GRAND TOUR OF ALBANIA – 8 DAYS DISCOVERING THE EUROPE’S LAST UNTORNED STONE!

  • Start date: 24/04/2017                                                                         BOOK NOW
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Location: Albania
  • Price: From €399/p

Day 1th: Airport – Tirana
*An  Agency representative will meet you at the Tirana International Airport and escort you to your hotel near in center of Tirana.
*Depending on your arrival time we may do a short walking tour of the city, visiting the main tourist attraction starting from the Clock Tower, Mosque Ethem Bey (whose decorative are unique because they describe only nature), The Palace of Culture, Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ (the biggest in Albania) , The walking boulevard of the city (the architecture of which is based on a musical pentagram), remains of the Castle of Tirana, Pyramid (symbol of Communism), Angle of persecuted Martyrs located at the Nation Boulevard, the home of former dictator Enver Hoxha.
*Our tour end here for the city of Tirana.
* Dinner and Overnight in Tirana (hotel star, center city)

Day 2th: Tirana – Hot springs Benja – Gjirokastra
*We leave Tirana at morning at we will travel to Permet.
The first day will be dedicated solely to use the thermal waters of Benja. Leisure time to do beach and to relax in these natural wonders. For members of the group who like to explore the area, the tour guide will at your disposal to explore the canyon of Langaracies.
For lunch we will be moving a few km further, at the valey of Kelcyra, a country blessed with natural beauty but also to the incredible moments history (as the decisive battle of Philip II of Macedonia against rebellious tribes).
*At evening, transfer in Gjirokastra (city stone). Accommodation at hotel Cajupi (city center). Before dinner we can enjoy a coffee ta Viroi lake (located suburb of Gjirokastra)
* Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant on the top floor, where you can enjoy the landscape of Gjirokastra under the night lights.

DAY 3th: Gjirokastra – Butrint – Saranda
*After breakfast at the hotel we will visit Gjirokastra
Our visit will start at the Byzantine fortress of Gjirokastra (XIII century) and will end at the old bazaar of the town.
*Our tour will continue travelling to Saranda, where during the trip we will visit te National Park “Blu Eye”.
Arrival in Saranda for lucn and accommodation in hotel 4 star (sea side).
*In afternoon we will visit the ancient city of Butrint another UNESCO World Heritage considered the best archaeological site in Albania and probably one of the most important in the Balkans. The city was first settled by Greek colonists and was continuously inhabited for centuries forming archaeological layers of passing civilizations, giving archaeologists the possibility to study continuity through time. It is situated on a beautiful peninsula among dense vegetation. The site has been occupied since at least the 8th century BC, although myths associated with its origins speak of the city’s foundation by Trojan exiles. After a thorough visit of the site return to Saranda for overnight.
*Diner will be enjoyed at the castle of Lekursi
*Overnight in Saranda (hotel star, sea side)

DAY 4th: Albania South Coast – Vlora
*After breakfast we depart to Blora through the spectacular Albanian Riviera with its traditional villages. We will make different stops during the trip at the Waterfall of Borsh, Himara village, etc.
At the Llogara National Park we stop at around 1100 metres where spectacular views of the Ionian sea can be admired.
Afterwards continue to city of Vlora.
*Accommodation at 4star hotel, sea side.
*At evening we will visit the most patriotic city of Albania, where in 1912 was declared the indipendece of Albania
*Overnight in Vlora (hotel 4star, sea side)
*Diner will be enjoyed with seafood in restoraunt on seaside

DAY 5th: Apollonia – Berat
*We leave Vlora in the morning. First stop will be at archeological park of Apollonia (part of Unesco), which used to be one the biggest Greek colonies in the Adriatik sea. Now days it is the biggest archaeological site in Albania. Our visit will include the main public area and the archaeological museum of the park located in the Christian Orthodox Monastery nearby.and then we will drive to Berat.
*Our visit in Berat (UNESCO World Heritage town since 2008) will start from the Medieval center of the town located next to Mangalemi neighborhood, and the old bazaar by the river. Next visit will be at the IV CENTURY BC fortress located on the top of the hill overlooking the Osumi river. Within the fortress we will visit the old Christian orthodox cathedral of the town, where we will admire some of the most beautiful and oldest byzantine icons in Albania, dating from the XIII century, in the Onufry’s gallery. We will end our visit in Berat in a local winery, one of the best in the country to taste some really good Albanian wine and raki, our national drink.
*Diner will be enjoyed with traditional dishes
*Overnight in Berat (traditional hotel)

DAY 6th: Osumi canyon – rafting – Durres
*After breakfast at the hotel, we will trave to the Osumi canyons. Described as the miracle of Albania, in the canyons of Osumi we can try the sport of Rafting (50 euro extra charge). For persons who do not want to do rafting, the tour guide will be available for touring and exploring the beauty of the Canyon.
*After the experience along Osumi canyon we will travel to Durres
*Accommodation in Durres, hotel 4star sea side.
*Durint evening we will walk along the maing boulevard of the city located near Adriatic sea.
*Dinner with seafood (restoraunt on seaside)

DAY 7th: Kruja – Shkodra
*We leave Durres at morning by traveling to Kruja.
*On our way to Kosove we will visit the city of Kruja, start form the Othoman fortress which will include the Skanderbeg museum, the Ethographic museum, the turkish bath, the Bektashi mosque, and the old bazaar
*After lunch in traditional restoraunt in Kruja, we will travell to the final destination of this tour, the beautiful city of Shkodra.
*After accommodation in hotel we will visit Shkodra, centre of Roman Catholicism in Albania and a town with long historic roots, and the only mentioned capital of the Illyrian Kingdom. Visit the pedestrian area with Italian influences and the Castle thought to exist from Illyrian times. Lunch is recommended to be had in a village where organic tourism is promoted.
*It is our lat dinner togather, and so we will celebrate with e festive diner with traditional music live and traditinal dishes
*Overnight in Shkodra

Day 8th: Airport transfer
*After eating breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the airport.
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GROUP TOURS (From 10 persons until 55 persons)

The price is 399 euro person

I) 7 nights accommodation in 4 star hotel as follows

1 night in Tirana (hotel 4 star)

1 night Gjirokaster (Traditional hotel)

1 night in Saranda (hotel 4 star, sea side)

1 night in Vlora (hotel 4 star, sea side)

1 night in Berat (Traditional hotel)

1 night in Durres (hotel 4 star, sea side)

1 night in Shkodra (Traditional hotel)

II) 6 * dinner + 6 * breakfast

III) Transport with luxury minivan

IV) Tour Guid in English, German, French, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Croatian

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➡INDIVIDUAL TOUR (From 2 person unill 6 persons)

The price is 599 euro person

I) 7 nights accommodation in 4 star hotel as follows

1 night in Tirana (hotel 4 star)

1 night Gjirokaster (Traditional hotel)

1 night in Saranda (hotel 4 star, sea side)

1 night in Vlora (hotel 4 star, sea side)

1 night in Berat (Traditional hotel)

1 night in Durres (hotel 4 star, sea side)

1 night in Shkodra (Traditional hotel)

II) 6 * dinner + 6 * breakfast

III) Transport with luxury minivan

IV) Tour Guid in English, German, French, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Croatian

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CALENDAR OF STARTINDG DATE  WITH BALKAN TRIP

➡*APRIL 24,

➡*MAY 1;  MAY 8;  MAY 15;  MAY 22;  MAY 29

➡*JUNE 5;  JUNE 12;  JUNE 19;  JUNE 26

➡*SEPTEMBER 5;  SEPTEMBER 11;  SEPTEMBER 18;  SEPTEMBER 25

➡*OCTOBER 2;  OCTOBER 9;  OCTOBER 16;  OCTOBER 23

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