Albania Heritage Tour – 569 Euro per person
This visit last 7/8 days (tailor-made to your wishes) and tours can include:
Tirana – Ardenica – Apollonia – Vlora – Saranda – Butrint – Gjirokastra – Berat – Tirana – Kruja – Durres
Day 1: Airport- Durres ( 35 Km ). Arrival at Tirana airport. Meeting with local Albanian guide and drive to Durres – One of the oldest cities of Albania, the main seaport of the country, the second largest industrial center after Tirana. Durres lies on a small peninsula on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The Greeks colonized the city in 627 BC. AD Appointed Epidamnus, who later became Dyrrachium. From the Venetian Tower to the medieval city wall port leads to the amphitheater (capacity of 15,000 spectators) dating from the 2nd century AD and containing one of the first Crypt Christians with a rare mosaic wall. Between the 1st and 3rd century CE, Durres was an important port and commercial center on the Via Egnatia trade route between Rome and Byzantium (Istanbul). After a large number of earthquakes, the main part of the old city sank in the sea or collapsed and was then built above. Visit the amphitheater and the archaeological museum.
Day 2: Durres- Apolonia-Vlora ( 120 Km ). After breakfast departure for Apollonia, located 12 km from the city of. Greek settlers from Corinth and Corcyra, on top of the ancient settlement of Illyrian Glaukos, found the city of Apollonia in the early 7th century BC. Apollinian was in Roman times, a large and flourishing city near the river Aos (now Vjosa). Of great interest to visit are; The encirclement wall, the monuments of Agonothete, the library, the Odeon, the portico, the house with mosaics, the Apollonia museum, the church of St. Mary. Unfortunately, some of the statues and objects were opened before 1946 by other countries. Those remain are shown in the museum, which is housed in the monastery. The monastery courtyard joins a Byzantine church dating back to the 14th century. Departure for Vlora city. Arrival in Vlora and check in the hotel. Afternoon visit of the city Vlora Vlora is a coastal city. As an ancient dwelling place, it is known by the IV century BC. AD like Aulona. It is the only major seaport, but also of great historical significance as it was there in 1912, the Assembly was convened to proclaim Albanian as an independent state and to set up the first national government led by Ismail Qemali. Overnight at Hotel Regina or partner.
Day 3: Vlora- Himara- Saranda ( 125 Km ). After breakfast, the group will depart to Saranda, passing through Albania Riviera Radhima bay is one of the most fantastic neighborhoods of Vlore bay. Evergreen hills, golden beaches, clear water and clean air are the treasure of our country. The boat port only works in the south of Albania positioned in this part of the Albanian Riviera. Continue along the high mountain, fascinated view of Albanian beauty, and arrive at Llogara National Park Llogora is located 42 km south of Vlore. The park is covered by the intense pine forest color. It is rich in wildlife like deer, squirrels, foxes, wolves and wild boars This park offers a beautiful and attractive landscape and characteristic areas with dominant points. It has great potential for the development of eco-tourism, air sports, excursions and hikes. For fans of aerial sports, this park offers accommodation possibilities. Leave Llogara and continue our journey, where you will be confronted with other traditional villages like, Dhermi, Himara, and stop for lunch at a local restaurant by the sea, Borsh, which are best known for the growth of citrus fruits and vegetables and olive trees. An interest to be mentioned is Porto Palermo, where Ali Pasha Castle stands as a barrier in front of the blue rocky sea as a protection for the country. Upon arrival in Saranda.
Day 4: Saranda – Butrint – Ksamil Saranda Village ( 28 Km ). After breakfast, departure for Butrinti national park full day Butrinti with its archaeological artefacts prove that during the 7th and 6th centuries BC Butrint was a proto-urban center, but it was only during the 5th century BC that it transformed into a complete developed city. At the end of the 4th century the agora, the boulevard, a small temple and the maintenance theater 1500 places were built, the latter being fortunately preserved until today. The theater complex and other buildings like the Asklep temple, portico, and Roman baths form the most beautiful part of the ancient city. During late antiquity and the early middle Ages, Butrinti flourished. The construction of the baptistery, which is the most important monument of the Christian period, dates from that time. The baptistery, which has a round shape with a diameter of 13.50 m, is posed with multicolored motifs of geometric and animal mosaic and carries special artistic values. The hall has two rows of granite colonnades on which the roof rests. Lunch in Ksamil Village seaside restaurant after the tour. Drive back to Saranda and continue to Castle Lekursi overlooking the city of Saranda and Corfu Island where we can enjoy the sunset. Back to the Hotel Brilant or partner hotel.
Day 5: Saranda-Gjirokastra- Berat ( 62 Km + 160 Km ). After breakfast depart for Gjirokastra, with optional tours en route to: Mesopotamia ancient Byzantine church Blue source of water for the eyes, natural attraction for centuries. Upon arrival in Gjirokastra, we start the city tourwhere you will notice tha many houses in the old town, have a distinctive local style that has earned the city the nickname of “city of stones”, because most old houses have stone-covered roofs. Of great importance and interesting to visit, are the museum of arms (inside the castle) The Ethnographic Museum or known as the house of Enver Hoxha, The castle of Gjirokastra, The characteristic house of Zekate, an important family in Gjirokastra. Visit the castle of the gun museum and Enver Hoxha natal house After visiting the city in Gjirokastra, lunch at a local restaurant in the city and departure for Berat city. Overnight at Berat Mangalemi Hotel.
Day 6: Berat- Tirana ( 103 Km ). After breakfast. Start Berat city tour. Berat, known as the “city of a thousand windows” and declared a museum of the city, part of the UNESCO heritage site, Berat, eclipsed to the east by Tomorr Mountain 2415 m, it is a former Illyrian colony founded in the 4th and 5th centuries BC BC on the territory of the Illyrian Desarettes tribe. The city is composed of 3 parts; Gorica, located on the other side of the river; Mangalem, located on the side of the fortress of the river and the Residenial district in the fortress known as Kalaja. The old part of the city has some religious buildings like mosque and Byzantine churches. The old name of the city was Antipatrea. Visit the Fortres, Onufri After the city stage of the tour for lunch, traditional cuisine, in Berat. Departure for Tirana in the afternoon.
Day 7: Tirana-Kruja ( 35 Km ). After breakfast, departure for Tirana city tour, visit the mosaic in front of the entrance to the National Historical Museum, Skanderbeg Statue in Skanderbeg Square, Et’hem Bey Mosque at the southeast corner of Skanderbeg Square, The Clock Tower next to the Et’hem Bey Mosque, government buildings: at the southern end of Skanderbeg Square. Roman Catholic Church of St. Paul: completed in 2001, the largest church in Tirana. Orthodox Church, Tabakeve and Terzive bridges. The Palace of Culture, where the Opera and Ballet Theater and the National Library are held. The Palace of Congresses, and the resident president, all these marvelous buildings, stretched along Boulevard Deshmoret e Kombit, The Boulevard of Albanian History. All wonderful things that you could get to our capital along the panorama tour to Tirana. Leave Tirana and drive to Kruja town. On the way, we will stop to visit a family house, where we can meet the locals and try our traditional Raki spirit with little meze. Driving to Kruja is located northeast of Tirana, 560m above sea level on the slopes of Sari – Salltiku Mountain. Kruja has been inhabited since the 3rd century BC It has been mentioned for the moment as a Christian religious center in the year 879. The famous English painter, Edward Lear, who visited Kruje in 1848, wrote: “Kruje, a charming little town all in the sky “. Visit the fortress, the Skanderbegs Museum, Ethnographic Museum.
Day 8: Rinas International Airport.
- Included in the price are:
- Transfers with modern A / C private car with driver on tour.
- City taxes.
- Good standard accommodation at 3 *, 4 * hotels.
- Professional Italian or English speaking Guide.
- All local parking fees throughout the tour.
- Entrance fees to the museums.
- Not included: Lunch and dinner. Advice and personal expenses.