Exclusive Achilleion Palace, Paleokastritsa and Corfu Town

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Summary
Shore Excursion SizeStandard Tour
Shore Excursion TypeCultural, Active, Scenic, Walking
Shore Excursion Duration5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
Shore Excursion Leaves FromCruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage ProvidedNot Included
Recommended DressWe recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. We also suggest sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat. As you will be visiting a religious site, you may wish to have your shoulders and knees covered out of respect.
RestrictionsGuests must be able to get in and out of transportation. Guests must be able to walk over paved, and cobblestone surfaces, some of which are uneven. There are several steps and elevations at sites visited. At times, sections of the road to the monastery are closed for maintenance, and guests may have to walk uphill for approximately 10 minutes to reach the monastery. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Exclusive Achilleion Palace, Paleokastritsa and Corfu Town

Where most cruise lines may offer only two of the three must-see sights on Corfu, this tour affords you three wonderful destinations, and in groups never larger than 30 guests per guide. Enjoy an exclusive excursion to the beautiful Achilleion Palace and Gardens, the monastery of Paleokastritsa, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Corfu Town.

After meeting your professional, local and friendly guide on the pier, depart Corfu town and drive through the beautiful countryside for approximately 30 minutes to the famous Monastery of the Virgin. The monastery is located high on a hill overlooking the gorgeous Paleokastritsa Bay, known as the "Capri" of Greece. This Byzantine monastery is still inhabited by a self-reliant community of monks; its long history is evident from the collections of Byzantine icons and other religious relics featured in the chapel and its museum.

Following your guided tour of the monastery, approximately 90 minutes, continue from here with a drive over the mountain ridge passing through some of the most picturesque traditional villages on the northern side of the island with views of the countryside, island life and glimpses of the coast in the distance.

Approximately 30 minutes later you will reach the old traditional village of Gastouri where you will visit the Achilleion Palace, built by Empress Elisabeth "Sissy" of Austria in 1891, and later owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. In addition to visiting the interior rooms that are open to the public, you will also see some of the beautiful gardens full of exotic trees and flowers, which the Empress brought with her from her trips around the world. The gardens also feature several classical statues, as she was very fond of Greek ancient history and mythology. The main Terrace of the Muses is decorated with statues of the Nine Greek Muses and the imposing figures of Achilles Victorious and Achilles Dying. From several places in the garden you will also have spectacular views over the Ionian Sea.

Leaving Achilleion, you will make your way back to Corfu, approximately 40 minutes away. Once in the Old Quarter of Corfu Town, drive to the front of the Old Venetian Fortress (14th-century UNESCO World Heritage site), opposite the central Esplanade Square. From here, your guide will lead you on a beautiful walking tour of the historic center of the Old Town. Walking through the maze of winding narrow cobbled streets known as kandounia, you will 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 can see the Royal Palace of St. George and St. Michael, an imposing building built entirely of yellow Maltese stone by the first British Commissioner of the island. You will also see 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. You will then walk to the heart of the Old Town, where you will 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.

You will also have time to explore the old flea market, passing by the old Town Hall and then find yourself in the busy shopping district where you will have some free time for shopping or leisure. At the appointed time and place, you will meet your driver for the return transfer back to your ship.

4.5 Stars4.6 / 5  |  63 ReviewsReview This Tour
Beautiful Mediterranean Sea
January 24, 2019
The Mediterranean Sea at Paleokastritsa was beautiful. Sorry I didn't bring a swim suit. Corfu was a very nice town with lots of shopping. Wish we had more time.
Reviewer: Marvin Williams
4 Stars
Exclusive Achilleion palace Paleokastritsa and cor
November 18, 2018
Interesting and beautiful
Reviewer: Irene
4 Stars
Beautiful Views
November 08, 2018
We had an excellent guide and were treated to some spectacular views. Parts of this tour are not accessible to people who have mobility challenges, as there is a bit of an uphill hike to get to the monastery.
Reviewer: B. Solheim
5 Stars
Achilleion Palace, Paleokastritsa and Corfu Town
October 23, 2018
Nice excursion and organization. The guide was nice and knew a lot of things. Not much time at each place but the cedule was short for the three place we have to see.
Reviewer: Carolane Gaudet
4 Stars
Old World
October 08, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous. Everywhere (except for a lack of garbage collection in Greece). The Palace is different. From its history, pretty much unused. Not enough time to explore and enjoy.
Reviewer: Clifford Shepard
4 Stars
Packed Itinerary
October 04, 2018
Corfu is a pretty big island and this tour hits all the corners! Bit rushed - we only had about 45 minutes in Corfu Town, at the end of the tour and nearest the ship. That's where all the souvenir shops are. Guide did a great job with giving background. Achilleion Palace tour was short too. Paleokastritsa was okay. Greek monastery. Again limited time due to transit.
Reviewer: John Chandler
5 Stars