Crusies to Corfu

After Cephalonia, the island of Corfu is the most northern and second largest of the Greek Ionian islands. Find the perfect cruise to Corfu, Greece with MSC Cruises.

Corfu: An island of song and music and of unending inspiration

After Cephalonia, the island of Corfu is the most northern and second largest of the Greek Ionian islands.

Corfu spells endless natural beauty and is an island of song and music, of unending inspiration, a compelling combination of the cosmopolitan and the traditional. 

At MSC Cruises we are here to help you make the most of your time away from your luxury cruise ship.

The island will leave vacationers with unforgettable memories and unparalleled images.

Corfu has been written about by so many illustrious writers and poets who were drawn here by the island’s spectacular natural beauty. Even Ulysses stopped at Corfu on his return voyage to Ithaca and visitors will still sense the ancient atmosphere of this unspoiled island, as though one could magically step back in time at any moment.  Today, though, we have a more contemporary program of sights and tours to offer cruise guests.

There are many ways to spend your time off ship, and to ensure we provide something for everyone, you can choose from our great selection of excursions that offer the best deals on sightseeing and days out. Why not laze on a picturesque Ionian beach or take a panoramic island tour.

Add an element of adventure to your vacation and opt for a safari jeep expedition, admiring the pretty local villages. As the author Gerald Durrell wrote; ‘Gradually the magic of the island settled over us as gently and clingingly as pollen’… we believe that you will be equally enchanted by magical Corfu, too.

Cruises to Corfu  - Greece - Mediterranean

Directions


Ships dock at the New Port. At the exit of the cruise terminal there is a taxi service that will take you to Corfu town. Alternatively you can walk (approximately 30 minutes) to the city centre.

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 COR01 - ACHILLEION'S PALACE (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  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 Sisi. 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: guests in a foldable wheelchair can take part in this tour though there will be limitations in visiting some rooms of the Palace and the gardens. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $67.00 Adults $47.00 Children

   


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 COR02 - BEACH TOUR (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Drink included  No guide available  Recommended for families  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. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $48.00 Adults $34.00 Children

   


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 COR03 - PALEOKASTRITZA (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Best seller  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 won't be interested in the Monastery visit. The beach does not offer any kind of infrastructure. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $51.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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 COR04 - BOAT TOUR (approx. 5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Recommended for families  Board a motorboat for a pleasure cruise along the coast past Corfu’s picturesque old town, historical port district and the city’s 16th-century Venetian fortification, known as the New Fortress because there is also an even older one. The tour then continues on to the islet of Pontikos, a tiny patch of land near the coast that is colloquially known as Mouse Island due to an optical illusion, as a result of which a white staircase on the isle resembles a mouse’s tail from afar. A photo stop will be made at Vlacherna Monastery. A further stop at Corfu town’s Faliraki quarter will give you a chance to have a drink and watch the world go by at a café. The final call on your tour is the tiny island of Vido at the mouth of Corfu port. You will have time to relax and swim in the Ionian Sea. Please note: this excursion operates from June until the end of September. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $110.00 Adults $77.00 Children

   


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 COR05 - SAFARI JEEP (approx. 5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Panoramic tour  Drink included  Spend a few hours off the ship getting acquainted with the beautiful island of Corfu, its wonderful scenery, lovely views and pretty villages in self-drive jeeps. Brief photo stops will be made 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 will be expected to drive the jeep(s) themselves. An international driver’s license is compulsory. Each jeep can accommodate a maximum of 4 guests, incl. the driver. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $107.00 Adults $75.00 Children

   


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 COR06 - AQUALAND (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Drink included  No guide available  Recommended for families  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 is brought to a close with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: this excursion operates from June until the end of September.

Price per person $55.00 Adults $39.00 Children

   


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 COR07 - PALEOKASTRITZA & WINE TASTING (4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Tasting included  Cultural  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’s on to the beautiful bay of Palaiokastritsa for some free time to explore the area and the co-located Byzantine monastery, which dates back to 1228, on your own. Situated high up on a rocky promontory, the monastery offers gorgeous views of the island and the Ionian Sea. 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’s 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 are recommended. This tour includes long periods of walking (1.5 km) on uneven ground with some steps.

Price per person $48.00 Adults $34.00 Children

   


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 COR08 - PANORAMIC SIGHTS OF CORFU (4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  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 ancient Greek ruins in Paleòpolis and the villa of Mon Repos, which served as the summer residence of the former King of Greece, as well as 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 esplanade, 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.

Price per person $38.00 Adults $27.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs 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.