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Paleokastritsa Beach in Corfu, Greece

Cruise to Corfu, Greece

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Statue of general Frederick Adam, in front of the Museum of Asian Art in Corfu, Greece

Palace Paintings

Statue of general Frederick Adam, in front of the Museum of Asian Art in Corfu, Greece

One of the most popular attractions on Corfu, the Asian Art Museum is the only museum in Greece dedicated solely to Asian art. With 15,000 pieces in the collection, you'll be amazed by Japanese antiquities, Buddhist sculpture, Chinese pottery and so much more. The museum itself is a work of art too, and is found in the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, a grand structure dating back to the early 1800s.

View of Palaiokastritsa Beach with beautiful flowers and blue sea water on Corfu, Greece

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View of Palaiokastritsa Beach with beautiful flowers and blue sea water on Corfu, Greece

Paleokastritsa offers a spectacular combination of beaches, cliffs, orchards, olive groves and even the historic Theotokou Monastery, so you can pack a lot into a visit here. The village lies about 30 minutes from Corfu town and can be reached by bus, bike or taxi. The beaches alone rank among the best in Greece and there are plenty of eateries offering traditional Greek seafood dishes. So if you've never tried octopus, you have to try it during your Corfu cruise vacation.

Statues in front of the pillars of the Achillion Palace in Corfu, Greece

Live Like Gods

Achillion Palace was built in 1890 for a former Austrian Empress, and was later home to Germany's last Emperor, Wilhelm II. Today you'll find evidence of the empress's love for Greek culture, including statues of famous Greek mythological figures such as Zeus, Achilles and Hera. You can also find frescoes and artwork that have been fully restored. Landscaped gardens and sweeping views of the city will take your breath away.

Grilled octopus served with white wine and lemons, on a restaurant in Corfu, Greece

Local Cuisine

Corfu's history — and thus its cuisine — is comprised of many different cultures. One of the greatest influences is Venice, and you won't want to miss Venetian specialties such as sliced veal with vinegar and garlic, various types of fish stew, grilled octopus and plentiful seafood. The fact that you'll be enjoying these dishes while gazing at the sea or strolling in a charming town square makes the dining experience truly magical.

Traditional Greek ceramic pottery with blue floral decorations, on a shop in Corfu, Greece

Old Town offers plenty of shopping, including everything from housewares and modern fashion to souvenirs that suit any wallet. If you want something unique to the area, search for ceramic bowls, pitchers, plates and various other items, which are often decorated with designs specific to the island.

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Corfu (Kerkyra) Cruise Port Guide and Review (2023)

Panoramic photo of the Corfu old Town and cruise port

Everything you must-know about Corfu (Kerkyra) cruise port in Greece: where cruise ships dock, the top attractions in the Old Town, shopping, dining, basics and more ...

By: Editor-in-Chief Update: May 23, 2023

The Greek island of Corfu has a lot to offer. Corfu's old town, the Achilleion Palace, and the monastery of Paleokastritsa are top highlights to visit, but there are many other attractions to enjoy beyond the sites drenched in history.

  • Where is Corfu
  • Where cruise ships dock
  • How to get to Town
  • Top Things To Do in Corfu
  • Top attractions in the Old Town
  • Shore excursions (Shorex)
  • Beyond the Old Town

Dining and Corfiot Food

  • Must-know: tourist info, language and currency

With over 650.000 cruise passengers visiting the island every year, on more than 450 ships, Corfu is one of the most popular cruise destinations in Greece and a top attraction on many cruise itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Corfu is a place to enjoy historical sites, nature and tasting the fruits of life. Known as the greenest island in Greece, it is lush with abundant wild plant life.

The island has a mountainous landscape, with the highest mountain being 914 meters, and a dramatic coastline that attracts cruise visitors to seaside villages and wonderful beaches.

The Old Town is a UNESCO world heritage site with a good number of historical landmarks, museums and cultural sites to explore.

The Liston in Corfu cruise port

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Where is Corfu (Kerkyra)

Corfu aka Kerkyra (Κέρκυρα in Greek) is an island located a few miles off the west coast of Greece in what is known as the Ionian sea. Although it is a relatively small island, Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian Islands (Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Ithaca, and Lefkada are the other major ones).

The northern tip of the island is just 2 miles from Albania, separated by a strait, whilst the southern part lies 18 miles from the Western Coast of mainland Greece.

Where is the cruise port in Corfu?

Cruise ships dock in the New Port (Neo Limani) just a couple of miles from the main attraction in the island: Corfu's Old Town, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the main reason why cruise ships visit this Greek island.

Panoramic Photo of the Port of Corfu

Port of Corfu

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As you can see on the photo above, the port in Corfu is on a large bay and cruise ships berth at different piers. There is a cruise terminal building with all services and amenities close to to the long L-shaped pier on the western side of the the port.

On the other berths, which are closer to the exit gates of the port, cruise travelers will not find any services or amennities. But there is a shuttle bus to the cruise terminal. However, when docking at the eastern side of the port you will be much closer to Corfu's Old Town.

How to get from the cruise port to Corfu's Old Town?

The Old Town is around 2 miles (3 km) from the cruise port. Although the walk to Corfu Town is pleasant and has a few interesting landmarks along the way, on summer hot days, a taxi might be preferable costing around €10.00 each way.

Some cruise lines provide a shuttle to the Old Town. Depending on the cruise line, this can be a paid service. The public bus is the most affordable transportation to the Old Town, with tickets costing €1.90. However, be aware that you will need cash to pay the driver.

Top Things to do on a cruise to Corfu

Here are the top things to do on a cruise to Costa Maya:

  • Explore Corfu's Old Town. How : get to the Old Town on foot (around 30 minute-walk), on a sightseeing hop-on hop-off from the port, on a shuttle bus, or with a shore excursion. Top Attractions: Saint Spyridon Church, Liston, Spianada, Square of the Saint, Town Hall Square. Read our in-depth reviews to learn more about the major landmarks in the Old Town.
  • Visit the religious sites of Corfu. Corfu has such a rich history that the cruise traveler will have the opportunity to visit very interesting and diverse religious sites like the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, the Catholic Cathedral, the Synagogue or the Church of Saints Jason and Sosipater. Read our reviews of the top 7 religious sites in Corfu to learn more about these sites.
  • Visit the museums of Corfu's Old Town. In the Old Town, cruise visitors will find eight unique museums to visit. The Museum of Asian Art and the Antivouniotissas (Byzantine) Museum are unique in their own right. But there are other interesting museums with rare exhibits to visit.
  • Mon Repos Palace and the Achilleion Palace The Achilleion Palace and the Mon Repos Palace are two of Corfu's most beloved attractions. The former was a summer retreat for Elizabeth, the Empress of Austria, known as Sissi. The latter is particularly notable because it was the birthplace of Prince Phillip, the husband of the late Queen Elizabeth II. Both palaces are reviewed on our page dedicated to the top things to do in Corfu.
  • Paleokastritsa Monastery and traditional villages Relatively close to the cruise port, the Paleokastritsa Monastery is a highlight included on full-day shore excursions of the island. These tours also include visits to wonderful, quaint, traditional villages. Check our reviews of the top attractions on the island of Corfu beyond the Old Town.
  • Beaches Cruise travelers not interested in heritage sites will find spectacular beaches close to Corfu's cruise port. Most of these beaches offer water-related activities: be it jet skiing, canoeing, surfing, or scuba. Read our page about beaches and outdoor activities in Corfu to learn more.

Attractions in the Old Town

Corfu Town aka Old Town is picturesque and vibrant. It sits in the middle of two fortress, the Old and New fortresses, both built by the Venetians in the 15th century.

Photo of Saint George Church Old Fort in Corfu

St. George Church - Old Fort

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Cruise travelers will find much to see in the Old Town, with most attractions concentrated close to the Liston and the Spianada, such as:

  • Saint Spyridon Church
  • Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George
  • Museum of Asian Art
  • Banknote Museum
  • St. George Church
  • Municipal Gallery
  • Reading Society
  • Byzantine Museum
  • Solomos Museum
  • Museum of Banknotes
  • Music Museum "Mantzaros"
  • Serbian Museum
  • Old Fortress
  • Byzantine Collection
  • Municipal Theatre
  • New Fortress
  • Archaeological Museum

The Old Town is very easy to explore on your own and delight to meander and discover its nooks and crannies.

Beyond Corfu Old Town

Just one mile south of the Old Town, in the area known as Kanoni, the Mon Repos Palace is a must see and always included in tours of the highlights of Corfu.

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Sculpture in the Achilleion Palace

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The Achilleion Palace, near the Village of Gastouri (10 km south of the Old Town), is another highlight not to be missed and also always included in shore excursions.

Photo of Pontikonisi in Corfu

Pontikonisi, just off Kanoni

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The Vido Island (not Vidos as you may find misspelled on most Travel Guides) is right across the Old Town and, farther away, the Paleokastritsa Monastery, or the villages of Kassiopi, Agios Matheos and Pelekas are wonderful sites to be enjoyed on a full day excursion.

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  • Paleokastritsa Monastery

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These are all the most interesting attractions for cruise passengers to visit outside Corfu's Old Town:

  • Mon Repos Palace
  • Achilleion Palace
  • Agios Matheos village
  • Pelekas village

If you are not interested in cultural heritage and historical sites, there are also many exciting activities in the island, in particular, for those traveling with young families. There is a good number of wonderful beaches, an excellent golf course and horse riding is a must do.

  • Kontokali Beach (pebbles)
  • Benitses Beach (sand and pebbles)
  • Dassia Beach (sand and pebbles)
  • Ipsos Beach (sand)
  • Glyfada Beach
  • Mirtiotissas Beach
  • Barbati Beach
  • Agios Gordios Beach
  • Messonghi Beach
  • Nissaki Beach
  • Paleokastritsa Beach
  • Issos Beach
  • Sidari and Canal d'Amour Beach

Shore excursions and tours

Obviously, all cruise lines offer many and diverse shore excursions in Corfu. Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean offer as many 10 shore excursions . Carnival lists 12 shore excursions . Norwegian Cruise Line has available 15 shore excursions . Oceania Cruises organizes 34 shore excursions , and Princess has 24 excursions available.

There are also excursions offered by the following reputable private online services and local tour operators:

  • Shore Trips
  • Shore Excursions Group
  • Tours by Locals
  • Venture Ashore
  • Private Shore Trips

Shopping in Corfu

Because Corfu is one of the most famous and visited Greek Islands there are lots of shops with local souvenirs, gifts, and crafts. Olives, kumquats, and honey are harvested locally and make flavorful treats.

Photo of Land of Corfu Shop

Photo Courtesy of Land of Corfu Natural Products

You can take home the flavors of Corfu in kumquat liqueur or jam and fresh-pressed olive oil.

On Nikifóros Street, which runs through the heart of the Old Town you will find many unique shops. Here are our favorite shops in Corfu to take home a great gift or a souvenir when calling at the cruise port of Corfu for the day:

  • The Land of Corfu
  • Patounis' Soap
  • Corfu Sandals
  • Icon Gallery
  • Hartokouto souvenirs
  • Corfu Gallery

The shops above are worth a visit and we dedicated a full page with reviews of our favorite shops of Corfu.

Don't forget to "taste" the island as Corfu is filled with local delicacies and traditional Corfiot food. Dishes like Pastitsada and Sofrito are mouth-watering traditions found in most restaurants on the island. Here is a list of our favorite restaurants in Corfu:

  • Aegli Restaurant
  • Bellissimo Restaurant
  • Da Giovanni Restaurant
  • Rex Restaurant
  • The Venetian Well Restaurant
  • Taverna Rouvas

Cruise visitors to Corfu should not miss lunch, a light fare, or a quick bite in one of our favorite restaurants in the Old Town.

Must-know: tourist info, language, and currency

Tourist info.

There are Tourist Information kiosks outside all cruise terminals in Piraeus port.

Greek is the official language but English is widely spoken. Piraeus and specially Athens are such tourist magnets that the English speaking cruise passenger will easily communicate with locals pretty much everywhere.

The legal tender in Greece is the Euro (€) (EUR). US$ dollars or any other currency are NOT accepted in Greece.

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10 Best Things To Do In the Port of Corfu, Greece + Port Info

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Welcome to the port of Corfu! (Post updated: March 2024)

Also known as Kerkyra (Κέρκυρα in Greek), Corfu is the second largest of the Greek Ionian Islands and the greenest island in Greece. With its UNESCO-listed Old Town, pristine beaches, centuries-old villages and various things to do, Corfu is a frequent port of call in the Eastern Mediterranean cruise itineraries. In this article, read about:

  • Port of Corfu  (Corfu cruise terminal, getting around, helpful links)
  • Top 10 things to do in Corfu port & best Corfu shore excursions

Visit also our cruise port guides to Athens (Piraeus) , Santorini , Mykonos , Valletta (Malta) , Limassol (Cyprus)

Port of Corfu

Corfu cruise port is located in Corfu Town (aka Kerkyra), the capital of Corfu island located on the eastern coast of the island. Cruise ships dock in the “New Port” (Nea Limani), situated around 1.5 km/1 mile (a 20-25 minute walk) west of Corfu’s old town which is the main tourist hub of the city.

The Corfu port is large and consists of a long L-shaped pier dedicated to both cruise ships and ferries. There is a terminal building at the exit of the port, and free shuttle buses are provided to transfer passengers between their pier and the cruise terminal building. In the terminal, you can find tourist information kiosks, check-in counters, a duty-free shop, free wi-fi, an ATM, and car rental agencies.

Outside the cruise ship terminal, taxis are available and the ride to Corfu Old Town usually costs around 10€ per vehicle one way. Some cruise lines may organize shuttle buses (free, or for an additional fee, depending on the cruise line) to Corfu’s old town. Alternatively, you can take a pleasant 20-minute walk along the coast to the old town.

Port of Corfu in Corfu Town

Getting Around Corfu, Greece

  • The official currency in Greece is EURO (€). Local currency and credit cards are widely accepted. It is recommended to always take some cash with you as local buses and some places don’t accept cards. ATMs and currency exchange are available in Corfu Town.
  • The public bus network in Corfu is excellent and the towns are well connected with resorts, beaches and villages on the island. There are two lines: the Blue Line , which operates in the area of Corfu Town, and the Green Line , which covers the rest of the island.
  • The central bus station for blue buses is located at San Rocco – Georgiou Theotoki Square in Corfu’s old town. The blue buses connect the old town with the port, Kanoni, Mandouki, Benitses, Achillion, Gouvia and Kontokali. Buses #15 and #2b connect the port of Corfu and Corfu’s old town. You can check the schedule and timetables at https://astikoktelkerkyras.gr/
  • The central bus stop for green buses is located on Eth. Antistaseos street, near Corfu port. These buses cover routes to Paleokastritsa, Lefkimi, Acharavi, Roda, Messongi, Pelekas and generally all the beaches and villages on the island. The ticket prices depend on the final destination. You can check the prices and schedules at the official webpage https://greenbuses.gr/
  • Corfu Hop on Hop off buses are available and they stop at the port of Corfu as well, which is a very convenient option for cruise passengers who want to get a glimpse of Corfu on a sightseeing bus. There are two lines: Kanoni Line and Achilleion Line, and they run every 15-20 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the seasonality and whether the ships are in port. Kanoni Line covers the major city landmarks including the Old Fortress, Spilia Square, Spianada Square and Mon Repos Palace, while the Achilleion Line also goes to the Achilleion Palace and Gastouri Square. You can check Corfu Hop on Hop off sightseeing bus tours on Viator and Get Your Guide
  • Corfu Sightseeing Train is also a great way to see the highlights of Corfu Town. The train departs every hour from Pentofanaro Spianada Square and includes 4 stops, hop-on hop-off style.
  • Corfu is a small island, only 40 miles long and 20 wide, so you can visit a lot of attractions in a day. The most comfortable and fastest option to get around the island is by car, however, during the summer season (July-August), finding parking may be challenging and Corfu Town is pretty packed. Check out Corfu car rental deals
  • Corfu International Airport “Ioannis Kapodistrias” is located around 3 km/1.9 miles (less than a 10-minute drive) southeast of Corfu cruise port. Bus line #15 connects the airport with the old town and Corfu port.
  • Book a private transfer to/from Corfu cruise port
  • Explore Corfu tours and activities
  • Book accommodation in Corfu Town

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10 Best Things to Do in the Port of Corfu

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1. Corfu Old Town

Corfu’s UNESCO-listed old town is best visited on a guided walking tour as the town itself is centuries-old with lots of cobblestones and historic narrow streets. The old town is sandwiched between the New Fortress on the western edge of the city and the Old Fortress at its eastern end. The top attractions include:

  • Spianada Square (The Esplanade) – This vast, green city park lies between the streets of the Old Town and the Old Fortress. Spianada is the largest square in Greece and claims to be the second-largest in Europe. Constructed by the French in the 19th century, the Esplanade is both a local and tourist hotspot, surrounded by cafes ideal for people-watching. Here, you’ll find statues, monuments, a large parking lot and Corfu Cricket Pitch, where you can see locals playing cricket, a game passed down to them by the British during the British occupation of Corfu (1814-1864). Check out Spianada Square tours and activities
  • Corfu Town Hall – Located on Dimarchiou Square (Platia Dimarchiou), the imposing Town Hall building was built between 1663 and 1693 and represents one of the finest examples of Venetian architecture on the island. Constructed primarily in marble and stone, the fascinating building was initially used as a club for the noblemen. In 1720, the building hosted the Noble Theatre of Saint Giacomo of Corfu, the first Greek opera house. In 1903, it was turned into a Town Hall.
  • Saint Spyridon Church – This Greek Orthodox church is the most important religious monument in Corfu dedicated to St Spyridon, the patron saint of Corfu. It was built in the 16th century and houses the relics of Saint Spyridon, kept in an ornate sarcophagus inside the church. The Church of Saint Spyridon is known for its red-domed bell tower, the highest bell tower in the Ionian Islands.
  • Liston – The name “Liston” refers to the pedestrian street and neighborhood on the western edge of Spianada Square. It was constructed during the French domination in the Ionian Islands (1807–1814) and imitates Rue de Rivoli in central Paris. This place is packed with trendy cafes and overlooks the vast Spianada Square.
  • Church of Saints Jacob and Christopher – This historic cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Corfu, Zakynthos and Cephalonia. It is located at Dimarchiou Square and is known for its valuable art collection.
  • Banknote Museum of the Ionian Bank – Housed on the first floor of an elegant historic building, this interesting museum displays a collection of Greek paper money and coins spanning 180 years of history.
  • Corfu Museum of Asian Art – Founded in 1928 as the Museum of Sino-Japanese Art, this stunning museum contains 15,000 works of Asian art from private collections and individual item donations. The museum is housed in the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, originally used as the residence of Britain’s High Commissioner and later by the Greek Royal family.
  • Casa Parlante Museum – Housed in a 19th-century historic mansion, Casa Parlante is a unique history museum that features animatronic figures that recreate the everyday life of the island’s 19th-century nobility.
  • Old Port – Only 500 m north of the Old Town, you can walk along the Old Port of Corfu and admire the picturesque harbour and the view of the New Venetian Fortress.
  • Archaeological Museum of Corfu – Only a 10-minute walk south of Spianada Square, a little bit outside the old town area, the archaeological museum showcases fantastic collections tracing the island’s history from the Paleolithic area to Roman times.

Explore Corfu Old Town tours and activities

Corfu Old Town and Church of St Spyridon

2. Old Fortress (Palaio Frourio)

Built by the Venetians in the second half of the 16th century, the imposing fortress was built on the site of an ancient Byzantine fortification and lies on a small, rocky peninsula east of the old town. It is accessed via the Contrafossa moat bridge across from Spianada Square and overlooks the picturesque Mandraki Marina and the turquoise Strait of Corfu.

Inside the Old Fortress, you can visit several points of interest including the Byzantine art collection, the Holy Church of St. George, the Venetian Prison, and British Gunpowder Depots. There is a lighthouse at the highest point of the promontory, offering unmatched views of the town and Albania across the strait.

Check out Old Fortress tours and activities

Corfu Old Fortress

3. New Venetian Fortress

Only 800 m west of Spianada Square, a massive New Fortress sits on top of the hill of St. Mark and dates from 1577. The fortress features a maze of empty passages, arched chambers, galleries, ventilation shafts, stairs and ramps and offers magnificent views of Corfu Town and the sea.

Check out New Fortress tours and activities

New Fortress Corfu

4. The Achilleion Palace

Tucked in the village of Gastouri, 10 km/6 miles (a 20-minute drive) south of the port of Corfu, the lavish Achilleion Palace was built in the second half of the 19th century for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sisi. The palace served as the Empress’ summer refuge after the tragic death of her only son Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria in 1889.

The magnificent mansion was built in a neoclassical style inspired by the motives of the Greek mythical hero Achilles whom Sisi admired. Set on top of the hill overlooking the sea, in a landscape filled with olive groves and lush vegetation, the palace boasts beautiful gardens and currently operates as a museum. For information about the price and opening hours, check the official webpage https://achillion-corfu.gr/

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Achilleion Palace Corfu

5. Mon Repos

Mon Repos is a villa nestled in the forest of Palaeopolis, south of Corfu Town and approximately a 10-minute drive southeast of Corfu cruise port. The neoclassical mansion dates from the 19th century and was built as a summer residence for the British Lord High Commissioner Frederick Adam, and his second wife, Diamantina “Nina” Palatino.

Throughout history, it housed the School of Fine Arts and was a place of residence for multiple important historical personalities, such as Empress Elisabeth of Austria, the Greek Royal family, and others. Nowadays, the mansion houses the museum and a wonderful park surrounding the villa is open to the public.

Check out Mon Repos tours and activities

6. Church of the Holy Apostles Jason and Sosipater

The oldest Greek Orthodox church on Corfu is dedicated to two saints, Jason and Sosipater, who were the first to teach Christianity to the inhabitants of the island in the 1st century AD. This beautiful church is located in the Garitsa neighborhood, near the archeological site of Paleopolis, a 10-minute drive southeast of the Corfu cruise terminal. The church was built in the 11th century on the site of an ancient temple and boasts unique Byzantine architecture with a decorated interior and valuable artworks.

Check out the Church of the Holy Apostles Jason and Sosipater tours and activities

7. Kanoni and the Mouse Island

Kanoni is a small peninsula located around 4 km/2.5 miles (less than a 10-minute drive) south of Corfu Town, renowned for the iconic Monastery of Panagia Vlacherna and Pontikonissi islet, which literally means the “Mouse Island”. The Corfu Airport occupies the western part of Kanoni, while the south and east feature a few small beaches.

The 17th-century Monastery of Panagia Vlacherna is the symbol of Kanoni, built on a small islet south of the Kanoni peninsula accessed via a stone pier (this little islet is not to be mixed with the Mouse Island which is bigger and located just behind it). From the church, there are daily boat departures to the tiny Pontikonissi island and it takes only a 5-minute boat ride to reach it. Due to its small size, this lush, green island is known as the “Mouse Island” and the only landmark you can visit here is a small Byzantine chapel dating from the 13th century.

This scenic area can be best admired from two cafeterias located on top of the hill overlooking Vlacherna Monastery and Mouse Island. You will also frequently see airplanes landing and taking off, as the airport lies only a few km from there.

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Kanoni and Mouse Island Corfu

8. Corfu Beaches

The east coast of Corfu boasts numerous beaches perfect for swimming due to the calm sea, however, some of the most beautiful and scenic beaches are nestled along the island’s west and north coast. The most popular beaches include:

  • Paleokastritsa – Tucked in the village of Palaiokastritsa, Paleokastritsa beach is set in a lush scenery featuring a picturesque harbour and stunning bays surrounded by olive tree forests. There are a few sandy and pebble beaches in the area, including Agia Triada , Agios Spiridon Beach and La Grotta Beach . You can climb to the surrounding hills and discover centuries-old churches and monasteries ( Chapel of Agios Georgios and Monastery of Paleokastritsa ), incredible viewpoints, and a wide variety of Greek taverns and cafes offering jaw-dropping views of the area. Distance from Corfu cruise port: 21 km/13 miles (a 30-minute drive). Check out Paleokastritsa Tours and Tickets
  • Glyfada Beach – One of the most popular beaches in Corfu lies on the west coast and is awarded the Blue Flag status for its pristine waters. A long stretch of soft golden sand is particularly popular for a younger crowd, and the cliffs surrounding the beach offer unique photo ops. You can enjoy numerous facilities in the area, including beach clubs and restaurants, and a car park. Distance: 16 km/10 miles (a 30-minute drive). Explore Glyfada Beach tours and activities
  • Canal d’Amour (Kanali tou Erota) – Nestled in the village of Sidari on Corfu’s north coast, the legendary “Channel of Love” is one of the most scenic places on the island. It boasts unique rock formations that form a series of beautiful coves and canals and has a small beach where you can enjoy the picturesque scenery. Distance: 36 km/22 miles (a 50-minute drive)
  • Agios Georgios Beach – The long stretch of white sandy beach is located on the island’s west coast and is lined with cafes and restaurants. Water sports and supermarkets are available. Distance: 30 km/18.5 miles (a 45-minute drive)
  • Dassia Beach – Dassia is a small village located only a 15-minute drive northwest of Corfu Town. This tourist resort has a nice, developed beach perfect for families due to its calm, shallow water and lovely views of neighboring Albania. Distance: 11 km/7 miles (a 15-minute drive)
  • Barbati Beach – This long pebble beach lies 17 km/10.5 miles (a 25-minute drive) north of the port of Corfu and features turquoise, crystal-clear waters.
  • Kassiopi – This fishing village lies on the northeast tip of Corfu and has several beautiful rocky beaches. Distance: 34 km/21 miles (a 50-minute drive)
  • Faliraki Beach – If you decide to explore Corfu Town and still take a dip in the Ionian Sea’s crystal clear waters, head to Faliraki beach located 700 m north of Spianada Square. Although it doesn’t have a developed beach, the place has a few bars and restaurants and access to the water via stairs and a concrete platform. It’s a great spot to chill and enjoy views of the Old Fortress.

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9. Paxos and Antipaxos Islands

Discover Paxos and Antipaxos, two hidden gems of the Ionian Sea and the smallest of all Greek islands. The islands are known for their unspoiled nature, spectacular sceneries, picture-perfect beaches and series of blue caves that you can explore on a boat tour departing from Corfu Town. The two most popular locations include the stunning Voutoumi Beach and the picturesque Gaios village and the main port in Paxos.

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10. Taste the Local Food and Wine

While in Corfu, make sure you treat your taste buds with delicious Greek food that includes fresh seafood, meat dishes such as gyros, souvlaki and moussaka, fresh salad with fresh olives and cheese, and tzatziki dip with pita as an inevitable starter. Top off your meal with a shot of Ouzo, the local brandy, or a glass of white wine from the region.

Corfu is one of the most important wine-production regions in Greece that has been making wine for centuries. The main focus is on white wine that you can taste in local restaurants, but for an ultimate experience, you can book one of the wine-tasting tours in one of the estates scattered around the island. The top-rated wineries include Theotoky Estate, Goulis, Livadiotis Winery, Nicoluzo and Ambelonas Corfu/Vineyard & restaurant.

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Wrapping Up

Whether you decide to explore Corfu Town, enjoy the spectacular beaches, or explore the historic palaces, make sure you plan your day ahead to maximize your stay on this enchanting island!

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Best Things to Do in Corfu, Greece on a Cruise Day

With several cruise lines sending their ships to include Corfu, Greece this summer, I thought I’d update this article for those who simply want to know the best things to do in Corfu on your own. 

My last Viking Ocean cruise aboard the Viking Star included a little more than a half-day in Corfu. That would be my first time setting foot in Greece. 

Though a Greek island and not the mainland of Greece, it didn’t matter: I was going to Greece! I just didn’t know what things to do in Corfu. 

Rather than travel by bus around the island on a cruise excursion, I wanted to explore Corfu on my own. From looking at the map, a shore excursion in tiny Corfu didn’t seem necessary to me.

Sometimes, I forego ship-led shore excursions…even when they’re included. For me, especially on first-time visits, I like to simply wander the downtown or city center area on my own at my own pace. 

Part of the travel experience for me is to mix among locals. And always include a stop for lunch.

Church of St. George is a at the top of the Old Fortress

I love to peek into tiny shops where trays of olives and hanging hams reign supreme, casting their salty, savory aroma from glass cases and wooden rafters out to the street. If I’m really lucky, I find an out of the way café or restaurant that dishes up food that locals adore.

Here’s how I spent my cruise day in Corfu on my own. Plus, a little background information of the island.

Things to Do in Corfu, Greece

Explore old town on your own.

The second largest Ionian Greek Island, Corfu is as beautiful and serene a Greek Island as you can imagine. With mountains as a backdrop, a panoramic drive around the island lends breath-taking views to each turn.

Castles are as common as the ancient monasteries that dot the roads and mountainside. A day in Corfu can be as relaxing or as driven as you’d like.

Most cruise ships anchor offshore or dock near the Cruise Terminal in Kerkira (Corfu). From where you exit the ship or leave the tender, you can either walk or take a shuttle bus to the Cruise Terminal, where shore excursions depart.

At the terminal, your cruise ship will most likely offer another shuttle that makes day-long runs back and forth from the terminal to near the entrance of the Old Fortress in town. It’s about a 3 1/2 mile walk if you prefer.

Instead of a shore excursion, here is what you can do to spend an entire afternoon just soaking up the brilliant Grecian sunshine. Walk along the millennia-old paths of this small Greek island. Try new foods and drinks. Buy a bag of pistachio nuts. 

If You Really Want a Shore Excursion in Corfu

If a short tour of Corfu on a ship shore excursion would be helpful to get your bearings, take the morning island shore excursion. Then spend the afternoon in town on your own. But know your schedule. Sometimes cruise ships are only here for a half-day visit. 

Shore excursions generally head out into the countryside or you may have the opportunity to rent 4×4 vehicles or pedal around on mountain bikes.

Walking through the Old Town area in Corfu

Be sure to allow time to wander across the drawbridge to the Old Fortress. Dating from about the 6th century, a visit to this huge Venetian fortress on a promontory high above the Ionian Sea is the perfect way to end your a day in Corfu.

At the bus stop for cruise lines at the Old Fortress

 Wander back into downtown and take a lunch break. I looked for someplace with shaded outdoor seating. 

Quiche and a salad at Earth Cafe in Corfu

From downtown, you’re just a stone’s throw from the Fortress. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. There’s a lot of ground to cover.

Cruise passengers walk across the bridge to the old fortress

And then there’s these balls of fluff…

Corfu kittens at the Old Fortress entrance

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Church of St. George

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The Church of St. George was designed to resemble an ancient Doric Temple. It’s open only once a year for Easter.

The restaurant Taverna at the Old fortress in Corfu

Corfu Dining and Shopping

Hundreds of small shops line the narrow streets in the Old Town. Enticing aromas from numerous bakeries and coffee shops fill the air, drawing visitors inside for a taste and sip.

Pistachios are sold everywhere in Corfu

Pistachio nuts are sold in every size bag you can imagine while souvenir containers of Greek coffee line the shelves. Ceramics, leather and jewelry are also popular among tourists.

Day in Corfu shopping in Old Town

Lovely indoor/outdoor tavernas throughout the Old Town offer excellent Greek cuisine in a non-hurried atmosphere. Olive oil is king and both the oil and olive wood carvings can be purchased just about everywhere.

If guided shore excursions are on your agenda, try to return early enough to allow two-three hours to explore the quaint, ancient and colorful Old City of Corfu.

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We were lucky that our ship spent a very long day in Corfu; from 7am until 6pm. By 4:00pm, most tourists had left the Taverna at the Old Fortress and I was able to just sit back in my chair under the trees and take in the scenery and experience.

Our last Viking Cruises’ bus from the Old Fortress entrance to the Cruise Terminal was at 5:00pm. This gave me the perfect amount of time to sip a cappuccino, have an Italian dessert and crack open a dozen pistachios.

View of the Ionian Sea

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The lush and verdant island of Corfu is midway between Greece and Italy, and there lies a long and colorful history. First colonized by settlers from the city-state of Corinth, Corfu has been ruled by the Romans, the Venetians, the French and the English. Whew! Corfu today boasts fortresses bearing the insignia of the Venetian Republic, a lavish esplanade planted by the French during the Napoleonic Wars, and even an English cricket pitch. The island also offers some of the finest coastal scenery in the entire Mediterranean.

  • Discover the deep blue Ionian Sea from the wonderful jagged coastline of Palaiokastritsa.
  • See the Old Town section of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring Venetian forts and neo-classical housing.
  • Enjoy the Esplanade park and elegant Liston, which were once only open to aristocrats, but today welcome all.

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Corfu is a majestic island in the Ionian Sea which is a popular destination for more and more visitors every year. With its lush terrain, deep blue waters and huge coastline, Corfu is an island full of hidden spots that invite you to discover them.

In recent years, more and more visitors to the island are choosing cruising as a way to enjoy Corfu up close. For those who are going to discover Corfu by cruise ship, there are some simple guiding steps that can make your arrival on the Corfu cruise port as easy and relaxing as possible.

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About Corfu Cruise Port

Numerous activities for you and your friends or your family to do while you’re visiting Corfu Island. From Corfu Cruise port you can not only participate in daily cruises around the island and around the Ionian Sea but you can also get on a ship and travel to Italy and Albania.

When we say the options are countless, we mean it! You can also find excursions to little villages in Epirus that are no less magnificent than an island.

On the other hand, if you are sightseeing and you get hungry make a stop in the port to enjoy the delicious dishes served in the restaurants of the area. There is no better feeling than enjoying your meal while looking at the sea and the bright summer sky…

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About Corfu Old Port

Corfu Old Port , located in the heart of Corfu Town, is a captivating waterfront steeped in history and charm. This picturesque harbor has served as a gateway to the island, witnessing the passage of various cultures and civilizations over centuries.

The blend of Venetian, French, and British architectural influences creates a unique and enchanting atmosphere. The grand Venetian Fortress at the entrance of the port stands as a testament to the island’s rich historical significance.

Visitors can enjoy strolling along the promenade, savoring local cuisine at waterfront tavernas and cafes, and immersing themselves in the maritime ambiance. The Old Port serves as a focal point for various cultural events and festivals throughout the year, showcasing the island’s rich artistic heritage.

Exploring Corfu Old Port is like stepping back in time, with its cobbled streets, elegant buildings, and captivating maritime history. A visit to this must-see destination is an opportunity to immerse oneself in the authentic charm and captivating allure of Corfu.

Corfu Port Facilities

Arriving in Corfu by cruise you can quickly and without delay get to know the top attractions of the island, making the most of the time you have at your disposal.

The Port of Corfu is your first stop on your trip to the cosmopolitan Ionian island. As soon as you set foot in the new port you can reach the port’s terminal in a few minutes via shuttle bus.

In the terminal part of the cruise port you have the opportunity to use various facilities such as: restrooms, free wi-fi, duty free shops, shuttle buses as well as car rental kiosks in case you wish to tour Corfu with a private vehicle.

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Corfu Port Authority

Moreover the New Port is considered very safe . Corfu Port Authority and Police do patrol it on a frequent basis and do make a lot of checks on arrivals and departures. So you can feel safe and protected.

The Port Authorities are always waiting to help you with anything you need and answer your questions about the departure of your ship or cruise. Your needs and safety are a priority and all necessary measures are taken to ensure them.

The purpose of the authorities is for you to be able to spend a wonderful trip on the island without any inconvenience.

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Corfu Cruise Terminal

Your cruise ship will dock at Corfu New Port ( Neo Limani ), which is the main port of Corfu and the main gateway for goods and visitors to the island.

In recent years, significant improvements have been made so that Corfu Cruise Port can accommodate a larger number of cruise ships. Corfu is a totally cruise-friendly island, with its port being designed to accommodate a significant number of cruise ships.

Immediately after your arrival at the port of Corfu you can take the shuttle bus and reach the Corfu cruise terminal, where various services and facilities are at your disposal. From there you can now head inland and enjoy your stay.

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Corfu Port Distances

Below, you can find the distances between the most important points of interest on the island and Corfu Cruise Port:

  • 1 Corfu Town 9 min. (2,9 km.)
  • 2 Benitses 30 min. (13,1 km.)
  • 3 Corfu Port 8 min. (2,8 km.)
  • 4 Acharavi 46 min. (35,9 km.)
  • 5 Sidari 45 min. (35,0 km.)
  • 6 Ipsos 18 min. (12,5 km.)
  • 7 Kavos 1 hr. & 10 min. (46,7 km.)
  • 8 Glyfada 28 min. (16,1 km.)
  • 9 Roda 42 min. (32,1 km.)
  • 10 Gouvia 10 min. (6,8 km.)
  • 11 Paleokastritsa 27 min. (21,2 km.)
  • 12 Lefkimmi 1 hr. & 7 min. (42,3 km.)
  • 13 Kassiopi 50 min. (32,3 km.)
  • 14 Pelekas 19 min. (12,2 km.)
  • 15 Agios Gordios 29 min. (19,4 km.)
  • 16 Dassia 14 min. (10,2 km.)

The best way to travel around the island is to rent a car in Corfu Port . This way you can arrange your activities at your convenience and you won’t have to worry about your transportation for not even a minute. Finally, the cruise port is the starting point for several corfu shore excursions with which you can enjoy the most interesting aspects of the island in a very short time.

Corfu Port Arrivals & Departures

Corfu harbour is the most common pick up point for Corfu Shore Excursions, which allows you to quickly and comfortably get back to your cruise without wasting valuable time. In addition, Corfu port departures for other surrounding areas of the Ionian sea are extremely frequent and include several destinations.

You have the possibility to make a tour at the beaches of Corfu by boat but you can also explore other places, such as Paxoi and Antipaxoi, Parga and Sivota, two lovely villages in Epirus and you can even go to Italy or Albania. Choose whatever you find more interesting and spend your day swimming and discover new places!

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Corfu Port Weather

In the port of Corfu, especially during the summer, the temperature fluctuates mainly at high levels. Fortunately, there are winds in the area that will cool you while you take your walk.

Imagine yourself sitting in a restaurant, enjoying a mouth-watering Greek meal with a glass of wine while the sun is shining and a light summer breeze gently touches you. That’s exactly how it feels being in Corfu Island during the summer.

MAP OF CORFU PORT

The port, located east of Corfu near Corfu Town, serves as a hub for ferries, cruise ships and private yachts, connecting Corfu to mainland Greece, other Ionian Islands and international destinations .

Detailed maps of Corfu Port illustrate its layout, including docks, passenger terminals and facilities such as ticket offices, cafes and car rental agencies.

These maps also detail access routes to and from the port, making it easier for visitors to plan their transfer to accommodation, explore the historic center of Corfu Town, or venture into the interior greenery of the island and its astonishing coasts.

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Warm Mediterranean sun and serene beaches are two main reasons why travelers come to Greece, and the island of Corfu happens to have an excess of both. Corfu cruises have risen in popularity in recent years, and luckily Corfu takes its popularity in stride. After all, Corfu’s elegant cobblestoned streets and stunning blue sea make it a quintessential stop on a Mediterranean cruise . But beyond Corfu’s charm and beauty, you’ll find unmatched history and culture.

Corfu itself means ‘peaks,’ referring to the island’s famous two hills, each featuring their own massive fortress to ward off invasion. This Ionian island is strategically located at the mouth of the Adriatic Sea, making it a critical port for trade, commerce, and maritime warfare throughout the centuries. Its rich history boasts a litany of sieges and occupations, and with that came an unforgettable mix of Venetian-style art and architecture, French design during the 17th and 18th centuries, and a classically Greek spirit all rolled into one island.

While on cruises to Corfu, Greece, explore Old Town, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. Leave plenty of time for attractions like Achilleon Palace, the Old Fortress, and the Corfu Museum of Asian Art — to name just a few. Take in the intermingling scents of olive trees, lemon trees, and fresh sea air. Corfu welcomes you with every winding alley, terrace, and hillside.  

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Top sights & attractions for cruises to corfu, theotoky winery.

Stop in for a wine tasting at one of the oldest wineries in Corfu. About a 25 minute car ride from Corfu Town, this family-owned estate produces red and white wines as well as signature olive oils. Don’t forget to make a reservation for a tour or a tasting at this busy winery. Their wine cellar is open from Tuesday to Sunday. An hour-long tour and tasting is only five euros.

French influence on Corfu is evident at the Liston. Designed during the short Napoleonic occupation of Corfu from 1807 to 1814, the multi-story houses were modelled after Paris’ most glamorous roads of the era. The Liston could best be described as a beautifully-designed esplanade, originally intended for French nobility to stroll through and connect with other high society in Corfu. Today, it’s perfect for people-watching and resting while en route to the OldFortress. While you’re there, stop in at the famous Liston Cafe for a coffee. 

Old Fortress

Old Fortress is a site to behold—in fact, it’s part of the reason why Corfu successfully defendeditself against the Ottoman empire during three separate sieges, and today it’s a source of pride for locals. Learn about Corfu’s illustrious chain of occupations and handovers throughout thecenturies while admiring this formidable site. 

Corfu Museum of Asian Art

Art aficionados will find no shortage of beauty in Corfu’s architecture, and as luck would have it, Corfu happens to provide the only art museum dedicated to Asian art in Greece. The museum is housed in the Palace of St. Michael and St. George in Corfu. You’ll find collections inside from from China, Japan, and India—a can’t-miss tribute to collections dating as far back as the 11th century BC. Open from 8am-8pm Tuesday through Sunday.

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See achilleon palace.

South of Corfu Town and accessible by bus, take a seven mile jaunt to Achilleon Palace, a historic building in Corfu. The Achillion Palace was built during the 1890 designed to emulate themes of the hero Achilles in Greek mythology. It functioned as a summer palace for Austrian royalty. Scale the intricate staircase and look out into the palace’s garden from an ornate terrace. Take in powerful, perfect views from the terrace of Corfu unfolding before you.

Explore Old Town

Marked as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007, Old Town contains every bit of influence from Corfu’s many occupations. The town Bazaar is a hub for shopping and cuisine, and the tightly packed roads have restaurants, taverns, and boutiques for travelers and locals alike to shop and enjoy the Venetian-inspired structures and balconies. Old Town is an essential starting-off point while you’re exploring Corfu. 

Visit the Village of Paleokastritsa

Northwest of Corfu, you’ll stumble upon a village called Paleokastritsa, which is rumored to be the site where Odysseus disembarked to meet Nausicaa for the first time in The Odyssey. Paleokastritsa is nothing short of mythical. Swim, snorkel, and sunbathe at the beach. After, take a fifteen minute walk from Paleokastritsa Beach to a historic 13th century monastery which offers sweeping views of the coast. 

Walk Along Sidari Beach

Corfu cruises wouldn’t be complete without plenty of beach time. Sidari Beach is everything you’ve come to expect in a Grecian breach with sandstone formations that seem impossibly crafted. To the western side of Sidari Beach, see the fjords and a famous canal called Canal d’Amour, or the Canal of Love. Swimming in the passage of the canal promises a doozy of a legend: you’ll find your soul mate.

Families, too, can enjoy an all-ages water park in Sidari, which offers far less mythical results other than good old family fun. There are also boats available to take you on daily excursions to the Diapontia islands.

Top Food and Drink Spots Near the Corfu Cruise Port

Be sure to try each of these traditional Greek delicacies while you’re in Corfu. Try a few traditional dishes for you to try as you travel, like gyros, souvlaki, and more. What could be better than an appetizer of bubbling, fried cheese melted in a small pan? Saganaki is served with pepper and lemon juice and eaten with bread. Don’t miss the chance to drink ouzo in Corfu. In modern Greece, ouzeries are like cafés and can be found in nearly all cities and towns, including Corfu. Ouzo is traditional aperitif. Slowly sip with appetizers like octopus or calamari.

Pane & Souvlaki

Address: 77, Gkilford, Kerkira 491 00, Greece

A budget option in Corfu Town, serving skewers of tasty meats, warm pita, and all the Corfu classics. Unfussy and simple with outdoor seating available to people-watch in Old Town.

Rosy’s Bakery

Address: Skaramagka 367, Kerkira 491 00, Greece

This highly-rated bakery in Corfu has many options for treats, including vegan options, on the island. Traditional baklava, sweets made with Greek yogurt and honey, and much more is available for every level of sweet tooth, plus find a few savory options like spinach and cheese pies here too.

Chrisomalis

Address: Nikiforou Theotoki 6, Kerkira 491 00, Greece

Chrisomalis has been open for 150 years in Corfu’s Old Town. Try traditional dishes in an authentic, unassuming tavern setting.

Corfu has passed through endless hands of occupation since antiquity, The island’s geography, conveniently squeezed between Greece and Italy, attracted powers and conquests from both east and west. Over time, Corfu was occupied by the Goths, Lombards, Normans, and was fought over by the kings of Sicily and the Italian city-states of Genoa and Venice. Corfu bounced around between Italy and French rule for centuries before landing under British rule during the Napoleonic era in 1815, but in 1864 Corfu and the other Ionian Islands were ceded to Greece. Italian forces held Corfu again for a brief period in the 1920s, and even today, you can visibly see the Venetian influence on Corfu’s architecture.

During World War II, the city was occupied by the Italian and Germans from 1941-1944, and many buildings and landmarks were destroyed in the process. When Greece took back control of the island in 1944, Corfu placed continued emphasis on both tourism development and preservation of the island’s landmarks. In 2007, the Old Town of Kérkyra was named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Corfu Port Facilities & Location

Cruises to Corfu, Greece include a shuttle bus from wherever your ship docks, including at the far end of the port. You also have complimentary Wifi in the port. Look for a bar and souvenir shop in the terminal as well. Note that many shops beyond the port of Corfu will be closed on weekdays for a “siesta” period between 3:00 and 5:00 pm.

Transportation in Corfu

To get around Corfu, use public transport available or traditional taxis.

Hop-On / Hop-Off Bus

Tickets to a hop-on/hop-off bus will be available for purchase in Corfu. These buses include two different routes which make 14 stops around the island of Corfu.

Public Buses

A shuttle may be provided to take you from the ship to the cruise terminal. Once outside the terminal, look for public buses at the end of the large port parking lot. Buses can take you to Old Port Square in Corfu for approx €1.50. You can take a 30-minute walk to the New Fortress.

Shopping Near the Corfu Cruise Port

Find jewelry, leather goods, objects constructed from olive wood, clothing, and needlework at shops along Filarmonikis, particularly around the Bazaar at Old Town, where small storefronts abound. Corfu’s exports, typically made by local artisans are available to you— think olive oil, fruit, grain, wine, soap, and textiles—in shops around the port.

Local Currency & Tipping Customs

The Euro is Greece’s primary form of currency. While credit cards are widely accepted, it’s recommended to double check before using one. Tipping taxi drivers isn’t common, but it’s polite to do so if the driver was extra helpful. A 10% tip is customary at restaurants if there is no service charge included. Finally, give your tour guide an additional €5-€10 tip when taking a guided tour in Corfu.

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Kerkira, Nisos Kerkira (Corfu), Greece

Corfu is the pearl of the Ionian Sea, attracting royalty from across Europe in the 19th century, and modern celebrities from all over the world ever since. The island reflects a triple heritage. As well as being undeniably Greek, the culture and food also show a clear nod towards nearby Italy, particularly Venice, whose fortresses dot the island. The British influence may be unexpected, but as they ruled the island for many years, they have left such surprises in the Mediterranean as cricket and ginger beer.The bustling atmosphere of Corfu Town remains elegant, infused with culture and history. Parts of the rest of the island have been overdeveloped, but there are still great swaths that epitomize why the Greek islands are still regarded as the most beautiful in the world, with white-sand beaches backed by verdant mountains hiding traditional old villages. It is easy to see how Corfu has inspired generations of writers: from Shakespeare, through Edward Lear, to Gerald Durrell. A true gem.

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Port Corfu Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Corfu Island, Kerkyra, Greece. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Corfu (Kerkyra) is a port town on Corfu island in Ionian Sea (eastern Mediterranean). The cruise port has a major influence on the island’s economy. The port is often included in Adriatic Sea cruise itineraries and also in itineraries between Italy and Greece.

Corfu attracts tourists with its amazing beaches and attractions like the old town (UNESCO world cultural heritage listed). Town's population is around 30,000.

The whole island has length of 40 ml (65 km) and width of 20 ml (32 km). Next photo show's the island's Old Fortress. This is a Venetian fortress that covers the promontory (the old town of Corfu).

For season 2016, despite 2015's decline due to Greece's economic crisis, Corfu's cruise port reported over 400 ship calls with handled 700,000+ passengers.

Season 2019 had estimated 735,000 cruise ship tourists.

Corfu Island cruise terminal

Cruise ships to Corfu Island dock at Corfu - port town on the eastern coast. The cruise ship terminal is located on the Neo Limani ("New Port") and also serves as ferry port.

Passengers are transferred to the main terminal via shuttle buses. There are shuttles to the heart of Corfu too. If you prefer a walk, it will take you between twenty minutes to half an hour (the distance is 3 km). The walk is really nice along the ocean-side (you have to leave Corfu cruise port terminal on your left and walk right). You can also catch a taxi.. The ride from Corfu cruise port terminal to the Old Town varies from 8 to 10 euros.

The cruise terminal is equipped with 7 check-in counters, several Info Kiosk, X-ray screening equipment, first-aid clinic, accessibility for travelers with special needs, waiting hall (with free Wi-Fi), offices of rental car agencies, ATM, public phones, tax-free souvenir shop.

The official language of the area is Greek, the currency is Euro. The general working time in Corfu includes long lunch break – between 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM.

  • New Fort: located on Plateía Solomou (Corfu’s north end). The fort dates from 16th century. You can also visit the New Fortress and the Museum of Authentic Casts.
  • Esplanade: or Spianada is the largest Greek square.
  • Royal Palace Museum of Asian Art: located on the Spianada’s north side. The building dates from 1816 and served as a Royal Palace of the British Lord High Commissioner. Now it houses stunning collection of art from China, Japan and India. You can also see the Archives of the Ionian Academy.
  • Count Matthias Johann von der Schulenburg Statue: located on Spianada’s east side. In 1716, the Count commanded the island’s defense against the Turkish army.
  • Old Town: it starts from the north side of Áyios Spyrídon church. The streets are narrow, the houses are Venetian- and Italian-styled.
  • Corfu Archeological Museum/Gorgon Pediment: located at 1 A. Vraila Street.
  • Tomb of Menekrates: dates from seventh (or sixth) century B.C. Located half a kilometer from the Archeological Museum.
  • Temple of Artemis: dates from the 6th BC, located beyond Áyios Theodóros monastery.
  • Dionysios Solomos Museum: located at 1 Arseniou Street. Houses collections related to the personal life of Solomonos.

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Things To Do in Corfu, Greece, From The Cruise Port

Cruise ship docked at the port in Corfu

Naturally spectacular, culturally vibrant, historically significant, and centrally located in the Mediterranean, Corfu is perfectly positioned to welcome cruisers from all over Europe and beyond. The Corfu cruise port welcomes most visitors during its busy tourist season, which runs between May and October.

Visitors can generally expect warm sunny weather and temperatures ranging between 15°C and 30°C.

If you’re looking for things to do near the Corfu port, I’ve got you covered. While you’ll only have one full day in Corfu, you can either opt for a ship tour or enjoy the area on your own.

The Euro is the currency of Corfu, and while the official language is Greek, many locals speak English.

Where Is The Corfu Cruise Port?

The expansive Corfu New Port (Neo Limani), located next to the historic Corfu Old Town, has room for several large cruise ships at any given time.

Aft of a cruise ship, a beach and Achilleion Palace near the Corfu cruise port

In fact, between 300 and 500 cruises make port here each year, delivering over 750,000 passengers to the island. It is one of the most popular Greek Islands and cruise destinations in the Mediterranean.

MSC, P&O, Costa, Virgin, and Royal Caribbean offer 7-day itineraries which stop in Corfu. Alternatively, you can book a one-way, otherwise known as a repositioning cruise. These start in one port and end in another. They could start in Southampton, England, Copenhagen cruise port or other countries.

From the port, visitors can easily explore the Corfu Old Town, 3 km from the port. Cruise lines generally have shuttles on hand, or you can use a taxi.

You can venture further into the island to discover its stunning beaches, charming villages, and historical sites. Of course, you can also purchase a shore excursion through your cruise line, which includes transportation.

Whether you seek ancient ruins, sun-soaked beaches, retail therapy, or mouthwatering cuisine, Corfu has something for everyone.

Corfu city buses

Navigating Corfu is simple . Taxis are generally affordable. There are also various tours and private transfer companies and a comprehensive public bus network servicing the island.

If you prefer to rent a car, rental cars are located directly outside the port gates. Here are some tips for renting a car in Corfu.

Visitors can enjoy a huge variety of activities throughout the island during their port day. With so many attractions, creating an itinerary of the most fascinating activities is essential to make the most of your time on this captivating island.

Explore The Historic Corfu Town

The first stop for cruisers disembarking in Corfu’s cruise port should be to immerse themselves in the Corfu Old Town. As a UNESCO world heritage site, it’s the best place to see historical architecture.

You don’t need a destination in mind. Instead, you can wander the maze of cobblestone streets amongst the tall Venetian buildings of the old town of Corfu.

However, if you are looking for beautiful and historically significant spots, there are plenty to choose from. Don’t miss the Church of Saint Spyridon. Named for Corfu’s patron saint, the church is one of the island’s most popular attractions.

Next, be sure to swing by Spianada Square. Admire the grandeur of this massive central plaza set on the Corfu sea wall in the shadow of the Old Corfu Fortress.

Cafe terraces near Spianada Square

Nearby, you’ll find the Liston, a French promenade with charming cafes overlooking the square.

From Spianada Square, wander up to Corfu’s impressive Old Fortress. Open between 8 am and 8 pm each day, entry is €6 and offers visitors a glimpse into Corfu’s military history.

If the timing is right, you could witness one of the most spectacular sunset views Corfu Old Town has to offer.

Entrance to the old fort in Corfu

Opposite the Old Fortress in Corfu’s old town, you’ll find the New Fortress. It was constructed under Venetian rule during the 17th and 18th centuries. Its massive walls and fortifications make for an impressive sight, and you can explore this fortress without paying a fee.

Corfu’s Old Town is also a great place to shop for local crafts, clothing, and olive oil made from local olive trees. Be sure to sample some of the fresh produce and local cuisine for which Corfu is famous.

Finally, round out your experience in the Corfu Old Town with a cold beer, local wine, or cocktail at one of Corfu Old Town’s best bars.

Discover The Achilleion Palace

History buffs won’t want to miss the impressive Achilleon Palace. This magnificent example of neoclassical architecture is just 25 minutes south of the old town.

Built in the late 19th century as a summer retreat for Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who fell in love with the island.

Corfu's Achilleon Palace

Built with an admiration for Greek mythology, the palace is named for Achilles and features many paintings and sculptures reflecting that. Most impressive is the statue of Achilles that stands guard in the palace’s gardens.

Designed by Italian architect Raffaele Caritto, the palace features a blend of architectural styles, primarily influenced by the neoclassical and Pompeian styles. Adorned with grand columns, statues, and intricate details, the palace is an impressive sight.

Inside is equally impressive, with lavish decorations, marble sculptures, beautiful frescoes, and ornate furnishings.

One of the palace’s most impressive features is its stunning gardens, which offer breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea. While this area contains seven Ionian Islands, Corfu Island is the northernmost.

The meticulously landscaped gardens are adorned with statues, fountains, and vibrant flowers. The grounds provide ample space for visitors to stroll, relax, and admire the beauty of the palace and its surroundings.

Inside Achilleon Palace

The palace also offers a fascinating glimpse into the island’s storied past. After Empress Elisabeth’s assassination in 1898, the palace changed hands several times.

It was later acquired by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany in 1907, who used it as a summer residence.

During World War I, the palace served as a military hospital and headquarters. After the war, it became the property of the Greek state, which preserved it as a historical monument and popular tourist attraction.

Visit Corfu’s Most Scenic Beaches And Seaside Villages

Visit the breathtaking beaches of paleokastritsa.

Venture to the enchanting village of Paleokastritsa. Located on the western side of the island, about 40 minutes drive through Corfu’s lush interior, Paleokastritsa features some of Corfu’s best beaches and sheltered coves as well as important historical sites.

Paleokastritsa is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches, each with its own unique charm. The main beach, Agios Spyridon, is a popular choice with its soft golden sands and clear waters.

Agios Spyridon Beach

For a more secluded experience, head to La Grotta beach, tucked away in a cove and accessible only by boat or a short hike. Another must-visit beach is Paleokastritsa’s Paradise Beach, named for its heavenly beauty and tranquil atmosphere.

Exploring Paleokastritsa by boat is highly recommended. Take a boat trip to discover hidden caves and secluded beaches, including the famous Blue Eye Cave with its vibrant blue waters.

Enjoy the breathtaking coastal views, swim in the crystal clear waters, go scuba diving, or bask in the sun as you cruise along the coastline.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Paleokastritsa Monastery, perched on a hilltop overlooking the small village and the sea.

Paleokastritsa Monastery

The monastery dates back to the 13th century and from its stone walls, offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. Inside, you can explore the museum, admire the Byzantine icons, and soak in the serene ambiance.

For adventure enthusiasts, Paleokastritsa offers a range of water sports activities. Try your hand at kayaking, snorkeling, or paddle boarding to explore the underwater world and the vibrant marine life.

Take In The Views At Sidari

The main attraction of Sidari is the beautiful beaches and stunning scenic outlooks. The long stretch of golden sand provides the perfect spot for sunbathing, while the crystal-clear waters invite visitors to swim and participate in water sports.

One of the most famous landmarks of Sidari is the Canal d’Amour, a series of unique rock formations that form small coves and channels. Legend has it that swimming through the canal can lead to finding true love.

Canal d'Amour in Sidari

Aside from its beautiful beaches, Sidari offers a wide range of activities and watersports, including banana boat rides and parasailing.

Boat trips are also available, taking visitors to nearby secluded beaches and caves. The resort is also home to various tavernas and bars that serve delicious local cuisine.

Enjoy The Charming Port Village Of Kassiopi

Located on the northeastern coast of the island, Kassiopi is a charming seaside village known for its tranquil atmosphere, historical sites, and beautiful harbor.

Kassiopi is a popular destination for those seeking a peaceful and picturesque getaway, offering a perfect blend of relaxation, culture, and scenic surroundings.

The harbor and waterfront area of Kassiopi, built around an old port, is one of the town’s highlights. Stroll along the promenade lined with traditional tavernas, cafes, and shops. Here, you can enjoy the serenity of the boats bobbing in the harbor.

Kassiopi port, Corfu

Kassiopi features several stunning beaches where visitors can bask in the sun and swim in crystal-clear waters. The main beach, Kalamionas, is a Blue Flag beach with smooth pebbles and calm, inviting waters.

For a more secluded experience, head to Bataria Beach or Kanoni Beach, both offering peaceful surroundings and picturesque views.

No visit to Kassiopi is complete without exploring the ruins of the Venetian Castle. Located on a hill overlooking the beautiful village, the castle dates back to the 13th century and offers panoramic coastline views.

Walk through history as you explore the remnants of the castle walls and enjoy the breathtaking vistas.

Take In The Natural Wonder Of Agios Gordios

Agios Gordios is yet another charming coastal village located on the western coast of the Greek island of Corfu.

Nestled amidst lush green hills and overlooking the sparkling Ionian Sea, Agios Gordios offers a serene and picturesque setting for travelers seeking a relaxed beach getaway.

The main attraction of Agios Gordios is its stunning sandy beach, stretching for about 1.5 kilometers along the crystal-clear waters. The beach is framed by dramatic cliffs and surrounded by verdant vegetation, creating a tranquil and idyllic atmosphere.

Agios Gordios Beach, Corfu

Sun loungers and umbrellas are available for rent, allowing visitors to soak up the sun and enjoy the gentle sea breeze.

Beyond the beach, Agios Gordios offers a variety of activities and amenities. Choose from jet skiing, paddle boarding, and other water sports on offer. Boat trips are also available, allowing you to explore nearby caves and hidden coves.

Nature lovers will appreciate the hiking trails that lead through the surrounding hills, offering panoramic views of the coastline and the lush landscape.

Additionally, the nearby village of Pentati provides an opportunity to explore traditional Greek architecture and experience local village life.

The village itself has a laid-back and friendly atmosphere. You’ll find a selection of tavernas, beach bars, and shops along the main street, offering a taste of local cuisine and the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.

Photograph The Stunning Porto Timoni

Porto Timoni is a hidden gem located on the northwestern coast, and a must see in Corfu. It is a double bay with two stunning beaches separated by a narrow strip of land.

Porto Timoni Beach, Agios Gordios

This unique natural formation offers visitors a truly picturesque and unspoiled coastal paradise. Plus, you’ll be able to see two of the best beaches in Corfu.

To reach Porto Timoni, visitors must embark on a scenic hike from the nearby village of Afionas. The trail winds through low scrub and offers breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea.

The journey is part of the adventure and adds to the allure of Porto Timoni. Once you reach Porto Timoni, the spectacular view over two magnificent beaches will greet you.

The turquoise waters, golden sands, and surrounding cliffs create a truly idyllic setting. Visitors can walk down to relax on the beach, swim in the clear waters, or explore the underwater world through snorkeling.

The absence of commercial development adds to the charm of Porto Timoni. There are no beachside facilities or water sports activities.

Porto Timoni

So, visitors can immerse themselves in the tranquility and natural beauty of the surroundings.

For those seeking a peaceful and off-the-beaten-path beach experience, Porto Timoni is a perfect choice. The untouched beauty and secluded location create a hidden paradise that genuinely captures the essence of Corfu’s coastal splendor.

Enjoy Corfu’s Renowned Cuisine

One of the best things to do before you depart Corfu is to sample some of the island’s delicious and unique cuisine.

The best way to get to know a culture is through its food, and the best way to sample Corfu’s legendary cuisine is at one of the many traditional tavernas found within the old town and around the island.

Corfu’s proximity to Italy has resulted in a variety of Italian-inspired dishes. You can sample dishes such as sofrito fried veal, served with a white sauce, and pastitsada, a casserole dish with veal and pasta.

Kleftiko, a traditional Greek dish cooked in parchment paper

Kleftiko is another favorite on the island. Imagine lamb bundled in parchment paper with potatoes, onion, peppers, local cheese, wine, herbs, and mustard and slow-cooked in a clay pot. Delicious!

Of course, as with all the Greek islands, seafood is popular, with fresh fish, octopus, squid, and shrimp appearing on almost every menu. Finally, remember to sample the island’s local cheeses, wines, and kumquats, for which the island is famous.

No matter how you plan to spend your port day in Corfu, you will find something worthwhile on this uniquely beautiful, historic, and naturally abundant Greek island.

Whether relaxing in the charming old town, discovering the island’s history, exploring its spectacular natural environments, or feasting on the delicious local cuisine, there’s something here for everyone.

A ship docked in the Corfu cruise port and Canal d'Amour in Sidari

This guest post was written by Kelli Lovett

Kelli is the author and creator of  The Vanabond Tales , a travel blog focused on slow travel, minimalist travel adventures that are budget-friendly, outdoor-focused, and environmentally conscious. You’ll currently find her aboard her little sailboat Whisper sailing the Mediterranean.

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Duration 5 hrs

Discover the best of Corfu on this tour. You’ll tour the island, visit a stunning palace and enjoy a traditional lunch with live entertainment at a local taverna. Drive through Corfu and arrive at Mon Repos Palace built by order of Empress Elizabeth of Austria and completed in 1891. The empress had fallen in love with the natural beauty of the island during her 1861 visit and also developed a great appreciation for Greek history and mythology.

After a guided visit of the grounds and palace, you’ll continue to the traditional village of Kinopiastes. Enjoy a rich and traditional lunch at the famous Tripas Tavern accompanied by live Greek music and dancers. Board your coach for the drive back to the Old Town of Corfu where you’ll have the opportunity to either be dropped off, to walk through the narrow lanes and browse on your own, or return with the coach directly to your ship.

  • Adult from: € 149,07 EUR
  • Child from: € 92,82 EUR

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Duration 4 1/2 hrs

Sail a sleek catamaran through the enchanting waters between Corfu and the mainland, stopping on occasion to swim, while taking in the spectacular scenery. Once you settle into the 42-foot catamaran, the Mediterranean, you will sail past Corfu’s imposing 15th-century Venetian-built fortress and defensive sea walls before anchoring off the luxurious Mon Repos Palace hotel. The water should be immensely refreshing, crystal-clear and teeming with all sorts of colorful marine life. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity for a similar experience by swimming off teeny Mouse Island. According to legend, Ulysses shipwrecked here and Poseidon turned his ship into the island. The captain will also anchor off heavily wooded Vidos Island, which has the added attraction of being a wildlife sanctuary. While enjoying a buffet lunch of classic Greek dishes on deck, you might watch for birds such as pheasants and even wild goats along the beach-blessed shoreline.

• Cruise the waters off Corfu in 42-foot catamaran with a sun deck and shaded areas. • Anchor at three different locations to swim in the crystal-clear sea. • Admire the gorgeous scenery, while hearing about Corfu’s history and mythology.

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• Dress in weather-appropriate clothing, including a swimsuit. • Bring a towel, hat and sunscreen. • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

  • Adult from: € 214,70 EUR
  • Child from: € 186,57 EUR

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Duration 5 1/4 hrs

Experience Corfu's most enchanting landmarks, colorful villages and breathtaking views of the island on this delightful tour. After an approximate 30 minute drive, you’ll first stop at the beautiful spot of Paleokastritsa that offers splendid views of the area's multiple bays. It’s said that Odysseus met Nausica after he washed ashore at one of these bays and enjoy some free time. Your tour will continue towards the village of Lakones where you can look down on the Paleokastritsa and take memorable pictures. While continuing your drive to Mount Pantokrator, you’ll get the feeling that the entire island of Corfu is spread below your feet. You'll pass various Corfiot villages, then walk through the beautiful fishing village of Kassiopi and enjoy a typical Greek lunch. After lunch you’ll explore the northeast coastline via the village of Nissaki and the coastal resorts of Barbati, Ipsos, Dassia, Gouvia and Kontokali. As you reach the Old Town of Corfu, you’ll have a chance to admire from the comfort of your motorcoach, the architecture of the beautiful mansions, the Byzantine churches, the old fortress, the Palaces of St. Michael and St. George and the lively Esplanade Square, before your return to the pier.

  • Adult from: € 120,95 EUR
  • Child from: € 74,07 EUR

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Duration 4 hrs

Spend your time experiencing Corfu’s most beautiful and renowned landmarks. Drive through the countryside dotted with lemon and olive trees, to reach the top of Analipsis hill, near Kanoni area where Mons Repos Palace stands. It was built in 1826 by the British Commissioner Frederic Adams as a gift to his Corfiot wife, Nina Palatianou. It is a charming palace with colonial architectural elements. Continue driving along the coastal road of Perama, where you’ll stop to take photographs of the famous views of Mouse Island before returning to Corfu town.

Leave your coach in the Esplanade, the main square of the town, for a walk through the picturesque streets of the Old Town. Here you’ll see historical sites, such as the residence of the Venetian quarters of Cambiello and Corfu’s historical center, the Town Hall and the Church of Saint Spyridon, Patron Saint of Corfu. At the end of the tour you can either board your coach to return to your ship, or remain in the city a bit longer and return to your ship later on your own.

  • Adult from: € 83,44 EUR
  • Child from: € 60,94 EUR

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Delight in the beautiful views of the island as you taste local favorites and visit a traditional Koum Kouat distillery. The Koum Kouat citrus fruit is a variety, which only grows in Corfu and is used to make one of the island's most famous products, a liqueur with the same name, and fruit preserved sweets. You will be able to view a small exhibition of antique distillery equipment, sample the product and purchase local liquors to take home. You’ll visit small villages offering splendid views of the area’s multiple bays.

In the charming village of Lakones you’ll have a chance to stop for photos overviewing the bay of Paleokastritsa. Experience the islands highlights on a narrated scenic drive, you will pass the New Fortress, the Palace of St Micheal and St George the Esplanade and the cricket pitch, driving along the coastal road you’ll reach the site of Kanoni, where you will stop to take photographs of the famous views of Mouse island.

  • Adult from: € 70,32 EUR
  • Child from: € 45,94 EUR

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Enjoy the fun and adventure of Corfu’s countryside while traveling over stony trails through the olive groves. You’ll catch glimpses of the sparkling Ionian Sea, beautiful green hills and have a glimpse of the traditional way of life led by many of the local people. After picking up your 4x4 vehicle at the pier, your guide will lead you up the main coastal road to the northeast of the island. You’ll then take small country roads to quaint villages, stopping at one of the most charming and oldest on the island to take in the views.

Take an uphill narrow winding road (with 27 zigzag turns) to the Sokraki where you’ll stop to admire one of the most fantastic panoramic views. Following a dusty road, you’ll arrive at Troumbetta. You’ll pass through other picturesque sites and stop at Bella Vista to take in more spectacular views and enjoy some refreshments and Greek snacks. You’ll find it difficult to decide which village is the most appealing to you.

You’ll also visit a traditional Koum Kouat distillery. The Koum Kouat citrus fruit, a variety which only grows in Corfu, is made into one of the island's most famous products, a liqueur with the same name, plus fruit preserved sweets. You’ll be able to view a small exhibition of antique distillery equipment, sample the produce and purchase local liquors.

  • Adult from: € 177,20 EUR
  • Child from: € 149,07 EUR

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Ultimate Corfu

Duration 6 hrs

Experience Corfu’s most beautiful and renowned landmarks in a small group. You’ll drive in a minibus through the countryside dotted with lemon and olive trees, to reach at the most photographed spot of the Island and you will have a photo stop to capture the famous Mouse Island and the church of Vlaherena. After, you will reach the top of Analipsis hill, near Kanoni area where Mon Repos Palace stands. It was built in 1826 by the British Commissioner Frederic Adams as a gift to his Corfiot wife, Nina Palatianou. It is a charming palace with colonial architectural elements. You’ll stop at Paleokastritsa, not only one of the most beautiful spots on the island but also a vantage point for splendid views of the multiple bays. Legend says that Odysseus met Nausica after he washed ashore on one of these bays and enjoy some free time.

This will be followed by a typical lunch at a local restaurant in Paleokastritsa. Your tour continues to Esplanade, the main square of the town, for a walk through the picturesque streets of the Old Town to see some of the historical sites.

  • Adult from: € 186,57 EUR
  • Child from: € 120,95 EUR

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Scenic Island & Flavors

Delight in the beautiful views of the island as you taste local favorites and visit a traditional Koum Kouat distillery. The Koum Kouat citrus fruit is a variety which only grows in Corfu and is used to make one of the island's most famous products, a liqueur with the same name, plus fruit preserved sweets. You’ll be able to view a small exhibition of antique distillery equipment, sample the product and purchase local liquors to take home. You’ll visit towns offering splendid views of the area’s multiple bays and enjoy some free time for photos. In the charming village of Lakones, built on the slopes of the mountain, you’ll have the opportunity to taste the famous ouzo together with Greek appetizers. Visit the monastery of Agia Paraskevi. In the main square of Corfu town, enjoy a walk through the picturesque streets.See historical sites, such as the residence of the Venetian quarters of Cambiello and Corfu’s historical center, the Town Hall and the Church of Saint Spyridon, Patron Saint of Corfu before returning to the pier.

  • Adult from: € 92,82 EUR
  • Child from: € 64,69 EUR

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Old Fortress & Gourmet

Explore a centuries-old Venetian fortress overlooking Corfu’s Old Town and then savor traditional Greek dishes and delicacies at a waterfront restaurant. UNESCO has designated the historical district a World Heritage site because of the authenticity and integrity of the urban fabric and its fortresses of Venetian origins. The town’s so-called Old Fortress was constructed on a rocky promontory in the 15th century on the site of a former Byzantine castle. As you explore the restored fortification, be sure to notice the Venetian symbol on the arched entrance and a small chapel nearby, where prisoners were once held in chains before being executed. The British destroyed many of the original Venetian structures and constructed their own buildings within the Old Fortress, the most prominent being the Church of St. George. Just behind the fortress, you will find the Sailing Club, where you will enjoy local delicacies and wine. The restaurant overlooks a small marina and specializes in Mediterranean seafood dishes.

  • Adult from: € 139,70 EUR
  • Child from: € 83,44 EUR

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Let's Take A Selfie – Corfu

Snap selfies at the most photogenic spots in and around Corfu, many of them iconic attractions that define the city. To ensure the best possible results, a selfie expert guide will offer tips so you can capture just the right angle, lighting and composition for every shot. Your pictures will be ideal for posting on social media and sharing in other ways.

As you walk and ride through Corfu, you will pause at designated selfie stops that include: • Kanoni District • Mouse Island • Garitsa Bay • Corfu Town • Lazaris Distillery

• Take inspiring selfies at the most photogenic attractions in Corfu. • Follow tips from your selfie expert guide to ensure the very best pictures. • Learn the historical significance of the locales while enjoying their dramatic settings. • Stop in the picturesque Kanoni district and at sparkling Garitsa Bay. • Spend free time in Corfu Town, where you can see St. Spyridon Church. • Savor tastings of ouzo, and handmade sweets at Lazaris Distillery & Artisan Sweets.

• Wear casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. • Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. • Be sure your phone or camera is fully charged.

  • Adult from: € 130,32 EUR

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Corfu Beach Break

For those who prefer to spend a hot summer day at the beach, we have arranged a transfer and use of facilities at a leading resort. Driving for approximately 30 minutes from the port through the picturesque countryside brings you to your resort at Barbati village, on the east coast of the island. You’ll have nearly four hours to sit back and enjoy this beautiful setting with its coarse, pebbly shoreline and crystal clear waters. Swim in the Ionian Sea and pay homage to the sun and sea gods who have showered their blessings upon this mythical isle. A beach bed and umbrella (one umbrella per two beds) and a soft drink or coffee from the hotel are included. Additional refreshments may be purchased and watersports are available at an additional charge.

  • Adult from: € 55,32 EUR
  • Child from: € 51,57 EUR

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Horseback Riding & Beach

Enjoy the gorgeous scenery and views of the Corfiot countryside, as you travel to your horseback riding experience in the northern coast of Corfu. The stables are located in a shady olive grove by the sea. Your ride sets off across the wild headland and along Sidari’s lanes and tracks towards the beach. The trail offers you some magnificent views of the beautiful peninsula of Erimitis and paths bordered by many beautiful trees, flowers, shrubs and a variety of wild herbs.

You'll ride down to scenic Sidari Beach where you'll stop for a few minutes before retracing the same route back to the riding center.

You'll be offered a refreshing, cool drink and have free time to enjoy a swim from the rocky beach. There are concessions that offer sun beds and umbrella rentals available at your own expense. A few steps from the beach, you'll find sea front taverns where you can purchase snacks and refreshments.

  • Child from: € 130,32 EUR

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Discover the myths that are hidden behind the history of every Greek island, by having your holidays in Greece combined with our breathtaking boat trips. Our fleet is ready to welcome you on board for a luxury island cruise and pleasant journey to the unique beauties of the Ionian Sea. We invite you to join our daily cruises, night cruises or mini cruises starting from Corfu and Lefkimmi ports.

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The legend has it that Paxos Island was formed when Poseidon, the god of the sea, severed the south tip of Corfu island with one mighty blow of his trident and dragged it south to create an idyllic retreat for his beloved wife Amphitrite. With an area of 25 sq. km and a population of 2500 inhabitants this green island, covered mostly with olive and cypress trees, is the smallest in the Ionian Sea.

The port town of Agii Saranda is situated in the southeast part of the country of Albania and is about 14 km east of the northern end of Corfu. In ancient times city was known by the name Onchesmus.

The town of Parga is situated in the province of mainland Epirus. Like a picture postcard from the past, the amphitheatrically built cosmopolitan city of Parga is one of the most popular destinations of the northwest mainland of Greece. The beautiful and very green landscape is often a pleasant surprise for visitors to Parga. With its natural beauty, picturesque bays, amazing beaches, the thousands of olive trees and enormous pine trees look like they are marching towards the Ionian Sea, which is often only separated by a small sandy strip.

Among Mainland Greece’s most beautiful features, the Sivota Islands are blessed with sun-soaked shores, sandy beaches, natural coves, and the traditional fishing village of Mourtos.

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Cruise ships dock at the New Port of Corfu (Neo Limani), which is situated about a mile west of Corfu old town

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Ships dock right at the New Port . They typically offer free interport shuttles to the passenger terminal of Corfu, the distance however is only 5 to 10 minutes on foot, depending where you are docked.

Some ships will also operate shuttles to and from Corfu Town, around 8 euro. Taxi charge 10 euro each way. So, with more in your party, take a taxi.

The terminal has car rental kiosks and a large duty-free shop.

You have to exit the terminal to find taxis (typically the first queue is for passengers looking for island tours; you have to walk way down to the end to find those cars that'll take shorter rides.

However, it is about a 20 to 30 minute or 3 km walk into Corfu if you would rather walk it. Simply leave the terminal to your left and stay right along the ocean all the way.

The public bus costs 1.70 euro. You can pay the driver. It's Bus #16 or #17 and you can pick it up in the port parking lot. It drops you at the town entrance. Every 15 minutes, takes about 10 minutes to get into town. It drops you off just a short walking distance from where all the other busses will be leaving. (see below) Ask the driver for a map (free)

If you are planning to use other city busses, you can buy a day ticket for only 5 Euro.

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Sightseeing:

Corfu town, especially in its oldest part, is one of the most charming and romantic places of the modern Greece. A perfect example of ancient Venetian and Byzantine art that will be able to fascinate you with it secret little streets and its panoramic points. Surrounded by the sea, the old town of Kerkyra is closed in by two ancient fortresses.

Tours Excursions Transportation:

In Corfu you can use a very good bus service that can bring you to all the most important villages (Paleokastritsa, Kavos, Ipsos, Sidari, Gouvia, Kassiopi, Roda, etc...) leaving always from Kerkyra town. Also the taxi service is well organized, however be ready to negotiate. It's also very easy to take for rent bicycle, motorbikes, car and jeeps everywhere around Corfù.

There are two types of busses in Corfu - Blue buses serve Corfu town and the environs, Green buses serve the rest of the island. Useful lines include the number 7 which goes to and from Dasia every 20 minutes (30 minutes on Sundays)

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Dasia beach is developed along the village, so it's long and narrow. In this part of the coast the sea is calm and from the bay you have a stunning view over Albanian mountains and coastline.

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Shopping and food.

Along the small streets of the old town hundreds of small local shops are one next to the other and here you can really find everything you're looking for. In Corfu there are also many jewelry shops, leather shops and local laboratories that work the olive wood to make souvenirs. Moreover you can find carpets, hand made table clothes and ceramic gifts.

Something very special that is the symbol of Corfu island is the Kum Quat , something you must try at least once during your stay in Corfu.

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Greek, English widely spoken.

In the cruise terminal there is free WiFi. Service slows down when many crew members are using it. As crew members have to be on board an half hour before the passengers this might be a good time frame to connect.

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Public Services: open Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 2.00pm. Retail Stores & Specialty Shops: Monday to Friday, 9am – 1.30pm and then again from 5pm – 9pm. Saturdays, 9am – 2pm.     Supermarkets: Monday to Friday, 9am – 9pm, and Saturdays, 9am – 6pm. Tourist Shops and Convenience Stores: most of these do not have official opening hours and are usually open from dawn to well after midnight during the summer months. For public holidays click here

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Due to its vast abundance of lush, green vegetation, the Greek island of Corfu has rightfully deserved the name of Emerald Isle. This gorgeous Mediterranean Island has much to offer and we give you that with our Corfu shore excursions. With its picturesque coastline and strong culture, Corfu will not disappoint. Relish at the incredible beauty of Corfu, and visit a multitude of awe-inspiring and important sights in the area, including the Achilleion Palace and its gardens, the monastery of Paleokastritsa, and Corfu's old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These sights combined with the breathtaking views of Corfu overlooking the Ionian Sea contribute to Corfu being a truly unique tourist destination. You will also have the opportunity of choosing among our walking tours, Jeep tours, and bike tours while making the most of your journey throughout the wonderful island of Corfu.

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Immerse yourself in this island of glorious scenery and beaches, serene monasteries, beautiful palaces, traditional mountain towns and Corfu's lovely old Venetian quarter. Or visit the ornate Achilleion Palace, built by Empress Sissi of Austria and filled with dramatic sculptures of the Greek hero Achilles.

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Trip Dates:  Wednesday, September 25, 2024 - Thursday, October 3, 2024

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Cruise from picture-perfect Venice, Italy, along the stunning Adriatic coast and through the Corinth Canal to Athens, Greece and discover the influence of Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Venetian, and Slavic civilizations on this extraordinary cruise. Enjoy this custom-designed, seven-night itinerary aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship Le Jacques Cartier, featuring just 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony. 

Visit five countries and up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, exploring the influence of Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Venetian and Slavic civilizations on this comprehensive program featuring ports inaccessible to larger vessels including Hvar, Korčula and the Bay of Kotor.  In Croatia, tour Split’s Roman Diocletian’s Palace and see Dubrovnik’s beautifully restored, 15th-century walled city; in Montenegro, see Kotor’s medieval fortifications and architectural sites; in Albania, visit the remarkable archaeological site of Butrint; and in Greece, visit Corfu’s Old Town, rooted in the eighth century B.C., and the sacred ancient Greek site of Delphi. 

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You don’t have to search all that hard to find the best Italy cruises — most leading cruise lines offer dozens of itineraries that visit Italian ports, often in conjunction with neighboring countries France, Greece and Croatia.

The reason? Italy has it all: coastlines on both the Mediterranean and the Adriatic, historic port cities (Rome, Venice and Naples among them) and spectacular islands (including Sicily, Sardinia, Capri and Elba).

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Plus, with a cruise season that runs from early April through late October (and even year-round for a few cruise lines), Italy offers something for everyone. Travel here to find an alluring mix of impeccably preserved historic sites, renowned regional cuisines and natural wonders waiting to be discovered.

Here are eight of the best Italy cruises for every type of traveler.

Best Italy cruises for cultural immersion: Azamara

Azamara pioneered the concept of single-country itineraries, which allow for greater cultural immersion and even overnight stays in select ports. The cruise line’s 11-night voyage in October 2024 is one of its most comprehensive.

The sailing begins in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and ends in Rome (Civitavecchia), with visits to seven more Italian ports and Tunis, Tunisia. You’ll explore Genoa, Livorno (overnight for Florence/Pisa), Porto Santo Stefano (on the Tuscan coast), Cagliari (on Sardinia), Trapani (on Sicily), Amalfi and Sorrento.

This voyage is aboard the 684-passenger Azamara Onward, one of the cruise line’s four virtually identical ships. (All are former Renaissance R-class ships built in the early 2000s and renovated over the past several years.) The vessels’ intimate size and Azamara’s focus on cultural experiences and shore excursions emphasizing history and food (including cooking classes and market tours) make for an immersive cruise itinerary.

Other Italy-Intensive voyages in 2023 and 2024 include the following: a 10-night voyage in October 2023 aboard Azamara Quest, a 10-night voyage in April 2024 aboard Azamara Pursuit, and a seven-night voyage in May 2024 aboard Azamara Quest.

Best Italy cruises for small-ship lovers: Windstar Cruises

It’s rare to find a cruise itinerary so fully focused on one specific region of Italy, but Windstar Cruises ’ small ships — three classic sailing yachts and three all-suite motor yachts, which accommodate 148 to 342 guests — allow it to offer cruises to less-frequented ports.

Windstar’s 10-day Sicilian Splendors , aboard its 342-passenger sailing yacht Wind Surf, is available on multiple dates in 2023, 2024 and 2025. The ship will cruise round-trip from Rome and call on six Italian ports: Catania (for Mount Etna), Porto Empedocle (for the ancient ruins at Agrigento) and Trapani (for its signature colored salts and Marsala wines), all in Sicily; the island of Lipari (the largest of seven Aeolian Islands); and Sorrento and Amalfi on the stunning Amalfi Coast. The cruise also visits the neighboring islands of Malta and Gozo.

Five-masted Wind Surf is the world’s largest sailing ship. It manages to be intimate without feeling claustrophobic, although it is worth noting that none of its staterooms or suites has a balcony. There is, however, ample deck space for relaxation, with a pool and two hot tubs, as well as inviting alfresco bars and dining areas.

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Indoors, the ship’s restaurants and social spaces, such as the Veranda Restaurant, Stella Bistro and the Compass Rose Bar, are light-filled, with elegant neutral decor refreshed in 2019.

Musical entertainment takes place in the Wind Surf Lounge and Compass Rose Bar, and Windstar’s excellent dining program reflects an ongoing partnership with the James Beard Foundation. In select tender ports, passengers can enjoy a watersports platform and take out sea kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Best Italy cruises for onboard pampering: Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

If enjoying yacht-style indulgence as you explore Southern Italy is on your cruise wish list, consider the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s 10-night Rome to Valletta itinerary in May 2024. This cruise visits scenic hot spots such as Sorrento and Amalfi on the Amalfi Coast, history-rich Siracusa in Sicily and three ports (Gallipoli, Taranto and Otranto) in lesser-known Puglia, located on the heel of boot-shaped Italy, before passengers disembark in Malta.

Ritz-Carlton, which entered the cruise realm in 2021 with its 298-passenger luxury yacht, Evrima , offers an all-inclusive “yachting lifestyle” experience. This leisurely sailing features overnights in Sorrento and Taranto and two sea days with ample ways to enjoy onboard pampering. The ship’s spacious suites are designed with a contemporary residential feel and range in size from 300 square feet with an 81-square-foot terrace to 1,091 square feet with a 635-square-foot terrace.

Evrima also offers nine bars and dining venues featuring menus created to reflect the ports visited. For culinary indulgence, guests can book a table at S.E.A., a specialty dining experience designed by Chef Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the Michelin three-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton in Wolfsburg, Germany.

The ship also features chicly designed spaces for relaxing and socializing, such as the Pool House lounge overlooking an aft infinity pool, a second pool located next to the alfresco restaurant Mistral, a panoramic Observation Lounge and a full-service Ritz-Carlton Spa.

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Best Italy cruises for foodies: Silversea Cruises

The three newest ships in the Silversea Cruises fleet — Silver Moon, Silver Dawn and 2023’s first-in-class Silver Nova — all feature the cruise line’s immersive culinary program known as S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste). When Silversea’s next ship, the 728-passenger Silver Ray, debuts in 2024, it will also take its guests on culinary-focused journeys — among them an 11-day Rome to Venice itinerary in June 2024.

The itinerary includes calls on seven ports in Italy: Rome, Naples, Sorrento, Palermo, Siracusa, Trieste and Venice. The sailing also visits ports in Malta, Montenegro and Croatia.

Silversea’s sailings blend food-centric excursions — such as a visit to a family farm for a tasting of fresh cheese, salami and olive oil in Sorrento — with the onboard S.A.L.T. program to make sampling local cuisine a natural part of the cruise experience. The day-to-day menus at S.A.L.T. Kitchen are all inspired by the ports visited. The Terrain menu focuses on that day’s port while the Voyage menu draws from the best flavors of the entire itinerary.

Passengers aboard Silver Ray should definitely pack an appetite — in addition to S.A.L.T. Kitchen, the ship features seven other restaurants. They are La Dame for haute French cuisine, Atlantide for signature fine dining (think caviar and lobster), Kaiseki for Japanese sushi and teppanyaki (as well as pan-Asian dishes), Silver Note for tapas-style dining and live music, The Grill for casual burgers and salads, La Terrazza for handmade pasta and other Italian specialties, and Spaccanapoli for thin-crusted Naples-style pizza. With 11 nights aboard, there’s time to sample all of them.

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Best Italy cruises for families: Norwegian Cruise Line

 If an Italy adventure with the entire family sounds like the perfect cruise vacation in 2024, Norwegian Cruise Line ’s new Norwegian Viva, launching in August 2023 as the sister ship to 2022’s Norwegian Prima, is an ideal playground for guests of all ages.

The most Italy-focused itinerary? The 10-day Mediterranean: Italy, Greece & Croatia cruise (offered aboard 3,099-guest Viva in late June and late September 2024) calls on six ports in Italy — Rome, Livorno, Naples, Messina, Siracusa and Trieste — as well as the islands of Corfu and Malta; Koper, Slovenia; and Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia.

This itinerary is rich in history and culture, including the ancient landmarks of Rome, the archeological wonders of Pompeii and the Leaning Tower of Pisa near Livorno, plus the beauty and culinary treats (sweet cannoli and savory arancini) of Sicily, where Viva makes two port calls. Though the cruise ends in Trieste, the wonders of Venice are just 90 minutes away, so adding a few extra nights to explore its colorful, canal-laced islands is a must.

Onboard Viva, you’ll enjoy more than a dozen dining options (five of them complimentary, including the casual and family-friendly Indulge Food Hall), 16 bars and lounges and all the fun activities/entertainment (including a production of the Broadway hit “Beetlejuice: The Musical”) that the line offers.

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Top amenities include the three-deck Viva Speedway for exhilarating go-kart racing, three thrilling slides (two of them 10-story corkscrew dry slides and one tidal-wave-style waterslide), virtual-reality gaming in the Galaxy Pavilion, tech-enhanced minigolf and more. Also, Viva’s generous outside deck space — especially Deck 8’s Ocean Boulevard with its lively Indulge Outdoor Lounge and sleek Infinity Beach pools — is ideal for scenic cruising in the Mediterranean and Adriatic.

Best Italy cruises for couples: Oceania Cruises

The sophisticated onboard ambiance and a romantic itinerary are a lovely combination, and couples can enjoy both on the 12-night Mediterranean Tapestry sailing offered in June 2024 aboard Oceania Cruises ’ newest vessel, Oceania Vista.

The 1,200-passenger ship, which debuted in May 2023, will visit four top ports in Italy — Venice/Trieste in Northern Italy, Taormina in Sicily, Amalfi/Positano in Southern Italy and Civitavecchia for a day in Rome.

Beyond Italy, this itinerary offers a sampling of scenic locales in six other Adriatic and Mediterranean countries with a possible pre-cruise stay in Venice. You’ll visit Korcula and Split in Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Igoumanitsa and Katakolon in Greece; Ajaccio, Corsica; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Marseille, France; and Barcelona, Spain.

Oceania caters to couples seeking an upscale cruise experience with a culinary focus. Onboard Vista, the atmosphere is sleek and polished, with interior decor awash in elegant neutrals of varying patterns and textures, all woven together into a soothing mosaic (in some cases, literally, as tiled vignettes are used throughout the ship). Vista’s bars and lounges, especially the Martini Bar and the Grand Lounge, are so chic you’ll want to get dressed up every night to enjoy one of the craft cocktails on their newly enhanced menus.

All specialty dining is included in the cruise fare, and stand-out meals at Polo Grill (for an excellent steakhouse menu), Toscana (for authentic Italian, including recipes by Vista’s godmother Giada De Laurentiis) and Red Ginger (for flavorful pan-Asian) are just a reservation away. Two new eateries, Aquamar Kitchen and Ember, serve wellness-focused cuisine and casual American comfort food, respectively, and an expanded Culinary Arts Center lets guests who love to cook take hands-on classes.

Best of all, Vista is an all-balcony ship, so every stateroom features access to fresh air (French Veranda Staterooms don’t have an outdoor sitting area, however). Veranda Staterooms and Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms offer a spacious 290 square feet of indoor space — and some of the best standard bathrooms at sea with roomy walk-in showers and ample storage.

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Best Italy cruises for travelers on a budget: Royal Caribbean

To score a budget cruise fare in the Mediterranean, it helps to look for sailings aboard a cruise line’s older ships. If Italy is your main focus for a future cruise, it’s hard to beat the seven-night Western Mediterranean itinerary in September 2024 aboard Royal Caribbean ’s Voyager of the Seas.

It visits five Italian ports: Venice/Ravenna, Messina in Sicily, Naples, Rome and Livorno (for Florence and Pisa). The ship also calls on Marseille and Barcelona. Voyager’s Italy-focused cruise is a jam-packed itinerary with just one sea day.

Ideal for both couples and multi-generational families, the 3,600-passenger Voyager of the Seas (which debuted in 1999 and was last refurbished in 2019) features seven restaurants (including three complimentary dining venues and specialty restaurant favorites Chops Grille and Giovanni’s Table) and eight bars/lounges.

The ship has been “amped-up” so guests can enjoy features found on Royal Caribbean’s newer ships: Perfect Storm waterslides, FlowRider simulated surfing, Battle for Planet Z laser tag, Voyager Dunes minigolf, Studio B ice-skating shows and reimagined spaces for kids and teens.

Nights aboard Voyager of the Seas will be filled with complimentary entertainment options: production shows in the Royal Theater, pub performances by guest entertainers and bands, game-show competitions, pool parties, outdoor movie nights and a ‘70s disco party.

Best Italy cruises for adults-only ambiance: Viking

 Is Venice at the top of your wish list? Does an adults-only cruise on a ship with serene, Scandinavian-inspired interior decor and complimentary wine or beer with lunch and dinner sound ideal?

If so, check out Viking ’s 15-night Italy, the Adriatic and Greece itinerary , which sails from Athens to Rome and visits six Italian ports — Venice/Chioggia, Bari, Crotone, Messina, Naples and Rome — with three days spent in Venice. As a bonus, you’ll also visit ports in Greece (Katakolon and Corfu), Croatia (Dubrovnik, Split and Sibenik) and Montenegro (Kotor).

Offered on multiple dates in fall 2023, 2024 and 2025, this itinerary is chock full of port experiences; there are no sea days, and a total of 13 cities are visited. Viking includes one free guided shore excursion in each port, usually a panoramic bus tour or historic walking tour. Use that as an overview and then explore on your own or book one of the cruise line’s longer or more specialized excursions. Onboard guest speakers also offer insight into the ports visited and the cultural landscape.

The cruise line’s nine ocean ships are all identical and accommodate 930 passengers, most of whom are couples over age 55. Onboard dining is available in eight restaurants, including the main venue, The Restaurant and the buffet-style World Cafe, the casual Pool Grill and the Norwegian-focused Mamsen’s. Guests can also reserve dinner at two specialty restaurants (at no extra charge): Manfredi’s for Italian cuisine and The Chef’s Table for multi-course, wine-paired menus that rotate throughout the cruise.

Afternoon tea is served in the elegant Wintergarden. The Aquavit Terrace overlooking the aft infinity pool is a sunny spot to enjoy alfresco dining.

If you’re willing to come back early from port, Viking’s ocean ships offer plenty of ways to relax on board. All passengers enjoy complimentary access to the ship’s thermal suite in the LivNordic Spa. It features a thalassotherapy pool, steam room, sauna and snow room. The Main Pool has a retractable roof and can be enjoyed no matter what the weather. However, if you want to live it up at night, note that the ship does not have an onboard casino.

Bottom line

The best Italy cruises offer access to some of the country’s most-loved cities, as well as a chance to explore some of its sunny islands and lesser-known coastal ports. No matter the itinerary, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the splendid landscapes, treasured antiquities and, of course, the incredible gelato.

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