Past Tours

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2017 "Just Relax" at White Stallion Ranch - 7 DAYS
May 3 to 9, 2017

Join Fred Theurkauf and bridge lecturer & expert beyond equal Larry Cohen in the foothills of the rugged Tucson Mountains at delightful White Stallion Ranch. With the hospitality of the old Wild West, this riding & longhorn dude ranch is the...

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2016 Spain & Portugal - 15 DAYS
October 1 to 15, 2016

2016 Spain & Portugal

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2016 Mississippi Cruisin' on the American Queen - 14 DAYS
April 2 to 15, 2016



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2015 Montana Just Relax Week - 8 DAYS
September 14 to 21, 2015

Join Fred Theurkauf, bridge superstar Jerry Helms, plus alumni and friends in pine, fir, and aspen forests just south of Glacier National Park at elegant and rustic Flathead Lake Lodge. This meticulously kept ranch - resort - conference center is...

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2015 Pathways of South America - 19 DAYS
April 16 to May 4, 2015

This 19-day land bridge playing holiday to Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru is Sold-Out !!

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2014 New York Just Relax Week - 8 DAYS
September 13 to 20, 2014

Join Fred Theurkauf along with bridge superstar Larry Cohen and his charming wife Maria, in New York’s Hudson Valley at elegant Mohonk Mountain House Resort & Spa. This meticulously kept, Old World hotel has hosted kings, presidents, prime...

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2014 Nordic Bridge Holiday - 20 DAYS
June 19 to July 8, 2014

. . NORWAY . SWEDEN . DENMARK. . plus . ICELAND . . . . . Join Fred Theurkauf, on June 19, 2014 for our sixth sightseeing and bridge-playing holiday to the Viking homelands. This wonderful tour of Scandinavia begins with eight...

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2013 Australia-New Zealand - 21 DAYS
October 28 to November 17, 2013

On October 28, 2013, join Fred Theurkauf on our 8th sightseeing and bridge-playing holiday to the lands of kiwi, koala and kangaroo. We'll fly AIR NEW ZEALAND to the land "Down Under," heading first to New Zealand for a visit to both the...

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2013 "Just Relax" at White Stallion Ranch - 8 DAYS
May 5 to 12, 2013

Join Fred Theurkauf, alumni and friends in the foothills of the rugged Tucson Mountains at delightful White Stallion Ranch. With the hospitality of the old American West, this riding & longhorn dude ranch is surprisingly the perfect location...

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2012 Canadian Rockies by Rail - 12 DAYS
August 17 to 28, 2012

CALGARY BANFF JASPER LAKE LOUISE VANCOUVER VICTORIA . . Truly a Finesse West Classic, this will be our 16th bridge vacation to the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. On tour, in an area that is the perfect blend of beautiful...

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2012 Ukraine, Georgia & Armenia - 29 DAYS
May 2 to 30, 2012



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2011 Montana Just Relax Week - 8 DAYS
September 4 to 11, 2011

Join Fred Theurkauf along with bridge superstar Larry Cohen and his charming wife Maria in pine, fir, and aspen forests just south of Glacier National Park at elegant and rustic Flathead Lake Lodge. This meticulously kept ranch, resort, and...

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2011 Canyons & Deserts of the Southwestern United States - 15 DAYS
May 29 to June 12, 2011

Grand Canyon Nat'l Park Santa Fe • Taos Durango & Silverton Rail Bryce & Zion Nat'l Parks Monument Valley Colorado River Float Trip Sedona . . If the thought of marveling at Monument Valley, floating down the Colorado River into the Grand...

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2010 California Dreamin' - 13 DAYS
September 10 to 22, 2010

CALIFORNIA. DREAMIN’ 2010. On September 10, 2010, FRED THEURKAUF, the president of Finesse West Tours, invites you to join him, on a spectacular, sightseeing and bridge playing holiday to the most famous scenic (not urban) regions of the great state...

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2010 Egypt-Jordan-Syria • Land of the Pharaohs & 1001 Arabian Nights - 25 DAYS
April 12 to May 6, 2010

Egypt - Land of the Pharaohs. . Sinai & the Kingdom of Jordan. . Syria & 1001 Arabian Nights. . 9 Days - 18 Day or 25 Days • . . If the thought of marveling at the Pyramids in Giza, or rounding the Siq and seeing the Treasury at Petra,...

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2009 New England & Quebec Province Fall Foliage Bridge Holiday - 15 DAYS
September 24 to October 8, 2009

On September 24, 2009, join Fred Theurkauf on a 15-day Fall Foliage sightseeing and bridge-playing holiday through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, French Canada’s Quebec Province and Maine. We’ll retrace our revolutionary history on Paul Revere’s...

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2009 Montana Just Relax Week - 7 DAYS
June 5 to 11, 2009

Join Fred Theurkauf, alumni and friends in pine, fir, and aspen forests just south of Glacier National Park at elegant and rustic Flathead Lake Lodge. This meticulously kept ranch - resort - conference center is one the best kept secrets in Montana’s Big...

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2008 Croatia, Slovenia & the Dalmatian Coast - 16 DAYS
September 23 to October 8, 2008

Join Fred for a 6-night cruise from Venice, on the M.S. Andrea, down the Dalmatian Coast followed by a 9-night land adventure through Croatia and Slovenia. Bridge with the locals in Dubrovnik, Opatija, Ljubljana, and Zagreb as well as with our own...

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2008 Canadian Rockies by Rail - 12 DAYS
August 6 to 17, 2008

CALGARY BANFF JASPER LAKE LOUISE VANCOUVER VICTORIA . . Truly a Finesse West Classic, this will be our 15th bridge vacation to the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. On tour, in an area that is the perfect blend of beautiful and...

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2007 Canyons and Deserts of the Southwest - 14 DAYS
September 21 to October 4, 2007

Grand Canyon Nat'l Park • Santa Fe • Taos • Bryce & Zion Nat'l Parks • The Painted Desert • Colorado River Float Trip • Oak Creek Canyon • Sedona • . . If the thought of marveling at Monument Valley, chowin' down at an old fashioned...

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2007 Italian Bridge Holiday - 22 DAYS
April 24 to May 15, 2007

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2006 China Expedition - 20 DAYS
September 30 to October 19, 2006



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2005 Cruising the Blue Danube - 15 DAYS
September 14 to 28, 2005

. . . . . . . . . . . BUDAPEST TO THE BLACK SEA. 3 Nites in Budapest 7 Nites Cruising the Blue Danube 3 Nites in Bucharest . . You’re invited to join Fred Theurkauf on September 14, 2005, for a 15-day sightseeing holiday in the heart of the...

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2005 Canadian Rockies by Rail - 13 DAYS
August 16 to 28, 2005

CALGARY BANFF JASPER LAKE LOUISE VANCOUVER VICTORIA . . Truly a Finesse West Classic, this will be our 14th bridge vacation to the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. On tour, in an area that is the perfect blend of beautiful and...

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2005 African Safari III - 23 DAYS
May 29 to June 20, 2005

Zimbabwe * Botswana * Kenya * South Africa . You are personally invited to join Fred Theurkauf “on safari,” beginning May 29th, 2005 for 23 spectacular days in Southern and Eastern Africa. This third Finesse West grand safari will pair the best of...

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2005 "Just Relax" Week at the Alisal - 6 DAYS
April 10 to 15, 2005

Join Fred Theurkauf, international bridge star Eddie Kantar, Finesse West Alumni and friends for five fun-filled days & nights this April in Santa Barbara County’s secluded Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort. Rich in tradition and history, the Alisal has...

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2004 Pathways of South America - 18 DAYS
October 21 to November 7, 2004

Experience the best of Brazil, Argentina and Chile on a fun-filled sightseeing adventure and bridge-playing holiday hosted by Fred Theurkauf. Departing on October 21st, you’ll enjoy an 18-day panoramic tour highlighting the best of South America...

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2004 Niagara Falls & the Great Lakes - 10 DAYS
August 9 to 18, 2004

2 Nights in Niagara Falls. 7 Nights Cruising Lakes Erie & Huron. . You're invited to join Fred Theurkauf on August 9, 2004, for a relaxing 10-day sightseeing and cruising bridge holiday to Niagara Falls and the Great Lakes. We'll begin with two...

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2004 Nordic Bridge Holiday - 18 DAYS
July 1 to 18, 2004

On July 1, 2004, join Fred Theurkauf for our fifth sightseeing and bridge-playing holiday to the Viking homelands. This wonderful tour of Scandinavia begins with seven nights in Norway, continues with four nights in Denmark and finishes with six nights...

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2004 Australia-New Zealand - 20 DAYS
April 12 to May 1, 2004

On April 12, 2004, join Fred Theurkauf on our 7th sightseeing and bridge-playing holiday to the lands of kiwi, koala and kangaroo. We'll fly QANTAS Airlines to the land "Down Under," heading first to New Zealand for a visit to both the North & South...

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2003 Fall Foliage Steamboatin' thru the Heartland of America - 12 DAYS
October 18 to 29, 2003

Cruising the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. Kentucky & Tennessee. Enjoy a lazy bridge vacation through the heartland of America with two nights in Cincinnati, six nights steamboatin’ on the Mississippi Queen and three nights in Nashville as autumn’s...

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2003 Waterways of the Czars & Estonia - 18 DAYS
September 12 to 29, 2003

You’re invited to join Fred Theurkauf, on September 13, 2003 for a fascinating bridge holiday to Russia & Estonia. This exciting journey begins with a relaxing 10-night first-class river cruise through the heart of Russia, land of czars...

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2003 Canadian Rockies by Rail - 13 DAYS
August 19 to 31, 2003

BANFF JASPER LAKE LOUISE. . Truly a Finesse West Classic, this will be our 13th bridge vacation to the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. On tour, in an area that is the perfect blend of beautiful and breathtaking natural scenery, we'll...

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2003 Alaska Adventure & Cruise - 15 DAYS
June 15 to 29, 2003

Our bridge holiday to the Great Land of the north combines seven nights on land from Fairbanks to the Kenai Peninsula with seven nights cruising the beautiful glacier-lined shores of Alaska’s Inside Passage. It all begins in Fairbanks with two nights in...

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2003 France-In Depth - 27 DAYS
May 4 to 30, 2003

You’re invited to join Fred Theurkauf on a first class, 19-day sightseeing bridge holiday in the heart of France. Prepare to enjoy the history of powerful European royalty, the splendors of Romanesque architecture, the landscape that inspired...

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2002 Waterways of Northern California + Yosemite & Lake Tahoe Ext. - 9 DAYS
October 12 to 20, 2002

You're invited to join Fred Theurkauf on October 12, 2002 for a bridge playing, sightseeing and cruising holiday on the Waterways of Northern California. We'll spend five nights cruising in casual luxury on the M/V Yorktown Clipper in San Francisco Bay...

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2002 An Irish Bridge Holiday + Northern Ireland Extension - 18 DAYS
August 11 to 28, 2002

Join bridge director and high-spirited tour guide, Fred Theurkauf, on August 11th, 2002 as we journey on a first-class, comprehensive, 17-day sightseeing and bridge-playing tour through the land of leprechauns and lucky charms. Our tour begins in the...

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2002 Charms of the Chesapeake - 14 DAYS
May 22 to June 4, 2002

You’re invited to join Fred Theurkauf, on May 22, 2002, as we embark on an American history adventure and bridge holiday touring the Chesapeake Bay area. Our new itinerary includes three nights in Richmond, Virginia, two nights in colonial...

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2002 Northern India & Nepal - 23 DAYS
February 8 to March 2, 2002

Join Fred Theurkauf on February 7, 2002 as we journey in style on a first-class sightseeing and bridge-playing tour to Northern India and Nepal with a stay in Singapore. You’ll be entranced by the elaborate beauty, culture, religion and wild...

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2001 Southern England + London Theatre Extension - 17 DAYS
August 28 to September 13, 2001

Join us on a classic 17-day tour through Southern England, the “Land of Heritage,” with just a touch of Wales. Our leisurely meanderings through the beautiful English countryside will include stately historic homes, beachside resorts, ancient...

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2001 Canadian Rockies - 13 DAYS
June 12 to 24, 2001

Banff - Jasper - Lake Louise. Truly a Finesse West Classic, this will be our 12th tour of Alberta and British Columbia provinces. A perfect blend of beautiful and breathtaking natural scenery, we'll see deer, elk, bighorn sheep, bear and, if we're really...

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2001 Canyons and Deserts of the Southwest - 13 DAYS
April 18 to 30, 2001

If the thought of marveling at Monument Valley, chowin' down at an old fashion "Western" Ho-Down, peering with awe into the Grand Canyon, or riding the Durango & Silverton Rail brings a sparkle to your eye, this may be the perfect vacation for you. With...

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2000 Just Relax Week - The Cloister - 6 DAYS
November 4 to 9, 2000

By popular demand, Finesse West Alumni and friends have requested a return to the elegant and relaxing resort, "The Cloister" on Sea Island for "Just Relax" Week 2000. "The Cloister" is a stately "Ole South" resort with a style rarely found today. It is...

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2000 Maritime Provinces - 15 DAYS
September 8 to 22, 2000

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island. The Maritime Provinces provide colonial settlements, quaint fishing villages, ancient Indian camps, picturesque coves, dramatic rocky coastlines, rolling green hills, and cities with friendly people....

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2000 Holland, Belgium & Luxembourg - 16 DAYS
August 13 to 28, 2000

Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg. This is a spectacular sightseeing and bridge-playing holiday through the legendary countryside once known as Flanders (Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg). While exploring these tiny countries, we'll enjoy charming squares,...

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2000 Canadian Rockies - 13 DAYS
July 18 to 30, 2000

Banff - Jasper - Lake Louise. Truly a Finesse West Classic, this will be our 11th tour of the Alberta and British Columbia provinces. A perfect blend of beautiful and breathtaking natural scenery, we'll see deer, elk, bighorn sheep, bear and, if we're...

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2000 Tanzania, Botswana & Zimbabwe - 21 DAYS
June 5 to 25, 2000

Zimbabwe, Botswana and Tanzania. From standing at the brink of Victoria Falls on the raging Zambezi River to experiencing the migration of millions of animals on the great Serengeti, this will be the safari of a lifetime. While trekking through Africa's...

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