Corfu town

Corfu: Walks and Wildflowers

The island of Corfu is the greenest of the northerly Ionian Islands and has a history that weaves together Venetian, French and British dominion over the centuries; a well-known literary connection to the Durrell brothers; and links to ‘Sisi’ Empress of Austria. The mountainous north of the island has extensive groves of olives, figs, almonds and orange trees, interspersed with traditional villages and areas of open maquis, and is especially noted for its mantle of wildflowers in spring.

We enjoy 4 nights in a small 3 star hotel by the sea on the northeast coast before transferring to our fully serviced Villa in the hills above Corfu Town, overlooking the Ionian Sea in the direction of mainland Greece and Albania. We eat out in the island’s many tavernas and restaurants to taste specialities including fresh fish and seafood, spicy sausages and roast kid.

HIGHLIGHTS of our Corfu walking tour include:  

  • Scenic walking through groves of olives and oranges; along beaches and to headlands with sea views    
  • A profusion of Mediterranean spring wildflowers
  • Excellent seafood and fresh fish, plus special spring dishes such as stuffed artichokes 
  • Visits to Mon Repos, a fine Neo-classical villa overlooking the sea, the birthplace of Prince Philip
  • A day to explore the historic centre of Corfu Town


Guests' comments on this trip:

‘A super trip with an enjoyable balance between walking by the sea and in the mountains, and cultural aspects.’

' A most enjoyable and varied trip with some surprising elements eg how interesting Corfu Town proved to be - (we hadn’t been to Corfu before) and confirmation of the freshness and quality of much of the food in Greece. Kudu certainly continue to produce interesting and varied trips.’


Corfu walkers
Corfu swallowtail
Corfu honeywort
Corfu weeds
Corfu beach
Corfu gorge
DAY 1                                                                                                                                     
D included

After meeting at Corfu airport in the afternoon, we drive 35 km north by private vehicle and settle into our hotel. There is time for a stroll by the sea, as Scops owls begin calling at dusk. We dine locally, perhaps sampling the Corfiot stifado, a stew with red wine, herbs and tomato and the local ‘special reserve’ wine.

DAY 2                                                                                                                           
B, L, D included

After a short road transfer, our walk (3.5 hrs) offers us sea views out towards Albania, once dark, now an equally enticing destination, wild mountain scenery and delightful flowers. The easy track contours across the mountainside above a deserted village. We picnic in an olive grove and spend time identifying wildflowers and birds.

DAY 3                                                                                                                           
B, L, D included

Nearby is a Natura 2000 protected headland that we explore on foot (1.5 hrs), passing low rugged cliffs, lonely beaches and a pinewood. After a visit to an artisan working in olive wood, we drive further north with a picnic and gently climb through forest and olive groves to ancient villages and a ruined tower. Our round walk (2.5 hrs) descends through olive groves and ends up near a traditional bakery where we have tea and sticky Greek cakes with honey and nuts, before returning by vehicle to our hotel. A grilled fish supper this evening is by the beach and we sample kumquat liqueur, a speciality of the island.

DAY 4                                                                                                                           
B, L, D included

A 5 hour round walk takes us to a romantic half ruined village, once one of the most important on the island, with churches and fine old houses and fine views back down to the coast. We should find excellent flowers by the wayside, including Jerusalem sage, tassel hyacinth and violet honeywort, and we may spot crested larks or hoopoes and hear nightingales singing in the thickets. We lunch in a local taverna, eating the locally gathered ‘horta’ (greens) and home-made cheese before heading down a dramatic gorge filled with wildflowers and through an oak wood.

DAY 5                                                                                                                           
B, L, D included

A scenic drive takes us around the Mount Pantokrator massif (906 m), Corfu’s highest mountain, ringed by traditional villages with their terraced olive groves and gardens filled with lemon trees. Next, we commence a 2.5 hrs round walk up and across the limestone plateau that stretches below the summit of the massif. We picnic on freshly baked spinach pies, local crumbly cheese and fruit before returning to our vehicles and heading for our Villa located in the hills above Corfu Town. We enjoy a privately catered dinner by the pool overlooking the Ionian Sea.

Day 6

B, L, D included
We set off in vehicles to make a brief visit to Mon Repos, a fine Neo-classical villa overlooking the sea, the birthplace of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and built in 1828 to 1831 as the summer residence of the British Lord High Commissioner of the United States of the Ionian Islands. We continue to the south west coast to a lagoon, excavated by the Venetians who cut a channel to the sea, now home to black-winged stilts, duck, herons and sometime pelicans. We walk (2.5 hrs) by the lagoon, on the sandy beach and through dunes, picnicking along the way. Tonight, we have an aperitif on the Liston, Corfu’s French designed arcaded street, the centre of evening life, before dining in the town. Who knows, perhaps cricket will be played on the Spianádha (esplanade) where people still sip ginger beer thanks to the British.

DAY 7                                                                                                                           
B, D included

A day to explore the old town with its maze of alleys, market and 2 iconic forts magnificently positioned overlooking the sea. The narrow streets lead to some beautiful churches, Agios Spyridon, home to the relics of the town’s patron saint and famous for a white marble iconostasis and the Mitrópolis, the icon-filled Orthodox Cathedral. Well worth a visit is the small but beautiful collection of artefacts in the church of Panayía Andivouniótissa, a collection to rival the Byzantine Museum in Athens. The rest of the afternoon is free to choose a café for lunch, take photographs and go shopping – perhaps for Greek linen, leather, honey and herbs. We have a farewell dinner outdoors under the stars.

DAY 8                                                                                                                           
B included

We return to Corfu Town for a final stroll by the sea or a visit to the elegant neo-classical Palace of S.S. Michael and George, built to house British civil servants of the Ionian islands to the order of Sir Thomas Maitland in 1818. Today, it contains an eclectic collection of Asian art amassed by Gregorios Manos, the 19th century Greek Ambassador to Austria, augmented by the donations of another ambassador, a Greek merchant and various other philanthropists. Our journey concludes with a short transfer to the airport for flights home.

Trip Price, per person sharing:
£2,303.25 until 25th July 2023
£2,365.50 until 25th October 2023
£2,427.75 until 25th January 2024
£2,490 after 25th January 2024

£400 deposit per person
£420 single room supplement

If you are willing to share, but no other suitable guest books the trip, we regret that the supplement will be payable. We shall endeavour to obtain double rooms for single occupancy whenever possible.

Price includes

  • Accommodation for Days 1 to 8, on a twin shared basis
  • Meals (with wine at dinners and taverna lunches) as listed in the daily notation
  • Land transportation in a private vehicle as described, except during free periods
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees, except during free periods
  • Gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff (appreciation for tour staff is discretionary)
Price does not include

  • Trip cancellation, medical or other insurance
  • Immunisations, prescriptions or other medical requirements
  • Passport, visa and health documentation
  • International transportation to and from Corfu Airport
  • Personal expenses (laundry, alcohol other than wine with group lunches and dinners, free time activities, etc.)
  • Meals noted as excepted in the daily notation
  • Transport and transfer of excess baggage 
  • Greek departure tax, if any


On Kudu trips you will only need money for postcards, presents to take home, the odd G & T or an irresistible ice cream. Festival and opera tickets, museum and gallery entrances, National Park fees, all meals (with a very few exceptions specified in individual itineraries), wine with lunch and dinner, access to specialist books carried by the guides, gratuities for porters and hotel and restaurant staff, boat rides, train trips, internal flights, wine tastings, 4WDs with drivers, the services of skilled local guides and trackers etc are ALL INCLUDED in the cost of your holiday. 

We are confident that, like previous very satisfied guests, you will discover that our tours give you excellent value for money.

  • 4 nights in a in a small 3 star hotel by the sea on the northeast coast 
  • 3 nights in a fully serviced Villa in the hills above Corfu Town, overlooking the Ionian Sea



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Size of party
This trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 14 guests.