Corfu
09/15/2020 12:00 AM
09/15/2020 12:00 AM

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Corfu Town & Achilleion Palace - 4.5 hours

Guests will be met by our English speaking guide to commence the tour. Upon completion of the tour, transfer will be provided back to the ship.

We drive to the old historical village of Gastouri and we arrive at the Achilleion Palace, the former residence of Empress Elizabeth of Austria and later that of Kaiser Wilhelm the 2nd.  Here we visit the museum with mementos of the two Royalties and enjoy the splendour of its landscaped gardens and the statues including the famous statue of the dying Achilles.

Continue through the coastal road of Perama to the beauty spot of Kanoni, where there will be time for drinks (upon consumption) and to photograph the famous views of Mouse Island.

From Kanoni, we continue to Corfu Town for a walking tour in the Historical centre of the fascinating old city where the following historical sights are to be seen:

  • The residence of the High Commissioner, a splendid Edwardian building completed in 1824, once the sea  of the Knights of Saint Michael and Saint George up to 1864 and later the Palace of the King of Greece.
  • The bronze statue of the British High Commissioner, Sir Frederick Adam.
  • The Venetian quarters of Cambiello and Corfu's Historical Centre.
  • The Town Hall, once a Venetian theatre, built in 1690.
  • The Church of Saint Spyridon, Patron Saint of Corfu with the rare icons and where the Holy body of the Saint lays in a crypt.
  • There will be free time for shopping before transfer back to the Port


Duration: approx. 4 1/2 hours

Notes:
It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable walking shoes.

Corfu Culinary Experience (Full Day) - 7 days
Highlights/Description:
Corfu is the ideal place to enjoy a diverse mix of different tastes. The cuisine is inextricably tied in with its history and this is what makes the food here so different from the rest of Greece. The cuisine is neither spicy nor bland, but rich in the flavours of the Mediterranean. Specialties consist of local ingredients found on the island; especially olives, lemons, vegetables, tomatoes and fish. Many dishes hark back to the days when cooks put all the ingredients in a single pot and left it to simmer all day.
 
Today’s excursion starts with the Old Town of Corfu, where you may enjoy a walking tour of this UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. You will discover the town’s beautiful sites such as Saint Spyridon Church, dedicated to the protector of the island, the charming narrow Venetian alleyways, the famous Esplanade, one of the largest squares in Europe, the elegant Liston where access in the past was only allowed to the aristocracy of Corfu who were written down in the “Libro d’Oro’’, the Dimarcheio, or Town Hall, and the imposing Palace of St Michael and St George. After exploring Corfu historical center take a stroll through the local market.
 
Your tour continues with a scenic drive through the countryside to Triklino Vineyard, also known as Ambelonas Corfu, which is situated in Pelekas upon a hill with a panoramic view of central Corfu. Here local varieties of grapes are grown around a building of local architecture, in which traditional oil and wine production tools are displayed.
 
Upon arrival you will be welcomed with herbal soft drink. Get to know the history of the estate, the vineyard, the wild herbs and vegetables, the equipment and the processes for traditional olive and wine making and then spend some time learning about the principles ingredients and techniques of Mediterranean cuisine and the Corfiot culinary culture. You will then follow a step-by-step live presentation of the preparation of a full Corfiot meal – starter, salad, first course, main course, and desert. Participate in the cooking and sample the dishes at different stages of cooking. After the demonstration you will be able to enjoy lunch while relaxing in the ambient surroundings in the nature before returning to the port.
 
Tour Duration: 7 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Applicable taxes
  • Transfers to/from Corfu port (applies to tour + cooking class only)
Not Included:
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Entrance Fees (can be pre-booked)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Cultural Tour of Corfu (Half Day) - 4 hours
Highlights/Description:
  • Kanoni (Mouse Island and the Monastery of Vlacherna)
  • Museum of Asiatic Art in Palace of St. George
  • Old Town of Corfu
Your tour begins with a scenic drive to Kanoni, where you will have the opportunity to admire Mouse Island and the Monastery of Vlacherna before continuing on to the historical center of Corfu. Here you will explore the Museum of Asiatic Art which is unique in Greece and one of the most important of its kind in Europe. The museum contains approximately eleven thousand exhibits spanning the 11th century BC to the 20th century AD from a variety of Asian countries The greater part of the collection, more than ten thousand objects, come from China and Japan, while the rest come from Tibet, Korea, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia. The museum is housed in the imposing Palace of St George and St Michael.
 
After visiting the museum, you may enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO’s World Heritage site. Discover the town’s beautiful sites such as Saint Spyridon Church, dedicated to the protector of the island, the charming narrow Venetian alleyways, the famous Esplanade, one of the largest squares in Europe, the elegant Liston where access in the past was only allowed to the aristocracy of Corfu who were written down in the “Libro d’Oro’’, and the Dimarcheio, or Town Hall. Upon completion of the tour, we return to the Port.
 
Tour Duration: 4 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Light to Moderate

Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Luxury vehicle
  • Applicable taxes
  • Pick-up/Drop off at Corfu port  
Not Included:
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Entrance and tasting fees will be additional and can be pre-booked
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Exciting Jeep Safari in Corfu (Half Day) - 4 hours
Highlights/Description:
Set off on an exciting safari for a day full of adventure and discover Corfu ‘off the beaten track! The safari begins with a scenic drive ascending the main coastal road heading towards the island’s north coast, passing en route the popular resorts of Alykes, Kontokali and Gouvia. Upon arrival at Gouvia, you will head through Ag. Vassilios and Ano Korakiana before you take a narrow meandering road passing through Sokraki, which is one of oldest villages on the island and perched on the mountain peak and cloaked with pine and olive trees. Then continue along a mountain ridge, which offers amazing panoramic views of the islands Mathraki and Othoni, and head towards the village of Troumbetta.
 
From Troumbetta follow a narrow country lane in a westerly direction passing by the villages of Alimatades, Vistonas and Makrades. Continue on to Castellino Restaurant which is located high up in the village of Lakones and is renowned for its spectacular panorama of the bay of Paleokastritsa. Owing to its position the cafe is also known as ‘God’s balcony’. Here you will have the opportunity to indulge in a typical Greek meze and a glass of wine or ouzo. From Lakones, descend to Paleokastritsa bay where a stop for swimming can be made. Upon completion of the tour, return to the port.
 
Tour Duration: 4 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Light to Moderate

Inclusions:
  • English-speaking driver guide
  • Applicable taxes
  • Pick-up/Drop off at Corfu port
Not Included:
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Footpath to Wine & Olive Oil Tradition - 4 hours
Highlights/Description:
  • Achilleion Palace
  • Triklino Vineyard
  • Old Town of Corfu
This unique excursion gives you the opportunity to explore the inner paths of Corfian rich tradition and history through olive oil and wine production. Begin with a scenic drive to the impressive Achilleion Palace, which was built by Empress Elizabeth of Austria as a refuge from the obligations of the Hapsburg court. Accompanied by your local guide you will enter the fascinating and fairytale world of Achilleion, the home that the Empress dedicated to her favorite hero, Achilles. This sumptuously decorated palace is surrounded by magnificent gardens sweeping down to the sea.
 
Continue on through the countryside to Triklino Vineyard which situated in Pelekas upon a hill with a panoramic view of central Corfu. Here local varieties of grapes are grown around a building of local architecture, in which traditional oil and wine production tools are displayed. Along with the tour, you will get the chance to see a short video which demonstrates the traditional wine and olive oil production, from the collection of the grapes and olives to the taste of the first drop. Of course you will have the opportunity to taste the home-made local wine and olive oil together with a traditional meze.
 
Our final destination is the Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO’s World Heritage site, where you may enjoy a walking tour. You will discover the town’s beautiful sites such as Saint Spyridon Church, dedicated to the protector of the island, the charming narrow Venetian alleyways, the famous Esplanade, one of the largest squares in Europe, the elegant Liston where access in the past was only allowed to the aristocracy of Corfu who were written down in the “Libro d’Oro’’, the Dimarcheio, or Town Hall, and the imposing Palace of St Michael and St George. There will be some free time to explore at your leisure before returning to the port.
 
Tour Duration: 4 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Light to Moderate

Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Luxury vehicle
  • Applicable taxes
  • Pick-up/Drop off at Corfu port 
Not Included:
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Entrance and tasting fees will be additional and can be pre-booked
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Highlights of Corfu - 4 hours
Highlights/Description:
  • Achilleion Palace
  • Kanoni (Mouse Island and the Monastery of Vlacherna)
  • Old Town of Corfu
The tranquil island of Corfu, known to the Greeks as Kerkira, offers a rich history and beautiful landscapes. Your exciting tour begins with a scenic drive to the impressive Achilleion Palace, which was built by Empress Elizabeth of Austria as a refuge from the obligations of the Hapsburg court. Accompanied by your local guide you will enter the fascinating and fairytale world of Achilleion, the home that the Empress dedicated to her favorite hero, Achilles. This sumptuously decorated palace is surrounded by magnificent gardens sweeping down to the sea.
 
Leaving the palace we drive on to Kanoni, where you will have the opportunity to admire magical Mouse Island and the Monastery of Vlacherna before continuing to the Old Town of Corfu. You may enjoy a walking tour of this UNESCO’s World Heritage site and discover the town’s beautiful sites such as Saint Spyridon Church, dedicated to the protector of the island, the charming narrow Venetian alleyways, the famous Esplanade, one of the largest squares in Europe, the elegant Liston where access in the past was only allowed to the aristocracy of Corfu who were written down in the “Libro d’Oro’’, the Dimarcheio, or Town Hall, and the imposing Palace of St Michael and St George. You will have time to enjoy an optional meze at a traditional restaurant in the Liston Square before returning to the port.
 
Tour Duration: 4 Hours
Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Light to Moderate

Inclusions:
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Luxury vehicle
  • Applicable taxes
  • Pick-up/Drop off at Corfu port
Not Included:
  • Meals, unless otherwise noted
  • Entrance and tasting fees will be additional and can be pre-booked
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

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