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Day Cruise to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu

Corfu, Greece
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  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Offered in: English


Albania lies within easy reach of Corfu and makes an ideal day trip, but organizing a boat crossing and transportation to explore independently takes up valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, explore Albania with admission fees, lunch, and round-trip transport from your Corfu hotel included. Learn the ancient Roman secrets of UNESCO–listed Butrint, spin by pristine beaches and rugged islands, and delve into thousands of years of Mediterranean history.
  • Discover the delights of Albania on this in-depth sightseeing tour
  • Visit top attractions including UNESCO–listed Butrint
  • Your guide shares insight into Albania’s rich history and culture
  • Hassle-free round-trip transport from your Corfu hotel

What's Included

  • Entrance to the Ancient City of Butrint and the Museum in the Venetian Castle
  • Coach tour in Albania with Lunch
  • 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 Russian every Wednesday & Friday
  • Professional guiding in Italian every Thursday & Sunday
  • Items purchased from the on-board bar
  • Drinks during the coffee break in Saranda. Drinks at the restaurant during lunch

Departure & Return

This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.

Departure Point

  • JWH2+FM Corfu
    JWH2+FM6 Corfu, Greece

    Departure from the Main Port of Corfu. As you enter the main gate of the port you have to go left to the very end directly to the international passenger terminal. At the terminal in front of the main entrance of the Albanian check point sector you will meet the Ionian Cruises representative.

Pickup Details

  • Hotel Atlantis
    48, Xenofontos Stratigou St New Port, 49100 Greece

  • Corfu Port

Departure Time

9:20 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

Please Note

Our company provides coach transfers to and from the hotel and the main Port of Corfu. The duration of coach transfer depends on your hotel location (from 20' to 120', approximately). Please be at the meeting point at least 5 minutes in advance and look for the bus with an Ionian Cruises sign. The Corfu Cruises Customer Service phone number is available for the morning coach transfer. Departure from the port at 09:20. Boarding from 08:20 until 09:00. Terminal gate close 09:00. Please be at the port at least 40 minutes before the scheduled boat departure time if you have not booked a pick-up. The departure time is subject to slight change according to local traffic conditions. There is parking area in the Port of Corfu. (3 euros for 24 hours). 8. Passport details of all participants are required at the time of booking (at least one day before the trip). 9. For citizens of an EU country a valid ID-card or a valid passport is required on the day of travel. 10. Citizens of a non-European country subject to visa obligation in the Schengen zone need a valid passport and a residence permit or visa of the country belonging to the Schengen zone. 11. Citizens of a non-European country subject to visa obligation in the Schengen zone need a valid passport and multi-visa if the wish to travel from Greece to Albania and return. 12. Children under the age of 18 are not accepted on board without being accompanied by the two parents or an adult person. Children being accompanied only by one parent, the other parent must sign a written authorization. If the adult is not one of the two parents either parents or legal guardian must sign a written authorization. Appropriate forms are available at the central ticket office at the Port. If the parents are not in the Country of the departure port the signature of the authorization must be authenticated from the state of the children and to been translated from the embassy of the country of the port of departure. If the parents are not at the port but in the Country of the port of departure the signature of the authorization can be authenticated from a Police Department of the Country of the port of departure. If the parents are at the port of departure the signature of the authorization can be authenticated from Passport Control Office. The written authorization has to be remitted to the Passport Control Office and the Master or the Purser of the vessel.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 240 travelers
Operated by Corfu Cruises

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • 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.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Cruise to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Day Cruise to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Day Cruise to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Cruise to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Excellent Trip
Fabrizio_B, Jul 2022
Excellent trip. Definitely something not to miss if you are staying in Corfu. Highly recommended. AAAA++++
Timings ruined this for us- Could have been much better.
Jan_M, Jul 2022
The trip around Butrint was very good. It was very rushed though. Lunch was OK but we had far too much free time in Saranda, that would have been much better spent at the National Park. Oh and look forward to the passport control at the port, a complete shambles. Be ready to be delayed by an hour each way.
A flavour of Albania and a cracking ancient/mediaeval site
Jackie_R, Jun 2022
Knowledgeable guide gave is a good history of Albania, Saranda during the road trips and Butrint both before and when we were on site. Be warned, it is quite a hike to the top and lots of stairs both up and down and often without guard rails. Lunch was surprisingly good
Poor service and burning boat engine
KathrynPlatzer, May 2022
The Albanian side was good. I have scored this low because of the ground staff on the Corfu side, especially the bus driver at the port who drove off without us. He then came back for us and because he was angry decided to drop us a 20 minute walk from the hotel. My son asked him to stop but he wouldn’t. I am in my 70s and have arthritis. So thank you for ruining our day. The boat the Ionian Sun was also emitting burning plastic fumes and we had to evacuate the lower lounge. Even on the deck we had to cover our faces against the smell. No help or concern shown by crew.
Good Trip!
jane_m, Aug 2019
Very interesting trip. Loved Butrint UNESCO site! The guide was great. The only thing that needs improvement is the free time in Sarande...not much to do there. Very educational and well run tour!
2 travelers found this review helpful
Excellent day out
Edward M, Aug 2019
Lovely day trip over to Albania, really nice guide, lunch was ok if basic, however organisation of buses coming back needs sorting . We sat waiting for other trips to join us, some where straight of an all day party boat, not enough seats, so someone had to come and sort it.
Great day trip and highly recommend it.
Dilek_T, Jul 2019
We booked our trip 2 days in advance with transfer from and back to our hotel and called the company to get information on where exactly to be picked up. The ferry trip to Albania was comfortable. There was a bit of commotion when we arrived at the Albanian port with the police officer not wanting to let passengers access the busses waiting for us but direct us to the port terminal first. Our guide was full of historical and cultural information which he provided in excellent English and very good German. We had a light but delicious lunch that was included and an our free time after visiting Butrint. Upon arrival in Corfu you must go through customs and than find the correct that takes you to your hotel. I highly recommend it.
Very well organised trip!
Nomad50456956773, Jul 2019
We were impressed with how organised this tour was. We really enjoyed the picturesque boat trip to Saranda. Butrint national park was very interesting and has amazing views across the lake. Pleased we chose the Butrint option as there wasn't that much to do in Saranda. Everything was very organised and the staff were extremely friendly on this tour.
Awesome day trip
Wander27667348659, May 2019
It was very nice trip worth the money. Easy to follow as its guided through out the day. Lots of history and beautiful Albania. Good food beautiful views, easy to get to from Corfu. Whole trip well organized from pickup from our hotel through boat and coach transfer w guide in Albania. Burying park very informative trip. Lunch included and free time in Saranda. Bus dropped us off at the hotel from the Corfu Port. Highly recommend.
Sehr schöner Ausflug!
Sergej_T, Jul 2019
Die Reise kann ich weiterempfehlen. Wir hatten leider nur am Anfang die Schwierigkeiten mit dem Transfer. Der Veranstalter hat aber dieses Problem gelöst und wir waren mit Taxi abgeholt.


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