Arrival in Tirana international airport.
Pick up and hotel check in. Free evening
Depending on the time of arrival alternative programs can be arranged
If arriving from port of Durres, the program can start from day one, because all ferry boats until now arrive at 08:00. This option may have accommodation cost reduction 2 nights. (first and last nights of accommodation) Price reduction - On Request only
Tirana, Kruja, Durres.
Walking city tour of Tirana, a dynamic place where you can encounter the ancient, modern and everything in between. We will visit Skanderbeg Square, Martyr's 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 tour 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 enjoy the sunset in a traditional Albanian setting of café.
Instead of visiting the castle guests can enjoy an afternoon at the beach to relax.
Dinner in Durres only by request, - extra costs may apply
Return to the hotel.
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 archaeological 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.
Divjake. (Optional: Forest hike in flat land with the possibility of bird watching in Divjaka Lagoon)
Divjake is a town near the Adriatic sea, with a large pine fores, protected by The Ramsar Convention and the biggest lagoon of Albania it makes the perfect habitat of the rare Dalmatian Pelican, flamingos and different types of birds, which makes it one of the best places for bird watching.
Return to the hotel.
Prishtina, Prizren, Gadime Cave.
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 city’s 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 Prishtina will include the city center, Clinton square, war landmarks, Independence Museum and the Mother Teresa Boulevard.
The exploration of Kosovo’s beauties will take us into a Marble cave, where we are going to be testimonies of a nature’s 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 Teresa’s 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, Chifte 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 bazaar, 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. Walk through the city’s pedestrian street which leads you to a very nice Bazaar where shops of local artisanal shops (craftsman) can be found. We can enjoy a lunch at a famous local Brewery of Beer Korca.
* Summer option:
We are then off to an afternoon of relax by the lake Ohrid in Pogradec town, with options of walks or small boat rides across Drilons springs, surrounded by the willow trees that ad that final touch to the peacefulness of it.
* Winter option:
We take an afternoon trip to Voskopoja National park, one of the oldest towns during medieval 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.
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- 4 nights BB/HB accommodation in middle class hotel in Tirana - Abania
- City tour o f Tirana
- 2 night BB/HB accommodation in middle class hotel in Skopje - Macedonia
- City tour of Pristina
- City tour of Skopje
- 2 nights BB/HB accommodation in middle class hotel in Ohrid, Macedonia or Pogradec, Albania depending on season
- Entrance to Kruja Castle, Albania
- Entrance to Skanderbeg museum, Albania
- City tour of Berat, Albania
- Entrance to Berat Castle, Albania
- Entrance to Onufri museum (inside Berat Castle), Albania
- Entrance to Apollonia Archaeological Park and museum, Albania
- Entrance in Caves of Gadime in Kosovo
- Entrance Archeaological Makedonia museum in Skopje
- Entrance in Mother Teresa house of birth - museum, Skopje
- City tour of Ohrid, - Macedonia
- Entrance in Bay of Bones museum - Ohrid, Macedonia
- City tour of Korca, Albania
- Entrance to ABC museum house in Korca, Albania
- Happy Hour each evening 5.5 euro / person
- Albanian Festive dinner 28 euro / person
- Cable car ticket to Dajti Park above Tirana 7euro / person
- *Trip to Bunkart (Nuclear bunker during communism) 7 euro (is still open)
- Wine tasting in Cobo winery in Berat City 10 euro / person
- Wine tasting Uka Farm in Tirana 6€