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Full Tour Description

Leaving Saranda port your journey takes you inland, crossing the River Bistrica, the rocky channel of Tsouka and the wide plain of Vurgu and long a marshy landscape beside Lake Butrint, whose waters were inhabited in ancient times by nymphs and dryads. Your destination is the Unesco World Heritage Site of Butrint, located in a region of extensive bio-diversity making it fascinating to nature lovers who come to admire the birdlife, butterflies and flora, as much as to those who wish to retrace ancient history. Settled as far back as the Bronze Age Butrint was traditionally founded by the Trojan Helenus, the son of King Priam who was famously visited by Aeneas, another refugee Trojan during his wanderings which led him to Italy and the founding of the Roman race. The city developed around a shrine to Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, whose sanctuary can be seen today. The Roman emperor Augustus founded a colony here and Butrint was the site of a small Roman port city until the 6th century AD. Following periods of Byzantine and Venetian rule the city was largely abandoned at the end of the Middle Ages when marshland encroached on its territory. By the early 19th century it was merely a small fishing village set around a Venetian fortress on the southern bank of the Vivari Channel. One of the most wondrous archaeological sites of the Mediterranean region, Butrint is yours to discover, wander like an early explorer amongst the ruins left by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Turks scattered amongst the dense trees of this enchanted forest. Butrint is truly a crossroads of Mediterranean history and culture, and the visitor will find the theater, public baths, baptistery Lion Gate acropolis and museum.After the visit in Butrint you come back to the town and walk accompanied with guides along the promenade, shopping in souvenir shops and visit the remains of the Synagogue Complex in the centre of Saranda attest to a large and wealthy Jewish community residing in Onhezmus in the 5th Century AD. The buildings were destroyed either by earthquake or by Slavic invasion and it was converted into a Basilica in the 6th Century AD. The whole complex is found inside the castle walls of Onhezmus. After the visit in central part you travel back to port by coaches

Table of Events

8:309:20Transfer from Pier to Butrinti
9:2011:20Visit Butrinti- UNESCO world heritage site 
11:2012:10Transfer from Butrint to Saranda City Center
12:1012:40Saranda siteseeing tour
12:4012:50Transfer from city Center to pier