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Tour of Saranda, Butrint and Gjirokastra from Tirana

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14 Hours
Tour of Saranda, Butrint, and Gjirokastra is an elegant combination of the Stunning Albanian Riviera, the Magnificence of Butrint, and epic Gjirokastra. The tour starts from Tirana to Saranda with a picturesque ride along some of the best beaches in South Albania. In addition, the next stop is Saranda. Tour of Saranda will be followed by a shortstop in the city and a visit to Ksamil. Furthermore, Tour in South Albania continues in Btrint. We will be back in time to experience the stunning Greek & Roman antiquity in the Archeologic Site of Butrint. It is often described as a Mediterranian Micro Cosmos of History. Visiting Butring, you will experience more than 2 Millenniums of History. Apart from the ruins, even the surrounding nature is well preserved and has not changed with the passing of centuries. The scenery will change in our way from Saranda to Gjirokastra. The windy roads, through green areas and hills, will take us to Gjirokaster. Probably it is one of the steepest cities in the world, as Ismail Kadare describes it in his book. Gjirokastra, another city protected by UNESCO  will amaze you with the unique architecture and its dominant castle on the top of the hill. It is a city with a rich and glorious history, culture, and delicious local cuisine. Tour in Gjirokaster will start with the Pride of the city, the Castle of Gjirokaster. Walking through the coble stone paths sliding from the castle, you will explore a charming city, strangle attractive, and very Instagramable. While in Gjirokastra, we will explore also most of the Historic city, including some characteristic houses to understand more how everyday life was organized in the family.


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Tour Details

This Private Tour of Saranda, Butrint, and Gjirokastra is an intensive activity discovering 2 UNESCO sites in Albania. The tour starts with a long, panoramic drive along the Riviera. The tour is based on comfortable driving and easy walking while visiting the sites with the possibility to explore even Albanian Gastronomy with local life and local daily local activities. 


Departure & Return Location

Hotel Pick Up / Drop off in Tirana

Departure Time


Price Includes

  • Professional English Speaking Guide along all the tour
  • AC, comfortable car along all the tour
  • Fuel & road taxes
  • Tickets, taxes or all the expenses for the attractions or experiences mentioned in the tour.
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Lunche
  • Alcoholic Drinks for all the meals
  • Personal Spending and Souvenirs
  • Tips


  • Comfortable Clothes & Shoes
  • Sunscreen & Hat
What to Expect
Tour of Saranda, Butrint and Gjirokaster

During this Full Day Tour from Tirana we will be able to visit the highlights of Saranda, Gjirokastra and Albanian Riviera. The Toral distance of the tour is around 550 km (round trip).

During each way there will be several Stops, making the tour more enjoyable. 

Along the Trip we will be able to visit:


  • The Park of Butrint. Archaeological Site and the Museum inside.
  • Llogara Park & Albanian Riviera
  • City of Saranda
  • Castle of Gjirokastra
  • Tour in Gjirokaster

Driving from Tirana to Saranda

After leaving Tirana at 07:00 we will head toward the South of Albania when we will be introduced to 2 UNESCO Heritage Monuments.
Passing through Vlora we will have the chance to get introduced to the City of Independence. After passing Llogara Pass we will have the chance to enjoy the astonishing view of the Albanian Riviera. In addition driving along the Albanian Riviera, we will reach Saranda. Short visit in Saranda.

Tour of Saranda, Ksamil Beach and Butrint

You will have a short stop in Saranda and continue further toward the south. Driving through Ksamil, we will shortly reach Butrint. This remarkable Archeologic park is the pride of Albanian Archeology. With the visit to Butrint, we will be able to understand how life was organized more than 2 millennia ago. We will experience a very interesting evolution from the ethnic Albanian tribes to the greek, roman society to an episcopal community with an early Christian Basilica and fantastic baptistery. 

The importance of the city is often described in the Roman philosopher Cicero books. He was also a resident of the city and his villa was not far from the city. 

Furthermore, Butrint is not only an exceptional testimonial of History. The surrounding area has not changed much. Minor changes have been made and this adds value to the overall experience during the visit. 

Tour in Gjirokaster

Tour in Gjirokaster starts in the city center in one of the most important city squares. Wondering through the antiques and handmade products in the Bazaar we will make our you toward the Castle of Gjirokaster. Build centuries ago, and later restored at the beginning of the 19th century, this Castle held remarkable values. It has been the earliest foundation of life in the city. Decorated nicely also with an epic legend behind it is decently a Must Visit attraction while in Gjirokaster. 

After the castle exploration, we will head down to the city.  In addition, we will pass through the “Palorto Neighborhood”. It is probably the most well-known part of the city because of the 2 notable persons. Not far from each other are situated in the house of Enver Hoxha and Ismail Kadare. The first is known as the post-WWII, communist dictator and the second as the most translated Albanian Writer, candidate for Nobel. 

From Gjirokaster to Tirana

Leaving behind the stone city, we will head back to Tirana. It will be a comfortable, 3 hours journey with stops in between. 

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Solo Traveller

I had a wonderful time in Albania! The sights and the scenery were terrific. Butrint was spectacular, Gjirokaster was extremely interesting. My guide Andi was absolutely fantastic. He is very well educated and speaks fluent English.He also has a wealth of knowledge about Albania, its interesting history, and answered all of my questions! He is also a very friendly guy and very comfortable to be around. Also to note, Skerdi the driver was very patient , polite and welcoming. I would highly recommend Andi and his driver Skerdi for anybody traveling to Albania.

December 20, 2020


Solo Traveller

O tour é longo, mas vale a pena.

O sítio arqueológico Butrint é imperdível.

A praia de Ksamil é belíssima e inesquecível,

Saranda e Gjirokaster (patrimônio da Unesco) são as outras atrações.

O guia e o motorista são muito atenciosos e cordiais. Viagem segura e com importantes informações da Albânia.


October 8, 2019

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