Tour through Albanian history and heritage.

Booking code SHGCU70

10 Days € 720

Travel dates:2017-04-29 to 2017-05-08           Reservation

Travel dates:2017-06-03 to 2017-06-12           Reservation

Travel dates:2017-09-30 to 2017-10-09           Reservation

The vibrant Tirana and visit of its main attractions.
Visit of the cities of Elbasan, Pogradec, Korça, Përmet,
Hike by the coast of Ohrid Lake and short tour on small boats.
Guided visit of the traditional village of Voskopoja and its churches.
Guided visit of the unique Illyrian tumuli of Kamenica.
Guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage City: Gjirokastra.
Saranda and guided visit of Butrinti, the most important archaeological site in Albania and a UNESCO World Heritage.
Guided visits of the characteristic village of Dhërmi, old Himara, Castle of Ali Pasha.
The coastal city of Vlora and visit of the old St. Mary’s monastery in Zvërneci island.
The ancient and modern city of Durrës and visit to its Roman amphitheater and main attractions.
Accommodation at three star hotels.

Since ancient times, Albania has seen different cultural influences come and go, leaving behind a host of archaeological and historical treasures that you will explore during this tour.

Day 1: Tirana, the capital city.
After arrival at noon, transfer from “Mother Teresa” airport to the hotel in downtown Tirana. In the afternoon, a guided visit of the “Mosaic of Tirana” (the oldest surviving remains in Tirana, built almost 2 millennia ago) Et’hem Bey mosque, central boulevard and the downtown’s main attractions, is planned. Dinner will be provided at a traditional restaurant in Tirana, where you can choose between various dishes on the menu. After dinner, time for a drink in one of the bars of the “Block” area. Then, you will be accompanied to the hotel. (-/ -/ D)

Day 2: Elbasan, Pogradec and Korça.
Drive to Elbasan early in the morning. The first stop is at the monastery of St. John Vladimir, build in the 14th century. After the visit a short sightseeing tour of Elbasan downtown is planned. Today's trip continues driving east in the direction of Ohrid Lake up to Lin village, which is believed to have served as the summer residence of Roman emperor Justinian’s parents. Here are planned the lunch, a visit of the remains of the 6th century basilica, a short hike by the coast and a short tour on small boats. Then drive to Pogradec and Korça. Dinner and accommodation are provided in a traditional restaurant and in hotel in Korça. (B/ L/ D)

Day 3: Korça and Voskopoja.
Korça, has plenty to offer to an eager tourist: delicious food, pleasant streets with residential architecture, nice people and rich culture. Right after breakfast a short walk is planned, along with the visits of the Oriental Art Museum “Bratko” and the museum of the Albanian impressionist painter Vangjush Mio. After lunch drive to Voskopoja and visit of the 18th century churches of Saint Nicholas, Saint Athanasius and Saint Elijah, where the Jewish star of David is well preserved. The day will end with a dinner in a traditional restaurant. (B/ L/ D)

Day 4: The Illyrian tumuli of Kamenica, and the city of flowers Përmet.
We will leave Voskopoja in the morning and the first visit is at the ancient open-air museum of the 3200 years old Illyrian tumuli of Kamenica. Then drive south to the small towns of Erseka and Leskovik. Lunch is provided in Gërmenj, a wonderful village surrounded by intact nature. In Leskovik a walk is planned, through the old neighborhood with stone houses and cobblestone streets, surrounded by the magnificent views of Melesin Mountain and Pindus mountain range in horizon. On the way to Përmet a short photo stop at the Radova waterfall is planned. After the visit of the church of Leusa in the village nearby, dinner and accommodation are provided in Përmet.

Day 5: Gjirokastra-the city of stone.
Drive to Këlcyra and hike up the remains of the 4th century BC castle, with a great panorama towards the town. The tour continues towards Gjirokastra, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an outstanding example of an Ottoman merchant town and one of the few still surviving in the Balkans. After lunch we will visit the castle, the ethnographic museum and the artisan centre. Dinner and accommodation are provided in Gjirokastra.(B/ L/ D)

Day 6: The coastal city of Saranda.
The day begins with the drive south to the old Roman town of Hadrianopolis, and then, on the way to Saranda, we will enjoy the spectacular secluded scenery of the “Blue Eye” spring and park. After lunch in Saranda free time. The dinner is organized at the restaurant that lies at "Lëkursi Caste" on the top of a hill overlooking the bay of Saranda. (B/ L/ D).

Day 7: Saranda and the ancient site of Butrint.
Drive to Butrint and guided tour through this UNESCO World Heritage ancient city. The site is well known since the 7th century B.C. as the most important city of Epirus. After lunch at a restaurant by the seaside, we will travel to Porto Palermo Bay and visit of the 19th century castle of Ali Pasha. Dinner and accommodation are provided in Himara.

Day 8: Albanian Riviera and the city of Vlora.

The first activity of the day is the guided visit of the old town of Himara and its castle (century IV B.C. until century XVI). It had been built as a fortress for the Epirus tribe of Kaons. Then you will be driven to Dhërmi, a village set into the mountain and one of the oldest and most characteristic villages on the Ionian Coast. The earliest signs of settlement date back to the 1stcentury B.C.
The next stop of our tour is in National Park of Llogara where lunch is planned. The park lies 35 km south of Vlora, has an area of 1020 ha and is covered with everlasting greenery. In the inner part of its forests there are beautiful meadows, countless natural resources and diverse animal and bird species. An amazing part of this geo-park is the "Balcony" in Llogara pass, at the height of 1050 m, from where the Ionian Sea can be seen.
After lunch, drive to Vlora, sightseeing tour through the city and visit of the mosque of Muradie, designed by Suleiman the Magnificent’s architect Sinan. Dinner is provided in a sea food restaurant.

Day 9: Vlora and Durrës.
After breakfast we travel to the old St. Mary’s monastery in Zvërneci island, which is connected to the mainland through a 250 m long wooden bridge. After the visit of the monastery, we will be driven to Durrës. Guided sightseeing tour of the city, its Roman amphitheatre, Forum, modern downtown, a leisure walk by the waterfront and lunch. In the afternoon we travel back to Tirana. After dinner free time to enjoy the vibrant capital’s nightlife. (B/ L/ D)

Day 10: Transfer to the airport. After breakfast, transfer to the airport will be according to your scheduled flight. (B/ -/ -)

Additional information

If you are coming in a prearranged group, you can pick the date of this tour yourself.

The journey begins right after landing in the airport of Tirana with the noon flight. If your flight is in the evening, it is necessary to come to Tirana one day earlier.

The journey begins immediately after landing at the airport in Tirana where reception is scheduled. If you enter Albania through other border checkpoints and via other routes, we can pick you up against additional charge, enabling your participation in the travel. If this is the case, you should carefully fill in the appropriate field of the reservation form.

If you wish to travel to Albania a few days earlier or extend your tour by a few days, we are at your disposal to further organize your travel according to your wishes. All related services and costs are not included in the tour price and as such will be additionally calculated. For this purpose you should carefully fill in the field "Comments" in the booking form and explain in detail all your desires through an e – mail sent to our agency.

Number of the participants: 13 - 14 people

The price includes:
•  Transfer from and to the airport
•  All trips according to the program schedule.
•  Entries and visits listed in the program.
•  9 nights hotel accommodation in a double/twin room with shower and toilet.
•  8 x full board.
•  Dinner on the arrival day and breakfast on departure day.
•  Coffee and water during all coffee breaks.
•  Selected restaurants "a la carte" during the entire journey.
•  Accompaniment by an English/German-speaking guide during the entire journey.

The price does not include
Any type of insurance.
Beverages in hotels, restaurants and bars.

Additional cost
A supplement of € 20 /day for a single room.

Equipment list

Sneakers for traveling and sightseeing
Drinking bottle/ Thermos Flask