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Discover Albania in 8 days. After this trip, you may be sure that you will not only see Albania, but you will know it intimately! You will meet locals, explore the local food, learn the history and understand the religion in the “Land of the Eagle” where guest’s hospitality is an obligation and a matter of honor.
General itinerary: Tirane – Kruja – Shkoder – Durres – Ardenica – Apolonia – Vlore – Llogara – Dhermi – Himare – PortoPalermo – Saranda – Butrinti – Blue Eye park – Gjirokastra -Berat – Tirane
An Albania Travelnet Agency representative will meet you at the Tirana International Airport and escort you to your hotel in Tirana.
Overnight in Tirana
Our day will start in Tirana’s main square discovering the history and beauties of this town which was transformed from a big village into a modern capital in the first half of the XX century. (check detailed program)
In the second half of the day we will visit Kruja where we will have an introduction to the traditional Albanian culinary while having lunch in a traditional restaurant.
After the visit in the old part of the town of Kruja (check detailed program) we will drive north towards the town of Shkodra, where we will check in our accommodation in late afternoon. In the afternoon we will explore the old part of the town.
Overnight in Shkodra
After breakfast we will visit at the IV century BC castle of Rozafa (name given by the legend of Rozafa) located on a hill overlooking the lake of Shkodra and the Albanian Alps.
In the second part of the day, we drive to Durres, (the capital of Albania 1272 – 1920,) and one of the biggest Greek colonies in the Adriatic sea coast. (check detailed program)
Next visit will be at Ardenica Christian Orthodox monastery (XIII century) which is famous for its church with walls covered in colorful frescoes and wooden carved altar.
In the afternoon we will drive towards the town of Vlora where we will check in our hotel.
Overnight in Vlora
Today we will drive along the Albanian Riviera on the Ionian seaside. On the way, will drive through the forest of Llogara National Park where we will make a stop at 1025 meters above sea level from where we can admire the whole coast line and the Greek islands in the Ionian sea. After a visit in a hidden gem in the village of Dhermi, we will visit the “balcony” of Gjipe canyon overlooking the Ioninan sea. (check detailed program)
Next we continue towards Himara where we will have a break by the sea before continuing towards our next visit, the Ali Pasha castle located in the middle of Panormi bay ( know as Porto Palermo) which was build in the first decade of XIX under the supervision of french engineers and is a rear example of french military architecture in Albania. Next visit will be at Borshi water springs. In the afternoon we will check in our hotel near the sea in Saranda.
Overnight in Saranda
During the first part of the day we will visit the Archaeological park of Butrinti, UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. Founded in the VII century bc by the Corcyrians, it became one of the most important Greek colonies in the Ionian sea. Now days it is best preserved archaeological site in Albania. (Check detailed program).
After a short break by the sea in the white beach of Ksamil we will continue east towards Gjirokastra UNESCO World heritage town.
On the way, we will visit the Blue Eye water springs natural park. In the afternoon we will will continue towards Gjirokastra where we will check in our traditional accommodation located in the historical part of the town.
Overnight in Gjirokastra
After breakfast we will explore the old town of Gjirokastra, UNESCO World Heritage town since 2004. We will start our visit from the Ottoman fortress (XIV century) and continue with a visit at the old bazaar.
Next visit will be at Apollonia Archaeological park which started in the 7th century BC as the ancient town of Apollonia, the second largest Greek colony in Albania. Founded in the VII century BC, Apollonia became one of the most important towns in the region in the IV century bc. Now days it is one of the biggest archaeological parks in Albania.
In the afternoon we will drive towards Berat where we will check in our traditional accommodation located in the historical part of the town.
Overnight in Berat
Our visit in Berat UNESCO World Heritage town will start from the Medieval center of the old town of Berat know for the Sunni and the Helveti mosque. Next we will continue with a visit in the IV century bc fortress located on the hill overlooking the Osumi valley. The fortress is better known for the old Christian Orthodox cathedral where the Onufri Icon Gallery is located. Here we will admire some of the most beautiful and oldest icons in Albania, dating from the XIV century. Our visit in Berat will end with a pleasant visit in a local winery.
In the second part of the day we will drive to Elbasan where we will visit the old fortress before continuing towards Tirana through a recently opened tunnel. In the afternoon we will check in Tirana.
Overnight in Tirana
After breakfast we drive you to the airport wishing you a nice flight back home.
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This is a general overview of the program. Detailed program is available on request.
Note: This tour is not recommended to people with walking problems or physical disabilities.
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