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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.

Colonial Palaces of Corfu - Small Group Option

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

The best of both worlds. Not only will you discover Corfu’s breathtaking scenery, but also visit its colonial palaces.

Corfu is more lush and verdant than most Greek islands and this is apparent as you drive through groves of olive, orange and lemon trees, interspersed with tall, graceful cypresses.

In the village of Gastouri is the Achilleion Palace, built for Empress Elisabeth and purchased by William II after her untimely death. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the Palace’s beautiful interior and explore the manicured gardens, containing statues including the dramatic Dying Achilles.

Situated at the top of Analipsis Hill is the Mon Repos Palace, where Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was born. Today it has been turned into the Paleopolis Museum, and your visit will show you various fascinating finds from archaeological sites. Sweeping coastline views from high up, add to the beauty of the location.

Then it’s time to enjoy a cup of filtered coffee and some traditional cake at a local restaurant near the beautiful Old Town of Corfu. Enjoy views towards the port, mainland and the famous Old Fortress.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The maximum group size will be no more than 25 passengers per guide. There is a short walk from the coach drop off point to the Mon Repos Museum and an incline to negotiate. Please note that this tour will take you along some winding bumpy roads. This excursion does not include a guided tour of Corfu Town. You may opt to remain in the Town and make your own way back to the ship. Please advise your guide, if you choose this option. There are 50 steps to visit the Gardens of Achilleion Palace and the stairs do not have handrails. Total walking time during this tour is 2 hours. Comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. This tour cannot operate on Mondays as Mon Repos Palace is closed.

Corfu Coastline and Swim

Activity lowMeal includedShoppingFamily

Duration: 7 hours

Step aboard a traditional Greek Caiquie boat and enjoy a trip along the north-eastern coastline of Corfu.

Your guide will meet you at the ship and accompany you on the inter port shuttle, for a brief transfer to the port terminal, and a short walk to join your boat. Step aboard your Caiquie boat for a leisurely ride along the coastline.

After around 1½ hours, you’ll drop anchor off the pebble beach of Limnopoula. Here, you can wade ashore to the beach and relax on the warm sand, take a refreshing dip, or simply sit in the sun on board the boat.

A tasty lunch and a soft drink refreshment will be served on board or on the beach, before setting off to the sea-side resort of Kassiopi, where you’ll have some free time to explore the resort. Next, you’ll head to the Bay of Aghios Arsenios and drop anchor for a short while. For those who wish to, you can enjoy a final dip directly from the boat.

On the return boat ride, a glass of wine will be offered, as you sit back and relax before arriving at the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat. This tour operates by a traditional Caiquie boat, passengers will be seated on benches across 2 decks and there is limited shading. Space on the open deck is limited. Please remember swimwear, a towel and sun protection. Drinks are available for purchase on the boat. Please note, there are no facilities available on Limnopoula beach and during the summer there may be other boats at the beach. The beach is pebble and it’s advisable to take water shoes. Participants must be competent swimmers. Wine will only be offered to those over the age of 18. You will be required to climb down a step ladder and wade ashore. If berthing areas are busy, the stop at Kassiopi may be replaced with a scenic sail or a stop at Koloura Beach. This tour is weather dependent. Those prone to seasickness should take the necessary precautions.

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. 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. 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.

 

A selection of cruises to Corfu

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