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Bridge on the Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria

Known as the green resort, Albena is surrounded by the famous Baltata Nature Reserve, covering 203 hectares along the valley of the Batovska River. It is carefully planned to create a harmonious creation of nature, with open space, green trees and parkland between hotels. It is an environmentally friendly resort where over 50% of the fruit, vegetables, and premium Black Angus and Galloway meat offered in the hotels and restaurants are Albena’s own production, and the hotels only use hydrothermal mineral water in their swimming pools which has exceptional health benefits.

The highlight of Albena is its quiet, 5-star beach. Awarded a Blue Flag for its cleanliness, the wide, sandy beach is the perfect place to sunbathe. The hotel offers complimentary sunbeds and umbrella to guests on the beach, all distanced well apart, so you can simply relax and enjoy your space between bathing in the crystal-clear waters. A seafront promenade runs alongside the beach offering a selection of eateries, bars and tourist shops and facilities.

With its fantastic location, superb dining and a huge range of facilities, as well as a spacious, elegant bridge room and wonderful piano bar, our excellent 5-star hotel is the perfect place for a very enjoyable holiday!

8 days from £950pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Varna with 1 piece of checked-in luggage. Manchester and Liverpool are available at a supplement
  • 7 or 14 nights half-board accommodation
  • Return airport transfers from Varna Airport
  • Services of an EBU-qualified director and friendly hosts
  • Varied bridge programme with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • 2 weekly morning seminars
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursions and visits as described in the itinerary
  • Coach travel for excursions
Experts
Colin Simcox

Colin Simcox

Colin Simcox is an EBU Panel Director who can be seen at many events, especially across the West Country and Wales. He was fortunate to learn bridge whilst at school, now some 40 years ago. Colin has been playing regularly ever since and has represented Somerset in the Tollemache Cup on many occasions, as well as the Corwen Trophy and Pachabo. A former Space Planning manager, he is now retired and enjoys travelling to warmer climates with his wife Marilyn in their trusty motorhome.

Anne Wright

Anne Wright

Anne is a new First for Bridge Host who works alongside our directors with the aim of ensuring that everyone enjoys their bridge holiday. Anne is friendly and approachable and enjoys her bridge; playing in several competitions near her home in Leicestershire.

Anne is a qualified bridge director and she looks forward to welcoming bridge players of all standards.

Ro Kaye

Ro Kaye

Ro enjoys playing bridge at her local club, Cheltenham. She has been chairman there and run the Congress Committee for several years too. She is actively involved in EBEDD as child protection officer and loves participating in the local youth teaching scheme as well as being one of the organisers of the Junior Spring Camp.

Hosting First for Bridge holidays ensures that she gets to know lots of guests and loves meeting up with them again at new venues.

Itinerary

Please choose your preferred 8 or 15 day itinerary

Your Bridge Programme

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.

Flight from London Gatwick to Varna.

Includes Dinner

Alongside your bridge programme, we include one excursion.

For the 10th September departure date, we include a visit to Varna.

Varna (Friday 13 Sept)

Embark on an enriching half-day journey with us, as we depart from Albena Resort after breakfast and set out on a captivating exploration of Varna, the largest Bulgarian city nestled along the enchanting shores of the Black Sea. Renowned for its historical significance as a thriving port town, Varna boasts a unique blend of ancient charm and modern vitality.

Our first stop is the Cathedral of the Assumption, a symbol of spiritual grandeur and architectural marvel. Our journey continues to the renowned Archaeological Museum, home to the world's oldest processed gold treasure – the legendary Varna Necropolis, dated 4600-4200 BCE. Marvel at this testament to ancient craftsmanship and gain insight into the rich cultural heritage that spans millennia. Strolling along the vibrant pedestrian zone, you'll find yourself immersed in the bustling atmosphere of Varna. Experience the city's pulse as you pass by charming cafés, inviting shops, and enticing restaurants, offering a taste of the local culinary delights.

As we reach the promenade alley that hugs the coastline, allow yourself to be captivated by the breathtaking vistas of the Black Sea.

Enjoy some free time at leisure near the beach or the sea garden, before we return to our hotel around 2:30pm with some free time to relax before dinner and evening bridge.

For the 17th September departure date, we include visits to Cape Kaliakra and the Palace of Balchik.

Cape Kaliakra and the Palace of Balchik (Friday 20 Sept)

We set out after a leisurely breakfast to explore the northern Black Sea shore. Our first stop for the day is Cape Kaliakra. A picturesque and historically significant headland, the cape located some 28 miles from Albena. Known for its stunning natural beauty, cultural heritage, and dramatic cliff formations, Cape Kaliakra is characterised by its tall limestone cliffs that rise up to 70 metres above sea level. These cliffs offer breathtaking panoramic views of the Black Sea and the surrounding landscape. The cape also has a rich history dating back thousands of years. It was inhabited by various civilizations, including the Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, and Bulgarians. The cape's strategic location made it a significant defensive outpost throughout history.

We will visit the remains of the ancient fortifications as well as the remains of the Kaliakra Fortress. Our next stop for the day is the Palace of Balchik, an enchanting historical site located in the town of Balchik. It is renowned for its unique architecture and the exquisite botanical garden that surrounds it. The palace was built in the early 20th century during the rule of Queen Marie of Romania. It showcases an intriguing blend of architectural styles, including Balkan, Oriental, and Mediterranean influences. Queen Marie fell in love with the region and established the palace as her summer residence. She was deeply involved in the development of the palace and its surrounding gardens, which were transformed into a captivating haven of greenery.

One of the main highlights of the Palace of Balchik is its stunning botanical garden, home to an impressive array of exotic plants, trees, and shrubs. Wander through a variety of themed gardens, including a cactus garden, rose garden, and water garden.

After the visit and some free time, we return to our hotel mid-afternoon to relax before dinner and evening bridge.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Bridge Cape Kaliakra Palace of Balchik Varna

Transfer for your return flight to London Gatwick. Regional airports are available at a supplement.

Includes Breakfast

Your Bridge Programme

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.

Fly from London Gatwick to Varna Airport. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy dinner.

Includes Dinner

Alongside your bridge programme, we enjoy two included excursions.

Varna (Friday 13 Sept)

Embark on an enriching half-day journey with us, as we depart from Albena Resort after breakfast and set out on a captivating exploration of Varna, the largest Bulgarian city nestled along the enchanting shores of the Black Sea. Renowned for its historical significance as a thriving port town, Varna boasts a unique blend of ancient charm and modern vitality.

Our first stop is the Cathedral of the Assumption, a symbol of spiritual grandeur and architectural marvel. Our journey continues to the renowned Archaeological Museum, home to the world's oldest processed gold treasure – the legendary Varna Necropolis, dated 4600-4200 BCE. Marvel at this testament to ancient craftsmanship and gain insight into the rich cultural heritage that spans millennia. Strolling along the vibrant pedestrian zone, you'll find yourself immersed in the bustling atmosphere of Varna. Experience the city's pulse as you pass by charming cafés, inviting shops, and enticing restaurants, offering a taste of the local culinary delights.

As we reach the promenade alley that hugs the coastline, allow yourself to be captivated by the breathtaking vistas of the Black Sea.

Enjoy some free time at leisure near the beach or the sea garden, before we return to our hotel around 2:30pm with some free time to relax before dinner and evening bridge.

Cape Kaliakra and the Palace of Balchik (Friday 20 Sept)

We set out after a leisurely breakfast to explore the northern Black Sea shore. Our first stop for the day is Cape Kaliakra. A picturesque and historically significant headland, the cape located some 28 miles from Albena. Known for its stunning natural beauty, cultural heritage, and dramatic cliff formations, Cape Kaliakra is characterised by its tall limestone cliffs that rise up to 70 metres above sea level. These cliffs offer breathtaking panoramic views of the Black Sea and the surrounding landscape. The cape also has a rich history dating back thousands of years. It was inhabited by various civilizations, including the Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, and Bulgarians. The cape's strategic location made it a significant defensive outpost throughout history.

We will visit the remains of the ancient fortifications as well as the remains of the Kaliakra Fortress. Our next stop for the day is the Palace of Balchik, an enchanting historical site located in the town of Balchik. It is renowned for its unique architecture and the exquisite botanical garden that surrounds it. The palace was built in the early 20th century during the rule of Queen Marie of Romania. It showcases an intriguing blend of architectural styles, including Balkan, Oriental, and Mediterranean influences. Queen Marie fell in love with the region and established the palace as her summer residence. She was deeply involved in the development of the palace and its surrounding gardens, which were transformed into a captivating haven of greenery.

One of the main highlights of the Palace of Balchik is its stunning botanical garden, home to an impressive array of exotic plants, trees, and shrubs. Wander through a variety of themed gardens, including a cactus garden, rose garden, and water garden.

After the visit and some free time, we return to our hotel mid-afternoon to relax before dinner and evening bridge.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Bridge Cape Kaliakra Palace of Balchik Varna

Transfer for your return flight to London Gatwick. Regional airports are available at a supplement.

Includes Breakfast

Single Room Supplement from £230.00 (15 days), £120.00 (8 days).

Accommodation

You will stay for seven or fourteen nights on half-board basis at the 5-star Flamingo Grand Hotel & Spa.

Sea View Rooms are available on the 15-day holiday at a supplement.  The spacious, high-floor rooms offer sea views overlooking the palm tree-lined pool.

Flamingo Grand Hotel & Spa

The 5-star Flamingo Grand Hotel & Spa is a very highly rated hotel, centrally located in the resort of Albena. It boasts excellent facilities including two outdoor pools, an indoor pool and spa, plus complimentary sunbeds and umbrella on the beautiful, sandy Blue Flag beach. The buffet dining is superb with a wide choice of local and international dishes of a high quality.

Hotel Facilities

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General
  • 5 Star
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pool (Seasonal)
  • Sauna or Steam Room
Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Safe Box
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fridge
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi
  • Iron or Trouser Press
  • Balcony
Service
  • Bureau de Change
  • Room Service Available
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Laundry Service
  • Gym
Hotel
  • Bureau de Change
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available