The coach follows the road leading out of town; soon you are found in the beautiful dense Corfiot countryside, driving through olive groves interspersed with pine and cypress trees, vineyards and fields carpeted with wild flowers and shrubs.
The bay of Paleokastritsa is one of the most famous locations on the island, much celebrated for its unique natural beauty, known as the “Capri of Greece”. You visit the Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin and its small museum, housing priceless Byzantine icons and church relics.
After your visit at the monastery, you will have some free time in Paleokastritsa. You can take the chance to have a short boat trip to the famous local sea caves.
Leaving Paleokastritsa, your coach takes you via the Ropa Valley to the traditional old village of Gastouri for a visit to the Achilleion Palace. You visit the rooms of the Palace open to visitors, offering a glimpse into the life of the “Sad Empress” as Sissy was commonly known, as well as its beautiful gardens with spectacular views over Corfu Town and the sea. Filled with exotic flowers and adorned with classical statues of Ancient Greek mythological figures, the gardens give evidence of Empress Elisabeth’s fondness of Ancient Greek History and Mythology.
The tour can be arranged also in other languages upon request and availability. The boat trip (30 mins) to the local sea caves with the mineral formations in Paleokastritsa is recommended but optional. Each boat takes up 10 persons. Up to 10 boats available at a time. In case of larger groups, they are split in 2 and rotated (Monastery visit and Boat trip). Please avoid wearing short pants and revealing blouses for your visit at the Monastery. For reservations on Sunday or Local/National holidays a supplement will apply.
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