Albania Classic Tour 2018

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Experience the magic of Albania in Tirana, Kruja, Durres, Berat, Vlora, Saranda, Gjirokastra and other ancient cities.It offers a great introduction into Albania’s past and present history, customs and traditions. It touches all the gems of the country from ancient sites to architectural buildings and towns, comprising three UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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    All about the Albania Classic Tour 2018.

    Experience the magic of Albania in Tirana, Kruja, Durres, Berat, Vlora, Saranda, Gjirokastra and other ancient cities.It offers a great introduction into Albania’s past and present history, customs and traditions. It touches all the gems of the country from ancient sites to architectural buildings and towns, comprising three UNESCO World Heritage sites.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • 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
    1. Day 1 Airport- Durres

      Meet our representatives at Tirana Airport and drive to Durres - One of Albania's oldest cities, the country's main sea port, the second largest industrial centre after Tirana. Durres lies on a small peninsula on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The city was colonized by the Greeks in 627 B.C. Named Epidamnos, which later became Dyrrachium. From the Venetian Tower at the harbour the Medieval Town Wall leads to the Amphitheatre (capacity 15,000 spectators) dating back to the 2nd century AD. and containing an early Christian Crypt with a rare wall mosaic. Between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD, Durres was an important port and trading centre on the Via Egnatia trading route between Rome and Byzantium (Istanbul). After a great number of earthquakes, the main part of old town sank into the sea or collapsed and was subsequently built over. Visit the Amphitheatre and the Archaeological Museum. Overnight in Hotel 4*

    2. Day 2 Durres- Apolonia-Vlora

      After breakfast depart to Apollonia, situated 12 km from the city of. The city of Apollonia was found at the beginning of the 7th century BC by the Greek colonists coming from Corinth and Corcyra, on the top of the ancient dwelling site of Illyrian Glaukos. Apollonian was in Roman times, a large and flourishing city near Aos river (today Vjosa). Of great interest to be visited are; The Encircling Wall, the monuments of Agonothetes, the Library, the Odeon, the Portico, the house with mosaics, The Museum of Apollonia, the Church of St. Mary. Unfortunately, some of the statues and object were appropriated before 1946 by other countries. Those remaining are displayed in the museum, which is housed in the monastery. The monastery courtyard enclosed a Byzantine church dating back to the 14th century. Depart to Vlora city. Arrival in Vlora and afternoon city tour in Vlora. Vlora is a coastal city. As an ancient dwelling place it is known by the IV century B.C. as Aulona. It is the only of the major sea-ports, but also of great historical importance as it was there in 1912 the Assembly was convened to proclaim Albanian as an independent state and to set up the first National Government headed by Ismail Qemali. Overnight in Hotel Regina or Partner

    3. Day 3 Vlora- Himara- Saranda

      After breakfast the group will depart to Saranda, passing through Albanian Riviera Radhima bay is one of the most fantastic area of Vlore bay. The evergreen hills, the golden beaches, the crystal water and clear air are the treasury of our country. The only functioning Yacht port in South Albania positioned in this part of Albanian Riviera. Continue driving along the high mountain and fascinated view of Albanian beauty and arriving to LLogara national park Llogora is located 42 km south of Vlore. The park is covered by colored intense pine forest. He is rich in wildlife like roe deer, squirrels, foxes, wolves, and wild boars This Park offers a fine and attractive landscape and characteristic areas with dominant points. It has great potential for the development of eco-tourism, air sports, excursions and trekking. For the air sports fans this park offers accommodation possibilities. Leave Llogara and continue our trip, where the guest will be faced with other traditional Villages like, Dhermi, Himara, and stop for lunch in a local restaurant by the sea, Borsh, which mostly are known for the citrus growth and olive trees. Of interest to be Mentioned is Porto Palermo, where the Ali Pasha Castle stands like a barrier in front of the blue rocky sea as a protection for the country. Upon arrival in Saranda, check in hotel Brilant Saranda or similar

    4. Day 4 Saranda- Butrint - Ksamil Village- Saranda

      After breakfast departure to Butrinti National park full day tour Butrinti with its archaeological artefacts prove that during the 7th and the 6th centuries BC Butrint was a proto-urban centre, but it was only during the 5th century BC that it turned into a full developed city. By the end of the 4th century the agora, the boulevard, a small temple and the theatre holding 1500 seats were built up, the latter one fortunately being preserved till our days. The complex of the theatre and other buildings like Asklep’s temple, portico, roman baths form the most magnificent part of the ancient city. During late antiquity and early Middle Ages, Butrinti flourished. The construction of the baptistery, which is the most important monument of the early Christian period, dates from this time. The baptistery, which has a round shape with a diameter of 13.50 m, is laid with multicolored geometric and animal mosaic motifs and bears special artistic values. The hall has two rows of granite colonnades upon which the roof rests. Lunch in Ksamil Village seaside restaurant after the tour. Drive back to Saranda and continue to Lekursi Castle overlooking Saranda town and Corfu Island where we can enjoy the Sunset. Back to Hotel Brilant or similar

    5. Day 5 Saranda- Gjirokastra- Berat

      After breakfast depart to Gjirokastra, with optional visits en route to: Mesopotamia Ancient Byzantine Church Blue eye water spring, natural attraction for centuries Upon arrival in Gjirokastra, start a city tour Many houses in Gjirokastër, old town, have a distinctive local style that has earned the city the nickname "Town of the Stones", because most of the old houses have roofs covered with stones. Of a great importance and interesting to be visit, are The Museum of Weapons (inside the castle)The Ethnographic Museum or known as the Enver Hoxha house, The Castle of Gjirokastra, The characteristic house of Zekate, an important family in Gjirokastra. Visit the castle the weapon museum and Enver Hoxha birth house after city tour in Gjirokastra, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant in the city and depart for Berat city. Overnight in Berat Hotel Magalemi or similar

    6. Day 6 Berat- Tirana

      After breakfast. 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 Residenial quarter within the fortress known as Kalaja. The old part of the city has some religious buildings like mosque and Byzantine churches. The old name of the city was Antipatrea. Visit the Fortres, the Onufri’s . After the city tour Optional lunch at traditional restaurant. Depart to Tirana in the afternoon. Diner and overnight in Hotel Vila Alba 4* or similar

    7. Day 7 Tirana- Kruja

      After Breakfast, depart for Tirana city tour, Visit the new 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,” visit the mosaic in front of the entrance of the National Historical Museum, Statue of Skanderbeg in Skanderbeg Square, Et'hem Bey Mosque at the south east corner of Skanderbeg Square, The Clock Tower next to the Et'hem Bey Mosque, Government buildings: at the south end of Skenderbeg Square. Roman Catholic Church of Saint Paul: completed in 2001, the largest church in Tirana. Orthodox Church, Tabakëve and Terzive bridges. The palace of culture, where the Theatre of Opera and Ballet and the National Library stand. The Palace of Congress, and President Resident, all this wonderful buildings, extended, along the Boulevard Deshmoret e Kombit, The Boulevard of Albanian History. All this wonderful things you could get to our Capital along to panorama tour in Tirana. Leave Tirana and drive to Kruja city. On the way we will stop to visit a family house, where we can meet with the locals and try our traditional spirit Raki with small meze. Drive to Kruja is situated north – East of Tirana, 560m above sea level on the slopes of Sari – Salltiku Mountain. Kruja has been inhabited since the 3rd century B.C. It was mentioned for the first time as a Christian religious centre in the year 879. The famous English painter, Edward Lear, who visited Kruje in 1848, wrote: “Kruje, a charming little town all up in the sky”. Visit the fortress, Skanderbegs Museum, Ethnographic museum and the old dinner and overnight in Hotel Panorama Kruja

    8. Day 8 Kruja- Airport

      After breakfast free time at your leisure, before the transfer to Tirana Airport- End of the services.

    Hotels, Farm Houses and Lodges

     

     

    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.

    This is a less fun, but nevertheless a necessary part of preparing your holiday. When you booked a small group departure or a private tour we offer you the following two possibilities: Payment of an online deposit of 20% of the tour price + 4% service charge (over the deposit payment), via our secure online credit card payment. System and pay the remaining amount at our Tirana office prior to departure. Payment of the total amount due through bank transfer with all transfer a wiring casts borne by the sender, no later than 14 days following receipt of the TAB invoice by the customers. For the avoidance of doubt, the transferred amount ought to have reached the TAB bank account within 14 days from the receipt of invoice by the customers. The customers shall send TAB a copy of the bank transfer by email.

    It is essential that we know any medical problems well prior to departure. The tour leader has the right to disqualify anyone at any time during the trip if he or she feels the traveler is physically or mentally incapable or if a traveler’s continued participation will jeopardize the him or herself or the group. Refunds are not given under such circumstances. Furthermore it is important that you inform TAB about any special dietary needs well in advance.

    If you need a visa depends on your country of origin. Please check online whether you need a visa or not. You may also look it up at the website of the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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