Play Bridge & Explore the Italian Riviera

Prices from £999


15 Mar 2020 - 22 Mar 2020
Duration: 7 nights half board incl. flights
Ref: 20026
With: James and Jane Tullett


Single Supplement: from £35 per week (limited)
Deposit: £250

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Prices from £999


If you’re looking for a relaxed holiday with duplicate bridge, our Play & Explore holidays are ideal. Less competitive than our club standard holidays and suitable for players of all levels, these tours combine a relaxed bridge programme with smaller group sizes and beautiful destinations. Our Play & Explore collection of holidays will include at least two excursions or an activity pass in the package, making them ideal for the explorer at heart.

Join James and Jane on our first Play Bridge & Explore holiday on the Italian Riviera. This relaxed bridge holiday is aimed at less competitive bridge players who are looking for a more basic bridge programme that offers duplicate bridge, pairs with Masterpoints, in the evenings, and a couple of morning seminars. Leaving you plenty of time to relax and enjoy your surroundings and the good company of your fellow bridge players on the included excursions. This small and friendly 4 star hotel in Diano Marina really is something special, and as well as enjoying a full bridge programme of classes and relaxed bridge sessions we INCLUDE two fabulous full day tours of the Italian and French Riviera’s.

You can expect a warm welcome at the Hotel Palace from its owners Elisabeth and Loris and their attentive staff. With just 48 rooms and an elegant restaurant and cosy bar with terraces immediately overlooking the coast , this classic and modern hotel is the perfect venue for a small bridge group to enjoy this delightful region of Italy. The location is idyllic - on the beachfront next to the old town, with a good selection of shops and weekly market, and sea front promenade. The hotel has excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, and has received a Certificate of Excellence.
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Diano Marina is a great base from which to explore this fascinating area full of quaint coastal towns and brimming in history, and colourful gardens with beautiful flowers. Walkers will enjoy the coastal walk to neighbouring Imperia, capital of the province, and worthy of a visit - don’t miss its Olive Museum. Walk in the opposite direction and you will come to the medieval village of Cervo with its winding cobbled streets, colourful houses and famous music school. Walk inland and discover hilltop Diano Castello. If you wish to explore further there is an excellent rail service along the Italian and French coast giving you unlimited access to villages and towns.

To enable you to see the very best of this beautiful region we have INCLUDED two full day tours in our package.

We spend a full day on the French Riviera. Our guided tour takes us to the Principality of Monaco & Monte Carlo, and starts at the Princes Palace and fortress, and cathedral hosting the graves of the Princes family. Leaving the Casino and Café de Paris behind we take the famous panoramic coastal road, the Grand Corniche to the hill top medieval village of Eze where we visit its perfume factory,

Our Must-see 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. We visit a famous wine producer to taste the excellent wines from Liguria before returning back to the hotel after a stop at picturesque San Remo.


20.00 - 22.30: Evening Bridge


10.00: Welcome/singles meeting
20.00 - 22.30: Evening Bridge


Excursion 1: Monaco/Monte Carlo
20.00 - 22.30: Evening Bridge


10.00: Seminar 1, Discarding / Trumping Losers
20.00 - 22.30: Evening Bridge


10.00: Seminar 2, Puppet Stayman over, 2NT Transfers / Stayman special scenarios
20.00 - 22.30: Evening Bridge


Excursion 2: Liguria
20.00 - 22.30: Evening Bridge


10.00: Seminar 3, Active / Passive defence
20.00 - 22.30: Evening Bridge



Afternoon Bridge will be offered on the days without excursions if enough guests wish to participate.


Twin/double share: £999
Single supplement in actual single room with town view: £35 per week (limited) *SOLD OUT*
Single supplement in double for sole use room with lateral sea view: £175 per week
Single supplement in double for sole use room with front sea view: £238 per week
Front sea view supplement in a double/twin room: £70 per room per week


  • Bridge programme with seminars and relaxed evening duplicate bridge session
  • Prizes
  • Organised group walks and activities outside the bridge room
  • Return flights with British Airways from Gatwick to Nice
  • 7 nights HB at the Hotel Palace, Diano Marina
  • Return transfers between Nice airport and Hotel Palace
  • Full day guided Excursion to must-see Liguria with wine tasting included
  • Full Day guided Excursion to Monte Carlo, Monaco and Eze, French Riviera
  • 7 course Ligurian candle lit dinner
  • The services of our bridge hosts
  • Free WIFI throughout


Lunches, drinks and meals other than those specified, travel insurance and any personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry etc.


15th March 2020
Depart Gatwick 08:10, Arrive Nice 11:05

22nd March 2020
Depart Nice 13:00, Arrive Gatwick 14:00

If you wish to make your own way and join us at the Hotel Palace please deduct £150. There are various flight options into Nice or Genoa airport and it is possible to go on by rail to Diano Marina.

Please note we are limited to 8 tables in the bridge room.

Hotel Palace, Diano Marina

This lovely 4 star family run hotel is perfectly located overlooking the sandy beach in Diano Marina, and close to the old town and seaside promenade. This small and friendly hotel has just 48 bedrooms and is lovingly looked after by its owners and friendly and welcoming staff. Enjoy stunning sea views form its restaurant and terraces accompanied by good food and wine.


  • Hotel Rooms
  • Balcony
  • 32 in satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Mini bar (payable)
  • Safe deposit box
  • Bathrobe & slippers
  • Free WIFI
  • Full bathroom with toiletries & hairdryer (mix of walk in showers and bath tubs with shower attachments)
  • Air conditioning / central heating


Buffet breakfast and evening meal is served in the elegant restaurant with views over the coast. Breakfast is continental style with a choice of cold dishes including delicious rolls and pastries, cereal, meats, cheeses, juices and meats of good quality.

Dinner is 4 courses and served to the table. On arrival night the meal is fixed and after the first evening there is a choice of menu. The hotel prides itself on its quality of food and service, and the meals offered to groups is the same as the food served to individual guests.

One evening we enjoy a 7 course, candle lit Ligurian Dinner.

The hotel has a very pleasant, cosy bar with outside terraces overlooking the sea. It also offers a sauna, Jacuzzi and rooftop terrace, and there is free use of the hotel bicycles.

Please note whilst all the bedrooms are accessed by lift there are some steps at the hotel entrance and a few steps from the reception to the lift itself. The roof top sun terrace is also accessed by outside stairs from the top floor. Therefore this holiday may not be suitable for wheelchair users who cannot manage some steps.