Corfu, Greece

The lush and verdant island of Corfu lies in the Ionian Sea, midway between Greece and Italy. The island has a long and colorful history. First colonized by the city-state of Corinth, Corfu has been ruled by the Romans, the Venetians, the French and the English. Corfu Town boasts fortresses bearing the insignia of the Venetian Republic, an esplanade lavishly planted by the French during the Napoleonic Wars, and an English cricket pitch. The island also offers some of the finest coastal scenery in the entire Mediterranean.

Corfu's old town is a mixture of the medieval and the modern. The Esplanade, planted with palms and eucalyptus by the French, leads to the English cricket pitch.

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Points of Interest

  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress
  • St. Spyridon Church
  • Paleokastrista View Point
  • Monastery of Virgin Mary
  • Achilleion Palace
  • Koum Kouat Distillery
  • Mon Repos Estate
  • Mouse Island & Vlaherna View
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  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress

    A maze of cobblestone streets full of old tavernas, cafes and shops, with a 15th-century fortress as its backdrop, Corfu is one of the most intriguing cities in Greece.

  • St. Spyridon Church

    This 16th-century church, with its prominent bell tower and jewel-adorned silver sarcophagus, is the final resting place of the patron saint of the island.

  • Paleokastrista View Point

    Olive, lemon and cypress groves line the small coves nestled in the rugged coastline of this small seaside village.

  • Monastery of Virgin Mary

    Located above Paleokastritsa is this ancient cloister, enveloped by lemon trees, a flower garden and breathtaking views. Inside, the chapel offers a museum of Byzantine and ecclesiastical art.

  • Achilleion Palace

    This neo-classical palace was built as a summer retreat for Empress Elizabeth of Austria. Gardens filled with flowers, trees and statues in the Italian style, make this a mythical setting.

  • Koum Kouat Distillery

    The "Koum Kouat" citrus fruit, a variety of which only grows in Greece's Corfu, is made into one of the island's most famous products - a liqueur with the same name as well as fruit-preserved sweets.

  • Mon Repos Estate

    Just above Corfu Town sits the Mon Repos villa. Its palace, tiered and pillared with pink highlights and traditional Corfiot green shutters, was the birthplace of Prince Philip and Duke of Edinburgh.

  • Mouse Island & Vlaherna View

    This idyllic landscape is perhaps the most photographed in all of Greece. The 17th-century Vlacherna Monastery sits at the southern end of the Kanoni peninsula, and Mouse Island just beyond.

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Island Drive & Koum Kouat Distillery

3.5 hours | Corfu | CFU-290
  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress
  • Koum Kouat Distillery

Explore Corfu's highlights on a narrated scenic drive. En route to your first stop - the Koum Kouat Distillery - you'll pass through olive, lemon and orange groves interspersed with cypress trees, and the Old and New Fortress. At the Koum Kouat Distillery, you're free to sample liqueur made from the "Koum Kouat" citrus fruit, a variety of which are grown only in Corfu. You'll view a small exhibition of antique distillery equipment and have an opportunity to purchase local liquors. Next, you'll travel to Paleokastritsa Village, a seaside village considered by many to be the finest scenery in the entire Mediterranean. Your tour continues to Lakones-Bella Vista Village with cool refreshments and stunning views on the menu. Your last stop is Corfu Town, where you'll take photos and get a brief guided tour of the English cricket pitch, the Esplanade, and the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, once home to Corfu's British rulers.

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Corfu Beach Getaway

4 hours | Corfu | CFU-590

Pamper yourself at one of the island's leading resorts. Your tour begins as you board your motorcoach for a 25-minute scenic drive through the lush and verdant Corfiot countryside to the Elaia beach resort on the east coast of the island. You're free to spend nearly three hours in this stunning setting. Swim in the Ionian Sea and pay homage to the sun and sea gods who've showered their blessings upon this mythical isle. Relax under a beach umbrella (one for every two beds), swim a lap or two in the hotel pool, and sip on a complimentary cold soft drink or coffee. For the more adventurous guest, watersports are available on the beach at an additional charge.

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Achilleion Palace, St. Spyridon Church & Corfu Town

4 hours | Corfu | CFU-200
  • Mouse Island & Vlaherna View
  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress
  • St. Spyridon Church
  • Achilleion Palace

A scenic 30-minute drive brings you to the neo-classical Achilleion Palace, home to Empress Elizabeth of Austria. Upon arriving, you may be awe-struck - perhaps from its sheer magnificence or because it feels oddly familiar; Achilleion Palace was featured in the James Bond classic, "For Your Eyes Only." En route, you'll see the Old Fortress that stands guard over the harbor and Corfu. Corfu Town is your next stop. With a guide by your side, you'll visit such sites as the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, once home to Corfu's British rulers. You're free to follow the narrow streets and small plazas to the church of St. Spyridon.

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Achilleion Palace, Mon Repos Palace & Corfu Town (Guided in German)

5 hours | Corfu | CFU-213
  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress
  • Mouse Island & Vlaherna View
  • Achilleion Palace
  • Mon Repos Estate

Immerse yourself in the history of Corfu with an informative and entertaining half-day tour of this Mediterranean island's most stunning landmarks. Tour the neo-classical Achilleion Palace, which was designed and built for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, and the Mon Repos Palace Paleopolis Museum, which was built by the last British Governor, Sir Arthur Adams. Formerly used by the Greek Royal Family as a summer palace, today it is a museum boasting sweeping views of the ocean. It's also the birthplace of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Heading back to Corfu Town, stop at Kanoni to view Vlachernae and Mouse Island. Stop for refreshments before enjoying a photo stop at the Old Fortress which dominates the town and the pretty Esplanade Square. View the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, which was home to the British rulers of the island.

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Achilleion Palace, St. Spyridon Church & Corfu Town (Guided in Spanish)

4 hours | Corfu | CFU-202
  • Mouse Island & Vlaherna View
  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress
  • St. Spyridon Church
  • Achilleion Palace

A scenic 30-minute drive brings you to the neo-classical Achilleion Palace, home to Empress Elizabeth of Austria. Upon arriving, you may be awe-struck - perhaps from its sheer magnificence or because it feels oddly familiar-- Achilleion Palace was featured in the James Bond classic, "For Your Eyes Only." En route, you'll see the Old Fortress that stands guard over the harbor and Corfu. Corfu Town is your next stop. With a guide by your side, you'll visit such sites as the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, once home to Corfu's British rulers. You're free to follow the narrow streets and small plazas to the church of St. Spyridon.

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Paleokastritsa, Monastery & Corfu Town

4 hours | Corfu | CFU-205
  • St. Spyridon Church
  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress

A brief but intriguing tour of Corfu takes you past the Old Fortress that stands guard over the harbor and Corfu. You'll pass lemon trees and a carefully tended flower garden on the way to the chapel, where a small museum exhibits Byzantine and ecclesiastical art. Your next stop, Paleokastritsa Village, is a seaside village considered by many to be the finest scenery in the entire Mediterranean. With a guide by your side, you'll visit Corfu Town and see the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, once home to Corfu's British rulers. You're free to follow the narrow streets and small plazas to the church of St. Spyridon, the final resting place of the island's patron saint.

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Paleokastritsa, Monastery & Beach Getaway

7 hours | Corfu | CFU-595
  • Paleokastrista View Point

A colorful mix of antiquity and fun in the sun, this tour takes you past the ancient landmarks of a fabled isle. Meet your guide at the pier and set off on an active half-day tour brimming with variety. Your narrated drive past some of Corfu Town's major monuments such as the Old and New Fortress and Esplanade Square introduces you to the lively atmosphere of narrow streets lined with shops and tavernas. Continuing along the coast to Paleokastritsa Village, considered by many to offer the finest scenery in the Mediterranean, you'll visit the Monastery of Agia Paraskevi. The present-day complex was erected in the 18th century and offers breathtaking views of Paleokastritsa, so grab your camera. Next, you'll spread your towel on the fine sand of Glyfada beach where you can swim, doze or hire a watercraft. Hungry? There are cafes and tavernas just a few steps away.

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Achilleion Palace, Mon Repos Palace & Corfu Town (Guided in French)

5 hours | Corfu | CFU-214
  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress
  • Mouse Island & Vlaherna View
  • Achilleion Palace
  • Mon Repos Estate

Immerse yourself in the history of Corfu with an informative and entertaining half-day tour of this Mediterranean island's most stunning landmarks. Tour the neo-classical Achilleion Palace, which was designed and built for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, and the Mon Repos Palace Paleopolis Museum, which was built by the last British Governor, Sir Arthur Adams. Formerly used by the Greek Royal Family as a summer palace, today it is a museum boasting sweeping views of the ocean. It's also the birthplace of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Heading back to Corfu Town, stop at Kanoni to view Vlachernae and Mouse Island. Stop for refreshments before enjoying a photo stop at the Old Fortress which dominates the town and the pretty Esplanade Square. View the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, which was home to the British rulers of the island.

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Achilleion Palace, Mon Repos Palace & Corfu Town

5 hours | Corfu | CFU-210
  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress
  • Mouse Island & Vlaherna View
  • Achilleion Palace
  • Mon Repos Estate

Immerse yourself in the history of Corfu with an informative and entertaining half-day tour of this Mediterranean island's most stunning landmarks. Tour the neo-classical Achilleion Palace, which was designed and built for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, and the Mon Repos Palace Paleopolis Museum, which was built by the last British Governor, Sir Arthur Adams. Formerly used by the Greek Royal Family as a summer palace, today it is a museum boasting sweeping views of the ocean. It's also the birthplace of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Heading back to Corfu Town, stop at Kanoni to view Vlachernae and Mouse Island. Stop for refreshments before enjoying a photo stop at the Old Fortress which dominates the town and the pretty Esplanade Square. View the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, which was home to the British rulers of the island.

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Achilleion Palace & Garouna

4.5 hours | Corfu | CFU-220
  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress
  • Achilleion Palace

Visit the Achilleion Palace built for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, a woman obsessed with Greek culture. Designed with the mythical hero Achilles as its central theme, it is filled with elegant statuary and paintings. The lush Italian garden provides panoramic views of green hills with the Ionian Sea sparkling in the background. At Kato Garouna, a traditional Greek village, you'll stand high on the mountains of Corfu in a lush green camouflage of tall pine, cypress and olive trees. Here you will be guided to a small municipal museum housed in an old olive oil factory. View the mill that is still in place and learn how the olive oil was made and watch an old craftswoman demonstrating the art of carpet weaving. With wine, cheese and salami at a taverna and the option to stay in town for independent exploration makes this half-day tour a fabulous choice.

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Achilleion Palace, Mon Repos Palace & Corfu Town (Guided in Mandarin)

5 hours | Corfu | CFU-990
  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress
  • Mouse Island & Vlaherna View
  • Achilleion Palace
  • Mon Repos Estate

Immerse yourself in the history of Corfu with an informative and entertaining half-day tour of this Mediterranean island's most stunning landmarks. Tour the neo-classical Achilleion Palace, which was designed and built for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, and the Mon Repos Palace Paleopolis Museum, which was built by the last British Governor, Sir Arthur Adams. Formerly used by the Greek Royal Family as a summer palace, today it is a museum boasting sweeping views of the ocean. It's also the birthplace of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Heading back to Corfu Town, stop at Kanoni to view Vlachernae and Mouse Island. Stop for refreshments before enjoying a photo stop at the Old Fortress which dominates the town and the pretty Esplanade Square. View the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, which was home to the British rulers of the island.

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Achilleion Palace, Mon Repos Palace & Corfu Town (Guided in Japanese)

5 hours | Corfu | CFU-993
  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress
  • Mouse Island & Vlaherna View
  • Achilleion Palace
  • Mon Repos Estate

Immerse yourself in the history of Corfu with an informative and entertaining half-day tour of this Mediterranean island's most stunning landmarks. Tour the neo-classical Achilleion Palace, which was designed and built for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, and the Mon Repos Palace Paleopolis Museum, which was built by the last British Governor, Sir Arthur Adams. Formerly used by the Greek Royal Family as a summer palace, today it is a museum boasting sweeping views of the ocean. It's also the birthplace of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Heading back to Corfu Town, stop at Kanoni to view Vlachernae and Mouse Island. Stop for refreshments before enjoying a photo stop at the Old Fortress which dominates the town and the pretty Esplanade Square. View the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, which was home to the British rulers of the island.

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City Drive, Old Town & Wine Tasting

4.5 hours | Corfu | CFU-305
  • St. Spyridon Church
  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress

Corfu is a paradise for camera buffs, culture mavens and sun seekers and this captivating full-day tour takes full advantage of its myriad attractions. Driving past the Old Fortress, you'll arrive at the Monastery of Agia Paraskevi, dating back to the 17th century. The 300-acre Theotoky Estate hosts you to three generations of wine and olive oil-making history. You'll visit the cellars and see the olive press and then enjoy a tasting of wines and organic olive oils accompanied by cheese, fresh bread and olives grown on the estate. At the end of your visit should you wish you will be able to make a purchase. On a guided tour of Corfu Town, you'll stroll down charming streets to the famous Church of St. Spyridon with its distinctive bell tower and then enjoy time on your own.

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Paleokastritsa Caves by Boat

4.5 hours | Corfu | CFU-370

Explore the beauty of Paleokastritsa, located on the northwestern shores of Corfu, on this lovely half-day tour that explores the region by boat and on land. Begin with a 30-minute cruise to the famous sea caves of the area: Nafsika, Saint Nikolas and the Blue Eye. Admire the natural rock formations that – when combined with the minerals in the ground and the sparkling sunlight – create colorful visual illusions. Climb further up the winding streets past green olive groves to Bellavista lookout point for panoramic views of Paleokastritsa. After snapping photos, travel through the Valley of Ropa to the center of Corfu's Old Town for independent exploration. Return to the ship with a camera filled with memories after this exciting day.

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Bon Appetit Recommended: Greek Classics in Corfu

4.5 hours | Corfu | CFU-320
  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress

Treat yourself to a tour that wines and dines you. After a scenic 30-minute drive to the Corfu countryside, you'll arrive at a traditional Corfu restaurant. You'll sample ouzo, the traditional Greek aperitif, and observe demonstrations of traditional Greek cooking. You'll learn how to prepare a classic menu, then you'll sit down to this traditional feast accompanied by wine, fruit, and coffee. With a delicious meal behind you, you'll drive to the Old Fortress, which stands guard over the harbor and Corfu. Your next stop is Corfu Town. During your guided tour, a brief stop will be made at the Old Town for a photo opportunity of the Esplanade, the English cricket pitch, and the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, once home to Corfu's British rulers.

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Corfu Hiking Adventure

6.25 hours | Corfu | CFU-470

This exhilarating five-hour day in the great outdoors involves significant walking, so proper hiking footwear is a must. From port, enjoy a scenic 45-minute motorcoach ride to picturesque Paleokastritsa, the starting point of your guided hike. Famous for its six bays surrounded by jagged cliffs, Paleokastritsa, known as the "Capri of Greece," offers breathtaking views and an abundance of flora and fauna. Your hike begins at sea level and climbs to the Plateau of Bellavista, a scenic lookout point. Your efforts are rewarded with views of the bays and the turquoise blue waters of the Ionian Sea set off by lush, emerald vegetation. Continue on to the Rock of Kolovri, which Greek mythology tells is Odysseus's ship turned to stone by Poseidon, the god of the sea. Pause in the petite village of Krini for refreshments, then begin your descent along a cliff-side path to the Bay of Agios Geiorgos, where you can take an exhilarating swim. Afterwards, meet your motorcoach and return to port.

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Kickin' Corfu! A 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure

4.5 hours | Corfu | CFU-400
  • Paleokastrista View Point

Thrill to a rugged, four-wheel-drive safari when you climb into your vehicle and set off caravan style on a 4.5-hour adventure. The wonders of the island are seen up close on this guided tour that begins when you travel the main coastal route for breathtaking vistas. Proceed into the country through fragrant fruit and olive groves and past the village of Ano Korakiana. Continue up Pantokrator Mountain on a heart-stopping ride featuring 27 hairpin, zigzag turns. At the old village of Sokraki, leave your vehicle and stroll down the narrow streets pausing for a meze, a traditional light snack accompanied by a glass of local wine. Refreshed, zip up a rustic lane for spectacular views of the island and the old town of Corfu. Then travel narrow roads through such towns as Troubeta, Arkadades, Makrades and Lakones. Stop for a quick photo opportunity at Paleokastritsa for beach views before returning to the port.

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Best of Corfu

8 hours | Corfu | CFU-100
  • St. Spyridon Church
  • Paleokastrista View Point
  • Mouse Island & Vlaherna View
  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress
  • Achilleion Palace

Corfu is a blend of natural beauty, traditional villages and archaeological sites. At the Achilleion Palace, you'll marvel at the lush formal Italian garden and statuary, then set off to Paleokastritsa Village and Lakones Village, some of the finest scenery in the entire Mediterranean. You'll pass lemon trees and a flower garden on the way to the chapel, a treasure trove of Byzantine and religious art. You'll travel to Mouse Island, the most remote island in the bay south of Kanoni, just south of Corfu Town, and capture some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of Greece. After a traditional Greek lunch, you'll arrive in Corfu Town on a guided walking tour of such sites as the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, once home to Corfu's British rulers and the Old Fortress. You're free to follow along the narrow streets and small plazas to the church of St. Spyridon.

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ACHILLEION PALACE & PRIVATE VILLA

4.75 hours | Corfu | CFU-250
  • Corfu Town / Old Fortress
  • Achilleion Palace

This guided, half-day adventure introduces you to Corfu's splendid historic and cultural highlights. Begin with a scenic, 30-minute motorcoach drive en route to your first destination the 100-year-old, Achilleion Palace. Take in the colorful lemon, orange and olive groves, and keep your camera at the ready as you pass such sights as the Old Fortress standing guard over the harbor, Cricket Square, and the Palace of St. George and St. Michael with its stately arcade buildings. Arriving at the elegant Achilleion Palace, built by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, you'll be treated to a tour of its ornate interior, intricate murals, and blooming gardens and statuary. Continue on to a private villa, where you'll be welcomed with a traditional lunch served with wine or ouzo and a folkloric show. Stroll the lush grounds and take a dip in the pool (weather permitting) before the relaxing drive back to port.

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Local Connections: Shopping with Chef Botrini & Gourmet lunch

5 hours | Corfu | CFU-310

One of the best ways to learn a region's culture is through its cuisine, and when a top chef serves as your local guide, the combination is a feast for all the senses. Your five-hour experience begins when you meet charismatic Ettore Botrini, the host of Greece's 'Hell's Kitchen' television show, for a stroll through his hometown. Together, you'll explore Corfus medieval quarter as Chef Botrini takes you to his favorite stores and markets. Youll handpick some of the best local produce to take back to his Etrusco Restaurant, where a surprise lunch menu consisting of Corfiot specialties will be prepared especially for you. Elevated to the highest Michelin-star standards, youll feast on a seven-course, surprise menu utilizing some of the ingredients you shopped for, paired with Greek wines from regions of Greece, as the chef tells you all about the dishes that he has prepared and their origins. Return to port after this memorable and delicious day.

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