Corfu Past and Present
Start your intimate exploration of Corfu with a visit to a Koum Kouat distillery to learn all about this island's iconic and exclusive fruit. Sample some delicious koum kouat liquor and fruit-preserved sweets, then pick up some products to share with friends back home before heading to Paleokastritsa.
Once at this stunning seaside resort with its fine beaches, crystal-clear waters and olive groves you will see the Kolovri Rock. Ancient Greek mythology recounts the story of Odysseus, a Greek hero who came ashore here on his journey home to Ithaca. Legend has it Kolovri Rock, which lies offshore, is Odysseus' boat that was turned to stone by Poseidon. While here, hop into a boat to explore the coastline and visit some of its caves.
Continue to the Monastery of the Virgin Mary, used by religious orders since the 13th century. From there you will head up Bella Vista Hill to Lakones Village, also known as the Balcony of the Gods due to its spectacular views of the bay. Enjoy a bite of meze and a drink of Greek ouzo at a hilltop restaurant, then take a ride along the mountain ridge and enjoy the views as you descend into the Old Town of Corfu.
Note the city's 14th century Venetian Old Fortress, 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, named after the patron saint of potters and today contains his remains.
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.
Please Note: Entrance tickets to Achilleion Palace are not included. The entrance fee is 8 EUR per person for small groups, and 5 EUR per person for groups of 14 people and up.
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!