Tirana – Elbasan – Pogradec – Korca – Dardha – Voskopoja – Gjirokastra – Saranda – Butrinti (Archaeological Site) – Himara – Dhermi – Vlora – Apollonia – Ardenica – Berat – Durres – Kruja – Shkodra – Lezha – Dajti Mountain – Tirana
Day 1 Tirana
Arrival in “Mother Teresa” Airport, meet and assisted by our representative. Enjoy the welcome dinner in Petrela Castle – which dates back to 4th century B. C. This Castle is built on a rocky hill, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view. Free at leisure among the day.
Overnight in Tirana.
Day 2 Tirana
Your morning city Tour
begins from Skanderbeg Square, named after the Albanian hero the main landmark of
the city. Pilgrims from far and wide reach the Et’hem Bey Mosque to offer prayers. The Clock Tower next to the Et’hem Bey Mosque, National Museum- north of
Scanderbeg Square, The Palace of
Culture, The monument to Mother Albania
and The National Historical Museum are
the significant spots that catch up the attention of
one and all who make a visit to the city. This afternoon is free for you to explore Tirana’s lovely shops and boutiques.
Overnight in Tirana.
Day 3 Tirana – Elbasan – Pogradec
Morning departure to visit Pogradec – on the Roman via Egnatia route to the east. Drive through Elbasan (ancient Scampa). A short stop to Visit its fine Ottoman walls and continue to Pogradec. Arrive at Lake Ohrid – one of
the deepest freshwater lakes in Europe – it is the home to a number of
fish and birds found nowhere else in the world. Enjoy the lunch at local restaurant in Drilon (nice spot not far from Ohrid Lake which has been a preferred holiday place for the ex-dictator Hoxha) – decorated with willow trees, and streams
flowing down to the lake.
Overnight in Pogradec.
Day 4 Pogradec – Korca
This morning is free for a full leisure day at Prespa Lake, enjoying pebble beaches which offer to the tourist’s opportunities for sun bathing. In the small island of
Maligrad an interesting eremite church is to be explored. Afternoon drive back to Korca.
Overnight in Korca
Day 5 Korca – Dardha – Voskopoja – Korca
This morning depart to visit the village of
Dardha – that is an ideal spot for winter sports, such as skiing. Traveling to Mborja, visit the wonderful Church of
Christ’s Ascension (kisha e Ristozit) with its internal and external outstanding frescoes and drive into the pine-forested mountains to the rough little rural settlement of
Voskopoja – a well known center of
art, where some of
talented Albanian painters practiced their profession. Visit to the most interesting and accessible Church of
Shen Kollit, notable for its frescoes made by the famous Albanian painters. Drive back to Korca.
Overnight in Korca.
Day 6 Korca – Gjirokastra
This morning depart to Gjirokastra known as “Museum City”. A brief sightseeing Tour
to Korca city to visit to the Archaeological Museum housed in a lovely wooden Ottoman house – the Museum of
Medieval Art (seeing paintings and icons made by famous local artists). Visit the architecturally important 15 th century Mirahorit Mosque, and the Old Bazaar. En route making a stop to a local restaurant in Permet. Here you will find the real Albanian authentic, as warm and honest as loaf of
homemade bread. After lunch continue to Gjirokastra city where the dwelling houses have the form of
medieval towers constituting a building ensemble with a characteristic architecture. Visit the Castle and the Museum of
Overnight in Gjirokastra.
Day 7 Gjirokastra – Saranda
This morning depart to Saranda, the hillside town facing the sea, famous for Butrinti, its magnificent archaeological site. Visit the “Blue Eye” spring, formed by underground springs and the unusual church of
St. Nicholas at Mesopotam with its fine carvings of
mythological beasts. Stop for lunch at “Lekursi Castle restaurant (built on the ruins of
an old castle).
Overnight in Saranda.
Day 8 Saranda – Butrinti (Archaeological Site)
Today experience an included excursion to Butrinti Archaeological Site, visit the Temple of
Aesclepios, the Baptistery, Nymph, The Theatre, Lions Gate, the Acropolis, etc. Balance of
the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own.
Overnight in Saranda.
Day 9 Saranda – Himara – Dhermi – Vlora
After breakfast drive up to Albanian Riviera. En route making a short visit to the bay of
Porto Palermo where the castle of
Ali Pasha is
situated. Continue climbing to 3, 000 feet where you can enjoy the best views, as we drive through the fertile slopes and villages. Drive along Himara, Dhermi coastline and stop for a special lunch in a restaurant in Llogara, enjoying the wonderful scenery among the pinewoods. Afternoon arrival in Vlora, an historical and costal city.
Overnight in Vlora.
Day 10 Vlora – Apollonia – Ardenica – Berat
takes you to a sightseeing Tour
in Vlora. Proceeds to the ancient Greek settlement of
Apollonia – (founded in 588 BC). After the visit to Apollonia proceed to Ardenica – where is a medieval monastery surrounded by stonewalls. Here you will admire Marry Church and Saint Triadha Chapel. After the visit to Apollonia continue to Berat – the other one “Museum City”.
Overnight in Berat.
Day 11 Berat – Durres
A morning Tour of
marvelous city of
Berat – known as “the city of
thousand windows” Visit the lovely painted Mosque of
the Bachelors and the Tekke of
the Helvetis with its beautiful portico. Visit to Onuphri Icon Museum that contains some of
the finest examples of
his work as well as other outstanding Albanian artists. Stop for the lunch at restaurant in the Fortress where you will enjoy a rustic lunch and a wine tasting of
Berat cellar. The route continues to Durres– the ancient Greco-Roman port city of
Dyrrachium. Formerly Durrazzo is one of
the oldest towns in Albania
. The legend says that it was founded by Epidamnos, the Illyrian King of
the area, who called it by his own name and named the port area after his grandson – Dyrrah. Visit to the town including the Byzantine city walls, Roman amphitheater and the Archaeological Museum.
Overnight in Durres.
Day 12 Durres – Kruja – Shkodra
Today you will see examples of
an age of
unbounded creativity. Your morning Tour
begins with the visit to Kruja–one of
the biggest cities in Northern Albania
is the “city of
history” and the best known as hometown of
Albanian’s National Hero Gjergj Kastrioti
Skanderbeg. Visit to the Castle, Skanderbeg Museum and Ethnographic Museum. After the visit of
the castle, is free for you to explore Kruja’s old bazaar with authentic and antique shops. Continue to Shkodra.
Overnight in Shkodra.
Day 13 Shkodra – Lezha -Tirana
This morning Tour
to visit the Mosque of
Plumbit and the castle of
Rosafa over the lake of
Shkodra – perched at more than 4, 000 feet above sea level. Continue the trip to Lezha – an Illyrian settlement that flourished in the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine period. Visit the tomb of
Scanderbeg. Lunch at the Hunting Lodge of
Count Ciano, Mussolini’s son-in-law
Overnight in Tirana.
Day 14 Tirana – Dajti Mountain – Tirana
Full day for your own activities. Optional visit to Dajti Mountain It offers numerous opportunities all year round for excursions and
recreation. It’s unspoilt nature, attracts many visitors during all seasons. Dajti is also a National Park, rich in diversity of
flora and fauna. You can enjoy the beautiful view from the cable car leads to nearly to the top of
Dajti Mountain. In the evening bid “mirupafshim” to your travel companions during a farewell with delectable cuisine and sparkling wine in a fashionable restaurant.
Day 15 Tirana
Transfer to “Nene Teresa” airport for your return flight home.
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