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Corfu: Full-Day Sightseeing Van Trip with Swim Stop

1. Corfu: Full-Day Sightseeing Van Trip with Swim Stop

Discover the wonders of the island of Corfu on this day trip from the City of Corfu. Relax aboard an airconditioned van as your guide takes you to see the sights like the Ipapanti Monastery. Have free time to explore towns like Kassiopi and Lakones, and the bay of Paleokastritsa. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your hotel or cruise port in Corfu. Drive to Achilleion Palace, which was ordered to be built by Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Buy a ticket to see the frescoed rooms of this neoclassical mansion and explore its lush terraced gardens with a sea view. Continue to Paleokastritsa Bay and have free time to swim into the azure waters of the Ionian Sea, purchase an optional boat ride to see the famous caves where the mythological Ulysses met the princess Nausicaa, or hike to the 13th-century Monastery of the Virgin Mary. Make your way to the hilltop Lakones village and stop by a local taverna where you can purchase some authentic Greek food. Admire the heart-shaped bay and Paleokastritsa area from above while you sip on a glass of Greek wine with lunch. Relax on the panoramic drive through olive groves and ancient villages, until you reach Canal D’Amour in the Sidari area. Explore his stunning coastal area of fantastically-shaped cliffs bathed by emerald waves. Travel to Kassiopi, a charming fishing village where can stretch your legs as you take in the colorful port, sandy beach, and local cafes. Pass thorugh Northeast coast of Corfu and catch a glimpse of the Kalami and Barbati area. Finish your tour with a views of the Ipapanti Monastery where you can see a turquoise bay with a church on a small island, placed on an area full of luxury villas and hotels. Return to your pickup location in Corfu at the end of your tour.

Best of Corfu Private Minibus Tour

2. 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: Achilleion Palace, Palaiokastritsa, and Old Town Tour

3. 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.

Palaiokastritsa: Corfu Scuba Diving Tour with Hotel Transfer

4. Palaiokastritsa: Corfu Scuba Diving Tour with Hotel Transfer

Uncover the secrets of life under the waves with this diving tour in Corfu. Use high-quality scuba gear and follow a licensed guide to areas that are teeming with life. Feel the thrill of breathing underwater and getting close to marine life like fish and sea turtles.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Palaiokastritsa and transfer to dive center in an airconditioned van. Choose from 26 excellent dive sites. Beginners can try a Discover Scuba Diving experience that allows them to reach a depth of 10 meters safely. Listen to a brief lecture on diving safety and learn about the equipment that you will use. Head out to the dive site and get help gearing up with the scuba equipment. Swim with your guide and be followed with divers that have life rings that help to mark your dive location.  Dive for about 25-30 minutes in the crystal clear waters. Underwater photos and videos of your experience will be available for purchase from the activity provider. Fill out your dive log book before returning to your accommodation in Palaiokastritsa. 

Corfu: Island Sightseeing Guided Bus Tour

5. Corfu: Island Sightseeing Guided Bus Tour

Discover the top sights on Corfu island with this sightseeing van tour with hotel transfers from Corfu Town. Discover sights like the charming villages of Lakones and Kassiopi. Admire the stunning rock formations in the coastal Canal D’Amour area. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your accommodation in Corfu Town. Sit back and relax in a spacious and air conditioned van on the drive to Achilleion Palace. Purchase a ticket to this neoclassical mansion that was built by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Walk thorugh the frescoed rooms and through the Italian terraced gardens that open up to views of the town and coast. Pass by fine sculptures which feature characters from Greek mythology, including Achilles. Continue on to the azure waters of Paleokastritsa Bay. Have free time to swim take a dip in the sea, soak up some sun on the beach, take a water taxi to the caves where Ulysses is said to have met the princess Nausicaa, or take a hike to visit the 13th-century Monastery of the Virgin Mary. Drive to th hillside village of Lakones for breathtaking view of the whole island. Stop to buy lunch at local tavern which serves authentic Greek dishes. Admire the heart-shaped bay and Paleokastritsa area from above while you savor your food. Relax on a scenic drive through olive groves and ancient villages, until you reach Canal D’Amour in the Sidari area. Capture pictures of fantastically-shaped cliffs and emerald waves. Stop for an hour of free time Kassiopi where you can see the port and beach, or stop in at a local café. Ride along the Northeastern coast of Corfu and see Kalami and Barbati from the bus. Head to the Ipapanti Monastery, where there is a rustic church on a small island. Return to your accommodation in Corfu Town at the end of your tour.

Paleokastritsa and Corfu Old Town Private Tour

6. Paleokastritsa and Corfu Old Town Private Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or other location of your choice, and then travel through some of Corfu’s traditional villages on a private group tour to Paleokastritsa. Long considered one of the most beautiful villages in Corfu, Paleokastritsa is renowned as a beauty spot with turquoise waters and sandy beaches in its network of bays with jagged rocks topped by lush green forests that rise directly from the sea. Go to Theotokos Monastery via a short footpath that takes you to the top of the hill. Get the best views of the area from the summit, and then journey into Corfu Town. Take a stroll through Spianada Square to admire the British-era City Palace, the Venetian castle of the Old Fortress and the arcades of the Liston, built during the French occupation if the island and charmingly lit by Venetian lanterns. Visit Saint Spyridon Church, built in 1596, where the distinctive red dome of the bell tower, filled with silver treasures, is the tallest on the island. Amble down the narrow streets of the Old Town and interact with the locals as you purchase local produce such as kumquats from traditional shops. Your driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel to get dropped off safely at the end of the day.

Corfu: Ionian Sea Swim, Wine Tasting and Corfu Old Town Tour

7. Corfu: Ionian Sea Swim, Wine Tasting and Corfu Old Town Tour

Discover the beauty of Corfu on this van tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Corfu Town. Have free time to explore Paleokastritsa Bay, go to a wine estate to and try local wines, and uncover the Venetian architecture in Corfu's Old Town on a guided walking tour.  Enjoy the convience of being picked up from your accommodation in Corfu Town. Relax aboard a spacious and airconditioned van on the drive to Paleokastritsa Bay. Take in views of the turquoise waters of the Ionian sea. Spend some free time where you can take a refreshing swim, visit the whitewashed walls, lemon trees, flower garden in the Monastery of the Virgin Mary. Go inside the chapel to see rare Byzantine icons, relics, and religious paintings. Admire views of the bay from this 13th century space.  Head to one of Corfu’s oldest wine estates for a short guided tour of its premises, including the wine production area and the cellars. Taste different varieties of their locally produced wines, together with a light snack. Peruse bottles of wine and local olive oil. Make your way to Corfu Old Town for a guided walking tour. Explore a mixture of the medieval and the modern. See how the old and new fortresses bear the insignia of the Venetian Republic. Walk through the Espianade Square which designed in the XVIII century by French architects and features an English cricket pitch. Pass by the the Palace of St. Michael and St. George which was once home to Corfu’s British governors. Wander along the narrow streets and small plazas to the church of St. Spyridon. Take some free time walk thorugh the Old Town before returning to your accommodation.

Corfu: Mountain and Village Accessible Motorized Tour

8. Corfu: Mountain and Village Accessible Motorized Tour

Visit the small village of Palaiokastritsa, set amidst small coves, nestled in the rugged coastline, and surrounded by olive, lemon, and cypress groves. Explore and see fine Mediterranean sceneries in what is often called “The Greek Capri”. Afterward, your vehicle will climb up the mountain and you will reach Lakones, a dreamy mountain village and its Balcony of the Gods, where to admire the magnificent panoramic views of the Ionian Sea and the bays surrounding Palaiokastritsa resort. Here you’ll also have free time to purchase refreshments and do some souvenir shopping from the small local vendors. Discover kumquat, a fruit that grows in Corfu and has become one of the island’s most famous products and a liqueur with the same name, along with fruit-preserved sweets. Take the opportunity will be able to purchase these and many other local handmade delicacies. Continue for a scenic drive towards the South until you reach Corfu Town, driving past Garitsa Bay, Plateia, and the Old Fortress, where the grandeur of these and more ancient Venetian, French and British buildings has defeated time and battles. Drive past the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, the Esplanade, the cricket pitch, and the New Fortress before returning to Corfu Cruise Port or your accommodation.

Paleokastritsa and Corfu Old Town Private Shore Excursion

9. Paleokastritsa and Corfu Old Town Private Shore Excursion

Discover one of the most beautiful villages in Corfu on a private shore excursion from the cruise ship terminal to Paleokastritsa, where Odysseus is said to have disembarked and met Nausicaa for the first time.  Marvel at the 13th-century Monastery of the Virgin Mary upon arrival, and get stunning views of the turquoise waters as you wander around the grounds. Then, explore the Venetian and Byzantine architecture of Corfu's Old Town (also known as Kerkyra). See the ancient castles built on 2 hills to protect the island from the Ottomans. Stroll the charming streets and stone staircases to find old houses, hidden gardens and ancient cellars where you can buy traditional products. Get a friendly welcome from the locals as you immerse yourself in the open-air museum atmosphere, where surprises await on every corner.

Corfu: Above and Beyond Palaiokastritsa 6-Hour Scooter Tour

10. Corfu: Above and Beyond Palaiokastritsa 6-Hour Scooter Tour

Ride around the island and discover the best sights from incredible points of view. Join a small group tour with a friendly guide for a fun and relaxed journey around Corfu island.  Meet your guide and hop onto a scooter to ride away from the busy Corfu town. Drive along scenic country roads and through traditional villages. Visit Palaiokastritsa, one of the most famous locations on the island. Surrounded by olive groves and cypress trees, it is set in three bays. According to legend, Paleokastritsa is where Odysseus was shipwrecked and met Nausica. Discover the 12th-century Byzantine monastery of Theotokos on the northern end of Paleokastritsa, notable for its ceiling carving of the Tree of Life. Ride through the traditional villages of Lakones and Krini. Visit Angelokastro, a Byzantine castle set on a steep hill with great views of the whole island. Make several stops for photo opportunities and enjoy a light lunch based on local cuisine.

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What people are saying about Palaiokastritsa

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 10 reviews

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE

This visit was exceptional, the KOTINAS TRAVEL service is EXCLUSIVE, they were punctual, they exceeded our expectations, Corfu is a beautiful place and our guide was the most pleasant, knowledgeable of the city and provided us with a lot of interesting information in a pleasant way. Kotinas Travel resolved all my doubts before the trip. EXCELLENT SERVICE!

Wonderful tour with the world's best guide Nico

Tour Paleokastritsa: many highlights and breathtaking views - original and away from mass tourism. We felt more than comfortable with Nico, as if you were going on a tour with a Kumoel. Has led us to many great places, was really fun - always happy

Did the tour as a family with two kids. The route was coordinated with us in advance. Our guide (Elena) responded very well to our wishes and made sure that the tour was interesting and varied for the children as well.

The guide / driver very entertaining

Very good, the island is beautiful and the guide / driver made it very easy and comfortable for us despite the little time we had. I recommend it.

Excellent!!!

Very nice! Very clear in the explanation! Very attentive to the children !!