Welcome to Corfu
At the end of his travails, a weary Odysseus was shipwrecked on the vernal island of the Phaecans, who patiently heard his tale before setting him on a boat home to Ithaki. This island is modern-day Corfu and you can expect the same level of kindness from this cosmopolitan jewel.Ever since it was first settled by the Corcyrans in the 8th century, Corfu, or Kerkyra (ker-kih-rah) in Greek, has been an object of desire... Read More
Top experiences in Corfu
Private Custom Tour: Corfu in a Day
Choose between a half- or full-day tour, either with or without a professional guide, and spend your day in Corfu visiting the cultural, historical and natural landmarks that interest you the most. When booking your tour, make a note of the attractions and activities you would like to see and do, so that the logistics can be arranged in advance.On the day of your tour, meet your driver and guide (if option selected) at your Corfu hotel, and then set off in a premium, air-conditioned vehicle. Transport is included, but all meals and entrance fees are at your own expense.See the Itinerary for a sample half-day tour.
Shore Excursion: Half-Day at Glyfada Beach
Corfu is famous for its green full scenery, but most of all, the beaches and crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea. Glyfada beach is well known around the world for its long and golden sandy beach, here is where you will have approximately three hours to enjoy the sun, relax, swim in the sea or enjoy refreshment at the sea side.Glyfada Beach is said to be where Odysseus washed up on the final leg of his Odyssey to his way back to Ithaca. Your sunbeds and umbrellas will be reserved for you with all amenities (including towels and a bottle of water) and is here where you will enjoy a cold refreshment (included). Just stay back and relax drinking an extraordinary cocktail chosen of a long list or If you feel hungry just order one of the delicious snacks available on the beach. Pazuzu is also well known for its Mediterranean cuisine. The beach offers a big variety of water sports for hire so please remember to bring local currency with you if you wish to be a bit more active.
Shore Excursion: Corfu Sights and Wine Tasting - Small Group
Your day wouldn't start better than visiting Palaiokastritsa's monastery which is dedicated to the Vergin Mary and admiring the view of Ionian Sea and the surrounding bays.By walking inside the monastery of the Virgin Mary you find, gleaming whitewashed walls, lemon trees and a carefully tended flower garden. Inside the chapel you will find a fine collection and some of the rarest Byzantine icons, relics and religious paintings. The monastery inhabited by monks, was founded in 1288, but the present day complex was erected in the 18th century and offers unrivalled views of the area.Situated in the fertile Ropa Valley and owned by one of the Oldest families on the island is the Theotoky Estate. The estate produce some of the best wine of the island as well as the most sought after olive oil. Experience the production process for both the wine and olive oil followed by a sampling of the wine with some local made cheese, fresh bread, olive oil and olives grown on the estate. At the end of your visit there will be the opportunity to purchase the wines and olive oil from the estate.Best seen on foot, the old town is a mixture of the medieval and the modern. The old and new fortresses bear the insignia of the Venetian Republic. During your tour of the Old Corfu Town, you will see the Esplanade, planted with palms and eucalyptus by the French, see the English cricket pitch, view the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, once home to Corfu's British rulers, and wander along the narrow streets and small plazas to the church of St. Spyridon. Free time will be given to further explore the charming town on your own.
Hidden Secrets Corfu Walking Tour
Your guide will pick you from the Cruise terminal and together will continue toward the Old Corfu town by getting in to a one-way transfer in to town. You will be dropped-off in front of the Second largest square in Europe and from there you and your guide will start the walking part to the oldest quarters of Corfu Town.Campiello is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an atmospheric labyrinth of narrow, winding streets, steep stairways, and secretive little squares. It's here where you can admire some of the finest well preserved original Venetian architecture in the entire island. You will also visit St. Spyridon church which is the St. Patron of the island and you will admire the frescoes at the top of the church which is divided into 17 parts with golden frame, painted at first in 1727. Your exploration will continue deeper inside this part of the town with your experienced guide before walk toward the Old port of Corfu town. From the Old port you will be board on a wooden caique - which is the local transportation from Corfu town to Vidos island - and you will sail to Vidos island which stands on a distance of only half a mile from Corfu Town. Vidos is an unspoiled green island. The island is uninhabited and it is protected by the Greek law. There was an idea to become a bird sanctuary due to a big number of pheasants, but the idea was abandoned. In our days the island still hosts a big community of pheasants and wild rabbits as well.Explore this green island with your guide and see where the former juvenile reform school is and the boy’s scouts’ camps. There is also a Serbian mausoleum for the Serbian victims of WWI. The small wooded paths lead to the island's only restaurant and coffee shop where a refreshing glass of Ouzo along with some typical Greek meze will wait for you (a cold refreshment will be served to children under 18 as a replacement of the Ouzo). Relax and enjoy the overview of Old Corfu Town which lies in front of you while the restaurant owner is feeding the wild rabbits.The caique will get you back to the old port from where your guide will walk you back to the port and conclude the tour.You have the option to extend your abidance on Vidos island or to walk back to the Old Corfu Town, but you will be responsible for your return to the ship.
Myrtos Beach and Melissani Lake Tour
Traveling from the port in a northerly direction, you will pass the town of Sami, famous from the Hollywood movie 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' before arriving to the subterranean Lake of Melissani.Enjoy a boat ride across the mystical underground lake, where sunlight entering the caves turns the water bold blue and scatters rays of light around the whole interior. The headwater is in Argostoli, and it enters the cave by traveling underground across the island and through holes from the western coastline. Driving through the picturesque harbor of Ag. Efimia, you will have the chance to take photos or swim in the magnificent Myrtos Bay, known as one of the most photographed places in Greece.
Highlights of Kefalonia Tour from Argostolion
Passing through Mount Aenos, you will visit the famous monastery of St. Gerasimos and next to this, the Robola Winery. Leaving the winery, we will head towards the Drogarati cave that was discovered 300 years ago and opened to the public in 1963. Drogarati Cave is famous for its acoustics where orchestras often hold concerts from opera singers like Maria Callas. Passing Sami, where Captain Corelli's Mandolin was filmed, we will end up at the Melissani Lake, an underground lake fed by subterranean channels with water running from the opposite side of the island. Visit the cave, which is partially open to the elements as its ceiling had collapsed, and access it via a man-made tunnel that leads to the shore of the lake. From there, a small boat rowed by master oarsmen will take you to a tour over the lake. The boat passes through a channel whose walls sprout eccentric-looking stalactites. The ceiling, more than 300 feet above you, has light coming in from the entrance, creating a spectacular and eerie effect of dancing colors.Leaving Melissani we will head to Agia Efimia Village, a quiet little fishing village situated on the east-coast of Kefalonia Island. Depart from Ag.Efimia and on the way back, see the spectacular and breathtaking Myrtos beach, which will be waiting for you to capture photos.