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Visit Albania And North Macedonia
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Culture, History, Museum

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • Language

    English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

  • Activity Level

    Easy

Description

The dramatic mountain scenery, untouched beaches and crystal clear lakes of Albania and Macedonia are in a big contrast to their lack of economic prosperity. Small, unknown and hidden in the heart of the Balkans, Macedonia and Albania offer visitors a unique blend of natural wonders, traditions, culture and hospitable people. Virgin beaches, mountains and lakes, churches and chapels, remains of ancient civilizations, breathtaking gorges and diverse wildlife are all available now to tour its willing to enjoy this round trip in two of the European countries.

Highlights
  • Gjirokastra is a UNESCO World Heritage gem, thanks to its gorgeous Ottoman-era stone architecture.
  • The city of Berat in south-central Albania, is renowned for its historic architecture and scenic beauty.
  • Kruja, the Center of Albanian resistance against the Ottomans.
  • Nestled between high mountains up to 2,800 m and Lake Ohrid, it is not only a place of historic significance but also of outstanding natural beauty.
  • Arrival in Albania – Tirana (20 km) expand_more

    Arrival at Tirana airport, Mother Teresa. Transfer and accommodation in Tirana.

  • Tirana – Kruja – Ardenica – Apollonia – Vlora (210 km) expand_more
    • In the morning, we visit the medieval town of Kruja, located on the slope of Mount Sari Salltiku.

    • Walk along the old Bazaar known as the best place to find craft items. Subsequently proceeding to the 6th-century fortress.

    • Visit the ethnographic museum and the history museum. After the visit of the Kruja, continue to Ardenica. The monastery of Ardenica was built by the Byzantine emperor, Andronicus II Palaeologus in 1282, after the victory against the Angioni in the Siege of Berat. The monastery has a Byzantine orthodox architecture, with many Romanesque features, which provides an area of 2,500 square meters. Departure for the Apollonia Archaeological Park.

    • Visit Apollonia Archaeological Park. Following the paths under the shade of olives, oaks and vigorous vegetation, we see the imposing walls of stone blocks, the agora, the Buleterioni, also known as the Agoneoteti time, marble colonnades, the amphitheatre, the library, the stoa, necropolis, the baths, the gymnasium, nymphaeum, mosaics and other monuments that enrich this enchanted world. After the visit of the Park, departure for Vlora, known as the place where Albania’s independence was proclaimed on 28 November 1912.

    Overnight in Vlora.

  • Vlora – Butrint (UNESCO) – Saranda – Blue Eye – Gjirokastra (UNESCO) expand_more
    • After breakfast, travel all morning along the Albanian Riviera passing through small villages like Lukova, Qeparo, Borsh, Himara or Dhemi.

    • Stop along the route in the Llogara National Park, where the altitude in the Llogara pass reaches up to 1010 m above sea level. Later he moved to the ancient city of Butrint.

    • Visit the Ancient Amphitheater, the Temple of Aesculapius, the Baptistery with colourful mosaics and the ancient city walls. An old fortress that houses a small museum oversees the entire site, which is one of the last pristine and ancient natural areas of the Mediterranean. Visiting the Blue Eye (Albanian: Syri I kaltër) is a water source, a natural phenomenon. Trendy tourist attraction, the crystal clear water of the river flows from a beautiful pool of over fifty meters. The divers have fallen to fifty meters, but it is still unclear what the actual depth of the Karsts hole is. Leave the Blue Eye, drive to Gjirokastra.

    Accommodation and overnight in Gjirokastra.

  • Gjirokastra (UNESCO – Berat (UNESCO) (160 km) expand_more
    • This will be an interesting day in the museum city of Gjirokastra, which is also one of the three UNESCO sites in Albania. The city is dominated by the fortress of Gjirokastër, where the Gjirokastër national folklore festival takes place every five years. It is the birthplace of former Albanian Communist leader Enver Hoxha and well-known writer Ismail Kadare. Many houses in Gjirokastër have a distinctive local style that has earned the city the nickname “City of Stone” because most of the old houses have flat stone roofs. Gjirokastër presents an ancient Ottoman bazaar that was originally built in the 17th century; it was rebuilt in the 19th century after a fire. Today in Gjirokastër there are more than 500 houses preserved as “cultural monuments”.

    • Proceed to the city of “A Thousand and One” windows.

    Overnight in Berat.

  • Berat (UNESCO) – Ohrid (160 km) expand_more
    • In the morning, explore the Berat Unesco Site.

    • Start from the Citadel where there are still families living today. In the castle, some churches survived within its massive stone walls. Visit the “Onufri” museum.

    • Continue to the medieval part of the city where there are other objects such as the lead mosque, the Bachelor Mosque, the Gorica Bridge and many houses of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

    • After visiting Berat, we will cross the border with Macedonia, and we will arrive in Ohrid.

    Overnight in Ohrid.

  • Ohrid (walking tour) expand_more
    • After breakfast, visit Ohrid. It is the largest city on Lake Ohrid and the eighth-largest city in the country, Ohrid is famous for having had 365 churches, one for each day of the year. It has been referred to as Jerusalem (from the Balkans) Ohrid. The Lake Ohrid has been recognized as a cultural and natural heritage by UNESCO; in fact, Ohrid is one of only 28 UNESCO World Heritage sites that are both cultural and natural sites.

    • Lunch at the local restaurant. Visit the church of St. Sophia, Castle Samuil and The Church of Saint Clement. We will also visit the monastery of San Naum. 

    Overnight in Ohrid.

  • Ohrid – Tirana (135 km) expand_more
    • This morning we leave Macedonia and return to Albania.

    • Today we will visit the Albanian capital of Tirana. Let’s take a panoramic tour of Tirana along the main Boulevard where the main University, the President’s Office, etc. are located.

    • Continue to the Skanderbeg square where the National History Museum, the Ethem Bey Mosque and the Palace of Culture are located.

    Overnight in Tirana.

  • Tirana – Mother Teresa Airport (17 km) expand_more

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport and end of tour.

What's Included
  • Accommodation in good 3*  4* standard hotels with breakfast.
  • Transportation with comfortable a/c vehicle.

  • English French, German, Italian, Spanish speaking tour guide/driver.

  • All taxes.

What's Excluded
  • Lunches

  • Dinners

  • Entrance Fees

Meeting Point

Airport Road, Tirana, Albania

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • Chris

    I was organising a trip on my own to Albania and wanted a reliable, friendly and value for money guide. Best Guides were recommended on TourHQ and i can only say good things. From beginning to end Adam was extremely helpful in answering all questions. He was excellent in knowledge and very helpful and friendly. If you want a reliable, excellent tour guide and company this is the one to use.

  • Margareth

    We went to visit Albania with our tour guide "Adam Picaku". He made the experience extra special. He loves photography and helped us take awesome photos at the right spots. He was funny and could tell us Albanian history in a fun, entertaining story-telling way. It's obvious he has a true passion on what he does, and not simply just as a job. He took care of us very well throughout the day. In such a short time, we felt like we could have been old friends. He's definitely the BEST tour guide we've ever had on any tours.

  • Michael

    Adam is welcoming, funny and "in the know" of how tourism works in many of the popular historical sites in Albania and the Balkans. He made us feel comfortable and advised us when we were getting gypped on certain goods or offers. He negotiated the price of our tour, offered his wealth of knowledge and made the Albania tour very eventful.

  • Brittany

    Adam is very knowledgeable and helpful during this tour and it's very well organized. Phenomenal restaurants and shops await you! Can't wait to do this again on our next trip to check out a different neighbourhood. Absolutely delicious food and something for everyone to savour.

    Absolutely recommended :)

  • Ulrike

    The service we received was outstanding. Easy to arrange,  and the guide we had for 5 days, Adam Picaku, was fantastic - very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Absolutely recommended.

  • Hidero

    Adam is an amazing, incredibly gifted tour guide. He led our group of 26 experienced visitors to Albania on an extraordinary 10-day adventure. Our group wanted to see Albania in a different way, and Adam made it the best trip ever. He is unbelievably knowledgeable, of the history, geography, economy, and current situation in Albania and he shared his knowledge generously. He is such a delightful person -- so warm and personable and engaging...all of us looked forward to getting on the bus every day to see what adventures Adam would have for us. He was flexible, allowing more time when it was clear that the group needed it, and adjusting along the way as needed. I can't praise Adam too highly...if you have a trip to Albania in mind, be sure to book Adam now. He's the best.

  • Elisabeth

    My husband and I selected this tour and were very happy with everything about it. Our guide Adam spoke excellent English and our driver was polite and helpful. Adam always managed to steer us away from the crowds and was extremely knowledgable about the history of Albania and Balkans in general. We would highly recommend this tour company and Adam.

  • Gregor

    We were lucky enough to have Adam as our guide for 8 days in Albania. He was an absolute joy. He made history come alive and his presentation was so lively and exciting. His passion for his work comes through with everything he does. Couldn't recommend anyone more highly! We all missed him and look forward to returning to Albania! He is just enchanting!!!!

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