This Corfu Shore Excursion includes historic Corfu Town and the legendary Achillion Palace and is a great way to see two of Corfu’s finest attractions all in one action packed day. Our Corfu Town and Achillion Palace Shore Excursion is one of our most popular Corfu Shore Excursions. We will make sure to give you enough time to enjoy all of the landmarks of Corfu’s Old Town and the spectacular Achillion Palace.
This Corfu Shore Excursion first visits the Achillion Palace, originally built as a summer residence for the Empress of Austria, which is filled with sculptures and artwork inspired by the legend of Achilles, the ancient Greek Hero of the Trojan War. Achillion Palace and her Royal Gardens are truly spectacular to behold and a must for every Corfu Shore Excursion. Make sure to have your cameras ready because you are sure to enjoy not only the history of the Achillion Palace but also the amazing natural beauty of the surrounding landscapes and the tranquility of this famous summer destination.
Your Corfu Town and Achillion Palace Shore Excursion will then move onto Corfu’s Old Town, but not before making a stop in the neighborhood of Kanoni on the way. Kanoni is strategically located high above the Ionian Sea and is where you will be able to see the legendary Island of Pontikonissi, visible from the Kanoni hillside. Local legend has it that Poseidon, the Greek god of the Sea, was so enraged with Odysseus’, made famous in Homer’s tales, that upon his return home he turned his ship to stone and that the Island of Pontikonissi is where you will find its remains . From the Kanoni hillside your Licensed Corfu Guide will also be sure to point out the beautiful Vlacherena Monastery, set out in the waters of the bay far below. Kanoni is a residential area that has grown into a tourist attraction over the years due to its amazing natural beauty and surrounding landscapes which provide incredible panoramic scenic views .
The second half of your Corfu Town and Achillion Palace Shore Excursion will take you on a magical journey through the Historic Quarter of the Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once there you will be able to enjoy the skyline views of the twin castles that have been protecting Corfu Town for centuries. While strolling through Corfu’s Old Town your Licensed Corfu Tour Guide will point out all the historical landmarks along with the famed Venetian Architecture that you are sure to encounter along the way. Your Corfu Shore Excursion will make stops at the the mid-evil Old Fortress (Paleo Frourio), Spianada Square (Esplanade Square) and the Palace of St Michael and St George. Your local Corfu Tour Guide will also be sure to take you to Liston Street, the Church of St. Spyridon, Corfu Town Hall and Town Hall Square making sure that this tour is one that you will never forget.
Your Corfu Shore Excursion will conclude with free time in the Old Town so that you can indulge in some shopping before maybe enjoying a meal in one of the many fine local tavernas. As your Corfu Town and Achillion Palace Shore Excursion comes to an end, your Corfu Tour Guide will return you to your hotel or your Passenger Cruise Ship where you can get ready for your next Port of Call.