Shore Excursion: Leisurely Small-Group Tour Of Corfu
OverviewEnjoy a panoramic drive around the lovely island of Corfu. From the comfort of your coach, see many of the sights the island is famous for such as Palaiokastritsa resort, the Lakones area with a stunning view of the Ionian Sea, and Corfu Old Town. Your escort will make sure you receive as much knowledge as possible before leaving the island. You'll have the opportunity to learn about the island's most precious treasure, the Koum Kouat tree and its products. You will also get numerous pictures around Palaiokastritsa Bay and the opportunity to join a boat trip to Paleo Caves (optional). You will admire the beauty of the bay from the Monastery of the Virgin Mary (initially build at 1228), as well as from the Balcony of the Gods in Lakones Vilage. Here you can have a Greek meze taste before continuing through Kanoni to the UNESCO site of the Old Town of Corfu.
- Small group ensures personal service
- Private guide for a more personalized experience
- Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
- Led by a local guide
Know More about this tourYour tour will start with a visit to a 'Koum Kouat distillery and how the fruit is turned into famous delicacies from the island (please note: you will not visit the production side of the distillery). Koum Kouat fruit, which grows only in Corfu, is made into one of the islands most famous product, a liqueur with the same name, along with fruit-preserved sweets. You'll be able to sample some of the delicious wares and purchase some of the produce made from Koum Kouat.
Your tour continues by driving towards Palaiokastritsa. This beautiful seaside resort is famed for its fine beaches, olive groves, and crystal clear waters. In the days of Ancient Greece, Corfu marked the final stage of the legendary trip made by the mythological Greek hero, Odysseus, on his journey home to Ithaca. Odysseus is said to have come ashore here to receive hospitality from the king of the Phaeacians. The Kolovri Rock, which lies offshore, is said to be Odysseus boat, turned to stone by Poseidon. There you will have some free time where you cantrace this scenic coast by local boat and explore some of its magical grottoes.
Follow the road to the end of the promontory, where on the summit of the hill is the Monastery of the Virgin Mary. A religious order has occupied this site since the thirteenth century, and the current buildings date from the sixteenth and eighteenth century. Enjoy a visit with your escort before driving up the Bella Vista Hill where you will reach your restaurant stop outside of Lakones village. The restaurant features spectacular views across the bay and is colloquially known as Gods Balcony. Take time to enjoy the views and a taste of Greek Ouzo accompanied with meze.
After your visit to the restaurant, you will continue along the mountain ridge, enjoying the views of nearby islands, before descending into the valley continuing your route to Corfu Town. Before reaching Corfu Town you will make a brief photo stop in the charming Kanoni. Its name derives from the original gun placed here in 1810 by the French to disrupt the blockade by the British. From the Belvedere you can enjoy the view of perhaps Corfus most photographed spot; the twin islets of Vlachernae and Mouse island.
Next, you will pass the archaeological site of Paleopolis before continuing past the gates of the late Georgian Mon Repos Villa, once a residence of the Greek Royal Family and the birthplace of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Following the coastline through Garitsa Bay, you will reach the UNESCO site of the Old Town of Corfu. See and take pictures of the famous Esplanade, second largest public squares in Europe, and the elegant Liston promenade, once the exclusive preserve of local aristocracy. On your brief oriented tour throughout the town, you will also see the Palaio Frourio (Old Fortress), Durrell Gardens, and the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, which once served as the residence of the British High Commissioner.
Inclusions for Shore Excursion: Leisurely Small-Group Tour Of Corfu
- Port pickup and drop-off
- Tour escort/host
- Transport by exclusive mini van
- Insurance coverage
- Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
- Mobile contact number for any emergency, available 24/7
- A Glass of Ouzo with typical Greek "meze". For children a cold refreshment will be served instead of Ouzo.
Exclusions for Shore Excursion: Leisurely Small-Group Tour Of Corfu
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- Boat Trip to the Caves (Paid locally8 Euros) optional
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Appropriate clothing should be worn in places of worship in St Spyridon Church and Virgin Mary Monastery
A slight incline of a 100m uphill is required for visiting the Virgin Mary Monastery, also climbing 15 steps at the entrance.
At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name and re-boarding time.
Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
A moderate amount of walking is involved
Corfu Town will not be visited as a guided tour, a brief walking oriented portion of it will be made.
There are cobblestones in old Corfu Town
Guaranteed on-time return to your ship
- If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
- If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
- If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
- Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
- Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.