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Saranda: Corfu Town and Palaiokastritsa Day Trip with Cruise

Saranda: Corfu Town and Palaiokastritsa Day Trip with Cruise

After departing from the port of Saranda, we travel along the Albanian coast until we approach the Port of Corfu. The day begins with a visit to the Old Town of Corfu- one of Greece's most attractive old towns, where you can feel the influence of the great civilizations remains keenly felt. Enjoy a guided tour around the Old Town centre, including Corfu's biggest square, Spianada (known as 'Liston'), Saint Spiridon's church (Spiridon is the island's patron saint) houses the relics of Saint Spyridon, the Royal Palace, which houses the Museum of Asian Art, and both New and Old Fortresses. You will also have time to stroll around the narrow streets and exploring the souvenir shops. The next stop is the picturesque village of Palaiokastritsa. The name means old fortress and referred to the castle that once stood on top of the hill which is now the Monastery of the Virgin Mary. A Byzantine Monastery dating back to 1228, and houses a collection of rare icons, books, and other holy relics. Enjoy the plethora of local tavernas, bars and hotles all offering beautiful views across the blue bay and harbour. From here you can hire a boat (optional) to explore the nearby caves and enjoy the crystal clear waters or to reach some of the islands more isolated beaches and relax in paradise. Considered to be one of the best beaches of Corfu, Paleokastritsa Beach is unquestionably the most photographed. With its beautiful harbour and clear waters set against a dramatic backdrop of cliffs covered in olive and cypress trees, you will certainly understand why. When the time comes to board the ship and head back, we hope that Corfu will have won a place in your heart!

Corfu: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Corfu: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Discover Corfu at your own pace on an interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your smartphone. Decipher riddles, interact with 10 important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends along the way. After downloading the scavenger hunt on your phone, use the app and integrated maps to uncover Corfu’s most important attractions including the Ioannis Kapodistrias Statue, Ionian Parliament Square, and the Aristotelous. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination, the Old Town Hall of Corfu. Look for the Bell Tower of the Annunziata Church. As you continue your walk through the city, find the Holy Church of Saint Spyridon. Next up is the Corfu Museum of Asian Art and the Liston. Discover an oasis of green in the area at Spianada Square. Just a short walk from the historic Old Town lies the Old Fortress of Corfu with its impressive bastions. Start and pause the activity whenever you like with the flexibility to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum at any time. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day.

Corfu: Live Jazz Music at the Vineyard

Corfu: Live Jazz Music at the Vineyard

Head to a unique private location right in the heart of Corfu and enjoy musical performances by some of the island's most talented musicians. Immerse yourself in this special atmosphere inside a vineyard and get ready for a special evening of music. Corfu is an undiscovered island of music and jazz and through this experience you will get a good taste of all it has to offer. Imagine listening to the sweet sounds of jazz in a hidden spot right in the heart of Corfu; A family-warm jaw-dropping location, which is all about authenticity, purity and Corfian cuisine at its best. Following two incredible sold-out years, we are all pumped up and can't wait to welcome you all again in our 'living room' in the Heart of Corfu! Upon arrival, listen to an introduction about the artists and location. After that, things kick off promptly with 3 performances by some of the island's most talented musicians. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these special performances, the stories and unique location.

Corfu Town: Guided Walking Tour and Local Food Tastings

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. Dig into locally produced cheese pie, spinach pie, loukoumades (donuts), Greek yoghurt, and ginger beer. 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. Savor local flavors with lunch at a restaurant and taste authentic pastitsada (casserole) and a sofrito (meat dish) from Corfu.

Corfu: Sunset trip to Mouse Island & dinining on board

Corfu: Sunset trip to Mouse Island & dinining on board

Excursion’s departing point is on Mayor’s steps in Garitsa bay of Corfu Town whereas our boat picks up the guests. For the next hour we sail with our wooden traditional boat, towards to Pontikonisi (the Mouse Island) along the beauties of this lovely place , in a romantic cruise. You can admire the two Venetian fortresses of Corfu Town, the City walls called "Mouragia", part of the Old town called "Kampiello", "Anemomylos" the famous windmill of Corfu, the Palace of Mon Repos and Kanoni peninsula. We reach the Mouse Island, and the boat anchors among the island and the famous “Vlachernas cloister”, just on time to admire the sunset. At this time of the day the colours of nature are better than ever.. Shortly a delicious BBQ dinner, according to the local gastronomy, is served on board. Toast the ending of the day with a glass of wine.

Corfu: History and Culture Walking Tour

Corfu: History and Culture Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Corfu Town on this walking tour. Begin your tour at the Old Fortress, a Venetian fortress located in the historical center. Enjoy a guided tour of the fortress and see the impact left by the Venetians on the culture and tradition of the area. Afterwards, enjoy a stroll through the historical center, passing by deserted alleyways and lively squares and fountains as you make your way to the famous St. Spyridon Church. Admire the unique architecture of this 16th-century Greek Orthodox Church and marvel at its bell tower, the highest in the Iodan Islands. Finish your tour at the Town Hall Square, which was once considered the most exclusive neighborhood in Corfu. Here, admire impressive monuments and learn more about Corfu's elite who used to meet here.

From Kavos: Day Trip to the City of Corfu

From Kavos: Day Trip to the City of Corfu

A trip to the largest town on the island, our capital "Kerkyra". We start our journey from the place you will indicate to us. During the route you will have the opportunity to admire the mouse island named "Pontikonisi". Then directly to the Old Fortress, the drop-off and pick-up point. Spend the day exploring the town at your leisure, such as Vidos island, the New Fortress, the local market, and countless museums and monasteries. The exact time of our departure from the city of Corfu will always be agreed upon with your guide so that you have full knowledge of your day's schedule and that you organize yourself properly.

Corfu Old Town: A Guided stroll through History & Culture

Corfu Old Town: A Guided stroll through History & Culture

Embark on a captivating walking tour in Corfu to explore the best of the town. Your professional guide will await you at the entrance of the Old Fortress. Begin your adventure by visiting the Old Fortress, where history comes alive. Explore iconic landmarks such as Liston Street, the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, the Town Hall, and the majestic Saint Spyridon Church. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Corfu's streets, filled with the hustle and bustle of daily life. Your professional guide will share fascinating insights into the island's rich heritage as you stroll through its charming alleys. Discover the architectural wonders and cultural treasures that dot the cityscape, each revealing a chapter of Corfu's storied past. From Venetian influences to British legacies, every monument tells a tale. Conclude your tour with a deeper understanding of Corfu's history and culture. Whether chatting with residents in the squares, observing daily activities in the neighborhoods, or simply soaking up the atmosphere of local life, immerse yourself fully in the island's vibrant community. Depart with cherished memories and a genuine connection to the heart and soul of Corfu.

Corfu Town: Live Greek Music and Stories at the Old Fortress

Corfu Town: Live Greek Music and Stories at the Old Fortress

Corfu is the music island of Greece and through this experience you will get a good taste of all it has to offer. Singer and storyteller Sofia, having a deep knowledge of her island’s music culture, has prepared for you a unique musical performance full of hand-picked songs, stories and anecdotes of Corfu and Greece. She is guided by some of the best local talents who will travel Greek music beyond borders. *This is the brand new 2024 music experience of Corfu Music Experiences!* Head to a unique private location right in the heart of Corfu next to the sea in the historic Old Fortress. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking view of this hidden pop-up setting and get ready for a special evening of music. Walk through the historic Old Fortress of Corfu until you reach our secret location. There, you will get a warm welcome and personal care by Sofia and the team of the Restaurant, who will make sure to settle you in and to make you feel like home. We don’t waste much time until we start our experience; 3 magical sets of music with Greek, Corfian, Anatolian, Balkan, Jazz and Latin tunes to dream away. Familiar melodies, exciting anecdotes and international tunes blend perfectly in this exceptional music performance to remind us all the things which unite us and bring us together. Sit back, enjoy and discover Corfu and Greece through music!

Corfu: Daily Cruise & Beach BBQ to Greek Mainland

Corfu: Daily Cruise & Beach BBQ to Greek Mainland

Excursion’s departing point is on Mayor’s steps in Garitsa bay of Corfu Town, where our boat pick up the guests. Departing from the port you get a unique view of Vido Island, the Old Town, the Royal Palace and the Old Venetian Fortress. We sail towards to Mainland Greece for 1/ ½ hour and we have our first stop over Kalamas sandy beach so we debark and our staff starts the preparations for the BBQ. We have approximately 2 ½ - 3 hours to enjoy the BBQ on the beach, the sea, as well as the Greek sun. 1 ½ hours later everything is prepared for our gastronomic satisfaction, and we have a delicious picnic on the beach. In the afternoon we sail again to southeast and we pass close to Igoumenitsa, the capital city of Thesprotia. The boat arrives soon at a picturesque bay, the Lagoon and for approximately 40 minutes we have the opportunity to swim at the exotic green blue waters of the bay. We leave behind us this exotic place and we sail again across the Ionian Sea near Pontikonisi (the Mouse Island), across the Kanoni peninsula, the Palace of Mon Repos and Anemomylos where we can take some lovely photos. There is a chance for a short swim stop depending on time and weather issues, until we reach again Garitsa bay for the disembarkation.

Old Venetian Fortress: Our most recommended tours and activities

Saranda: Corfu Town and Palaiokastritsa Day Trip with Cruise

Saranda: Corfu Town and Palaiokastritsa Day Trip with Cruise

After departing from the port of Saranda, we travel along the Albanian coast until we approach the Port of Corfu. The day begins with a visit to the Old Town of Corfu- one of Greece's most attractive old towns, where you can feel the influence of the great civilizations remains keenly felt. Enjoy a guided tour around the Old Town centre, including Corfu's biggest square, Spianada (known as 'Liston'), Saint Spiridon's church (Spiridon is the island's patron saint) houses the relics of Saint Spyridon, the Royal Palace, which houses the Museum of Asian Art, and both New and Old Fortresses. You will also have time to stroll around the narrow streets and exploring the souvenir shops. The next stop is the picturesque village of Palaiokastritsa. The name means old fortress and referred to the castle that once stood on top of the hill which is now the Monastery of the Virgin Mary. A Byzantine Monastery dating back to 1228, and houses a collection of rare icons, books, and other holy relics. Enjoy the plethora of local tavernas, bars and hotles all offering beautiful views across the blue bay and harbour. From here you can hire a boat (optional) to explore the nearby caves and enjoy the crystal clear waters or to reach some of the islands more isolated beaches and relax in paradise. Considered to be one of the best beaches of Corfu, Paleokastritsa Beach is unquestionably the most photographed. With its beautiful harbour and clear waters set against a dramatic backdrop of cliffs covered in olive and cypress trees, you will certainly understand why. When the time comes to board the ship and head back, we hope that Corfu will have won a place in your heart!

Corfu: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Corfu: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Discover Corfu at your own pace on an interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your smartphone. Decipher riddles, interact with 10 important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends along the way. After downloading the scavenger hunt on your phone, use the app and integrated maps to uncover Corfu’s most important attractions including the Ioannis Kapodistrias Statue, Ionian Parliament Square, and the Aristotelous. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination, the Old Town Hall of Corfu. Look for the Bell Tower of the Annunziata Church. As you continue your walk through the city, find the Holy Church of Saint Spyridon. Next up is the Corfu Museum of Asian Art and the Liston. Discover an oasis of green in the area at Spianada Square. Just a short walk from the historic Old Town lies the Old Fortress of Corfu with its impressive bastions. Start and pause the activity whenever you like with the flexibility to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum at any time. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day.

Corfu: Live Jazz Music at the Vineyard

Corfu: Live Jazz Music at the Vineyard

Head to a unique private location right in the heart of Corfu and enjoy musical performances by some of the island's most talented musicians. Immerse yourself in this special atmosphere inside a vineyard and get ready for a special evening of music. Corfu is an undiscovered island of music and jazz and through this experience you will get a good taste of all it has to offer. Imagine listening to the sweet sounds of jazz in a hidden spot right in the heart of Corfu; A family-warm jaw-dropping location, which is all about authenticity, purity and Corfian cuisine at its best. Following two incredible sold-out years, we are all pumped up and can't wait to welcome you all again in our 'living room' in the Heart of Corfu! Upon arrival, listen to an introduction about the artists and location. After that, things kick off promptly with 3 performances by some of the island's most talented musicians. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these special performances, the stories and unique location.

Corfu Town: Guided Walking Tour and Local Food Tastings

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. Dig into locally produced cheese pie, spinach pie, loukoumades (donuts), Greek yoghurt, and ginger beer. 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. Savor local flavors with lunch at a restaurant and taste authentic pastitsada (casserole) and a sofrito (meat dish) from Corfu.

Corfu: Sunset trip to Mouse Island & dinining on board

Corfu: Sunset trip to Mouse Island & dinining on board

Excursion’s departing point is on Mayor’s steps in Garitsa bay of Corfu Town whereas our boat picks up the guests. For the next hour we sail with our wooden traditional boat, towards to Pontikonisi (the Mouse Island) along the beauties of this lovely place , in a romantic cruise. You can admire the two Venetian fortresses of Corfu Town, the City walls called "Mouragia", part of the Old town called "Kampiello", "Anemomylos" the famous windmill of Corfu, the Palace of Mon Repos and Kanoni peninsula. We reach the Mouse Island, and the boat anchors among the island and the famous “Vlachernas cloister”, just on time to admire the sunset. At this time of the day the colours of nature are better than ever.. Shortly a delicious BBQ dinner, according to the local gastronomy, is served on board. Toast the ending of the day with a glass of wine.

Corfu: History and Culture Walking Tour

Corfu: History and Culture Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Corfu Town on this walking tour. Begin your tour at the Old Fortress, a Venetian fortress located in the historical center. Enjoy a guided tour of the fortress and see the impact left by the Venetians on the culture and tradition of the area. Afterwards, enjoy a stroll through the historical center, passing by deserted alleyways and lively squares and fountains as you make your way to the famous St. Spyridon Church. Admire the unique architecture of this 16th-century Greek Orthodox Church and marvel at its bell tower, the highest in the Iodan Islands. Finish your tour at the Town Hall Square, which was once considered the most exclusive neighborhood in Corfu. Here, admire impressive monuments and learn more about Corfu's elite who used to meet here.

From Kavos: Day Trip to the City of Corfu

From Kavos: Day Trip to the City of Corfu

A trip to the largest town on the island, our capital "Kerkyra". We start our journey from the place you will indicate to us. During the route you will have the opportunity to admire the mouse island named "Pontikonisi". Then directly to the Old Fortress, the drop-off and pick-up point. Spend the day exploring the town at your leisure, such as Vidos island, the New Fortress, the local market, and countless museums and monasteries. The exact time of our departure from the city of Corfu will always be agreed upon with your guide so that you have full knowledge of your day's schedule and that you organize yourself properly.

Corfu Old Town: A Guided stroll through History & Culture

Corfu Old Town: A Guided stroll through History & Culture

Embark on a captivating walking tour in Corfu to explore the best of the town. Your professional guide will await you at the entrance of the Old Fortress. Begin your adventure by visiting the Old Fortress, where history comes alive. Explore iconic landmarks such as Liston Street, the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, the Town Hall, and the majestic Saint Spyridon Church. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Corfu's streets, filled with the hustle and bustle of daily life. Your professional guide will share fascinating insights into the island's rich heritage as you stroll through its charming alleys. Discover the architectural wonders and cultural treasures that dot the cityscape, each revealing a chapter of Corfu's storied past. From Venetian influences to British legacies, every monument tells a tale. Conclude your tour with a deeper understanding of Corfu's history and culture. Whether chatting with residents in the squares, observing daily activities in the neighborhoods, or simply soaking up the atmosphere of local life, immerse yourself fully in the island's vibrant community. Depart with cherished memories and a genuine connection to the heart and soul of Corfu.

Corfu Town: Live Greek Music and Stories at the Old Fortress

Corfu Town: Live Greek Music and Stories at the Old Fortress

Corfu is the music island of Greece and through this experience you will get a good taste of all it has to offer. Singer and storyteller Sofia, having a deep knowledge of her island’s music culture, has prepared for you a unique musical performance full of hand-picked songs, stories and anecdotes of Corfu and Greece. She is guided by some of the best local talents who will travel Greek music beyond borders. *This is the brand new 2024 music experience of Corfu Music Experiences!* Head to a unique private location right in the heart of Corfu next to the sea in the historic Old Fortress. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking view of this hidden pop-up setting and get ready for a special evening of music. Walk through the historic Old Fortress of Corfu until you reach our secret location. There, you will get a warm welcome and personal care by Sofia and the team of the Restaurant, who will make sure to settle you in and to make you feel like home. We don’t waste much time until we start our experience; 3 magical sets of music with Greek, Corfian, Anatolian, Balkan, Jazz and Latin tunes to dream away. Familiar melodies, exciting anecdotes and international tunes blend perfectly in this exceptional music performance to remind us all the things which unite us and bring us together. Sit back, enjoy and discover Corfu and Greece through music!

Corfu: Daily Cruise & Beach BBQ to Greek Mainland

Corfu: Daily Cruise & Beach BBQ to Greek Mainland

Excursion’s departing point is on Mayor’s steps in Garitsa bay of Corfu Town, where our boat pick up the guests. Departing from the port you get a unique view of Vido Island, the Old Town, the Royal Palace and the Old Venetian Fortress. We sail towards to Mainland Greece for 1/ ½ hour and we have our first stop over Kalamas sandy beach so we debark and our staff starts the preparations for the BBQ. We have approximately 2 ½ - 3 hours to enjoy the BBQ on the beach, the sea, as well as the Greek sun. 1 ½ hours later everything is prepared for our gastronomic satisfaction, and we have a delicious picnic on the beach. In the afternoon we sail again to southeast and we pass close to Igoumenitsa, the capital city of Thesprotia. The boat arrives soon at a picturesque bay, the Lagoon and for approximately 40 minutes we have the opportunity to swim at the exotic green blue waters of the bay. We leave behind us this exotic place and we sail again across the Ionian Sea near Pontikonisi (the Mouse Island), across the Kanoni peninsula, the Palace of Mon Repos and Anemomylos where we can take some lovely photos. There is a chance for a short swim stop depending on time and weather issues, until we reach again Garitsa bay for the disembarkation.

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Ariti was an amazing guide, with a wealth of knowledge when it came to the history and culture of Corfu. We had a fabulous morning walking through Corfu town and we enjoyed lunch at a place where the locals frequent rather than a tourist restaurant. We would recommend Ariti when visiting Corfu.

We attended Music Stories of a Corfiot. Our highlight of our vacation in Corfu! Highly skilled musicians, Sofia was so welcoming and knowledgeable, beautiful voice. We love Greece and finally we got to understand Greek songs! Bravo to everyone, highly recommended!

Absolutely fantastic! Service, experience and crew were amazing and the boat itself was very comfortable. Shoutout to Viola and Spyro who were very knowledgeable and took us to some great spots! Highly recommend Manatos

I really enjoyed this experience. The intimite setting, the music, the stories. It felt like home!I’ve learned a lot about my favorite island! If you travel alone, please go. It’s worth it!!!

Wonderful team, delicious food, beautiful views and sunset, thank you 🙂