Corfu is one of the most unique islands in Greece and is undoubtedly the gem of the Ionian Sea. Its natural beauty explains why Corfu makes such a popular port stop on Eastern Mediterranean and Greek Island cruise itineraries. Everyday many cruise ships, from Norwegian cruise line, Seabourn Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, Viking Ocean Cruises, Holland American line and many other well-known international cruise companies, dock at Corfu Port, as their only stop in Greece.
A short visit, though, should not hold you back from exploring our beautiful island. Even if you have limited time, Corfu is way worth your while! See the most beautiful and hidden corners of Corfu on our half and full day shore excursions.
With so many attractions to choose from, planning can become somewhat overwhelming. But there’s no need to worry-we’re here to advise you!
Why choose a private shore excursion in Corfu?
The answer is simple. Because you can make the most of your time in Corfu, and most importantly, you can tour the island your way! Corfu is an island that offers something for everyone; from historical sites and museums to beautiful sceneries. A shore excursion will give you the opportunity to visit all the landmarks you wish to see, and not only. Visit a picturesque village, take a walk at an idyllic beach, admire the rich nature and the lush mountains and get to know the Greek and Corfiat culture. You have the ability to see as many stops as you want and stay there for as long as you like, without having to wait for anyone.
A tour made for you
Enjoy an intimate tour with your friends and family by creating your very own customised private tour. Whether you have a few hours or a full day at your disposal, we can tailor-make a Corfu excursion just for you that will suit your own needs and interests.
You’ll be transported in a Mercedes that can seat up to 7 passengers. Our Limo-style vehicle allows you to enjoy the scenery together with your friends or family. Our main concern is to help you make most of your time in our wonderful island. We respect your valuable time and we don’t want you to waste it with the shuttle service, so we meet and greet you on the dock. Our drivers have excellent local knowledge and will enlighten you as to everything you need to know about the sights you are visiting. We can also provide you a licensed guide with your chosen language upon request.
Get a taste of Corfu’s most famous landmarks
You don’t have to do any prior research before coming to Corfu. On arrival at Corfu Port we’ll discuss and create a route that will satisfy your individual interests. To get a little taste of what you can expect when visiting Corfu we’ve created a list that should be on everyone’s itinerary when visiting Corfu for a few hours:
The Old Town of Corfu is a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. This ancient city is of high historical significance. Its strategic position in the Adriatic Sea played a crucial role in the 8th century BC. There are three forts located within the town that served to defend the maritime trading activity in Corfu and preserve the interests of Venice against the Ottoman Empire. As a fortified Mediterranean port, Corfu’s town and port constitute areas that are picturesque and merely authentic.
In the heart of the old town is situated the second largest square in Europe, the beautiful and green Spianada. This square is a gem next to Corfu’s famous street, Liston, built by the French in the 19th-century.
Especially imposing when viewed from the sea, the magnificent Old Fortress lies on a small, rocky peninsula, in the east of the old town. It was built in 1546 by the Venitians. You can access it from Spianada via a bridge, the famous contrafossa, measuring 15 meters of depth and 40 meters width. If you climb it all the way up, the Old Fortress will reward you with some spectacular views over town and east across the sea towards Albania.
The great New Fortress was also built by the Venetians in 1577 to protect the city against the Turks. You can wander through the empty stone halls and passages and or reach to the top to take some amazing pictures from above of the old town and its numerous distinctive buildings and houses.
The Achilleion lies 10 kilometers from Corfu Town. This stunning palace, decorated in classical style with grand sweeping staircases, was built in 1890 as a summer home, for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, also known by the nickname, Sisi. Achilleion constitutes a state property since 1928 and it is open to the public. Inside, you can see period furniture, paintings, and even some of Sisi’s clothes. But for the majority of the visitors, the best part is the garden. Filled with 19th-century statues and lovely views towards the sea, it definitely is a must-see landmark.
The picturesque and traditional village of Pelekas is situated 13 km from Corfu Town on one of the most beautiful hills of the island, thus offering breathtaking panoramic views. Pelekas, although it is a small village, is quite busy, as it is an access point for some of the most beautiful sandy beaches of the island: Glyfada, Pelekas beach and Myrtiotissa.
We like to add Pelekas as the first route stop for the day, as it is the perfect place to get the taste of a true traditional village lifestyle unfolding with the locals that constitute a great example of Greek warmth and hospitality. Pelekas is also a place that offers its visitors outstanding views of Corfu and especially Corfu Town. Before you leave, make sure to pay a visit to the observatory, a small hill known as the Kaiser’s Throne, where you can admire amazing sunset views.
Paleokastritsa is undoubtedly one of the most renowned places and holiday destinations in Corfu. The area is just 25 km from the city center and consists of two peninsulas and six smaller bays. Its crystal clear waters and rocky coastline with sandy beaches have never failed to mesmerize the visitors. The beauty of the natural landscape of the area has remained unchanged over time.
Last but not least, it is worth visiting the famous historical monastery of Panagia Paleokastritsa, founded in 1225, with Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons being kept in its sacristy. The monastery is built on a steep cliff and its view is breathtaking. In front of the monastery are the tiny islands Ortholithos, Kolovri and Skeloudi, while nearby you can find Angelokastro, an impressive location of the Corfiot countryside.
Olive Oil Tasting
Olive oil production is an inextricable part of the Greek culture. And Corfu is no exception. In fact about 60% of our land is cultivated for Olive oil. With over 4 million olive trees, some of which are 500 years old, olive oil is not only one of the main products of Corfu, but also a product recognized worldwide for its top quality.
Get the chance to get some insights into the production and the bottling process with an introduction from one of our local award winning producers. You’ll have the opportunity to taste one of the best olive oils in the world and learn everything you need to know about what qualities to look for in the best olive oil!
Don’t miss out on this chance and let us help you discover Corfu at your own leisure!