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Day Trip to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu

1. Day Trip to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu

Explore the beauty of Albania on a guided day trip from Corfu. Step back in time at the ancient Greek and Roman city of Butrint. Visit an archaeological museum in a Venetian castle. Savor a delicious buffet lunch at a restaurant in Saranda.  Board the airconditioned bus at your meeting point on the island of Corfu. Sit back and enjoy the ride to the port city of Saranda. Enjoy a 20-kilometer guided bus tour of the stunning southern coast and its virgin shores and islands. Pass through small villages and through endless fertile plains that lead to a great lake. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint, where the ancient Greek city of Buthrotum disappeared under layers of silt and vegetation until its was found by archaeologists.  Tour a Venetian tower and see the remains of the theater and Temple of Asclepius. Continue to the ruins of the ancient gymnasium and Roman Baths and admire a priceless mosaic floor in the Roman Baptistery. Travel back in time as you explore the Cyclopean walls and get panoramic views of the lake and plains from the top of the hill. Return to Saranda for a mouth-watering lunch, and then take a guided walking tour before sailing back to Corfu.

From Sarandë: Guided Half-Day Trip to the Blue Eye, Muzinë

2. From Sarandë: Guided Half-Day Trip to the Blue Eye, Muzinë

Describing the multidimensional beauty of this place will never be the same as looking at it while being there. Your professional guide will lead you in a 5-hour tour, learning about the legends of Blue Eye and immersing yourselves in the magical beauty of the area. Even in the hottest days of summer, the freshness of this place will make you enjoy this experience. You will be mesmerized by the clear water, that allows you to see straight to the bottom. Looking at the center of the tarn source, you will understand why it is named the ‘Blue Eye’. Divers have tried to descend into the Blue Eye to see its actual depth but it’s still unclear how far the mysterious hole really goes, because the pressure of the source, pushes you up again.

From Sarandë: The Blue Eye and Lekuresi Castle

3. From Sarandë: The Blue Eye and Lekuresi Castle

Venture into the lush greenery of South Albania to discover the natural phenomenon of the Blue Eye. visit the ancient Lekursi Castle on the hillside and get a stunning panorama of Saranda, Butrint Lagoon, and the Greek island of Corfu. Depart in the morning from Saranda. Your guide will lead you to one of the most breathtaking views in south Albania, the Blue Eye to admire its uniqueness. Be enchanted by the surrounding green forest and all its freshwater. At the center of the tarn source, you will understand why it is named the ‘Blue Eye’. Be mesmerized by how crystal clear the water is as you get a clear view of the bottom of a pool that is over 50 meters deep. Continue to the Lekursi Castle. located only half an hour away from the Blue Eye, on a hill that offers you a panoramic view of Saranda, Butrint Lagoon, and the island of Corfu. See the ruins of the homonymous village.

From Tirana: Tour to Vlora, Butrint, Saranda & Gjirokaster

4. From Tirana: Tour to Vlora, Butrint, Saranda & Gjirokaster

Travel south along the Albanian coast and explore the best of this region on a guided tour. Spend the day discovering Vlora, Butrint, Saranda, and Gjirokaster. Start your trip with a comfortable ride in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Tirana. Travel to Vlora, the city of independence. Proceed to Llogara to enjoy the breathtaking views of the coast from a 1043-meter height. Continue to Saranda and see enchanting beaches such as Gjipe Beach, Porto Palermo, Lukovë, and more. Next, visit the National Park of Butrint that holds more than 2000 years of history. Head to the source of the “Blue Eye” before getting to Gjirokaster. It’s a water spring with clear blue waters coming from the depth of the earth, running in the shape of an eye. The road leading to Gjirokaster will take you to the castle of the city and the old bazaar neighborhood. Visit the former homes of Ismail Kadare and Enver Hoxha, which are now museums dedicated to communism. Enjoy this last stop of the coastal tour before returning to Tirana.

Albania: Ancient Landmarks Day Tour

5. Albania: Ancient Landmarks Day Tour

Depart in the early morning on a drive through Albania, known for its centuries of notable world history. Travel from the north to south of the ancient nation, where we will uncover pieces of archeological history that still stand today, including churches and castles.  Learn and understand how life was organized more than 2 millennia ago. We will visit notable people’s homes, including dictators and Nobel winners in the Palorto Neighborhood in our last stop, Gjirokaster, after visiting the beaches and basilicas in Saranda, Ksamil Beach, and Butrint. The drive will take us through the Albanian Riviera, where the natural beauty of the nation can be taken in before discovering the history of the ancient world’s architecture in the next stops. The journey will end in Tirana, with stops in between the three-hour return journey.

From Sarandë: Day Trip to Permet with Thermal Pool Visit

6. From Sarandë: Day Trip to Permet with Thermal Pool Visit

Near the border with Greece and North Macedonia, there is a small Albanian city named Permet. This city is famous for its wonderful nature combined with the rich culture. Permet is also known as ‘the city of roses’, which describes the presence of roses and a lot of flowers. It is also known as the ‘city of the river’ since the second largest river crosses the town forming a large canyon. In the Permet day tour, departing from Saranda will be included a relaxing visit to the hot Permet thermal pools. After the spa time, you will dive into the woody paths of the Redhi I Hotovës National Park, to continue the visit to Langarica Canyon, Kelcyra gorge, and some points of historical and artistic interest, such as Ottoman-era bridges (Kati Bridge) and Orthodox monasteries. You will discover the town of Tepelene, famous for the high quality of its cold spring waters. This journey will not be completed without the traditional food that you will be able to enjoy during the day.

From Sarandë: Day trip to Konispol

7. From Sarandë: Day trip to Konispol

Experience authentic rural Albania with a visit to Konispol and surrounding villages. Konispol is an untouched region off the beaten track, full of diverse activities. Explore its historical, cultural, and natural treasures on this tour. Start your tour at 9 AM from Saranda. After a relaxing 40-minute drive, you will reach your countryside destination. Konispol is the southernmost town in Albania, just 1 kilometer away from the Albanian-Greek border. It is divided into several settlements like Çiflik, Market, and Xarrë. Konispol offers spectacular views of Butrint Lake and Ionian Sea. Spot traditional stone houses in the region which once hosted wealthy families. Explore the town's main interests of agriculture and viticulture. Visit citrus groves and cultivated fields of the caves inhabited since the Paleolithic era. Enjoy the unique cultural heritage of the town. Konispol is located between Laberia to the north and Cameria to the south. Since the beginning of time, Albanians of the Cham ethnic group from the Chameria region lived in these parts. Learn all about its history and culture from your guide. Continue to your next stop, the Kreshmoi Cave, commonly known as the Cave of Konispol. This limestone cavern is one of the oldest testimonies of human settlement in Europe. It is built on a 400-meter-high hill near Saraqini’s ridge. Enjoy great views of Konispol from here.

Finiq: From Saranda to Archaeological Park of Finiq

8. Finiq: From Saranda to Archaeological Park of Finiq

Depart from Saranda and head to the Archaeological Park of Finiq, where you will discover the remains of the most important buildings in Antigone, dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Explore the ruins of the stage, a beautiful theatre, the old city walls, and a Byzantine church, which gave this place the status of a protected monument. Learn the history of this ancient spectacle with your guide. Have the opportunity to visit the small village of Mesopotamia, home to one of the largest churches in ancient Albania, only a few kilometers away.

Tirana/Durres to Saranda via Gjirokastra: Private Transfer

9. Tirana/Durres to Saranda via Gjirokastra: Private Transfer

Take advantage of a convenient private transfer from Tirana or Durres to Saranda. Our English speaking driver will be waiting for you with a sign at your hotel 15 min before departure. Cars are available all year round, 24 hours per day. On the way to Saranda, enjoy a coffee break and visit the UNESCO town of Gjirokaster. Stop and visit the Blue Eye Spring before reaching Saranda. Ride in the air-conditioned comfort of a Caddy Life, VW Touran or T5 Caravelle Van. Vehicles and drivers are supplied by Good Albania, a local tour operator, with a track record of high-quality customer service.

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What people are saying about Sarandë

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 201 reviews

Well worth a trip! Albania is a hidden gem and Sarandë was a really impressive place. The trip was really well organised and Linda was a great tour guide. The lunch was great even for vegetarians and overall the day trip is great value for money. Just make sure you get back to the coach at the specified time so you're not left behind!

Superb perfectly organized excursion. We had a guide who spoke perfect French (even the simple past!!) and who was very knowledgeable. He shared his knowledge of his country Albania with us. Butrint's site is really interesting. An excursion that I highly recommend.

The only problem is that it was too hot. For the rest, we have already booked 3 excursions in Greece. Super well organized, cool activities, unbeatable staff… 10/10 on both Ionian Cruises and Get Your Guide. very highly recommended

It was a great trip. Very interesting and beautiful. We had concerns about the heat traveling with kids, but Butrint is surrounded by trees casting the need shade so it worked well

It had been a super planned and well thought out tour. Lunch was great and the view was beautiful. The guide conveyed the essential and interesting things from Butrint etc.