Highlights of this tour:
- The Achilleion palace
Your English-speaking licensed guide picks you up from the cruise port with adapted transportation. You can find your guide by the sign he is holding with your name on it. He helps you to get into the van using a ramp, and once you are comfortable, your wheelchair accessible Achilleion tour starts.
The Achilleion is a palace, located in the mountain village of Gastouri, ten kilometers southwest of the city of Kerkyra. This palace has been the summer residence of two of the most important royals in European history: the Empress of Austria and Hungary Elisabeth, better known as “Sissi” and the Emperor of Germany Wilhelm II.
During the two world wars, it served as headquarters and hospital. The Greek government then rented it out to a German casino company, which restored a lot of the building. They also collected many objects that belonged to or related to the lives of the two imperial owners and brought them back to Achilleion. At that time there was a museum downstairs and a casino upstairs. Now it is owned by the Greek Tourism Organization. Downstairs is the museum, upstairs it has been open to the public since 2015 and is no longer a casino.
Once you arrive a strange sense of awe overwhelms anyone that gazes over the imposing form of the palace. The palace dominates the area with its presence, residing between the cypress trees and other exotic plants and flowers which surrounds it. The empress Elisabeth built the palace to escape the tragedies of her life. William II purchased it after her untimely death.
A lot has changed since Sissi built the palace. But what is still there and is a must-see, is the beautiful mural, positioned right at the reception — Marvel at the wall painting where Achilles carries the dead body of Hector.
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