Albania Riviera Tour – Starting From Corfu Greece

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Picture a gorgeous Mediterranean shore of stunning beaches and breathtaking coves, dotted with ancient Greek sites largely quiet you might think the last time that was the case was when the Ancient Greeks were in residence. Welcome to the Albanian Riviera. Yet Albania has deep roots, back to when it was the Ancient Greek colony of Ilyria, with important cities such as Apollonia and Butrint. Their romantic ruins are a wonderful complement to pretty coastal towns such as Vlora or more lively spots such as the seafood mecca Saranda.

The best time for this tour- May –June, July, September- October

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    All about the Albania Riviera Tour – Starting From Corfu Greece.

    Picture a gorgeous Mediterranean shore of stunning beaches and breathtaking coves, dotted with ancient Greek sites – largely quiet you might think the last time that was the case was when the Ancient Greeks were in residence. Welcome to the Albanian Riviera. While holidaymakers flock everywhere else around Homer’s wine-dark sea, the 50-mile coast remains refreshingly off the radar – thanks to decades when Albania was a communist dictatorship and was previously ruled by a monarch glorying in the name of King Zog. Yet Albania has deep roots, back to when it was the Ancient Greek colony of Ilyria, with important cities such as Apollonia and Butrint. Their romantic ruins are a wonderful complement to pretty coastal towns such as Vlora or more lively spots such as the seafood mecca Saranda

    The best time for this tour- May –June, July, September- October

     

    Day 1: Corfu- Saranda.

    Meet with our representative at Saranda- Port or in Corfu Airport- And Accommodate for 3 nights at Hotel Brilant Saranda or similar.

    Day 2- Saranda- Butrint-Ksamil- Saranda

    After breakfast drive to Butrint we will visit the well preserved ruins of the ancient city of Butrint and its museum hosted in the Venetian castle, Butrint: is a National park that includes a very well preserved archaeological area, an uncontaminated vegetation area of Mediterranean, and has also a lake that is connected to the Ionian sea by a natural channel. The wetlands around the lake are shelter for different animals and aquatic species in danger of extinction. The excavations and studies has proved that during the VII and the VI centuries BC. Butrint was a protourban centre. By the V century BC Butrint has got the full form of an ancient city. During the VI century the city was equipped with new buildings such as the theatre, the agora, the small, temple and the stoa. The complex of the sanctuary of Asclepius forms the most magnificent part of the city. The main importance and magnificence of the Site was in the Roman period when the City was proclaimed a Roman Colony and used by the roman aristocracy as a holiday destination. Even during late antiquity Butrint maintained its importance. The construction of the Great Basilica and of the baptistery dates to this period. The baptistery has the floor surface covered by a mosaic decoration of a very fine processing, which is very well preserved. .After the visits in Butrint, we will continue to must beautiful sea side village of Ksamil, free time for optional lunch in Fish restaurant 10 m from the sea. Continue to Saranda. Overnight in Hotel Brilant

    Day 3: Saranda- Ksamil- Saranda.

    After breakfast drive to Ksamil Beach- Free day to relax in white sandy beaches of Ksamil. Late afternoon- Transfer to your Hotel in Saranda.

    Day 4- Saranda- Mesopotam Monastery- Blue Eye- Gjirokastra- Saranda.

    After breakfast we will depart to Gjirokastra 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 continue to Gjirokastra city where the dwelling houses have the form of medieval towers constituting a building ensemble with a 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. Lunch in Traditional Restaurant. Back to Saranda.

    Day 5- Saranda- Borsh- Dhermi

    After breakfast drive up to Albanian Riviera. En route making a short visit to Borsh Waterfalls, and  the bay of Porto Palermo where the castle of Ali Pasha is situated. Also along Albania Riviera we will stop in Different nice small spots, beaches, villages etc, Continuing to Dhermi, a large and beautiful village with about 30 old churches picturesquely placed on the rough mountainside. Overnight  to must popular beach spot Dhermi, Hotel Elysium

    Day 6: Dhermi- Llogara- Dhermi

    After breakfast drive  to Llogara, Stop at National Park of Llogara. The park starts at 470 m above sea level and climbs to 2018 m and it is considered one of Albania’s most valuable tourist attractions and it offers possibilities of eco-tourism, air sports, hiking and picnics. So here we can do different activities as Paragliding, Hiking etc, Lunch in best restaurants in national Park, You can try here the best lamb on the spit, Yogurt with Honey and walnut’s, etc. Buck to your Hotel at Dhermi  Hotel Elysium

    Day 7:- Dhermi-

    Free time at your leisure and enjoy the crystal beaches of Dhermi or Drymades beaches. Overnight   Dhermi, Hotel Elysium

    Day 8- Dhermi- Saranda- Corfu.

    After breakfast, Drive to Saranda through Albania Riviera- Continue to Saranda Port

    Or Continue to Tirana The Capital of Albania.

    The best time for this tour- May –June, July, September- October

    INCLUDED: Professional guide service in English, French, Italian German, Russian, Half Board ,4 * Hotels BB, All Museums entry fees, Transport Services Modern AC- Minibus, Bus, through the Tours

    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 costs
    • Professional English-French-German-Italian-Russian or Spanish speaking local guide throughout the tour
    • All the museum entry fee
    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 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 Royal Blue Dhermi

    This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Situated just 500 m from the centre of Dhërmi, Royal Blue Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and free private parking. The property offers an à-la-carte restaurant, while the beach is just a few steps away. All accommodation units offer a view of the sea, a balcony, a TV, a small fridge and a private bathroom with shower.

    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 season for TAB usually starts in March and ends in the end of October. But for Albanian Riviera tour the best time is June, July & September,

     

    TAB reserves the right to alter the prices of any tours shown in our brochure and/or website. But don’t worry; the definitive price will be communicated with you before booking. Once your tour is booked the price is set and will not change according to tax rises, fuel prices etc.

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