Bridge and the Italian & French Rivieras

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15 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
Duration: 10 nights half board incl. flights
Ref: 20077
With: Mark Hooper


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The boutique style Hotel Palace really is something special, and you can expect a very warm welcome from its owners Elisabeth and Loris and their attentive staff. The location is idyllic - on the beachfront, yet with the old town with its selection of shops, cafes and restaurants and weekly market and sea front promenade on its doorstep. We will take over the hotel for our bridge holiday and accommodate up to 15 tables in the bridge room.

Diano Marina is a great base from which to explore this fascinating area full of quaint coastal towns. Walkers are spoilt for choice with coastal walks to Imperia with its Olive Museum and medieval Cervo with its winding cobbled streets, colourful houses and famous music school. Walk inland and you’ll discover the hilltop village of 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 hilltop medieval village of Exe 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 to the hotel after a stop at picturesque San Remo.


During your duplicate bridge holidays nothing is obligatory, you can play in as many or as few bridge sessions as you wish. Our bridge programmes will vary according to the length of your break and in addition to playing bridge, we will always endeavour to provide a minimum of two bridge seminars for breaks of 7 days or more.

All of our bridge holidays include bridge seminars with handouts in addition to a varied and interesting duplicate bridge programme. We use duplimated boards every evening to ensure fairness and consistency. Bridge hand records are provided, as well as bridge partners if needed.

Your duplicate bridge will usually be available twice daily, at 2.30pm and 7.45pm. The afternoon sessions usually finish between 4.45pm and 5pm, the evenings between 10.45pm - 11.15pm. The afternoons are normally given over to open pairs/teams. We endeavour to vary the evening sessions, with a balance between teams and pairs, with at least one Swiss style event during a two-week bridge break.

During all evening sessions, we utilise a duplimate machine, which means we are able to produce hand record sheets at the end of the session and when we have two or more sections, both can play the same hands. On our UK duplicate bridge breaks, provided numbers allow, we usually will lay on an "Early Bird" afternoon session on the day of arrival.

We don’t forget you are on holiday, our bridge programmes allow time for relaxation plus giving you plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area and relax.

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DEPARTS 15 OCT 2020 – 10 NIGHTS FROM £1349

Twin/double share room: £1349 per person
Deposit: £250 per person

Room Supplements

Single room: £5 per night
Single room with sea view: £10 per night
Double room for sole use with town view: £20 per night
Double room for sole use with side sea view: £25 per night
Double room for sole use with front sea view: £32 per night
Twin/double share room with side sea view: £4 per person, per night
Twin/double share room with front sea view: £7 per person, per night


  • Full bridge programme directed by Mark Hooper and hosted by David & Gill Gold, with seminars and varied bridge sessions
  • Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Return flights from London to Nice (Manchester and Bristol available at a supplement)
  • Airport transfers from Nice airport on our arrival and departure dates
  • 10 nights in 4* accommodation on a half board basis
  • 7 course Ligurian candle-lit dinner
  • Welcome cocktail

Plus the following excursions:

  • Full day excursion to Must see Liguria
  • Full day excursion to Monte Carlo, Monaco and Eze, French Riviera


Flights and transfers included:
Travelling from London to Nice. Flights from Manchester and Bristol available at a supplement.

Transfers are included from Nice airport on our specific arrival and departure dates. The transfer takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

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.


  • Balcony
  • 32-inch satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Mini bar (payable)
  • Safe deposit box
  • Bathrobe & slippers
  • Free WIFI
  • Full bathroom with toiletries & hairdryer
  • 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.

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.