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Central – South West – South & South East Albania - 8 Days

Central – South West – South & South East Albania

We will visit in Tirana:

  • The Statue of Gjergj Kastrioti – Scanderbeg
  • Tabakeve’s bridge
  • Palace of Culture
  • Mosque of Haxhi Et’hem Bey
  • Sahati (Clock) Tower
  • Panoramic tour of Tirana
We will visit in Kruja:
  • The Castle
  • The Scanderbeg’s Museum
  • The Old Bazaa
  • Ethnographical museum
We  will visit  in Durres:
  • The Amphitheater
  • The Roman Thermal Baths
  • The City walls from Byzantium time
  • The Citadel ( Rotonda , Torre )
We will visit in Berat:
  • The Fortress
  • The Onufri’s Museum
  • The Leaden Mosque, King’s Mosque
  • Bachelor’s Mosque & Alvati Teke
We will visit in Vlora:
  • Encircling Wall 
  • Odeon & Portic
  • Mosaics
  • Amphitheatre 
  • Nympheum ( monumental fountain )
  • Stoa, canals structure, gymnasium
We will visit in Butrint:
  • The Ancient City of Butrinti
  • Temple of Aesculapius
  • The Baptisery
  •  Nympheum
  • Gate with Towers  
We will visit in Gjirokastra:
  • The Fortress
  •  Zekati  house
We will visit in Korca:
  • City sightseeing
  • Visit of National Museum of Medieval Arts
We will visit in Elbasan:
  • City sightseeing
  • Visit of the Castle of Elbasan
Hotels  offered  on HB
  • Tirana: Mak Tirana Hotel & Tower 4*+ or similar – 2 nights
  • Durres: Hotel  Arvi 4* or similar – 1 night
  • Vlore: Hotel  Vlora  International 5* – 1 night
  • Saranda: Hotel  Butrinti 5* or similar – 1 night
  • Gjirokaster: Hotel Argjiro 4* – 1 night
  • Korca: Hotel  Life Gallery 4*+ – 1 night
  • 3 Lunches in private restaurants
 

Day 1
First Day

Meet the clients at the airport & drive to Tirana

Tirana - The capital of Albania from 1920 enjoys a beautiful setting between the ranges of Dajti Mountain from one side and the coastal plains on the other one. Tirana is 110 m above sea level. It is relatively a new city in respect with old cities of Albania, dating from 1st century BC. The average annual temperatures are in July 24°C and in January 7°C. Tirana’s city superficies is 31 km 2. Tirana is the main political, economical & cultural center of Albania.

Late in the afternoon accommodation, dinner overnight. Free time to explore the city on your own.

Day 2
Second Day

- This morning we will travel to Kruja to see this important medieval city in the history of Albania

Kruja - The historic town of Kruja is located 30 km far from Tirana , 45 Km from Durres & 20 minutes by car from the international Airport of Rinas.The town of Kruja rises 560 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Sari -Salltiku Mountain. It provides to the visitors the great view of majestic landscape and a rich collection of historical and cultural objects. The most important is the castle of Kruja, which was built during the 5th and 6th centuries and has an elliptical shape with a total area of 2.25 hectares. The surrounding walls are reinforced by nine towers, which served as an observation and signaling post during times of war with Ottoman Empire. Within the walls of the castle there can still be found the remains of a few houses

Time at leisure or possible lunch. Departure to Durres.

Durres - One of Albania's oldest cities, the country's main sea port, the second largest industrial center after Tirana. Durres lies on a small peninsula on the coast of the Adriatic sea. The city was colonized by the Greeks in 627 B.C. It was named Epidamnos, which later became Dyrrachium. From the Venetian Tower at the harbor the Medieval Town Wall leads to the amphitheater (capacity 15,000 spectators) dating back to the 2nd century AD. and containing an early Christian Crypt with a rare wall mosaic. Between the 1st and 3rd centuries Durres was an important port and trading center on the Via Egnatia trading route between Rome and Byzantium (Istanbul. Today the city is well known for the nearby beach resort of Durres Plazh, its wonderful sand and warm sea water.

Accommodation & dinner at Arvi hotel.

Day 3
Third Day

– After breakfast depature to Vlora. On the way visit of Berati

Berat - It is known as the “City of one thousand windows” and is declared a Museum City”. Berat, overshadowed to the east by Tomorr Mountain 2415 m, and is an ancient Illyrian settlement founded in the 4th & 5th centuries B.C. on the territory of the Illyrian tribe of Desarettes. The town is composed of 3 parts; Gorica, situated on the far side of the river; Mangalem, situated on the fortress side of the river and the Residential quarter within 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.

Typical lunch with fresh local food at Castle Park restaurant

In the afternoon visit of Archaeological site of Apollonia & departure to Vlora.

Archaeological site of Apolonia is situated 12 km far from Fier , near the village of Pojan. Apolonia was founded near 588 B.C. from a Corinthian & Corcyra community. In Roman times, Apolonia was a large properous city near the mouth of Vjosa River. A number of important objects & parts of Roman city center are opened to the public . In the ancient city of Apolonia, there is an ancient mosaic with particular values for the visitor, which shows the Achilles image. Unfortunately, some of the statues & other portable objects were removed before 1946 & sent to other countries. The museum of Apolonia is situated on the site of the 13th century Monastery. In the courtyard of the monastery, there is a Byzantine style church of the 14th century.

Arrival in Vlora, one of the most important cities in the South Western part of Albania Dinner & overnight at Vlora International hotel.

Day 4
Fourth Day

This morning we will have a short sightseeing of the most important objects of Vlora like: Sheshi i Flamurit (Flag Square ), Pavar'sia (Independence) quarter.

Today we will travel through Albanian Riviera to Saranda. Short breaks to enjoy the beautiful sceneries of unspoiled sea & information about the small villages & cities we are passing through. A short brake in Himara & time to take lunch on the shores of Ionian sea. In the afternoon arrival in Saranda

Saranda - the gateway to the southern Albania, is a small town located between high mountain and the Ionian Sea. The name Saranda derives from an early Christian monastery dedicated to Santi Quaranta (Forty Saints). Located on the shores of Ionian sea, in front of Greek island of Corfu, Saranda is characterized by a Mediterranean climate and warm sea waters. Due to its location and warm weather Saranda is one of the most attractive tourist towns in Albanian Riviera, where honeymooners traditionally spend their holidays. Located in front of the sea and along the main promenade there are some hotels and restaurants which offer you catering facilities and accommodation. Daily ferryboat link Saranda with the nearby Greek island of Corfu.

Dinner will be offered in a private restaurant from where You can enjoy the scenery of Saranda’s bay

Day 5
Fifth Day

- We start with visit of Butrinti site.

Butrinti - Archaeological Site, perhaps the most romantic archaeological site in Albania. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late middle Ages after marshes formed in the area. The present archaeological site is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city's development. Lunch will be served in one of the best restaurants along the sea side,

In the afternoon departure to Gjirokastra.

Gjirokastra - the "Stone City", situated in the southern part of Albania only 1 hour far from Saranda city, on the eastern slope of mountain Mali i Gjere. It is a commercial center in South Albania, it produces foodstuffs, leather, and textiles. There are several 18th-century mosques and churches and an old citadel (rebuilt in the 19th cent.) in the town. Dating probably from the 4th cent., Gjirokastër passed to the Turks in the 15th cent. It was captured (1811) by Ali Pasha and was the center (late 1800s) of anti-Turkish resistance. In World War II it was occupied by Italy, Greece, and Germany in succession. What strikes the visitors most in Gjirokastra are its typical and characteristic houses which resemble little fortresses, clustered one above the other. Their exterior combines roughness with the beauty of windows, small rooms and light pillars supporting the roofs protruding from the walls. The most attractive feature is the stone which has been masterfully elaborated by the builders. Once Gjirokastra has been called the "city of one thousand steps" or "the stone city"

Typical local Dinner with folk music in a charming hotel. Free time to enjoy the stone city.

Day 6
Sixth Day

- An interesting route through unspoiled nature & deep valleys full of color & contrasts. This is the route from Gjirokastra – Permet to Korca. On the way short brakes to enjoy the scenery & taste the local fresh food. Arrival in Korca in the afternoon. City sightseeing & visit of the city.

Accommodation at hotel.The dinner tonight will be served in a typical local restaurant.

Day 7
Seventh Day

This morning our tour will proceed through Pogradec towards Tirana the Capital. On the way visit of the city of Elbasan situated in the middle of Albania with a long history. City sightseeing & visit of the Castle of Elbasan.

Arrival in Tirana & accommodation at hotel. Free time to enjoy the city on your own.This evening the dinner will be serve in a nice private restaurant. Back to hotel late in the evening.

Day 8
Eighth Day

After breakfast visit of National Historical Museum & free time. Midday departure to the Airport of Tirana , end of the services.

Included:

  • Entrance fees:
  • Castle, & Scanderbeg’s Museum in Kruja
  • Amphitheatre in Durres
  • Onufri’s Museum & castle in Berat
  • Archaeological site of Apolonia
  • Museum of Independence in Vlora
  • Archaeological site of Butrinti
  • Fortress & Zekati house in Gjirokastra
  • Visit of Icon’s museum in Korca
  • Visit of National Historica Museum in Tirana
  • A modern bus & English speaking guide during all the tour + local guides:
  • Sightseeing’s:
  • - City sightseeing of Tirana
  • - City sightseeing of Kruja
  • - City sightseeing of Durres
  • - City sightseeing of Berat
  • - City sightseeing of Vlora
  • - City sightseeing of Saranda
  • - City sightseeing of Gjirokastra
  • - City sightseeing of Korca
  • - City sightseeing of Elbasan

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