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Royal palaces of Corfu

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Duration 4 hours
Schedule Daily except Mondays
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From 190€ /person

Overview

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
  • Liston
  • Esplanade Square
  • Town Hall
  • St. Spyridon Church
  • St. Michael & St. George Palace
  • Old Venetian Fortress
  • New Venetian Fortress (view from a distance)

 

Included

  • Transportation by deluxe, air-conditioned minivan for and from Corfu Port and Central Corfu accommodations
  • English speaking driver
  • Licensed guide in your chosen language (if selected)
  • All taxes
  • Insurance coverage
  • Identification sign with your name on it
  • Mobile contact number for any emergency, available 24/7

Excluded

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Entrance fee to museums: Achilleion Palace (up to 10 Euros), Mon Repos Palace (up to 5 Euros), Saint Michael & Saint George (up to 6 euros)
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly are available for an additional fee (optional paid locally) if requested
  • Licensed guide if not selected
  • Pickup and dropoff from non Central Corfu areas, please let us know your accommodation location and we will confirm the final quote

Additional Info

  • Appropriate clothing should be worn in places of worship in St Spyridon Church – no shorts, skirts, nor hats. Shoulders should be covered
  • There are around 50 steps (without handrails) to negotiate in the gardens of Achilleion Palace, An elevator is also available but it doesn’t reach the gardens
  • The use of cameras without flash is allowed in the Achilleion. Photos are not permitted in the Church of St. Spyridon
  • There are cobblestones in old Corfu Town
  • The guided portion of St. Spyridon will be conducted outside the church unless you choose to book headsets
  • Guaranteed on-time return to your ship
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
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