Corfu Past and Present
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: Enid Mitchell
Tour Guide excellent, beautiful views
Reviewer: Shanette Nobleton
Great tour! We took a boat ride to explore the caves..the cost was extra and I think it should have been included with the tour personally. Took a ride up to a nice little restaurant to have a light snack and see the beautiful views of Corfu. Didn't get to spend much time in the shopping areas one too many stops along the way. The roads are extra bumpy so I recommend taking some form of motion sickness medication. Overall I enjoyed the tour and would consider doing it again.
The tour company provided a comfortable bus with a limited WiFi connection. The tour guide lady was informative but difficult to understand sometimes. In the middle of the tour we stopped by a rural/ local products shop ( set up for tourists) where we spent way to much time. I would rather have more time on the Corfu downtown area (last stop of the tour) where there were plenty of things to see and do and we only had about 30’ instead of that tourist shop in the middle of nowhere.
Reviewer: Lynda Cassidy
While our guide was very knowledgeable and personable our driver and vehicle were very good the tour was not as we expected. The first stop was the township where we had 40 minutes free time after a 10 minute overview, followed by a choice of monastery or cave stop, our group chose the monastery which was well worth a visit, then a stop at the highest lookout, point hotel accompanied by a light tapas, the vibe here was not too welcoming the scenery and view we however fabulous, finally a stop at local olive merchants which was really rushed.
Reviewer: Ann Bateman
The island of Corfu is beautiful with green, blue and turquoise water. The mountains and hills are spectacular and the culture is warm and friendly. The only critique that I had was that the tour guide, while knowledgeable, was a bit overly dominant, making the tour a bit uncomfortable at times.