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This escorted tour is for any visitor who would like to discover the country from Central to South & North Albania. It offers a great introduction into Albania’s past and present history, customs, and traditions, from ancient sites to architectural buildings and towns, comprising three UNESCO World Heritage sites Explore and choose your destinations amongst the sunny beaches of the Adriatic and Ionian coast, the beautiful ancient cities such as Berat or Kruja or the incredible mountains scenery of Valbona & Thethi and the Albanian Alps.

Price Individual (except July & August)

1810 Euro per person sharing a double/twin room for a minimum of 2 paying participants Single supplement = 325 Euro. (Single rooms will usually be double or twin for single use.) Note: We work with 4* hotels.

Group Tour Price

Minimum 10 pax – please contact us for a fast quote BB, HB, or FB and including entrance fees.

Itineraries

Day 1

Airport-Tirana

Meet with our representatives at Tirana Airport. Continue to Tirana. Depending on the time of arrival in Tirana, we may do a short city tour before or after check-in at the hotel. In the evening, we’ll have dinner at a traditional restaurant 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 jewelry shops, and active local pubs. Overnight in Tirana

Day 2

Tirana- Petrela- Mount of Dajti

Begin the Tour of Tirana City. It starts with a visit at Skanderbeg Square, followed by a stop at the Mosque of Et`hem Bey built-in 1793. Visit 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 with Opera House (National Theater of Opera and Ballet) looks over the Scanderbeg Square. A walk in the main boulevard provides a close sight of the City Hall and several Governmental buildings, on both sides. You cannot miss the national gallery of Arts along this walk. After we will visit The Martyrs Cemetery, the monument of Mother Albania, 12 meters high, was inaugurated in 1971. We will continue to Petrela Castle – which dates back to the 4th century B.C. This Castle is built on a rocky hill, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view. At noon, we take the cable car (built by the Austrians, European Masters in the business) to Dajti Mountain, 1200m above sea level. A short break for lunch at one of the most panoramic restaurants in Dajti offers a wonderful view of Tirana lying at the foot of the mountain. “Panorama” Restaurants looks like a big balcony over the capital of Albania. Upon return to the city in the evening, a visit to the former Communist Residential area, with modern bars, restaurants, and pubs were populated by different age groups, especially Albanian youth. Overnight in Tirana Hotel 4*

Day 3

Tirana – Durres- Berat

After breakfast, we will drive to Durres– the ancient Greco-Roman port city of Dyrrachium. you will visit the Amphitheatre (2nd, century AD)and the Archeological Museum, continue with ss tour of the old town, coffer break and continue to Berat, Start Berat city tour. Berat, known as the “City of one thousand windows” and declared a Museum City, part of UNESCO heritage site, Berat, overshadowed to the east by Tomorr Mountain 2415 m, it is an ancient Illyrian settlement founded in the 4th & 5th centuries B.C. on the territory of the Illyrian tribe of Desarettes. The town is composed of 3 parts; Gorica, situated on the far side of the river; Mangalem, situated on the fortress side of the river and the Residential quarter within the fortress known as Kalaja. The old part of the city has some religious buildings like mosques and Byzantine churches. The old name of the city was Antipatrea. Visit the Fortress, the Onufri’s.

Day 4

Berat- Apolonia Vlora

After Breakfast, we proceed to the ancient Greek settlement of Apollonia – (founded in 588 BC). After the visit to Apollonia continue to Vlora – a historical and coastal city. Tour takes you on a sightseeing tour in Vlora and visits the Independence house. Overnight in Hotel Regina Vlora.

Day 5

Vlora- Dhermi-Saranda

After breakfast drive up to Albanian Riviera. Continue climbing to 3,000 feet where you can enjoy the best views, as we drive through the fertile slopes and villages. Drive along Dhermi, Himara coastline, and stop for a special lunch in a restaurant, enjoying the wonderful scenery among the pinewoods. En route make a short visit to the bay of Porto Palermo where the castle of Ali Pasha is situated. Depart for Saranda the hillside town facing the sea, famous for its magnificent, “Butrinti” archaeological site. Overnight in hotel Brilant or similar.

Day 6

Saranda- Ksamil Beach- Butrinti Archeological Site

Today experience an included excursion to Butrinti Archaeological Site, visit the Temple of Asclepios, the Baptistery, Nymph, The Theatre, Lions Gate, the Acropolis, etc. Lunch in Ksamil Village (Sea Site)“ Lekursi Castle restaurant (built on the ruins of an old castle). Balance of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Overnight in hotel Brilant Saranda or similar

Day 7

Saranda- Blue Eye- Gjirokastra

After breakfast, we will depart to Gjirokastra City known as “Museum City”. On the way, we will make a stop and visit, Visit the “Blue Eye” spring, formed by underground springs and the unusual continue to Gjirokastra city where the dwelling houses have the form of medieval towers constituting a building ensemble with characteristic architecture. Visit the Castle and the Museum of Weapons. Drive to the museum city of Gjirokastra, birthplace, of the former iron-fisted dictator of Albania, Enver Hoxha. Gjirokastra is a strikingly picturesque town, perched on the side of a mountain above the Drino River. The tour includes the district museum, housed in the building in which Enver Hoxha was born, and the pre-Ottoman citadel, a former political prison and now a weapons museum. Overnight in Hotel Cajupi Gjirokastra

Day 8

Gjirokastra- Durres- Lezhe- Shkodra

After breakfast, we drive through Durresi to Shkodra Northern Albania, towards the town of Lezha where we will be visiting the ruins of the ancient city of Lissus and the Monumental tomb of Skenderbeu, Albanian’s national hero overnight in Hotel Tradita or Carmen

Day 9

Shkoder-Thethi

After breakfast drive to -Thethi. Departure on an excursion to the Natural Park of Theth. The group will visit the surroundings of Theth, one of the most famous villages of northern Albania for its stunning nature and the traditional houses. The group will walk downhill from the house, and visit the attractions nearby the village, including the Church, a tower house used in the past by men as a shelter against ongoing blood feud, the Theth Waterfall, and the Canyon of Grunas. The tour will proceed with a visit to the Cyclopean stone walled terraces dating from the late bronze era, discovered in 2007! Outdoor lunch will constitute fresh bio-dairy produce cooked in the traditional way of the local villagers. Dinner. Overnight in the Guest House in Thethi.

Day 10

Thethi-Boga-Shkoder

After breakfast at the guesthouse, we leave Theth to start trekking towards the village of Boga. through the Albanian Alps that connects the villages of Thethi and Boga. After one hour we arrive at the pass. It offers stunning views of Bjeshket e Namuna (The Accursed Mountains). The route continues downhill along the side of Radohima Mountain until we reach the village of Boga. We have lunch in this picturesque village surrounded by vertical slopes with peaks above 2000m high. We leave Boga village and bring us 50km back to Shkoder. Sightseeing tour of Shkodra, including the old town, Catholic Cathedral Rozafa Castle, Dinner and overnight at Hotel Tradita Shkoder or similar

Day 11

Shkodra- Koman Lake- B-Curri- Valbona

In the early morning, we will drive to the ferry, which goes through the spectacular canyon of river Drin. The lake is created, after the construction of the dam of Koman, in the 80-ies. The transfer will continue along the beautiful valley of river Valbona, until the picturesque location of Valbona, where we will stay overnight. Dinner and accommodation: village of Valbona Hotel Margjeka – the best location to start all kinds of hikes in the surrounding mountains. The lovely little lake in the backyard of the house is the perfect spot to relax after a tiresome day. Overnight in Hotel Margjeka

Day 12

Valbona

After breakfast, we begin our trip to one of the most wonderful natural beauties of Albania: the National Park of “Lugina e Valbones” (The valley of Valbona)It has a surface of about 8.000 hectares and is situated 25-30 km the northwest of the city of Bajram Curri. It expands among high mountains and shows off a fantastic complexion of colors in every season, thus giving the image of a valley full of labyrinths and surprises. Its scientific, tourist, and health recovering values are combined with a bio-diversity of national and international importance. Its rocky and attractive peaks, the sides covered with wood, the flow of brooks, and river Valbona, viewed from above, create the image of a giant and marvelous crater as a small panorama of natural beauty. The nature of this park is full of varieties suitable for tourism, fishing, relaxation, amusing and mountain climbing as well as winter sports. In the inner part of the Park, there are a lot of grottos and caves. The most eminent is the Cave of Dragobia, where lay the remains of Bajram Curri, a national hero. Overnight in Valbona.

Day 13

B.Curri – Kruja

After breakfast drives through virgin nature and scenery we will arrive in the town of Kukesi where we will have a short break in the town. Continue to Kruja, start the tour visit to Kruja–one of the biggest cities in Northern Albania is the “city of history” and the best known as the hometown of Albanian’s National Hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg. Visit the Castle, Skanderbeg Museum and Ethnographic Museum. After the visit to the castle, is free for you to explore Kruja’s old bazaar with authentic and antique shops.

Day 14

Kruja- Tirana Airport- Return Home

After breakfast, free time at your leisure or explore the Antic Bazar, before the transfer to Tirana Airport.

  • Transfers from and to Airport
  • All the transfers with modern a/c vehicles/throughout the tour
  • Experienced English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Polish. Speaking tour guide/driver (separate driver and guide only for 7 or more participants)
  • Accommodation for 13 nights in good 4* hotels, with breakfast
  • Ferry Ticket
  • All taxes
  • Flight Tickets
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities/Tip to Driver/Guide
  • Entrance fees (approx. 45 Euro pp)

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