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Corfu: Private Customized Tour

1. Corfu: Private Customized Tour

See the sights of Corfu that interest you most on a fully customizable private tour by air-conditioned minibus. Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation, the cruise ship port or other location of your choice, and then discover the island's beautiful locations at leisure. Head to Glyfada Beach, Barbati Beach or Marathias Beach to spend some time in the sun, or indulge your passion for history with a visit to some of the historic monasteries. Marvel at the Achilleion Palace, built for the Empress of Bavaria, or wander around the pretty towns of Sidari and Acharavi. Enjoy the freedom of an itinerary that can be completely tailored to your preferences, whether you are a fan of local food and wines, want to see the top attractions in a day or would prefer to shop! Upgrade your experience and book a private guide to accompany you throughout the day.

Corfu: Customized Private Tour

2. Corfu: Customized Private Tour

Make the most of your time in Corfu with on this tailor-made private tour. Admire the magnificent architecture of Achilleion Palace, explore the Venetian elegance of Corfu Town, sink into contemplation at the Monastery of Virgin Mary, or wander secluded side streets in the villages of Corfu – whatever you do, it's up to you. From famed landmarks to local secrets, from tavernas to fine dining, your guide will lead you to some of the best spots on the island, sharing a Corfiot perspective along the way.  Speak with your guide before your tour date to share your interests and ideas, and they'll prepare a personalized itinerary in advance, arranging all transportation. On the day of your tour, you'll set the pace, stopping as often as you like. 

Best of Corfu Private Minibus Tour

3. Best of Corfu Private Minibus Tour

Explore Corfu at your own pace on a private tour where you set the starting time and place! Start with a visit to Achilleion Palace, located atop a hill in the traditional village of Gastouri. Experience a sense of awe as you take in the imposing monument and its surrounding cypress trees and exotic plants and flowers. Go inside the palace for a closer look at the beautiful gardens, and discover priceless works of art, such as the ancient Greek statues of Zeus and Era. Admire the elegant columns and statuary, including the statue of the "Dying Achilles." Continue to Kanoni for a breathtaking view of Mouse Island (‘Pontikonisi’), formed, according to legend, when the ship that carried Odysseus back to Ithaca was turned to stone by an angry Poseidon. Next, go to the small but popular beach at Paleokastritsa, where you can catch a boat to cruise around the many caves in the area. Alternatively, soak up the sun and cool down with a dip in the crystal clear waters. Visit the Monastery of the Virgin Mary of Paleokastritsa and discover the home of 8 Greek Orthodox monks who receive guidance from Bishop Efthimios Thouis and conduct traditional masses, provide generous hospitality and offer regular tours of the grounds and museum. Return towards Corfu city with a drive along the scenic west coast via the hilltop village of Lakones. Stop at the "Bella Vista" viewpoint to take some souvenir photos and gather memories to last a lifetime!

Corfu: Full-Day Island Tour with Hotel Pickup

4. Corfu: Full-Day Island Tour with Hotel Pickup

Start your day with a pickup from your hotel and head to Kanoni for a quick photo stop. Gaze at Mouse Island and the Vlacherna Convent and admire the horizon. Next, visit the Kumquat Factory and try the local liqueur and produce. Continue to the Achilleion Museum and stroll through its beautiful gardens. Then, arrive at Palaiokastritsa and enjoy free time to go for a swim, grab a bite to eat, or embark on an optional boat tour. Next, head to Bella Vista and enjoy breathtaking views for miles around from a spectacular height. As you travel through the Troumpeta Pass, snap some staggering photos. Finally, relax on your return transfer.

Corfu: Sightseeing tour in Corfu, small group

5. Corfu: Sightseeing tour in Corfu, small group

This is your opportunity to see the most beautiful places in Corfu in just one day. Short drive of the city by car, admiring the old town, the palace from the period of the British Protectorate, the Venetian fortresses, and the sea walls of the city. On the Kanoni peninsula, we will enjoy the famous and panoramic view of Mouse Island and the Vlacherena convent. Continuing our tour, passing by the Mon Repos palace and the archaeological site with a few visible ruins of the ancient city. Crossing the lush countryside of the island, we reach the impressive area of Paleokastritsa, the most popular and picturesque spot on the island, with crystal blue waters and beautiful rocky coves. Visit the 13th-century Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary. From here, the view of the beach and the coastline is wonderful. Driving through olive groves, we ascend the mountain to reach Lakones, the village with the enchanting view towards Paleokastritsa and western Corfu. Here, you'll find the location Bella Vista, which Lawrence Durrell described as having the most spectacular view in the Mediterranean. Stop for a break, enjoying the magnificent view. Continuing our journey on the western side of the mountain, we will encounter the Angelokastro, the Byzantine castle from the 13th century, situated on a rugged hill. We will pass through the villages of Makrades and Vistonas. Visit the Olive Oil Museum or alternatively, the Carbouri Estate to taste local products.

Corfu: Achilleion Palace, Palaiokastritsa, and Old Town Tour

6. Corfu: Achilleion Palace, Palaiokastritsa, and Old Town Tour

Make the most of your trip to Corfu and visit 3 of the island’s highlights in just 1 day. Your action-packed day begins with pickup from your hotel then heads to the first stop of the tour, Achilleion Palace. Famous for its statues and paintings, the palace holds great historical significance for the island. Learn about the palace’s rich history and influence on the evolution of Corfu as you wander through its stunning rooms and gardens, admiring the architecture throughout. After the palace, head towards the stunning region of Palaiokastritsa, which is steeped in local mythological history. Board a traditional style boat then head out onto the crystal clear waters for unrivaled views of the island and its surrounding coastline. Visit a selection of secret and isolated beaches as well as the island’s famous blue caves and coves. Cool off from the hot Mediterranean weather with a refreshing dip in the sea, or climb up a nearby hill to reach one of the oldest monasteries in Greece, which is a popular hotspot for tourists thanks to its breathtaking and panoramic views. Last but certainly not least is a tour of Corfu’s Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Center. Learn about and visit the imposing fortresses that protect the town, and marvel at the many protected monuments and buildings. Take a stroll to the largest square in the Balkans, then wander through the narrow streets of the town as you soak up the authentic atmosphere and experience life like a local.

Achilleion Palace, Kanoni & Corfu Old Town Private Tour

7. Achilleion Palace, Kanoni & Corfu Old Town Private Tour

Discover some of Corfu's most scenic locations and important historical sites on this minibus tour. Visit the Achilleion Palace, the Kanoni quarter of Corfu Town and see the legendary Mouse Island. At Achilleion Palace, be amazed by the beautiful surrounding gardens. Marvel at invaluable works of art such as the Ancient Greek statues of Zeus and Era, the ‘Peristyle of the Muses' and the huge statue of the ‘Dying Achilles’. See impressive wood carvings and beautiful frescoes at Panagia Vlacherna and enjoy the views out to Mouse Island. If you have time, catch a boat out to Mouse Island and discover the 13th-century Church of Pantokrator before continuing your tour. Enjoy a relaxing drive down Corfu's west coast to Kanoni, passing traditional, picturesque villages along the way. On Kanoni Hill, enjoy a cool drink in one of the cafes and great views of Mouse Island and the Aegean Sea. See the old fortress and the biggest square in the Balkans in the Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax while wandering through the city's narrow streets and stop for a spot of shopping or a coffee along the way.

Corfu: Palace and Baths Royalty Tour

8. Corfu: Palace and Baths Royalty Tour

After meeting with your driver, you'll head south to the famous Princess Sisi's Palace, also known as Achillion. Here you will take a tour through the palace and see all the glory of its amazing gardens, statues, paintings whilst soaking in the magic of the place - its history and the atmosphere will completely take you to another era. Afterwards, visit the wonderful Kanoni, taking time to look around and capture amazing photos. Here you will find out why this area is the favorite for all the corfiots, Kings or not. Before your tour comes to an end, take the opportunity to swim like a royal in the historical royal baths of the Mon Repo's Palace. Here you can take a dip, have a refreshment and even a snack or lunch - and why not a royal massage? The tour will conclude with a journey back to your original pick-up location.

Corfu: Bus trip to Pontikonisi, Mon Repos Achilleion & Swim

9. Corfu: Bus trip to Pontikonisi, Mon Repos Achilleion & Swim

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the southwest coast of Corfu, where stunning beaches and historical landmarks await. Visit Kanoni, a picturesque spot offering panoramic views of the iconic Pontikonisi islet and the Panagia Vlaherna church. Capture the magic of this scenery with a delightful coffee break or walk to the chapel. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Mon Repos, a serene haven of lush gardens and a captivating palace. Stroll through the verdant landscapes, adorned with exotic plants from around the globe. Admire the imposing palace, a 19th-century architectural masterpiece. In the footsteps of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, aka "Sisi," delve into the enchanting gardens of Achilleion. Gaze upon statues of ancient philosophers, mythical heroes, and gods. Reflect on Sisi's life, who found solace amidst the beauty of Achilleion, describing it as her "paradise." Explore the interior of the palace, marveling at its luxurious spaces and exquisite artwork. Feel the spirit of ancient Greece come alive as you discover Sisi's collection of artifacts and memorabilia. Discover shops brimming with souvenirs, tavernas offering authentic Greek cuisine, and fresh bakeries tempting you with their delectable treats. Savor a leisurely Greek coffee or indulge in a delightful snack, savoring the authentic flavors of Corfu. Escape to Marathias, a beach paradise renowned for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, pristine golden sands, and captivating setting surrounded by olive groves and a majestic mountain. For families with young ones, Marathias is home to an exciting water park, where kids of all ages can splash and play to their heart's content. Taste fresh, local flavors at one of the many nearby restaurants. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail by the waves at one of the many beach bars, where the magical view of the endless blue will create memories that will last a lifetime.

Corfu highlights Private Tour

10. Corfu highlights Private Tour

Paleokastritsa Discover the Northwest Corfu, A Luxurious Adventure Experience an extraordinary journey through the picturesque landscapes of Northwestern Corfu. This exclusive private tour is for those seeking an unparalleled excursion full of luxury and exploration. Allow our professional driver to guide you through the enchanting destinations of Doukades, Lakones, and Paleokastritsa, ensuring a secure and seamless experience. Angelokastro For a glimpse into Byzantine glory, venture to Angelokastro, an impressive fortress dating back to the Byzantine era. Its architectural complexity and historical significance provide a unique window into the island’s past. Achilleion Museum The Achilleion Palace Built in 1890 by Empress Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sisi, and designed by Italian architects Raffaele Caritto and Antonio Landi, the Achilleion Palace is one of Europe’s most renowned royal residences. Originally constructed to aid the empress’s recovery during a challenging period of her health, the palace later became the property of German Emperor Wilhelm II in 1907. Corfu Old Town As we delve into the Old Town’s exploration, prepare to be captivated by its cultural richness. This UNESCO World Heritage Site seamlessly blends Byzantine and Venetian influences, creating a unique architectural masterpiece. Wandering through narrow cantounia and picturesque squares, hearing the harmonious tunes of philharmonic orchestras, you’ll travel back in time. The Old Town bears witness to the Italian influence, a testament to Corfu’s Venetian rule. Despite the ravages of World War II, the charm and ambiance remain, offering a fairy-tale-like experience at every turn. The historic journey concludes at Spianada Square, the largest in Corfu and the entire Balkan Peninsula. Its historical significance extends beyond its grandeur. It played host to the first appearance of cricket in Greece in 1823, introduced by officers of the British Navy during their rule. Today, this square remains a living testament to the dynamic interplay of diverse cultural influences that have shaped Corfu over the centuries. Explore Corfu Town Adorned with significant monuments, the square features statues of noteworthy figures like D. Solomos, N. Mantzaros, and N. Theotokis. These sculptures honor the Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece, encapsulating the area’s rich history and spirit of independence. The monuments tell the timeless story of Corfu’s journey through the ages. Throughout the year, Spianada Square is a bustling center for various cultural events, reinforcing its status as a living, breathing space where the community comes together. From religious ceremonies to cricket matches, the square transforms, reflecting the diverse heritage of Corfu’s Old Town. It shows how the city has stayed strong through tough times and is still a significant part of its culture.

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(94 reviews)

The guide was very friendly. He shared many anecdotes with us and was able to adapt his circuit according to our expectations and the very heavy rains during the night which damaged the roads. Discoveries of monasteries, breathtaking views, foot baths... all in a good mood and with the time necessary to enjoy each moment. The coffee break was perfect. The view was splendid! Our guide also gave us lots of information about local gastronomy. Guide and excursion to recommend. To do without hesitation!

We had a wonderful day in Genoa. Our guide was extremely pleasant of very knowledgeable. He answered all our questions throughout the day. The driver was also excellent- felt very safe with him. At end of tour we had time to stop and get a bite to eat while our guide waited, Also gave us time to do a little shopping. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see different parts of Genoa and learn the history of this beautiful place. MT Lyons. October 2023

George was very pleasant, professional. I would highly recommend him and this tour. Enjoyed our trip very much. He took us to a local restaurant (away from the more tourist restaurants) and the food was excellent, great price.

George altered our itinerary to provide scenic highlights and local flavors. He planned accordingly for one member of our group who is wheelchair bound. we appreciated his conversation and insights.

Christina provided our group with an incredible journey through the beautiful island of Corfu. Her knowledge of the island and its history made the tour memorable. I highly recommend this tour.