Day trip

Day Trip to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu

Activity provider: Ionian Cruises

Day Trip to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu

Activity provider: Ionian Cruises
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From US$ 70.03 per person

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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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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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

4.4 /5

based on 209 reviews

Review summary

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The trip to Butrint and Sarande was definitely worth it. I would definitely recommend it. The organization went smoothly. Just before the entrance, a lady from Ionian Cruises gave us plastic boarding passes, with which we could easily board and disembark. Butrint and Albania was a very interesting and our guide really engaging.

August 3, 2022

Well worth a trip! Albania is a hidden gem and Sarandë was a really impressive place. The trip was really well organised and Linda was a great tour guide. The lunch was great even for vegetarians and overall the day trip is great value for money. Just make sure you get back to the coach at the specified time so you're not left behind!

July 27, 2022

Booking was excellent. Interface with provider not quite seamless. We were told to meet at the office but this is quite a walk to the actual boat. The other passengers had a small boarding card but we had an emailed boarding pass- this was a problem at each stage until finally a guide went and found us plastic cards. Allow plenty of time for passport control! The actual trip was great- Butrint very interesting, lunch good, views and drive around Saranda very good.

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July 26, 2022

Product ID: 152751