Grand Tour of Albania,11 Days

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Programe

TOUR PROPOSAL:

Day 1: Arrival in Tirana. Welcome drink at the hotel and accomodation in Tirana.

Day 2: Discover the capital of Albania by visiting Skanderbeg Square, Heqem Bey mosque, Tabaken's old bridge,  National Heroes Boulevard, Mother Teresa square, ex-Elite district for communist bureau. Orthodox cathedral and the The house of Leafs, infamous for its spy function during communism. Relax the rest of the afternoon on Durresi beach and enjoy a beautiful sunset. Evening meal at the hotel in Tirana.

Day 3: After breakfast, start the journey to Apollonia (world heritage archaeological park) and Vlora Historic town. A drive through Albanian agricultural heartland. Apollonia archaeological site dates back to about 2500 years ago when the region was reach and well connected with Roman Empire. Displaying in the museum are many relics found in the park. Continue the journey to the beautiful beach town of Vlora. Visit the house of Independence and take a walk on Vlora Harbor to enjoy the scenery and salty air. Dinner at hotel in Tirana

Day 4: Start the day early with a journey to Prishtina (Kosovo). Enjoy a magnificent scenery of the high mountains driving on a highway that sneaks alongside the riverbed of Mat. Take e brief stop in Kukes town to try fresh fruits from fresh markets. Pristina is the capital of Kosovo, a lively city wich has undergone nuch development and many hardships during last few decades. Visit Pristina center, Clinton square, war monuments  and the main boulevard. Dinner in hotel in Pristina.

Day 5: Visit Prizren, a town as old the Roman Empire itself. Welcoming people, rich tradition, Prizren is a warm mountanies town, where people can't help but feel comfy to be there. Continue the journey  to Kruja city  and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery on your way. Kruja 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. Dinner at the hotel in Tirana

Day 6: Discover the Historic City of Shkodra. During this trip you'll visit the magnificent castle of Rozafa and museum. Rozafa has  a sad and beautiful mythological story of a self sacrificing young mother. From the walls of the castle there's a gorgeous view of the river and valley below! Following with Shkodra city tour, visit the old district, famous Marubi Photo Museum and handmade Mask Factory. Dinner at the hotel in Tirana.

Day 7: A morning tour of the marvelous city of Berat known as the city of thousand windows. Visits to Berat Ethnographic house, castle and Onuphri's Iconic Museum which contains some of the finest examples of his work as well as other outstanding Albanian artists. Stop for lunch at a restaurant inside the Fortress where you can enjoy a rustic meal and wine from Berat cellar. Continue your journey through Albanian heartland to historic city of Gjirokaster. Evening meal and hotel in Gjirokastra.

Day 8: 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. A visit to Butriniti Park will take you through the steps of how this southern region of Albania evolved from, Byzantine empire through Ottoman empire and modern history. Ksamil is part of the Ionian sea with beep blue waters and pebbly beaches. Dinner at hotel in Gjirokastra.

Day 9: A short walk through a traditional bazaar inside the old neighborhood of Gjirokatra (world heritage site). Visit Gjirokatra castle which has mixed stories of darkness and glory! Inside the castle are the museum of Army, Folk festival arena, and historic museum with relics from Byzantine to medieval times. A short walk through the stone streets will take you to a replica birth house of ex-dictator of Albania “Enver Hoxha. Continue your journey to Korca historic town through Albania's Southern mountains while enjoying the scenery and mountains fresh air. Dinner and hotel in Korca city.

Day 10: Start the day with a traditional Albanian breakfast. Visit Albnaia's city of education. In Korca are the roots of Albanian education where the original first school of albania is found. Visit ABC museum, Orthodox cathedral and famous Korca beer brewery. Continue your journey to Pogradec, cultural town of Tushemisht and Ohrid lake beach. Drive back to Tirana through  mountains and stop in Elbasan to visit the 15th century castle located almost at the city center. Evening meal and hotel in Tirana.

Day 11: Departure.


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Included

  • Hotel accomodatin
  • Entry fees
  • Transfer
  • Limited meals

Not Included

  • extra activities
  • drinks
  • meals

Transport

Transfer by airconditioned coach.


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