The history of Gerald Durrell
A wonderful holiday walking in the footsteps of Gerald Durrell
Sail along the coastline
Take a boat trip on a traditional caique
Free time to explore
Spend time in the delightful Corfu Town
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
Arrive at Corfu Airport and transfer to the Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa Hotel.
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 on a pristine beach.
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 of St Georges for lunch at a waterfront taverna ( at own cost)
Choose from a range of lovely optional excursions and discover the beauty of the island
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. Our second part of the walk will be between secluded coves where a small boat will pick us up for an amazing cruise in the waters around Palekastritsa where we can stop for lunch (at own expense).
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 with a couple of tavernas for a swim and lunch (at own cost). We’ll then travel onwards, along a spectacular footpath, to the Bay and Lagoon of St. Spiridon.
Choose from a range of lovely optional excursions and discover the beauty of the island
It’s time to say “Ya Sou”! After transferring to the airport, we will board our flight home.
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 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.
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.
Early Booking Offer – Free Upgrade to Bay View Room (subject to availability)
Book by 15 February 2021 for April Departure
Book by 26 June 2021 for September Departure
Book by 24 July 2021 for October Departure
A full 10-year passport is required, valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.
A visa is not required by holders of passports endorsed “British Citizen” for stays of upto 90 days in any 180-day period.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa, a valid passport and any other travel documents for your holiday. All information provided relates to British citizens who hold or are entitled to apply for a British passport. For the most up-to-date visa information please visit; Greece Foreign Advice
If you are not a British citizen and do not hold a British passport, you must make your own enquiries as to the applicable requirements. Alternatively, you can apply for your Visa with our preferred partner the Travel Visa company by selecting the following link; Travel Visa Company
The transfer from Corfu Airport the Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa is approximately 40 minutes.
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
Length approx 11km Altitude: 100m ascent, 100m descent
Donkey Sea Trail
Length approx 11km Altitude: 50m ascent, 300m descent
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.
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:
There will be plenty for you to see and do during your own leisure time during the course of your holiday, 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. 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.
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 % add on.
|Month(s)||Highest temperature||Lowest temperature|
|January - February||14 °C||5 °C|
|March||16 °C||7 °C|
|April||19 °C||10 °C|
|May||23 °C||13 °C|
|June||28 °C||17 °C|
|July - August||31 °C||19 °C|
|September||28 °C||17 °C|
|October||23 °C||14 °C|
|November||19 °C||10 °C|
|December||15 °C||7 °C|
I was so nervous about embarking on my first Solos Holiday, but I shouldn’t have been – it was the best thing I have ever done!
Wow! Got to see the famous shipwreck beach in Zakynthos with Solos. Can’t wait to discover more of their destinations!
Our tour leader Monica was exceptional! Had such a good time and will be rebooking with Solos. Thanks for a great holiday!
Had the best time with Solos! Discovered beautiful destinations and met some lifelong friends.