There is no better way to discover Corfu town and its surroundings than on a privately guided tour. You will meet your guide at your hotel and be transported to major sites on an air-conditioned vehicle. The highlight of this tour will be a visit to the Achilleon palace where Austria's Empress Elizabeth (Sisi) once lived. You will also love the panoramic views of Mouse Island and Vlacherna Convent.
Meet your private driver-guide at your Corfu hotel or cruise port, and set off on your tour by private, air-conditioned vehicle.
The first stop will be at the hilltop village of Gastouri, southwest of Corfu Town; to visit the famous Achilleon Palace. En route, you will learn about this neoclassical palace, built for the Empress Elizabeth of Austria in the 1890s. The empress Known as ‘Sisi,’ loved Corfu, and had the palace constructed as a vacation retreat, designing it with the mythical Greek hero Achilles as the central theme. After her assassination in 1898, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany went on to purchase the palace, again as a vacation home.
On arrival, you will enter the palace (own expense) to explore independently. Wander around the graceful interiors, adorned with statues and paintings, and still furnished with some of Sisi's and Wilhelm's items. Stroll around the gardens to see their grand statues, including two beautiful bronze runners, and sculptures depicting Achilles dying and as a triumphant warrior. As you walk, soak up the bird’s-eye views from the terraces down over Corfu's coast.
Next, drive to the Kanoni peninsula, a wooded headland just south of Corfu Town. Here, admire the spectacular panoramas over the Ionian Sea and the whitewashed Vlacherna Convent, connected to the mainland by a causeway, and the nearby Mouse Island — Corfu’s most celebrated view.
Take photos, and hear the story of the legends about how the Mouse Island was created. That is when the ship that returned Odysseus to his home port of Ithaki was turned to stone by Poseidon, the god of the sea.
Finally, continue into Corfu Town, to see some of its historical attractions and enjoy some time shopping for souvenirs.
Your tour concludes with a drop-off at your Corfu accommodation or cruise port.