Albania Cultural & Archeological Tour

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Albania Cultural & Archaeological Tour is for any visitor who would like to discover Albania within an acceptable time frame. 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, enjoy the beauty of the Albanian Riviera, and uncover Albania’s rich history.

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    All about the Albania Cultural & Archeological Tour.

    Albania Cultural & Archaeological Tour is for any visitor who would like to discover Albania within an acceptable time frame. 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, enjoy the beauty of the Albanian Riviera, and uncover Albania’s rich history.

    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-Tirana

      Meet with our representatives at Tirana Airport-transfer to Tirana. Begin the tour of Tirana City. It starts with a new opened Atonic nuclear 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 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 in Tirana 4*

    2. 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 its 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 or similar

    3. Day 3 Saranda-Butrint-Ksamil- Saranda

      After breakfast a full day at the World Heritage site of Butrint. After breakfast we drive to the ancient city of Butrinti, founded in the 7th century BC by the Corkirians, and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. What began as a Greek colony became one of the most important towns in the Mediterranean and a Roman colony in the 1st century AD. We will admire the theatre, the temple of Asclepeon, the Baptisteries, the Gymnasium, the aqueduct, the largest Basilica in south Albania and the Venetian castle on top of the town, where a very interesting small museum hosts original artefacts discovered during the excavations. optional lunch will be in a restaurant by the sea near the archaeological park in Villages of Ksamil. Just before sunset we go for dinner to Lekuresi Castle located on top of the hill overlooking the bay of Saranda to enjoy the sunset with views of the Island of Corfu in the middle of the blue Ionian waters. Overnight in Hotel Brilant Saranda or similar

    4. Day 4 Saranda-Gjirokastra

      After breakfast we will depart to Gjirokastra City known as “Museum City”. In the way we will make a stop and visit, Visit the “Blue Eye” spring, formed by underground springs and the unusual. Drive to Hadrianopolis Just outside Gjirokastra we visit the ruins of ancient Hadrianopolis at Sofratike. It was built in the middle of a field without protective walls, at the time of emperor Hadrian whose name it took, at a time known as Pax Romana which translates as Roman Peace, hence surrounded by vast Roman territories the city had no need for fortifications. Continue 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 or Argjiro

    5. Day 5 Gjirokaster-Bylis-Berat

      After breakfast drive to 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 Onuphrie con 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

    6. Day 6 Berat-Durres- Kruja

      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 amphitheater. 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 at traditional local restaurant. Overnight in Hotel Panorama Kruja

    7. Day 7 Kruja- Airport

      After breakfast free time at your leisure, before the Transfer to the airport for the return flight.

    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.

    Tap water is drinkable but it holds a high amount of chlorine, which affects the taste. Drinking too much tap water might cause stomach cramps, therefore filtered water is recommended. To protect the environment we recommend you to invest in a good water bottle. You can use the water for coffee or tea but keep in mind that the taste might be affected. Brushing your teeth should not be a problem.

    The local currency of Albania is Lek. In the bigger cities and the airport you can withdraw money with most foreign cards. Visa and other credit cards are sometimes accepted in bigger hotels and bigger restaurants. The easiest is to withdraw money in Tirana or one of the other bigger cities. You can take to 50.000 Lek per day. In many places, especially the touristic places and in Tirana you can either pay with Euros or you can exchange them.

    The local currency of Albania is Lek. In the bigger cities and the airport you can withdraw money with most foreign cards. Visa and other credit cards are sometimes accepted in bigger hotels and bigger restaurants. The easiest is to withdraw money in Tirana or one of the other bigger cities. You can take to 50.000 Lek per day. In many places, especially the touristic places and in Tirana you can either pay with Euros or you can exchange them.

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