Achillion Palace Tours

OVERVIEW

Located in the village of Gastouri, around 10km south from Corfu Town, Achillion Palace was built in the 19th century as a summer residence for Empress Elizabeth of Austria (also known as Princess Sissi). Constructed to a light, airy neoclassical design by the Italian architect Raffaele Caritto, Achillion was Sissi's escape from the oppressive court life of Austria and personal tragedy after the death of her son. Captivated by Greek mythology, Sissi named the palace after the hero of the Trojan War, Achilles and filled it with artworks celebrating her favourite mythical hero but also numerous other characters from Greek mythology and history.


The impressive gardens surrounding the palace offer wonderful views both of the Corfu countryside and the Ionian Sea. The two largest and most significant statues here are “Achilles dying", pulling the arrow from his heel, and “Achilles triumphant”, standing at over 11 meters from its base to the tip of his sword. The beautiful garden also features statues of other significant Greek philosophers and poets as well as the Peristyle of the Muses, a courtyard surrounded by columns featuring the Nine Greek Muses: Urania, for example, the Muse of astronomy, holding a globe or Terpsichore, the Muse of dance, playing her lyre.


Inside the palace, the rooms are richly decorated and there are many paintings. A fresco representing the four seasons adorns the ceiling of the reception hall, while at the top of the staircase there is an enormous painting of Achilles, this time in battle. Other highlights include the ornate chapel, the elegant period furniture on display throughout the building and a collection of Sissi’s personal belongings, including her jewellery.


After the assassination of Empress Elisabeth in 1898, the palace was bought by German Kaiser Wilhelm II who used it as his summer residence. During World War I, the Achillion was used as a military hospital, and during World War II, the Axis powers used it as their military headquarters. Nowadays, Achillion Palace is a public institution that acts as a museum and it is unarguably one of the most significant landmarks of Corfu. Its popularity has also increased due to the fact that some scenes of the popular James Bond film ''For your eyes only'' were shot here!


Take one of our Corfu Private Tours or Corfu Shore Excursions and have the chance to explore Achillion Palace along with other significant Corfu landmarks such as Corfu Town & Mouse Island (Private Tour to Achillion, Kanoni & Corfu Town), the famous Paleokastritsa (Private Tour to Achillion & Paleokastritsa) or some of Corfu's most picturesque, traditional villages (Private Tour to Achillion & Corfu Villages).

Tours & Activities in Achillion Palace

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Private Tour: Corfu Villages, Achillion and Beach Escape

This Corfu Villages Tour is ideal for travelers who want to explore Corfu beyond typical sightseeing. Experience the island like a local as you discover Corfu’s quaint, postcard-perfect villages dot...

7.5 hour

Corfu, Greece

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FROM 320 € / GROUP

Private Shore Excursion: Achillion, Kanoni & Corfu Town

This Private Shore Excursion is ideal for Cruise Ship passengers who are looking to explore Corfu Highlights in the few hours available in Corfu port. Visit the famous Achillion Palace and discover th...

4.5 hour

Corfu, Greece

Pickup Service

FROM 220 € / GROUP

Private Tour: Achillion & Paleokastritsa

Travelling in your comfortable, private vehicle, embark on a half-day tour to discover two of Corfu’s most iconic landmarks: the famous Achillion Palace with its numerous statues, artworks and delig...

4.5 hour

Corfu, Greece

Pickup Service

FROM 220 € / GROUP

Private Shore Excursion: Achillion & Paleokastritsa

Make the most of your time in Corfu Port, with this Private, Half-Day, Shore Excursion around two of Corfu's top attractions! Explore the impressive Achillion Palace, the summer retreat of Princess Si...

4.5 hour

Corfu, Greece

Pickup Service

FROM 220 € / GROUP

Private Tour: Best of Corfu Full-Day Island Tour

Experience the Best of Corfu on this Full-day Private Tour taking you around all Corfu’s must-see attractions in just one day! Explore the imposing Achillion Palace with its exquisite gardens and im...

7.5 hour

Corfu, Greece

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FROM 320 € / GROUP

Private Tour: Corfu Grand Island Tour

Corfu is a large island but our Corfu Grand Island Tour will deliver what its name promises- take you around every corner of Corfu, from the south to the north and from the west to the east! Dive into...

7.5 hour

Corfu, Greece

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FROM 320 € / GROUP

Private Tour: Achillion, Kanoni & Corfu Town

This Corfu Highlights Private Tour is perfect for first-time visitors who want to explore Corfu's must-see attractions in a few hours! Visit Princess Sissi's Achillion Palace and marvel at the impress...

4.5 hour

Corfu, Greece

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FROM 220 € / GROUP

Private Tour: Governor's Olive Mill, Achillion and Corfu Town

This Full Day, Private Tour is a amazing chance to combine two of Corfu’s must-see attractions with a one-of-a-kind local experience! Travel to the famed, 15th-century Governor Olive Mill and immer...

7.5, 8 hour

Corfu, Greece

Pickup Service

FROM 340 € / GROUP

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