The late, great Gerald Durrell did some truly outstanding conservation work over the course of his life and changed our outlook on many of the planet’s endangered species. These remarkable accomplishments ensure that the naturalist and author is greatly loved around the globe by fellow nature lovers, and his work continues to inspire hope today.
See Where it Started
For those with an interest in Durrell’s work, and conservation in general, the exclusive “Corfu: Footsteps of the Durrells” escorted tour is a must. It takes place on the gorgeous Greek island where he spent his formative years. Accompanied by his wife, Lee, this unique experience will provide you with a deep insight into where it all started and how his interest in the local animals paved the way for some of the most important conservation work ever carried out.
A Lifetime of Important Work Which Continues Today
Today, Lee continues the work that the couple set out to complete before Gerald passed away in 1995. Over the course of their professional and private lives, the Durrells saved entire species, travelled the world, authored influential books, presented TV shows and set up a conservation academy. This was all whilst running The Durrell Wildlife Park on the island of Jersey - a park that Lee is still heavily involved in running today.
What to Expect
With such an important and impressive amount of work done in the zoology field, gaining an insight into where it all started proves to be a fascinating and rewarding experience. The 5-day, 6-night itinerary will take you to Gerald’s favourite haunts in Corfu as described in his most popular book, My Family and Other Animals.
In addition to the site visits, the escorted tour will include private talks and special guests who will open a window into the great man’s life and what made him tick. Three days will be spent with Lee, who will share entertaining anecdotes of their life as well as show the stunning beauty of Corfu’s native flora and fauna. Director of the “Gerald Durrell Week”, David Ashcroft will also accompany the group to Mouse Island and Corfu Old Town. Later in the tour you can also enjoy a fascinating talk on the healing properties of Corfu’s herbs from an expert local herbalist. One of the most popular parts of the tour is the excursion to Albania, where you can uncover the gems at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint and the charming coastal town of Saranda.
An Eye-Opening Experience
This all showcases the great beauty of Corfu whilst allowing nature lovers to follow in the footsteps of one of the most-loved and important naturalists of recent times. This escorted touris sure to be a fun, eye-opening and memorable experience that anyone with a passion for nature will adore.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years, he has been providing luxury holidays to many destinations around the globe. Recently his well received escorted tour to Corfu has been included in the holiday portfolio. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.