This tour will certainly give you a chance to discover the lush countryside of Corfu as you enjoy a scenic drive through the island to the village of Gastouri. Here in this quaint traditional village Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who was affectionately known as Sissi, chose to build the architectural wonder of Achilleion Palace. An admirer of the classical Greek Hero Achilles, she named the palace after him. You will discover the lush frescoed rooms of this neoclassical white mansion and also enjoy the Italian terraced gardens with views over the town and the coast. Fine sculptures are dotted around the gardens, many of which feature characters from Greek mythology, including Achilles.
Continue your scenic drive to your next visit stop at Mon Repos Palace, built in 1828 for the second British Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands, Sir Frederic Adams. The second son of King George I, George II, was born here in 1869, as well as Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburg, in 1921. The Greek Royal family used to spend their summer holidays at this palace, hosting illustrious guests such us Tito of Yugoslavia, Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and Nasser of Egypt.
At the end of the tour, you will visit Corfu Town, inscribed on Unesco’s World Heritage list as a fortified Mediterranean Port Town of high integrity and authenticity, and guests will discover many interesting sites such as the city’s 14th century Venetian Old Fortress, or the imposing Asian Art Museum in the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, built with Maltese marble; St. Spyridon Church, protector of the island, is also a must, as well as the charming narrow alleyways of the old Venetian town, the famous Esplanade Square -one of the largest in Europe, the elegant Liston -where access in the past was only allowed to the aristocracy of Corfu, the Dimarchio or Town Hall and the Jewish Quarter. Before returning to the bus you will have some time for shopping and strolling in Corfu town. On returning to their accommodation guests will have the chance to see the old Port from a distance with traditional caiques -fishing boats, and the New Venetian Fortress.
This tour is also wheelchair accessible. We have minivans with a lift which are suitable for any kind of wheelchair. Please indicate this as a special request on checkout.
List of possible Attractions and Activities:
- Achilleion Palace
- Vlacherna Monastery (view from a distance)
- Pontikonisi – Mouse Island (view from a distance)
- Mon Repos Palace
- Corfu Town
- Esplanade Square
- Town Hall
- St. Spyridon Church
- St. Michael & St. George Palace
- Old Venetian Fortress
- New Venetian Fortress (view from a distance)