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Butrint National Park is considered to be the “Gem of the Country”. Historically, Butrint was the ancient city founded after the Fall of Troy, thus referred to as the “miniature Troy”.

“Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages after marshes formed in the area. The present archaeological site is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city’s development.”

Today Butrint is the most visited site in the country and one of the most self sustaining models in the region. We are thrilled to share with you the intimate details in how the park was established and the work the efforts put forth in creating it as a Unesco World Heritage Site and Ramsar protected area. You will awe with the magnitude of the theater, stroll through what was once one of the largest Basillicas in the Balkans. Surrounded by the Vivari channel with a panoramic view of the sea is nothing short of breathless. This magnificent landscape and rich natural environment provides for one of the richest sites for biodiversity in all of Albania. Its wide variety of habitats – coastal wetland, saltwater lagoons, rivers and open grazing lands- are home to 26 species of global conservation concern. Beside the intramural area, a network of walking trails exist in Butrint National Park and outside the actual site. The trails pass through a rich variety of habitats, including pastureland, wetlands, and olive groves.

The tour will take you through the city of Butrint allowing you to admire the monuments of many different civilizations. Your guided walking tour will continue onto the Acropolis overlooking the site, as well as a short visit to the Museum. Round off your tour with some free time to visit the handicraft shop on the site and enjoy refreshments of tea, coffee or a cold drink before returning to the ship.

Essential information:

  1. Arrival from Port of Saranda.
  2. Upon arrival, your guide will be at the port to assist with clearance formalities.
  3. Private Transfer to the park.
  4. Tour of the Ancient site.
  5. Time for lunch at nearby restaurant in the park.
  6. Transfer back to port for return departure.
There is over 1 hour of walking on this tour over some stones, steps and inclines. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat and water are recommended.


All year round.


One day tour.
Total Time: 4 hours


Easy to moderate, uneven terrain.


Through countryside.

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