Greece Tour Plan

by | November 16, 2020

Greece is among countries that start with G listed on Over 10 million people live in Greece. By far the largest conurbation is Athens / Piraeus with 4.5 million residents, followed by the port city of Thessaloniki in Central Macedonia.

Almost 78% of the Greek land area is mountainous; the highest peaks are found on the mainland and on Crete. The Mytikas (2,917 m) in the Olymp Mountains is the highest mountain in the country. But also the Pindos Mountains on the Peloponnese peninsula and the Psiloritis Mountains on Crete reach heights of over 2,400 m.

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  • Day 1: Arrival day
  • Day 2: Arrive on the beautiful island of Corfu
  • Day 3: From the bakery to the chapel
  • Day 4: Porto Timoni, the double bay
  • Day 5: Old Roman roads and small mountain villages
  • Day 6: Today we have one day at leisure
  • Day 7: Coastal hike
  • Day 8: Journey home / or individual extension

We set off from the beach of Agios Georgios right in front of our front door, on the ancient Roman path we are accompanied by sea views and cypress trees. From afar we can see the Angelo Kastro castle, once a protective wall against pirates and conquerors. Surrounded by the sea, it stands on high cliffs, only a narrow footpath connects it to the mainland. Afterwards we visit an old olive wood carver in the village of Lakores.

Our guide Bettina, who grew up in Austria and then spent many years in New York, has found her new home on the Greek island. “After 13 years in America, nine million people were too much for me and I decided to move to the small mountain village of Afionas with my parents. Population: around 200, ”she smiles. A dog on each side, she explored the island for countless hours – and on this trip leads us mainly on coastal hikes, over sandy beaches and to secluded bays, where we can also swim. Or listen to the waves by the campfire in the evening.

Bettina Frauenhuber showed us one of her favorite hikes on the last day. In the morning we get fresh bread from the best white bread baker on the island, we then roll out the picnic blanket at an old chapel. Over dirt roads we come to a beach, above which a fantastically located café is enthroned. By boat we sail past stone formations back to Agios Georgios Bay. At the end we accompany Bettina to her home village Afionas, there we watch the sun as she seems to sink into the sea behind the Diapontian Islands.

Meals: B = breakfast / L = lunch / packed lunch / D = dinner

1st day:

Day of arrival

Descent in Corfu! We are picked up from the airport and taken to the guesthouse.
(Depending on arrival, the group will get to know each other in the evening or the next morning).

Travel time: approx. 1 hour.
Dinner in the tavern (if you arrive late, snack in the room)
Overnight in the guesthouse
(- / – / A)

2nd day:

Arrive on the beautiful island of Corfu

After a leisurely breakfast we walk south along the beach of Agios Georgios. We turn onto a beautiful dirt road, a small ascent (approx. 20 minutes) through a shady olive grove, with a great view of the Agios Georgios Bay. We continue on a dirt road to the mountain village of Prinilas. Prinilas is an old Greek mountain village, from there on beautiful dirt roads to the village of Pagi, where we stop at the “James Bond” café. The James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only” was made with Roger in the early 1980s Moore filmed here, and although it was almost 40 years ago, the James Bond Café is still very proud of this filming in the village of Pagi.We walk back through the honey valley to Agios Georgios Bay via beautiful dirt roads.
We have dinner in a typical Greek fish tavern. Thomas, the fisherman, and his wife have a small, traditional tavern in the neighboring village of Arillas. Freshly caught fish will taste particularly good here!

Hike: approx. 3.5 hours (11 km, +/- 170 m)
Overnight in the guesthouse
(B / – / D)

3rd day:

From the baker to the chapel

It starts today at 8: 00 am. Inland over varied landscapes, fields and forests we hike in the direction of Magoulades on individual stretches of the Corfu Trail and Arillas Trail. There we get fresh bread from the best white bread baker in Corfu for our breakfast picnic, which we have at an old chapel at a wonderful vantage point.
We dive back into the dirt roads towards Avliotes – always accompanied by the centuries-old, mighty olive trees. We enjoy the silence and the power that nature exudes and we get to the beach of St. Stefanos. One last ascent to a fantastically located café in Akrotiri, with a wonderful view over the sea and the islands.
A short descent takes us to the bay of Arillas, then we return to Ag. Georgios back. Today’s impressions overwhelm us and make this hike one of our favorite hikes.

The evening is at leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Hike: approx. 4.5-5 hours (14 km, + 120 / -140 m)
overnight stay in the guesthouse
(B / – / -)

4th day:

Porto Timoni, the double bay

Today we go to the natural phenomenon Porto Timoni, an impressive twin bay, where two of the most beautiful beaches of Corfu are located. We climb over a stony coastal path (15 minutes through rough terrain) through the woods to the mountain village of Afionas. Through small, playful alleys, dotted with bougainvillea flowers, with a great view of the Diapontian Islands, we hike downhill over a natural mule path (partly stony) into the breathtaking double bay of Porto Timoni. We take our breakfast as a picnic right on the beach. Here we also have great bathing opportunities – so get into the blue water.
Only about 20 minutes walk from the beach we walk to the small hidden chapel Agios Stylianos – only locals know this very special chapel, where some wishes come true.
On the way back we will be accompanied by strawberry trees, thyme, sage and old castle walls. We climb up to Afionas, where Rainer is already waiting for us and will tell us a lot of interesting things about olive oil.
In the afternoon we will return home. Dinner at the Romeos Café tavern in Pagi village. Here we are spoiled with traditional dishes that are cooked with a lot of love.

Hike: 4 hours (11 km, +/- 180 m)
Overnight in the guesthouse
(B / – / D)

5th day:

Ancient Roman paths and small mountain villages

Today we start our hike on Agios Georgios beach. We march south to Paleokastritsa, over a centuries-old Roman path accompanied by sea views, cypresses and of course ancient olive trees. So we climb up to the small mountain village of Makrades. On the way in the woods we enjoy our breakfast picnic. At every picnic there is a breakfast wish list the day before, which includes everything your heart desires, from yogurt, ham, cheese, fruit, tomatoes / cucumbers to coffee / tea and orange juice!
We make a detour to the mountain village of Krini to the Angelokastro Castle, accompanied by breathtaking sea views we reach the village of Lakones. An old olive wood carver who we visit lives there.
Descent to Paleokastritsa. Again we are overwhelmed by the beauty of nature, the bay formations, the deep blue sea.
When we arrive in Paleokastritsa, we still have time to visit a tavern at will. If the weather permits, we take the boat for about 25 minutes. back.
Dinner awaits us at the Porto Timoni tavern in Afionas. On the balcony of Afionas with a view of the Ag. Georgios bay. Cook Olga conjures up our dinner, the many different starters are particularly popular, a treat for the palate!
Then we sit by the campfire, listen to the waves and enjoy the starry sky.

Travel time: approx. 25 min. (Boat)
hike: approx. 5 hours (14 km, +/- 250 m)
overnight stay in the guesthouse
(B / – / D)

6th day:

Today we have one day at our disposal

Bettina has lots of tips on what to do on this day off! Off to Corfu Town by day or by night! Corfu town is really worth seeing! This beautiful old, Venetian-French town has a mythical flair that wakes up especially at dusk. The Corfiots also wake up when night falls and the city is alive.
Massages: You can pamper yourself with a massage on site. Torsten Tilmans, physiotherapist and yoga teacher, offers treatments on site or in his practice in Afionas.
Further options are:
Yoga lessons on the beach with Torsten
Diving with Vasili
pedal boat and canoe rental
Captain Spiro is happy to lend a surfboard, and pick-up and drop-off services in remote bays are possible.
horse riding

Overnight in the guesthouse
(B / – / -)

7th day:

Coastal walk

8: 00 am: Bus transfer (approx. 45 min.)
A footpath connects the small bays in the northeast of Corfu. The Albanian coast seems close enough to touch! This part of Corfu is also called the Corfiot Riviera at the foot of the Pantokrator. This coastal hike is wonderful, we are always accompanied by the sea and by the magnificent, fascinating view of Albania – how close and yet so different it looks there! We start our hike in the Eremitis nature reserve. Then we hike from bay to bay. At the end of the hike we drive back to the port of Ag. Stefanos and can now see the whole way we hiked from the water. (Boat trip approx. 20 min.) Then the bus takes you back to the pension. (approx. 45 min.)
(the boat trip depends on the weather)
Dinner together in the Pergola tavern, the oldest tavern in the village of Afionas, where grandma’s recipes are used. This hiking week is also a culinary delight. Then sunset over the Diapontian Islands.

Travel time: approx. 2 hours.
Hike: approx. 4-4.5 hours (+ 200 / -200 m), mostly flat to short but steep climbs
Overnight in the guesthouse
(B / – / D)

8th day:

Journey home / or individual extension

Transfer to the airport & journey home
Individual extension possible!

(F / – / -)

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