Off Road Trip to Butrint National Park & Sarande
- 11 Hours
Prepare for a captivating and immersive full-day off-road tour that promises a multitude of experiences. Our adventure begins promptly at 8 in the morning, embarking on a thrilling and exceptional drive through breathtaking landscapes. Marvel at some of the most stunning views as we navigate winding roads, remote villages, and old houses that exude an undeniable sense of history. Absorb the ambiance of this timeless region, where time seems to stand still.
During our journey, we will make a stop to explore the intriguing ruins of the Church of Leshnica, where the remnants of a bygone era tell their silent stories. As we continue, we’ll take a refreshing break in Cerkovica village, indulging in a well-deserved cup of coffee. Here, a knowledgeable local resident will offer a brief presentation, providing insights into the area’s unique way of life, its past, and its aspirations for the future.
Delve into the world of medieval fresco painting as your guide leads you on an enlightening tour of the Church of San George and San Athanas. Unveil the secrets behind these exceptional frescoes, marveling at their artistry and historical significance.
Our next destination is the awe-inspiring archaeological park of Butrint. Dating back to the 7th century BC, this legendary site was said to be the refuge of exiles fleeing the fall of Troy. Having been occupied by various civilizations throughout history, including the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Venetians, Butrint is a treasure trove of archaeological wonders. Explore the well-preserved theatre, Roman public baths housing a paleo-Christian baptistery, and a magnificent 9th-century basilica. Ascend to the hilltop sanctuary of Asclepius, the god of medicine, and bask in the splendor of its ancient ruins.
Continuing our journey, we embark on a delightful local mussel tour on the tranquil waters of Butrinti Lake. This meditative experience allows you to collect your own mussels, learning the art of cleaning and opening them. Take a moment to cook and savor your freshly gathered mussels, combining them with the flavors of local olive oil, zesty lemons, warm bread, and a glass of exquisite local wine. Throughout this culinary adventure, your English-speaking guide will regale you with captivating local stories and legends, adding an extra layer of charm to the experience.
Next, we drive to Saranda, a vibrant coastal town, where you will have the opportunity to visit the local art gallery. Immerse yourself in the world of art as the gallery manager, a talented painter, offers a captivating presentation, unveiling the beauty and creativity of the local art scene.
As our eventful day draws to a close, we make our way back to Gjirokastra, filled with cherished memories and a deeper understanding of the rich cultural heritage that Albania has to offer.
- Minimum 12 years old
- Starting Time 8:00
- Ending Time 19:00
Cancellation Policy - Flexible
- Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
- In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
- Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds