Ionian Photo Tours is a service built by photographers for photographers. Our guides are all experienced photographers who are happy to pass on their knowledge and help you take better photographs, or you can rely on your own expertise and leave the logistics of travelling to locations in the hands of our guides.
Our itinerary is designed to give a good variety of locations and we have included some early morning and evening shoots to take advantage of the beautiful light. In these latitudes you have to be ready because the right light doesn't last long but our guides will be on hand to ensure you get the images you want
To book you need to complete the Booking Application Form.and we will advise of the itinerary for that period. You can then decide if you want those locations and we will hold those dates for 48 hours to give you time to book flights. You can fly in or out on any day you like and join in at that point. If you fly in on say a Wednesday, you first day on the photo tour will be the Thursday, where ever we happen to be going that day. A weeks photo tour will normally include six days rather than seven because most people arrive and leave on the same day. If you book for ten days you will have nine days of photo tour.
Trips off the island will attract a supplement which will be advised to you at the time of booking.
Locations on the itinerary are given below. These are subject to variation, amendment or cancellation without notice. This could be because of weather affecting crossings to locations off island, or a variety of other circumstances beyond our control. If supplementary charges have been levied, these will of course be refunded and an alternative location made available.
Accommodation is at the Blue Sea, a family run hotel since 1976 where you can always be sure of a warm welcome and typically Greek hospitality.
The hotel is well provided with facilities and frequently has entertainment on in the evenings. Useful if we aren't going out for an evening or night shoot.
Locations included in the itinery of our photo tour.
Palaiokastritsa & Bella Vista
The bay of Palaiokastritsa. The rock in the sea visible near the horizon at the top centre-left of the picture is considered by the locals to be the mythical petrified ship of Odysseus. The side of the rock toward the mainland is curved in such a way as to resemble the extended sail of a trireme. The historic monastery of Palaiokastritsa can be seen at the top of the hill of the peninsula to the right of the picture.
Kavos is a seaside village on the island of Corfu in Greece, in the municipal district and the municipality of Lefkimmi. It is now a lively resort heavily devoted to tourism, and popular with young holidaymakers from Britain, Serbia and Northern Europe. The main part of Kavos is the long strip which runs parallel to the coast line, which contains a large percentage of the restaurants, shops, hotels and apartments.
Lake Korrison, also called Lake Korissa, is located on the west coast of Corfu. The name is spelt variously as Korisson, Korrision and Karissa but they all point to long, narrow stretch of water set just inland from a long and sandy beach.
Corfu Town is the capital of Corfu (Kerkyra in Greek) one of the most beautiful and elegant towns in Greece. It is the principal port of the island and one of the largest and most populated (30,000 inhabitants) towns of the Ionian Islands. Built on a promontory, the town displays a unique architecture which is strongly influenced from the different dominations, such as the Sicilian, the Venetian, the French and the English ones. From those times, Corfu Town has kept many of its imposing buildings, elegant mansions, superb palaces, French-style flowered squares and beautiful fortresses.
The Old Fortress of Corfu is a Venetian fortress in the city of Corfu. The fortress covers the promontory which initially contained the old town of Corfu that had emerged during Byzantine times.
The New Fortress of Corfu is a Venetian fortress built on the hill of St. Mark in Corfu in stages. The original architect of the fort was the military engineer Ferrante Vitelli.
Gardiki Castle is a 13th-century Byzantine castle on the southwestern coast of Corfu and the only surviving medieval fortress on the southern part of the island.
Kassiopi Castle is a castle on the northeastern coast of Corfu overseeing the fishing village of Kassiopi. It was one of three Byzantine-period castles that defended the island before the Venetian era.
Angelokastro is a Byzantine castle on the island of Corfu, Greece. It is located at the top of the highest peak of the island's shoreline in the northwest coast near Palaiokastritsa and built on particularly precipitous and rocky terrain
Liston is a Venetian word used in various cities of the Veneto region and former possessions of the former Republic of Venice to indicate a part of the city, usually a square or section of a square. In 1935, a horse drawn cab containing a newly-arrived Durrell family and Roger "shambled to a halt outside a doorway over which hung a board with Pension Suisse inscribed on it". Former Pension Suisse was located above the Liston.
Kato Plateia also serves as a venue where cricket matches are held from time to time. In Greece, cricket is unique to Corfu, as it was once a British protectorate.
Overlooking the arcades of Liston and the main square Esplanade, is the Arcadion hotel
The ghost village of Old Perithia in Corfu, Greece: Old Perithia (or Palea Perithia) is a ghost village on the northern side of Corfu, just 8 km from Kassiopi. Constructed on the slopes of Mount Pantokrator, at an altitude of 650 m, Old Perithia is a wonderful place to visit. Source: www.greeka.com
Monastery of Panagía Arkoudíla
In the southern part of Corfu next to cape Asprokavos -the CAVO BIANCO-a gravel road takes us beyond the Cavos community, through a thick vegetation, we can reach after two kilometres the hill of Panagia (Mother of Jesus) of Arkoudilas.
The Achillion palace is a palace built in Gastouri on the Island of Corfu by Empress (German: Kaiserin) of Austria, Elisabeth of Bavaria, also known as Sisi, after a suggestion by Austrian ConsulAlexander von Warsberg. Elisabeth was a powerful woman obsessed with beauty, but was deeply saddened by the tragic loss of her only son, Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria during the Mayerling Incident in 1889. A year later in 1890, she had this summer palace built in the region of Gastouri (Γαστούρι), about ten kilometres to the south of the city of Corfu in formerly, the municipality of Achilleio; now part of the Corfu municipality. Achilleion's location provides a panoramic view of Corfu city to the north, and across the whole southern part of the island.
Agios Gordios is a community and a holiday resort village on the west coast of the Greek island of Corfu. The beach is located just 5 km from Sinarades. It is part of the municipality Achilleio.
Kanoni & church of Panagia Vlaherna
Kanoni, the church of Panagia Vlacherna and the Mouse Island in Corfu: The location of Kanoni with the church of Panagia Vlacherna below and the Mouse Island (Pontikonissi) are the most famous and photographed spots of Corfu. Kanoni is actually a quarter of Corfu Town, just a couple of km from the city centre. It took its name from an old cannon that stands on top of the hill. This hill is lush green and has many luxurious hotels and local residences.
Mouse Island & 13th century Byzantine church of Pantokrator
Pontikonisi is a Greek islet near the island of Corfu. Its prominent feature is a Byzantine chapel of Pantokrator, dating from the 11th or 12th century.
The island of Pontikonisi might have served as an inspiration for Arnold Böcklin's painting Isle of the Dead.
The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, second in importance only to Mount Athos.
Paxi or Paxoi is the smallest island group within the Ionian Islands. In Greek it is a plural form. The largest islands are Paxos and nearby Antipaxos. Antipaxos is famous for its wine and two of the finest sand beaches in the Ionian Sea.
Antipaxos is a small island in Greece, about 3 kilometres to the south of Paxos. It is administratively part of the municipality of Paxoi in Corfu regional unit in western Greece. As of 2011, the resident population of the island was 20.
Sarandë is a resort on the Albanian Riviera, in southern Albania. Sandwiched between the Ionian Sea and hills of olive groves, the town is on a horseshoe-shaped bay, edged by beaches and a promenade. In the center are the archaeological remains of a 5th-century synagogue, later an early Christian basilica. Intricate floor mosaics are still evident. The 16th-century Lëkurësi Castle is on a hilltop above the town.
Mount Pantokrator and Monastery
Mount Pantokrator (sometimes Pantocrator, Pantōkrator, Παντοκράτωρ in Greek) is a mountain located in north-eastern Corfu. At 906 metres (2,972 ft), it is the highest mountain on the island. At the summit, the whole of Corfu can be seen, as well as Albania which lies a short distance from the island. On particularly clear days it is also possible to see Italy despite it being around 81 miles away. At the top there is a café for tourists, a telecommunications station, whose largest tower stands directly over a well, and a monastery.
Mon Repos Palace is situated on top of Analipsis hill in the area of Kanoni. The remains of the ancient town of Corfu, which have been found opposite to the palace, make archaeologists believe that Mon Repos was built right on the site where the ancient city of Corfu used to be. The palace is surrounded by magnificent park. It was built in 1826 by the British Commissioner Frederic Adams as a gift to his Corfiot wife, Nina Palatianou. It is a small but very beautiful palace with colonial architectural elements.
The Erikoussa or Merlera is the northernmost island in a distance of about 6 miles from Cape Drastis of Corfu. The name is due to the many heather on the island.
It is an island full of olive trees, cypresses, sedges and shrubs, with quiet beaches away from the bustle of the neighboring Corfu, therefore it is an ideal place for a quiet holiday .
On the south coast is the beach of Porto, the main port of the island and also two more settlements, Fyki at west and Bragkini at the east which is a small harbor and a beach with shallow water.
Mathraki is the southernmost and smallest of the islands, just 4.5 miles from Kavokefali of St. Stephanos. It is very green with scenic trails, small locations and sandy beaches.
Main settlements are Plakes in the east, the port and the beaches Portelo and Arvanitiko, both with shallow water. To the west are the Fiki Bay, the Kontrakas, the old port, and the port of Apidies
Othoni is the largest and westernmost island, so is the western part of Greek territory, the distance from the northwestern tip of Corfu is 12 miles.
Othoni have beautiful beaches with turquoise waters, impressive geological formations, lush vegetation, picturesque paths and small villages with houses made of stone.
Major settlements in Othoni is Ammos, Avlaki and the port, all in the southern coast of the island.
Other beaches is the White Sand and Fiki beach on the north coast
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