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.
01 May - 30 Sep: Tuesdays and SaturdaysDuration
Approx. 10 hoursStart time
The tour starts from Dassia Chandris Hotel, Dassia Bay, Corfu.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at Dassia Chandris Hotel in Corfu
You will be accompanied on your tour by an English-speaking guide who 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.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
Bring your passport
Port tax of (€10) must be paid on the day of the 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...gad schnitzer, Israel
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, Ireland
Tour was very well managed. Very intelligent and informative tour guide...Isango was rated well on internet surveys…...Rajinder Tuli, United Arab Emirates
Far too much waiting for the boat to leave! We must have sat there for nearly 2 hours. The boat did not actually get away until 11am, after a nominally 7:50 pick-up.
Only gripe is that we weren't told to wait on the main road rather than at the hotel for the coach pick up and nearly missed it. Also we got onto the boat over 1 hour before it sailed - very boring after having got up at 0630 to meet the coach at 7.50. and see comment above! Otherwise they rest of the trip was brilliant and our Albanian guide was excellent.
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