Vlora, Saranda, Butrinti, The Blue Eye and Gjirokaster

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 *Overnight in  Saranda

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Discover the first capital of Albania, also called the City of Independence…Vlora. After a panoramic ride through the city the first stop is at the central square “Flag Square” and after a short explanation you can enter into the museum of independence and admire historical facts of Albanian first government. Proceed by the amazing seashore of Ionian sea and start driving through Albanian Riviera. After a short photography break in the highest point of the National Park of Llogara,  we proceed our panoramic trip through many touristic villages of south Albania and then make a lunch stop in Borsh. Accommodation in hotel in Saranda.
The park of Butrint is a source of national pride. It was declared a world heritage center by UNESCO in 1992, and its 12 hectares are part of wetland areas with international importance protected by the RAMSAR convention. The city was built around the XIII century BC by the Trojans according to the Mythology. The strategic control of Butrint in Ion and land parts in the Balkans makes it desirable from major European powers since the First Peloponnesian war in the V century up to those Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman.
The Blue Eye, which is located on the main road between Saranda and Gjirokastra, just 25 km away from Saranda town, is a karts source, the best known and most unique in Albania. The legends of the country are many, but what dominates is that of a beautiful girl who was sacrificed to the gods to have for free the pure water source. The place is appropriate for the daily tourism, exploring the many areas of green, among the old century plane-trees the dense shrubs and the several water sources. Gjirokastra - the "Stone City", situated in the southern part of Albania only 1 hour far from Saranda city, on the eastern slope of mountain Mali i Gjere. It is a commercial center in South Albania, it produces foodstuffs, leather, and textiles. There are several 18th-century mosques and churches and an old citadel (rebuilt in the 19th cent.) in the town. 
 

Meeting/pick-up point:
Hotel 
Duration: 2 days
Start/opening time:
06:00
End/closing time:
20:00
Languages:
German, English, French, Italian Russian and Polish. 
Others Inclusions:
Lunch in Borsh and breakfast at the hotel. Overnight in hotel. Entrance in Blue Eye national park.

 

Excluded:
Entrance fees in Butrint and museums.
 

Highlights

  • Vlora
  • Saranda
  • Butrinti
  • Gjirokaster

Route

  1. Tirana
  2. Vlorë
  3. Sarandë
  4. Gjirokaster
  5. Butrint