Private: On the traces of Empress Elisabeth (Sissy) & Emperor Wilhelm II (Kaiser)


Tour Code: CGT23E

    Private: On the traces of Empress Elisabeth (Sissy) & Emperor Wilhelm II (Kaiser)

    • Duration: 7 Hours
    • Meeting Point: Schulenburg’s Statue
    • Departure: Upon Request
    • Full Price: 90€ / Person
    • Languages: English, German, Italian, Spanish
    Tour Highlights
    • Discover Achilleion and Mon Repos, two unique royal residences with impressive gardens and exquisite exhibits.
    • Explore Pontikonissi and Pelekas observatory, the favourite spots of the two royals.
    • Enjoy a glass of wine or beer and small bites, with majestic sea and sunset views as a backdrop.

    What did Empress Elisabeth and Emperor Wilhelm II had in common? Their love for Corfu! Join us on this guided tour and find out everything about their life on the island.
    Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as Sissy, and Emperor Wilhelm II were extremely fond of Corfu. They both spent a significant amount of time on the island, enjoying the beautiful views from Achilleion’s gardens and the surrounding verdant areas.
    Each of them had their favourite spot. Sissy adored Pontikonissi, which reminded her of Arnold Bocklin’s painting called “Isle of the Dead”. On the other hand, Wilhelm loved the views from the village of Pelekas. He constructed an observatory at an altitude of 270 meters, with a 360-degree view, where he would retreat and daydream.
    On this tour you will discover the most fascinating details about Sissy’s and Wilhelm’s life in Corfu. Your knowledgeable professional guide will show you around the gardens of Mon Repos, the villa they were hosted on their first time on the island. Then you will be transferred to Kanoni for a boat ride to Pontikonissi, the landmark of Corfu, for a short stroll.
    Next is a tour at the ever-charming Achilleion Palace, Sissy’s summer retreat that was later purchased by Wilhelm. Then you will head to Pelekas to take in the breathtaking 360o view from the observatory.
    The exploration ends with a well-deserved break for glass of wine or beer to enjoy at the roof top of a café/restaurant. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset and the beautiful Ionian Sea.
    In the dusk we head back to the Corfu Town, where you might want to wander around and enjoy the beautiful evening ambiance.

    Places to be explored
    • Gardens of Mon Repos: Wander around the idyllic gardens of this residence that belonged to the former Greek royal family. It is also the birthplace of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
    • Pontikonissi: We will get there by boat from Kanoni peninsula. 70 steps lead down to the dock and the ride takes just 10 minutes. Pontikonissi, with its 11th-century chapel, is possibly the most photographed spot of Corfu.
    • Kaiser’s Bridge: Pass by the seaside location where Kaiser’s Bridge is situated.
    • Achilleion: Named after Achilles, the Homeric hero of the Iliad. Discover exquisite works of art and furnishings, as well as the marvelous gardens featuring statues of great Greek figures, the “Peristyle of the Muses” as well as the iconic statue of Achilles.
    • Pelekas village: At the top of the scenic village is Kaiser’s observatory with panoramic views.

    Meeting Point

    Tour departs from the Old Fortress Gate in front of Schulenburg’s statue. Your guide will be holding a lollipop sign with our agency’s logo. (Google Map)

    Departure Time

    Upon Request

    Price Includes

    • Professional licensed tour guide
    • Mini bus & professional driver
    • Walk around the gardens of Mon Repos Palace(no visit included)

    Price Excludes

    • Transfers from / to the hotel
    • Entrance fee to Achilleion Palace
    • Boat fare
    • Meals
    • Tips
    Important Information
    • The departure time of this tour changes according to sunset time.
    • This tour is not recommended for people who are physically challenged, and/or experience cardiovascular issues or asthma.
    • Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes, bring a jacket when the weather is cooler, as well as your camera.
    • Entrance fee to Achilleion Palace 10€/pp
    • Boat fare 3€/pp
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