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I was travelling with parents and by this time, we had already done fair bit of touristing and walking in Greece, so we opted out of the Butrint trip. I was worried how we would kill time - as it happened, there was enough to do.
The trip itself is nice - a nice boat ride from Corfu to Albania. Once we reached Albania, we spoke to a few tour operators - a short walk from the port and rented a cab to visit - Blue Eyes and a local Fort and a drop in the touristy part of Sarande 50E, which was walking distance from the port.
Visit to Blue Eyes is strongly recommended - I was not too keen but thanks to push from the folks, we ended up going. Blue Eyes is spot where a stream originates and appears to strangely / inexplicably originate at the point of origin. Have some cash as the place has a couple of stores operated by local folks who sell local brandy and honey. The honey - is excellent and the brandy - makes for a good display!
Lëkurësi Castle, which is en route offers excellent views of Sarande and seemed to have a decent cafe. Due to a tour bus, we were forced to leave - our order cancelled, after just a round of beers. So be prepared for that!
Take the tour only if you interested in something unprogrammed and random and be pleasantly surprised as I was.
The Albania day trip combined a round trip ferry rife from Corfu, a visit to a mountain spring, exploration of a classical site, and visit to a modern city. For the most part the trip was highly informative and introduced Albania.
Albania is a beautiful country and the trip was easy. We opted for the archaeological site tour as well which was very interesting and the guides had a depth of knowledge with excellent English.
Downside- queuing to get on the boat whilst the staff tried to sell the tour extension as you board which took ages. From memory this was not available to purchase in advance on the viator site which if it was, would speed up the process and then not require such an early start.
Very helpful driver to pick us up from the hotel and drop us back in the evening. Bought tickets to Butrint as we got on the ferry. Slightly confusing on the Albanian dockside, but once on the coach all was well - a wonderful trip to Butrint and a knowledgeable guide. Fascinating site, lots to see. Buffet lunch in Saranda was included and then on to a bonus trip, the Blue Eye spring among Albanian mountains north of Saranda. Back in time for a coffee and a wander round Saranda before the ferry back. Great day and very good value.
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