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Approximately 5¾ Hours
Butrint UNESCO World Heritage Site
"Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages after marshes formed in the area. The present archaeological site is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city’s development." Learn more: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/570/
Seabourn is the official cruise partner of UNESCO World Heritage.
Begin your tour with a drive to Butrint, one of the many ancient Greek colonies on the Illyrian coast that later became a key city in the Roman Empire.
Visit the Butrint Archaeological Park -- once an important Greco-Roman port city now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inhabited continuously from the 7th century BC, until it was abandoned in the 18th century, Butrint features impressive walls reminiscent of ancient Mycenae. However, most of the noteworthy excavated remains are early Greek and Roman, including the circular baptistery from the 6th century AD, paved with fine mosaics.
After the sightseeing of the Butrint you will continue tour with a scenic drive to the Mesopotamian Monastery. Although the interior of the monastery is still under reconstruction since work began a number of years ago, a brief stop will be made to allow you to view the exterior. Capture photos of this fine example of a Byzantine Fortified Monastery, built in the 12th century. The church was reconstructed in the 17th and 18th centuries and is named Saint Nicolas Church. Continue to Foinike restaurant where you will have the opportunity to taste some of the local delicacies in restaurant. Re-board your coach for the return trip to Sarande.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.