ACHILLION PALACE - CORFU TOWN TOUR
- 4 hours
- Achillion Palace
- Corfu Town
Price Per Person
- The tour starts from 16,73€ per person.
Achillion PalaceAchilleion is a palace built in Corfu by Empress (German: Kaiserin) of Austria Elisabeth of Bavaria, also known as Sisi, after a suggestion by Austrian Consul Alexander von Watzberg. Elisabeth was a woman obsessed with beauty, and very powerful, but tragically vulnerable since the loss of her only son, Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria in the Mayerling Incident in 1889. A year later in 1890, she built a summer palace in the region of Gastouri , now the municipality of Achilleion, about ten kilometres to the south of the city of Corfu. The palace was designed with the mythical hero Achilles as its central theme. Corfu was Elizabeth's favourite vacation place and she built the palace because she admired Greece and its language and culture.Achilleion's location provides a panoramic view of Corfu city to the north, and across the whole southern part of the island.Read More...
Corfu townThe town of Corfu stands on the broad part of a peninsula, whose termination in the Venetian citadel is cut off from it by an artificial fosse formed in a natural gully, with a salt-water ditch at the bottom, that serves also as a kind of marina known as Contra-Fossa. The old city having grown up within fortifications, where every metre of ground was precious, is a labyrinth of narrow streets paved with cobblestones, sometimes tortuous but mostly pleasant, colourful and sparkling clean. These streets are called "kantounia" and the older ones sometimes follow the gentle irregularities of the ground while many of them are too narrow for vehicular traffic.
Full Tour Description
First stop is Achilleion Palace, built by the Empress Elisabeth “Sissy” of Austria in 1891, and later owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. You will visit the museum, as well as its beautiful gardens with spectacular views. The palace was designed with the mythical hero Achilles as its central theme. Corfu was Elizabeth's favourite vacation place and she built the palace because she admired Greece and its language and culture. Second stop is Corfu Town. Corfu Town is a major tourist attraction, and has played an important role since the 8th century. The old town of the city was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The old fortifications of the town, formerly so extensive as to require a force of from 10,000 to 20,000 troops to man them. There is promenade by the seashore towards the bay of Garitsa, ) and also a handsome esplanade between the town and the citadel called Liston. Corfu town today is a vivid tapestry of cultures—a sophisticated weave, where charm, history, and natural beauty blend. Stroll down narrow cobbled streets and admire the Venetian influence in the architecture, as the town's history comes to life.
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