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Corfu: Island Exploration Quad Safari with Lunch

1. Corfu: Island Exploration Quad Safari with Lunch

Enjoy off and on-road riding through olive-covered hills and valleys on this full-day adventure. Drive past quaint villages that have remained untouched for decades, discover secret vineyards, and admire views of the beautiful Ionian Sea. Begin the day with a quick lesson on how to drive an ATV. After the safety briefing, drive off to Kato Garouna, a tiny village with less than 1,000 inhabitants. Continue on to the old village of Agios Mantheos and head up the forested hills to the old Agii Deka. Enjoy plenty of time to snap photos along the way, especially at the 17th-century Pantocrator Monastery. Take in scenic views from the highest peak on the island and tuck into a packed sandwich lunch. End your tour with a visit to Kontogialos Beach, where you can visit a local cafe to enjoy some traditional drinks or just take some time to relax, swim, and enjoy the wild nature of Corfu.

Day Trip to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu

2. Day Trip to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu

Discover mysterious Albania on a guided day trip from Corfu. Cross to the port city of Saranda to enjoy a 20-kilometer guided bus tour of the southern coast and its virgin shores and islands. Pass through small villages and gaze in awe at the endless fertile plains that lead to a great lake. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint, where the ancient Greek city of Buthrotum disappeared under layers of silt and vegetation until archaeologists uncovered some of the finest remains in the Mediterranean. Tour the Venetian tower and see the remains of the theater and Temple of Asclepius. Continue to the ruins of the ancient gymnasium and Roman Baths and admire a priceless mosaic floor in the Roman Baptistery. Travel back in time as you explore the Cyclopean walls and get panoramic views of the lake and plains from the top of the hill. Return to Saranda for lunch, and then take a walking tour before sailing back to Corfu.

Corfu Town: Guided Walking Tour and Local Food Tastings

3. Corfu Town: Guided Walking Tour and Local Food Tastings

Stroll the narrow paths and charming alleys of Corfu Town with a licensed, English-speaking guide to see historic highlights, such as the Old Fortress. Visit the former residence of the British Lord High Commissioner at the Palace of St. Michael and St. George and discover the hidden squares, old city walls and fountains of the town center. Break for a big breakfast of traditional food, such as cheese pie, spinach pie, loukoumades (donuts), Greek yoghurt and ginger beer from Corfu. Enter the Church of St. Spyridon, where the relics of the 4th-century saint are held, and then continue with your food tastings. Sample some sweet halva, along with cheese, honey, olive oil, fruits and nuts, all selected for their quality and significance to the local community. End with a seated lunch at a restaurant and taste authentic pastitsada (casserole) and a sofrito meat dish from Corfu.

Corfu: Achilleion Palace, Kanoni and Old Town Tour

4. Corfu: Achilleion Palace, Kanoni and Old Town Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or location of your choice, and then head to the Achilleion Palace at the edge of the village of Gastouri. Built for the Empress of Austria, Elisabeth of Bavaria, the 19th-century palace is dedicated to the mythical hero, Achilles. Admire its beautiful art works, including the famous "Dying Achilles" statue and the "Triumph of Achilles" by Franz von Matsch that depicts Achilles dragging Hector’s lifeless body in front of the Gates of Troy. Next, explore the former capital and heart of the island in the district of Kanoni. Go to the Church of Panagia Vlacherna and get views of one of the most photographed spots in Corfu as you look across at Mouse Island. Pause for a coffee and watch the planes come in to land at the airport. Then, explore the Old Town of Corfu, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. Journey through the epochs of the island and its various rulers with views of the British-era City Palace (Palace of St. Michael and St. George), the Venetian edifice of the Old Fortress and the beautiful colonnades lit up by Venetian lanterns of the French-built Liston. Stroll between the tall old houses and buy traditional products in the ancient cellars.  Soak up the age-old atmosphere of the Esplanade, Europe's second largest public square. Saunter under the arches of the Liston promenade, and discover a symbol of the aristocratic society of Old Corfu before getting dropped off at a location of your choice.

Corfu: Small Group City Walking Tour

5. Corfu: Small Group City Walking Tour

Your local tour guide will take you on a long walk through the cobbled streets of the city. Discover enchanting squares, beautiful architecture and learn more about the old towns UNESCO world heritage status. Start your tour with a visit to the Esplanade and Liston arcade gallery. Admire the numerous cafés and bars dotted around the area before heading to the old 14th-century fortress to learn more about Corfu’s past. Your tour continues through the city to the Neoclassical Palace of St. Michael and St. George, the Dimarcheion, and the Episcopal Church of San Giacomo. Marvel at the most magnificent buildings in Corfu before moving onto the oldest neighbourhood on the island, Campiello. After a day of exploring, your tour will finish in Corfu-town. Make your way down the bustling streets to find stalls, shops and tavernas selling local delicacies like kumquat and Corfiot olive oil.

Corfu Town: Dark Legends and Myths Family Tour

6. Corfu Town: Dark Legends and Myths Family Tour

On the city’s Dark Legends Walking Tour, you will discover a different side of Corfu. Explore the dark side of the Eternal City on a mysterious 1.5-hour walking tour and learn all about Corfu’s spookiest places. See sites and hear stories that no other tour guide will tell you. Listen to spooky tales as you stroll through the alleys of Corfu’s historic downtown and walk the Spianada square. Your local guide will share ancient tales of the region’s frightful history. Some stories will make you laugh, while others might stay with you for a while. Learn about dark myths and hear chilling legends. Although the intention is not to frighten guests, we recommend this tour for older children (age 12 and up) with longer attention spans that don’t get spooked so easily.

Corfu: Customized Private Tour

7. 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. 

Corfu: Greek Cooking Class & Meal at a Local Family Home

8. Corfu: Greek Cooking Class & Meal at a Local Family Home

Shop like a local at the fruit market, and prepare traditional Greek recipes with a cooking class. Then, feast on a delicious homemade lunch in an idyllic family environment. Meet your local food expert at the Old Port and stroll through the narrow alleys to Corfu’s open market. Together with your host, buy organic products harvested from the Corfiot fields only hours before. Embrace the vibrant atmosphere, and feel the smell of fresh fish, vegetables, fruit, and herbs. Next, stop by a local's deli shop to buy milk, cheese, and bread baked in an oven. Once ready with the supplies, the host will take you to a country home where the chef will show you how to prepare and cook traditional Greek recipes using a wood oven. Enjoy some local delicacies as a welcome gift. Decide if you prefer to participate “hands-on”, or just watch the cooking preparation. Whichever your choice, spend a few relaxing hours as part of a Greek family. After the cooking class ends, experience the unique Greek hospitality and atmosphere with a delicious meal and good company, before transferring back to Corfu Town.

Corfu: 3-Hour Vespa Scooter Local Villages Tour

9. Corfu: 3-Hour Vespa Scooter Local Villages Tour

Starting from the convenient meeting point in Corfu Town where you will meet your tour guide and choose your helmet, jump onboard your Vespa scooter to explore rural Corfu on a fun and exciting ride through the picturesque green countryside. Ride away from the busy town as you cruise along a stunning route filled with a mixture of olive groves and vineyards. Discover five traditional villages in the Corfiot countryside and take in the superb views from Kaiser's Throne. At one of the villages, you'll stop to enjoy a coffee at a traditional kafenion (café) before returning to Corfu Town.

Best of Corfu Private Minibus Tour

10. 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!

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 238 reviews

Super fun activity. In the end, the ride took a little over 3 hours with 2 stops, one at a beautiful church and one at a terrace by the sea. I was with 2 daughters and my son who all three really liked it. My youngest daughter (17) sometimes thought it was quite exciting and my son sometimes liked it a bit harder, but in the end everyone was very satisfied! Recommended

Well worth a trip! Albania is a hidden gem and Sarandë was a really impressive place. The trip was really well organised and Linda was a great tour guide. The lunch was great even for vegetarians and overall the day trip is great value for money. Just make sure you get back to the coach at the specified time so you're not left behind!

We had an absolutely wonderful time on this food tour. It was worth every penny. Nausica our tour guide was so lovely and knowledgeable. We learnt so much about Greek food and it’s influences. It you want to spend 3 hours having a fabulous time and eating delicious food this tour is a must! We recommend without hesitation.

Our guide was personable and knowledgeable and did all she could to accommodate us. Our group was small and it was like a group of friends ..we certainly got a good grasp of the Old City. We recommend it

Marcos was a great guide. We drove several places on the island and my daughters really enjoyed the beach swim and monastery.