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Play Bridge & Explore the Italian & French Rivieras

Join us on this Play and Explore bridge holiday on the Italian Riviera. You can expect a warm welcome at the Hotel Palace from owners Elisabeth and Loris and their attentive staff.  With just 48 rooms this classic hotel is really something special. Diano Marina is a great base from which to explore this fascinating region, full of quaint coastal towns, colourful gardens and beautiful flowers. Walkers can enjoy a coastal walk to neighbouring Imperia, capital of the province – don’t miss its Olive Museum. The medieval village of Cervo with its winding cobbled streets, colourful houses and famous music school is also worthy of a visit, as well as the hilltop Diano Castello. **Included tours** Our full day tour of Liguria takes us to Dolceacqua, one of the prettiest villages of Liguria. Spend time in this historic centre and be enchanted by the Doria Castle and Roman Bridge before our local wine tasting. We stop off in San Remo on return. Our full day tour to the French Riviera starts at the Prince’s Palace in the Principality of Monaco & Monte Carlo. Then, leaving the Casino and the Café de Paris behind we take the famous panoramic coastal road, the Grande Corniche, to the hilltop medieval village of Eze, where we visit its perfume factory.

Your Tour Includes

  • 7 nights’ accommodation at the boutique Hotel Palace on a half board basis
  • 7 course Ligurian candlelit dinner
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of our EBU qualified bridge director
  • Flights included from London Gatwick and Manchester. Please note flight supplements will now apply to both departure airports and will be advised at time of booking.
James and Jane Tullett

James and Jane Tullett

James has been playing bridge for over 30 years and is regularly picked for his county. He also enjoys playing in congresses around the country (when his less competitive wife Jane lets him!) James has run his own furnishing business for over 30 years from his base in Norfolk and recently, with his good friend and fellow First for Bridge host, John Barker, has established the Norfolk Bridge Academy. Between them, they have over 100 pupils learning to play and enjoying the wonderful game of bridge.

Jane has worked as a manager for over 12 years at her local university and then the NHS. She brings her organisational and interpersonal skills to the forefront to make an excellent hosting team with her husband James.

Jane and James have travelled extensively in recent years to explore exotic parts of the world, such as Peru, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. They both enjoy meeting new people, with the emphasis on fun and laughter, which may possibly include a drink or two.

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Please choose your preferred 8 day itinerary

Meet us at the airport where we will fly from London to Nice.

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Italian and French Rivera

Play and Explore holidays are suited to intermediate players who wish to learn new skills, and regular players looking for a relaxed holiday with bridge.

Our bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break, and, in addition to playing bridge, our host will aim to include interactive bridge seminars.

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 playing relaxed and friendly bridge.

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 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.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights


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

Includes Breakfast


You will stay for seven nights in the 4-star, family-run Hotel Palace. Located overlooking the sandy beach in Diano Marina.