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 the fascinating story of the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, also known as ''Princess Sissi'' or the ''Sad Empress''. Capture the spectacular views of Mouse Island - Corfu’s iconic landmark - and if you are lucky, watch planes landing and taking off right next to you! Then travel to the heart of the island and discover the charming UNESCO-listed historical center of Corfu Town with the maze of narrow alleys, fascinating architecture and vibrant atmosphere!
DURATION 4.5 hour
LOCATION Corfu, Greece
When your cruise ship docks at Corfu port, hop inside your air-conditioned vehicle and head out to explore Corfu's most important sights!
Following a convenient pickup from your cruise ship, start your day with a visit to the impressive Achillion Palace, built in 1891 as a summer retreat for Princess Sissi - the Empress Elizabeth of Austria. Step inside the neoclassical mansion and explore the tragic story of Sissi, often referred to as ''Princess Diana of her day'', who built Achillion to escape the tragedies of her life including the death of her beloved son. Marvel at the impressive furnishings and priceless artworks and walk up to the top of the Palace and discover the exquisite gardens offering stunning views out to the sea. As you walk through the gardens, gaze at the fine statues of important Greek figures, including the Nine Greek Muses and naturally Achilles – the hero of Greek mythology after whom the palace was named.
Hop back into your private vehicle and enjoy the relaxing journey through the lush Corfiot countryside, dotted with cypress trees and ancient olive groves, as you head to the next stop, Kanoni and Corfu’s iconic landmark: Mouse Island - perhaps the most photographed spot of Corfu! Legend has it that Mouse Island was formed when the ship that had taken Odysseus back to Ithaca, his home port, was turned into stone by Poseidon, God of the sea! After pausing to capture the spectacular views, get ready to move to your next stop, the historical center of Corfu Town.
Strolling around Corfu old town, you will soon find out what led UNESCO to declare this a World Heritage Site in 2017! Stroll the maze of cobbled alleyways and maze-like backstreets, witness the distinctive Italianate architecture and see top sights around the city including the imposing Old Fortress, Palace of St. Michael and St. George, and the Town Hall - a theatre and opera house in the Venetian times. Stroll the small souvenir shops and discover local gems including the famous kumquat, fig pie or extra virgin olive oil. Pause to enjoy a Greek coffee under the elegant arcades of famous French-designed Liston or sample the delectable local cuisine in one of the cozy tavernas of the Old Town.
By the end of your Corfu shore excursion, you will have discovered Corfu’s unmissable attractions! Meet your professional, friendly driver and head back to Corfu port in good time for your departure!
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