Albania: a hidden jewel of Europe. An untouched coastline, hidden valleys, and rugged mountains. From the mountains in the north to the archaeological sites in the south. From the thriving capital metropolis , Tirana and the port of Durres to the rural villages throughout the country. The people of this small country are known for their warmth and hospitality. Discover it by yourself..!
Pick up at Tirana airport and transfer to Hotel. Visit the National Historic Museum in Tirana which offers an in-depth introduction to Albanian history. Traditional dinner and overnight accommodation in Tirana.
After breakfast we drive to Shkodra. Visit Rozafa Castle from where spectacular views all around can be admired. Proceed to Kruja – the center of Albanian resistance against the Turks under our national hero Scanderbeg. Return and overnight in Tirana.
Depart to Vlora, the city where Albanian Independence was proclaimed. On the way we stop at the Monastery of Ardenica, supposed to have been built in the middle ages. Proceed to the ancient city of Apollonia situated on the famous Via Egnatia – one of the most important cities in Roman times. Afterwards we continue to Vlora.
After an early breakfast we depart for Saranda. Drive on the spectacular Albanian Riviera looking down at the Ionian Sea. Then we continue past Saranda, to the ancient city of Butrint a UNESCO world heritage site and the most important archaeological discovery in Albania. Apart the beautiful antique ruins it has the added benefit of being situated in a beautiful peninsula, rich in flora and fauna. After the visits we return to Saranda for overnight.
Drive to Berat. On our way lays Gjirokastra, a UNESCO site and museum town with beautiful and very distinctive architecture. Visit the medieval castle which used to be a political prison during the communist dictatorship and the Ethnographic Museum which is also the house the Albanian dictator was born in. Overnight in Berat is a unique experience staying in houses up to 300 years old turned hotels.
Visit the Castle and the Onufri Museum. Berat castle is of particular interest as people still live within its walls in their traditional houses, as have their ancestors for centuries. The castle used to have over 40 churches of which 7 still remain,including one turned into Onufri Museum. After this interesting experience we depart for Durres one of the oldest settlement (founded in 627 B.C.). Sightseeing tour of the Amphitheatre situated in the middle of the modern city in an inhabited area, and the Archaeological museum. Overnight in Tirana.