Bay of Paleokastritsa, Views from Lakones, Wine and Snack

Bay of Paleokastritsa, Views from Lakones, Wine and Snack

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      Corfu, Greece
      4 Hours
      Moderate
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
      From (USD)
      $ 667
      • Paleokastritsa: After a brief orientation, take about 45 minutes to explore this beautiful bayside village's beach, harbor, and 17th-Century monastery.
      • Lakones Photo Stop: Set high on a green mountain slope, this traditional village overlooks Paleokrastritsa, the bay, and the Ionian Sea.
      • Taverna Snack in Makrades: Enjoy mountain and sea views with a meze of salami, tzatziki, cheese pie, feta, tomatoes, olives, and wine or ouzo.

      Meeting point

      Please exit the port terminal building to meet your guide. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.

      Helpful hints

      In Makrades Village you can find many souvenir shops. Maybe try the sweet & traditional Qum Kouat liquor of Corfu?

      Getting around

      Approximately 1 mile of walking involved on this tour with 5 - 6 steps to enter the taverna. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

      Activity type

      Bus Tour, Scenic, Walking Tour, Food & Wine

      Included amenities

      Guide
      Beverages
      Snack

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-GRC-CORF-EN-1002

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages. Legal drinking age in Greece is 18 years.

      This tour has it all: a sightseeing drive through Corfu's lush valleys, mountaintop views, picturesque villages, and a love that might have been. Plus lunch.

      It begins with Corfu's famous accidental tourist: Odysseus, hero of Homer's epic Odyssey, now shipwrecked on the sandy shores of Paleokastritsa. Emerging from the trees – naked – he finds Princess Nausicaa and her servants tossing a ball around. Odysseus is smitten, and Nausicaa (whose name, in part, is Greek for "burn") warms to him. But then ... nothing. The promising sparks are never fanned into flame, and Odysseus goes home.

      It's a sad story. But it unfolds in a setting that, 3,000 years later, retains its epic beauty. And this tour takes you there.

      Paleokastritsa lies below dramatic cliffs and a 17th-Century monastery on sheltered, crystal-clear bays surrounded by olive groves. Its beautiful beaches, scenic harbor, and interesting sea caves make the place where Odysseus swam ashore one of Corfu's most popular resorts. (Locals say the rocks jutting through the water are the remains of his ships; you'll have about 45 minutes to judge for yourself.) 

      You'll see more of Paleokastritsa from the heights of Lakones, a traditional mountain village of centuries-old houses and churches. And at a hillside taverna in the village of Makrades you'll be treated to a hearty snack (the Greeks call it meze) of local favorites like salami, tzatziki, and cheese pie. Enjoy the views from the terrace, and raise a glass to poor Odysseus: burned in the first known tale of unfulfilled love, burned again when Nausicca marries his son.

      The Old Ball Game 

      About a thousand years after Nausicaa's game of catch on Paleokastritsa beach, a female scholar in Corcyra (Corfu's name in the 2nd Century B.C.) credited her with inventing all ball games – probably because Homer's epic made her the first literary character to play one. Today's scholars debate whether Homer even existed, never mind connecting him to ball playing, while today's ballplayers love connecting for a homer.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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      Corfu, Greece
      Corfu, Greece
      Corfu, Greece
      Corfu, Greece
      Corfu, Greece
      Great photo opportunities
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      Wear sunscreen
      Wear comfortable shoes
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      Wear Sunglasses
      Wear light clothing

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