Day trip

Day Trip to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu

Activity provider: Ionian Cruises
Day trip

Day Trip to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu

Activity provider: Ionian Cruises

From US$ 73.85 per person

Experience the magic and mystery of Albania on a full-day trip from Corfu. Visit the modern town of Saranda and see the amazing ruins of the ancient city of Butrint with a professional guide.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Russian, Italian
Pickup optional
Pickup is from the nearest meeting point to your accommodation. After booking, the local partner will contact you by email to request the address of your accommodation. Once they have this information, they will confirm your pickup location and time by email. Please remember to check your spam folder.


  • Explore the ancient city of Butrint with a professional guide
  • Stroll the pretty streets of Saranda and enjoy lunch at a sea view restaurant
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the coasts of Corfu and Albania
Full description

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.

  • Boat service, including taxes
  • Entry tickets for the ancient city of Butrint
  • Entry tickets for the archaeological museum in the Venetian castle
  • Bus tour with a professional guide
  • Buffet lunch at a restaurant in Saranda
  • Option to do some duty-free shopping at the port
  • Personal expenses at the bar on the boat
  • Drinks at the restaurant during lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at the port in Corfu Town.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • There is a central meeting point and pickup time for each area of Corfu. The duration (20-120 minutes) of the coach transfer depends on your location
  • If you chose pickup, you will be informed via e-mail of your pickup time and location. Please check both your inbox and your spam box
  • Parking is available at the port in Corfu Town
  • Citizens of a non-European country with visa requirements in the Schengen zone will need a valid passport and residence permit or visa of the country belonging to a Schengen zone
  • Children under the age of 18 will not be accepted on board without being accompanied by 2 parents or an adult. For those accompanied by 1 parent only, the other parent must sign a written authorization
  • The guided part of the tour is conducted in English every day; in French Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday; in German every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; in Russian every Wednesday and Friday; and in Italian every Thursday and Sunday
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 259 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

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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.

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March 23, 2023

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 :)

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March 23, 2023

The trip itself was amazing. The guide, Loretta, knew her history incredibly well and she was so lovely and helpful. Albania and the sights we saw were absolutely beautiful. The only thing that let the trip down was the transportation so if you book this trip I’d recommend getting to and from the port yourself. It was a 12 hour trip for us due to transportation when it could’ve been 10 and we are 10 minutes from the port so we should’ve sorted it ourselves really. After docking back in Corfu we were waiting about 50 minutes for the coach to fill up as we waited for other boats to slowly dock and let me tell you, after 10 hours on the hottest day hiking and exploring, that 50 minutes feels like 3 hours. There’s also always a delay with the coach when you’re moving from area to area because there’s usually one couple who make you all wait by not getting back in time. Basically the trip was amazing but a lot of the day is waiting in queues or waiting for a coach.

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March 23, 2023

Product ID: 152751