Highlights of Albania
Tirana
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Total LEK 158,600
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Description

10 Days Tour around Albania starting from Saranda or Tirana

A trip to Albania is to discover a culture, imbued with various breathtaking scenery. With a colorful folklore and authentic nature, the gentle atmosphere of Albania inevitably succeeds in seducing all travelers in search of serenity.
Albania is perfectly adapted to all types of tailor-made circuits. Thanks to the splendid old towns, the modern seaside resorts, the traditional villages, the green and impressive decoration.


  • DAY 1 Start from Tirana.

    The tour starts at our hotel in Tirana, Albania’s capital. Those travelling on the group flights will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel (approx. 20 mins). This afternoon we'll have an orientation tour of the colourful streets of Tirana, which was made the capital of Albania in just 1920. We’ll see the main sites, including the impressive façade of the National History Museum which is adorned with a gigantic mosaic known as ‘The Albanians’. This is one of the finest examples of late Albanian Socialist Realism in the country, depicting the resilience of the people in their fight against invasion and occupation throughout the centuries, and dominates Skanderbeg Square. The exhibits within the museum give great insight into Albania’s intriguing past and recent history up to the present day.
    We also visit Et'hem Bey Mosque, one of the oldest buildings in the city. Closed under communist rule, it reopened as a house of worship in 1991 despite opposition from communist authorities. We also explore an area known as Blloku on foot, where villas were once occupied by members of The Politburo (former leading sect of the Party of Labour of Albania) but which is now the lively centre of Tirana’s nightlife where trendy bars, cafés, and fashionable clubs can be found.
    Comfortable Hotel


     

  • DAY 2 Visit Elbasan Fortress en route to Pogradec, offering views across Lake Ohrid.

    After breakfast, we begin our drive to Pogradec (approx. 3 hrs. drive), but en route we make a short stop to visit the fortress of Elbasan. A city influenced by various cultures including Serbs and more importantly Italians, the fortress here dates back to the 15th century. The fortifications originally incorporated twenty-six towers equidistantly spaced from each other along the length of a nine-metre high wall; today the ruins can be seen along the southern wall which remains more or less intact.

    Our final destination for today is one of the most charming resorts in Albania, Pogradec, thanks to its position on beautiful Lake Ohrid with clear waters and mountain views. Keep your eyes peeled for Orhrid trout (known as ‘Koran’ in Albania), a species endemic to the lake. We go for a scenic walk at Drilon Park on the far side of the lake, to discover the waterways and ornamental plants and trees that make up this special ecosystem.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: breakfast


     

  • DAY 3 Transfer to the artists' village of Voskopojë, continue to Korçë.

    This morning we continue driving for about an hour to reach Voskopoja Village (formerly known as Moskopole) an important and well-known centre of art where many talented Albanian painters chose to practice their profession. The village has suffered over the years, as many of its treasures were stolen during the second half of the 18th century and this continued during the world wars. We take a 40 minute walk to visit one of the oldest churches representing Voskopoja religious art.

    Another short drive (approx. 30 mins.) takes us to the largest city of south-eastern Albania, Korçë, which sits at the foot of Moravia Mountain, 800m above sea level. This city became an important trading and handicraft centre in the 18th Century and has also been referred to as ‘the city of museums’, being home to the National Museum of Mediaeval Art and Archaeology, the Museum of Education (where the first Albanian School was opened in 1878), and the new museum of ‘Bratko Collections’ displaying antiquities from the Far East. Our visit to Korçë includes the National Museum of Mediaeval Art and Archaeology, Mirahori Mosque (one of the oldest in the Balkans) and the famous church 'The Resurrection'. Korçë has been an important religious centre for Orthodox Christians. It's also worth trying the famous local beer whilst in the city.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: breakfast


     

  • DAY 4 Drive via the mountain village of Ersekë to Përmet, famous for its food and wines.

    Our drive through the mountains today is truly spectacular as we enjoy sweeping views across the Gramos and Nemercka Mountains. Along the winding route, we enjoy a short stop in Ersekë, which at 1050m is the highest town in Albania. This 17th century town is surrounded by beautiful green pastures of the Gramos Mountains. Continuing onwards to beautiful Përmet, we make a quick stop at the old bridge of Benje village, and the hot springs, where we have time to relax and swim. After quite a long day (approx. 5 hrs. drive in total) we arrive in Përmet, situated in the heart of the white mountains on the Vjosë River. This evening you’re sure to be in for a treat as Përmet is famous for its food and wine, including 'gliko' sweets and raki.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: breakfast


     

  • DAY 5 To Gjirokastër via the characteristic village of Dhoksat.

    Drive to the beautiful town of Gjirokastër (approx. 2 hrs. drive), calling in at the traditional village of Dhoksat en route for a home-cooked lunch. In the afternoon we enjoy a guided visit around the famous town of Gjirokastër. Set on a mountain slope, the cobbled streets wind their way between old houses with interesting architectural features including mediaeval towers. The castle is the main feature and stands like a balcony over the town offering wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. We visit the ethnographic museum which is the house of Albania's former dictator Enver Hoxha.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: breakfast  lunch


     

  • DAY 6 Visit 'The Blue Eye' natural water spring, travel to Butrint and on to Sarandë.

    In the morning we have a short journey (approx. 30 mins) to visit the ‘Blue Eye’, an area where seven artesian wells (natural springs) rise. Named after the largest spring, the water descends to depths of over 50m as it infiltrates the pale-coloured surrounding rock. We then continue to the UNESCO World Hiritage Site of Butrint (approx. 1 hr. drive), a sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, the god of medicine, founded in the 4th century BC. Worshippers came to the sanctuary and left symbolic objects or money for the gods and priests in the belief that they would then be healed by the sacred waters. 

    We spend the night in the city of Sarandë, which is a stark contrast to the tranquil towns we have stayed in so far.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: breakfast


     

  • DAY 7 To Vlorë via Porto Palermo Bay to visit Ali Pasha Castle. In the summer we can swim and sunbathe at the small beach here.

    A change of scenery today as we travel through the spectacular Albanian Riviera. We spend time at Porto Palermo Bay and visit Ali Pasha Castle, which was once one of the most important military bases during the cold war. There is a small beach here, suitable for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing in an unspoilt corner of the Mediterranean during the summer months.

    From Porto Palermo Bay, we wind our way up the coast enjoying views to Corfu and miles of olive groves and pine forests, stopping for lunch en route to the popular destination of Vlorë, where the Albanian Declaration of Independence was proclaimed in 1912. We arrive in the afternoon and there is time to relax before we explore this vibrant large town. (Total driving time today is approx. 3.5 hrs.)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: breakfast


     

  • DAY 8 Visit Apollonia and Ardenica Monastery, drive to Berat.

    We start our journey north today and stop at the wonderful ruins of Apollonia (approx. 1.5 hrs. drive). Originally occupied by the Illyrian tribes and then the Greek colonists from Corfu and Corinth around 600BC, Apollonia flourished in the Roman period and was home to a renowned school of philosophy but began to decline in the 3rd century AD when its harbour started silting up as a result of an earthquake. 

    We continue inland to the Monastery of Ardenice, built by the Byzantine Emperor in 1282 (approx. 40 mins. drive). The monastery became famous as the national hero of Albania, Gjergj Kastriot (Skanderbeg), married Donika Arianiti here in 1451. Another highlight is the Church of Saint Mary set within the monastery, which reveals frescoes from famous Albanian painters. Finally, we transfer further inland to the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Berat (approx. 1.5 hr. drive), where we spend a night in the oldest district of the town.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: breakfast


     

  • DAY 9 Guided tour of UNESCO site of Berat; continue to amphitheatre and port of Durrës; Continue to Krujë.

    This morning we enjoy a guided tour around the old district of Berat, with its pretty white buildings perched on the hill amid pine forests. We walk through the narrow cobbled streets and finally reach Berat Castle on the slopes of Mount Tomorr, where we are rewarded with breath-taking views (and begin to understand why it is known to Albanians as 'The City of a Thousand Windows'). Within the castle walls are dwelling houses and the Onufri Museum (Museum of Iconography), which we will visit.

    From Berat we drive to the port of Durrës (approx. 2 hrs. drive), the second largest city in Albania and famed for housing the largest amphitheatre in the Balkans. The amphitheatre dates back to the 2nd century AD, seats 15,000 people and contains an early Christian crypt with rare wall mosaics. The city was colonised by colonists from Corinth and Korkyra in 627 BC and was named Epidamnus, but later became Dyrrachium. 

    We then drive to the famous mediaeval citadel of Krujë (approx. 45 mins. drive), where Albania's national hero, Skanderbeg, led the resistance against the Ottomans. He kept them from crossing into Western Europe for 25 years, earning the title "Champion of Christ".
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: breakfast


     

  • DAY 10 Tour of Krujë, visit the ethnographic museum and wander through the bazaar.

    After breakfast we’ll have a tour of Krujë. We will visit the Skanderbeg Museum, a rich ethnographic museum inside the castle, and enjoy inspirational views out to the Adriatic Coast. We have time to wander through the mediaeval bazaar full of souvenirs and handicrafts. Those travelling on the group flights will be transferred to Tirana airport for your flight back to London (approx. 45 mins. drive). Retourn to airport

  • Meals included: breakfast

Policy & Terms

Prices are quoted on a twin-sharing basis in a standard room with inclusions listed above. Additional options are available upon request. Departures are fixed for 23 September 2017, no amendments or changes will be possible. Prices are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change without notice depending on travel dates and availability. All photos and videos shown are illustrative. Actual services may differ. Terms apply.


Payment Options

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Days : 10 | Nights : 9


Inclusions


  • Local tax
  • Bike equipment
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Collision Coverage
  • Transportation
  • Deluxe Coach
  • Central Air/Heat
  • Guides / Assistance
  • Live entertainment
  • Dinner
  • Professional tour guide
  • Beach Access
  • Roundtrip Hotel Transfers
  • Suitable for Children
  • Historic Area Nearby
  • Driver
  • Service fee for tour guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Amusement Park Nearby
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Lunch
  • Shopping
  • State/National Park Nearby

Exclusions


  •     Medicines required if any    
  •     Airfare & airport taxes    
  •     Insurance    
  •     Passport costs    
  •     All meals and drinks    
  •     Tips to coach drivers    
  •     Tips and Gratuities    
  •     Return Airport Transfer    
  •     Any optional tours    
  •     Any airport arrival/departure tax    
  •     Alcoholic beverages    
Reviews
99 Jon Ellen   17/08/2015 1.8 / 10
Negatives: bathroom is old, no towel racks, no electrical outlets - kitchen counters felt sticky (we stayed in January) and plates and pans were very used and mismatched, lack of counter space - hard to regulate heat, sometimes it was freezother times like a sauna - biggest issue was we left the unit cleaner than we found it and still didn't get deposit fully refunded.
98 Flip   17/08/2015 2.2 / 10
My group and I stayed here in February of this year and this being our first time booking an apartment online, we were a little nervous. But when you arrived, and say this lovely home we were glad we made the choice. The location is excellent because you are so close to Central Park and some famous shopping stores. As far as eating, we had an excellent choice. The owner was helpful and the booking process were smooth. Only one complaint that there was some trash left in the bin, but happy to recommend
97 happycamper   17/08/2015 8 / 10
Property was in a great location. The size was exactly what we needed for a group of 7 girls. The place could have been a bit cleaner but it still did not ruin our trip! No tea towels in kitchen, no lights could be turned on in kitchen area, no dishwasher, however we were told they were installing new one. Again we worked around it! Wifi was off and on, but we all had use of it a one time or another. The mouse was a little worrisome but apparently they fumigate once a month. Great things were size and 3 full size bathrooms + 1 powder room. Awesome that bedrooms and washrooms were on top 2 floors and living space with powder room were on main floor. Lots of stairs, but hey, you're in New York! If we could have had early check in or late check out we would have been very happy. We were told that they are not doing late check out anymore, however they let you leave your luggage in their office. Overall we would stay here again!
96 Maria   17/08/2015 8 / 10
We were two families of 4 and 5, with young adults. The apartment met our expectations. Two bedrooms are of a very good size, and the other 3 are very small., but for one week it was not too uncomfortable. The kitchen has a dishwasher (we used it all the time), the dining room, and the living room are nice and spacious. There is washer and dryer but we never used them. The bathrooms are ok. The only problem is the noise. In the middle of the night, every night, there is loading and unloading activity at the "Freight" company across the street! If it wasn't for that, I would say that is a perfect apartment to spend a week in NYC.
95 Bong_Traveller2012   17/08/2015 5 / 10
Adobehome accommodation looks exactly like the picture posted. The house is clean and tidy, at the same time, it is spacious as well. Surender gave detailed instructions on how to get to her accommodation with pictures included (and I must say it's really easy to get to their place). It is a short walking distance from the Mall Manali. Upon reaching the accommodation, we saw, drinking water, cups, umbrella and even adapters on the table of our room.. It was really thoughtful of Surender. It was cold when we reached there, he immediately severed us the hot tea, it was so soothing and I am really touched by his hospitality. Surender was always quick to respond to any requests/queries. The only negative point about the apartment is located on backside, one house after the main road and views are not good from rooms. However the terrace is open and it has 360 degree view. But it does not matter we hardly live in room and come back only in evening to sleep. I felt very comfortable and safe.…
94 NewtonKakadia   17/08/2015 10 / 10
Hello folks! I made a 2 day 3 nights stay here in my manali trip. I would like to share my stay experience with you all. So we arrived manali on evening and Mr Birender came to pick us up at bus station. We were 3 college friends on this trip. We shared a room. The pictures of rooms showed here in this page exactly matches. This night we had a discussion with the house owner Mr Birender regarding our trip - what we would like to do in manali, safety, precautions and everything. He arranged a taxi for us to solang valley for the very next day. Next morning, we woke up a bit late (it was too cool..hahahhh) and house owner had switched on water heater (geyser) for us an hour before we woke up. It was very nice of him to do so. As we 3 had preferred to stay in single room, we had only 1 bathroom to use. But, the house owner offered us to use extra bathroom in the next room as the room was vacant. He didn't even take any charge for that though. Cool, they are nice people. :) The house owner…
93 SangamGarg   17/08/2015 6 / 10
Perfect budget stay in Manali. Rooms were cozy, neat and clean. Also Adobe home is better then what we see in the images. Host was always there to guide me with everything around. We were 14 people and it was perfect home away from home. Definitely come back if I visit Manali. Also recommended for family
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