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About Corfu

That classic holiday combination of endless sun, sea and sand make Corfu one of the most popular, as well as one of the largest Greek islands, but it has a lot more to offer.

Head inland, through heavily-scented pine woods, and you will find tiny villages like Sokraki where only Greek is spoken and time appears to have stood still. And the capital, Corfu Town, is Greece's largest 'living' medieval town home to cobblestone streets and alleyways, historic buildings, statues and fountains. The stand-out is the Venetian-built Old Fortress, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

But do find time to pause for a drink or lunch at one of the cafés along the French-style Liston Arcade and Esplanade. For the best beaches, head for Paleokastritsa, Glyfada or, if it is history you want, head for Gastouri to visit the lavish 19th century Achillion Palace.

 

Shore excursions in Corfu

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Corfu Highlights

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the breathtaking bays and exceptional scenery bordered by lush lemon and olive groves.

Sit back and relax as you weave your way up the mountain roads to the beautiful village of Paleokastritsa. Sheer cliffs and rugged headlands are interspersed with coves of silver sand, coiled between mountains cloaked in emerald green. Perched on a hilltop above the beach is the majestic monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Explore the magical manicured gardens and Byzantine style buildings which date back to the 18th century. Next, you’ll head to the Venetian citadel, in the heart of Old Corfu Town. Your guide will host you on a short stroll through a maze of narrow streets, passing by the public gardens and cricket ground and on to Corfu’s famous St Spyridon’s Church. From here you will have some free time to explore further or simply enjoy people watching in one of the many street cafés.

Next, you’ll head to the Venetian citadel, in the heart of Old Corfu Town. Your guide will host you on a short stroll through a maze of narrow streets, passing by the public gardens and cricket ground and on to Corfu’s famous St Spyridon’s Church. From here you will have some free time to explore further or simply enjoy people watching in one of the many street cafés.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Due to ongoing road renovations, the road to the Virgin Mary Monastery in Paleokastritsa may be inaccessible and will be replaced with the Virgin Monastery in Kanoni. Passengers are advised that there is approximately 2 hours of walking included with several steps, uneven terrain and some steep inclines. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Flash photography, filming and shorts are not permitted in St Spyridon’s and women are required to cover their shoulders and knees. Local guides are not permitted to guide inside the church. There are some hairpin bends on this tour and those passengers suffering from vertigo should take this into consideration.

Corfu Sights and Winery

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the beauty of Corfu Island and savour some of the local wine.

Weave your way up to the beautiful village of Paleokastritsa nestling in a coastline of hills and promontories, draped in olive, cypress and lemon trees. Suspended over the Ionian Sea is the Monastery of the Virgin Mary. Explore the pretty gardens that are tended by the monastic order and admire the awe inspiring views.

Surrounded by ancient olive groves and verdant vineyards is the Ambelonas Winery. Follow the production processes before sampling some wine with local cheese, fresh bread, olive oil and olives. Before leaving, you’ll have an opportunity to purchase wines and olive oil from the Estate.

Corfu Town is a bustling, elegant town that combines the ambience of medieval and modern. Here, you’ll have free time to explore at your own leisure. Perhaps visit the Church of Spyridon or browse the local shops, before re-joining your guide and coach for the return to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Due to ongoing road renovations, the road to the Virgin Mary Monastery in Paleokastritsa may be inaccessible and will be replaced with the Virgin Monastery in Kanoni. This tour involves moderate walking over varying terrain, including steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Respectful attire must be worn when entering religious buildings, ladies must have their shoulders and knees covered and shorts are not permitted. There are up to 15 steps to negotiate at the Virgin Mary Monastery. Flash photography and filming are not permitted inside religious buildings. The time at leisure in Corfu Town is around 1 hour. Please remember to take local currency to purchases.

Corfu Town and Coastal Caves

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the delights of Corfu Town, combined with a boat ride around the caves of the coastline of Paleokastritsa.

Head to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town of Corfu. With your guide, meander through the Mediterranean port town and discover its delightful architecture and Esplanade, one of the largest squares in Europe. The town centre conceals a labyrinth of narrow alleyways criss-crossing larger, bustling streets abound with typical old craftsmen's workshops.

Then it’s time to sit back, relax and admire the stunning scenery, as you take a drive through the lush countryside to Paleokastritsa. Described by many as one of the most beautiful places in Greece, Paleokastritsa boasts beautiful crystal blue bays, mysterious grottoes and impressive cliff formations. Upon arrival, you’ll hop aboard a small boat and set off to discover the spectacular caves of Nafsika, the San Nicolaos Caves and the unique Blue Eye Cave. Admire the contrasting green and blue colours of the water and the array of jagged cave walls.

At the end of your boat ride, there will be some limited free time in Paleokastritsa, before the return drive to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. The small boats vary in capacity from 10 to 25 seats. The boat ride is weather dependent and may be cancelled on the day. If this occurs the time will be substituted at Paleokastritsa or Corfu Old Town. A degree of agility is required when boarding the boat as you will need to step between the boat and the quayside. The boats are regulated and must be filled as they are lined up, before moving to the next one. The boat ride is around 30 minutes. There is approximately 1 hour of walking over flat terrain. For those wishing to spend the free time in Paleokastritsa at the beach, please remember your swimwear, a towel and sun protection. Please remember local currency for purchases.

Leisurely Corfu

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

This laid-back tour of Corfu gives you time to soak up the atmosphere and still see the top sights.

Enjoy a trip through traditional mountain villages and across the spine of the island.

A scenic drive around Corfu Town will take you past the New Fortress and onto the Old Fortress, where there are magnificent views of the town. You’ll drive past the Palace of St Michael and St George, the Esplanade and the cricket pitch before heading out through the countryside. Snap up the views of picture perfect Paleokastritsa set amidst 6 small coves, backed by towering cliffs and colourful olive, lemon and cypress groves.

Afterwards, you’ll head to a local family run shop and business, Mavromatis Koum Kouat, who specialise in Kum Quat products. The small citrus fruit is grown on the island, which closely resembles the orange, and is used in liqueurs and jams.

Finally, enjoy some free time where time stands still, at the dreamy mountain villages of Lakones (Bella Vista).

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. There is some uneven ground at Paleokastritsa Village and several steps at Koum Kouat. There are some hairpin bends on this tour and those passengers suffering from vertigo should take this into consideration. Please remember local currency for purchases.

 

A selection of cruises to Corfu

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