Culture & Folklore Trip To Albania
Albanian Folk Dancers Albanian Folklore is rich, diversified and with artistic values. It is a precious treasury inherited from generation to generation. It is rather vivid and continues to be enriched even nowadays. The Albanian folklore consists of literary, musical, choreographic and dramatic folklore. Polyphony is a southern Albanian tradition dating back to ancient Illyrian times, involving blending several independent vocal or instrumental parts. See Tirana, Durres, Vlora, Kruja, Saranda, Berat, and Shkoder. Visit Butrinti, and Gjirokastra, and three UNESCO World Heritage sites! Meet Albanian folk dance groups! Folk dance with local Albanian teachers!
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Albanian Folk Dancers Albanian Folklore is rich, diversified and with artistic values. It is a precious treasury inherited from generation to generation. It is rather vivid and continues to be enriched even nowadays. The Albanian folklore consists of literary, musical, choreographic and dramatic folklore. Polyphony is a southern Albanian tradition dating back to ancient Illyrian times, involving blending several independent vocal or instrumental parts. See Tirana, Durres, Vlora, Kruja, Saranda, Berat, and Shkoder! Visit Butrinti, and Gjirokastra, and three UNESCO World Heritage sites! Meet Albanian folk dance groups! Folk dance with local Albanian teachers!
Day 1: Arrival Tirana Airport – Kruja
Arrival in “Mother Teresa” Airport, meet and assisted by our representative Drive 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. Dinner with live folk performance Tonight we be assisted by one of the best music band group and dancers, the clients will enjoy the learning some of the Albanian folk songs and dances. Overnight in Kruja Hotel Panorama.
Day 2: – Kruja- Berat
After breakfast drive to Berat, one of the most fascinating Albanian towns with a mixture of cultural influences. Situated at the foot of Tomorri Mountain and on the shores of River Osum, the town is famous for its white-washed houses with many windows which give it the nickname “town of a thousand windows”. Before arriving to Berat we will make a short visit at one of the famous winery in Albania for wine tasting winery Cobo. Berat castle is the only one in Albania that still has houses and inhabitants within its walls. We will visit the Fortress, Onufri Museum and several churches and mosques. Dinner in a traditional restaurant. Folk dancing with best Berati Music group & dancers. Also this night we will learn some of the Albanian folk songs and dances.
Day 3: – – Berat– Ardenica –Apolonia – Vlora
After breakfast drive to Ardenica Monastery, visit the monastery and continue to Archeological Park of Apollonia. Here during the walking tour we will visit the ruins of the ancient city, the monastery of Saint Mary and the archeological museum. The ancient city of Apollonia of Illyria was founded at the beginning of the VII century BC. by Greek colons coming by the cities of Corinth and Corcyra. Apollonia became an emporium of merchandising between Greeks an Illyrians and was taken by Aristotle as a model in his analysis of oligarchy due to the distinct and separate Greek and Illyrian communities. The city prospered very much in roman times. It was a vital stronghold in Caesar’s civil war with Pompey and also important in early Christian history as the resident bishop attended the councils of Ephesus and Chalkis in 431 and 451. The discovered monuments on the site are: the fortification wall of the city, the Prytaneon, the Bouleterion, the big and small Stoas, the Odeion, the Theatre, the Nympheum and many more. The museum of Apollonia is hosted in the nearby monastery of the XIV century when can be visit also the Church of St. Mary. After the visit continue to the coastal city of Vlora. Dinner with Folklore program (Laberishte Polyphonic singing). Overnight at Hotel Partner or Regina in Vlorë.
Day 4: – Vlora – Llogara- Porto Palermo- Himara- Saranda
After breakfast- Drive along the spectacular Albanian Riviera looking down at the Ionian Sea. Upon leaving Radhima, the landscape dramatically changes as we climb through the forest of Llogara National Park. Stop for refreshment and photos in Llogara. Continue driving south through the seven villages of the Himara region. Lunch in local restaurant in Himara. The region of Himara is rich with natural and historical monuments such as Llamani beach and the 18th century Panoramic castle of Ali Pasha. After a short coffee break at the springs of Borshi, we’ll continue our tour towards Saranda. Hear polyphonic songs performed, then folk dance with local Saranda group. Dinner in local restaurant by the sea. Overnight in Saranda Brilant Hotel.
Day 5: Saranda – Butrint – Ksamil
After breakfast continues the drive south on the scenic road to the archeological site of Butrint and enjoy lunch at local restaurant. Continue on to ancient Butrinti, dating back 2500 years. In the ruins it visits the Amphitheatre from the 3rd century and the temple of Aesculapius. The Baptistery from the 6th century has colorful mosaics and is one of the largest baptisteries east of the Adriatic. Bustint’s ancient acropolis is on the top of the hill overlooking the entire site and affords an impressive view of the area. The old fortress houses the new small archaeological museum, which contains recent finds from the site. Butrint is truly one of the last unspoiled natural and ancient historical areas in the Mediterranean. Continue to Ksamil Vilage. Seafood lunch in Ksamil. Drive to Saranda. Evening folklore program with dancers and musicians from Sarandë. Overnight in Saranda Brilant Hotel.
Day 6 : Saranda- Blue Eye- Gjirokastra
Morning departure for Syri i Kalter (the Blue Eye) a unique natural wonder with crystal-clear springs and lush vegetation. Lunch on site. Continue on to the historical city of Gjirokastër (Unesco world heritage site) with beautiful Ottoman period architecture and birthplace of Albanian author Ismail Kadare. Free time. Afternoon folklore program with village dancers and musicians from nearby Lunxheria Mountain. Hotel in Gjirokastër.
Day 7: Gjirokastra – Kelcyra- Permet
After breakfast we drive to Permet through the wonderful Kelcyra gorge to Permet, which is the Albanian Tosk music with many famous singers and musicians like Laver Bariu, the Lela family. In Afternoon also we will visit a traditional Permeti family house, where we can see the Albanian Hospitality. Here we will try our national spirit Rakia and local homemade desert Gliko. Dinner in Permet will be obviously a musical affair with performances from a local music group. Overnight in Permet. Hotel Alvero
Day8- Permet- Leskovik- Korca- Voskopoja
After breakfast- drive to Korca through forests of Leskovik and valleys of Erseke, On the way we will stop for Lunch in one of the best restaurants in the region in Boboshtica village. Continue to Korca Tow ss tour of Korca and drive to Voskopoja which once was a major city with a monastery and more than 26 churches, now a rural place. The region is one of the centres of the Vlach or Aruman people, with their own language and traditions. Visit to the one of the better preserved churches. Dinner is in the traditional restaurant accompanied by a Saze playing and singing group from Korça. Saze is a clarinet type instrument widespread in Albania but especially in the south eastern part. Overnight in Voskopoja-Hotel Vila Falo.
Day9- Voskopoja- Pogradec- Tirana
After breakfast the tour continues from Voskopoje- Korca to Pogradec at the shore of Lake Ohrid, where we will visit the Drilon natural oasis and the Villa of the ex-Albanian dictator. Have lunch in a family run restaurant with home cooking (optional). After a walk around Drilon with lush vegetation. Drive to Elbasan, the old Roman town of Scampis, one of the towns along the Via Egnatia connecting Rome through the Via Apia with Constantinople, where the ethnographical museum located in a traditional house will be visited. We depart for Tirana Proceed to Tirana start walking city tour. Visit Et’Hem Bej Mosque, one of the most beautiful in Albania. Afternoon at leisure, dinner with Folk dancing music at local restaurant. Overnight in Tirana.
Day 10 – Tirana- Tirana Airport
After breakfast free time at your leisure, transfer to Tirana International airport- End of the services.
Including: Professional guide service in English, French, Italian German, Russian, Good standard, 3, 4 * Hotels BB, Dinners, Museums entry fees, Transfers with Modern AC- Minibus, Bus throughout the Tour. The entire local taxes, Local guides, 9 nights’ life folk music & dancers, dance teachers, 9 Dinners.
- Transfers with Modern A/C private car/ bus or minibus with driver on tour
- Good standard Accommodation at 3*, 4* hotels
- All parking’s
- Professional English-French-German-Italian-Russian or Spanish speaking local guide throughout the tour
- All the museum entry fee
Hotels in Albania
Hotels in Albania are not to the same standard as those in the UK, EU or USA as tourism has not long been a major industry here. However, here are comfortable options and, in some places, very characterful places to stay. We use always the best possible selection boutique 3, 4 -star hotels BB, all en-suite. Below is a small selection of some of our favorite hotels in Albania.
Hotel Vila Alba Tirana
Situated in the heart of the Old Town, Vila Alba is a boutique-style hotel. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property. A private parking area is reserved for all guests and is free of charge. Hotel Vila Alba All rooms at Vila Alba feature high ceilings and a combination of classical and modern design. They feature air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a safe and a minibar. Private bathroom provides a walk-in shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Some rooms have a balcony.
Hotel Panorama Kruja
Situated in the centre of Krujë, Hotel Panorama Kruje is set just 400 m from the historic fortress Kalaja e Krujes. The hotel features an on-site restaurant serving traditional Albanian specialties and offers free Wi-Fi and free garage parking. All rooms are air-conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen TV, a desk, a wardrobe and a private bathroom with a shower. Some rooms feature a balcony.
Hotel Mangalemi – Berat
A 3+ -star hotel built on the ruins of Turkish mansions in the historic centre of Mangalem Quarter, close to the town centre. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 15 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.
Hotel Brilant – Saranda
This 4-star hotel is close to the town’s main boulevard. Bar, WiFi (free) and 33 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.
Hotel Argjiro – Gjirokastra
A modern 4-star hotel in traditional style. It is close to the castle and Ethnographic Museum. Restaurants, bar, WiFi (free) and 30 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer and satellite TV.
Bujtina Leon Korca
Set in a building with traditional features of the local architecture, Guest House Bujtina Leon is located in the centre of Korca. Featuring free Wi-Fi and free bike rental, it offers rooms and suites with an LCD cable TV. The property is situated behind the Orthodox Cathedral, in a street paved in cobble stone and surrounded by old houses. The reception area has a fireplace in front of which guests can enjoy wine, tea or homemade food. A common wooden terrace is also a good spot to relax. Likewise, a porch and a garden with flowers and oil lamps contribute to the specific ambiance of the guest house.
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