Acherontas and Parga Luxury All Inclusive Full Day Cruise
Enjoy an exclusive cruise tour to the unique Acherontas river on mainland. The Acheron is a river located in the...
Full day, guided, coach, group tour
Enjoy an exclusive full day excursion to the beautiful Achilleion Palace and Gardens, the monastery of Paleokastritsa, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Corfu Town.
A semi private coach tour day in a small group with few participants.
After meeting our local professional guide, you will head to the Achilleion Palace. Built by Empress Elisabeth (“Sissy”) of Austria in 1891 and later owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, the palace will be waiting for you at the old traditional village of Gastouri. You will be visiting the interior rooms that are open to the public and you will also see some of the beautiful gardens full of exotic trees and flowers, which the Empress brought with her from her trips around the world.
The gardens also feature several classical statues, as she was very fond of Greek ancient history and mythology. The main Terrace of the Muses is decorated with statues of the Nine Greek Muses and the imposing figures of Achilles Victorious and Achilles Dying. You will also enjoy spectacular views over the Ionian Sea from several places in the gardens.
Leaving Achilleion, you will make your way to Corfu town and the Old Quarters. You will stop in front of the Old Venetian Fortress (14th-century UNESCO World Heritage site), opposite the central Esplanade (Spianada) Square. From here, your guide will lead you on a beautiful walking tour of the historic center of the Old Town. Walking through the maze of winding narrow cobbled streets known as kandounia, you will visit some of the most elegant quarters of this Venetian-
built town, which competes with Napoli, Florence and Venice in terms of beauty, style, character and charm. Walking along the old cricket grounds, a tradition left over by the British, you can see the Royal Palace of St. George and St. Michael, an imposing construction built entirely of yellow Maltese stone by the first British Commissioner of the island.
You will also see the spectacular arcades of the Liston Piazza, a down-sized replica of the Rue de Rivoli of Paris, built by the French in the 19th century. You will then walk to the heart of the Old Town where you will visit the 300-year-old Church of Saint Spiridon, with its priceless collection of icons and gifts offered to the Patron Saint of the Island.
After a little bit of free time, you will then leave Corfu town and drive through the beautiful countryside for approximately 30 minutes until you reach the famous Paleokastritsa bay and Monastery of the Virgin. You will explore the blue caves of the bay and you will also have time to visit the monastery which is located high on a hill overlooking the gorgeous Paleokastritsa Bay, known as the “Capri” of Greece. This Byzantine monastery is still inhabited by a self-reliant community of monks; its long history is evident from the collections of Byzantine icons and other religious relics featured in the chapel and its museum.
On your way back, you will take a different route over the mountain ridge. Enjoy an amazing drive through some of the most picturesque and traditional villages on the northern side of the island with views of the countryside, island life and glimpses of the coast in the distance.
Historical Corfu’s Old Town (Unesco World Heritage site)
Paleokastritsa Bay and Monastery
Lakones village and Bella Vista
Kum Quat and other local flavors tasting
Professional guided tour
History and Culture Focus
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