Much like everyone's favourite English eccentrics, the Durrells, we left our hearts in Corfu and in our humble opinion, there is no better place for a luxury family holiday in the Mediterranean than this Hellenic hotspot.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Learn to sail in the crystal-clear waters around Corfu
- Spend quality time together around your private pool
- Eat at a different taverna every day
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Day 1: International Flight
There are multiple flights a day from the UK to Corfu, so depending on which one we've booked for you, you will arrive between late afternoon and late evening.
The flight is three-and-a-quarter hours long, so make sure the iPads are fully charged and that the children have their personalised Sharky & George packs (no batteries needed) at the ready. When you land, pick up the keys to your hire car - we have included booster seats/car seats for the children - and follow the detailed directions to your villa. We've arranged for the ingredients for the first night's supper to be in the villa when you arrive, so there's no need to rush to the shops. Depending on when you arrive, you can head straight to the pool or put the kids to bed and spend the evening stargazing and sharing a bottle of finest Corfiot wine - which will be chilling in the fridge on your arrival, naturally.
- A private chef for the week
- Private transfers to and from the villa
Day 2: Corfu Town
To help you get your bearings - and suss out the best places for lunch and seaside fun - we have arranged a private tour of Corfu this morning. After breakfast, you will drive to Corfu Town to meet your guide, an expert at making the battles and intrigue of antiquity fun for children, for a four-hour walking tour.
As you explore a small part of the island, you will hear stories of monsters, gods and heroes, as well as the wars and battles between the city states of Ancient Greece, both real and mythical. After your tour, we will have made a few recommendations for lunch, and our favourite beaches, which we recommend checking out over the rest of the week. We strongly recommend renting a boat for the week, and after lunch today you can set sail (or motor) for your maiden voyage of the week, so explore inaccessible coves along the coast from the villa. When you find a spot you like the look of, simply drop anchor and leap in for a swim in the beautiful clear water.
Day 3-6: My Family and Other Fun
For the next five days, you will have the run of your villa. We highly recommend spending a day or two playing in your private pool - we can even arrange for the inflatables of your Instagram dreams to be there when you arrive - and making sure to eat lunch at a different taverna every day.
We also know the best sailing schools on the island and can arrange a week of lessons for aspiring Blackbeards and Long John Silvers, both big and small. Once you've go to grips with your ports and starboards, we will arrange for you to hire a sailboat and go out exploring the secret coves and deserted beaches of Corfu, complete with a delicious picnic.
For some quality time together, which we would argue is almost as important as spending time together as a family, we can arrange for a fully qualified babysitter to look after the kids while the grown-ups take in a wine tasting or visit the spa at one of our favourite hotels.
- Guided hiking tours
- Fishing trips
- Riding trips around the island
- Day trip to Albania, just half an hour away by ferry, to visit the stunning Roman site of Butrint
Day 7: International Flight
Today it is sadly time to leave Corfu and head back to reality. Depending on which afternoon flight we've booked you on, you will have time for one last breakfast of yoghurt and honey and a farewell dip in the pool before driving back to the airport to drop your car off before the three-and-a-quarter hour flight home. You will land back in the UK between early and late evening.
Kate L is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.