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Achilleion Palace, Perama & Old Corfu Town

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Duration

4 to 8 Hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English, Espanol, Francais, German, Italian, Russian

Overview

Kerkyra is the most verdant of all the Greek Islands
The Corfu Town

This is a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of Corfu; the jewel of Corfu island – a Venetian built town dating back to the 16th century, with later additions of unique monuments during its French and British eras.

Bring your camera, lots of films and wear comfortable walking shoes. Please ensure that you are respectably dressed for your visit at the church of St.Spyridon

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Departing from the port, your coach follows the road
leading out of town; soon you are in the lush Corfiot
countryside. Kerkyra is the most verdant of all the Greek
Islands and this becomes at once apparent as you are driven
through orange, lemon cypress, and olive groves,
interspersed with vineyards and fields carpeted with
beautiful wildflowers, like a garden in Paradise which has
been decorated by the Gods themselves.

Approximately 20 minutes later you reach the old traditional
village of Gastouri and enter the Achilleion Palace, built by Empress Elisabeth “Sissy” of
Austria in 1891, and later owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. You visit the rooms in the
Palace, as well as its beautiful gardens offering a spectacular views over the Ionian Sea. The
gardens, full of exotic trees and flowers which the Empress brought with her from her trips around
the world, are adorned with classical statues, as she was very fond of Greek Ancient History and
Mythology. The main “Terrace of the Muses” decorated with statues of the Nine Greek Muses
and the imposing figures of “Achilles Victorious” and “Achilles Dying” are some of the most
interesting.

Leaving Achilleion Palace, your coach takes you to Corfu Town passing by the coastal resort of
Perama, from where you will enjoy some excellent views of the Convent of Vlacherna and the
picturesque Mouse Island. Seize this photo-stop opportunity to test your camera skills on this
view, the most photographed subject on the island.

Once in the Old Quarter of Corfu Town, the coaches drop you off in front of the Old Venetian
Fortress (14th Century – UNESCO World Heritage), opposite the central “Esplanade Square”.
Whilst your coach awaits at this point for your return, your guide takes you on a beautiful walking
tour of the historic center of the Old Town. Walking around in the maze of winding narrow
cobbled streets known as “kandounia”, you 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 see the Royal Palace of St. George & St. Michael, an imposing building built entirely of
yellow Maltese stone by the first British Commissioner of the island, 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 – before heading into the heart of the old town. You 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, explore the old flee-market, pass by the old Town Hall and you find yourself in the busy
shopping district, where you will have some free time for shopping.
Following your tour in the town, it is time to board your coach for your return transfer back to
your ship

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Included/Excluded

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel or at the port
  • Private guide
  • What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Durations

0 – 3 hours
3- 5 hours
Full day (7+ hours)

Languages

English
Espanol
Francais
German
Italian
Russian

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Extras
  • Add one (1) Extra Hour(€120,00)
  • Spanish Guide(€200,00)
  • English Guide(€200,00)
  • French Guide(€200,00)
  • German Guide(€200,00)
  • Italian Guide(€200,00)
  • Russian Guide(€200,00)

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