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5-Hour Butrint National Park & Sarande Islands & Monuments Tour
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, Archeology, History

  • Duration

    5 Hours

  • Activity Level


  • Language

    English, German, Turkish


Experience the most attractive sites of this coastal town on this tour. The ruins of Butrint, Blue Eye Springs, Ksamil & its islands and Lekuresi Castle will show you how diverse and rich is Albania's heritage.

  • Explore the city of Sarande
  • Examine the Trionch Palace, the Basilica etc.
  • Go to Ksamil to experience breathtaking views
  • Visit Castle of Lekuresi & Blue Eye Spring 
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    • Begin your 5-hour tour after getting picked up at your selected location from your hotel or Saranda port if you are visiting the town on a cruise ship or a daily visitor.

    • Start with a bit of exploration of the city of Saranda, pass through its center, take a look at the synagogue, and head to the Butrint National Park.

    • Examine the Trionch Palace, the Baptistery, the Basilica, the City Walls and Gates, the Acropolis, and many other spots.

    • After spending a couple of hours in Butrint, travel to your next destination, Ksamil, to experience a breathtaking view of the sea, sun and islands.

    • Head to the Blue Eye Spring with your Albania tour guide.

    • Stop by the Castle of Lekuresi, where you can take the best photos to share with all your friends and relatives, being convinced that you chose the best itinerary to enjoy some of the best attractions that this city has to offer. So don't forget to bring your cameras!

What's Included
  • Live commentary on board

  • Pickup and drop-off from any location

  • Transport by private and air-conditioned vehicle

  • Bottled water

  • English-speaking Local and professional Albanian guide

  • Blue Eye springs entrance fee

  • Butrint ancient Town entrance fee

What's Excluded
  • Personal Expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

Meeting Point

Sarandë, Albania

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • Susan

    Mara picked us up in Himare, and talked to my daughter and I openly and interestingly about the history of Albania, and personally about her life growing up in Albania. It was a privelage to learn so much about a world we had known so little about.

    Mara was cheerful and enthusiastic throughout the tour of Butrint, and really enriched our experience.

    She also treated us to the best gelato! 

    Thank you again , Mara, I wish you a beautiful and exciting life.

    Susan and Anna Coby

  • David

    Marjela is an excellent guide who I thoroughly recommend. She is obviously very bright, very friendly and patient, and is very knowledgable and rightly passionate about her country. Our time was short, we knew little about Albania and wanted to make the most of what little time we had. Marjela more than exceeded our expectations.

    We were staying in Corfu and booked a Finikas Lines ferry trip through a travel agent in Gouvia for myself and my 17 year old daughter - which proved to be  a great fit.  Marjela  became a great role model for my daughter.

    I have long been fascinated by Albania since the Hoxha era - I was (ignorantly) a little nervous of traveling there, but realised after a little research that this is actually one of the safest places you can visit!

    I was aware that Sarande itself is not a great place to spend a full day in itself and we didn't want to herded around in a coach for an overlong hot tramp around Butrint so I looked for a guide. Marjela offered honest advice about what we could achieve in a day and we agreed a plan. I had initially wanted to spend some time in Gjirokaster, but she advised against this given the time available (it; would have meant spending too much time in the car)

    I have to say my expectations about the our were exceeded! Unfortunately we were brought over on a later slow ferry rather than the fast ferry we were promised by Finikas, knocking 2 hours off our stay in Albania. This was no fault of Marjela's but she quickly adapted to the situation.

    After meeting us, we were presented with some Albanian pastries from the bakery (really appreciated and a lovely touch) and immediately whisked off to Lëkurësi Castle in car (VW Passat) driven by Aldo. This place has a fascinating history and has breathtaking views over towards Ksamil, Sarande, Corfu and the Ionian Sea.

    Next we went to Blue Eye, which was really, really busy. It's beautiful, but slow to get to given the amount of traffic on narrow dirt roads leading to the site.

    Given the time we lost on the ferry trip over, we only had time for a whistle stop tour of Butrint which actually suited us as it was rather hot.

    Then we went to Ksamil, a modern resort, for lunch in a good beachside restaurant with a very pleasant view of the beach. Very cheap compared to Corfu.

    Marjela was very accomodating in my request to stop top pick up some  Albanian wine on the way back to Sarande and we had  just enough time at the end to stop for a drink in a beachside bar before getting the ferry back at 4.15.

    I'm not sure I would spend a two week holiday in the area but I would definitely recommend a visit to what is an up and coming area of an up and coming country. Albanian people on the whole seem to very friendly (except for one or two when they are sitting behind a car steering wheel!) and thankfully quite a few local people speak english. My trip  has encouraged me to someday go back to Albania and spend a longer period exploring other parts of the country.

    My only suggestion to Marjela -  perhaps you could make an option of eating traditional Albanian food? It's far from a criticism, the lunch option we had was good - but it's the sort of food you get in Corfu or in fact anywhere in the Mediterranean. However, I will leave this to the expert.

    Thankyou Marjela!

  • Steve & Jan

    Booking through TourHQ was easy. Unfortunately, our booked guide, Marjela became sick at the last minute, but she and tourHQ were able to arrange a substitute guide, Dajana, who did a great job for us.  We were picked up as scheduled in a private car, and taken to the Blue Eye, the Castle and to the beach, as planned, fully enjoying the custom private tour  and the local sights.

  • Amanda

    So my family and I visited Saranda last summer and Marjela was our guide .She was very friendly,helpful and an amazing girl.Saranda was a lit.Can’t wait ‘till this july to go back there!

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EUR EUR---- 60.00
EUR 60.00 / adult

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