Autumn Overseas Congress Turkey (Postponed until 2022)

5th – 11th October 2022, Side, Turkey

Unfortunately, the Turkey congress will be postponed to next October. 

First for Bridge will be in touch with all those booked for Turkey congress shortly.


The Overseas Congress in Autumn 2021, sponsored by First for Bridge will take place in the beautiful city of Side, on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey, close to Antalya. Bookings can be made via the First for Bridge website.

It will be held at the 5-star Sense De Luxe Hotel & Spa, a beach-side resort close to Antalya.

Two fantastic excursions are included. See here for more details and opportunities in the local area.

PCR tests will no longer be required from 15th April for entry into Turkey.

UK citizens no longer require a visa to enter Turkey for holidays.

To enter

Attendance at the congress is exclusive to delegates booking their accommodation with First for Bridge. For further details please see here. Members of other national bridge organisations are welcome.

Bridge fees should be paid to the EBU - but please book with First for Bridge first to ensure there is accommodation available.

Wednesday 5th October Morning - Afternoon Arrival from UK
8:00pm - 11:15pm Pre-Congress Pairs
Thursday 6th October 10:30am Welcome Meeting and Fire Drill
2:00pm - 5.15pm Swiss Pairs, Session 1 (3 matches)
8:00pm - 11:15pm Swiss Pairs, Session 2 (3 matches)
Friday 7th October 2:00pm - 5:15pm Swiss Pairs, Session 3 (4 matches)
10:00pm –11:30pm Late night bridge
Saturday 8th October 8:00am - 1:30pm Half day tour to Antalya
8:00pm - 11:15pm Pivot Teams
Sunday 9th October 2:00pm - 5:15pm Open Pairs
8:00pm - 11:15pm Ladies, mens & mixed pairs
Monday 10th October 8:30am - 1:00pm Half-day tour to Alanya
2:00pm - 5:15pm Swiss teams 1 (3 matches)
8:00pm - 11:15pm Swiss Teams 2 (3 matches)
Tuesday 11th October 2:00pm - 5:15pm Swiss teams 3 (4 matches) followed by reception and prize-giving.
Wednesday 12th October Departure to UK
Congress Bridge Fees £150 per player
Closing date for entries is

Master Points

The Swiss Pairs and the Swiss Teams are fully Green Pointed. Other events are Blue Pointed on the National Congress scale.

Venue and Tariff

It will be held at the 5-star Sense De Luxe Hotel & Spa, a beach-side resort close to Antalya.

Book before the end of March to take advantage of the special low deposit of £50 per person! You have nothing to lose by booking early as you will be guaranteed the best price and secure one of the limited number of sole occupancy rooms at a special low rate of £100 supplement per week.

Arena's flexible booking policy allows you to move your monies to another EBU Congress or Arena Travel Holiday. ABTA and ATOL protected.

Accommodation package

8 days/7 nights
All prices listed below are per person and exclude flights
Twin/double share: £739
Double room for sole use: £839
Deposit: £150

Extended stays also available:

It is possible to extend your autumn break in Turkey, if you would like a longer stay, or to take advantage of regional flights. First for Bridge have secured some additional rooms in the hotel to allow you to add up to seven additional nights before or after our holiday dates at the following prices:

Twin/double share: £79 per night
Double room for sole use: £89 per night
Private transfers: from £45 per vehicle, per journey

If you would like to book this offer, please contact First for Bridge on 01858 435646 who will check availability.

Flights are extra, please see below:


Regular low cost flights are available from Bristol, Liverpool, London (Gatwick & Luton) & Manchester to Antalya.

To book

Accommodation bookings should be made with First for Bridge via their website or 01858 435646

A deposit of £150 per person is required by First for Bridge to secure the booking. Or book before the end of March to take advantage of the low deposit of just £50.

Side, Turkey

See here for more details and opportunities in the local area.

If you are looking for a partner or team mates for this congress, please email

Please note: A standby pair will be available, so all pairs can be matched up for teams competitions.