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Achilleion Palace, Perama and Old Corfu Town

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Achilleion Palace, Perama and Old Corfu Town

Your wonderful journey starts with a picturesque ride into the lush Corfiot countryside decorated with an abundance of wild flowers, vineyards, and orange, lemon cypress and olive groves. Upon arrival at the old traditional village of Gastouri you will enter Achilleion Palace.

This most impressive building was constructed by the Empress Elisabeth "Sissy" of Austria in 1891, and later owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Many visitors will recognize it from the famous James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Walk through the rooms of this magnificent palace, getting a feel for what life was like on this island at the end of the 19th century. In the impeccable gardens you will discover exotic trees and flowers from the Empress's travels around the world amidst stunning views of the Ionian Sea. The presence of classical statues and the Terrace of the Muses reveal the Empress's fondness for ancient Greek history and mythology.

Leaving Achilleion Palace, you will make your way to the Old Town of Corfu with a stop at Perama to see the most photographed spot on the island: Mouse Island and the Convent of Vlacherna. Grab a photo or two, then drive to the Old Quarter of Corfu Town for a beautiful walking tour of the town's historic center.

Start at the 14th century Old Venetian Fortress opposite the central Esplanade Square, then follow the maze of narrow, winding, cobblestone streets to some of the most elegant quarters of this Venetian-built town. Discover along your journey the old cricket fields leftover by the British to the imposing Royal Palace of St. George and St. Michael. Liston Piazza, a down-sized replica of the Rue de Rivoli of Paris, the 300-year old Church of Saint Spiridon with its priceless collection of icons and more await you. While in the Old Quarter, explore the old flea market then take some free time to browse around the busy shopping district before your return trip back to port.

This half-day walking tour is a must-do for first-time visitors to Corfu. Your group is guaranteed to be kept small allowing for personalized attention and one-on-one interaction with your local and knowledgeable guide, book now.

Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic, Walking
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
None
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable, seasonal clothing and comfortable shoes. We also recommend sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
4 Stars4Based On 1 Review Review This Tour
4 StarsInteresting triviaJune 11, 2019

Reviewer: Jill Pittman
This is worth doing. Our guide was very knowledgeable and professional.

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