Corfu Past and Present
Corfu Past and Present
Visit the small village of Palaiokastritsa, set amidst six small coves, nestled in the rugged coastline and surrounded by olive, lemon and cypress groves among blue emerald waters. This is a very popular resort and is considered to have some of the finest sceneries in the entire Mediterranean. During your first stop, you will have some free time to take a boat ride to the caves (optional), swim in the ocean, or just relax on the beach.
Afterwards, your vehicle will climb up the mountain and you will be taken to Lakones, a dreamy mountain village and its Balcony of the Gods, where to admire the magnificent panoramic views of the Ionian Sea and the bays surrounding Palaiokastritsa resort. Here you'll also have free time to enjoy a Greek snack and a glass of Greek liquor known as ouzo, local wine or a soft drink, and do some souvenir shopping from the small local vendors.
On your next stop, you will travel through time as you visit Agia Paraskevi, an old Byzantine nuns' monastery. This monastery was established in the 17th century, during the Venetian era in Corfu. Overlooking the Ionian Sea, this historical building is located in the village of Makrades. Afterwards, you'll make another quick stop and have a free taste of some of the region's products such as famous liqueurs and sweets--which are created with the local kumquat fruit), candied nuts, local honey, and extra virgin olive oil with freshly baked bread. Feel free to browse around as you will have an opportunity to also purchase some souvenirs and take in the panoramic views before you head to your next site.
The tour will continue for a scenic drive towards the South until you reach Corfu Town, driving past Garitsa Bay, Plateia and the Old Fortress, where to admire the majesty of these and more ancient Venetian, French and British buildings. Note the city's 14th century Venetian Old Fortress, the Durrell Gardens and the Palace of St. Michael and St. George. Stand in Esplanade Square, one of the largest in Europe, and visit St. Spyridon Church, where the remains of the patron saint of the island are worshiped.
You will also walk through Liston promenade with its cafes and arcaded terraces that once was the exclusive domain of local aristocrats. Be sure to pick up a souvenir or two before your return trip to port.
Sign up for this popular tour today and get ready for a comprehensive overview of past and present Corfu.
Reviewer: Joan Szczepanski
We had a group of 8 in the van. The driver (guide) was upbeat and cheerful and gave us a delightful day in Corfu. We had plenty of time at the stops to visit the site and take pictures. The commentary from the guide was well presented and informative. I would surely recommend this tour with this guide
Our tour was as great as could possibly be expected considering the rain and wind! Ines clearly loves her adopted home and wanted desperately to show us everything she possibly could. We had a great tasting of Greek food, ouzo and a pastry, but it was too rainy to walk around the old town. She was fantastic in the breadth of knowledge, charm and enthusiasm.
Reviewer: Margaret Baker
Great tour, guide and top spots to see. The boat trip to the caves was very enjoyable. Our guide was full of energy. Shame the same couldn't be said for the service at the hotel manager/staff where we stopped for the wine and apps break. That was the only negative on a great tour of Corfu
Reviewer: Yai Valdes
I loved this experience. Very organized and the guide super nice and accommodating!
Reviewer: Julie Kaal
We enjoyed our guide. She was very informative and proud of her island. We opted to do a short boat excursion to see the caves and that was fun as well. A great day!