Boating With The Durrells – A Full Day Cultural Boat Tour from Corfu Town

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Boating With The Durrells - A Full Day Cultural Boat Tour from Corfu Town

“The little boat rides clear in her white awnings; turns to Albania her sharp cheeks, and slides clear of the fort. And so home to the White House, tired and happy and with a sense of many blessings.” Lawrence Durrell 

Go on a magical journey to see Corfu locations related to the Durrell family – from their life here in the 1930’s, their popular books and the recent film and TV adaptations. When the Durrells lived on the island, Lawrence, Leslie and Herald all had boats and would spend many hours exploring the azure waters of Corfu. Now it’s your turn to sail away…

Let’s start our journey in the gem that is Corfu Town. This beautiful town is a jumble of tall, ochre-tinted Venetian buildings, imposing fortresses, twisting alleys, bulb-topped churches and grand palaces. Here in the old town you will find St. Spyridon’s church, the Contra Fossa, the Liston and the Palace of St Michael and St George; all used for scenes in The Durrells TV series. 

St Spyridon Church was written about by both Gerald and Lawrence and this beautiful Greek Orthodox church is the resting place of the mummified relic of St Spyridon himself. You will also find the Boschetto Gardens in Corfu Town, near the Old Fortress, with their bronze busts celebrating Gerald and Lawrence Durrell. 

All of these fascinating places are within walking distance of each other and a tour in Corfu Town is highly recommended to all “Durrellistas”. 

Next we will board a traditional caique boat, sail out of Corfu Old Port and along the northern coast. Soon we will arrive at Kontokali, and anchor off the beach called Sotiriotissa. Here we will find the famous house used as the family home in TV’s ‘The Durrells’. Now instantly (or Instagram-ly) familiar, this beautiful, old Venetian villa overlooking the sea, was used for outdoor shots of the Durrell home. It is a private property but can be clearly seen from the bay. On the other side of the road, is the real Daffodil Yellow Villa, where Gerald lived with his family. Also privately owned, it is well hidden behind tall trees. 

Sailing on to the north-east of the island, past many picturesque beaches, we will arrive at the small, sea-side village of Kalami. Here is our next stop, the famous White House, formerly the home of Lawrence Durrell and his wife Nancy. Now run as an upscale restaurant and guest house, it was immortalised in the book “Prospero’s Cell” as Larry’s “unregretted home”. It is still owned by the same family who hosted Larry and Nancy and looks little different from old photos taken 80 years ago. 

Our tour pauses at the White House in Kalami Bay for a few hours where you can swim, have a chilled drink and a fabulous lunch. Soak in the history and the sunshine! The White House also occasionally offers tours of the interior of the house and has an interesting gift shop selling Durrell books. 

If you are feeling active and adventurous, you can opt in for a further adventure. Our expert guide will take you on a hike along coastal footpaths to the lovely St Arsenios Chapel. Back in the 1930’s, this remote bay was the favorite sailing and bathing spot of Larry and Nancy, who would sail there on their boat, the Van Norden, from Kalami. In the TV series, Margo sunbathed on the rocks beneath the tiny chapel before being told off by an angry priest! 

Later, back at the White House, we board the boat again and sail back along the picturesque coastline in the afternoon breeze, finally ending our boating tour at the Old Port. 

What’s not to love? Come and join us on this unique Durrell boating experience!

Highlights

Corfu’s Historical Town

The White House

Saint Arsenios Chapel

Escorted/Guided tour

Rustic “kaiki” boat trip

Included/Excluded

Included

  • Guided/Escorted tour with experienced guide
  • Boat trip
  • Hotel pick up / drop off

Excluded

  • Entrance fee in The White House Museum
  • Lunch/drinks

Requirements

Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You may bring along your sun screen, hat, swim suit, towels and camera

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