Below is a detailed day-to-day itinerary for our holiday in Corfu. Please be aware that this itinerary is weather dependent and we may have to move things around to get the best of the weather, particularly in the more exposed locations.
Day 1 - Arrival day
Arrive and check-in to the Pantokrator Hotel . If you have time, you might like to make use of the hotel's lovely outdoor pool, or take a stroll down to Barbati; a charming resort which is home to one of Corfu's finest beaches.
We will meet in the hotel bar for welcome drinks at 7.00 p.m followed by dinner in the hotel.
Day 2 - Ancient Olive Groves & Dramatic Coastlines
After breakfast, we begin the day with an introductory workshop on the basics of aperture, exposure, ISO and composition for those who would like to attend.
We then take an easy walk through some local olive groves close to the hotel, giving you the opportunity to photograph these iconic and ancient trees. After lunch on the beach at Nissaki we take a boat trip to enjoy some stunning views of Corfu's north east coastline, as well as the famous White House, former home of Gerald Durrell.
For those who wish to enjoy an early evening aperitif and share favourite images from the day, we will meet each night in the hotel bar, followed by dinner in the hotel's restaurant.
Day 3 - Traditional Villages, Flowers and Seascapes
We drive to the charming fishing port of Kassiopi where we stop to explore its picturesque harbour and Byzantine castle. We then continue inland to Old Perithia, a ghost village dating from the 14th century. We have time to explore here - the flowers should be spectacular, and have lunch in one of the 5 tavernas, including Foros, recently recommended by Rick Stein.
In the afternoon we drive to Cape Drastis on Corfu's dramatic north west coast, to enjoy wonderful views of the weirdly shaped cliff formations. Then we continue to Loggas Beach for alternative shots of these fantastic seascapes. Our final stop is at Afionas, one of Corfu's oldest and most picturesque villages where its surrounding fields will be ablaze with Spring colours.
Day 4 - Corfu Town
Our first port of call today is Mouse Island, one of Corfu's most photographed locations, on the outskirts of Corfu Town. The island gets its name from the white stone steps of its beautiful monastery which look like a mouse's tail!
Next we head into town to visit it's ancient Venetian fortress, one of the most impressive fortifications in Europe, perched dramatically on a rocky headline overlooking the sea. We spend some time exploring this historic landmark which showcases a range of architectural styles and provides some stunning views of the town itself.
After lunch, take a stroll with your camera through the maze of narrow streets within Corfu's beautiful and historic Old Town,
Day 5 - Free day
You may choose to spend today at leisure, relaxing and unwinding, enjoying the facilities in the hotel, or further exploring the local area.
Alternatively you may take an optional excursion (payable locally) to Albania, which is only a short boat ride away across the bay. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the ruins at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint; a stroll here is like leafing through the pages of a living history book with its beautiful amphitheatre and temple. There are also some great views over the Butrint National Park and wetlands. In addition, there is time to explore the coastal town of Saranda.
Day 6 - The Beautiful South
Our first stop today is at Ypapanti Church which lies on a small causeway on the Bay of Gouvia. Next we continue up into the island's central highlands stopping to enjoy the sweeping views back to Corfu Town and across to Albania. You'll also enjoy views of the island's iconic landscapes of cypress trees.
After coffee in the picturesque village of Chlomos, we head to Lake Korission, Corfu's largest lagoon with its sanddunes, beaches and wide variety of flora & fauna. If we are lucky we might spot flamingos on the Lake itself, and some of the 14 species of orchid that the area is renowned for.
After lunch at Alonaki's Taverna overlooking the sea, we travel to Pelekas to visit the lookout point know as Kaiser's Throne for stunning 360 degree panorama's of the island.
Day 7 - Hidden Villages & Hilltop Splendours
We spend the morning exploring Corfu's ancient Hidden Villages such as Agios Markos and Sokraki where time has stood still for centuries.
After lunch we drive to Angelokastro, one of the most important Byzantine castles in Greece, located on a rock 305 metres above the sea on Corfu's beautiful west coast. Its a bit of a climb, but well worth it for the stunning views at the top.
Our final stop is a fitting finale for the week; Paleokastritsa, a functioning hilltop monastery which is a masterpiece of monastic architecture containing flower-filled gardens, a traditional olive press and enjoying spectacular sea views.
On our final evening we will look at everyone's favourite images of the week, before dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Departure day - after breakfast in the hotel return transfer to Corfu airport for flight home.
In addition, weather permitting, there should be opportunities during the week to photograph a spectacular Corfu sunrise direct from our hotel.
We think this is a great itinerary and one that people can enjoy, even if not particularly interested in photography.