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An Ionian Jewel

Corfu offers rich rewards, with its stunning natural landscape and its multi-cultural heritage, historic buildings and monuments. The old town of Corfu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Venetian buildings, secluded squares and narrow cobbled streets.

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  • Greece

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • May

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  • Guided Adagio Holidays

Tour codes: 55800

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Guided Adagio Holidays

This holiday includes an active sightseeing programme with unchallenging walks, either city tours or strolls on relatively easy terrain in the surrounding countryside. If in a mountainous area, the walks will be amongst the hills rather than up and down them. Local guides, winery visits, traditional villages and time to pause and watch the locals going about their lives are likely to feature.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Guided walking tour of Corfu Town and visit to Mon Repos Palace
  • Excursion by ferry to Albania to visit Butrint with lunch
  • Following parts of the Corfu Trail, inspired by the Durrells
  • Winery visit at the end of a walk
  • Visit to Kalami villafe after a walk, once Lawrence Durrell's home

Corfu,the largest of Greece’s Ionian Islands, offers visitors rich rewards, not only with its picturesque natural landscape but also its multi-cultural heritage, historic buildings and monuments. The preserved old town of Corfu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you’ll find majestic Venetian buildings, secluded squares and narrow cobbled streets.

Away from the coast, the island’s interior has an undiscovered feel with countryside trails, small villages and wooded hillsides. Visitors, particularly in spring, will be astounded at the green landscape, enhanced by the yellow and purple flowers of the eastern Mediterranean shrubs. The Durrells made their home here and their love for the island inspired many literary works and the Corfu Trail, a path that winds its way across the island. Corfu is a lovely corner of Greece!

Albania is a just a ferry ride away, and we take a day to visit the fabulous, but little known, world heritage site of Butrint.

  • Flights from London Heathrow to Corfu with British Airways
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Dinners taken at a mix of the hotel restuarant and local tavernas
  • Excursion to Albania
  • All local transport, entrance fees and tipping to local providers
  • Thre lunches
  • Wine tasting and mezze
  • Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary Tips
  • Optional Excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice. All local transport costs, entrance fees and tipping to local providers are included in the cost of your holiday. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Corfu Town

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly into Corfu airport and make the short transfer by coach to the Acardian Hotel, in the Venetian part of the Old Town. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant.

Day 2

Corfu Town

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We discover Corfu Town today with our local guide, seeing the magnificent buildings, shaded squares and lovely waterfront. Mon Repos Palace situated on the outskirts of Corfu Town was the birthplace of Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Phillip and is now a museum. The stately building is situated in acres of delightful woodlands, which we will have ample time to explore

Day 3

Corfu Town

Meals

Breakfast, Snack & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we cross the island towards the west coast, arriving at the traditional village of Vatos. In the morning we walk southwards from the village, partly along the Corfu Trail, traversing a hillside bedecked with olive trees.  We can then continue walking along the Ropa Valley track,   visiting a renowned vineyard in time for wine tasting and a meze snack.  (The walk totals approx. 5km with 140 m ascent and descent – possible partial opt-outs.)    If time permits we may also be able to visit Paleokastritza with its monastery in the afternoon.

Day 4

Corfu Town

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Taking the ferry today, we journey by boat to Albania. Our guided visit includes the archaeological site of Butrint and free time in the town of Saranda. Lunch is included today.

Day 5

Corfu Town

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

A beautiful, unspoiled coast path from the picturesque harbour of Kouloura to the Sarakinatika headland stopping at shingle beaches during the walk. 3km, gentle undulation, approx. 2 hours. There is the option to extend the path if you wish. We stop for lunch at the White House restaurant in Kalami, once Lawrence Durrell’s home.

Day 6

Corfu Town

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The small wooded island of Vidos lies just off the coast of Corfu Town, with easy forest paths, secluded beaches and the Kerkyra Bird and Wildlife sanctuary. Subject to seasonal opening times, we may visit iconic Pontikonissi island instead. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore on your own.

Day 7

Corfu Town

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

The Durrells, once famous residents of the island, inspired the Corfu Trail. We’ll follow a section of the trail today on gentle tracks and mule paths that are away from the coast with an undiscovered feel. Our walk today takes us through olive groves, between villages, with some lovely views and includes lunch at a local taverna. 6kms, 100m ascent/descent, approx. 2.5 hours. If you prefer not to walk, you can explore the villages and folk museum. Returning to Corfu Town, we’ll visit Achilleion Palace, built by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, and now a museum.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Our morning is at leisure before we depart the hotel, making the short journey to the airport by coach.

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th May 2021 - 14th May 2021 (7 Nights)

14th May 2021 - 21st May 2021 (7 Nights)

17th Sep 2021 - 24th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)

24th Sep 2021 - 1st Oct 2021 (7 Nights)

9th Oct 2021 - 16th Oct 2021 (7 Nights)

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is a summary of the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Arcadian Hotel

Corfu town is said to be “Venice and Naples, a touch of France and more than a dash of England, apart of course from being Greek”. The town is a maze of narrow streets dominated by the 16th century fortress. Around every corner can you can find a chapel, old mansion or secret garden square. You’ll find a myriad of shops selling everything from high fashion to locally produced honey and cakes, wonderful cafes and restaurants with traditional menus through to contemporary offerings, and many interesting museums. There are banks, supermarkets, medical facilities and a tourist office.

From 2021 we will stay at the three-star Arcadian Hotel has a total of 32 rooms and  sits in the heart of Corfu Town , overlooking Spianada square, the town's main meeting point. All rooms are comfortable with modern facilities including climate control, complimentary wi-fi, TV, hairdryer, safety deposit box and mini bar. Our rooms offer views over the old town with its tall and narrow streets. A traditional "Corfiot" breakfast is served each morning in the breakfast room; the lounge area offers a comfortable stop to relax or read and the roof top wine bar offers wonderful views over the square and to the famed fortress.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

All Adagio holidays are expertly designed to allow you to immerse yourself in the destination. Leisurely exploration of the must-see, as well as lesser known, highlights together with relaxed enjoyment of local food and wines is what we have in mind. 

There may be days of sightseeing on foot around a spectacular city or unchallenging strolls on easy terrain in open countryside interspersed with winery visits, guided tours, boat trips, cafe stops and traditional restaurants. 

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Country Currency

The currency in Greece is the euro. ATMs and banks are widely available in the larger towns and villages. Most establishments accept credit/debit cards. You may wish to take some euro in cash with you for the first day or so until you locate a bank.

Tipping

We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers.  If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.

Your Group

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Your Leader

An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights.  They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people.  They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.

Local Guides

Visiting historical sites, churches or museums are much more rewarding with a local guide. They give an insight to the local culture, language and traditions and can bring a destination alive. Many of our Adagio holidays include a knowledgeable English speaking guide on at least one of the days. Please refer to your daily itinerary to see where a guide is included.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

We fly from London Heathrow to Corfu and return with British Airways. The flight takes approx. 3 hours 45 minutes. We include transfers from Corfu airport to the Hotel Cavalieri and return. The transfer time is about 20 minutes. During the week we’ll travel on foot and by private coach, local buses, boat, and taxis (as appropriate)

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

We’ll enjoy breakfasts at the hotel and plan to have dinner at the roof top restaurant one evening. Other dinners will be taken at local tavernas and restaurants. Lunch is included on three days and we have a tasting with mezze at a winery, following a walk. Lunches on other days are not included in the holiday arrangements but a picnic can be bought from a local supermarket or our day may include a stop at a local taverna.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

We recommend you bring the following items with you:

  • Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers. 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
  • A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
  • Sun cream. 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
  • A water bottle.  (see Water-to-Go below)
  • A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
  • A simple basic first aid kit.
  • A daypack to hold all the above.
  • Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Greece

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Maps & Guidebooks

The DK Eyewitness Guide to Corfu and the Ionian Islands offers lots of in-depth information about the area.

My Family and Other Animals and the Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell give a great insight to the island, history, tradition and people. The Real Corfu website is packed full of information on the area – history, gastronomy, beaches, walking - www.realcorfu.com

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Country Health

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Greece

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Please make sure you are insured for guided walking. It is important that you bring your travel insurance documents with you on holiday, including your policy number and 24-hour assistance telephone number.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. 

In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

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Greece

  • Capital

    Athens

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Greek

  • Time Difference

    UTC +03:00

  • Flight duration

    4hrs from UK

Electricity

230 V

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • March

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • April

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 43mm

  • May

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • June

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 15mm

  • July

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 10mm

  • August

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 11mm

  • September

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • October

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 94mm

  • December

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 106mm

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