Corfu Cruise

The Paleó Froúrio and Néo Froúrio
The Listón, an arcaded café-lined street
Áyios Spyrídhon Church

Find Mediterranean Cruises

Corfu

Elegance embraced in a fortress

An MSC Mediterranean cruise excursion can be the chance to discover Corfu Town, one of the most elegant island capitals in the whole of Greece.
Corfu Town comprises a number of distinct areas. The Historic Centre, the area enclosed by the Old Port and the two forts, consists of several smaller districts: Campiello, the oldest, sits on the hill above the harbour; Kofinéta stretches towards the Spianádha (Esplanade); Áyii Apóstoli runs west of the Mitrópolis (Orthodox cathedral); while tucked in beside the Néo Froúrio is what remains of the old Jewish quarter.

As you set off inland from your MSC cruise ship you’ll find that these districts and their tall, narrow alleys conceal some of Corfu’s most beautiful architecture. The New Town comprises all the areas that surround the Historic Centre.

The most obvious sights during your excursion are the forts, the Paleó Froúrio and Néo Froúrio. Looming above the Old Port, the Néo Froúrio is the more architecturally interesting of the two forts. The entrance, at the back of the fort, gives onto cellars, dungeons and battlements, with excellent views over the town and bay; there’s a small gallery and seasonal café at the summit.

The Paleó Froúrio is not as well preserved as the Néo Froúrio and contains some incongruous modern structures, but has an interesting Byzantine Museum just inside the gate, and even more stunning views from the central Land Tower. Just west of the Paleó Froúrio, the focus of town life is the Listón, an arcaded café-lined street built during the French occupation by the architect of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, and the green Spianádha (Esplanade) it overlooks.

When you alight here from your MSC cruise you can also enjoy an excursion to the sixteenth-century church of Áyios Spyrídhon and some buildings dating from French and British administrations.

Must see places in Corfu

Discover our excursions

12 results found

  • JEEP SAFARI & TIME AT THE BEACH

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE
    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults£69Price per person

    • Children£52Price per person

    COR15

    Team up with a few friends and prepare for a wild, self-driven ride through Corfu’s appealing interior on this jeep-based exploration. The scenic route, replete with gorgeous views, will take you through quaint mountain villages along winding roads en route to the village of Doukades, located in northwest Corfu, for a first photo stop. Then it’s on to Allimatades, another pretty village where you’ll have some time to explore on your own and take photos of both sides of the island, which can be seen from here. Next up, you’ll drive back down the mountain to reach the southern tip of Corfu and the 10-km/6-mile stretch of sand known as Agios Georgios Beach, one of the island’s loveliest. After some time to relax, enjoy the sun and go for a swim, you’ll make your way back to the port and your ship. Please note: the tour is self-drive only; guests wishing to drive must be in possession of a valid international driving licence, which they must have held for at least two years. Each jeep can accommodate a maximum of 4 guests, incl. the driver. The tour is considered to be unsuitable for pregnant women, guests with back/neck problems or using a wheelchair. Vehicles all feature a manual gearbox and must be driven by one of the guests. In each case, the driver must know how to operate a manual gearbox and be capable of starting the vehicle on an incline or in an off-road situation. Periods of driving will not be narrated, but information will be given at the various stops by your leader/guide. Since the beach does not feature any changing facilities or showers, guests are recommended to wear a swimsuit under their clothes and to bring high-factor sunscreen. The tour is subject to weather conditions and is available only from June to mid-October.
  • ACHILLEION’ S PALACE

    CULTURE AND HISTORY
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£49Price per person

      • Children£39Price per person

      COR01

      In the days of ancient Greece, Corfu marked the final stage of the legendary trip made by the mythological Greek god, Odysseus, on his journey home to Ithaca. While hardly of epic proportions, this tour will certainly give you a chance to enjoy Corfu’s lush landscape as you travel around the island. The excursion includes a visit to Achilleion’s Palace, a beautiful white mansion and the former residence of Queen Elizabeth of Austria – who was affectionately known as Sissi. The richly decorated palace is set in pretty gardens overlooking the sea and is dedicated to another hero from Greek mythology, Achilles. Before you return to the port and your ship, you will also have a chance to pay Corfu town a brief visit and spend a little free time strolling around. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
    • BEST OF CORFU

      CULTURE AND HISTORY
      • Long route by bus

      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults£65Price per person

      • Children£49Price per person

      COR12

      Immortalised in print to great comedic effect as a place of childhood adventure by the British novelist Gerald Durrell, the island of Corfu remains a blast to discover to this day. Spending half a day checking out some of its appealing sights is therefore time well spent, especially since this comprehensive tour covers all bases: culture, history and abundant natural beauty. Leaving the pier by coach, you will first head to the village of Palaiokastritsa to visit the Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin, which is still home to a community of monks. You will also have a chance to browse through the Byzantine icons and religious relics in the attached museum and take some photos of the coastline from the lovely gardens. A short coach ride will then take you to the village of Gastouri and the amazing 19th-century Achilleion Palace. Built at the behest of the Austrian Empress Elisabeth – or Sisi – between 1889 and 1892 and later owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, the palace is a cornucopia of courtly artefacts that provides some insight into the life of the “Sad Empress”, a moniker Sisi gained following the tragic death of her son. The gardens are stupendous, not only boasting a profusion of flowers, but also statues of figures taken from Greek mythology and amazing vistas of Corfu town and the sea beyond. A narrated drive around Corfu town’s main sights adds a final highlight on your way back to the ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
    • PANORAMIC CORFU & PALEOKASTRITZA
      MONASTERY

      CULTURE AND HISTORY
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults£39Price per person

        • Children£29Price per person

        COR03

        After leaving the port of Corfu, a short and scenic drive takes you through the island’s interior, which is characterised by orange groves, cypress and pine trees, to the west coast and the beautiful bay of Palaiokastritsa just south of Angelokastro. You will have a chance to visit Palaiokastritsa’s Byzantine Monastery, which is situated high up on a rocky promontory with gorgeous views of the island and the Ionian Sea. While the monastery was originally founded in the early 13th-century, the current complex dates from the 18th century and is still home to a handful of monks even today. The monastery church is ornately painted with icons and frescoes covering the walls and ceilings. On returning to Corfu town, you will have time to explore the vicinity on your own before returning to the ship. Please note: this excursion is not a beach tour but it offers the possibility to do a brief stop on the beach for those guests who will not be interested in the Monastery visit. The beach does not offer any kind of infrastructure. This excursion is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
      • AQUALAND

        FAMILY FUN
        • Drink included

        • No guide available

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults£42Price per person

        • Children£32Price per person

        COR06

        Just a short coach drive from Corfu port in the town of Agios Ioannis lies the largest waterpark in the whole of Greece: Aqualand. This is an ideal destination for the whole family with any number of water-based attractions to keep you entertained. Have a go on the Giant Slides, the Multislide, the Black Hole, the Four Twisters, the Kamikazees, the Crazy River or the Hydritube for bags of watery fun. For younger guests, the park also provides special children’s areas such as a shallow pool and waterslides as well as the Slippery Octopus, Screaming Frog and Shower Mushroom. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the park’s numerous attractions and services, which also include bars, restaurants, cabins, sunbeds and parasols. Your tour ends with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: this excursion operates from June until the end of September.
      • PANORAMIC SIGHTS OF CORFU

        SCENIC ROUTE
          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            4 h

          • Adults£32Price per person

          • Children£22Price per person

          COR08

          This enjoyable coach tour combines a visit to Corfu town with a leisurely drive through the olive groves, cypresses and pine trees that are so typical of the island’s beautiful landscape. The first stop will be at the fabulous bay of Palaiokastritsa, where you will have some time to explore on your own after an initial guided tour of the area. A brief photo stop will be made the village of Lakones at the Golden Fox Café, whose stunning hillside location affords breathtaking views of Palaiokastritsa bay and has earned it the nickname of “God’s Balcony” among the locals. After a break in the village of Lakones, you will return to Corfu for an enjoyable drive-by sightseeing tour of the town. The route will take you past the Garitsa Bay and the city’s 14th-century old Venetian fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour will also give you a chance to see the Spianada square, once used to drill Napoleon’s army in the art of marching, the Royal Palace of St. George and St. Michael, the old port with its traditional caïque fishing boats, the new Venetian fortress and San Rocco square, the commercial centre of Corfu town. Your return to the port and your ship marks the end of your tour. Please note: outside viewings only of all sights during the drive-by tour of Corfu town.
        • BEACH TOUR

          SEA & SUN
          • Drink included

          • Possibility of swimming

          • Limited seats

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            3:30 h

          • Adults£39Price per person

          • Children£29Price per person

          COR02

          What is green and rocky and situated in the Ionian Sea? The beautiful Greek island of Corfu, of course. This popular holiday destination is known for its incredible countryside, relaxed lifestyle and any number of gorgeous beaches. Upon leaving the port, a coach will take you to one of these lovely beaches for a few hours of pure relaxation. Soak up the sun and get your fill of amazing views out to sea as you while away the time sitting on the shore of this enchanting Ionian island. Your beach excursion ends with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: this excursion operates from June until the end of September.
        • CAR WITH GUIDE

          SOMETHING SPECIAL
          • No guide available

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            4 h

          • Adults£349Price per person

          • Children£349Price per person

          COR33PV

          Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals and is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship.
        • HIDDEN BEACH OF CORFU

          SOMETHING SPECIAL
          • Possibility of swimming

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            4:30 h

          • Adults£45Price per person

          • Children£35Price per person

          COR14

          Take some time off the ship to join an enjoyable boat tour that will take you past some of the hidden gems gracing Corfu’s shoreline. After a coach ride to Palaiokastritsa, you’ll board the boat and set sail. A first photo stop will be made at the beautiful Nausicaa Cave before you move on to Homos Beach, better known as Paradise Beach. About 1 hour will be yours at the beach to enjoy the secluded location, relax in the sun or go for a refreshing swim. Back on the boat again, you’ll pass a rock formation that some say looks like a lion, some a monkey but that is called the Lion’s Head, after which a stop is scheduled at the Blue Eye – another cave with a patch of astoundingly blue water – and the Nikolas Caves as a final treat. Once the boat has returned you to Palaiokastritsa, you’ll have some free time to spend on your own before you get back to the ship. Please note: as the tour takes place on a small boat, it is considered to be unsuitable for guests using a wheelchair or who suffer from motion sickness. The beach has no facilities so guests are recommended to wear swimwear and a hat as well as to bring a towel and high-factor sunscreen. The only stop during the boat trip at which you can disembark will be at Paradise Beach, all other places will be viewed without leaving the boat. The tour is subject to weather conditions and is available only from June to September. The route taken by the boat may change at short notice to suit weather/sea conditions on the day of call and the Robina Beach may be visited instead of Paradise Beach.
        • JEEP SAFARI

          SOMETHING SPECIAL
          • Drink included

          • Possibility of swimming

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            5 h

          • Adults£79Price per person

          • Children£55Price per person

          COR05

          Spend a few hours off the ship being acquainted with the beautiful island of Corfu, its wonderful scenery, lovely views and pretty villages in self-drive jeeps. Enjoy some brief photo stops along the way to ensure you can take all the snapshots you need to fill the family album. Before returning to the port, you will have time to gather your strength and relax at a traditional inn. Apart from having a refreshing drink, you will also have a chance to enjoy a typical Corfu folk dance show. Please note: as drivers are not included in the tour, guests shall drive the jeep(s) themselves. An international driver’s license is compulsory. Each jeep can accommodate a maximum of 4 guests, incl. the driver. This excursion is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties, with back/neck problems, for pregnant women or wheelchair-users. This tour is not available from June to middle October.
        • MINIVAN WITH GUIDE FOR 3 TO 6 PAX

          SOMETHING SPECIAL
          • No guide available

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            4 h

          • Adults£419Price per person

          • Children£419Price per person

          COR34PV

          Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional guide and driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver, guide and gasoline included. The price does not include any entrance fees or meals. The price is per vehicle and not per passenger. If you want to set a customized itinerary and add entrance tickets to any of the tourist attractions, please contact your shorex excursion staff on the ship. Larger vans can be arrangeg upon request.
        • PALEOKASTRITZA MONASTERY & KUM QUAT
          TASTING

          SOMETHING SPECIAL
          • Snack included

          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            4 h

          • Adults£39Price per person

          • Children£29Price per person

          COR07

          Your Greek island excursion begins with a scenic coach ride of about 30 minutes through the lush olive groves, pine trees and cypresses of the Corfu landscape to reach the Kum Quat Factory, your first stop. The informative visit will give you a chance to learn all about how kumquats are harvested and then turned into delicious liqueurs and other fruity treats. Then it is on to the beautiful bay of Palaiokastritsa for some free time to explore the area surrounded by woods and olive trees. The tour then continues up to the mountainside location of Lakones, with more breathtaking views of Palaiokastritsa to enjoy. After a short stop to soak up the atmosphere and perhaps take some photos, it is on to the traditional village of Makrades and the charming “Colombos” taverna where traditional Greek appetizers – so-called meze – will be served along with some local wine or ouzo, the famous Greek aniseed-flavoured aperitif. The taverna's interior is decorated with traditional 18th- and 19th-century agricultural tools and an intriguing old olive press, which offer a glimpse into a bygone age. This scenic island tour ends with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: comfortable walking shoes recommended. This tour includes long periods of walking (1.5 km) on uneven ground with some steps so it is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

        The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
        Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
         
        Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

        Greece

        Under the protective wing of the gods
        Under the protective wing of the gods

        It would take a lifetime of island-hopping to fully appreciate the 227 inhabited Greek islands scattered across the Mediterranean Sea.
        With sapphire water lapping at rocky coastlines sprinkled with secret coves and sandy beaches, they are the stuff of dreamy travel posters, the very definition of the eulogized Greek summer of sun, sea and sand.

        For anyone with a cultural bone in their body a cruise to the Greek islands cannot fail to inspire. Every culture has left its mark, and almost every town or village has a link to the past, whether it’s a delicately crumbling temple to Aphrodite, a forbidding Venetian fort or a dusty Byzantine monastery decorated with exquisite frescoes.
        But the call to cultural duty will never be too overwhelming on a Greek islands holiday. The hedonistic pleasures of languor and warmth – swimming in balmy seas at dusk, talking and drinking under the stars – are just as appealing.
        Sprawling, globalized Athens is an obligatory, almost unavoidable introduction to Greece: aside from the show-stopping Acropolis it offers a truly metropolitan range of cultural diversions, from museums to concerts; well-stocked shops; gourmet restaurants and stimulating clubs.