Greek Culture

Greek Art & Culture Summer Retreat

  • Group Size Max 10
  • Date Aug 2023
  • Location Corfu, Greece
  • Price from 2590€/person
from 2590€/person

Highlights

Explore Angelokastro, one of the most important Byzantine fortresses in the whole of Greece.

Learn traditional Greek dancing, a treasured part of Greek society across the centuries.

5 course hands on cooking class at Ambelonas on Taxidiotis Corfu Retreat

Take a 5 course hands-on cooking class at Ambelonas, a local winery.

Experience the Panigiri, a centuries old traditional festival with live music and dance. This social festival has a special place in the hearts of Greeks and attracts many local visitors.

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Enjoy olive oil tasting, learn about olive oil and its importance in everyday Greek life.

Stay at the Pelecas Country Club, the 200 year-old site of a former olive oil press, now refurbished into a secluded, luxury private retreat with no detail spared.

Overview

The Retreat

Greece has some of the richest cultural heritage imaginable. My Art & Culture Retreat is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich, historical story that spans back to ancient Greek times.

Over thousands of years the lush, verdant island of Corfu has been occupied by different cultures, including the Ottomans and Venetians. The result is a unique blend of architecture, art, music, dance, food and festivals for you to discover.

Whilst you’ll stay at a luxurious, secluded retreat, you’ll uncover the authentic experiences of a traveller, rather than a tourist. I’ll introduce you to the locals I know, including a professional dance teacher with decades of experience in this wonderful Greek tradition. We’ll enjoy traditional music and dance classes where you’ll be able to learn dances to take part in the Panigiri. This really is an incredibly special festival where you’ll laugh, eat and dance arm in arm with locals who consider this night a highlight of their calendar. On top of that unforgettable experience we’ll also explore the wonder and importance of olive oil production, visit ancient landmarks and much, much more.

This is an experience of real Greek culture at its finest with everything organised for you. Relax, create unforgettable memories and let Corfu capture your heart as it has done mine.

Scheduled dates

Aug 2023 Corfu, Greece

Hosts

Lynette

I’m your host, Lynette. I became a resident on the island of Corfu after falling in love in a story that spans South Africa, London and Greece. But that’s one for another time. I’m looking forward to giving you the warmest welcome and sharing my love of Corfu with you. Having been immersed in Greek culture for a while now, I’m no stranger to picking olives, making wine or planting vegetables and I want to share my firsthand experience of everyday life so that you can enjoy it too. Greece is a constant source of inspiration to me and it’s my honor to make sure you get to experience authentic Greece and its most beautiful gems.

Included

  • 8 days / 7 nights stay at luxury hotel at Pelecas country club
  • All activities and excursions
  • All meals during the workshop
  • Group airport transfer
  • All transfers on the island for activities and excursions
  • Full use of all Pelekas country club

Activities

  • Panigiri traditional festival
  • Traditional Corfu dance class
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Corfu Town food & cultural walking tour
  • Catamaran sailing day trip
  • Lunch at a seaside taverna at Agni Bay
  • Visit to Patounis, a soap factory
  • Tour of Angelokastro, a Byzantine castle

Why book?

Love Greek Locals
Of course, the best people to teach us are the ones that live here; they’re my partners in helping to uncover the real Corfu.
Unique experiences
I’ve spent the last few years uncovering the very best that Corfu has to offer so that you don’t have to do all the hard work.
Small groups
Small groups of 5 to 10 people maximum. Guaranteed departures from 5 people.

Location

Corfu

The jewel of the Ionian Sea, Corfu with its azure waters, lush hillsides, blue skies, beautiful beaches, delicious food, and historical monuments will ensure an unforgettable trip. I’ve spent the last few years uncovering the very best that Corfu has to offer so that you don’t have to do all the hard work. Corfu is a constant source of inspiration to me and it would be my honour to make sure you get to experience authentic Greece and its most beautiful gems.

Corfu Info

You can fly directly to Corfu Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport (CFU) from the United Kingdom or from European cities or if you’re travelling from Outside of the EU & UK connect via Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH).

Group return airport transfers from the villa and to Corfu airport are included in the retreat programme. Your driver will be waiting at arrivals holding a sign with the Taxidiotis logo.

If your flight arrives a few hours earlier please inform us and I’ll try to arrange luggage storage and transfer to Old Corfu Town for an additional fee of 10euros per person.

Transfer to the villa takes about 45 minutes.

European Union (EU) citizens may enter Greece for an unlimited length of time. British citizens must have a valid passport, while citizens of Ireland can enter with a valid identity card or passport. Nationals of the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can stay for up to 90 days within any 180-day period upon production of a valid passport; no advance visas are needed. South Africans require a Schengen Visa, applied for in advance at a Greek embassy or consulate.

If you’re considering to extend your stay in Corfu before or after the retreat see below my list of recommendations:

Resorts:

  • Old Corfu Town
    • Suites: Townhouse Co
    • Hotel: Siorra Vittoria, Bella Venezia, Acanthus Blue Hotel
    • B&B: Locandiera Corfu
  • Kassiopi
    • Hotel: Melina Bay

Transfers

Corfu Private Chauffeur Services 

Landmarks to explore:

  • Achilleion Palace
  • Paleokastritsa
  • Mon Repos Gardens
  • Old Perithia
  • Vlacherna Monastery
  • Kanoni & Mouse Island
  • Kaisers Throne
  • Pelekas Beach
  • Hike Pantokrator

As of May 14, 2021, all passengers age 5 years or older traveling within Greece by air or ferry to the Greek islands must provide either:

  • Proof of full vaccination at least 14 days prior to travel; or
  •  A negative PCR test no older than 72 hours

Taxidiotis takes extra precautions by ensuring everyone on the retreat has a negative test result taken within 72 hours of check-in at the retreat. In the event, someone has COVID-related symptoms during the retreat a mandatory rapid test will be required. These safety measures allow guests to enjoy their experience and roam the villa mask-free.

Official Link: travel.gov.gr

Retreat Info

Accommodation

Pelecas Country Club

You’ll be staying at the Pelecas Country Club, the 200 year-old site of a former olive oil press, now refurbished into a secluded, luxury private retreat with no detail spared.

Room options

Private Suite

€3590 per person

Shared Suite

€2590 per person
Amenities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Sunbeds & umbrellas
  • Kitchenette

You can choose to enjoy the facilities of the villa or venture out and discover Corfu.

Check-in:

Check-out: 

The activities will officially begin 19:00.

August, is one of the hottest months of the year. The average high in Corfu is 31ºC in August, which is perfect beach weather. Things stay pleasant in the evenings with temperatures only dropping to 18ºC at night.

Included

  • 8 days / 7 nights stay at luxury hotel at Pelecas country club
  • All activities and excursions
  • All meals during the workshop
  • Group airport transfer
  • All transfers on the island for activities and excursions
  • Full use of all Pelekas country club

Excluded

  • Air fares
  • Souvenirs
  • Transfers during free-time
  • Any excursions additional to the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance

I ask for a 35% deposit for your retreat so that I can secure the best accommodation and experiences for you. If you need to cancel your retreat once it’s booked, this deposit is not refundable. 

  1. If you need to cancel your place on the retreat more than 60 days before the start date, I will refund any payments made, less the 35% deposit. 
  2. In the event that we don’t have the minimum number of participants for the retreat, it will be postponed. You will have at least 2 months’ notice if this happens and you’ll get first preference on upcoming dates. 
  3. If you need to arrive late to the retreat or leave early I’m afraid that I don’t offer credit for the time missed. 
  4. In the case that you have no choice but to cancel your retreat, I’m happy to accept someone else to take your place. 
  5. The published itinerary is a guide and I reserve the right to make changes in the case of bad weather or unforeseen circumstances that might occasionally arise. If that happens, it’s my commitment to replace the advertised itinerary with an experience of equally exceptional quality. 

Payment

Depending on when you cancel, cancellation fees may apply.

  • To reserve your spot in the retreat a 35% non-refundable booking fee is required at the time or within 24 hours of our receiving of the signed booking confirmation form. 
  • I will confirm with you when I’ve received your deposit by email following receipt in our designated bank account.

Full payment for your booking is required no later than 9 weeks before departure (unless otherwise specified). Failure to make payment within this time will result in you losing your booking and your deposit. If you book 9 weeks prior to the retreat the full payment for the retreat is required at the time of booking. 

How to Pay

Payments can be made online through our automated system, with debit or credit card.

We can not accept credit/debit card details by email as this is not a secure payment method.

Travel Insurance

Guests must have adequate travel insurance to cover the retreat activities.

Please note, even if you have private health insurance in Greece or your respective Country of residence, it is unlikely that this insurance will cover overseas trips such as the retreats offered by Taxidiotis.

It is your responsibility to organize suitable travel and health insurance. Although we strongly encourage you to do so, you acknowledge that Taxidiotis is not in the business of providing insurance products and cannot be held liable if your failure to arrange suitable insurance coverage leaves you exposed, medically, financially or otherwise.

Photo / Video Release Form

You hereby grant Taxidiotis the right and permission to use photographic material & video in which you are featured and are taken during the course of the retreat. Taxidiotis holds the right to use/republish / copyright, etc. this material for advertising and promotional purposes. You hereby release and discharge Taxidiotis from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of the photographs and video footage, including without limitation any and all claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

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