Arrival in Tirana international ariport
Pick up and hotel check in. Free evening
Dependin on the time of arrival alternative programs can be arranged
If arriving form port of Durres, the program can start from day one, because all ferry boats until now, arrive at 08:00.
Durres, Tirana, Kruja.
We start our day with a walking city tour of Tirana, a dynamic place where you can encounter the ancient, modern and everything in between. Along the way, you will see Skanderbeg Square, Heroes Boulevard, ex dictators museum called ”The Pyramid” and his house, visit of Et’hem Bey Mosque closed under communist rule and reopened in 1991. A walk through the busy streets of the Block Area, what used to be an exclusive neighborhood for the elite in communism time now famous for its buzzing coffee shops, clubs and boutiques.
We then proceed to visit the historic city of Kruja, which was the epicenter of Albania during 15th century, at which time under the leadership of "Skanderbeg" defeated the Ottoman Empire for 20 consecutive years. Visit the castle and Skanderbeg museum followed by a visit of Kruja Ethnographic house which displays the way indigenous people lived during Ottoman era.
We will continue our afternoon with exploration of Roman amphitheatre in Beach city of Durres built in the 2nd century AD during Roman Emperor Trajan's rule located inside the city fortress. Here guests will be able to enjuy the sunset in a traditional Albnanian setting of caffe.
Instead of visiting the castle guests can enjoy an afternoon at the beach to relax.
Dinner in Durres only by request
After breakfast we head towards Berat, the ‘’Museum City’’. A walking tour of the marvelous city of Berat known as the city of a thousand windows. Visit to the lovely painted Mosque of the Bachelors and the Tekke of the Helvetis with its beautiful portico. Visit to Onuphri's Iconic Museum which contains some of the finest examples of his work as well as other outstanding Albanian artists. Tour of the castle with panoramic views of the Osum River and the ancient neighborhoods of Mangalem and Gorica. Stop for lunch at a restaurant inside the fortress where you can enjoy a rustic meal and wine tasting of Berat cellar.
Returning to Tirana we will take a tour of Apollonia archeaological park. Our guided tour will take guests back to 558 BC bringing alive its dynamic history illustrated by many authentic relics inside the park and museum.
Return to the hotel.
Prishtina, Prizren, Gadime.
After breakfast we continue our discovery towards Kosovo and Macedonia. We start to explore Prizren city with a visit to the Albanian League of Prizren Museum, where the great movement of Albania's unification took place. We then continue our walk through the town and see Mehmet Pashas Hamam of the Ottoman Era. On our way to the citys Castle we pass by Sinan Pasha Mosque one of the dominant features in the town's skyline. After having enjoyed great views of the city we leave Prizren to continue the trip towards Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo.
Prishtina is a lively city which has undergone much development and many hardships during the last few decades. City tour of Pristina will include the city center, Clinton square, war landmarks, Independence Museum and the Mother Teresa Boulevard.
The exploration of Kosovos beauties will take us into a Marble cave, where we are going to be testimonies of a natures work of art.
We then head to what is shaping to be the museum city of Balkans, - Skopje, Macedonia.
Hotel accommodation and dinner at the hotel.
We wake up in Mother Teresas birthplace so naturally we start the city tour from the Memorial House Mother Teresa, where she lived when she was little. We then proceed to Macedonia Square, walk through the Stone Bridge a living monument from the Ottoman Empire and the Museum Complex. We continue to walk in the main city street, where different ancient buildings like St. Dimitrius Church, Chhifte Hamam, Dzamija, and the biggest Bazaar preserved in the Balkans today, are located. We visit the Museum of Macedonia where we discover the archaeological, historical and ethnological history of Macedonia and then we climb up the Upper Town "Kale", in order to feel the spirit of the 1500 years' old fortress and enjoy the panorama of Skopje. Guests will have time to do shopping in the old bazzar, and relax in numerous traditional coffee shops.
We start our day with an early breakfast and depart for Ohrid. We start our city tour at the Lower Gate, walking through the old city, full of antique churches, like the Saint Varvara, Saint Sophia, Saint Panteljemon, the very famous Saint John Kaneo and the Christian Basilica. We visit the ancient theatre and fortress and also the Robev Family House (important Ohrid family) .
On our way to Pogradec we stop at the Bay of Bones museum, Museum on Water - an exceptional archaeological complex, which is one of a kind in the region.
Hotel and dinner in Pogradec, Albania.
After breakfast at hotel we take a short trip to Korca, Albania’s city of education. In Korca are the roots of Albanian education where the original first school of Albania is found today know as the ABC museum. City tour of Korca will include visits of ABC Museum, National Museum of Medieval Art, one of the most important museum centers of Albania and beyond. We can enjoy a lunch at a famous local Brewery of Beer Korca.
We are then of to an afternoon of relax by the lake Ohrid in Pogradec town, with options of walks or small boat rides across Drilons springs, sorrownded by the willow trees that ad that final touch to the peacfulness of it.
We take an afternoon trip to Voskopoja National park, one of the oldest towns during medeival era. Here guest will enjoy a short hike on the hills, guided tour with the options of ski during snow season.
Depending on time of departure alternative programs can be arranged, which vary by season.
Places that can be added to increase the scope of visit per visitors' preferences.
Day 3 and 4 - Shkodra, Albania - Budva and Kotor Montenegro: (this option can also replace visit of Berat on second day)
Shkodra - Albania
We will start our visit of Shkodra with the magnificent castle of Rozafa and museum. Rozafa has a sad and beautiful mythological story. From the castle there's a gorgeous view of the three rivers that surround the city, the valley below and the high mountains of the Dinaric Alps can be seen further n the landscape! Following with Shkodra city tour, visit the historical neighborhood of Koli Idromeno , famous Marubi Photo Museum and handmade Venetian Carnival mask factory.
Budva, Kotorr - Montenegro
After breakfast we continue to discover one last beauty of the Balkans, Montenegro.
Our first stop on the way to Budva is the small but historical city of Ulcinj where for 25 centuries life has been booming, civilizations have been exchanging, leaving their vivid traces up to now. We then continue to our journey through the cities of Bar, Sutomore, Petrovac and Saint Stefan. Once a small fishing village which experienced an unbelievable transformation.
Budva, apart from its natural beauty, its bay islands and beaches, is rich in historic monuments. Budva Old Town lies on a small peninsula. Crossed with narrow streets and squares are famous buildings, the Church Sv. Ivan, Holy Trinity and Santa Maria in Punta.
Kotor is among one of the most beautiful of Montenegro's coastal towns. It is surrounded by lofty mountains which peer over its Bay of Kotor, Europe's southernmost fjord. As the Mediterranean’s only fjord, this bay was added to the list of the twenty-five most beautiful bays in the world in July 2000.
Dinner at hotel in Shkodra.
After day 3 - Gjirokastra Saranda, Ioannina Northern Greece, Kastoria. Korca (Albania) (up to 4 days addition).
Gjirokaster. (Optional: 1.Quick visit of Vlora; 2. Bird watching in Divjaka Lagoon)
Known by many as the City of Stone, Gjirokastra is a developing centre for cultural heritage tourism. A walk around the network of cobbled streets that climb steeply out of the bazaar will transport you back in time. A visit to the vast 13th-century castle brings the adventurous tales of medieval rulers and communist atrocities alive. Inside the castle are the museum of Army, Folk Festival Arena, and historic museum with relics from Byzantine to the medieval times. A short walk through the stone streets will take you to a replica birth house of ex-dictator of Albania Enver Hoxha.
Saranda, Butrint,Ksamil beach.
A visit to the impressive archaeological site of Butrint will take you through the steps of how this region of Albania evolved from the ancient times of Epirus, to Roman and Byzantine Empire through Ottoman Empire and modern history. The site is a mix of nature and history with which you cannot help but fall in love with.
Ksamil is part of the Ionian sea with deep blue waters and pebbly beaches. A relaxing afternoon on Ksamil beach after a trip to Saranda city and Butrinti Archaeological Park will make for a day full of fun activities.
Dinner at hotel in Gjirokastra.
Ioannina spreads out around the beautiful Lake Pamvotida. A walk through the city has the feel of a bygone era, full of secret places and legends still living. We’ll visit the fortress of Ioannina and wonderful buildings like the House Matei Hussein, the Ottoman mosque of Veli Pasha and the entire historic centre of the town are beautiful attractions. Along the way we take rests trying the traditional Ioannina desserts, alcohol free liqueur and also what they call “sherbetia”.
*Optional, adds 1 day visit of Meteora Greece with one overnight in Kalambaka.
-----You will find yourself nestled in the mountains of central Greece is a land that time forgot. Giant fingers of Granite rise up out of the Kalambaka valley like the hands of God reaching toward heaven. Perched miraculously on the tips of these fingers are five monasteries and one convent, all of which are active and thriving. Ashort visit of the mumified animal museum would make for a great experience -----
We reassume our trip towards Pogradec but first we take a coffee break on the western shore of Lake Orestiada, in Kastoria, known for its many Byzantine churches, Ottoman-era domestic architecture, fur clothing industry, and trout.
Dinner at hotel in Pogradec, Albania.
Oher, Korca. from the base program above.
The trip can continue on to visit Skopje/Macedonia and Pristina/Kosovo or end by returning to airport/port.
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