In the days of ancient Greece, Corfu marked the final stage of the legendary trip made by the mythological Greek hero, Ulysses, on his journey home to Ithaca. While hardly of epic proportions, this tour will certainly give you a chance to enjoy Corfu’s lush landscape as you travel around the island. The excursion includes a visit to Achilleion Palace, a beautiful white mansion former residence of Empress Elizabeth of Austria – who was affectionately known as Sisi. The richly decorated palace is set among pretty gardens overlooking the sea and is dedicated to the most famous hero of Greek mythology, Achilles. Before you return to the port and your ship, you will also have a chance for a photo stop in Kanoni and visit Corfu Old Town, where guests may enjoy a walking tour.
Inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List as a fortified Mediterranean port town of high integrity and authenticity, guests will discover all the interesting sites like the city’s 14th century Venetian Old Fortress, Saint Spyridon’s Church, protector of the island, the charming narrow alleyways of the old Venetian town, the famous Esplanade – one of the largest squares in Europe, the elegant Liston to which access in the past was only allowed to the aristocracy of Corfu, the Dimarcheio or Town Hall and the imposing Palace of St Michael and St George. Before returning to the bus you will have some time for shopping and strolling in Corfu Old Town. On returning to the port, guests have the chance to see the Old Port with its traditional fishing boats and the New Venetian Fortress.
List of possible attractions and activities:
- Achilleion Palace
- Vlacherna Monastery (view from a distance)
- Pontikonisi – Mouse Island – (view from a distance)
- Corfu Town
- Esplanade Square
- Town Hall
- St. Spyridon Church
- St. Michael & St. George Palace
- Old Venetian Fortress (view from a distance)