We stayed in Sidari, Corfu during the last week of May 2011 and booked the exursion to the achaeological site of Butrint.
This excursion was available through the local travel shops but after enquiring about the price it appeared that the Thomas Cook rep was offering the same price, which is very unusual.
We travelled to Corfu Town by coach and then took the ferry crossing, which takes about an hour. The passport control is done when waiting to get on the ferry so there was a long queue. However, it was good to see that older travellers and less able travellers were given priority. On arrival in Albania there were a series of coaches waiting, all marked with the language that the tour guide spoke. This was extremely well organised.
A short trip later and we were at the archaeological site at Butrint. I usually find the tour guide's speil very boring but for once it was really interesting, particularly the changes that Albania has gone through. The site itself was very crowded, especially considering it was still early in the season. The site is amazing - very well preserved and huge, considering that only 40% has been excavated.
The coach then took us to really pleasant taverna where a really good buffet lunch was served. Following this were was a short amount of free time back at Saranda - just enough time to get a flavour of the place.
A word of caution - anyone with walking difficulties should really consider if this is the trip for them. There is a lot of walking on steep and uneven ground and a couple of people had to turn back. The reps did not mention this at any point which is a shame as this wasn't a cheap excursion.
All in all a well organised and enjoyable day.
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