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- Depart from the port
- Arrive at Paleokastritsa
- Depart from Paleokastritsa
- Arrival in Lakones (short photo stop)
- Arrival at Makrades (short visit and shopping)
- Departure from Makrades
- Arrival at Town Square
- Visit Saint Spiridon (1 hr free time for shopping)
- Departure from Town Center
- Arrival at the port.
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This tour begins with a scenic drive through the wonderful Corfiot
countryside, full of olive groves, pine, cypress, lemon and orange
trees. Approximately 25 minutes later, you arrive at one of the
most beautiful spots on the island, the bay of Paleokastritsa,
called the “Capri of Greece”.
Once there, you visit the Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin –
still inhabited by a community of monks - and its small museum,
housing a unique collection of Byzantine icons and church relics.
From the Monastery gardens you can admire breathtaking views
over the beautiful bays of Paleokastritsa below, with their crystalclear waters and rocky promontories.
According to local myth, in one of these bays the legendary
Odysseus met the beautiful local Princess Nausicaa after his
shipwreck. On the opposite hill, you can see the Byzantine Fort of
Angelokastro, perched high on a rocky pillar rising a thousand feet from the sea, built in the 13th
century by the Despot of Epiros Michael Komninos.
The tour then continues to the picturesque traditional village of
Lakones, situated high up the mountain slopes, from where you can
enjoy a panoramic vista over the whole bay of Paleokastritsa.
Following a short photo-stop for some great pictures, your coach
takes the road back to the Old Town of Corfu.
On arrival at Esplanade Square – the central square – you leave
your coach for a walking guided tour around the historic centre of
Old Corfu Town. Wandering in its maze of winding narrow cobbled
streets known as „kandounia‟ you explore some of the most elegant
quarters of this Venetian-built town. You visit the 300-year old
Church of the Patron St Spiridon with its priceless collection of
icons and offering to the resident Patron Saint of the Island. You
also have some free time for shopping and wandering around town
on your own before getting back on your coach for your return
transfer back to your ship at port.