- Ionian adventure
Look forward to gliding through the waves and admiring the region’s stunning scenery.
- Gaios theory
You’ll sail into the pretty harbour of the capital of tiny Paxos.
- Into the blue
Enjoy an included cruise visiting the beautiful island of Paxos with its famous Blue Caves.
- Picturesque Corfu
Be sure to get a snap of the incredible Vlacherna Monastery on Mouse Island.
- Half board
An Ionian Sea adventure
Discover the Greek Ionian islands as you hop between hotel stays in Corfu and Parga on the mainland on scheduled ferries, staying in hand-picked hotels. Discover traditional Greek charms, historic sites and drink in some breathtaking views as well as enjoying delicious Greek food and soaking up the sun on celebrated beaches. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more captivating holiday in Greece…
Corfu is much more than beaches and sun loungers. This tour has been perfectly created to visit both the north and south of island coupled with a stay on the mainland, in the picturesque destination of Parga.
Michael Fleetwood, Expert Holiday Creator
11 nights in hotels
24 meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunch and 11 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Free bar open 13 hours a day at Aeolos Beach Resort
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage of luggage at hotels
- All transfers and ferry tickets
Excursions and visits
- Day cruise to Paxos, Antipaxos and the Blue Caves (full day)
- Highlights of Corfu tour (half day)
- Tour to Acheron River, including Necromanteion and Zalago
Day 1 UK-Corfu
Fly to Corfu and transfer from the airport to the locally rated 4-star Aeolos Beach Resort for a four-night stay on an all-inclusive basis. D
Day 2 Corfu
Today you can look forward to an included full-day cruise which heads to the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos, close to the southern coast of Corfu, and visits the famous Blue Caves of Paxos. Enjoy superb views of Corfu as you sail out of the harbour towards the Kanoni peninsula and the Palace of Mon Repos where Prince Phillip was born. Cruise to the green island of Paxos, covered with olives and Cyprus trees, and skirt the rocky coastline until you reach the spectacular sea caves awash with clear blue water. Continue to the smaller island of Antipaxos where you will have the chance to take a dip at Paradise Beach and then admire the views as you sail back to Paxos, mooring at the picturesque village of Gaios where you can wander through atmospheric streets and perhaps enjoy lunch at a traditional taverna before your return to Corfu. B, D
Day 3 Corfu
Enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps enjoy the wonderful hotel facilities, including the pool and free bar, open 10am-11pm, or further explore the island independently using the complimentary bus service. Alternatively you might like to join an optional full-day cruise visiting some glorious beaches where you can enjoy a BBQ lunch. B, L, D
Day 4 Corfu
Today an included half-day excursion shows off the island’s main attractions. Head to the beauty spot of Kanoni and take photographs of the famous Mouse Island and the small islet with the nunnery of The Holy Virgin of Vlacherna. Afterwards continue to the beautiful town of Corfu for a walking tour. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city boasts sights including the Old Venetian Fortress, the residence of the British High Commissioner, a splendid Edwardian building, completed in 1824 and once the Palace of the King of Greece. See too The Esplanade, one of the largest squares in Europe, the Venetian quarter of Cambiello and Corfu’s old town, featuring the 17th-century Town Hall, once a Venetian theatre and The Church of Saint Spyridon, Patron Saint of Corfu, whose Holy body lies within a crypt there. The rest of your day is at leisure. B, L, D
Day 5 Corfu to Parga
After breakfast leave the hotel for the port, and take the public ferry to the port of Igoumenitsa on the mainland, a journey of around 2 hours and 20 minutes. After your ferry journey, continue by road to the seaside town of Parga and check into the locally rated 4-star Salvator Villas Hotel & Spa for a four-night stay on a half-board basis. B, D
Day 6 Parga
An included trip reveals some of the most interesting historical and mythological sites in the region. Necromanteion is an ancient Greek temple devoted to Hades and Persephone. It is near the Mycenaean colony of Ephyra which dates back to the 14th century BC, and is the supposed site of the door to the Kingdom of Hades, the realm of the dead named after the Greek God of the underworld. After a tour from an English-speaking guide you’ll continue to the monument of Zalogo – immortalising the incredibly bravery of village women during the war of independence from the Ottomans. Your excursion concludes with a visit to the Acheron River, considered the best way to cool off in the afternoon amid beautiful scenery and a tranquil setting. B, D
Day 7 Parga
Enjoy a day at leisure. You could take the hotel's shuttle bus down into Parga town to explore its winding cobbled streets. Perhaps even take a walk up to the castle that overlooks the picturesque bay. B, D
Day 8 Parga
Another day with which to do what you please. Perhaps make the most of your hotel’s facilities and relax by the pool or join an optional excursion visiting the historic city of Ionnina. B, D
Day 9 Parga to Corfu
After checking out of the hotel after breakfast, transfer to the port and take the ferry back to Corfu, another journey of around 2 hours and 20 minutes. Check into the locally rated 5-star Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa for a three-night stay on a half board basis. B, D
Day 10 Corfu
Today is at leisure. Perhaps relax with an alfresco drink on the terraces surrounding the outdoor pool. Alternatively why not take the opportunity to join an optional day-trip to Albania, where you can visit the ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. B, D
Day 11 Corfu
Enjoy a day at leisure. The hotel benefits from its away-from-it-all setting with wonderful walks into the surrounding countryside. Alternatively simply make the most of the picturesque and tranquil surroundings, and relax by the pool. B, D
Day 12 Corfu-UK
After breakfast, travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B
If visiting one country is not enough for you then perhaps opt to cruise for a day of exploration in fascinating Albania. After departing Corfu, sail along the Albanian coast toward the port of Saranda. After having your passports checked a local tourist guide will give you a tour of the city, which lies on the Albanian Riviera. An additional guided tour is available for those who wish to explore further afield on a coach, seeing unspoilt beaches and picturesque villages.
The highlight of your day will surely be the excursion through more than 2,500 years of history to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony and a Roman city but following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages after the ancient town disappeared under layers of silt and vegetation over the centuries. Archaeologists eventually uncovered one of the best remains of a working town in the Mediterranean, with an ancient theatre, gymnasium and a temple with a mosaic floor among the highlights. An Ottoman castle atop a hill offers panoramic views of the city, its nearby lake and the vast plains beyond. After returning to Saranda for an included lunch, you have free time to explore independently before your return sailing to Corfu.
Optional on 11 nights itinerary
BBQ Cruise to the mainland
Can you think of a better way to spend another sunny day than by enjoying a BBQ on a picturesque sandy beach in Kalamas, on the mainland. Cruise on a traditional kaiki fishing boat in the company of a knowledgeable local guide. After reaching Kalama’s sandy beach, Captain Akis and his crew will prepare lunch featuring grilled chicken or pork chop, salad, fruit and wine. Use the three hours of preparation as you wish - perhaps take a swim in the clear blue waters or flop on the white sands to top up your tan. Later this afternoon begin your cruise back to Corfu Town, stopping for around 20 minutes on the way back at the tiny island of Pontikonisi, where taking the chance of another dip is highly recommended.
Optional on 11 nights itinerary
Look forward to spending a whole day exploring the beautiful and charming city of Ioannina. Start at the castle, built in 528 AD and one of the oldest surviving Byzantine castles. It was once the largest administrative centre in the whole of Greece and the site where the great minds of ‘Tou Genous’ delivered their lessons and chieftains studied the art of war. The castle is made up of four parts, an outer enclosure, an acropolis containing an Aslan Mosque, another featuring a Kale and the old town of Ioannina itself.
Your tour continues to the famous Parnvotis Lake where an island in the middle houses an ancient Byzantine monastery which was the last refuge of the notorious Ottoman lord, Ali Pasha. Visit a museum dedicated to him before your return to the hotel.
Optional on 11 nights itinerary