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Bridge, Lido di Jesolo & Venice

Join us at the luxurious 4-star Hotel Principe Palace, a vintage Italian-style hotel featuring a mix of old-world charm and a modern feel. It is perfectly located right on Piazza Mazzini, in the centre of Lido di Jesolo. Sit on the hotel terraces in its elegant Café Principe, drink an Italian coffee and simply people watch!

This family-run hotel is one of the very original hotels in Lido di Jesolo, and has been beautifully developed over the years. The family and staff pride themselves on giving excellent customer service, which is why guests are so keen to return here! Of course, the fabulous sun terrace on the fifth floor, with its large swimming pool and hot tubs and panoramic views, is also a deciding factor! Why not treat yourself to an upgraded deluxe room in this charming hotel? Beach lovers can indulge themselves on the 15km sandy beach, which is just a couple of minutes' walk from the hotel, set on the edge of Venice Lagoon.

The highlight of our stay is our included guided excursion into the iconic City of Venice. Nothing is more spectacular than arriving at the very heart of this incredible city from the water – make sure you have your camera ready to capture that special moment!

Your Tour Includes

  • 7 nights half-board accommodation
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 2 morning seminars
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions
Experts
Mark Hooper

Mark Hooper

Mark is a bridge Premier Life Master, having played competitively for over 30 years. After retiring from a career in IT, Mark has been able to indulge his passion for bridge. While allowing time to play more bridge, he also threw himself in to other aspects such as bridge directing and teaching.

He is an EBU-qualified tournament director, and an EBU-accredited bridge teacher, teaching beginners at his local bridge club. Mark continues to play lots of bridge at a high level, having represented Dorset in major competitions such as the Tollemache, the Corwen and the Pachabo. He can be seen at most of the major bridge congresses across the South of England.

Hilary and David Powell

Hilary and David Powell

First for Bridge hosts Hilary and David Powell are looking forward to making your bridge holiday restful and enjoyable.

They are both retired IT professionals and have done a variety of voluntary jobs since their retirement. They now play bridge regularly at several local bridge clubs and in county competitions. David has represented Kent on several occasions in the annual Metropolitan Cup. Both are on the committee of Bromley North Bridge Club and Hilary is currently Club Chair. David is a qualified club director and bridge teacher and Hilary is an experienced scorer. 

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Itinerary

Please Note: Flight-inclusive packages are available at an extra cost, with flights from London Gatwick and other regional UK departure airports and one piece of checked-in luggage included.

Today we fly from the UK to Venice Marco Polo and transfer to our hotel. Enjoy dinner and a welcome drink followed by evening bridge.

Alternatively, if you have made your own travel arrangements, we will meet you at the hotel.

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Bridge

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.

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.

Venice (Day 4)

Today we enjoy a full-day excursion to Venice, a city built on a network of canals. We take a short coach journey to Ponte Sabbioni and join the ferry directly into the heart of Venice, experiencing the incredible views of the city from the water as we enter.

We start our guided tour at St Mark’s Square under the imposing Bell Tower, and we pass the impressive Doges Palace, a symbol of the golden age of Serenissima. There is no Venice without bridges, and in particular the Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal. In 1953, it replaced the very old wooden pontoon bridge that allowed passage to the Fish Market. We also view the Bridge of Sighs, the most iconic bridge in the city. Just a few steps from St Mark's Square, it connects the Doges Palace with the old prisons.

Afterwards you have time to lose yourself in the shopping streets and discover the sestieri (quarters) and their craft shops. Whether you are a fashion addict; a lover of 'Made in Italy'; a collector of curious objects; or an enthusiast for the coloured Venetian glass – you can indulge yourself in shops full of lace, clothes, fabrics, glass and books. Make time to sit by the Grand Canal or in St Mark's Square, and relax with a traditional Venetian Bellini and a view of this fine city.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Venice Bridge

We depart the hotel after breakfast for our transfer to Venice Marco Polo and return flight to the UK.

Alternatively, if you have made your own travel arrangements, you will check out of the hotel and make your own way home.

Includes Breakfast

Accommodation

You will stay for seven nights at the 4-star Hotel Principe Palace on a half-board basis.