Leave your Corfu hotel or Corfu cruise port by private, air-conditioned vehicle, and travel to Paleokastritsa on the west coast. Set around a steep-sided, wooded bay of five picture-perfect coves, this scenic area is one of Corfu’s beauty spots.
Admire the scenery, and visit the Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary overlooking the bay. Founded in 1225, this working monastery’s buildings date from the 18th century, and comprise a courtyard, monks’ cells, chapel, and museum. Admire the two-level bell tower, one of Corfu’s most photographed sights, and visit the museum to see its religious treasures.
Then, continue to Corfu Town, the island’s capital. On route, hear about the town’s periods under the Venetians, French, and British — a medley of rulers that has shaped its architecture and monuments. See the Venetian-built Old and New Fortresses, and 19th-century Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, originally the residence of British High Commissioners, and now home to the Museum of Asiatic Art.
Admire the Liston, the 19th-century arcaded terrace overlooking the Esplanade, southern Europe’s biggest city square. Learn how the Liston was modeled by the French on Paris’ Rue de Rivoli, and see the stylish cafes under its arches. In summer, people come here to enjoy Corfu’s traditional ginger beer and watch cricket matches on the Esplanade or music and religious processions.
Then, let your guide know if there's anything else you want to see in Corfu Town. Perhaps head to Kanoni to view the early Christian basilica ruins at Palaiopolis and nearby Palace of Mon Repos, the birthplace of the Duke of Edinburgh. Alternatively, maybe choose to explore the craft shops along the old town’s alleyways, or visit the beautiful Church of St. Spyridon, dedicated to Corfu’s patron saint.
After four hours, your tour ends at the original start point.