Silversea Luxury Cruises A Sarande

Sarande

Sarandë is a city in southern Albania on the coast of the Ionian Sea. Sarandë can be reached easily from the Greek island of Corfu by ferry. An early Christian monastery dedicated to 40 saints (Santi Quaranta) gave Sarandë its name. The city center of Sarandë has been scarred by communist architecture but since the fall of communism many small shops and bars have sprung up which give it a Mediterranean feel. This southernmost harbour of Albania was once the ancient port of Onchesmos. View more

Today, Sarandë’s main attractions are its sunny climate and the nearby ruins of Butrint. Please Note: For your convenience, shore excursions offered for this port of call are available to reserve in advance at www.silversea.com, unless otherwise noted in the description. The deadline to reserve these tours is August 19, after which they will be available for purchase on board, unless otherwise noted in the description. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to anchor at Main Pier. The town center is 875 yards from the pier. Taxis are generally available at the pier. Shopping Typical souvenirs include t-shirts, postcards, wood carvings and dolls in national costume. Cuisine Albanian cuisine has been strongly influenced by Turkey. Grilled meats like shisqubap (shish kebab), romstek (minced meat patties) and gofte (meat balls) are served all across the Balkans. Some local dishes include comlek (meat and onion stew), fërges (a rich beef stew), rosto me salcë kosi (roast beef with sour cream) and tavë kosi (mutton with yoghurt. Lake Shkodra carp and Lake Ohrid trout are the most common fish dishes. Try the ice cream (akullore), which is popular everywhere. Other Sites Blue Eye Spring The iridescent blue water gushes from the depths of the earth and feeds the Bistrica River. Catacombs Recently discovered catacombs of the church of the Forty Saints can also be explored. Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Tour Office on board.

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Civitavecchia (Rome) A Venice
  • Mediterranean
  • Cruzeiros Silversea
  • Partida
    mai 29, 2018
  • Duração
    7 Dias
  • Navio
    Silver Muse

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Excursões em Sarande

The Medieval City of Gjirokastra

Enjoy a rare glimpse into a well-preserved Ottoman town during this half-day tour to the medieval city of Gjirokastra.


Refreshments

Depart the pier for the approximately 100-minute drive through the Albanian countryside. Upon arrival in Gjirokastra, guides will lead guests to a local restaurant for refreshments and a restroom break.


Gjirokastra Fortress

Guests will board local taxis to take them uphill, to the historic fortress of Gjirokastra - one of the best-preserved sites in Albania. This imposing and well-positioned fortress has protected the city for over 700 years. Here, guides will lead guests through the castle, explaining the various changes and renovations it has undergone through the centuries. From the vantage point of 336 metres (1,102 feet), panoramic views of the surrounding area can provide an areial orientation to this historic city.


Old Town Gjirokastra & Bazaar

Following your tour through the Castle of Gjirokastra, guests will depart on-foot heading downhill to explore the charming cobbled streets of the protected medieval centre. Here, time is made to bring guests through the Old Bazaar, dating back to the 17th century CE. Along the way, be sure to admire the antique Ottoman architecture at one of the 500+ historically-protected homes in the centre.


At the conclusion of the walking tour, re-board the coaches for the approximately 90-minute return trip to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking (approximately 1 km/0.9 miles), occasionally over uneven ground or cobblestones, with approximately 50 stairs to negotiate. This programme is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight clothing, adequate sun protection, comfortable walking shoes and bottled water from the ship are recommended. Order of sites visited may vary.

Lekursi Castle & Albanian Winery

Dive into the food and history of Albania during this half-day cultural tour.


Lekuresi Castle

Depart the pier for the approximately 15-minute transfer to Lekuresi Castle. With its strategic location overlooking the harbour of Sarande and protecting the road to Butrint, this castle was of great importance to Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. While much of the castle has been damaged by war and weather, it has been revived for tourists to enjoy its unmatched views overlooking the harbour - which, if conditions permit, may provide views of your Silversea ship.


Folk Performance

Inside Lekuresi Castle, a restaurant has been retro-fitted into the original structure. Here, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and a local Albanian folk performance. At the conclusion of the performance, guests will re-board the coaches for the scenic, approximately 25-minute drive through the Albanian countryside en-route to a local winery.


Winery

Upon arrival in the small local village of Vrioni, a guide will lead guests to a local winery to learn about the process of making wines and Raki, the local drink of choice. Afterward, a wine tasting will commence and be accompanied with an array of local snacks.


Sarande

At the conclusion of the tasting, re-board the coaches for the last stop of the day - the city of Sarande. Enjoy an orientation to this waterfront Albanian city, followed by a walking tour to the local sights, including ruins of the Synagogue complex, dating back to the 5th century CE.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking (approximately 0.5 km/0.3 miles), occasionally over uneven ground or cobblestones. This programme is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight clothing, adequate sun protection, comfortable walking shoes and bottled water from the ship are recommended. Order of sites visited may vary.

Lekuresi Castle

Depart the pier for the approximately 15-minute transfer to Lekuresi Castle. With its strategic location overlooking the harbour of Sarande and protecting the road to Butrint, this castle was of great importance to Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. While much of it has been damaged by weather and war, it has been revived for tourists to enjoy its unmatched views overlooking the harbour - which, if conditions permit, may provide views of your Silversea ship.


Folk Performance

Inside Lekuresi Castle, a restaurant has been retro-fitted into the original structure. Here, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and a local Albanian folk performance. At the conclusion of the performance, guests will re-board the coaches for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive through the Albanian countryside en-route to the Mesopotami Church.


Mesopotami Church

Dating back to the 13th century CE and rebuilt in the 17th, this church has long been renowned for its bas-relief depictions of mythical creatures. A quick stop is made here as guides lead the group around the exterior of the monastery, taking in all the sculptures and the theories behind them.


Blue Eye Spring

Re-board the coaches for the approximately 30-minute drive through mountainous landscapes to the Blue Eye Spring. At first glance, the spring appears as a shallow stream tucked into the lush Albanian forest. Upon closer inspection, guests will see that the river is fed by a subterranean spring that bubbles up perfectly-clear water from over 50 metres (164 feet) below. This pure, untouched water creates the illusion of being shallow due to its unique clarity and high visibility. It is said that these waters were so cherished that during Communist times, only ruling party members were able to bathe in the spring.


After approximately 30 minutes at the spring, re-board the coaches for the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking (approximately 1 km/0.6 miles), occasionally over uneven ground or cobblestones. This programme is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight clothing, adequate sun protection, comfortable walking shoes and bottled water from the ship are recommended. Order of sites visited may vary.

The Ancient City of Butrint

Explore ancient Greek ruins and marvellous mosaics during this half-day tour to the ancient city of Butrint.


Butrint National Park

Depart the pier for the approximately 45-minute drive to Butrint National Park. Dating back to the 3rd century BCE, these ruins remained uncovered until 1928 when they were discovered by Italian archaeologists. Experts spent years uncovering the secrets of Butrint, or Buthrotum as it is known in Latin and English. Once undiscovered, these ruins are now known for being one of the best-preserved examples of an ancient Greek working town.


Guided Tour of Butrint & Museum

Upon arrival, local guides will lead you through the ruins, explaining the fascinating and advanced systems the ancient Greeks utilized to bring them modern-day conveniences, like running water. Guests will have the opportunity to see the public baths, Theatre of Butrint, and Lion Gate acropolis.


The highlight of the tour is getting up close with ancient Greek mosaics. Expertly laid out by hand and crafted with tiny shards of multi-coloured glass, these colourful masterpieces provide us with the best-preserved examples of Ancient Greek art.


Refreshments will be served before boarding the coaches for the approximately 45-minute transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking (approximately 2 km/1.8 miles), occasionally over uneven ground or cobblestones, with an optional climb of 180 stairs. This programme is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight clothing, adequate sun protection, comfortable walking shoes and bottled water from the ship are recommended. Order of sites visited may vary.

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