Albania; Explore Butrint National Park PY02

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Explore the beautiful scenery and historic ruins of the Butrint National Park on Albania's Mediterranean coastline. This area was first settled during the 8 - 10th centuries BC and has an important ongoing history ever since.

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Travel Style: Private Tour or Small Group
Start Location: Saranda, Albania
End Location: Saranda, Albania
Accommodation: N/A
Period: Spring, Summer and Autumn
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

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Archaeological excavations.
The first modern archaeological excavations began in 1928 when the Fascist government of Benito Mussolini's Italy sent an expedition to Buthrotum. The aim was geopolitical rather than scientific, aiming to extend Italian hegemony in the area. The leader was an Italian archaeologist, Luigi Maria Ugolini who despite the political aims of his mission was a good archaeologist. Ugolini died in 1936, but the excavations continued until 1943 and the Second World War. They uncovered the Hellenistic and Roman part of the city including the "Lion Gate" and the "Scaean Gate" (named by Ugolini for the famous gate at Troy mentioned in the Homeric Iliad).
After the communist government of Enver Hoxha took Albania over in 1944, foreign archaeological missions were banned. Albanian archaeologists including Hasan Ceka continued the work. Nikita Khrushchev visited the ruins in 1959 and suggested that Hoxha should turn the area into a submarine base. The Albanian Institute of Archaeology began larger scale excavations in the 1970s. Since 1993 further major excavations have taken place led by the Butrint Foundation in collaboration with the Albanian Institute of Archaeology. Recent excavations in the western defences of the city have revealed evidence of the continued use of the walls, implying the continuation of life in the town. The walls themselves certainly seem to have burnt down in the 9th century, but were subsequently repaired.
After the collapse of the communist regime in 1992, the new democratic government planned various major developments at the site. The same year remains of Butrint were included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. A major political and economic crisis in 1997 and lobbying stopped the airport plan and UNESCO reclassified it as a "Site in Danger" because of looting, lack of protection, management and conservation. Archaeological missions during 1994-9 uncovered further Roman villas and an early Christian church.[8]
The Albanian Government established the Butrint National Park in 2000. Butrint became an important center of cultural management and a great example how to manage this Heritage. With the support of Albanian institutions, The Butrint Foundation and UNESCO the situation was improved to the point that UNESCO removed the site from the danger list by 2005. The National Park was also made a UNESCO World Heritage Site during these years as well as a Ramsar Site.
On the way to Butrint the guides will have a small presentation about the ancient synagogue in the main Square, one of the early synagogue in the Balkans.
On the way the guides will talk about Wall of Dema, a 4.b.c defense wall blocking the peninsula of Ksamil
Bathrooms are at Hotel Livia and we will use it before the Tour
Bathrooms are also at the Castle and we will also rest there for a quick stop
People with walking difficulties should not walk up to the Castle
We advise that those with walking difficulties come with the group up to the Basilica, than the guide will direct them back to Livia Restaurant.
A presentation will be arrange on the Ancient Theater
Lunch will be offered at Hotel Livia 3 min walk from the site.


A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

- All transport in car/minivan/
- English speaking guide,
- entrance to Butrint park,
- entrance to Museum of Butrint

- Flights, accommodation, lunch and personal expenses eg visa, drinks, tips etc

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Day 01. Arrive to Saranda Port . After the formalities a coffee with our guests talking about the Program of the Day .Starting our trip to Butrint with a small presentation on the Ancient Synagogue of Saranda 30 40 min travel along the Ksamili Peninsula . Stopping at Livia Hotel for a quick bathroom rest 10 min .Walking around the archaeological site 60 min . Visiting the Museum of Butrint . Walking to Livia Restaurant for refreshment and Lunch. An optional swimming opportunity in a secluded bay in Ksamil . Returnee back to the Port 45 min .