This tour during offers you the chance to visit some of Corfu’s most enchanting landmarks, places of natural beauty and colourful villages. Starting from the port, you are driven through the Corfiot countryside full of olive groves, pine, cypress, lemon and orange trees, to one of the most beautiful spots of the island, the Bay of Paleokastrisa, known as the “Capri of Greece”.
You visit the Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin, still inhabited by a community of monks, and its small museum housing a priceless collection of Byzantine icons and church relics. From the monastery’s gardens you can enjoy breathtaking views of beautiful bays of the area with their crystal-clear waters and rocky promontories. According to local myth, the legendary Greek ancient hero Odysseus was shipwrecked in one of these bays before meeting and becoming enchanted with the beautiful local Princess Nausicaa.
Your coach drives you up to the traditional old village of Lakones, built high on the mountain slopes, from where you enjoy a panoramic vista of Paleokastritsa and take some marvellous photographs. Driving onwards, you arrive at the traditional village of Makrades, where you enjoy a “meze” (local snack) with a glass of local ouzo or wine at the village taverna. You then continue over to the north-eastern section of the Pantokrator mountain range – the highest on the island. Your next stop is at the picturesque Acharavi village, where you have lunch, Greek-style, at one of the best traditional tavernas in the village, with time to walk around the village.
Your coach then drives you down the north-eastern coastal road of the island – facing the shores of Albania, just 2 nautical miles away – passing by the beautiful bay villages of Kassiopi, Kerasia, Kouloura and Kalami – the latter made famous by the British author Lawrence Durrell who lived there, and the coastal resorts of Barbati, Dassia, and Kontokali, before arriving into Corfu Town. On arrival in town, you leave your coach by the main square, the “Esplanade”, and set off on a guided walking tour, around some of the most elegant quarters of this Venetian-built town. You visit the 300-year old Church of the Patron Saint Spiridon with its priceless collection of icons and offerings. You also have free time for shopping, before boarding your coach again for your return transfer back to your ship at port.
Duration : Minimum 7 hours.
Note: Lunch in Acharavi and snack in Macrades are included.
Advice to Clients: Bring camera and film, and wear comfortable clothing & shoes. Please note that sleeveless blouses and short pants are not allowed in monasteries & churches.
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