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Corfu Trail and Vikos Gorge

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Corfu Trail and Vikos Gorge

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Corfu Trail and Vikos Gorge
Rating
Average rating:   5,  1 reviews
Country
Greece
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
May - June, September - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Asprokavos
Day 2: Santa Barbara
Day 3: Paramonas
Day 4: Benitses
Day 5: Kapesovo
Day 6: Dilofo
Day 7: Vikos
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Corfu Trail and Vikos Gorge

Our Corfu Trail and Vikos Gorge moderate walking holiday in Greece combines the most picturesque sections of the Corfu Trail southern leg with a breathtaking walk through the Vikos Gorge, the world’s deepest Canyon and experiencing the enchanting 18th century stone villages and bridges of Zagori. In Corfu you will walk along ancient footpaths and winding trails above the coast, between olives and cypresses, and take in the amazing seascapes. Them move to Pindos to enjoy one of the most beautiful areas in Zagori. Retreat every evening in elegant hand picked stone mansions in the villages along route.

Highlights:

  • Santa Barbara/ Marathia Beach
  • Issos Dunes and Lake
  • Heritage olive groves
  • Corfu west coast at Paramonas
  • Benitses
  • Vikos Gorge
  • Stone Bridges and Villages of Zagori


Itinerary for Corfu Trail and Vikos Gorge

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Day 1: Arrival. Asprokavos, Optional Circular Walk

Arrive at Corfu Airport and enjoy our complimentary transfer to your hotel at Asprokavos (22 km / 30 minutes). Meet our representative who will brief you on the walks and give you the maps and the documentation needed for your trip. If arriving in the morning, afternoon optional loop walk Asprokavos-Spartera-Asprokavos. The shortest walk of the Corfu trail leads you to the southernmost tip of Corfu, where you will find the ruins of a monastery. You will continue through a forest to reach the sandy beach of Arkoudilas, where you will walk by the southern shore of the island to the northern end of the beach from where you walk up to the village of Spartera and back along the road to Asprokavos.

Day 2: Asprokavos to Santa Barbara

Crossing the island to the East through olive groves and fields you reach Lefkimmi. Here, your path takes you through the old neighbourhoods and historic city centre of the town with its many churches. Leaving Lefkimmi you will descend into the green valley of the Gardeno River. The last section of today´s walk leads you up again, so you will have splendid views of both the east and west coast of the island, before you descend to the west coast to reach the beach at Santa Barbara.

Day 3: Santa Barbara to Paramonas, walking through the Issos Natura 2000 Habitat

Today´s walk leads you along the west coast of Corfu, up through sand dunes and along the shore of Corfu´s biggest saltwater lagoon, Korission. Later you will leave the coastline and continue your walk through deserted ancient olive groves, until descending to the small fishing village of Paramonas.
  • Accommodation: Varangouli Apartments
  • Walking for the day: 20 km, 6 hours, ↑150m

Day 4: Paramonas to Benitses

Breakfast at Sunset tavern on the beach of Paramonas. As soon as you leave Paramonas you will walk up on paths through olive groves. Once you reach the top, the views over the coastline are amazing. On the descent you pass through small villages (Ano Pavliana, Kato Pavliana, and Vouniatades) to continue your walk through a heathland valley. After the village of Strongili your way climbs again to reach today´s highest point at Dafnata, from where you have beautiful views. Afterwards, you descend on the road to Coyevinas from where a forest trail takes you down to the coast at Benitses, where you will find many options to have a delicious goodbye dinner.

Day 5: Zagori. Optional Walk Kapesovo – Skala Vradetou – Beloi – Kapesovo

Today you are transferring from Corfu to Zagori.  We will arrange a private transfer for you from Benitses to the port, then take the ferry to Igoumenitsa. Transfer to Ioannina by local bus or taxi (3 hours). Kapesovo is easily reachable from the city of Ioannina (30-40 minutes by public transport or we can organise a private transfer; we can also book extra nights in Ioannina for you). Check-in and meet with our Zagori representative who will brief you on the walks. If you arrive early you can do today’s optional walk by ascending the cobbled stone path – Scala Vradetou – to Vradetou village. From there hike to the breathtaking Beloi viewpoint and walk back to Vradetou for a coffee break or refreshment and then take the path downhill back to Kapesovo.

  • Accommodation: a 3-star quality guesthouse in Kapesovo
  • Walking for the day: 12 km, 4-5h ↑600m

Day 6: Kapesovo – Kipi – Dilofo – Vitsa – Koukouli – Kapesovo

Todays’ circular walk will take you through several picturesque stone villages to the traditional village of Koukouli and its beautiful square for a short break. From there through a forest walk back down to Kapesovo.

  • Accommodation: a 3-star quality guesthouse in Kapesovo
  • Walking for the day: 17 km, 7h ↑700m

Day 7: The Vikos Gorge: Kapesovo to Vikos

The main course of your holiday: a picturesque walk in the heart of the impressive VIkos Gorge, covering almost its entire length from Kapesovo to Vikos.

  • Accommodation: a 3-star quality guesthouse
  • Walking for the day:  14 km, 6h ↑350m ↓450m

Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel

Morning optional private transfer to Ioannina or you can use public transport. We can also book extra nights for you in the beautiful city of Ioannina.

Hotels for Corfu Trail and Vikos Gorge

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Accommodation is in hand-picked studio apartments or small family operated hotels in Corfu and 3-star quality guesthouses (stone mansions) in the mountains of Pindos. Some of the places in Corfu are quite simple, but clean and all have private en-suite rooms.

We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Sample hotels: Mediterranean Blue AparthotelBenitses Arches Hotel, Perfect 10 Taverna’s studio apartments, Villa Zagori, Megalo Papigo, Ioannina (not included, can be booked as an extension), Kapesovo

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available on route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. You can have dinner at your hotel or at restaurants and taverns in the village.

Travel for Corfu Trail and Vikos Gorge

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Recommended arrival airport: Corfu.

Our recommended departure airports are Thessalonica, Preveza or Corfu which are well connected to the major UK and European airports. Ioannina is also well connected to other airports in Greece by internal flights.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking. 

Transfers to/from Airports

Day 1- From Corfu Airport

A complimentary private transfer from Corfu Airport to your hotel in Asprokavos is included in the holiday package.

Day 8 – From Vikos hotel to Thessaloniki Airport

Our recommendation is to book a private transfer with us from your last hotel to Ioannina, as it is less expensive than taxi services. From Ioannina continue by public transport to your departure airport, or book an extra night in Ioannina.

  • Advised earliest flight departure time: 16:00
  • Take taxi (or book a private transfer) from the hotel to Ioannina bus station (30 minutes)
  • Take a bus to Thessaloniki (3.5 hours)
  • From Thessaloniki bus station take a taxi to Thessaloniki Airport (45 minutes)


Private Transfers

On Day 5, a private transfer can be arranged from Ioannina to Kapesovo. On departure day, private transfer can be arranged from Kapesovo to Ioannina. Cost is £60 per car per transfer, up to 4 people.

Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfer on walking days is included and your bags will be transferred by your current hotel (or by private transfer) to your next hotel.

Country Info

Timezone: GMT +2

Language: Greek. In big cities, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. Road signs/markers are normally in both Greek and Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50Hz, two-pin round plugs.

Currency: Euro (€). We strongly advise taking adequate cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are not available outside of Ioannina but credit/debit card payments are accepted in most places.

Cost of living: in Greece is cheaper than in the UK. Some sample prices follow:

  • A 3-course meal in a standard restaurant: 12€
  • A litre of mineral water from a street shop: 1€
  • A cup of coffee: 2.5€

Up-to-date travel advice on Greece is available here.

Detailed up-to-date travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Corfu Trail and Vikos Gorge

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

This holiday is suitable for walkers of good fitness. All days include walks of a moderate grade, the most strenuous being Days 4 and 7.  Average daily walking distance is 18 km per day, while daily elevation gain is up to 700 m (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

Terrain is varying from steep rocky footpaths to cobbled paths roads. Routes are well signposted. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our local 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available between May and June and between September and October. Weather in July and August is too hot for walking, especially in Corfu.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking

Weather

Corfu has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate. The climate in Zagori is Mediterranean continental with an average of 100 days of sunshine in the May-September period. It is influenced by the mountain range of Pindos and spring and autumn are pleasant with cool nights and occasional rain. Depending on location and altitude, temperatures vary, but generally, in the May-September period, the daily averages are 15 –25C. High summer daytime temperatures are rarely too hot as even though temperatures can occasionally reach 30C. Summer nights are quite cool and pleasant.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Corfu Trail and Vikos Gorge

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  • Detailed holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions, route notes and maps
  • 7 nights in quality small hotels or guesthouses (private rooms with en-suite facilities)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days
  • All car transfers on walking days where necessary
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local representative based in the area

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  •  Where solo travellers or individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable as costs are not shared. Please check cost of supplement for your preferred dates using the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above (seasonal pricing).
  • This trip is NOT available for solo travellers.

Excluded

  • Flights and departure airport transfers
  • Connecting transfer on Day 6 between Corfu Port and Kapesovo
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Extensions and Optional Extras

  • One extra night in Ioannina after Day 4 or after the holiday
  • Private transfers from/to Ioannina on Day 5 or Day 8 (£60 per car per transfer, up to 4 persons)

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by John Sinclair on Corfu Trail and Vikos Gorge

A great holiday consisting of two quite different halves. The Corfu trail seascapes were astonishing, while Zagori was enchanting with its old bridges, stone houses and friendly locals. The Vikos Gorge itself was a highlight. Very friendly and personal service by the TNAC local teams - both Anna and Paris were great. Do not go in July or August however - spring or autumn would be great, but it is just too hot in summer, especially in Corfu.


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