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 metropol, 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. Yours to discover ..!
Day 1 –Tirana International Airport to Durres
Arrival to Tirana’s “Mother Theresa” International Airport. Meet and greet from our local English speaking guide. Trasfer by air-conditioned bus to our hotel in the Durres Beach Area. Durres is the second largest city in Albania, the main port and has the largest beach in the country. You have lunch at the hotel and enjoy some piece and quiet in the beach.
Depending on the arrival time, you would visit in the afternoon the Roman amphitheater and Museum of Archeology in Durres. Overnight in Durres.
Day 2 – Tirana (the capital of Albania) – Kruja.
Drive for aprx 1 hour to Tirana. Visit the main square at the center of Tirana, Tower Clock, Ethem Bey Mosque. Coffee break at one of the noumerous coffee shops in Tirana. You, then, visit the National Museum of History and The Bunker (a museun dedicated to the crimes of Albanian communism). After you drive to Kruja, home of Albania’s most important hero, Scanderbeg, who in the 15-th century successfully kept the Turks at bay for over 25 years. Visit Scanderbeg Museum and Turkish-style bazaar. Optional lunch in Kruja. Drive back to your hotel in Durres. Overmight in Durres.
Day 3 Durres – Lezha – Shkoder
After breakfast, we drive to Lezha. Visit the Mousoleum of Skanderbeg and have a coffee. Then you move along to Shkodra. Shkodra is the main Northen Albanian city. Visit the Rozafa Castle (where you would learn about an old legend of motherhood and sacrifice). We continue our visit with Mesi Bridge and Leaden Mosque. Dinner and overnight at Durres.
Day 4 Durres – to Berat
After breakfast we drive from Durres to Berat. One of the oldest cities in Albania, Berat is known as the “City of 1000 Windows” and become UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. We will visit a well – preserved and inhabited castle and a museum of icons painted by Onufri, the famous 16th century Albanian icon painter. Not to miss here is the traditional home cooked dishes. Locals are very friendly. We overnight in Berat and enjoy the view of lit “1000 windows”. Overnight in Berat.
Day 5 Berat – Gjirokastra – Sarande
Breakfast. Leave Berat to Gjirokstra. Gjirokastra is known as “the city of stone” due to its predominance in almost the entire architecture of the city. It is an UNECSO World Heritage site since 2005. Gjirokastra has the largest castle in the country which houses the largest Museum of Arms (the largest in the Ballkan). We continue our drive to overnight to the beautiful coastal city of Saranda.
Day 6 Saranda – Butrint – Tirana
After breakfast we take a drive to the archelogiocal city of Butrint. This ancient park has great scientific, touristic and archeological values, as well as high levels of biodiversity. The park is an UNESCO site since 1992.
After the visit to Butrint drive back to Tirana. Free afernoon and evening to the capital city. A chance, for some of you, to enjoy the vibrant Tirana’s night life to one of numerous local restaurants and bars.
Day 7 – Return Home
Breakfast and free time before our flight back to Prague. Transfer to Tirana Internatioal Aiport. **This tour operates with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 15 travelers. Other rates available on request**
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