Achilleion – Perama – Pelekas – Paleokastritsa – Lakones – Aggelokastro – Old Town
If you prefer an all day mini bus tour let us know your preferences and we will plan the tour for you. Usually there are three main routes followed from most of cruise Corfu visitors. You are free to choose any of them, or even make your own changes and adjustments on the tour to make it an unforgettable pleasant experience ideally suitable for you and your group friends.
First all day tour always starting from the port. Your mini bus will be waiting for you just in front of the main entrance of the port a few meters away from your cruise ship. In a pleasant environment always air conditioned and clean, with free bottled water offered during your tour we head to first visiting destination Achilleion.
Achilleion Palace was built from the Empress Elizabeth. It is situated on the top of a hill in the traditional Corfu village Gastouri. Arriving just outside from the Palace amazed by its unique beauty of the outside garden area, but also from the inside wall drawings and the statues and monuments of Zeus, Era, the Peristyles of the Muses and the magnificent ‘ Dying Achilles ‘ statue which represents Achilles dying trying to remove the spear from his ankle. It is the largest statue of Achilles, with unbelievable dimensions, which presents Achilles in a moment of victory. Next stop Perama.
Leaving Gastouri village following the west coast road of Corfu, passing numerous traditional Corfu villages, your tour stops at Perama. Perama is on the opposite hill of Kanoni, a long bridge is crossing the sea and joins the two sides of Corfu which can be passed only on foot taking you to the Convent of Vlachernas under the hill of Kanoni. Perama is the ideally place to admire the famous view of Mouse Island , ‘Pontikonisi’ and take the best pictures of it with your camera.
Getting back on your mini bus your Corfu tour continues heading to another interesting destination the traditional and famous village Pelekas.
Pelekas is a traditional village built on one of the most beautiful hills of Corfu island which attracts many tourists every year. Apart from the traditional form of the village, with the narrow streets, the main square and its churches, the main characteristic of Pelekas is the magnificent view from the top of the hill known as the ‘ throne of Kaiser ‘ , because the German emperor Kaiser Goulielmos the 2nd used to enjoy this magnificent spectacle. At dawn, the sunset from the top of the hill of Pelekas is considered to be the most beautiful in Corfu. If you, your friend or group of friends feel like having a coffee, the cafe close to Kaiser Throne is open there all day offering apart from a drink the unique view of the Ionian Sea. Passing through villages and green hills, our next stop will be Paleokastritsa.
Paleokastritsa is located on the northwest coast of Corfu. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of Corfu. It consists of six different small coasts and rocky beaches with crystal blue sea water. From almost each coast small boats can take you o a boat trip to the caves that can be found along its coastline to admire the crystal water and the beauty of the nature.
There are two most known and important caves that you will be visiting. The first one is called Nausica Cave, named after the daughter of the King of the Phaeacians. It is said that she found in there Odysseus and nursed him back to health. The second most worthseeing one is called Blue Eye due to a patch of incredibly blue water which resembles an eye.
Above the main coast on a hillside full of wild trees and olive trees facing the deep blue sea stand the Monastery of Theotokos. The Monastery was built around 12th century and inside in one of the cells a museum has been founded with Byzantine and post Byzantine icons. Int the main courtyard of the monastery there is also an old well where you can throw a coin and make a a wish which with the blessings of Virgin Mary Theotokos it will probably come true.
Close to Paleokastritsa is the very well known village of Lakones. From this village the view is spectacular, even better from the one you can enjoy from the Hill of Monastery of Theotokos. So at Lakones we have planned your next stop.
It is a traditional Corfu village where apart from the view you can enjoy excellent Greek food and even some of the local special Corfu menus. Maybe some Sofrito, Pastitsada or even a chilly Mpourdeto at the local restaurants and taverns.
Usually the uplifting energy of your lunch and the local wine, creates a need to see more and continue the tour. So next stop is the close castle of Aggelokastro.
Getting on your mini bus we have planned to drive you through villages Krini and Makrades to Byzantine Castle of Aggelokastro.
Aggelokastro is the westernmost fortress of the Byzantine empire and the Despotate of Epirus, which included Corfu until 1267. It was built at the 12th century and according to the local tradition, the inhabitants and the 8 guards, resisted so successfully that the Turks decided to retreat and leave Corfu.
Inside the castle you will discover the churches of Taxiarches and Agia Kyriaki. Agia Kyriaki was built in a small cave and Taxiarches on top of another older Church. The view from the castle is unique. Most of the visitors come even on foot from a Byzantine path that starts from Paleokastritsa, just to admire this view.
Old Fortress – Old Corfu Town
After this, relax in the privacy and comfort of your mini bus. Our driver will drive you to the old Corfu town center where you are able to visit the old Fortress of Corfu, do some shopping into the venetian style Corfu Town shops, have a coffee in the famous Liston and get the blessings from the Miracle-Worker , Saint Spyridon by your visit into the main Church of Corfu, Saint Spyridon Church. For more information for the Corfu town center check on the ‘Achilleion to Kanoni’ half day tour.
Few words about synagogue: After the destruction of the first immigrant Synagogue Kahal Kadosh Italiano, “Korfiato” or “Poulieza” in 1537, was built in the Jewish quarter, at the synagogue “Paleologos VECCIA” or “Mintras”, which was cremated and was rebuilt in 1926, but was destroyed again during the bombardment of the Germans at 12.9.1943. The Romaniotes Jews, having left the Synagogue Kahal Kadosh Toshavim “or” Greka “that were” Ovriovouni “, built during the British era on the Synagogue” NUOVA “/ New /maintained and operated until today at Velissariou 4. On the ground floor housed the offices of the community and the nekrosimon Hall ceremonies. Thiteysan rabbinoi sages on Synagogues. The last of these was the Giakwb Nehama (13.10.1931 – 1944), who was arrested by the Germans and followed the fate of the flock in his congregation in Aousvits.
Just before your cruise ships sales away you will be driven outside the main entrance of the Port, exactly where your Corfu tour had started having after all this places a pretty good idea of the unique beauty of Corfu island.