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Albanian Adventure: Saranda, Butrint

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Key facts

Where: Corfu , Greece Duration: Approx. 10 hours

Highlights

  • One of the most fascinating and influential cities of the ancient world is now one of the most fascinating archaeological sites of the modern world
  • Take a beautiful boat ride across the Corfu Strait to Albania
  • Enjoy lunch in a picturesque port city

Overview

Walk among the remains of the Albanian city of Butrint, whose rise and fall serves as a microcosm of some 3,000 years of dynamic Mediterranean history.

The trip through this archaeological wonderland has a dreamlike quality, as you tour an ancient fort and amphitheater and walk in the footsteps of numerous empires.

Butrint was a thriving port city, commercial hub, and cultural hotspot during its prime, and its power and refinement still shine through the ruins.

Itinerary

You will be accompanied on your tour by an English-speaking guide that will elaborate on the riveting history of Butrint.

Albania is only a short cruise away from Greece down the Corfu Strait, but docking in this emerging nation feels like entering another world.

You will arrive at Saranda, which first appears in historical texts as a port city in the 1st century BC. Here you’ll enjoy lunch and have the chance to look around.

The highlight of your day will be a coach trip to Butrint, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1997.

After its decline and abandonment, the ancient town disappeared under layers of silt and vegetation, but archaeologists in the 1920s began to uncover some of the most intact remains of a working town in the Mediterranean.

The Greeks, Romans and Ottomans all left their mark on Butrint, one of the major maritime and commercial centers of the Ancient World.

You’ll see remains of the amphitheatre, which testifies to the cultural refinement of Butrint, as well as the school, pharmacy and temple. Walk through the dense woods and up the hill to the fort, where you’ll learn about the military prowess of the town. Don’t miss the opportunity to take out your camera for spectacular panoramas of mainland Greece.

Located in a marshy landscape between an inland lagoon and the busy straits between Corfu and Albania, Butrint is rich in wildlife, and colorful birds sing above the ruins.

You will be returned to the Dassia Chandris Hotel at tour’s end.

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Reviews

it was well organized but the most important point is the guide in Albania a women' teacher bus number 2 English speakers which was amazing a lot of knowledge and willing to co... gad schnitzer

Very good day out, only real comment was the pick up and drop off guidance could have been much clearer. We were told pick up was Dassius but we found out after we could have got... Harriet Doig

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

01 May - 30 Sep: Tuesdays and Saturdays

Duration

Approx. 10 hours

Start time

Start time: 0750h (07:50am)
Duration: Approx. 10 hours

Meeting point

Hotel pick-up not provided. The tour starts from Dassia Chandris Hotel in Corfu.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour ends at Dassia Chandris Hotel in Corfu

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Inclusions

  • Transportation by an air-conditioned coach
  • Cruise from Corfu to Albania
  • English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (unless you are staying at Dassia Chandris Hotel)
  • Port tax (€10)

Do/Dont's

Do remember you camera Do wear comfortable walking shoes Bring money for port tax Bring your passport

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Please note

Bring your passport
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
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  • 4.5Reviews (3)
  • "very interesting and attractive tour" it was well organized but the most important point is the guide in Albania a women' teacher bus number 2 English speakers which was amazing a lot of knowledge and willing to co...
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