What To Expect
Explore Tirana at your leisure. Overnight in Tirana.
We will guide you around 3 cities. In Tirana, your first stop will be Skanderbeg Square, named after the Albanian hero, and the main landmark of the city. Visit the Et'hem Bey Mosque which pilgrims go to offer prayers. We'll take you to the Clock Tower, the Palace of Culture, the monument to Mother Albania and the National Historical Museum, which are some significant places every visitor must see.
Continue the tour with a visit to Kruja - one of the biggest cities in Northern Albania. Kruja is the "city of history" and best known as the hometown of Albania's National Hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg. Kruja offers many quality restaurants with magnificent views of the countryside below it. Visit the Castle, the Skanderbeg Museum and the Ethnographic Museum. You'll have time to explore Kruja's old bazaar with its authentic and antique shops.
Then head off to Durres, where you'll stay the night.
Durres - the ancient Greco-Roman port city of Dyrrachium, formerly called Durrazzo, is one of the oldest towns in Albania. See its Byzantine city walls, the Roman amphitheater and the Archaeological Museum before driving to Ardenica.
In Ardenica, see the medieval monastery surrounded by stonewalls. Visit Marry Churcha nd the Saint Triadha Chapel. After looking around the area, we continue on to Berat where you'll have some free time to explore the city on your own before retiring there for the night.
Go on a morning tour o f the marvelous city of Berat, the City of a Thousand Windows. Visit the lovely painted Mosque of the Bachelors, and explore the Tekke of the Helvetis with its beautiful portico. Then head off to Onuphri Icon Museum. It holds some of Onuphri's finest works, as well as the works of other outstanding Albanian artists. Stop at a restaurant in the Fortress where you will enjoy a rustic lunch. The Berat cellar will be open for wine tasting (optional).
Proceed to the ancient Greek settlement of Apollonia, founded in 588 BC. Take a peek around the area before going on to Vlora, an historic and coastal city where you will spend the night.
Go on a sightseeing tour of Vlora. Drive up to the Albanian Riviera after breakfast. Continue climbing up to 3000 ft where you can enjoy the best views of fertile slopes and villages.
Drive along the Dhermi and Himara coastlines and stop for a special lunch in one of the restaurants along the way. Enjoy the wonderful scenery among the pinewoods. Go on a short visit to the bay of Porto Palermo where the castle of Ali Pasha is situated.
You will then depart for Saranda, the hillside town facing the sea famous for its magnificent "Butrinti" archaeological site. Overnight in Saranda.
You will explore Saranda. Go on an excursion to the Butrinti Archaeological Site, the Temple of Aesclepios, the Baptistery, Nymph, the Theatre, Lion's Gate, and the Acropolis. Visit the "Blue Eye" spring formed by underground springs, and the unusual Church of St. Nicholas at Mesopotam with its fine carvings of mythological beasts.
You'll be having lunch at the Lekursi Castle Restaurant, which is built on the ruins of an old castle. After lunch, you'll have some free time to explore the place on your own. Overnight in Saranda.
Depart for Gjirokastra, also know as the Museum City. The houses there form medieval towers, hence their city's distinct architecture. You will visit the Castle and the Museum of Weapons. Make a stop at a local restaurant in Permet where you'll find authentic Albanian food, then drive back to Tirana for dinner and night accommodations.
We will take you to the airport for your flight after this 8-day tour of Albania.
Assistance upon arrival and departure at the airport
Meals and drinks not in description
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
This tour requires a minimum of 5 participants to run.
Up to one infant under 3 years old per group can join the tour for free.
Rates are for double rooms. Single rooms available with an additional fee per pax. Please inquire.
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