The 4-star Kernos Beach Hotel boasts a wonderful location, overlooking its long, white and secluded beach and the sparkling blue Sea of Crete on the north coast of the island on the edge of Stalis. Each evening, you will be treated to the most amazing sunsets. Sunseekers can relax in the beautiful, extensive gardens and choose between a swim in the huge freshwater outdoor pool, or a dip in the ocean. The surrounding area is flat with plenty of cafes, bars, shops, and tourist facilities within a short walking distance of your hotel.
Our first included tour takes us by boat to the famous island of Spinalonga, a barren rocky islet. Built and fortified by the Venetians, it is widely recognised for its established Leper Colony between 1903 and 1957. A must see for any Victoria Hislop readers! A beautiful drive along the blue shades of the Gulf of Mirabello leads us to the delightful harbourside town of Agios Nikolaos, one of the most picturesque towns in Crete, for a guided tour and free time to explore and shop.
Our second guided tour takes us to Knossos, the Minoan Palace which flourished for approximately two thousand years and is connected with thrilling myths and legends. It is said to be the location of the labyrinth of the Minotaur and the story of Daidalos and Ikaros. We continue to Heraklion city where you have free time to shop and explore the Cretan capital or you can join us for an optional guided tour of the Archaeological Museum (extra charges apply) which is one of the oldest and most important museums in Greece, and amongst the most famous in Europe. It represents artefacts from all periods of Cretan prehistory and history spanning over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to the Roman times, and prides itself for its unique Minoan collection.
Please Note: Flight-inclusive packages are available at an extra cost, with flights from London Luton and other regional UK departure airports and one piece of checked-in luggage included.
Fly from the UK to Heraklion Airport, Crete, and transfer to our hotel.
Alternatively, if you have made your own travel arrangements, we will meet you at the hotel.
Enjoy dinner and an evening session of 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.
Enjoy a full day guided excursion to Spinalonga, including boat trip and stop at Agios Nikolaos.
We also include a full-day guided tour to Knossos Palace, with the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum (extra charges apply).
Today we transfer to Heraklion Airport for our return flight to the UK.
If you have booked your own flights, you are free to make your own onward arrangements.
Single Room Supplement from £360.00 (8 days).
You will stay for seven nights at the 4-star Kernos Beach Hotel.
The Kernos Beach Hotel is beautifully situated overlooking its private, white sandy beach and extensive gardens. This 4-star, low rise accommodation has 287 rooms and bungalows. Dine in the spacious restaurant with its beautiful open terraces overlooking the ocean, enjoy snacks in the beachfront Tavernaki Snack Bar, or call in to the Greek Kaferion for a traditional Greek coffee or Ouzo!
Single Room Supplement from £360.00