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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.

Tirana: 4-Day Albanian Heritage Highlights Trip

2. 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: Durres and Berat Start the tour with a hotel or airport pickup in Tirana and head to Durres for a short guided walking tour and coffee break. Alternatively, you can start with a hotel pickup in Durres. Transfer to Berat, the "city of a thousand windows." Get settled in your picturesque hotel before enjoying lunch in a restaurant with city views. In the afternoon, follow your expert local guide on a guided tour of this fascinating city. Visit Berat Castle/Citadel and explore the upper town with churches, mosques, and 27 watchtowers packed inside its walls. Admire the Ottoman houses, where people still live as they have done for centuries. In the evening, your tour director will guide you to the best restaurants to sample Berat’s typical dishes. Day 2: Gjirokaster 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 heading for lunch in a small local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. Next, visit Skenduli House, the best-preserved Ottoman house in the old city of Gjirokaster. Hear about its past from your local guide and the house’s owner, a descendant of the Skenduli family. Then, soak up the castle's rich history and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above. Explore the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses before visiting the Gjirokaster Obelisk dedicated to the town's first school. Enjoy its 360º views. Spend a relaxing evening in the streets of Gjirokaster. Day 3: “Blue Eye” and Butrint 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: Llogara National Park and Vlore Transfer to the city of Vlore via Ali Pasha Castle, which you will explore with your tour director. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pasha of Tepelenë. Head to the Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view of the South Coast beaches before indulging in lunch at Llogara National Park surrounded by pine trees and a fresh mountain breeze. Visit the city of Vlore, the hometown of the Albanian nationalist movement, in the afternoon. See sights such as Flag Square with its Independence Monument right in the center, the Muradie Mosque, and Vlore Lungomare. After you have explored Vlore, you will get transferred back to Tirana.

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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

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: Butrint Archaeological Park and Ksamil Day Trip

7. Sarandë: Butrint Archaeological Park and Ksamil Day Trip

Departing from Saranda, your first stop will be Butrint where you will learn the ancient history of this site. Full of archeological monuments, Butrint has been part of the national heritage of UNESCO.You will see the old Roman theatre, watchtowers and numerous and splendid well-preserved monuments. After taking in what represent some history of the area it will be time for your next stop. In about 30 minutes you will reach Ksamil. One of the most wonderful beaches in Albania, well known for the clear waters and a mix of white sandy beaches and white cliffs What is special about this place, is it’s three small islands around which you can reach by swimming, by kayak or by boat. With its excellent position this place is known as "the Ionian pearl".

Tirana/Durres to Saranda: Private Transfer

8. 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, Ford Fiesta 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.

From Sarandë: Day Trip to Permet with Thermal Pool Visit

9. 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 Berat: Bogovë Waterfalls and Osum Canyons Day Trip

10. From Berat: Bogovë Waterfalls and Osum Canyons Day Trip

Your professional guide will lead you to a wonderful destination in Berat. Be prepared to immerse yourself into the beauty of nature. In about 1 ¼ hour you will reach Bogova,a picturesque village famous for its waters and waterfalls. Along the way to Bogova you will make a pit stop to Polican, a small town being known for weapon production in communism years. After enjoying the Bogova Waterfalls your trip will continue to Canyons on the Osum River.The same river that crosses the entire city of Berat, has created this wonderful canyon, where the adventure lovers are becoming more attracted over the years. Nature here offers a beautiful landscape that you can enjoy in this full-day tour.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 244 reviews

The tour is definitely to be recommended! Interesting destinations including characteristic villages that can hardly be reached and visited optimally with your own or local means. Note on the organization of the trip: they moved and reorganized the stages of the tour in advance to meet our need to end the trip in a different destination from the one planned (we basically left as a group of 7 friends). Mimi, our guide (from 110 and praise!), Told us many curiosities about the history of Albania and tried to satisfy us as much as possible by giving us a truly unique experience. Happy tour future travelers !!

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 :)

Very nice excursion. Herald, the guide, very courteous and knowledgeable. Highly recommended

The trip as a whole was very well organized, only the time for shopping was a bit too long.

Very knowledgeable guide - fun trip with great lunch.