Ionian Island Holidays
020 8459 0777
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WHY IONIAN ISLAND HOLIDAYS?

AWARD WINNING HOLIDAYS

We are delighted to have been voted "Best Luxury Self-Catering And Villa Booking Company" as well as "Best Holiday Company To Hellenic Europe" for six consecutive years from 2011 to 2016.
Telegraph Travel Awards Runner Up 2013
British Travel Awards Winner 2015
British Travel Awards Winner 2014
British Travel Awards Winner 2015

NO HIDDEN EXTRAS

Our prices are per person with no hidden extras. We include:
  • Flights with 20kg luggage allowance
  • Fuel Surcharges
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers (where applicable)
  • Car Hire (where specified)
  • Welcome Pack
Plus, we offer an additional 10% off for under 16's on most holidays!

EXPERT ADVICE

Our team of experienced and knowledgeable advisers are here to make your holiday to the Greek islands memorable - and for the right reasons!
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As the plane descends the details of the land and the sea become more sharply focused, until suddenly one is swooping over a tree-covered islet, then a white church on a narrow isthmus, a causeway and finally a strip of asphalt, water on both sides.

Corfu is an island whose natural beauty is the common thread that links ancient legends and a colourful history, to a modern western society. Is myth born of fact or is it the other way round?

One thing is for sure, the answer will not be found on Kerkyra or Corfu as the English know it. One legend has it that Kerkyra was the daughter of a river god, Asopus. Poseidon first abducted and then seduced her on the island where she gave birth to a son, Phaeax, the ancestor of the Phaecians who lived on Corfu in antiquity. Yet another calls the island Makrisdrepane or Long Sickle, named after the weapon used by Zeus to castrate his father Cronus, whose blood gave birth to the Furies, Nymphs and the Phaecians, an unusual way of founding a dynasty and one which luckily has never become popular!

The sickle itself was stolen by Demeter, who buried it on the island which subsequently took on the shape of this miraculous sword. Jason (of the Argonauts) was one of the first visitors. Having stolen the Golden Fleece as well as the beautiful Medea he sought refuge on the island. Not only did he manage to hang onto his treasure but he married her in a cave near the palace at Alcinous. The soldiers sent in pursuit were so overwhelmed by the hospitality of the islanders that they instantly decided not to sail back to a wrathful King Aeetes.

Odysseus himself, was another early tourist, albeit a reluctant one, when he was shipwrecked by a vengeful Poseidon and with the help of Athena, was washed ashore on the island. Naked and half drowned he awoke to see the lovely princess Nausica washing clothes in a nearby stream. Despite his intention of returning to his long suffering wife Penelope and his island kingdom of Ithaka, the hero of Troy was so overcome with admiration, that he ‘greatly feared to touch her knees’! Corfu has been known to have a similar effect on lesser mortals!

The island has continued to inspire writers and poets, including Shakespeare who probably used the island as the model for the magical kingdom in The Tempest. Much later, prior to World War Two the eccentric but talented Durrell family, came to live on the island. Gerald memorably described the island, inhabitants and animals in his evocative book, ‘My Family and Other Animals’, whilst his elder brother Lawrence wrote a successful account of the island, ‘Prospero’s Cell’.

Fertile and blessed with a perfect climate, Corfu has been coveted and fought over by many warring nations, including the Venetians, Saracens, French and British, finally achieving union with an independent Greece in 1864. The heritage left by all these uninvited guests, together with the fascinating archeological remains of earlier civilisations means that the island today is a unique blend of ancient myth, classical architecture and a vibrant culture as well as being the ‘emerald isle’ of the Ionian.

By the end of the century the Corfiots, naturally resilient, innately hospitable, and imaginative, realised that they needed to reclaim and re-establish its native culture and heritage. Supported by the island administration they have transformed Corfu.

Corfu Town, with its warren of narrow streets, its graceful Venetian facades and its wonderful main square, has been renovated without losing any of its character. Many of the narrow alleyways have been pedestrianised and venerable buildings sensitively restored.

Of course there are still busy resorts, but nowadays their streets and waterfronts are far more likely to be thronged with families enjoying themselves than late night revellers.

A network of roads lead out from the capital across the island, whilst the quiet byways and lanes of the rural interior have been re-surfaced but are still relatively traffic free, the hamlets and villages they connect remain unspoilt.

Our selection of properties have been chosen to represent the real Corfu, an island of clean beaches, verdant hills and valleys, excellent museums, fine tavernas and restaurants. Try and get a table with a view, which is quintessentially Corfiot. You should be able to make out the graceful lattice of traditional fish traps and a fisherman tending to his nets as he and his ancestors have done for a thousand years or more. This is the magic of Corfu, ancient and modern.

  • Tour the north east coast in a motor boat
  • Relax and swim at any of Corfu’s 30 Blue Flag beaches
  • Horse riding from Avlaki Beach
  • Family trip to Aqualand water park
  • Dinghy sailing & windsurfing from Avlaki Beach
  • Enjoy a drink on the ‘Liston’ in cosmopolitan Corfu Town and shop in its narrow streets
  • Diving & snorkeling tours from Kassiopi
  • Wine tasting at the Triklino Vineyard
  • Play golf at Corfu’s own championship course in the Ropa Valley
  • Visit the deserted village of Old Perithia high up in the mountains
Flights for this season
Monday departures
Direct flights from London Gatwick and Manchester
CORFU (CFU): for Corfu
MONDAY FLIGHT
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London Gatwick Corfu Dep: 05:50hrs
Arr: 11:05hrs
Dep: 11:45hrs
Arr: 12:55hrs
None Easyjet
EZY 8751/2
North Terminal From: 2nd Oct
To: 23rd Oct
Manchester Corfu Dep: 05:00hrs
Arr: 10:30hrs
Dep: 11:30hrs
Arr: 13:05hrs
£35.00 Thomas cook
MT 1438/9
T1 From: 1st May
To: 23rd Oct
These timings are quoted in local time and may be subject to alteration. Greece is 2 hours ahead of the UK. Check-in time for UK is 2 hours prior to departure and in resort, due to security requirements, check-in should be 3 hours prior to departure.
Flights for 2018
Monday departures
Direct flights from London Gatwick and Manchester
CORFU (CFU): for Corfu
MONDAY FLIGHT
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London Gatwick Corfu Dep: 05:50hrs
Arr: 11:05hrs
Dep: 11:45hrs
Arr: 12:55hrs
None Easyjet
EZY 8751/2
North Terminal From: 7th May
To: 14th May
London Gatwick Corfu Dep: 10:25hrs
Arr: 15:40hrs
Dep: 16:30hrs
Arr: 17:55hrs
None Germania Airlines
ST 1736/7
South Terminal From: 21st May
To: 24th Sep
London Gatwick Corfu Dep: 05:50hrs
Arr: 11:05hrs
Dep: 11:45hrs
Arr: 12:55hrs
None Easyjet
EZY 8751/2
North Terminal From: 1st Oct
To: 22nd Oct
Manchester Corfu Dep: 05:00hrs
Arr: 10:30hrs
Dep: 11:30hrs
Arr: 13:05hrs
£35.00 Thomas cook
MT 1438/9
T1 From: 7th May
To: 22nd Oct
These timings are quoted in local time and may be subject to alteration. Greece is 2 hours ahead of the UK. Check-in time for UK is 2 hours prior to departure and in resort, due to security requirements, check-in should be 3 hours prior to departure.

TRANSFERS

Where applicable, hire cars will be waiting at the airport. If a hire car is not included in your package, your onward road transfer will be by taxi or mini bus.

Approx transfer time: 30 mins to 1 hour

PRE-BOOKING YOUR AIRCRAFT SEAT

To pre book your seat please contact the airline directly quoting Ionian Island Holidays as your tour operator, your booking reference number, flight number, date of departure and specific flight request. Payments for these seats are direct with the airline.

AIRLINE CONTACT DETAILS

Germania Airlines: Visit Website
Easyjet: N/A
Thomas cook: Visit Website

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE

20kg for checked baggage, 5kg hand baggage.
Security restrictions may apply, please contact the airline, the airport or ourselves before departure.

FLIGHT ONLY

We are able to offer a limited number of flights direct to Kefalonia, Preveza and Corfu. Contact out UK office for further details on 020 8459 0777.

AIRPORTS ASSISTANCE

Please also fully inform us of any disability or walking difficulty you may have, so we can provide assistance at the airport. This must be made at least 7 days before departure.

Elsa's Limani House
ELSA'S LIMANI HOUSE
AGIOS STEFANOS, CORFU
Perfectly positioned apartments on the waters edge in the heart of idyllic Agios Stefanos
Apartments close to the harbourside and beach
Evanna, Anna and Spiros
EVANNA, ANNA AND SPIROS
AGIOS STEFANOS, CORFU
Wonderfully positioned apartments in one of the most beautiful harbours on Corfu
Apartments close to the harbourside and beach
Olive Tree House
OLIVE TREE HOUSE
KASSIOPI, CORFU
A delightful villa set amongst the olive groves on Corfu's stunning north east coast
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Agni-Stefania
VILLA AGNI-STEFANIA
NEAR AGNI, CORFU
Elegant hillside villa hidden amongst the cypress trees with breathtaking views
3 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
Villa Eleni
VILLA ELENI
NEAR AGIOS STEFANOS, CORFU
Sublime and spacious villa with spectacular views across the sea to mainland Greece
3 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
Villa Georgina
VILLA GEORGINA
NEAR NISSAKI, CORFU
Superbly located villa with spectacular sea views towards Corfu Town
2 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
Villa Katina
VILLA KATINA
NEAR NISSAKI, CORFU
Comfortable villa set in beautiful grounds with fantastic views
2 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
Villa Relis
VILLA RELIS
NEAR AGIOS STEFANOS, CORFU
Romantic retreat for couples with spectacular sea views across Kerasia Bay
1 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
Villa Votana
VILLA VOTANA
NEAR KASSIOPI, CORFU
A lovely traditional villa on Corfu’s unspoilt northeast coast
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Fantasia
VILLA FANTASIA
NEAR NISSAKI, CORFU
Close to the coast and mountains with fantastic views, this villa is the perfect choice
3 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
Villa Apleton
VILLA APLETON
NEAR KASSIOPI, CORFU
A delightful family villa set in its own enclosed grounds
3 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
Villa Lofos
VILLA LOFOS
NEAR KASSIOPI, CORFU
Nestling in the magical olive groves of northern Corfu close to the beach
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
The Stone Cottage
THE STONE COTTAGE
NISSAKI, CORFU
A small stone cottage surrounded by mature gardens close to the unspoilt harbour and hamlet of Nissaki on Corfu’s northeast coast.
2 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
Evanna, Anna and Spiros
EVANNA, ANNA AND SPIROS
AGIOS STEFANOS, CORFU
Wonderfully positioned apartments in one of the most beautiful harbours on Corfu
Apartments close to the harbourside and beach
Elsa's Limani House
ELSA'S LIMANI HOUSE
AGIOS STEFANOS, CORFU
Perfectly positioned apartments on the waters edge in the heart of idyllic Agios Stefanos
Apartments close to the harbourside and beach
Villa Relis
VILLA RELIS
NEAR AGIOS STEFANOS, CORFU
Romantic retreat for couples with spectacular sea views across Kerasia Bay
1 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
Villa Katina
VILLA KATINA
NEAR NISSAKI, CORFU
Comfortable villa set in beautiful grounds with fantastic views
2 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
Villa Georgina
VILLA GEORGINA
NEAR NISSAKI, CORFU
Superbly located villa with spectacular sea views towards Corfu Town
2 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
The Stone Cottage
THE STONE COTTAGE
NISSAKI, CORFU
A small stone cottage surrounded by mature gardens close to the unspoilt harbour and hamlet of Nissaki on Corfu’s northeast coast.
2 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
Villa Votana
VILLA VOTANA
NEAR KASSIOPI, CORFU
A lovely traditional villa on Corfu’s unspoilt northeast coast
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Apleton
VILLA APLETON
NEAR KASSIOPI, CORFU
A delightful family villa set in its own enclosed grounds
3 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
Villa Lofos
VILLA LOFOS
NEAR KASSIOPI, CORFU
Nestling in the magical olive groves of northern Corfu close to the beach
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Agni-Stefania
VILLA AGNI-STEFANIA
NEAR AGNI, CORFU
Elegant hillside villa hidden amongst the cypress trees with breathtaking views
3 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
Villa Fantasia
VILLA FANTASIA
NEAR NISSAKI, CORFU
Close to the coast and mountains with fantastic views, this villa is the perfect choice
3 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool
Olive Tree House
OLIVE TREE HOUSE
KASSIOPI, CORFU
A delightful villa set amongst the olive groves on Corfu's stunning north east coast
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Eleni
VILLA ELENI
NEAR AGIOS STEFANOS, CORFU
Sublime and spacious villa with spectacular views across the sea to mainland Greece
3 Bedroom Villa with Private Swimming Pool