Cruise Albania adventure
For the more adventurous who wish to enjoy a different experience the following one day cruise to the fascinating country of Albania is on offer. While cruising from Parga, you will travel along the main coast.
On your left, you will see the small but perfectly formed Antipaxos island and the green covered island of Paxos.
Then we will sail close to Corfu's long golden shores, where you will see the "Achilleion" Palace built by the Austrian emperess Elizabeth "Sissy", the trademark of the island "Pontikonisi" (mouse island), you will have a unique view to Kanoni peninsula to the palace of Mon Repos, (where prince Phillip from England was born), to the old Venetian fortress built in the beginning of the 16th century, that is named "Castello del Mare", the British Palace dedicated to the Saints George and Michael and the second Venetian fortress built at the end of the 16th century, dedicated to Saint Marcus.
Soon we approach Corfu's Strait (1,2 sea miles) that is separating Greece from Albania. After a while we will arrive to the Albanian port of Ag. Saranda city. Once our passports are checked the local tourist guide will introduce you to the ancient city of Ag. Saranda. There will be an additional guided tour by coach, of the south coast with it's virgin shores and scattered islands. Moving on from the mainland we pass by small picturesque villages, endless fertile plains leading to a great lake. The highlight of your day will be the excursion to Butrint, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1997. Over the centuries, the ancient town had disappeared under layers of silt and vegetation but archaeologists have discovered one of the most interesting remains of a working town in the Mediterranean. At the edge of the lake where the ancient city of Vouthrota is situated, with it's well-maintained archaeological monuments and ancient Theatre, the visitor is taken 2500 years back in time to the 3rd century AD.
The ancient Gymnasium the Roman ablutions, the ancient Temple of the Greek god of medicine "Asclipius", the Baptistery from the Byzantine period with the priceless mosaic floor and the enormous stone Walls of the ancient Greek city will take you back to a time not known to man. Upon reaching the top of the hill lays the castle of Ali Pasha, an oddment of the Ottoman Empire. From this position we have a panoramic view of the ancient City, the lake and the vast plains, a breathtaking sight. During our return to the city of Ag. Saranda lunch is served . The afternoon is the most suitable time for a tour of the town, until the time of our departure.
Passport or identity card, photo- or video camera, glasses, hat, comfortable shoes, carry with you a small bottle of water for the tour to archeological monuments.