People live like that everywhere. Wake up.
Went on trip to Saranda. Told Albania was beautiful. Could not believe the poverty. Nothing to do if you do not go on the Tours which are a rip off. If you stay in saranda and go off the normal tourist route you will inundated with Beggars and Gypsies(pickpockets). Seen a number of gangster like individuals. I appreciate that it is in its infancy but needs to do more to encourage tourism. I felt that that everything was done to relieve of any funds.You do not want to buy anything where you expect change as they give you Albanian currency which you can exchange at a poor rate in the bank. On the trip went to see the Roman ruins-interesting but too long. Overall glad I went hoped to get my passport stamped but it didnt happen. They charge you €10 to enter the country. Dont know where the money went as no receipt given.
WHAT AN EYE-OPENER ALBANIA WAS.I DIDN'T THINK PEOPLE STILL LIVED LIKE THAT.WE CHOSE NOT TO TAKE THE TOURS OFFERED, (BAD IDEA). IF YOU VISIT HERE TAKE THE TOUR OR YOU'LL DO AS WE AND ANOTHER FAMILY(HELLO YOU GUYS FROM SUNDERLAND)AND TWO YOUNG AUSTRALIAN GIRLS(HI TO YOU BOTH,HOPE YOU GOT BACK FROM CORFU TOWN OK). WELL WE ALL JUMPED ON THE NEXT BOAT OUT OF THERE,IT REALLY WAS NOT OUR CUP OF TEA. SO YES MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE TOUR,BUT WE THOUGHT WE'D BE A BIT ADVENTUROUS. SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAD TAKEN THE TOUR DIDN'T FEEL COMFORTABLE/SAFE WHEN THEY WALKED AROUND AFTER THEIR TOUR ENDED.SO I'M SORRY IF YOU THINK WE ARE WRONG,BUT I WOULD NEVER VISIT AGAIN.
What a beautiful country Albania is. We took the Blue Eye tour which takes you to the Blue Eye national park, where not only will you see the bluest water ever, but also a lovely display of purple dragonflys.
We booked this trip through Thomas Cook, we realise we could have probably got it cheaper at a local travel agent, but beware that some travel agents dont include Lunch, entrance to Butrini and full guided tour. We paid 118 euros (£83 ) for the two of us - this included everything, as mentioned above, apart from the entrance tax you have to pay to the Albanian Police - which is 8 euros each. The trip was a full day (12 hours in total).
This is a must-do, but make sure that, as with any excursion in Corfu, you DON'T book through your rep, as you'll save about £15 each. We booked through Vlasseros Travel on the main street in Sidari (opposite the Afrodite hotel, near Mickey's Inn). The guy who works there, Philip, is a real star, very friendly (and organised an interesting Love Parade through Sidari!).
TOTALLY GREAT DAY OUT. THERE WAS A TRIP TO AN HISTORICAL PLACE WHICH WAS GREAT THEN OFF FOR A FAB LUNCH AND A TRIP ROUND THE TOWN. YOU DO HAVE THE OPTION TO STAY IN THE TOWN FOR THE DAY ALONE. I AM WELL TRAVELLED AND HAVE NO PROBLEM STAYING ANYWHERE BUT THERE IS NOT A LOT TO DO FOR THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU ARE THERE. I WOULD GO AGAIN IT WAS GREAT
Me and my boyfriend want on the albania trip, it was excellent, the boat trip from corfu town was ok, when we got there we had a great tour guide who was very interesting, the coach trip to the ruins was amazing, there was same spectacular views alone the ionian coast, make sure to take a lot of water with you it very hot at the ruins. We also had a great lunch in sarande after visting the ruins, my boyfriend loved their mussels, after lunch you had time to look around sarande, there's not much their, but it was amazing to see how other people live it was a very interesting and a great day trip
We were unsure what to expect when we booked this trip but were very interested to experience another culture. It was a highlight of the holiday, boat trip over was nice, coach trip to the ruins was spectacular along the ionian coast then high above an inland lake. The trip around the ruins was exceptionally hot- take plenty of water, brilliant tour guide and spectacular photo opportunities. The buffet at the five star hotel allows you to try fresh mussels from the inland lake and they were excellent as was everything on the trip.
I work in Corfu and I can safely say that the day trip to Albania is an amazing day out. Yes, it's a long day, and yes, it's quite hot, but to see the enormous ruined city of Butrint and experience 3 different ancient civilisations in the middle of a country which has nothing is a total eye opener. Albania was under Communist rule until about 10 years ago and the people were living in constant fear of war. There are hundreds of concrete domes all over the place which are actually bomb-shelters.... I don't want to go on too much about it but it is definitley worth a visit if you can be bothered to leave the pool or miss your english breakfast.
Me and my boyfriend enjoyed the trip to Albania although quite a lot of people we spoke to didn't like it.
We booked through an agency in Sidari instead of the rep as it's cheaper and everyone gets on the same boat anyway (Ionian Cruises).
As we stayed in Sidari, we had to get up early to get a coach into Corfu Town, once there we took a 1 and a half hour boat journey. The passenger ferry was clean and sold refreshments on board.
Once we were in Albania were were offered a trip to the ruins of an ancient village for 18 Euros (lunch included), we would recommend you go on this as you see alot more of Albania this way (the guide is very good). We also had a look around the town of Sarande and there isn't much there but it was an eyeopener to see how other people live. There were children begging (this is what put people off) but not in their masses, just the same as anywhere like Morroco or other countries who are very poor.
We would recommend for you to go to Albania to see a very interesting way of life.