Food and Wine Holiday in Albania
Albania has a delicious cuisine influenced by the Mediterranean cuisine. For people interested in a different kind of taste from grilled meat to in a special way boiled vegetable, this tour will be something for you! We take you to local farms, traditional grill restaurants, fish restaurants, winery’s and at the house of a local family where you can try the real taste of Raki. This tour will let you explore the culinary diversity of Albania.
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- Activity Level Leisurely
Day 1 Arrival – Tirana Airport – Tirana – Mullet Village
Depending on time of the arrival in Tirana, we may do a short city tour before or after check in at the hotel. 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. 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 Continue with 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. Continue to Mullet Village. Overnight in Hotel Nano Resort
Day 2- Mullet – Petrela – Kruja
After breakfast we will see the daily morning farm work with the Farm people. Continue to the famous Petrela Castle, which controlled the crossroads with economic and military importance such as the Via Egnatia, built by Romans in 2-nd century B.C. Continue to Kruja – the “City of history” and the best known as hometown of Albanian’s National Hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg. Visit to the Castle, Skanderbeg Museum and Ethnographic Museum. After the visit of the castle, is free for you to explore Kruja’s old bazaar with authentic and antique shops. Overnight in Emiliano Guest House in Kruja.
Day 3 – Kruja – Lezha – Fishte
After breakfast we drive towards Lezha. Visit Scanderbeg Mausoleum in St. Nicolai Cathedral. Drive up to Old Castle of Lisus. Afterwards drive through countryside, by Rraboshta and Kallmet to reach Fishta village, where is located the famous Agroturism “Mrizi I Zanave”. Visit the farm and winery. Eat lunch at “Mrizi I Zanave” restaurant, by tasting different Albanian dish produced by organic food. Overnight in the Old House of “Mrizi I Zanave”, enjoying the view of plain farm land from the hilltop.
Day 4 – Fishte – Razem – Boge – Theth
After breakfast we drive towards Albanian Alps. On the way we visit Razma village and make some photo stops in Boga and Qafe Thore. Arrive in Theth and be accommodated in Guest House. Eat a traditional dinner prepared by the Guest House family.
Day 5 – Theth
After breakfast we take a walking tour in Thethi valley surrounded by huge mountains and visit the Thethi’s Church, built in XVIII century and the Blood feud Tower. Continue hiking to Grunas Water Fall. Then drive to Nderlysaj village and start hiking to Blue Eye. Afterwards drive back to Theth. Overnight in Guest House in Theth.
Day 6 – Theth – Shkoder
After breakfast we drive to Shkodra, a city of considerable Italian and Austrian influence and also an important centre of Albania’s Roman Catholic population. Visit the Venetian mask factory. Afterwards visit Rozafa castle from where spectacular views all around can be admired and the feel of supremacy the Illyrians would have had over their enemies standing in such an imposing castle. Drive back to the center, where we will take a walk in town through the beautifully restored pedestrian area of Italian architectural influences and will visit the Roman Catholic Cathedral, one of the few in the country prior to abolition of faith by the communist regime in 1967. Overnight will be at a traditional restaurant/hotel in old restored stone house. Overnight at Tradita Hotel
Day 7 – Shkoder – Koman lake – Bajram Curri – Valbona
This morning after an early breakfast we make our way to Koman to take the ferry to Fierza in Tropoja region bordering Kosovo. The building of a hydropower station on Albania’s biggest river, Drin, has created the artificial lake of Koman, with a wonderful opal green water color, while surrounded by high Rocky Mountains. If you didn’t know that you were in North Albania you could very well assume you were in a Norwegian Fjord, as the panoramas of this two hour navigation are simply breathless. After getting off the ferry there will be a 1 hour drive to arrive at Valbona valley which stands almost back to back with Theth, which we visited 2 days ago. The accommodation and meals here are of the same style as Theth in villagers homes structured to offer clean and comfortable lodgings for visitors who love nature. Walking in Valbona valley will be a refreshing experience in the end of your day, enjoying Albanian Alps. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 8 – Valbona – Prizren – Rubik
After breakfast we drive back to town of Bajram Curri, cross the Border to Kosovo and make a stop in Gjakova town. Sightseeing the town and bazaar. Then later we will drive to City of Prizren. After lunch we start the tour of Prizren including: league of Prizren museum, the old town of Prizren; Stone bridge. Drive to Albania, crossing the border in Qafe Morine, continue to Rubik. Overnight in Marubi hotel
Day 9 – Rubik – Rodon Cape – Duka Winery – Huqi Agrotourism
After breakfast we are heading towards Lalzi Bay, drive on the rolling hills by the Adriatic coastline, enjoying the view, till you reach Cape or Rodon, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty and relaxation, with castles and churches infused with fascinating histories. Visit Skanderbeg Castle and the Church of St. Anthony. Drive to Duka Winery to have wines tasting and winery tour. Eating lunch in the Duka Restaurant located by a lake surrounded by vineyards, will make the lunch an unforgettable experience. Then we drive to Huqi Agrotourism in the countryside where you are going to be accommodated, surrounded by a peaceful green environment
Day 10 – Huqi Agrotourism – Airport
After breakfast we are leaving to Tirana International Airport.
Including: Good standard 3,4* Hotels BB, 6 Dinners & 5 Lunches in best local restaurants , visit 5 different wineries & degustation, 1 night with live folk music show. Visit a family house, all the transfers with modern AC tourist class Vehicles, museum entry fees, Professional English tour Guide, expenses for our driver/guide, local taxes