The ancient city of Butrint is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its first inhabitants were the Illyrians. Butrint is a special archaeological site, subsequently a microcosm of Mediterranean history from the age of the archaic Greeks until the Venetians. Tourists choose Butrint as it is an archaeological center where antiquity and beauty intertwine. The archaeological excavations show that Butrint has been an important center of the Kaonian Illyrians. They were one of the big tribes of southern Illyria.
According to some discoveries in the area, experts have proved that the site was inhabitable as early as the Paleolithic period. In the 6-th century, BC Greeks from Corfu settled here, alongside with Illyrians and the new colony prospered as the result of the trade. By the fifth century BC, Buthroton was an Illyrian fortified city. In the fourth century, BC Butrint had fallen to Epirus, and in 167 BC it was taken by Rome. Normans captured Butrint in the eleventh century. After that, it passed to Venice from 1690 to 1797 when Ali Pasha Tepelena captured it. With the fall of the Pashallek of Janina, in 1822, Butrint passed under Ottoman rule until 1913.
After meeting with the guide at the Saranda port, you will be transferred towards the biggest and most important archaeological site in Albania. We will visit, among others, the Old Amphitheatre, the temple of Asclepiads or Aesculapius, the Baptistery, Nymphaeum, and the ancient city walls. After visiting those sites you will go to Ksamil village where you will have free time for lunch on the shores of the Ionian Sea just across Corfu island. After lunch, you go back to Saranda. Enjoy a short walking tour to visit Saranda city center and the ruins of the synagogue. Afternoon you will be transferred back to your cruise ship in Saranda port for your onward journey.
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|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Saranda port, Albania|
The local guide will be waiting for you with ETG Welcome Sign
|DEPARTURE TIME||The tour will depart on 08:30. Please be there 15 minutes in advance|
|RETURN TIME||The tour will end approximately at 16:00.|
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