South Coast Walks & Historical Sites
Bring intriguing coastal trails and history alive in South Hampshire
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.
Tour codes: 55800
Our range of Adagio leisurely walking holidays and sightseeing tours are designed at a slower pace than the average Ramblers Walking Holidays, perfect for those who would like to slow things down but keep active.
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 Boutrint.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
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.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
We fly into Corfu airport and make the short transfer by coach to the Hotel Cavalieri in the Venetian part of the Old Town. Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
6th May 2022 - 13th May 2022 (7 Nights)
13th May 2022 - 20th May 2022 (7 Nights)
16th Sep 2022 - 23rd Sep 2022 (7 Nights)
23rd Sep 2022 - 30th Sep 2022 (7 Nights)
8th Oct 2022 - 15th Oct 2022 (7 Nights)
We fly from London to Corfu and return. 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)
Below is 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.
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 dishes, and many interesting museums. There are banks, supermarkets, medical facilities and a tourist office.
Originally built for a nobleman in the 17th century, the Hotel Cavalieri is located in the heart of Venetian Corfu Town, overlooking the Ionian Sea. Once a meeting point for writers, actors and poets, the hotel retains its old style charm but with today’s modern facilities. 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. 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.
Hotel rooms are en-suite and facilities include: TV, safe box, hairdryer, a/c and mini fridge. Wi-fi is available in the public areas and in the rooms, free of charge.
The Hotel Cavalieri underwent refurbishment and renovation in early 2021. We are currently awaiting new photographs for our website.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting to your Holiday
We fly from London to Corfu and return. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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/
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
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.
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.
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.
It is a condition of booking with Adagio that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.
Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
Looking for travel insurance cover?
If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.
SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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