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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 8 nights hotels / B&Bs
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$920USD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: BCO

Trip highlights


  • Discover the Korission Lagoon with its unique wildlife
  • Absorb the history, culture and incredible landscapes of the island
  • Experience the best sections of the Corfu Trail
  • Stay in seaside villages
  • Spend a day discovering the UNESCO World Heritage Centre: City of Corfu
  • Ascend Pantokrator mountain for views to Albania

Best known as a tourist destination, the Ionian island of Corfu is also home to a long distance walking trail - the Corfu Trail. This specially devised itinerary takes in the highlights of the Corfu trail, and combines it with the fascinating sights of this Greek island including its Venetian architecture, white beaches, clear blue waters and lush vegetation. Walking on Corfu means walking in a symphony of green and blue. You will find that on this lush, green mountainous island the spectacular blue sea is never out of sight. Half way through the trip you have a day off the high trails to wander through the old Town of Corfu with its glorious past, maze of streets lined with alfresco cafes and markets and its dazzling Byzantine buildings. Starting the walk along the wetlands of Lake Koryssion you will follow the yellow markings of the Corfu Trail then cross the island from the west to the east coast. A circular walk from Benitses will take you along the Benitses Aqueduct, a remarkable irrigation system from the 19th century. You will reach the summit of Agii Deka during a long walk following the Corfu Trail again. Finally, you head north and explore two walks in the northern section of the Corfu Trail: from Rekini across the Pantokrator until the finish at Agios Spyridonas. With evenings spent in coastal villages and towns, there are plenty of opportunities to swim in the sea and dine in local tavernas.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

After arrival on Corfu Airport you will be transferred to your hotel in the village Messonghi located on the east coast of Corfu, 19km south of Corfu town. Messonghi is a quiet former fishing village with a lovely sandy beach and relaxed atmosphere.

Meals:  Nil

A taxi takes you to the start of the walk on Issos Beach on the western side of Corfu near the Korission Lagoon. This lagoon may bring to mind scenes from the James Bond movie ‘For Your Eyes Only’. The coastal area is a haven for wildlife. You will see a lot of juniper as well. In the spring and autumn you may see many different species of birds, such as egrets and kingfishers. In the saltwater lake are terrapins (small turtles) as well. From the lake you head back to the east coast via Chlomatiana walking uphill along olive groves and vineyards. In Chlomatiana there is a lovely restaurant ‘Archontiko’ from which you have terrific views over the sea. There follows a pleasant descent through olive groves back to Messonghi. 16km/10mi, +175m/574ft, -180m/590ft

Meals:  B

From Messonghi take the public bus to the coastal town of Benitses for approximately 20 minutes. From here you ascend through a nice, shady forested area. You come across historic irrigation waterworks dating back to the 19th century and built by the British at that time. Through lush green olive groves you ascend to the village Agioi Deka where you can top up your water bottle with fresh spring water. Via rural country roads you descend to Pikantika and Achilleio, two picturesque villages. Later ascend to the lovely view point at the church of Agia Kyriaki. From here you descend steeply through dense forest to Benitses. You may relax in one of the numerous cafes in the old town square before taking the bus back to Messonghi. 15km/9.3mi, +-600m/1968ft

Meals:  B

We transfer you in the morning by taxi to Stroggili where you join the Corfu Trail. A pleasant footpath takes you onto the slopes of Agioi Deka, the second highest peak of Corfu (676m). You follow historic mule tracks past traditional mountain villages and a beautiful monastery. Once you reach Sinarades take a bus to Corfu Town. Your hotel is located in the old town of Corfu, a world heritage site. 17km/10mi, +785m/2575ft, -705m/2313ft

Meals:  B

A day in Corfu town gives you the opportunity to fully enjoy this historic city on foot. You will explore picturesque paths, colourful and charming alleys, admire the architecture seemingly influenced by the Venetians and you may visit the dominating 16th century fortress. There is a very interesting archaeological museum as well and dining possibilities are excellent.

Meals:  B

From your hotel in Corfu town you will be transferred to Rekini, where you begin your walk along the foot of the Pantokrator Mountains in Northern Corfu. Following the Corfu Trail once more, you walk through an area of Corfu that time seems to have forgotten. Quiet cobbled trails, sleepy villages like Sokraki are famous for its ginger beer. Rural Corfu at its very best! Those walking in spring will be spoilt by the display of orchids on the slopes of Mount Pantokrator. The walk ends in Spartyllas, where there are several café’s. Sipping a drink you may see the deep blue sea and Albania on the horizon. From Spartyllas a taxi will pick you up and take you to Barbati. 12km/7.45mi, +575m/1886ft, -220m/722ft

Meals:  B

Today’s finale takes you to the saddle of the Pantokrator for stunning views of the nearby Albanian mountains. You start at 350m altitude and ascend via old mule tracks and dirt roads to a high saddle. You will come across three mountain villages. Mengoulas is an abandoned village with ruined stone buildings. More interesting is the almost abandoned Byzantine village of Old Perithia, with 6 old churches and a couple of nice taverns. This is a good place to stop for lunch, before making the final descent to the coast. The track runs through a green valley and forest. The very last section along wetlands near the coast is quite spectacular. Your walk ends in Agios Spyridon on Corfu’s northern coast. This is also the very end of the Corfu Trail. From here you will be transferred back to Barbati. 21km/13mi, +400m/1312ft, -750m/2460ft

Meals:  B

After breakfast transfer to the airport and departure.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 7 nights in 2 to 4* hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes not included). Single rooms available on request - supplement applies
  • 7 breakfasts - breakfasts are usually continental style inclusive of breads, tomato, olives, feta cheese, yoghurt, tea, coffee & juices
  • Transfer on Day 1 from Corfu airport to your hotel in Messonghi and from Barbati to the airport on Day 8
  • Taxi to the trail head on Day 2, 4 and 6 and to Barbati at the end of your walk on Days 6 & 7
  • Luggage transfers between hotels - max 20kgs, 1 bag
  • Digital documents including Road book with maps, route direction, GPX and local information
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to and from Corfu
  • Lunches and dinners
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Guide - this is a self guided walking tour
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Entrance fees for museums and other sights of interest not stated as included
  • Hotel taxes (to be paid locally)
  • Local transfers by bus on Day 3 and to Corfu Town on Day 4
  • Items of a personal nature

Grading

moderate  

MODERATE - GRADE 3 The walking is graded moderate with 4 to 7 hours walking each day over hilly to steep terrain. There are numerous ups and downs in any hike on Corfu so your preparation should include climbing and descending steps. A reasonable level of fitness is required. As with all of our trips it is important that you are well prepared. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, stair walking and jogging, two to three times a week for three months prior to your departure.


Departure dates

Daily from 4 May to 25 Oct

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
Note:
Mid season 28 May to 17 Jun and 8 to 28 Sep, High season 18 Jun to 7 Sep, supplement applies
DN2
discounts apply for 3 or more people travelling together

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Priceper person from

$920USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single Supplement - low seasonUSD$290
  • Single Supplement - mid seasonUSD$370
  • Single Supplement - high seasonUSD$600
  • Solo traveller supplement- low seasonUSD$700
  • Solo traveller supplement- mid seasonUSD$770
  • Solo traveller supplement- high seasonUSD$1000
*Prices listed are per person

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