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Day Trip to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu

1. Day Trip to Saranda and Butrint National Park from Corfu

Discover mysterious Albania on a guided day trip from Corfu. Cross to the port city of Saranda to enjoy a 20-kilometer guided bus tour of the southern coast and its virgin shores and islands. Pass through small villages and gaze in awe at the endless fertile plains that lead to a great lake. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint, where the ancient Greek city of Buthrotum disappeared under layers of silt and vegetation until archaeologists uncovered some of the finest remains in the Mediterranean. Tour the Venetian tower and see the remains of the theater and Temple of Asclepius. Continue to the ruins of the ancient gymnasium and Roman Baths and admire a priceless mosaic floor in the Roman Baptistery. Travel back in time as you explore the Cyclopean walls and get panoramic views of the lake and plains from the top of the hill. Return to Saranda for lunch, and then take a walking tour before sailing back to Corfu.

Corfu: Achilleion Palace, Kanoni, Corfu Town Shore Excursion

2. Corfu: Achilleion Palace, Kanoni, Corfu Town Shore Excursion

Discover Achilleion Palace, Mouse Island, and Corfu's old town all in one day on this minibus tour. Start your day by visiting the Achilleion Palace, the summer residence of Empress Sissi of Austria. Enjoy the panoramic views of the old town, the olive groves, and mainland Greece from the beautiful palace gardens. After leaving the palace, drive to the Kanoni area, one of the most picturesque places of Corfu. Admire Mouse Island and Vlacherna Monastery. Last but not least, enjoy a guided tour of Corfu's old town. This historic center resembles an open-air museum with many old buildings and remains of all the conquerors from various time periods of the past.

Achilleion Palace, Kanoni & Corfu Old Town Private Tour

3. Achilleion Palace, Kanoni & Corfu Old Town Private Tour

Discover some of Corfu's most scenic locations and important historical sites on this minibus tour. Visit the Achilleion Palace, the Kanoni quarter of Corfu Town and see the legendary Mouse Island. At Achilleion Palace, be amazed by the beautiful surrounding gardens. Marvel at invaluable works of art such as the Ancient Greek statues of Zeus and Era, the ‘Peristyle of the Muses' and the huge statue of the ‘Dying Achilles’. See impressive wood carvings and beautiful frescoes at Panagia Vlacherna and enjoy the views out to Mouse Island. If you have time, catch a boat out to Mouse Island and discover the 13th-century Church of Pantokrator before continuing your tour. Enjoy a relaxing drive down Corfu's west coast to Kanoni, passing traditional, picturesque villages along the way. On Kanoni Hill, enjoy a cool drink in one of the cafes and great views of Mouse Island and the Aegean Sea. See the old fortress and the biggest square in the Balkans in the Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax while wandering through the city's narrow streets and stop for a spot of shopping or a coffee along the way.

Corfu: Achilleon Palace and Kanoni Private Tour

4. Corfu: Achilleon Palace and Kanoni Private Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel or the port in Corfu. Travel to the Achilleon Palace, also known as Princess Sissi's Palace, built as a refuge for Empress Elisabeth of Austria in 1890. Take a tour through the palace and see all the glory of its amazing gardens, statues, and paintings. Afterwards, visit the region of Kanoni, taking time to look around and capture amazing photos. Take the opportunity to swim like a royal in the historical royal baths of Mon Repo's Palace. Enjoy some refreshments, lunch, or a royal massage. The tour will conclude with a journey back to your original pickup location.

Corfu: Palace and Baths Royalty Tour

5. Corfu: Palace and Baths Royalty Tour

After meeting with your driver, you'll head south to the famous Princess Sisi's Palace, also known as Achillion. Here you will take a tour through the palace and see all the glory of its amazing gardens, statues, paintings whilst soaking in the magic of the place - its history and the atmosphere will completely take you to another era. Afterwards, visit the wonderful Kanoni, taking time to look around and capture amazing photos. Here you will find out why this area is the favorite for all the corfiots, Kings or not. Before your tour comes to an end, take the opportunity to swim like a royal in the historical royal baths of the Mon Repo's Palace. Here you can take a dip, have a refreshment and even a snack or lunch - and why not a royal massage? The tour will conclude with a journey back to your original pick-up location.

From Athens: Ancient Greece & Zakynthos Private 5-Day Trip

6. From Athens: Ancient Greece & Zakynthos Private 5-Day Trip

Explore some of classical Greece's most famous landmarks on a private 5-day tour. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Archaeological Site of Mycenae, Ancient Olympia, and the monasteries of Meteora. Discover Zakynthos Island and see its many caves on a day cruise. On Day 1, get picked up by your driver then drive along the Attica coastline toward the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, making a stop at the famous Canal of Corinth to admire the breathtaking views along the way. Later, stop at Nafplio and discover its iconic Venetian fortress of Palamidi, as well as the fortified islet of Bourtzi. Next, move on to the renowned ancient town of Mycenae to explore its archaeological site. Leave Mycenae after to arrive at Ancient Olympia for an overnight stay. On Day 2, your driver will pick you up again from your hotel and take you to the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, where the first Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C. After sightseeing in Olympia, head to Kyllini Port to take the ferry to Zakynthos. Check in at your hotel and then have the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Zakynthos. On Day 3, get transferred to Zakynthos Marina by your driver before hopping aboard a local boat cruise to explore the island. Visit the Blue Caves and the shipwreck, and enjoy a photo stop at Porto Vromi where the boat pulls up next to the Agalas and Keri Caves. Have the chance to go swimming in the area of St. Nickolas, Vasilikos, where the boat anchors for about an hour. If you're lucky, you'll even spot sea turtles during the cruise. At the end of your boat tour, return to your hotel with your driver. After breakfast on Day 4, take the ferry from Zakynthos to Kyllini and continue the tour to Delphi. Cross over the amazing bridge of Rion – Antirion before reaching Delphi. There, visit the archeological site and, of course, the Museum of Delphi. Later, visit Arachova, a simultaneously traditional and modern small city, for coffee or lunch. Depart from Arachova and drive through central Greece to Kalambaka, a small traditional town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks of the great Meteora Monasteries. Overnight in Meteora. On Day 5, visit Meteora and marvel at the unique and impressive scenery of ageless monasteries standing atop huge rocks between the earth and sky. On the way back to Athens, pass by the small towns of Domokos, Kamena Vourla, and Thermopiles before arriving in Athens late in the afternoon.

From Athens: 6-Day Private Trip with Meteora & Corfu

7. From Athens: 6-Day Private Trip with Meteora & Corfu

Day 1: ATthens - Delphi - Meteora: The driver will pick you up from your hotel at 08.30 to start the tour to reach at Delphi. Delphi in the 6th century B.C was the religious center and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. Visit the archeological site, the Castalian Spring fountain, and the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, then have a lunch in Delphi area or at the traditional Village of Arachova before we depart for Meteora. Overnight in Meteora Day 2: Meteora to Corfu: After the breakfast the driver pick you up form your hotel at 08.30 Today we will visit the Byzantine Monasteries of Meteora that are included on the UNESCO world heritage monument list. This wonderful tour will be completed at the picturesque villages of Kalambaka, where you will have a traditional Greek lunch! We continue our trip to reach at the port of Igoumenitsa to get the ferry boat to reach Corfu. Check in at the hotel and free time to explore the town of Corfu. Overnight in Corfu Day 3: Corfu / Private Tour: Meet the driver at 08.30 at your hotel to visit the Mon Repos Palace, a neoclassical building, built in 1830 offering spectacular sea view. We will have the next visit at the church of Panagia Vlacherna & Kanoni area and the Mouse Island (Pontikonissi). We will continue the private tour to Achilleion Palace located in the picturesque village of Gastouri . Next stop will be at the famous Paleokastritsa bay, well known as the Capri of Greece. Finally, we will reach at the traditional village of Lakones, called God’s Balcony. The duration of the tour is about 6 hours. Overnight in Corfu. Day 4: Corfu to Patra: After your breakfast pick you up at 08.30 to visit the Old Venetian Fortress in Corfu that built 15th century. From the Old Fortress your tour continues on foot to reach at the famous Spianada square, it said that is the second largest square in Europe. Here you will meet our driver and then continue our trip to get the ferry. We will reach at the city of Patras for Overnight. Day 5: Patra - Olympia - Nafplio: Enjoy your breakfast the driver meet you at 08.30 at the hotel to go to the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, where the first Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C. Leaving Ancient Olympia, continue our tour to the cosmopolitan town of Nafplio. You can stroll at the narrow streets of the old city, full of shops and restaurants. Overnight in Nafplio. Day 6: NAfplio - Mycenae - Epidaurus - Athens: Meet your private driver at your hotel at 08.30 to visit the Castle of the Town, with amazing view, next stop will be at Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus of the 15.000 spectators and the breathtaking acoustics. Continue to Ancient Mycenae, the center of Greek civilization, home to the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon. Finally, have a stop the breathtaking Canal of Corinth, and the Ancient Corinth to walk at the same paths that the famous personality of Apostle Paul walked. We will reach in Athens in the afternoon at 18.30

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Well worth a trip! Albania is a hidden gem and Sarandë was a really impressive place. The trip was really well organised and Linda was a great tour guide. The lunch was great even for vegetarians and overall the day trip is great value for money. Just make sure you get back to the coach at the specified time so you're not left behind!

Superb perfectly organized excursion. We had a guide who spoke perfect French (even the simple past!!) and who was very knowledgeable. He shared his knowledge of his country Albania with us. Butrint's site is really interesting. An excursion that I highly recommend.

The only problem is that it was too hot. For the rest, we have already booked 3 excursions in Greece. Super well organized, cool activities, unbeatable staff… 10/10 on both Ionian Cruises and Get Your Guide. very highly recommended

It was a great trip. Very interesting and beautiful. We had concerns about the heat traveling with kids, but Butrint is surrounded by trees casting the need shade so it worked well

It had been a super planned and well thought out tour. Lunch was great and the view was beautiful. The guide conveyed the essential and interesting things from Butrint etc.