8 Days Museum tour itinerary for albania: Latch Onto This Classic Tour
Berat, Butrint National Park, Durres, Gjirokaster, Kruje, Llogara National Park, Pogradec, Sarande, Tirana, Vlore
Travel across Albania through aromatic pine forests and the rugged Tomorr mountains. Be treated to medieval fortresses, historical towns, museums, archaeological sites, wine tastings, and other delights of this country.
Upon arrival at “Mother Teresa” Airport, meet & greet by the representative and transfer to hotel.
Visit the National Historic Museum in Tirana offering an in-depth introduction to Albanian history from prehistoric times to the present day.
Attend a welcome dinner at a traditional Albanian restaurant with live music.
Overnight in Tirana.
Tirana – Ardenica – Apollonia – Vlora
After breakfast, depart for Vlora with your Albanian tour guide.
On the way to this beautiful coastal town, visit Ardenica. Ardenica is an Orthodox monastery built in the 13th century. It is thought that it was in this idyllic place that the marriage of the Albanian national hero Scanderbeg was celebrated in the 15th century.
After Ardenica, proceed to Apollonia, situated on the famous Via Egnatia. Apollonia was founded at the beginning of the 7th century BC by the Greek colonists and in Roman times, it was a large and flourishing city (with 50.000 residents in the second century BCE) near Aos river (today Vjosa). The monastery (which houses the museum) courtyard enclosed a Byzantine church dating back to the 14th century.
Have lunch in Apollonia.
After lunch, continue your trip to Vlora where you will visit the Independence Museum which is situated in the original house where the first independent Albanian Government had its seat.
Afternoon & evening at leisure.
Overnight in Vlora.
Vlora – Llogara – Dhermi – Porto Palermo – Borsh – Saranda
After breakfast, depart for Saranda. This day you will only drive along the Albanian Riviera overlooking the Ionian Sea.
About 30 minutes from Vlora, stop at Llogara National Park for a quick break to have a stunning view of one of the most dramatic mountains of the Mediterranean and with panoramas overlooking the sea.
After this quick stop, proceed to Dhermi beach which is a gem with its crystal clear waters.
Have a traditional lunch in a fish restaurant.
After lunch, continue for Porto Palermo, where the Ali Pasha Castle stands like a barrier in front of the blue rocky sea as a protection for the country. The bay of Porto Palermo once served as an important secret submarine base during the regime days. The semi-abandoned base and the tunnel are still visible.
After the visit of Porto Palermo, proceed to Borsh, where you will have a coffee break in an oasis of peace surrounded by waterfalls and running water.
After this coffee break, continue along the breath-taking road to Saranda, your final destination for today.
Upon arrival in Saranda (only a few miles across the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu), check-in at the hotel and enjoy a stroll along the seaside promenade and prepare for dinner.
Overnight in Saranda.
Saranda – Butrint – Blue Eye Spring – Gjirokastra
Today visit Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was founded by the Trojans during the first millennium BCE and was continuously inhabited for centuries.
After the tour, you have lunch at a restaurant inside the walls of a medieval fortress on top the hill overlooking the town of Saranda with a breath-taking view.
Afterwards, proceed to Gjirokastra but before arriving in this city, visit the Blue Eye spring, formed by underground springs. Gjirokastra, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is said to be one of the most beautiful historical towns in Albania and known as “museum city”.
In Gjirokastra, visit the biggest fortress in Albania, built during the 4th century and house of the National Museum of Weapons.
Pay a visit to the Ethnographic Museum, which is located in the house where the Albanian dictator (Enver Hoxha) was born.
The group is then left at leisure to explore the rest of the city.
Overnight in Gjirokastra.
Gjirokastra – Bylis – Berat
After breakfast, you will have some free time to explore Gjirokastra on your own.
Afterwards, depart for Berat with a stop at Bylis, which is a very important archaeological centre in Albania and one of the ancient Illyrian cities inhabited by the tribe of Bylliones.
From here it will be only one hour before arriving in another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Berat. The city is also known as “the City of Thousand Windows”.
After the check-in at the hotel, you will have lunch in a traditional restaurant.
Afterwards, walk in the neighbourhood called “Mangalem” and visit the Ethnographic Museum.
Continue your tour to the Castle and the Onufri museum. People are still living within the walls of the castle, just like their ancestors did. Onufri was an Albanian Icon master painter of the 16th century who painted many orthodox churches in Albania and Greece.
After these visits, the group is left at leisure for further exploration of this beautiful town.
Overnight in Berat.
Berat – Tirana
In the morning there will be some time to stroll along the streets of Berat before departure to the capital of Albania, but before arriving here, you will have some wine tasting on the way to taste the delicious Albania wine and to have a tour around the winery.
After this great experience, continue to Tirana where you will check-in at the hotel and visit the Statue of Skanderbeg in Skanderbeg Square, Et'hem Bey Mosque at the south-east corner of Skanderbeg Square, The Clock Tower next to the Et'hem Bey Mosque and some of the government buildings at the south end of Skenderbeg Square.
Overnight in Tirana.
Tirana – Kruja – Durres – Tirana
After breakfast, depart for Kruja, which was the centre of the legendary Albanian resistance against the Turks led by the national hero, Skanderbeg. Kruja is located on the cliffs of mount Kruja which offers superb views of the coast and the surrounding villages.
Visit the Kruja fortress, the Skanderbeg museum, the Ethnographic museum and the famous old Bazaar street.
From Kruja, continue to Durres (one of the oldest and most important cities of Albania) where you will have lunch in a fish restaurant at the beach.
After lunch, visit the Amphitheatre and the Archaeological Museum, located in the middle of the modern city.
Afterwards, head back to Tirana where you will spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure before your final dinner.
Overnight in Tirana.
Tirana - Airport
Free time to explore Tirana, followed by the airport transfer and departure.
Transfer to and from the airport.
Transportation with the air-conditioned comfortable vehicle.
English (Italian, German or French) speaking Albanian tour guide.
Accommodation in well-selected 3* hotels with breakfast.
Lunch & dinner (if you wish, could add this to your trip).
Classic Tour of Albania: Continuously inhabited since ancient times, the town of Berat, surrounded by aromatic pine forests and the rugged Tomorr mountains, enjoys a formidable defensive position inside the walls of a 195m high limestone gorge. Dubbed the ‘City of a Thousand Windows’, Berat boasts many fine Ottoman-era stone houses, along with an important citadel, churches, mosques, and a museum. The town was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 2009.