Get to discover the best of Corfu on this Private Half-Day tour featuring two of the island’s most important sights: the splendid Achillion Palace with its numerous statues, artworks and delightful architecture and the breathtaking coastline of Paleokastritsa, renowned for its unparalleled natural beauty.
DURATION 4.5 hour
LOCATION Corfu, Greece
Meeet your driver and guide (if relevant option is selected) at your hotel entrance. Our tour starts as we enter the world of Princess Sissi – Empress Elizabeth of Austria – who had the Achillion Palace built as her summer retreat in the 1890s. Exploring the fabulous gardens, you will be taken on a trip through Greek mythology as you walk between the numerous statues of significant Greek historical figures. Marvel at the two huge figures of Achilles - the hero of the Trojan War after whom the palace was named - and visit the delightful courtyard to admire the statues of the Muses, Greek philosophers and poets. Entering the palace, discover the fascinating story of Empress Elizabeth, the ‘'Princess Diana of her day’'. See the lavish furnishings and rich variety of art works on display, as well as more personal items, including Sissi’s own jewellery.
Driving on after leaving the Palace, relax in your air-conditioned coach, as you watch the Corfiot countryside roll by. You will discover why Corfu is called the ‘Green Island’, with its wide variety of trees and other plants. See for yourself, too, the ever-changing landscape of the island, as we move towards the dramatic scenery and wonderful sea views of the north-west coast. Arriving in spectacular Paleokastritsa, admire the world-famous coastline, with its crystal clear waters, rocky cliffs and hills covered in cypresses, olive and citrus trees. Here there are numerous small bays and sandy beaches – one of which is where the shipwrecked Odysseus (the hero of Homer’s Odyssey) was washed ashore, according to a legend. After your coach climbs the steep hill leading to the charming 13th century monastery, step back in time as you discover the beautiful old church and gardens, together with an incredible sea view! As your tour comes to an end, sit back and enjoy your journey back to your hotel!
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