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Monday
18 November
9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
19 November
9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday
20 November
9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday
21 November
9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday
22 November
9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday
23 November
9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday
24 November
10:00am - 4:00pm
Durrell Trails   Greg Page

Join us as we follow in the footsteps of Gerald and Lawrence Durrell on beautiful Corfu. The scenery varies dramatically and we include four guided walks in different areas of the island.

Grade: Easy to Medium

Walk With Solos

Why Go?

  • A wonderful holiday walking in the footsteps of Gerald Durrell
  • Take a boat trip on a traditional caique
  • Enjoy stunning views of Mount Pantokrator
  • A range of lovely optional excursions on offer to discover the beauty of the island on non walking days

Donkey Sea Trail

Beginning in the medieval village of Giannades we head over undulating trails with rapidly changing scenery to hidden Liapades. Here time stands still with tall Venetian manor houses and narrow cobbled lanes.  This will be followed by a boat trip along the west coast to Paleokastritsa where we can stop for lunch (at own expense).

Durrell Trail

Cruise by a traditional Caique  before beginning our coastal walk along The Durrell Trail, below Mount Pantokrator, one of the most beautiful parts of the island. Through ageless olive groves to Agni Beach and Kouloura, we continue the path around bare headland with fascinating views to Albania. Entering the natural habitat Erimiti, stop for a picnic with drinks on a pristine beach.

Roman Trail

Transfer to what Lawrence Durrell called ‘the most beautiful view in Europe’, with fabulous vistas over Paleokastritsa and to the Byzantine Castle of the Angels. We follow a Roman footpath through olive groves to a medieval village before meandering down to a beautiful sandy beach.

The Smugglers’ Route

From Old Perithia - a semi-ruined Byzantine village located in a high valley - we start climbing and descending mule tracks and footpaths, through an oak forest gorge, to the olive groves and on to the sea where we may fancy a swim. We stop at a taverna for lunch (own cost). We’ll then travel onwards, along a spectacular footpath, to the Bay and Lagoon of St. Spiridon.

Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa

The Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa is located in a beautiful spot with breathtaking views over the Ionian Sea towards Corfu Town. There is a sandy beach and plenty of watersports such as water-skiing and paragliding or if you prefer something a little more laid back, take the opportunity to feel thoroughly pampered, refreshed and revitalised with a treatment of two in the excellent spa (extra charge, book in resort). This hotel really will provide a fantastic base for your week.

More to Explore

There is plenty to do and see on the days you are not walking. You may like to visit Corfu Town to take in the sights of St Spiridon Church,  The British Cemetery and Mon Repos Estate and Palace. If you like being on the water then you could join a sailing trip to Albania and visit the ancient site of Butrint. Alternatively take a cruise over to Parga and Sivota.

Added Value

  • Early Booking Offer - Free Upgrade to Bay View Room (subject to availability)
  • Book by 15 February 2020 for April Departure
  • Book by 26 June 2020 for September Departure
  • Book by 24 July 2020 for October Departure

Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa★★★★★

Located on a sandy beach, with breathtaking views over the Ionian Sea, this property offers a wide variety of activities such as watersports, tennis, volleyball, mountain biking, a gym and sports entertainment programme plus the largest Spa in Corfu (treatments payable locally). 

Facilities include

Facilities include an indoor and outdoor pool, 3 restaurants including the A la Carte Asterias restaurant for fine dining and the Marina Outdoor food court, ideal for lunch. There are 2 bars, plus there is a complimentary shuttle bus which runs once a day into Corfu Town. WIFI is available throughout.

Rooms Include 

Our tastefully furnished rooms are located either in the main building or in bungalows with air-conditioning, satellite TV, a telephone, minibar, Wi-Fi, safe, hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers, toiletries and beach towels. On arrival there will also be a complimentary bottle of wine and mineral water for you in your room.

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Jan, Feb, Mar 10°C,
Apr 14°C, May 19°C,
Jun 22°C, Jul, Aug 26°C,
Sep 23°C, Oct 18°C,
Nov, Dec 13°C

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What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • 4 guided walks
  • Accompanying Solo's Tour Leader
  • Solos Board:
    Breakfast & dinner plus 1 picnic lunch
  • Bottle of wine & mineral water on arrival

What’s extra:

  • Accommodation Tax - €4 per night, payable locally
  • Sea view room supplement
  • Insurance see here

Optional Excursions:

  • Optional Excursions*
  • Sailing trip to Albania
  • Explore historic Corfu Town
  • Cruise to Parga & Savota
    * Subject to availability

Please note:

  • You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.

 

Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer from Corfu Airport the Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa is approximately 40 minutes.

Walking programme
Four guided walks are included in the programme. Your walking guide will advise you in resort of the daily programme. The walking programme is graded as Easy to Medium and you can expect to walk between 11 to 14km per day, with some ascents/descents, rough underfoot terrain and high altitudes involved.

Below are the distances for each walk, however please bear in mind these are approximate and subject to change due to local conditions

Durrell Trail
Length approx 11km Altitude: 100m ascent, 100m descent

Donkey Sea Trail
Length approx 11km Altitude: 50m ascent, 300m descent

Roman Trail
Length approx 12km Altitude: 100m ascent, 400m descent

The Smugglers Route
Length approx 14km Altitude: 450m descent

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking. You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort. The weather, even in summer, can be unpredictable. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
  • Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
  • Walking socks – several pairs
  • Lightweight fleece or jumper
  • Hat & gloves
  • Daysack/rucksack for walking
  • Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
  • Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
  • Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
  • Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses – the sun’s strength is often multiplied in mountainous areas.

More to Explore
There will be plenty for you to see and do during your own leisure time during the course of your holiday, full details of which will be given out at your Information Meeting by your Tour Leader. Please note that prices shown may vary according to numbers. Full details will be given at your Information Meeting. All tours must be paid for in euros only. Your Tour Leader will help arrange these for you and explain where you will need to go but may not necessarily accompany you.

Currency

Euro

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €15.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate Ͽo add on.

Temperature (Average Daily Maximum ºC)
May 23 ºC, Oct 23ºC

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Choose an overseas holiday with confidence.  All holidays include flights and transfers in resort and are fully ATOL protected.

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
27 Apr 2020 04 May 2020 7 All Ages £ 1379 BOOK
25 Sep 2020 02 Oct 2020 7 All Ages £ 1449 BOOK
09 Oct 2020 16 Oct 2020 7 All Ages £ 1379 BOOK

What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • 4 guided walks
  • Accompanying Solo's Tour Leader
  • Solos Board:
    Breakfast & dinner plus 1 picnic lunch
  • Bottle of wine & mineral water on arrival

What’s extra:

  • Accommodation Tax - €4 per night, payable locally
  • Sea view room supplement
  • Insurance see here

Optional Excursions:

  • Optional Excursions*
  • Sailing trip to Albania
  • Explore historic Corfu Town
  • Cruise to Parga & Savota
    * Subject to availability

Please note:

  • You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.

 

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