Albania Classic Tour

Albania Classic Tour

Itinerary

Day: Airport-Tirana

Afternoon transfer to Tirana. Begin the tour of Tirana City. It starts with a visit at the National Historical museum followed by a stop at the Mosque of Et`hem Bey built in 1793. The Opera House (National Theatre of Opera and Ballet) looks over the Scanderbeg Square. A walk in the main boulevard provides a close sight of the City Hall and a number of Governmental buildings, on both sides. You cannot miss the National Gallery of Arts along this walk. In the evening, a visit to the former Communist Residential area, with modern bars, restaurants and pubs where the populated by different age groups, especially Albanian youth. Coffee time, in the sky tower a rotated bar. Where you can enjoy, a fantastic view of Tirana. Overnight stay at Vila Alba Hotel 4* for 1 nights. (D)

Day 2: Tirana- Apolonia- Vlora- Saranda

After breakfast you transfer to Saranda. This will be a long but worthwhile day. First to Apollonia to visit the archaeological site and museum ,then the coastal Albanian Riviera route to Vlora, visit the Independence Monument and Museum. It was in Vlora in 1912 that Albania gained Independence and became a country in it’s own right. After Vlora you will travel south going through the Llogara National Park in the Lura Mountains. The scenery is spectacular with the sea on your right and the mountains to the left before going through the spectacular Llogara Pass. Travel on to Himare [The Greek Village] and then to Porto Palermo and the Fortress of Ali Pasha, it is here that you will see the underground submarine base built by Enver Hoxha. After passing through the villages of Qepara and Borsh you will arrive in Saranda. Overnight in Saranda, Hotel Brilant

Day 3: Saranda- Butrint- Ksamil

After breakfast depart on a tour to the ancient city of Butrinti. The site is now a World Heritage listed site, It is vast and has been remarkably well preserved and rated as one of the best archaeological sites in the world. On this site you will see well preserved structures dating back to 4C BC and buildings dating through Roman Times up until 18C AD. You will see Illyrian walls, Roman Amphitheatre, Roman Baths, mosaics, churches, temples and the remains of one of europe’s earliest aquaducts. There is so much to see. Evening at leisure, overnight Saranda. Hotel Brilant

Day 4: Saranda- Gjirokastra

After breakfast depart for tour of Gjirokaster. The journey from Saranda to Gjirokaster is quite spectacular through the Muzine Pass and Buret Mountain. On arrival in Gjirokaster you will visit the Fortress, which contains the National Museum of Arms. You can also see the remains of the world’s largest ever aquaduct built by Ali Pasha. Under communist times the fortress was used as a prison for political prisoners. From the fortress there are fabulous views over the Drinos Valley between Albania and Greece. You can also visit the Ethnographic Museum, this building is the family home of the notorious former ruler and dictator Enva Hoxha, Gjirokaster being his home town. Gjirokaster is known as the town of 1000 steps, after a day in the town you will understand why. Overnight in Gjirokaster

Hotel Cajupi

Day 5:Gjirokaster- Bylis- Berat

Stopping en route at Bylis. Berat is home to some of the best examples of Ottoman architecture. Enjoy a wine tasting and visit of Berat’s old quarter. Berat is one of Albania’s most beautiful towns. It is known as the town of 1000 windows, due to the architecture of the houses. Afternoon tour of Berat visiting the Castle, Sultan’s Mosque and Onuphre Icon Museum of religious art. You will also pass other mosques and churches all in the valley of the Osumi River with Tomor Mountain looking down over you. Evening at leisure with overnight in Berat Hotel Magalemi

Day 6: Berat- Durres - Tirana

After breakfast drive to Durres, one of the oldest towns in Albania dating back to the 6th century BC. Visit the old town, including the Byzantine city walls, Roman amphitheatre. Continue to Kruja, a previous capital during the resistance against the Turks. In the way we will stop to visit a family house, where we can meet with local people, also we will try our traditional drink Raki. Continue to Kruja visits will include, the Skanderbeg and Ethnographic museums and the Old Bazaar. Diner in a traditional local restaurant. Overnight in Hotel Panorama Kruja

Day 7: Transfer to the airport for the return flight.

Visit 3 Unesco world heritage sites Comprehensive visits to the Roman ruins of Apollonia & Butrint

Included in the tour price:

Finest accommodations in 3,4 Stars Hotels. Breakfast , Transportation by comfortable air-conditioned vehicles. Expert English-speaking local guides throughout the tour + 2 Archaeological Guides in Butrinti and Apolonia. Comprehensive sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary. Entrance fees to monuments and museums as shown in the itinerary. Baggage assistance suitcases.

Not Included:

Flight tickets,

Price for group tour from 415 Euros

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