in prime positions, often right on the seafront, your First for Bridge sessions may well be in a room with a view! If you want to get out and about, you’ll find local shops, bars and restaurants either within walking distance or on a good public transport route close to our hotel.
With the services of a qualified Bridge director, a full programme of Bridge and a friendly First for Bridge host on hand throughout your stay, these fantastic holidays are the perfect winter escape.
First for Bridge are pleased to announce that we will be working in partnership with the English Bridge Union for both their UK and overseas congresses from 2021. Our carefully chosen accommodation packages will cover the EBU events, meaning you can relax and unwind in comfortable surroundings, in between an exclusive EBU managed Bridge programme. We will also organise and sponsor the two annual Overseas Congresses for the English Bridge Union for the next 5 years.