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Expert: Christine and Stewart MacFarlane Christine and Stewart MacFarlane

Bridge at the Kernos Beach Hotel Crete

The 4-star Kernos Beach Hotel boasts a wonderful location, overlooking its long, white, secluded sandy beach and the sparkling blue Sea of Crete on the north coast of the island on the edge of Stalis. Each evening, you will be treated to the most amazing sunsets. Sunseekers can relax in the beautiful, extensive gardens and choose between a swim in the huge freshwater outdoor pool, or a dip in the ocean. The surrounding area is flat with plenty of cafes, bars, shops, and tourist facilities within a short walking distance of your hotel. **Included excursions** Our first tour takes us by boat to the famous island of Spinalonga, a barren rocky islet that was built and fortified by the Venetians, and widely recognised for the established Leper Colony between 1903 and 1957.  A must see for any Victoria Hislop readers! A beautiful drive along the blue shades of the Gulf of Mirabello leads us to the delightful harbourside town of Agios Nikolas, one of the most picturesque towns in Crete, for a guided tour and free time to explore and shop. Our second guided tour takes us to Knossos, the Minoan Palace which flourished for approximately two thousand years and is connected with thrilling myths and legends. It is said to be the location of the labyrinth of the Minotaur and the story of Daidalos and Ikaros. We continue to Heraklion city where you have free time to shop and explore the Cretan capital or you can join us for a guided tour to the Archaeological Museum, which is one of the oldest and most important museums in Greece, and amongst the most famous in Europe.  It represents artefacts from all periods of Cretan prehistory and history spanning over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to the Roman times, and prides itself for its unique Minoan collection. **Please note** *Entrance fees are included for Spinalonga and Knossos Palace.  There is an entry fee payable for the Archaeological Museum which is greatly reduced to just 6 euros for persons over the age of 65 years.  Please bring passports on all tours.*

8 days from £1,045pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • Flights from London Luton to Heraklion – flights from Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh available at a supplement
  • Return airport transfers
  • 7 nights’ half board accommodation in the 4-star Kernos Beach Hotel
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Welcome drink
  • Services of our friendly bridge hosts and EBU qualified director
  • Tours around the famous Island of Spinalonga, Knossos the Minoan Palace and Heraklion city
Experts
Christine and Stewart MacFarlane

Christine and Stewart MacFarlane


Christine and Stewart MacFarlane both were engineers but since retiring, have started their own Bridge School and Club in Bath. Together they have taught and introduced many people to this wonderful game and started running weekends away for their students in 2009. This progressed to running bridge holidays and working on cruise ships as the bridge instructors. They believe bridge should be both competitive and sociable.


Christine has been on the EBU Panel since 2010 and assisted with running many congresses over the years. She has been particularly involved with the Really Easy and Progressive events to encourage newer players to play competitive.


They have two grown children and one grandchild.


Itinerary

Overview

Fly from UK to Crete.

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Crete

Overview

Our Bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break, and, in addition to playing Bridge, we try to include interesting Bridge seminars, hosted by your Bridge Director. Your duplicate Bridge will be available every evening between 7.45pm and 11.15pm and we endeavour to vary these evening sessions, balancing between teams and pairs, with at least one Swiss style event during a two-week Bridge break. Bridge will also be offered some afternoons between 2.30pm and 4.45pm. These sessions are normally given over to open pairs/teams. During your Bridge holiday nothing is obligatory, and you can play in as many, or as few, Bridge sessions as you wish. We don’t forget you are on holiday and our Bridge programmes also allow time to relax and the opportunity for you to explore the surrounding area.

Full day guided excursion to Spinalonga, including boat trip, and stop at Agios Nikolaos.

Full day guided tour to Knossos Palace & Archaeological Musesum.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

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Overview

After breakfast we will depart for our return flight to London.

Includes Breakfast

Accommodation

You will stay for seven nights  at the 4-star Kernos Beach Hotel, overlooking its private, white sandy beach and extensive gardens.


Kernos Beach Hotel

The Kernos Beach Hotel is beautifully situated overlooking its private, white sandy beach and extensive gardens. This 4-star, low rise accommodation has 287 rooms and bungalows. We dine in the spacious restaurant with beautiful open terraces overlooking the ocean. Snacks can be taken in the beach front Tavernaki Snack Bar, and you can call in to the Greek Kaferion for a traditional Greek coffee or Ouzo.

Hotel Facilities

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General
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Bar
Room
  • TV
  • Fridge
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi
  • Ensuite Facilities
Service
  • Gym
Hotel
  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar
  • WiFi Available