Shore Excursion: Leisurely Small-Group Tour Of Corfu

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 4 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Departure Time :
    30 minutes after your ship docks Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    Corfu cruise port
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

Enjoy 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 get 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 getnumerous pictures around Palaiokastritsa Bay and the opportunity to join a boat trip to Paleokastritsa legendary caves (optional). You will admire the beauty of the bay from the Monastery of the Virgin Mary (founded in1228), as well as from the Balcony of the Gods in Lakones Vilage. Here you can have a Greek meze taste before continuing to the UNESCO site of the Old Town of Corfu.

Highlights

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach

Know More about this tour

Your tour will start with a visit to a 'Koum Kouat distillery. Koum Kouat fruit, which grows only in Corfu, is one of the islands most famous products, 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 (please note: you will not visit the production side of the distillery).

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 Odysseus, the mythological Greek hero, 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 can trace this scenic coast by local boat and explore some of its magical caves.

Follow the road to the end of the promontory to the Monastery of the Virgin Mary. A religious order has inhabited this site since the thirteenth century, and the current buildings date from the sixteenth and eighteenth century. Enjoy a visit to the place before driving up Bella Vista Hill where you will reach your next stop in Lakones village. The restaurant features spectacular views across the bay and is colloquially known as the Balcony of the Gods. Take time to delight in the breathtaking landscape 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 the nearby northern islands, before descending into the valley and continuing your route to Corfu Town.

Following the coastline through Garitsa Bay, you will reach the UNESCO Heritage 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 a 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

  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • 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 or Greek wine with typical Greek "meze". For children a cold refreshment will be served instead of Ouzo.

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Boat Trip to the Caves (Paid locally 10 Euros) optional

Additional Info

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