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Paleokastritsa and Corfu Old Town Private Tour

1. 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.

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: 5-Hour Small Group Sightseeing Car Tour & Kanoni

3. Corfu: 5-Hour Small Group Sightseeing Car Tour & Kanoni

This is your chance to see the most beautiful parts of Corfu in just one day by minivan and English speaking driver. A short exploration of the town and we head to Kanoni from where we enjoy the famous and panoramic views over Mouse island and the Vlacherena convent. We continue our tour with a visit to Achileion Palace, built by the Empress Elizabeth from Austria . You will have the opportunity to see the museum dedicated to her and Kaiser Wilhelm II.Later drive to Pelekas village where on the top of the hill is the Kaiser throne. This is the place where Kaiser Wilhem II wanted to visit because of the magnificent view of villages hidden in the olive groves or at the top of the hills, the city of Corfu with its castles, the highest mountain of Corfu and deep in the Ionian the blue color of the sea the coastline of mainland Greece. Crossing the Ropa meadow and passing by traditional villages, we reach the picturesque area of Paleokastritsa with crystal clear waters and beautiful bays.There we will visit the  13 th century orthodox monastery.Free time on the main beach where you can have lunch or to take to local boats and visit the caves with turqoise waters.

Paleokastritsa and Corfu Old Town Private Shore Excursion

4. 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.

Paleokastritsa & Corfu Old Town Private Tour

5. Paleokastritsa & Corfu Old Town Private Tour

Discover Paleokastritsa and the Old Town of Corfu on a private 4-hour tour. After pickup at your hotel, drive to the western part of the island and visit the Monastery of The Virgin Mary in Paleokastritsa. Admire the Greek monastic architecture, stroll through the inner courtyard, and see the Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons in the museum. Take in superb views over the sea, and the rock that is said to be Odysseus' ship turned to stone.   Continue to Corfu Old Town in the north. Visit Esplanade Square (also known as Spianada), the central square of Corfu Town and the largest in the Balkans. Admire the beautiful square, filled with trees and flowerpots. Wander through narrow streets and explore the surrounding buildings. See imposing monuments, and the Venetian fortress that marks the beginning of the modern town. At the end of the tour, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Monastery of Paleokastritsa

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 10 reviews

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.

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

Our guide, Markos, was great and we had a very informative and interesting tour! Thank you for a wonderful day!

Excellent!!!

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