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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.

Saranda: Corfu Town and Palaiokastritsa Day Trip with Cruise

2. Saranda: Corfu Town and Palaiokastritsa Day Trip with Cruise

After departing from the port of Saranda, we travel along the Albanian coast until we approach the Port of Corfu. The day begins with a visit to the Old Town of Corfu- one of Greece's most attractive old towns, where you can feel the influence of the great civilizations remains keenly felt. Enjoy a guided tour around the Old Town centre, including Corfu's biggest square, Spianada (known as 'Liston'), Saint Spiridon's church (Spiridon is the island's patron saint) houses the relics of Saint Spyridon, the Royal Palace, which houses the Museum of Asian Art, and both New and Old Fortresses. You will also have time to stroll around the narrow streets and exploring the souvenir shops. The next stop is the picturesque village of Palaiokastritsa. The name means old fortress and referred to the castle that once stood on top of the hill which is now the Monastery of the Virgin Mary. A Byzantine Monastery dating back to 1228, and houses a collection of rare icons, books, and other holy relics. Enjoy the plethora of local tavernas, bars and hotles all offering beautiful views across the blue bay and harbour. From here you can hire a boat (optional) to explore the nearby caves and enjoy the crystal clear waters or to reach some of the islands more isolated beaches and relax in paradise. Considered to be one of the best beaches of Corfu, Paleokastritsa Beach is unquestionably the most photographed. With its beautiful harbour and clear waters set against a dramatic backdrop of cliffs covered in olive and cypress trees, you will certainly understand why. When the time comes to board the ship and head back, we hope that Corfu will have won a place in your heart!

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.

From Tirana/Durres: Ksamil, Saranda, and Blue Eye Day Tour

4. From Tirana/Durres: Ksamil, Saranda, and Blue Eye Day Tour

Embark on a day tour of the Riviera to explore some of the most beautiful parts of Albania. Witness an amazing view while driving across Llogara, overseeing the whole seashore, on your way to pristine beaches, such as Dhermi, Himare, Porto Palermo, and Ksamil. Experience a day tour that combines history, culture, and stunning nature. Get inside Himara’s Castle and touch a part of Albanian history or see Porto Palermo’s Submarine Base, built in 1969. Visit Ksamil, a gift from nature, and see why it has been dubbed “The Maldives of Europe” or have a lovely lunch in the South’s most visited city, Saranda. Enjoy an interesting exploration of the Albanian Riviera and be introduced to pleasingly beautiful beaches, picturesque villages, olive trees, historical locations, and a beautiful seashore. See the best of Albania on a 500 km ride round trip that allows you to touch and enjoy every bit of South Albania’s beauty. Relax on the drive, which will consist of multiple stops, a lunch in Sarande to ensure the trip is not dull, and opportunities to take Instagram photos in front of the amazing view throughout the tour.

Sarandë: Butrint Archaeological Park and Ksamil Day Trip

5. 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: Saranda and Ksamil Bus Transfer

6. Tirana: Saranda and Ksamil Bus Transfer

Enjoy a bus transfer from Tirana or Tirana International Airport to either Saranda, Ksamil, Himare, Dhermi, or Vlore. Get on the bus in the city center or else at the airport, and then drive along the stunning coast of Albania and admire the spectacular view during the bus journey. Arrive at the coastal town of Vlore and get off here if you want. Then, continue to Orikum, a town on the Albanian Riveria. Continue to Llogara Pass and marvel at the high mountains and a great view of the Ionian Sea. Drive along the coast to Palase, a village near Llogara National Park. After this, arrive at Dhermi in the afternoon. Get off here if you want and explore this town, known for its whitewashed buildings and domed churches. Stay on the bus if you want, and pass through Jala on the way to Himare, a coastal town famous for its historic churches and beaches. See the historic castle in Porto Palermo, and then drive through the towns of Qeparo and Borsh en route to Sarande, a coastal town famous for its lively atmosphere and historic landmarks. Finally, arrive at Ksamil, the final stop of the bus journey, and relax on the beach here.

Sarande: Tour to Blue Eye Spring and Lekursi Castle Sunset

7. Sarande: Tour to Blue Eye Spring and Lekursi Castle Sunset

Start with pickup from a meeting point that is convenient-located in the city center of Sarande. Hop onboard a climate-controlled van and take in the beauty of the Albanian countryside on the scenic drive to the Blue Eye spring parking area. Have plenty of free time to take the 15-minute walk to the spring, walk along the edge of the turquoise water, and soak up the verdant natural surroundings. Spend your time dipping your feet in the refreshing water, purchasing a cup of coffee to sip, or capturing pictures of this breathtaking setting. Get back on the van for the drive to hilltop ruins of Lekursi Castle which has imposing round towers. Admire the glow of the setting sun with sweeping views of Corfu Town, the village of Ksamil, the river Bistrica, Lake Butrint, and the Ionian Sea. Return to your meeting point in Sarande with unforgettable memories of Blue Eye spring and Lekursi Castle.

From Corfu: Sarandë Day Cruise with Optional Tour to Butrint

8. From Corfu: Sarandë Day Cruise with Optional Tour to Butrint

Discover the stunning sights of Albania on a day trip from Corfu. Start your day with a transfer from your hotel to the port in Corfu. Board the boat and set sail for the Albanian coast. Admire the views of the Greek islands and the Italian coast as you cruise across the Ionian Sea. Arrive in Sarandë and enjoy a day to explore the town at your own pace. Stroll through the streets, relax on the beach, or savor local food at one of the many restaurants. If you want to see more, join an optional tour of Sarandë. Travel toward the mainland and pass scenic villages, fertile plains, and a spectacular lake before reaching Butrint. Gaze in awe of ancient remains. Set in a beautiful national park, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts incredible Greek and Roman ruins dating as far back as the 6th century. Stand in the ancient Agora and the Roman Theater and imagine what life was like over 2000 years ago. After your tour, return to Sarandë for a delicious lunch. Afterward, enjoy some free time to discover more of the city’s charms. In the late afternoon, board the boat and cruise back to Corfu. Disembark at the port and transfer back to your hotel.

Best of Saranda: Blue Eye, Butrint, Ksamil & Lekuresi Castle

9. Best of Saranda: Blue Eye, Butrint, Ksamil & Lekuresi Castle

Explore the beauty of the Albanian Riviera on a full-day tour from Saranda. Visit the Lekuresi Castle, the Blue Eye Spring, the Butrint National Park, and the Ksamili Islands. Start your day with pickup from the center of Saranda or the port. Hop on and travel to the Lekuresi Castle, located on a strategic hill overlooking the town of Saranda. From here, enjoy a panoramic view of the town and the islands of Ksamil and Corfu in Greece. Next, head to the Blue Eye Spring, a spring with clear blue water that bubbles forth from a stunning pool that is over 50 meters deep. Soak up the tranquility of this area that is nature reserve with towering oak and sycamore trees. Continue to the Butrint National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the Trionch Palace, the Baptistery, the Basilica, the City Walls and Gates, the Acropolis, and numerous other significant sites. Finally, visit the Ksamili Islands, where you can experience breathtaking views of the sea and islands while getting some sun. Have the option to go for a refreshing dip before returning back to your location.

Saranda: Gjirokastra Stone City & Blue Eye Day Trip

10. Saranda: Gjirokastra Stone City & Blue Eye Day Trip

This tour starts from Saranda, going toward Gjirokastra city, one hour ride, where we will visit four different sites. 1. We start with Gjirokaster Castle, 1 hour 2. After the castle, we go through the Old Bazaar toward the Cold War Tunnel, with short stops on the way. 3. Next stop is at the Cold War Tunnel, 30mins. After visiting the tunnel, we go back to the Old Bazaar where the group has 30-60mins free time to enjoy lunch or visit the souvenir shops. 4. The last stop in Gjirokastra is Skenduli House, a museum house 300 years old, 30mins 5. Next visit is the natural park of Blue Eye. Costumers will need to walk round 1.2km to arrive to the springs.

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It was very comfortable and the driver was exactly how it should be(for me at least). He was nice and polite but not more talkative than it should be. He also helped me with the bags and was very helpful for extra questions that I had for the city or local suggestions. Great guy! Also the car was very clean and well maintained.

Long day trip from Tirana but it's worth it. Excellent, friendly young guide (Xhuljano), drove safely and explained the different places we visited very well. Gjirokaster is a must see!

Really great trip, saw lots of places. Our tour guide Mara was lovely and very knowledgeable. Would defo recommend.

We had a really good experience at Blue Eye. Really cute guide! We would definitely recommend this activity :)

Excellent guide from Mariglen 👍 Butrint was amazing place!