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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 Nikolaos, 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.

*Entrance fees are included for Spinalonga and Knossos Palace, but the Archaeological Museum is an extra charge.
8 days from £1,195pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • 7 nights’ half-board accommodation at the 4-star Kernos Beach Hotel
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and bridge hosts
  • Welcome drink
  • Flights are included from London Gatwick airport and regional UK departure airports are available at a supplement. Airport transfers between Heraklion airport and hotel included
  • Guided excursion to Knossos Palace and Heraklion City
  • Guided excursion to the island of Spinalonga & Agios Nikolias
Chris and Linda Benneworth

Chris and Linda Benneworth

Linda and Chris have been married since 1971, having met while they were teaching at the same high school.

Following successful careers in education, they retired in the late nineties and started directing together, working at first in local and more recently in overseas congresses. They ran the North Eastern Bridge Association Congress for a number of years in Otterburn, Consett and Gateshead, an event with a deserved reputation for friendliness. Since 2019, they have worked as hosts and director at EBU overseas congresses in Athens, Sicily and Rome. They even play together occasionally to ensure there are full tables. Chris is an EBU national director who also teaches others the art of directing and Linda is a qualified county director.

They both believe that bridge is a great game which is meant to be enjoyed, and a holiday is the perfect way of doing that.


Fly from UK to Heraklion Airport, Crete, and transfer to our hotel if booked on our flight inclusive package.

If you have booked your own flights, make your own way to the hotel and meet us there.

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights


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 EBU-qualified director.

Your duplicate bridge will be available every evening between 7:45pm and 11:15pm. We endeavour to vary these evening sessions, balancing between teams and pairs and featuring at least one Swiss event during a two-week break.

Bridge will also be offered some afternoons between 2:30pm and 4:45pm. These sessions are normally given over to open pairs/teams. On UK holidays, bridge sessions may take place in the mornings instead of the afternoons, complimenting any included excursion programme.

Masterpoints are awarded on evening bridge sessions, and on day sessions with over 5 tables.

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, giving 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


If you have booked the flight inclusive package with us, we will transfer you to Heraklion airport for your return flight to UK.

If you have booked your own flights, you are free to make your own onward arrangements.

Includes Breakfast

Single Room Supplement from £360.00 (8 days).


You will stay for seven nights  at the 4-star Kernos Beach Hotel.

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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  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe Box
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fridge
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi
  • Ensuite Facilities
  • Gym
  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available