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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.

Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

4. Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

Explore Albania's top attractions in the hands of an expert tour director during a 4-day, 3-night sightseeing tour. Sample authentic Albanian food and visit Unesco World Heritage Sites such as Berat, Gjirokastra, and Butrint. Day 1: Sightseeing tour of Berat via Durres Travel to Berat, stopping in Durres for a short walking tour of the City Walls, Byzantine Forum, Roman Thermal Baths, the Venetian Tower, and the Amphitheater. Transfer to Berat passing through suggestive hills full of olive trees. Then, get settled in the hotel and head out for a guided tour admiring the citadel/castle of Berat with the Red Mosque, recognized by its solitary minaret, and the many Byzantine Churches like the Holy Trinity Church and the St. George Church. Finally, step inside a local home inside the castle of Berat for a coffee, raki, and dessert break. Enjoy the rest of the day wandering in the two main districts of Mangalam and Gorica. Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Gjirokastra After breakfast, admire small villages during your transfer to Gjirokaster. Once you arrive in this “city of a thousand steps,” settle into your hotel before soaking up the rich history of the castle and enjoying the view of the “city of stone” from above. Next, see the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses. Visit the Gjirokastra Obelisk dedicated to the first school of Gjirokastra and enjoy the 360º view from there. Next, stop for lunch in a small local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house, and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of the Skenduli family. Spend a relaxing evening in the streets of Gjirokaster. Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Butrint & the Blue Eye spring Travel to the “Blue Eye” spring. Admire the shades of blue and surrounding nature before heading to Butrint. There, marvel at 2,500 years of history on a guided tour with a local guide. See the highlights, such as the amphitheater, castle, churches, and Lion Gate. Drive to Ksamil and enjoy lunch by the lake at the Mussel House. Spend your afternoon in Ksamil before heading to Saranda via Lekursi Castle, which overlooks the city. Day 4: Tirana via Vlore and Riviera Road En route to the city of Vlore via the scenic Riviera road, and explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director. First, head to the Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view of the South Coast beaches before indulging in lunch at Llogara National. Next, visit a park surrounded by pine trees and a fresh mountain breeze. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pashe Tepelena. Then, stop for lunch at a rustic local restaurant along Shushica river. After lunch, visit the city of Vlore, the hometown of the National Independence movement. visit Flag Square with its Independence Monument in the center, the Muradie Mosque, and Vlore Lungomare. Transfer to Tirana. (Hotel accommodation in Tirana is not included on the tour).

Tirana/Durres to Saranda: Private Transfer

5. Tirana/Durres to Saranda: 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 in Tepelena Cold Waters. Ride in the air-conditioned comfort of a Opel Corsa, Dacia Duster 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.

Albania: Ancient Landmarks Day Tour

6. 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.

Sarandë: History and Archaeology Half-Day City Tour

7. Sarandë: History and Archaeology Half-Day City Tour

Saranda is one of the most beautiful seaside city in Albania,located in the south of the country. The past few years it has been one of the favorite destinations from tourists from all over the world.This city is known not only for having the best beaches in Albania but also for his rich culture and history. On this tour you will be able to see some of the most important monuments and main attractions. Your tour will start with Lekursi Castle, which dates back to the 16th century. The strategic position, in a 300-meter high hill, will allow you to enjoy a panoramic view of Saranda, Butrint Lagoon, and even the island of Corfu. After it, you will reach a comfortable minivan the main attractions of the city. You will see the charm of the Saranda Synagogue and the Archaeological Museum and depending on your wishes and weather conditions, you can also visit the Museum of Traditions

From Sarandë: Day trip to Konispol

8. 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.

From Sarandë: Gjirokaster Half-Day Trip with Castle Tickets

9. From Sarandë: Gjirokaster Half-Day Trip with Castle Tickets

Your tour will start from Saranda and only in an hour and a half, you will reach Gjirokastra. One of the main characteristics of this place is the intensive use of stone in the building of the houses and streets, which is why it earned the nickname “The City Of Stone”. You will also need to walk a lot to get around the city, so that is the reason Gjirokastra is also called as 'the city of a thousand steps'. You will be exploring the main attractions of the city such as the Castle of Gjirokastra, known as the origin of the city, built in the 12th century, following the Museum of Arms, and the historic center. Your tour will continue with the visit to the house of the Zeka’s family (the most magnificent and characteristic building of Gjirokastra), the museum house of Ismail Kadare, one of the most important writers in the country, and to the final visit and the Ethnographic Museum. During the walking tour of the city, you will notice that all the roads lead to the old Bazaar.

Finiq: From Saranda to Archaeological Park of Finiq

10. 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.

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4.3 / 5

based on 265 reviews

We booked the German tour and it was absolutely stunning. The places of Albania that we visited were really beautiful and I learned a lot about the country. Our German speaking Tourguides was super amazing! He told us many exciting story’s and he was generally very likeable, friendly and had fun. Couldn't have imagined a better tour guide. And please try the trelece cake in saranda :) I can highly recommend this trip :)

A fabulous day spent in Butrint. Very well organised. Everything on time. No hassle what so ever. An excellent guide who gave us all the information and gave us time to take things in at our pace. Ur two teenagers thought it was the best tour ever. We would recommend this whole heartedly. We also found Albanians very friendly and helpful.

It was interesting journey trought the Albania. We like hotels where we stay. Our guide was very nice young men and tell us lot of Albania. We recomend the trip.

Very good guide, multilingual and friendly who made us personally discover the 3 milk cake, Albanian specialty Visit of the park commented very professionally

Wonderful scenery and out guide was very informed on history and current events. Only downside was the rain.