Travel to Albania and find out about the Tourism !

Day 1


FLY TO TIRANA
Reception and meeting of the group with our representative at Tirana International Airport. Tirana is located on the site of a Byzantine fortress and has been the capital of Albania since 1920. Enjoy a city tour including visits to the Mosque of Ethem Bey, the Clock Tower, the National Museum, the National Art Gallery, the Skanderbeg Square, Grand Park and various government buildings. Overnight in Tirana. (D)

Day 2


TIRANA TO DURRES
Departure to Kruja, the centre of the Albanian resistance against the Turks under the Albanian hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg. We will visit the Citadel, the Ethnographic & Scanderbeg museum, and the old bazar with local handicraft and authentic antiques. This is an ideal place to shop for Albanian souvenirs. Transfer to Durres and visit the ancient city walls, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Venetian Citadel. Overnight in Durres.(B,D)

Day 3


DURRES TO VLORA

Transfer to Berat for a guided city tour. Berat is one of the oldest cities of Albania and arguably one of the best-preserved Ottoman settlements in the Balkans. Untouched by communist urban planning after being designated a Museum City in 1976, Berat's attractive white houses wind their way up to the famous hilltop citadel, whose walls encircle a smattering of medieval Orthodox churches and ruined mosques as well as a superb ethnographic museum. Complete the tour of lower Berat before departing to Vlora. Stop at Ardenica Monastery, built by the Byzantine Emperor Andronikos II Palaiologos in 1282 after the Siege of Berat victory. The monastery is also famous as being the place, where Skanderbeg, the national hero of Albania married Andronika Arianiti in 1451. Continue to the Archaeological Park of Apollonia, founded at the beginning of the 7th century BC by the Greeks and a prosperous trading city in Roman times. The Austrians began excavating during WWI and the French continued through the 1920s and 1930s. In more recent years, Albanian archaeologists have made progress but much of the ancient city remains buried under a hill. You can see the remains of the fortified wall, the impressive monument of Agonothetes and Portico. Continue to Vlora. Overnight in Vlora. (B,D)

Day 4

VLORA TO SARANDA
In Vlora we see the Independence Square, The museum of Indipendence and the Muradie Mosque. Drive along the stunning Albanian Riviera towards Saranda with stops in the National Park of Llogara and Porto Palermo castle, built by Ali Pasha of Ioannina in the early 19th century. Located south of Himarare on a small peninsula lies the castle of Porto Palermo, built by Ali Pasha of Ioannina in the early nineteenth century, and in the afternoon visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint. The Greek and Roman ruins of Butrinti are Albania's most important archaeological site. This rediscovered city is a microcosm of almost 3,000 years of Mediterranean history. Its sixth century B.C. fortification evokes the city's military power and the third century BC amphitheater symbolises the rich culture of this once thriving ancient city. Continue the drive to coastal Saranda. Overnight in Saranda. (B,D)

Day 4


SARANDA TO GJIROKASTRA
Driving from Saranda to Gjirokastra, we stop at Syri i Kaltër (the Blue Eye), a deep forest spring where turtles, water lilies, dragonflies and kingfishers can be found. After the Blue Eye, we drive to the town of Gjirokastra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known by many as the City of Stone, it comprises hundreds of Ottoman-style tower houses with distinctive stone roofs, wooden balconies and whitewashed stone walls. Dominated by the sheer flanks of its vast castle, Gjirokastra is a magical city with a tumultuous past. From feudal stronghold to Ottoman jewel to Italian colony, the city has known many rulers and has inspired poets, authors and artists. We visit the 13th century Castle, the Zekate House and the Ethnographic Museum. Overnight in Gjirokastra. (B,D)

Day 5


GJIROKASTRA TO KORCA
This morning we take one of the most scenic routes in Europe from Gjirokastra to Korca along the Vjosa River Valley. Admire dramatic mountains, lush meadows, rushing river torrents and waterfalls crashing down sheer mountainsides. Travel along rickety bridges and watch eagles swooping down the valley below. Pass horses and donkeys with their wooden-framed saddles trotting along with cheery waves from their riders. Pass Erseke - Albania's highest town and notice how the high mountains are always snowy and the hillsides are covered in young oak trees. As the road approaches Korca, the valley opens out to a plain in the lea of the mountains
Arrive in Korca and check in to the hotel. Overnight in Korca. (B,D)

Day 6


KORCA TO OHRID
Explore Korca and visit the National Museum of Medieval Arts, which holds some of greatest iconographic works in Europe and further. The first Albanian language school, opened in 1887 and today it houses the National Education Museum. Drive to the Republic of Macedonia alongside Ohrid Lake. On the way we visit the Monastery of St Naum, with its beautiful 17th century church rising on a hill above the lake. Overnight in Ohrid. (B,D)

Day 7


OHRID
Enjoy a walking tour of Ohrid beginning at the Square of St. Clement with a stop at the Lower Gate and the archaeological museum situated at Robev house. Visit the Church of St. Sophia, a masterpiece of architecture and fresco paintings, and continue to Plaoshnik to visit the reconstructed church of St. Clement. From here, head towards the Church of St Jovan at Kaneo, which was built at the end of the 13th century, and is one of the most photographed churches in the Balkans, due to its beautiful location on the cliffs directly above the lake. (B,D)

Day 8


OHRID TO BITOLA

Visit the second biggest city in Macedonia – Bitola. Its beginnings date back from the 4th century B.C. when the town was founded by Philip the Second of Macedonia naming it Heraclea Lyncestis. It was a busy town during Roman times and continued to grow until it was unfortunately destroyed by an earthquake in 518 A.D. Later that century migrating Slavs from the north settled in Heraclea naming the city Bitola and its region Obitol. The stately old architecture of Bitola goes back to more than a century ago when the town was a centre for international diplomats to the Ottoman administration, superseding Skopje and becoming known far and wide as the city of the consuls. In the afternoon visit the archaeological ruins of Heraklea Lynkestis before continuing to the town of Ohrid. Overnight in Ohrid. (B,D)

Day 9


OHRID TO TIRANA
Travel to Albania stopping en route at the city of Elbasan. We visit the Ottoman Castles and the Clock Tower. Arrival in Tirana. Overnight in Tirana (B,D)

Day 10

TIRANA TO AIRPORT
After breakfast transfer to airport. (B)

 Albania Tourism

Accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels on a B&B basis
• Meals as specified (B = breakfast, D= Dinner)
• All transfers and transportation with air conditioned vehicles
• Escorted journey with a professional English/German/Italian speaking guide
• Entrance fees for places visited

Lunch

Travel Insurance

Tips and gratuities

 

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