Paleokastritsa, Old Corfu Town and Tastings

Paleokastritsa, Old Corfu Town and Tastings
Price: $116.00
Ages 3 and under are free.
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Cultural, Cuisine
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Inside Cruise Ship Terminal
Food/Beverage Provided Local tastings with local wine and ouzo.
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable, clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. Sunscreen and sunglasses are also recommended. For those wishing to visit any churches, remember that shoulders and knees must be covered.
Restrictions Minimum age to consume alcohol is 21 years. Guests must be able to walk over cobblestones and uneven surfaces, inclines and steps. This tour is not wheelchair accessible because of the varied terrain at the sites you will be visiting.

Depart the port in an air-conditioned vehicle for a scenic ride to Paleokastritsa Monastery, stopping along the way to sample some of the island's traditional tastes. Local honey and jams, homemade olives and olive paste, homemade wine, ouzo, and the ever-popular limoncello are waiting to tantalize your taste buds! Be sure to try the kumquat, a tangy citrus fruit brought over to Corfu from China in 1846.

Continue to Paleokastritsa Monastery, a large Byzantine complex dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Located atop a promontory, this 12th-century monastery is visible from every direction and offers breathtaking views of the island and the sea. Step inside to find Byzantine icons and other relics in the small, on-site museum. Within the complex, you will also see the cells of the monks as well as a traditional olive oil press.

While in the area you can opt to board a boat and visit the nearby Caves of Paleokastritsa just offshore (additional fee). These 6 caves rising out of the crystal clear turquoise waters are an Insta-grammable moment you won't find anywhere else on the island.

From there you will make your way to Corfu's Old Town with its famous Greek, Venetian, French and British architecture. While here enjoy some free time to roam its ancient, narrow streets and see the highlights including Spianada Square, Liston, and the Old Fortress before your return trip to port. This 4-hour, small-group tour is a fabulous introduction to the beauty, history, and culture of Corfu. Book now.

5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  3 ReviewsReview This Tour
VIP for the day
July 24, 2023
This was a really great tour for me! For whatever reason, I ended up being the only guest for the day. It was like riding around with a best friend. Conversation was great, food sampling was really neat (no pressure to buy anything). It was just an all around great day 😊
Reviewer: Rae
5 Stars
May 15, 2023
A relaxing private car ride thru Corfu with a very great guide. We stopped at an incredible farm and tried a ton of local oils, spreads, desserts etc. and brought home all of our favorite items. Stopped to take beautiful photos and popped in at a restaurant to try the local food. While some of our cruise mates had a very loud and crowded afternoon, we had a relaxing and picturesque one. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Courtney Thauvette
5 Stars
Perfect Day
November 30, 2022
We had a wonderful day in Corfu thanks to this tour and our amazing tour guide, Stamatina. We were the only 2 people to sign up for the tour. The tour company could have canceled, but fortunately, they didn't and we had our own private excursion. We first traveled to a small family owned farm, Carburi Estate. The owners were so gracious and spent a lot of time telling us about the olive oils, honey, wine and other products they make. We left there feeling like we had made a friend in Corfu. We then traveled through the countryside to Paleokastritsa. We enjoyed chatting with Stamatina along the way, learning about Greece and Corfu. The monastery was wonderful and the views were breathtaking. We ended our day in Old Town where Stamatina gave us time to explore on our own. We enjoyed the shops and had a wonderful dinner before she returned us to the port. I can't say enough about the hospitality we received from everyone that day. I would highly recommend this excursion!
Reviewer: Raelene Herndon
5 Stars