Shore Excursion to Achillion Palace, Corfu Town and a view of Mouse Island

Shore Excursion to Achillion Palace, Corfu Town and a view of Mouse Island
This tour allows you to see the Top Three most popular sights of Corfu Island. Visit the Empress of Austrias 'Sissis' Achilleon Palace, the famous Mouse Island and explore Corfu Town.



Level:
Easy
Duration:
1/2 Day
Type:

This tour includes:

  • Transportation in private, air-conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • Visit to Achillion Palace
  • View of Mouse Island – famous landmark of Corfu Island
  • Exploration of Corfu Town including free time for shopping

Located in the village of Gastouri, the route to the Achillion Palace takes you along coastal roads and through a landscape of orange, lemon and olive groves.

Built in 1890 by the tragic Empress Elisabeth of Austria, the magnificent palace was designed with the mythical hero Achilles as its main theme.  Massive sculptures dominate the grounds and paintings throughout the palace pay homage to Achilles.  Designed in the Neo-Classical style with Italianate terraced gardens that are planted with an array of exotic plants and trees.  The centre piece of the garden is the statue Dying Achilles by the German sculptor Herter.  In 1907 Kaiser Wilhelm II purchased the Achillion and continued the theme and added the magnificent bronze, Achilles the Victor.

After the First World War the Achillion was returned to the Greek state as part of the Treaty of Versailles.  It was used as a military head quarters during World War II.  In 1962 it was leased to a private company that converted the upper level into a casino and the lower floors became the museum.  The casino scene from the James Bond film, For Your Eyes Only was filmed there.

After leaving the Achillion the tour continues with a short, scenic drive to one of the most famous landmarks in Corfu, Mouse Island in the Bay of Kanoni.

Our tour continues as we head back to Corfu Town.  You will visit the Old Town where the narrow, cobbled streets are known as Kantounia, the Espianada and the cricket ground.  You will have some free time to stroll along the Liston arcades, visit the Palace of St. Michael and St. George or the old Church of Saint Spyridon, with its priceless collection of icons and gifts offered to the Patron Saint of Corfu.

Important note:
To get the most enjoyment from any tour we recommend that you will choose an option with a professional guide. All professional guides must be licensed by the Greek Tourist Organization, they are university graduates in Greek History and Culture. A professional guide can make your tour an unforgettable experience by telling you interesting stories about places you visit as well as historical facts that might interest you. In Corfu we have professional guides who are able to cover most European languages. Please state the desired language of your guide in the checkout process.

Prices
Main services Price
Price For up to 3 persons 295.00 €
Price For up to 5 persons 415.00 €
Price For up to 15 persons 655.00 €
Professional Guide 130.00 €
Days of operation
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Dates of operation
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
Departures (Local Time)

This tour is a private tour therefore the starting time is flexible. Please state the desired starting time on the reservation form.

In the event that your cruise ship calls docks later than its scheduled time please do not worry. We will be aware of this and we will be waiting for inside the port terminal building for you, without any extra charge.

If your ship is late we would appreciate it if you could call us on 0030 6945 265048 and inform us of your revised disembarkation time.

Your tour commences from the moment you are met by our representative.

Special Instructions
  • This tour includes an air-conditioned vehicle and driver.
  • Food, beverages, entrance fees, and gratuities are not included in the price of this tour.
  • Entrance fee to Achillion Palace (8 euro per person) is not included in the price of the tour.
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes (sandals or flip flops are ok) and a hat.
  • Camera and video camera equipment may be used at all places of interest. In the Achillion Palace you may have to purchase a special video pass in order to use your video camera inside the Palace.
  • The Achillion is a very famous site and can be very crowded (especially in July and August). Sometimes several ships dock at the same time which means that places of interest will be full of visitors. Please be patient, follow instructions and keep close to your guide at all times in order to hear the commentary.
Restrictions

If you have any disability or other special requests, please state it in your reservation form or call us at: 0030 6945 265 048.

Meeting Instructions
Meeting instructions will be provided after the payment together with the booking voucher.