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Greek Island Hopping: Corfu and Paxos Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Walk the highlights of the Corfu Trail through the forgotten green interior
  • Discovering Corfu Town with its Italianate architecture, Byzantine churches, cosy market and cobbled streets
  • Relaxing in the idyllic surrounds of tranquil Paxos
  • Everything you imagine a Greek Island to be
  • Simply wonderful walking in the South of Corfu around Korission Lagoon and the North on Mount Pantokrator, Corfu’s highest peak
  • Charming mix of hotels in great locations

Enjoy an island hopping adventure in the Ionian Sea. Walk the quiet trails of rural Corfu, explore the tranquil island idyll of Paxos and wander the narrow streets of Corfu town.

Walking on the Greek Islands of Corfu and Paxos means walking in a symphony of green and blue. As you walk on almost forgotten trails between sleepy mountain villages you will discover lush green mountainous islands where the azure blue sea is almost never out of sight. This self-guided walking holiday takes in the highlights of the Corfu Trail, coastal walks along the azure shores of Paxos and , gentle wanders through Corfu Town.

Your holiday begins in Corfu in the small former fishing town of Messonghi. Your beach front hotel is the perfect jumping off point for a splendid walk along the Korission Lagoon, which teems with wildlife, and back across the green interior southern Corfu. You then head north through the rural interior along the Corfu Trail to the Old Town of Corfu.

The UNESCO world heritage Old Town of Corfu alludes to its glorious past at every corner. A heady maze of streets lined with alfresco cafes, colourful markets, Byzantine churches, fortified castles and venetian architecture will dazzle you.

The ferry to the small island of Paxos heralds a change of pace. Deserted white sandy beaches, ancient olive groves, vast vineyards, pretty harbours and rugged coasts are just a few of the reasons Paxos is one of our favourite Greek Islands.

You then head back to northern Corfu where you enjoy two fabulous days of walking around the dramatic Pantokrator massif. This is rural Greece at its best; cobbled mule tracks, ancient olive groves, almost deserted villages, delicious local food and an authentic Greek welcome.

DAY 1: Arrive Corfu

A large number of airlines fly direct to Corfu from the UK and other European destinations. If coming from further afield you will need to connect in Athens.


On arrival at Corfu Airport we will transfer you by taxi to the village of Messonghi. Situated on the east coast of Corfu, 19km south of Corfu town, Messonghi is a quiet former fishing village which boasts a lovely sandy beach and relaxed atmosphere.


Overnight: Messonghi


DAY 2: Korission Lagoon Walk

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the start of your walk on Issos Beach on the western side of the island adjacent to Korission Lagoon. This coastal lagoon is a haven for wildlife. Egrets, terrapins and kingfishers can all be seen if you are quiet. From the lagoon you head back to the East coast via Chlomatiana, where you can enjoy splendid views from the church. Your walk ends back at your hotel in Messonghi.


Walk: 5 Hours - 16km


Overnight: Messonghi


DAY 3: The Corfu Trail, Central Corfu

Today you follow the Corfu Trail through central Corfu. After breakfast we transfer you to Stronggyli where you join the Corfu Trail. A pleasant foot path takes you on the slopes of Agii Deka, the second highest peak on Corfu (676m). Delightful walking on shaded historic mule paths past traditional mountain villages. Once you reach Sinarades you catch a bus to Corfu Town.


Corfu Old Town is a world heritage site made up by a beguiling mix of Greek, English, Venetian and Italian architecture all dominated by the imposing 16th century fortress. Narrow streets, numerous beautiful churches and an excellent archaeological museum combine to make Corfu a delight for all the senses.


Walk: 6 Hours - 15km


Overnight: Corfu Town


DAY 4: Ferry from Corfu to Paxos

Spend the morning exploring the attractive streets, square and churches of Corfu Town before catching the ferry to Paxos. The three hour ferry from Corfu brings you to the Greek Island idyll of Paxos where a taxi will be waiting to take you to your hotel.


With no airport Paxos has retained a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere. This is immediately apparent when you step off the ferry in Gaios, the picturesque island capital. The east coast of Paxos is made up of sandy beaches and quiet coves while the western shore is altogether more rugged. A collection is caves, cliffs and natural arches. In between olive groves and vineyards carpet the land.


Overnight: Near Gaios


DAY 5: Circular walk on Paxos

Today’s walk is the most delightful journey through Paxos, accompanied at every step by the song of cicadas. From your hotel you walk via the charming town of Gaios uphill and past authentic rural villages. Then you cross the island to the cliffs on the west and come to Tripitos Arch. Via the old capital Ozias you come down to the coast and cross the bridge to Moggonisi Island. From this point you can either return to your hotel by boat or on foot.


Walk: 3.5 Hours - 10km


Overnight: Near Gaios


DAY 6: Ferry to Corfu & Corfu walk

Transfer from your hotel to the port of Gaios and per Flying Dolphin boat in the early morning from Paxos to Corfu. From Corfu Town you will be transferred to Rekini, where you begin your walk along the foot of the Pantokrator Mountains in Northern Corfu. Following the Corfu Trail once more, you walk through an area of Corfu that time seems to have forgotten. Quiet cobbled trails, sleepy villages, rural Corfu at its very best! Those walking in spring will spoilt by the display of orchids on the slopes of Mount Pantokrator.


Walk: 3.5 Hours - 13km


Overnight: Barbati


DAY 7: Walk across Pantokrator Mountain

Today’s finale takes us to the saddle of Mount Pantokrator for stunning views of the nearby Albanian mountains. Picturesque ancient villages, including the almost abandoned Old Perithia, line our way on our descent to the tip of Corfu’s northern coast, and the very end of the Corfu Trail.


Walk: 6 hours - 17/21km


Overnight: Barbati


DAY 8: Depart Corfu

Transfer to the airport and departure from Corfu.

Alternate accommodation

On rare occasions you might be booked into alternative accommodation if our standard accommodation is fully booked. We will always let you know before the booking is confirmed if this is the case. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described in the itinerary.


Additional Nights and Extensions

We would be happy to book additional nights at any point along the trip.


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Meals

A delicious breakfast is included each morning.


Here are some accommodation examples:



 

 

 




Rossi Beach Hotel - Messonghi

This hotel is located in the picturesque fishing village of Messonghi. Enjoy the beach bar, pizzeria, sun terrace and your comfortable room.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Cavalieri Hotel - Corfu Town

Located in a 17th century nobleman's mansion and in the heart of old Corfu. Enjoy relaxing on the roof top terrace as you soak in the views over the Ionian Sea.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Paxos Beach Hotel - nr Gaios

Paxos Beach Hotel is located on an idyllic bay, just 1.5 kms from the island’s main village of Gaios. Stay in a meticulously designed superior sea view guest room.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Pantokrator Hotel - Barbati

Located a short stroll from the village of Barbati on the north east coast of Corfu the Pantokrator Hotel boasts wonderful views across the pool and Ionian Sea. Enjoy staying in a superior sea view room.


 

 

 

Time of Year

This walk is available to start any day of the week in May, June and September. July and August are too hot. Please note that at the very beginning and end of the season (early April and end of October) any swimming pools at accommodations may be closed and restaurant offerings may be more limited during this time.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.This holiday is not available for solo walkers as many of the trails are very quiet and quite remote.


Grade & Terrain

This walking holiday is graded moderate. Daily walks range between 4 and 6 hours. The walks follow a mixture of old mule tracks, gravel roads, footpaths and minor roads. Some of the ascents and descents are steep.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

Some of the walks are way marked, whilst others are not. We provide detailed route notes and maps for all the walks so you will have no problem following the route.


Alternate accommodation

On rare occasions you might be booked into alternative accommodation if our standard accommodation is fully booked. We will always let you know before the booking is confirmed if this is the case. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described in the itinerary.


Transfers

All airport transfers on Corfu as well as transfers required to access the start and end of walks are included. (Excepting the public bus on day 3 and optional boat on day 5). Return ferry tickets from Corfu to Paxos are also included.


Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, sun hats and a day pack.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack. 


Getting to Corfu

A large number of airlines fly direct to Corfu from the UK and other European destinations. These include Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2 and numerous charter airlines. If coming from outside Europe you will need to connect via Athens.

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in carefully selected hotels (5 nights on Corfu, 2 nights on Paxos)
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • All described transfers and luggage transfers on walking days.
  • Transfers to and from Corfu airport
  • Ferry boat tickets from Corfu to Paxos and return
  • 24-hour telephone assistance from our local representative
  • Pre-departure information pack, detailed route description and maps

Excluded

  • Flights to Corfu Public bus from Sinarades – Corfu town
  • Boat ticket (optional) from Moggonisi to Paxos Beach (around 5 Euro)
  • Travel insurance
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind
  • Tips and gratuities Personal expenses such as lunches, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program

Extras

  • Single room supplement (if applicable)
  • Solo supplement (if applicable)
  • Any extra night/extra nights at the Acropolis Hill Hotel, in Athens.
  • Additional nights can be booked at the standard accommodations on Corfu and Paxos.
  • Upgrade in Corfu Town to the excellent 4* Cavalieri Hotel.

How fit do I need to be?

The walking is graded moderate and on most days will be walking for between 3.5 and 6 hours each day. You will enjoy the holiday more if you already enjoy an active lifestyle and have a good level of walking fitness. There are some steep ascents and descents. 

Which is the best airport to fly to?

Corfu

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as both Corfu and Paxos are very popular.  

What equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.  

When is the best time of year?

April, May, June and September are the best time to walk in the Greek Islands as July and August are too hot for most people.

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5.0

Early October was a great time to do this trip

By Bill

from New Mexico

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    Comments about macs adventure Island Hopping: Corfu & Paxos:

    We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and have little bad to say about it. Do not go much later than early October as some of the tavernas and the hotel in Paxos were in the process of closing when we went so don't go any later. We did the trip on short notice with very little research relying on Mac Adventures because of previous good experiences with them. Susan at Mac Adventures was particularly accommodating even with the short notice. We did not even realize the Corfu Trail existed but it is a wonderful trail from north to south crisscrossing the island. The trip does about four stages of the trail - all really nice with very varied terrain. The last day in Corfu was the longest but particularly beautiful. Similarly the hike on Paxos was also nice though the slog back on the road to the hotel was not particularly great. The hotels were all fine. The first night hotel was somewhat suboptimal but the beachside location made up for its deficiencies. The hotel in Corfu City was great as was the hotel in Paxos. The last hotel was fine though somewhat inconveniently located on a very steep hill - particularly problematic after the last long hike. The transfers all went well and the northern Corfu taxi driver, Dimitris, was particularly entertaining. The walking notes were well detailed. Breakfasts varied considerably from barely acceptable to wonderful. All in all, I would highly recommend the trip.

     
    4.0

    Very enjoyable walking - part 2

    By M&K

    from Australia

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        Comments about macs adventure Island Hopping: Corfu & Paxos:

        We tried walking on the beach but that was dirty and again had rubbish everywhere. You can't walk along the lagoon edge but you can get to it at various points. At the time of the year we visited (September) it was by no means "teeming with birdlife" although we did see a flock of flamingos which was great. We felt a bit despondent after the first day especially as this walk entails a 2 night stay in Messonghi which we did not like – see below.
        Fortunately all of the other walks were really excellent.
        We really enjoyed the days on Paxos – we would strongly suggest booking extra nights here. Apart from the scheduled walk there are many others on the map which is provided. We liked the ambience here a lot and one day we hired an inexpensive self-drive motor boat and circumnavigated the island finding some hidden private coves for swimming, stunning blue water, giant cliffs and many small caves.
        We didn't agree with the 4/5 comfort rating for the accommodation. Most of the places were pretty basic. The hotel at Messonghi was of a low standard with tiny rooms and bathrooms. If we wanted to use the beach chair, umbrella, or the in-room TV, fridge, or air conditioning – each had an additional charge of a few Euros per day. The "non-smoking" rooms stank of cigarette smoke - the hotels customers seemed to spend most of their time smoking on the tiny balconies. Messonghi itself is a very uninspiring generic beach resort. At Corfu Town and Paxos beach we had very nice rooms but were told these were upgrades and not the rooms actually booked for the tour. Discuss this with Macs Adventure and do what you can to get upgraded rooms, or better hotels, if this is important to you. Paxos Beach Hotel is excellent, and the upgrade room was very nice with wonderful views.
        Thanks again to the helpful folk at Macs Adventure!

         
        4.0

        Very enjoyable walking - part 1

        By M&K

        from Australia

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            Comments about macs adventure Island Hopping: Corfu & Paxos:

            The walking trip was excellent and we would happily recommend it to anyone. We would suggest some changes however (see below).The organisation was very well handled, by the staff at Macs Adventure and by their local partners in Corfu. We requested some changes mid-trip (particularly extra time on Paxos) and these were implemented very efficiently. All the pick-ups and transfers were spot on.
            The walking is very varied and interesting. Some of the routes have spectacular scenery. Walkers need a moderate level of fitness and endurance – especially if the walks are done during the hot summer weather. Good balance and agility are also important on some of the steep walks which run over some quite uneven terrain. We used walking poles which were very useful for some sections. The walking notes provided are very good but even with these it is quite easy to get lost. One "left turn into a faint path through the olive groves" can look very much like another. We used an app on our phones which allowed us to download detailed topographical maps and use them offline. Macs Adventure can e-mail you the GPS routes including all the detailed waypoints that are in the walking notes. Using the notes and app together then makes it very easy to find the way, even when paths are overgrown or some local condition has changed. We used the PocketEarth app but there are others.
            All of the walks were excellent with one exception. The walk around Korission lagoon. On the map this looks like a very interesting walk much of it along a long spit of land with the beach on one side and the lagoon on the other. We were looking forward to it but were quite disappointed by the reality. The spit of land is quite wide so when you walk on the road along its centre you don't really see the sea/beach or the lagoon. The road is made from crushed building waste and there were big piles of dumped domestic refuse all the way along.

             
            4.0

            Another great destination by Macs

            By Michael and Amanda

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              Comments about macs adventure Island Hopping: Corfu & Paxos:

              Slightly different walking than we normally do, in that we were based at a couple of hotels and then taxied out to the start and brought back at the end of the day. Corfu was based on the Corfu trail whilst Paxos - we added a few days there-( this was a great move) was mainly free walking with the wonderfully eccentric Bleasdale Guide that Macs provided.
              Corfu Old town is nice for a day but full of rubbish tourist shops, hotel was good.
              Paxos hotel excellent walking was not arduous once you get used to finding the tracks- best to wander around and then find your way home again!
              Macs organisation was excellent as were their Greek counterparts, the one problem we had, a dreadful hotel was sorted within hours- we left the hotel in the morning and came back to a different ( and better one) in the evening.

               
              4.0

              Great way to see rural Corfu and Paxos

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                Comments about macs adventure Island Hopping: Corfu & Paxos:

                Well organised. Seamless transfers. Good communication. All accommodations great apart from Stefanos, northern Corfu. This is on the Corfu main road (which has no shoulder) and we were stuck at the hotel after finishing our walks early- because it was too dangerous to walk beside the road. Would have liked to get to beach/explore the area. Also, the kitchen exhaust came on to our balcony, so we couldn't sit outside. Breakfast at Stefanos is served at 9, so we missed it both times- day 1 because we wanted to start our walk before it got too hot and day 2 because we had to leave for the airport at 9. These things aside, the meal we had in the evening was one of the best of our trip. Kassiopi looked nice from the taxi-Perhaps a hotel there would be better for walkers. We loved Paxos and were pleased we were able to arrange an extra day there. We used the day to go to AntiPaxos and around Paxos. The walks were just the right length, not too arduous. We enjoyed them all. Would recommend starting off as early as possible.

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                5.0

                Brilliant organisation

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                from Somerset

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                  Comments about macs adventure Island Hopping: Corfu & Paxos:

                  This worked superbly from the moment we contacted MACS. The organisation was perfect, arrangements were made in Corfu with the hotels that weren't really open (it was a bit early in the season), the drivers were utterly reliable and interesting to talk to. The islanders were really kind and helpful.

                  It was a wonderful experience.

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                  5.0

                  Finding the 'real' Corfu

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                    Comments about macs adventure Island Hopping: Corfu & Paxos:

                    Travelled with my wife in September 2014. We added extra days as sometimes one night in a location doesn't allow time to get to know it.
                    Best experiences:
                    Walking through varied landscapes, beach, forest and mountain trails.
                    Best accommodation:
                    Cavalieri in Corfu Town: Great location and views but needing a refurb.
                    Paxos Beach Hotel: Easy walk into Gaios, comfortable with a private beach and relaxing ambience.
                    Corfu Palace: A spot of luxury in a great location at the end of our trip.
                    People:
                    Experience the warm and welcoming people of Corfu, especially away from the resorts.

                    Great organisation from Macs, although decent maps should be provided with the walking notes.

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A delightful holiday which exceeded our

                    By Peter & Joan

                    from Bournemouth

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                        Comments about macs adventure Island Hopping: Corfu & Paxos:

                        Flexibile programme.
                        Excellent organisation.
                        Excellent accommodation.
                        Amazing wild flowers in May.

                        Map book of limited use, we bought a 1:50000 map which was needed.
                        Long trousers are a must, as many of the paths are very overgrown.

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