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Location: Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo & Macedonia.

Duration: 13 days, 12 nights

This tour combines some of the highlights of the Balkan countries’ Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro, by trying to show the best each of these countries offers. Albania offers a mixture of cultural elements with 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a rich archaeological legacy. Macedonia offers some of the most excellent religious relics, with Ohrid having as many beautiful churches. Montenegro has made a name for itself based on its wild natural beauty.

Price:

  • 1020 Euro per person sharing a double or twin room for a minimum of 7 participants
  • 1050 Euro per person sharing a double or twin room for a minimum of 6 participants
  • 1320 Euro per person sharing a double or twin room for a minimum of 4 participants
  • 1440 Euro per person sharing a double or twin room for a minimum of 2 participants
  • Supplement single supplement of a double room will be 190 Euro

Note: For groups over 7 person prices on request -  info@tours-albania.com

Itineraries

Day 1

Tirana- Airport-transfer to Tirana

Arrive at “Mother Teresa” Airport, meet and assist by our representative. Enjoy the welcome dinner in the Local Restaurant in Tirana. And then explore the nightlife of Tirana, walking in the ex-block area known as “the forbidden town” where the villas of the communists’ leaders are still standing next to trendy boutiques, expensive jeweler’s shops, and active local pubs. Overnight in Tirana. Hotel 4*

Day 2

Tirana -Shkoder-Budva (Montenegro)

After breakfast, we begin with a full day in Albania’s lively capital, Tirana. We visit the National Historical Museum, the early 19th-century Ethem Bey Mosque, and the National Gallery. We continue to the Archaeological Museum, home to a vast collection and opened especially for our group. Continuing with the newly opened Atonic bunker, the Bunk’art2 museum in Tirana opened to the public describing it as a museum throwing light on political persecution during the Albanian communist era. The museum – called Bunk’Art 2 – is also intended as a memorial to the tens of thousands of people who were imprisoned and executed by the communist regime”. Continue to Lezha where visit the Memorial of Skanderbeg – proceed to Shkodra – afternoon visit the “Rozafa” fortress, Continue to Montenegro through Murriqan/Sukobin cross border– proceed to Budva through Petrovac and St.Stefan island – dinner, overnight at hotel in Budva area.

Day 3

Budva- Kotor- Perast, Budva - Tivat

After breakfast starts the sightseeing and visits the old town Feel the authentic old spirit of the country, enjoy remarkable scenery and outstanding views. Budva, one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast, is also known as "the queen of tourism". Continue to Kotor Visit of Kotor will give you the chance to enjoy a miraculous exploration of The Old Town, its mystic labyrinth of charming squares and narrow streets. Drive to Perast, Perast creates a specific feeling as if you were walking around an open museum due to impressive palaces and churches which testify to the rich history and tradition of this place. Once, a famous port and today, a precious piece of paradise. take - boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks island, church and museum visit, and free time in Perast. Continue to Budva on the way shortstop in Tivat for sightseeing and continue to Budva for overnight

Day 4

Budva-Podgorica-Shkoder-Durres

After breakfast drive” –follow on to Cetinje -visit the Royal Palace of King Nikola II and the Monastery of St. Petar – proceed to Podgorica – Shkodra- The route continues to Durres– Visit the ancient Greco-Roman port city of Dyrrachium. You will visit the Amphitheatre (2nd, century AD) and the old town. Overnight in Durres. Hotel Amfiteatri or similar

Day 5

Durres-Elbasan-Ohrid (Macedonia)

After breakfast Travel east to Elbasan, stopping en route at the remains of a Turkish fort. Continue into Macedonia and the town of Ohrid, situated on the east shore of Lake Ohrid. This Unesco world heritage site is known as the ‘Macedonian Jerusalem’ due to its large number of churches. The enormous lakes are renowned for the clarity of their water. Stay at the Tino or Aleksandrija Hotel

Day 6

Ohrid-Pogradec-Korca

Morning tour of the town. See St Sophia Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Macedonia, the Church of St Clement at Plaoshnik, where the first university in Europe was founded, and the Gallery of Icons, which has the largest collection of icons in the world. Continue visit to the Monastery of St Naum. Its position on a rocky overhang provides excellent views across the lake. Cross the border back into Albania and continue to Pogradec Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Drilon (a nice spot not far from Ohrid Lake which has been a preferred holiday place for the ex-dictator Hoxha) – decorated with willow trees, and streams flowing down to the lake. Continue to Korca, historically an important trade town. Visit the Museum of Medieval Arts, which displays more than 150 icons. Stay at the Hotel Grand or Bujtina Leon Hotel for 1 night.

Day 7

Korca- Permet-Gjirokastra

After breakfast, our tour will progress to Permet city. Along the way, you will enjoy the wonderful views of nature. Stop for lunch in a traditional local restaurant in Permet. Continue with ss tour of the small town of Permet. Here also we will visit a nice traditional Permeti Family where the group will enjoy the ALBANIAN Hospitality also will try our National spirit Raki & gliko. We will proceed along the Vjosa River and see the charming canyons of Kelcyra outfall. The way passes through Tepelena city, the native land of Ali Pasha Tepelena, where is found the medieval castle with the same name. In the evening arrive at the stone city of Gjirokastra. Accommodation and Overnight at Hotel Argjiro or Kalemi Gjirokastra.

Day 8

Gjirokastra- Blue Eye- Saranda

This morning depart to Saranda, the hillside town facing the sea, famous for its magnificent “Butrinti” archaeological site. Visit the “Blue Eye” spring, formed by underground springs, and the unusual church of St. Nicholas at Mesopotamia with its fine carvings of mythological beasts. Stop for the lunch at “Lekursi Castle restaurant (built on the ruins of an old castle). Overnight in Saranda. Hotel Brilant 4* or similar

Day 9

Sarande-Butrinti- Ksamil- Saranda

After breakfast drive to Butrint, we will visit the well-preserved ruins of the ancient city of Butrint and its museum hosted in the Venetian castle, Butrint: is a National park that includes a very well preserved archaeological area, an uncontaminated vegetation area of Mediterranean, and has also a lake that is connected to the Ionian Sea by a natural channel. The wetlands around the lake are shelters for different animals and aquatic species in danger of extinction. The excavations and studies have proved that during the VII and the VI centuries BC. Butrint was a protourban centre. By the V century, BC Butrint has got the full form of an ancient city. During the VI century, the city was equipped with new buildings such as the theatre, the agora, the small, temple, and the stoa. After the visits to Butrint, we will continue to must beautiful seaside village of Ksamil, free time for optional lunch in Fish restaurant 10 m from the sea. Continue to Saranda. Overnight in Hotel Brilant or similar

Day 10

Sarande-Dhermi-Vlore

After breakfast drive up to Albanian Riviera. En route make a short visit to the bay of Porto Palermo where the castle of Ali Pasha is situated. Continue climbing to 3,000 feet where you can enjoy the best views, as we drive through the fertile slopes and villages. Drive along Himara, Dhermi coastline and stop for a special lunch in a restaurant in Llogara, enjoying the wonderful scenery among the pinewoods. Afternoon arrival in Vlora, an historical and coastal city. Overnight in Vlora. Hotel Partner or Regina City

Day 11

Vlore-Apollonia-Ardenice-Berat

The morning tour takes you on a sightseeing tour in Vlora. Proceeds to the ancient Greek settlement of Apollonia – (founded in 588 BC). After the visit to Apollonia proceed to Ardenica – where is a medieval monastery surrounded by stonewalls. Here you will admire Marry Church and Saint Triadha Chapel. After the visit to Apollonia continue to Berat – the other one “Museum City”. Overnight in Berat. Hotel Magalemi

Day 12

Berat–Durres- Kruja

After breakfast full day to explore the Unesco town of Berat known as the ‘town of a thousand windows’, Berat’s Ottoman architecture and ancient history have given it UNESCO World Heritage Status. The town is home to Berat Castle which is perched on a rocky hill, inaccessible from the south. The fortress was so large that it could house a substantial proportion of the town’s inhabitants. The influence of different cultures can be found in Berat’s mosques and Byzantine churches. Today, we will walk from Classical to Medieval times in the attractive town of Berat. We will visit the castle, Onufri Museum. Ethnographic Museum. Continue to Kruja, the capital of Albania during the resistance against the Turks under Scanderbeg, who is our national hero and was a great leader that defeated the Turks in 25 battles. Visit the Scanderbeg Museum, Ethnographic museum the best in Albania, walk through the old Bazar and time for shopping. Overnight at Hotel Panorama Kruja

Day 13

Kruja-Airport

After breakfast, free time at your resort before the transfer to Tirana Airport.

11 nights’ accommodation in 4* Hotels, with breakfast. All the transfers throughout the tour with a/c vehicle. English, French, German, Italian, Spanish speaking guide/ or Guide/Driver. (Separate driver and guide for over 7 participants) All taxes

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