Kerkira, Corfu

Introduction to Kerkira, Corfu

Greenest of the Greek islands, Corfu overflows with vistas of citrus and olive groves and stands of cypresses.

This beautiful Greek island may have a chequered past, but its interesting history, stunning natural beauty and glorious climate make it one of the most appealing holiday destinations in Europe. Ruled by many foreign powers in its time, the Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, French, and British influences are seen within the wide avenues, narrow flagstone alleys, open squares, ancient churches and fortresses of historic Corfu Town. 

Aside from Corfu’s seemingly endless stretches of fine beaches and azure blue waters, the island’s main attraction is the historic Old Town – an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recognised for its diverse mix of Renaissance, Baroque and Classical architecture, the Old Town is home to stunning palaces, vast fortresses and charming public buildings. The 15th century Old Fortress, New Fortress and imposing Church of St. Spyridon in particular are must-visit sites, while Spianáda - the largest square in the Balkans and one of Corfu’s most impressive places - is awash with stunning French architecture from the 19th century and worth visiting too. 

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Tour A

ACHILLEION & CORFU OLD TOWN (TOUR A)

  • Relax as you drive through the beautiful Greek countryside, teeming with orange, lemon, cypress and olive groves
  • Discover Achilleion Palace with its impressive rooms and striking gardens
  • Enjoy a walk through the old quarter of Corfu Town 
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Venture deep into the countryside, towards the charming village of Gastouri where the Achilleion Palace stands. Admire the breathtaking views as you discover one of Corfu’s highlights.

Marvel at the Achilleion Palace which is named after Achilles, the Greek hero whom the Empress Elisabeth of Austria greatly admired. Once inside this magnificent building, you will have the opportunity to visit the vast, impressive rooms and the striking gardens planted with flowers and Mediterranean trees. The gardens offer commanding views of the Ionian Sea.

After your visit to the Palace, you return to the Old Town of Corfu, making a brief photo stop on the way at Canoni. When you reach Spianada, enjoy a guided walk through the old quarter, along narrow cobblestone streets known as Kantounia, and past the historic cricket ground. Time at leisure will allow you the opportunity to stroll through the arcades or catch a glimpse of the Church of Saint Spyridon.


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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of compulsory walking with approximately 50 steps to negotiate. Flash photography is not permitted in Achilleion Palace. A visit to the Church of Saint Spyridon is not part of the organised tour, however, if there is no service taking place you may explore independently. Conservative clothing should be worn in places of worship - knees and shoulders should be covered. For reference, you will have free time in which walking is at the discretion of the individual. 
 


Coastlines of Corfu

COASTLINES OF CORFU (TOUR C)

  • Sit back and relax as you take in the beautiful surroundings during a scenic cruise
  • Admire one of the most famous landmarks in Corfu – Pontikonissi 
Boat Tour
Price£35.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Marvel at the natural beauty of Corfu and its wide variety of magnificent bays and beaches as you take in a leisurely boat cruise.

You begin with a short walk to the departure point where you board a Kaiki - a traditional wooden boat. Once onboard you will sail around the bay, passing the historic town of Corfu with its quaint style. Admire the Old Fortress with its pretty bays and the Palace of Mon Repos, located on a hilltop in the region of the old Corcyra City (Paleopolis). Sit back, relax and take in the beautiful surroundings as you admire the scenery.

Continuing, you sail past one of the most famous landmarks in Corfu – Pontikonissi, or Mouse Island. Here you have a short stop to admire the island from the boat before setting sail for the enchanting fishing village of Benitses. En route you will pass by Kaiser’s Bridge, which was bombed during the Second World War.

Your final stop will be at the enchanting island of Vidos, an unspoilt, uninhabited, small island located just half a mile off the coast of Corfu Town. Here you can enjoy some time where at leisure you can visit the WW1 Serbian Mausoleum or take a dip in the refreshing waters! 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there is one step to negotiate to embark the Kaiki. The vessel is equipped with a shaded area and toilet facilities. Due to operational reasons, the order of visits may change. A sun hat and sun protection is recommended, along with a bottle of water. Whilst on the boat we advise you wear flat, comfortable shoes. Please be advised that this tour is subject to favourable weather conditions and could be cancelled at short notice.


Greek Gastronomy

GREEK GASTRONOMY (TOUR F)

  • Master the art of Greek cuisine!
  • Savour the colours, sounds, smells and tastes of traditional local food 
Activity Tour
Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included

Discover a taste of Greece as you enjoy a cooking demonstration showcasing some much loved Greek dishes.

Arriving in Spiros and Vasilis Taverna, which is set in the quiet village of Agios Ioannis, you will be welcomed with a shot of Ouzo, a traditional Greek aperitif, accompanied by Corfu olives, feta cheese and village bread.

You will be invited to observe a cooking demonstration of traditional Greek dishes and learn how to prepare a classic menu, including tzatziki (cucumbers, garlic and yoghurt), taramosalata (made with codfish roe), horiatiki (Greek salad) and moussaka (layers of minced beef with vegetables and white béchamel sauce). At the end of the demonstration, you can sample this traditional feast accompanied by seasonal fruit, yoghurt, honey and walnuts.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  Although this tour has a minimal amount of walking, there will be a lot of standing whilst you are cooking– comfortable shoes and lightweight clothing are recommended. Wine, beer, coffee and mineral water are all included - other drinks can be purchased at your own expense. For operational reasons, the order of visits may change.

 


Corfu Town. Greece

HIGHLIGHTS OF CORFU (TOUR B)

  • Explore Corfu Town during  a walk through the picturesque streets
  • Discover the Monastery of the Virgin Mary located in Palaeokastritsa
  • Observe the making of the island’s most celebrated produce – Koum Kouat liqueur
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Enjoy some of Corfu’s highlights on this half day tour.

From the port of Kerkira, enjoy a scenic drive to Palaeokastritsa, which is a popular holiday resort. On top of the hill, the Monastery of the Virgin Mary was founded in the 13th century - the present buildings date from the 18th century. In one of the cells, a museum has been founded where holy and precious relics of the monastery are housed. Following your visit, continue on to a local distillery, where you can taste the island’s most celebrated produce – Koum Kouat liqueur - made from koum kouats, which are similar to small oranges.

Returning to Corfu Town, enjoy a walking tour of the old quarter, passing through narrow cobblestone streets known as the Kantounia. During some time at leisure you may choose to stroll through the arcades of the Liston Piazza or glimpse the Church of Saint Spyridon, which boasts a priceless collection of icons and gifts offered to the patron saint of the island.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of compulsory walking, some of which will be over uphill terrain, and there are some steps to negotiate. When visiting the monastery in Palaeokastritsa, conservative clothing must be worn - shoulders and knees should be covered, and low cut tops are not permitted. Please note that entrance into the distillery premises is not permitted; you will visit the lounge of the distillery and watch a video about the making of the Koum Kouat Liqueur. A visit to the Church of Saint Spyridon is not part of the organised tour, however if there is no service taking place you may enterFor reference, you will have free time, in which walking is at the discretion of the individual. For operational reasons, the order of visits may change.
 


Panoramic Corfu

PANORAMIC TOUR (TOUR D)

  • Enjoy the stunning scenery in Paleokastritsa, one of the finest resorts on the island of Corfu with picturesque beaches, wooded hills and crystal clear sheltered bays
  • Admire the majestic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site 
  • Marvel at Mouse Island and the Monastery of Vlacherna
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This tour offers you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Corfu from the comfort of your coach.

 

You begin with a stop at Kanoni where you can capture on film the beautiful Mouse Island and the Monastery of Vlacherna on film. Continuing, you pass the archaeological ruins of Paleopolis and the gardens of the Palace of Mon Repos en route to Corfu Town. Your journey continues along Garitsa Bay where you can admire the majestic Old Town, included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Upon reaching Corfu Town you will view the Esplanade, which is one of the largest squares in the Balkans, with Liston, its elegant promenade.

Your drive continues past the Old Fortress, Durrell Gardens (formerly Boscetto Gardens) and the Palace of St Michael and St George, before proceeding north west through stunning scenery to Paleokastritsa. Continue up a hill towards Bella Vista and a restaurant located in the village of Lakones, which is renowned for its spectacular panoramic views. Owing to its position, the restaurant is known as ‘God’s Balcony’, and it is here that you have the opportunity to indulge in a coffee whilst enjoying the views across the bay.

Your route back to the ship will see you travelling along the mountain ridge, which offers beautiful views of the islands of Mathraki, Othoni and Erikoussa. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2016 CANARIES & MED SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is primarily a panoramic coach tour, with very little walking involved, therefore it is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility providing guests can board the coach unaided. There will be some steps to negotiate at the refreshment stop, which is equipped with a small lift. Some of the driving will be along high roads, which may not be suitable for guests who suffer from vertigo. For operational reasons, the order of visits may change.


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