Finesse West Tours was conceived in February of 1987 by Fred
Theurkauf. Prior to a bridge cruise, Theurkauf visited local bridge
administrators in Sydney, Australia and his two favorite topics came up for
discussion (namely travel and bridge). As the Australian bridge officials discussed different
methods to promote bridge travel to Australia, Fred thought of the idea of leading bridge playing
groups on sightseeing tours, where they would be hosted by
local bridge clubs in the cities on the itinerary. With that, the original idea
was born, and the rest is history.
Fred Theurkauf on tour - Taj Mahal -
India & Nepal Bridge Holiday, March 2002
Since the development of our first bridge tour in April of 1988 through the end of 2016, Finesse West Tours has led bridge players on 106 tours visiting 73 countries, 38 states in the U.S.A. and six Canadian provinces. Aside from
the United States of America, our travelers come from the countries of Canada,
Bermuda, England, Switzerland and Australia. Our touring priorities, IN ORDER, have always been:
- Taking fun people on first class sightseeing holidays to great destinations.
- Enjoying the gracious hospitality of local bridge players while sharing a
meal and a social event with them in the wonderful destinations we visit.
- Playing some fun, social duplicate with our bridge hosts.
guides will provide
you with the bridge
holiday of a lifetime.
We're very proud of our excellent reputation. Over ninety percent of our bridge holiday participants are repeat clients. In fact our records, through year-end 2016, show
over 140 Finesse West Alumni who have joined in excess of nine
Finesse West tours. Referrals from our clients are invaluable, and our "Alumni" list is
constantly growing. Plus, our contacts with the World Bridge Federation, the American Contract Bridge League, and the multitude of global
bridge associations assist us in making arrangements with local clubs for social
evenings of dinner and bridge. Our fine reputation precedes us everywhere. And the local clubs are invariably excited about
our arrival and offer us a warm reception.
Fred Theurkauf, an inveterate traveler, escorts each and every
bridge holiday. A former pump engineering company owner, he retired
in the early 80's to enjoy globetrotting full-time both on his own as well
as for Royal Viking Cruise Lines as a bridge
director and lecturer. Fred's enthusiasm, thoroughness and bridge knowledge ensure that our clients enjoy their touring with us.
Additionally, Fred makes a special effort to hold Finesse West's tours per year down to a number where he can still lead all of the
tours himself. Finesse West Tours’ office is located in Redlands, California, USA near Los Angeles.