Ancient Butrint half-day Guaranteed excursion from Saranda

Code: 19020518361
Half day Excursion
  • butrint archaeological site saranda
  • butrint venetian tower
  • Ksamil islands
  • Ksamil beach
  • Baptistery of butrint

Tour Features

Ancient Butrint half-day Guaranteed excursion starting from Saranda.

On this excursion, you will visit the most important and excavated archaeological site in Albania, the ancient city of Butrint. It was originally part of Illyria, an ancient kingdom ruled by Queen Teuta in the 3rd century B.C. She was famous for pirate raids and defying the Romans. Julius Caesar designated Butrint a Roman colonial city. Caesar Augustus later sponsored a major rebuilding; larger-than-life statues of his family can be seen in the theater. This theater has inscriptions from the 4th century B.C. when it was first built by the Greeks. It was later rebuilt in the Roman manner. As you walk through this National Park, you will travel through time, viewing Roman villas, beautiful and richly-colored mosaics, early Christian basilicas, and city walls and gates, all featuring a variety of architectural styles from across the centuries.

Return to Saranda during the afternoon.

So, uncover the mystery and history of South Albania in this unique guaranteed excursion tour of Ancient Butrint in Saranda.

Itinerary

This tour starts in the city of Saranda, located on the coast in the southern part of Albania. It was named in honor of the Byzantine monastery of the Agioi Saranda (Forty Martyrs of Sebaste). The Venetians called it Santa Quaranta when they controlled it. During its annexation by the Italians in World War II, Saranda was renamed “Porto Edda” in honor of Mussolini’s daughters. Saranda is included in some cruise itineraries. This is a perfect shore excursion if your cruise includes this lovely destination.

After meeting the guide, you will travel approximately 45 minutes south of Saranda to the biggest and most important archaeological site in Albania: the ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your first indication of the quality of a visit to this ancient site is the sign at the entrance. “The 69 Rules of Success at Butrint National Park: #1 Serve the visitor wholeheartedly. #2 The other 68 don’t matter.” This is evident throughout this well-cared for destination: walkways are clear, signage is in English and Albanian, and there are fascinating exhibits to see as you walk the paths.

Butrint National Park is the most excavated site in Albania. It was originally part of Illyria, an ancient kingdom ruled by Queen Teuta in the 3rd century B.C. She was famous for pirate raids and defying the Romans. Julius Caesar designated Butrint a Roman colonial city. Caesar Augustus later sponsored a major rebuilding; larger-than-life statues of his family can be seen in the theater. This theater has inscriptions from the 4th century B.C. when it was first built by the Greeks. It was later rebuilt in the Roman manner. As you walk through this National Park, you will travel through time, viewing Roman villas, beautiful and richly-colored mosaics, early Christian basilicas, and city walls and gates, all featuring a variety of architectural styles from across the centuries. It’s peaceful, full of history, and beautiful. A nearby lake is dotted with concrete pillars; mussels collect on these and are exported all over the world.

After visiting Ancient Butrint return to Saranda.

Note:
Walking in Butrint: The trails are easy; a few steps might be difficult for those with walking issues, but one could avoid those areas.

Tour details

Tour details

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DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Elite Travel Albania. Rruga Mitat Hoxha 23, 9700. Saranda, Albania
The local guide will be waiting for you with ETG Welcome Sign
DEPARTURE TIME The tour will depart on 13:30. Please be there 15 minutes in advance
RETURN TIME The tour will end approximately at 18:00.
INCLUDED
Entry to Butrint Archaeological Site Transportation
English speaking guide
NOT INCLUDED
Lunch
Guide/Driver gratuity

This tour is operative all year round on the selected dates. Kindly check the calendar or contact us for any questions.

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