For the more adventurous who wish to enjoy a different experience this one day cruise to the fascinating country of Albania is on offer. The ship departs from the port of Corfu and sails along the Albanian shores to the port of Ag. Saranda city in Albania. Once passports are checked the local tourist guide will introduce you to the ancient city of Ag. Saranda. An additional guided tour is available for those who wish to enjoy a 20km tour by coach of the south coast with it’s virgin shores and scattered islands. Moving on from the mainland and passing small picturesque villages, endless fertile plains leading to a great lake.
The highlight of the day will be the excursion to Butrint – designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1997. Over the centuries, the ancient town had disappeared under layers of silt and vegetation – but archaeologists have uncovered one of the best remains of a working town in the Mediterranean. At the edge of the lake where the ancient city of Vouthrota is situated, with it’s well maintained archaeological monuments and ancient theatre, the visitor is taken 2500 years back in time to the 3rd century A.D. The ancient gymnasium, the Roman ablutions, the ancient temple with the priceless mosaic floor and the enormous stone walls will take you back to a time not known to man. Upon reaching the top of the hill lies the castle of Ali Passa, an oddment of the Ottoman Empire, from this position we have a panoramic view of the Ancient City, the lake and the vast plains, a breathtaking sight. Upon the return to the city of Ag. Saranda lunch is served. The afternoon allows for a tour of the town, until the departure from the land caught up in time.
Passport or identity card, photo- or video camera, glasses, hat, comfortable shoes, carry with you a small bottle of water for the tour to archeological monuments. Duty Free is available.