Corfu Past and Present
In this tour you will discover the koumkouat, an Asian citrus which grows in Corfu and has become one of the island's most famous products. A liqueur with the same name, along with fruit-preserved sweets, is produced everywhere. You will be able to taste these and many other handmade products during your trip such as olive oil, honey, marmalades and many more.
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.
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.
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: Dale L. Theiling
great ride into the mountains and small towns
Reviewer: Larry Ciglen
The guide met us in the terminal in Corfu and clustered all participants together. After a short wait, we went to the mini bus and toured the newer parts of Corfu, a resort area and hillside restaurant and then we went to the 'old town' for a walking tour of a very interesting area. There were many shops selling a variety of goods. The old town was very clean and also very busy. It was quaint and the guide gave us a historical summary of the area. She was easy to understand and was very good at keeping us together. She provided us with options at the end of the tour which allowed those who wanted to have more time in the area to do so and the others to return to the ship. We were very pleased with this tour.
Reviewer: Mollie Clark
This tour was a lot of fun and really educational without being too heavy-handed. It was a great blend of walkable self-exploration and guided bus tour. The views and sights are absolutely breathtaking. The Greek snack and views were the highlight, with a fun tour to the Kumquat distillery. Good blend of events that would be hard to come by anywhere else. We were a bit crunched for time (due to extenuating circumstances outside of our guide's control), and weren't able to fully take advantage of the Old Town. Would recommend cutting some of the monastery exploration time to make sure each stop was well-rounded. Would definitely recommend!