RELIGIONAL 5 DAY TOUR – DAY 1

We have a variety of tailored made tours that include visits to the monasteries and churches of corfu, visit traditional villages and most famous beaches. Also we visit museums and palaces with different architectures and histories.

The 5 day tour at the monasteries is considered to be one of our best excursions. Monasteries that we can visit are the Monastery of Paleokastritsa, Pantokratoros Agio Athanasio, Agias Kiriakis Kouramades, Vlachernon Skriperou, Agias Paraskevis Kinopiastes, Agias Eythimias Anemomylos, Agias Theotokou Platiteras, Pantokratora and many more. Beaches that we can visit are Glyfada, Almiros, Kassiopi, Sidari etc and Museums and Palaces are Acharavi Museum and Achillion Palace, also in Corfu Town is the famousSpianada, Liston, The old fortress and Agios Spiridon Church

All of the days of the tour we start at 09:00 in the morning and return around 17:00 in the evening. Also some of the places that we visit might need some walking so if there are people with walking dificulties we may change the programme to suit their needs.

1st DAY:
KANONI, ANEMOMYLOS VISIT AGIA EYTHIMIA.

The monastery of Agia euthimia is one of the oldest, has existed since the 15th century. Tradition says that at the point it is today built the Catholic of the monastery there was a old temple on behalf of Agia euthimia in the rubble which was found the miraculous icon of Saint. The year 1478 Antony Mousoulis devoted estates to the monastery. The monastery functioned as a Commune.
The monastery had a good real estate on the outskirts of the town and in villages but that the Turkish incursion of 1716 was devastated and shrank. Many disasters suffered at times from the monastery raids. Many relics and documents were destroyed. Among the estates belonging to the monastery was a large portion with the Church of St. Panteleimon in Mon Repo.
This section had rented the King of Greece George I of Constantinople with the purpose of expansion of Mon Repo. The Monastery has a rich and perennial spiritual in Corfu.

CORFU TOWN TO VISIT AGIOS SPYRIDON CHURCH.
Always busy with locals and visitors, this church seem surprisingly small considering its importance: it contains therelics of St Spyridon, Corfu’s patron saint. It is richly decorated with icons, frescoes, silver and gilt ornaments, and houses the elaborate coffin of the saint.
Born on the island of Cyprus, St Spyridon was credited with many miracles before his death in AD 350. After the fall of Constantinople his remains were brought to Corfu in 1456 and a church was built to house them. It was later torn down and replaced with the present building in 1590. Its red-domed bell tower is the tallest on the island and a landmark of Corfu Town.
Set into its upper panels are scenes of the Annunciation, the Last Supper and the Transfiguration, as well as numerous religious figures. The stunning ceiling murals depict scenes from the life of St Spyridon. There are so many silver chandeliers, candelabras and incense burners that the church is said to contain the greatest weight of silver of any church in Greece. The remains of the saint lie in an elaborate silver casket studded with a dozen enamel medallions, in a tiny chapel to the right of the altar.
Spyridon is also the patron saint of sailors, protecting them from shipwrecks and helping them to safe harbour during storms. The faithful line up to kiss his coffin and leave notes with prayers for help. Four times a year the coffin is opened to expose the saint’s mummified face, under glass. On his feet are embroidered slippers. Each year he receives a new pair as the old ones are said to show wear from his night-time strolls around town.
On Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, 11 August and the first Sunday in November, the saint is paraded through town upright in his open casket. The four processions commemorate the four occasions when he saved the island from disasters: once from famine, twice from plague and once from Turkish invasion.