🏨 Day Trip to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu Activity - Travel Guide

Day Trip to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu

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From $59.84

83 reviews   (4.00)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 10 hours

Departs: Corfu, Corfu

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Our single-day cruise to the fascinating country of Albania is aimed at adventurous travellers seeking something out of the ordinary. From the Port of Corfu, we follow the Albanian coast to the city port of Saranda. A 20 km guided coach tour of the south coast’s virgin shores and scattered islands is available. We pass small picturesque villages and endless fertile plains that lead to a great lake. The highlight of your day will be a visit to Butrint – an UNESCO World Heritage site. Over the centuries, the ancient town had disappeared under layers of silt and vegetation. In recent years, however, archaeologists have uncovered some of the finest working town remains in the Mediterranean. The Venetian Tower near the entrance, the ancient theatre, the Temple of Asclepius, the ancient gymnasium, the Roman Baths, the Roman Baptistery with its priceless mosaic floor, the Lion gate and the enormous Cyclopean walls will transport you back in time from 2,500 years till the 3rd century A.D.

What's Included

Coach tour in Albania with Lunch

Entrance to the Ancient City of Butrint and the Museum in the Venetian Castle

Professional guiding in English every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Professional guiding in French every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Professional guiding in German every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

Professional guiding in Italian every Thursday & Sunday

Professional guiding in Russian every Friday

What's Not Included

Drinks during the coffee break in Saranda. Drinks at the restaurant during lunch

Items purchased from the on-board bar

Port taxes (10 euro)

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 1 - 5
  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 75

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Your comfort and well-being during our cruise are paramount to us, which is why we continue to operate our cruises with fewer passengers than that recommended by the health authorities. Allowing extra space for social distancing whilst you relax and enjoy
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Corfu Old Town
Admire the scenery of the Old Town of Corfu

• Admission Ticket Free

Arrival at the main Port of Albania (Saranda). Passport control and coach boarding

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Agios Saranda
Short coffee break in Saranda City

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Butrint National Park
Arrival at the archaeological area of Butrint. Tour lasts between 90-110 minutes depending on age. The tour for elderly or disabled guests will include 70% of the archaeological area (with a separate guide when necessary). There is a small bar/ kiosk at the entrance to the site. Public bathroom facilities are available at the end of the tour in the Venetian Castle on the Acropolis hill.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Best customer service ever
claudiadC1137YY, 03-11-2022
We had a wonderful day - acutally by accident, because we missed the tour we originally booked . But the lovely staff of the Ionian Cruises rebooked us free of charge into the one-day-trip-tour to Albania. The only available tour during our stay. What can I say? We coulnd't have more luck. The tour was our highlight during our stay on Corfu! A very nice and friendly tour guide with personal insights into politics of the country and profound knowledge of historical contexts, answering every question and with a very nice approach to kids. We loved the buffet and strolling on the boardwalk of Saranda. A just perfect day! A special thank to the staff of Ionian Cuises. Extraordinary friendly customer support!
Fantastic first trip to Albania
Adie S, 23-10-2022
Fantastic trip, very informative guide. Lunch was lovely too. Boat trip and staff were also amazing. Would highly recommend
Brilliant tour guide
702BenC, 17-10-2022
Great, informative and personable tour guide who made the archeological portion of the tour really enjoyable.

We were quite tired so didn't really explore Saranda much - but the beachfront was beautiful. We had a nice coffee in a cafe we found.

The boat rides were OK - toilets a bit ratchet but the ship was comfortable enough (if a bit windy and cold on deck - should have brought a jumper! Silly me).

Meal at the restaurant (included) was livened up by some local cats/kittens and dogs who were very needy throughout. The food was decent and generous enough, although the company was a bit awkward (my wife and I mostly kept to ourselves).

All in all well worth the trip. Remember you will have to pay 10 euros per person on board for port taxes.
Sounds rude to say but so much better than I expected!
SCAF63, 06-10-2022
My husband was keen to go to Albania as it is so close to where we stayed in NE Corfu, I was happy to go but would have been just as happy to give it a miss. I was so wrong, it was a lovely trip. We booked through Ionian Cruises who were efficient and friendly. Word of warning, the boat has very limited catering facilities and we regretted not picking up a delicious Greek pastry at a bakery on our way to the port. The trip took about an hour or so and we were met at the port by a delightful guide and a very professional driver. I am glad we booked to go to Butrint National Park, there is nothing particularly interesting in Saranda to occupy yourself for 6 hours before the ferry returns. Our guide was informative about her country, it’s political past and culture. She knew how to balance being informative and interesting without it becoming a lecture, we are on holiday! Butrint Park is a stunning location and the remains are incredible. It’s a hike to get around, our group were of mixed fitness so I think some found the walking up hill a bit tough but they made it. If you have limited mobility, this would be a difficult visit to access. After a morning in the national park we returned to Saranda for lunch, it’s included but pretty average in quality. It didn’t bother us as we didn’t book the trip for the food. After lunch we had 90 mins free time in Saranda. Time for a cocktail by the sea and a rather testy desert. We enjoyed our day, thank you Ionian Cruises, please pass on our thanks to our guide/driver yesterday (English group) they were very professional, welcoming and kind.
Messongi corfu
Aminah N, 21-10-2022
It rained 2 days during our stay but other than that it was good. Was end of season so the traffic was OK although some places looked deserted.