Day 1. Arrival in Corfu. Meet & Greet by the local representative. Transfer to the South of the island. Depending on your arrival time you might want to visit the largest village from south Corfu, Lefkimmi and its famous riverside tavernas or spend the day on the lovely beach. B&B in Santa Barbara.
Day 2. Santa Barbara - Paramonas (5-6 hours walking). "Warming-up-day". A day of almost level walking during which you follow the beach, passing Agios Gordis and the Bond film "For Your Eyes Only" beach. The route leads on through sand dunes covered with a forest of juniper and cedar trees. After crossing the footbridge, you reach Lake Korission, where you can spot a large variety of wild birds. From here the Trail continues to Paramonas, with its two seaside tavernas, a perfect spot to watch the sunset. B & B in Paramonas.
Day 3: Paramonas to Benitses (6 hours walking). Today you will cross the island from west to east! A sharp climb early in the walk will bring you to the other side of the ridge and the inland villages Ano and Kato Pavliana. Along footpaths and tracks you continues down through Vouniatades, crossing the Messongi River Valley and meandering through olive groves. After passing through Strongili, continue uphill along an old cobbled way to reach Komatiana and further to Benitses and the east coast of the island. B&B in Benitses.
Day 4. Benitses to Pelekas (6 hours walking). Transfer to Stavros. From here the Trail continues along a delightful footpath skirts Agii Deka (10 Saints) mountain (576 m) to Ano Garouna, from where the route makes a very sharp ascent to the summit of Agii Deka. After some 20 minutes of climbing, the abandoned monastery in a walled garden makes an ideal rest stop. The Trail than continues down a cobbled mule path to the village of Agii Deka and further along tracks and minor roads to Sinarades an almost open-air-museum-village and Aerostato, one of the islands' most famous viewpoints. Along several undulating tracks with great views over the west coast and inland today' route ends in Pelekas where one can enjoy a great sunset from the Kaisers Throne. B&B in Pelekas.
Day 5. Pelekas to Liapades.(6 - 6,5 hours walking). First a downhill road takes you to Mirtiotissa, Lawrence Durrell once called it 'the loveliest beach in the world'. It is known as Corfu' un-official nudist beach. The route continues past Mirtiotissa Monastery to the village of Vatos. Along Ropa river bank, bordered by pasture and willow trees, towards Giannades, the "Olive Way" will bring you to the ancient village of Liapades. B&B in Liapades.
Day 6: Liapades to Agios Georgios (5 hours walking) This part of the Trail starts with a difficult footpath leading to Paleokastritsa. Crossing the main resort road going back into the hills again along a network of lovely cobbled footpaths. A climb (about 1 hour) takes you to Lakones and Bella Vista with its unique breathtaking views. The 1km long, sometimes busy road continued by some paths through olive groves, bring you Krini. From here the Trail than follows one of Greece' most remarkable footpaths which cuts along a cliff, and another olive grove track descents to Agios Georgios-Pagi, a resort with a beautiful long beach. B& B in Agios Georgios.
Day 7. Spartillas to Ag. Spiridon. (7 hrs walking). Transfer to Spartillas where the Trail continues on a steep mountain footpath. A 45 minute climb brings you to Taxiarchis Chapel; a ruin with fresco-covered walls and splendid viewpoint. Continuing along the footpath, the Trail passes through a "tunnel" of oak trees, ascends to cross the "Karst Plateau", Corfu's wildest scenery, under the summit of Mount Pantokrator, the islands highest peak (917m). Descending now on a mountain track with fine views, you reach the high col of the mountain ridge, where both the northern and southern sections of Corfu are visible. You then descend to the semi-ruined Byzantine village Paleo Perithia, located in a high valley. Onwards, the Trail descends a narrow valley on a rough mule track and continues further down on paths and tracks to the coastal plain. You reach the sea at Almiros and follow the beach to the wild bare headland which is Corfu's northernmost point. From here a rough path along a low cliff takes you to the beach of Agios Spiridon. Here you can enjoy a swim and/or a meal or refreshments. At the time that suits you best you go by local bus or taxi (not included) to Kalami. In Kalami your accommodation will be a studio with kitchenette.
Kalami has some nice waterfront tavernas like the White House where Lawrence Durrell wrote his novel Prospero's Cell . Local mini markets provide a large range of products for those who prefer to prepare their own meals. Kalami Beach also was a setting for the James Bond film 'For Your Eyes Only.'
Day 8. Rest day in Kalami.
Day 9. The north east coast and mountain flanks. This is an almost circular walk which starts and finishes at Kalami, exploring the North west of the island. You quickly climb into the hills and then onto the high mountain flanks, through Porta and on to part-ruined Mengoulas. Then your descent begins, with wonderful sea views, through Katavolos and down to the sea at Kaminaki. You return to Kalami along the coastal footpath.
Dag 10: Transfer to the airport.
Included in the package:
- Six (6) nights in double or twin rooms, middle class hotels, taverna/pension rooms with private facilities, on bed & breakfast basis.
- Three (3) nights in Kalami room only (studio with kitchen facilities). All acommodation as near as possible to the start/finish of the daily route.
- Directions and maps of each day's walking route. GPS Tracks upon request.
- All transfers as per program.
- Luggage transfers to the next accommodation as per program.
- Local assistance.