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Achilleion Palace Tours

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Achilleion Palace
Built as a summer residence by Empress Elisabeth of Austria in 1890, Achilleion Palace in the village of Gastouri is among the top attractions on the island of Corfu. Visit the palace designed by Italian architect Raffaello Caritto in a Pompeian style to see paintings and sculptures of mythical gods, including art dedicated to Achilles.

The Basics
Go for the views over Corfu Town from the estate's panoramic garden terraces, to take in architectural details, and to stroll through the gardens to see Dying Achilles, a statue by Ernst Herter. Visit on your own or as part of a Corfu sightseeing tour or shore excursion, which usually includes other top sights such as Paleokastritsa, Mon Repos, and Corfu Town. You can see the palace on a guided hiking itinerary, or reach it via hop-on-hop-off bus.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • In addition to its Achilles art collection, view mementos of Empress Elisabeth and German Kaiser Wilhelm II, who bought the palace in 1907.
  • A free audio guide gives details on the palace’s history, design, and art collection.
  • Achilleion Palace offers expansive views over Corfu on the island, so bring your camera.
  • The palace and gardens are partially accessible to wheelchairs; request information and assistance at the entrance.

How to Get There
The village of Gastouri is located about 6 miles (10 kilometers) south of Corfu Town and numerous buses run between the village and the island’s main town throughout the day. To avoid the crowds and hassle of public transportation, opt for a private or small-group tour that includes transportation to Achilleion Palace.

When to Get There
Achilleion Palace is open daily and is most crowded midday. Visit in the early morning or late afternoon to wander the rooms and garden terraces in relative peace and snap photos of the island from above with the best light.

The Palace after Elisabeth
After Empress Elisabeth was assassinated in Italy in 1898, the German Kaiser Wilhelm II bought the palace and used it as a summer residence. In World War I, Achilleion Palace was used as a military hospital; while in World War II, it was used by the Axis powers as a military headquarters. Eventually, Achilleion Palace was turned over to the Hellenic Tourist Organization, and today it is a public museum. 
Address: Gastouri, Greece
Admission: Varies
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Achilleion Palace and Corfu Old Town Tour

Achilleion Palace and Corfu Old Town Tour

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Experience Corfu’s magnificence through a royal lens with this shore excursion including a guided tour of the Neoclassical Achilleion Palace, a well-preserved imperial residence inspired by Greek mythology. Admire clear views of nearby Mouse Island, and then head into Corfu’s UNESCO-listed Old Town to explore Venetian architecture, picturesque squares, and elegant mansions on a walking tour. It's a great way to experience port town highlights plus the regal gem of the countryside.
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  • 4 hours
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$47.45
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$47.45

Best of Corfu: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

Best of Corfu: Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

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Corfu is home to ancient treasures dating back centuries, but exploring independently means missing the island’s hidden history. On this sightseeing tour, follow your private guide through Corfu’s UNESCO–listed Old town and learn the backstories behind must-see sites like the Old Fortress and the Palace of St. Michael and St. George. Visit top attractions including Achilleion and Paleokastritsa, and enjoy sweeping views over Corfu’s pretty coastal bays.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$213.52
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$213.52
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Achilleion Palace / Gastouri Mountain / Agia Kyriaki Chapel Hiking Tour

Achilleion Palace / Gastouri Mountain / Agia Kyriaki Chapel Hiking Tour

Passing from the Achillion Palace, built for the Empress Elizabeth of Austria (Sissy), this walk takes you on an exploration of “Gastourion” village and to the summit of Mount “Agia Kyriaki” (288 meters). The hike has many spots associated with the Empress, and there are several lovely viewpoints which the best of all is up to the chapel, facing the magnificent view of east coast with picturesque “Pontikonisi” (Mouse Island) and Corfu Town. The walk is mostly inside dense vegetation and part on road.
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  • 3 hours
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$69.98
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$69.98
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Accessible Corfu-Achilleion Palace & City Tour

Accessible Corfu-Achilleion Palace & City Tour

Depart the port of Corfu with direction to Achillion Palace. Upon arrival,leave your vehicle and follow your guide to visit the famous Palace,which was constructed in 1892 for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria.This ill-fated Empress obsessed by the Greek hero, Achilles, commissioned a statue of Achilles “Dying”. In 1907, the Palace was bought by Kaiser William II of Germany, who erected a contrasting statue, of Achilles “Triumphant”. Today, both statues are still standing in the gardens. As you drive inland, see the traditional villages, drive through Ropa Valley to arrive at Gastouri village. Continue your sightseeing tour through this beautiful and luscious island, driving past the Kaiser’s Bridge to view, from a distance, the convent of Vlachernae and the Mouse Island, the landmark of Corfu.On your way back to the port, stop in Corfu Town and visit on foot, the St. Spyridon Church, or for those who would like, stroll through the numerous narrow balconied streets.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$557.53
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$557.53
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Corfu Shore Excursion: Private Island Tour Including Achillion Palace

Corfu Shore Excursion: Private Island Tour Including Achillion Palace

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Set off to explore the lovely island of Corfu on this private, half-day shore excursion. Explore the lavishly decorated Achillion Palace and visit the 13th-century Monastery of the Virgin Mary near Paleokastritsa, whose spectacular coastline featured in the James Bond film, ‘For Your Eyes Only.’ You’ll also pass through Ropa Valley and Gastouri village before capping your tour with a guided visit of Corfu Town and St Spyridon Church.
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$446.03
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$446.03
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Achillion Paleokastritsa Corfu Private Tour

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Achillion Paleokastritsa Corfu Private Tour

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Take an in-depth, private tour of Corfu exclusively for your group of travelers. The day begins with pickup from your hotel, then head to Corfu's most famous attraction, Achilleion Palace. Enjoy the gardens and museum then continue on to the red-roofed town of Paleokastritsa. A few more short stops are included, including a local shop where you can purchase olive oil, spices, soap, and souvenirs.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$332.13
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$415.17
$83.04 savings
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$332.13
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$415.17
$83.04 savings
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Private excursion half day Corfu min. 4 pax

Private excursion half day Corfu min. 4 pax

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Enjoy private tour during 5 hours on a amazing island of Corfu. Private driver and private tour guide only for you. More like traditional half day tour, enjoy 5 hours with us.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.50
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$109.50

2-hours Small Group Tour - Corfu Town and Achilleion Palace

2-hours Small Group Tour - Corfu Town and Achilleion Palace

Corfu is packed with things to do and see,but if your time is limited this 2 hour tour offers you the opportunity to see the highlights of the island. -Direct visit to Achilleion Palace Museum Entrance -Free time to explore Old Corfu Town -Small Group -English Speaking Driver
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.68
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$61.68
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Achillion Palace - Kanoni - Paleokastritsa

Achillion Palace - Kanoni - Paleokastritsa

Enjoy a half day tour visiting 3 top sightseeings of Corfu Island. With your private tour you are flexible to customize the itinerary and the time of visitng as you wish. Just ask for it and our english-speaker driver will follow your wishes. During the tour you will drive from east side to west side and you will have the chance os knowing the great nature of Corfu Island. Inside our luxurious minivan you will be able to be connected to the internet using our free wi-fi. In case you are thirsty, do not hesitate to ask from the driver for fresh cold water or any refreshment at any time. Optionally: You have the option to add a professional guide (with extra charge) for your tour. Feel free to ask us.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours 35 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$296.56
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$296.56
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Best of Corfu: Half Day Private Sightseeing Tour

Best of Corfu: Half Day Private Sightseeing Tour

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Starting from your cruise ship or your Corfu hotel, explore Corfu’s most iconic landmarks on this Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour! See the Best of Corfu as you explore the imposing Achillion Palace, once the home of Empress Elizabeth of Austria, visit the natural beauty spot of Paleokastritsa and lose yourself in the cobblestone streets of the UNESCO-recognised Corfu Town! Opt for a private guide for a more comprehensive experience.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$142.35
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$142.35
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 City Sightseeing Corfu Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Corfu Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Hop on our City Sightseeing Corfu bus to explore Corfu. Listen and be awarded of Corfu’s history, experience the best, the most famous and worldwide known sights & monuments of Corfu city (through a selection of 8 languages in a modern recorded documentary), as we pass most of them with our open top double decker buses. Furthermore, our daily valid tickets give our customers the flixibility to explore the city sights at their leisure and with their own pace.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.10
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$26.10

Private Custom Corfu Half-day or Full-day tour

Private Custom Corfu Half-day or Full-day tour

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Enjoy a half day or full day tour visiting top sightseeings of Corfu Island. With your private tour you are flexible to customize the itinerary and the time of visitng as you wish. Just ask for it and our english-speaker driver will follow your wishes. During the tour you will have the opportunity to see the best of Corfu town, the famous Paleokastritsa, Kanoni and Achilleion museum. You are able to customize your tour and add a stop to a beach or wherever you like. Inside our luxurious minivan you will be able to be connected to the internet using our free wi-fi. In case you are thirsty, do not hesitate to ask from the driver for fresh cold water or any refreshment at any time. You are able to book the tour with one of our experienced guides, who will accompany you and tell you all you need to know abou Corfu island.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours
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$296.56
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Feel like the Royals

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Feel like the Royals

In this tour the visitors can walk in the paths of Kings .We have include all the Palaces as Achilleion palace ,Mon Repo palace and the palace of St.Michael and St. George that are open to the people.We provide them to have some relaxation moments in a historical environment of Royal Baths and also to spend some of his time to visit the Corfu old town.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$126.54
$158.17
$31.63 savings
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$126.54
$158.17
$31.63 savings
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Corfu Island Sightseeing Tour

Corfu Island Sightseeing Tour

With this Corfu Island Tour you have a chance to see the most beautiful parts of Corfu in just one day. The excursion includes the renowned beauty spots of Kassiopi, Kouloura, Corfu Town , Kanoni, Achillion Palace , Paleokastritsa, Bella vista and Troumbeta Pass.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.99
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$69.99
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Achilleion Palace Early Evening Guided Tour

Achilleion Palace Early Evening Guided Tour

Enjoy an early evening guided tour of Achilleion, a former royal residence, and discover this must-see sight of Corfu and its impressive views.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$33.21
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$33.21
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3-hours Small Group Tour - Corfu Town,Achilleion Palace and Olive Oil Tasting

3-hours Small Group Tour - Corfu Town,Achilleion Palace and Olive Oil Tasting

Corfu is packed with things to do and see,but if your time is limited this tour offers you the opportunity to see the highlights of the island. -Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting -Direct visit to Achilleion Palace Museum Entrance -Free time to explore Old Corfu Town -Small Group -English Speaking Driver
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.55
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$73.55
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Private Shore Excursion Corfu, visit Achilleion Palace, Mon Repo, Old Corfu Town

Private Shore Excursion Corfu, visit Achilleion Palace, Mon Repo, Old Corfu Town

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Our driver pick you u p form your ship (or from you specific check point) to start this wonderful private tour This Private Shore Excursion is a unique opportunity to visit some of the famous landmarks of the island, such as the Achilleion palace, Mon Repo Park, Kanoni area & Mouse Island (Pontikonissi), the old Fortress of Corfu and also old Corfu Town and local churches. The duration of the tour is maximum 5 hours but can modified according to your arrival/departure ship details. Book online your private tour at the best rates guarantee!
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$289.44
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$289.44
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Achilleion - Palaiokastritsa - Cfu town tour

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Achilleion - Palaiokastritsa - Cfu town tour

In this tour the visitor can see two of the highlights spots of Corfu island and the historical town of Corfu in a short time.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$126.54
$158.17
$31.63 savings
Price varies by group size
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$126.54
$158.17
$31.63 savings
Price varies by group size
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Private Tour: Corfu Town and Achillion Palace Tour

Private Tour: Corfu Town and Achillion Palace Tour

Take a private tour of Corfu on this exclusive adventure. After pickup at your hotel, your driver takes you to see and photograph the city's highlights, including Achillion Palace, Old Fortress, and Kanoni for views of Mouse Island and the monastery of Vlacherena in the distance. Stroll through Old Town, admire the architecture and scenery, and do some souvenir shopping. Your driver takes you back to the hotel when you are ready.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$415.18
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$415.18
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Private Shore Excursion: Corfu Town and Achillion Palace Tour

Private Shore Excursion: Corfu Town and Achillion Palace Tour

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When your cruise ship reaches port in Corfu, enjoy a shore excursion to see 19th-century Achilleion Palace and the UNESCO–listed Old Town in one adventurous tour. Travel in comfort by private vehicle to Achilleion Palace—home to impressive artworks of Greek hero Achilles—and wander along the cobbled streets of the Kanoni district. Mingle with the locals among the bustling markets, and enjoy uninterrupted coastal views from Garitsa Bay.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$403.32
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$403.32
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Corfu Museum,Corfu Town and Tastings - Private Tour

Corfu Museum,Corfu Town and Tastings - Private Tour

UNESCO–listed Corfu ranks among Europe’s must-see cities.Find out just how incredible the island is with this 4-hour sightseeing tour of Corfu. Places you will visit: Achilleion Palace Museum Old Corfu Town The famous Neolaia Olive Oil store Kanoni
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$329.09
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Achillion Corfu Town Private Tour

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Achillion Corfu Town Private Tour

See more of Corfu in less of the time with a private driver/guide. Visit the Achilleion Museum, a 19th-century palace built for Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, before her assassination. Then explore Corfu Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site with architecture dating back to the 15th century. Please note: tour excludes entrance fees.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$359.67
per group
$449.58
$89.91 savings
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$359.67
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$449.58
$89.91 savings
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Half Day Corfu Private Tour

Half Day Corfu Private Tour

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Take this Corfu private tour and get to know Corfu Island even if you have little time at your disposal. 4 hours, 4 locations not to be missed!
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$456.70
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$456.70
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Sisi tour, Elisabeth from Bavaria on Corfu, minimum 3 pax

Sisi tour, Elisabeth from Bavaria on Corfu, minimum 3 pax

During 5 hours you can explore place, where were famous for Elisabeth. Live like Elisabeth on Corfu. Elisabeth came for the first time on Corfu in 1860, than 1861 and after the death of her son Rudolf, she came on Corfu again in 1889 and she built the palace Achillion.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.21
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