Shore excursions in Corfu: The Best Activities On The Isle Of Enchantment


The Greek island of Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. In some ways, Corfu feels more Italian (thanks to the Venetians and the Italians who occupied the island) than it does Greek. Certainly the many pine trees that we saw during our visit reminded us of the Tuscan landscape as does some of the dialects we found around the island. The island, also known by its Greek name Kerkyra, remained in Venetian hands from 1401 until 1797. The Venetians erected fortifications to repel Turkish invaders, and indeed, the historian Will Durant claimed that Corfu was one of the few parts of Greece never conquered by the Ottomans thanks to the Republic of Venice.

Read about our favorite shore excursions in Corfu.

The Second Coming Of Torstein Hagen: Full Circle In Bergen

For Torstein Hagen, returning to Bergen, Norway, was about much more than christening his new and much-lauded ocean-going vessel, the 930-passenger Viking Star. The event marked a "coming home" for Hagen as well as the crowning achievement of a Lazarus-like return from two potentially catastrophic events in his life.

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corfu jeep safari

Grab the steering wheel and put your right hand on the gear shifter. Prepare for a drive like you've never experienced before. After our exhilarating mountain bike ride yesterday, today we seated ourselves behind the wheel of a 4x4 to explore curvaceous Corfu on four wheels. We passed through some of Corfu's most charming villages, sometimes along some roads that didn't seem a lot …

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ralph grizzle biking corfu

There are few things that can beat biking with friends, whether old ones or new ones, and when the weather is good, as it always seems to be in Corfu, and you add that gorgeous island landscape into the mix, you have a day that feels like you're pedaling through paradise — and indeed that's how I felt as we …

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Viking Star, Two Ways

We've got lots of Viking Star coverage, from my own series of reports on a Barcelona to Lisbon sailing, including a firsthand video look at what makes this new ship so exciting, to Aaron Saunders coverage from London to Bergen, including the christening events. Here are the links to our reports.

Barcelona to Lisbon, Ralph Grizzle

• Day 1: Boarding in Barcelona; a Tour with Tor

• Day 2: Departing Barcelona; Understated Elegance - for less than Oceania

• Day 3: Cartagena, Spain, Has Viking Created a New Category of Ocean Cruiser

• Day 4: A Peek Inside My Penthouse aboard Viking Star

• Day 5: Avid Cruiser's Viking Star Introduction Video

• Day 6: Lisbon, Portugal; End of a Journey; Summing Up Viking Star

London to Bergen, Aaron Saunders

• Day 1: Embarkation in London

• Day 2: At Sea

• Day 3: Sailing the North Sea

• Day 4: Arrival in Bergen

• Prelude To A Viking Christening

• Day 5: Christening A Star


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