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7 Days Rural Experience tour itinerary for albania: Explore The Highlights Of Albanian & Indulge In Local Cuisine

Tirana, Berat, Gjirokaster, Sarande, Kruje, Durres, Butrint National Park, Llogara National Park, Vlore

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Food and Drink Tour
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Rural Experience Tour
Eco
Eco Tourism Tour

Learn how to cook Albanian cuisine, eat and drink with old ladies in the countryside, explore thousand-year-old cities in the Archaeological Park (all UNESCO World Heritage sites), and discover the untouched nature of the South.

DAY 01

Travel Day & Tirana

Airport pick-up service available throughout the day (included).

Welcome to Albania! 

  • Transfer to Tirana and settle into your hotel. For those of you not too tired, there is a guided walking tour of the city center, including Skanderbeg Square, Et’hem Bey Mosque, the Pyramid, and the Blloku area.

  • Then, meet your Tour Director at the welcome dinner.

DAY 02

Kruja, Preza Castle & Durres

We start our journey from Tirana, directly to the city of Kruja.

  • Set off on a guided tour of Dollma Bektashi Teqe, the surroundings and the Castle itself, the Skanderbeg Museum and the National Ethnographic Museum.

  • Wander around the Old Bazaar, with beautiful cobblestone alleys and lovely old architecture.

  • Head for lunch in a restaurant in Preza Castle, with a tremendous view of the city and valley of Tirana and Kruja and Tirana International Airport. ( Fresh ingredients guaranteed ).

  • Travel to Durrës for our last “digestive” stop.

  • Set off on a guided tour of the City Walls, Byzantine Forum, Roman Thermal Baths, the Venetian Tower and the Amphitheater and enjoy the city’s street art around the ancient ruins.

  • Transfer to Berat passing through striking hills full of olive trees.

  • Get settled in the hotel and enjoy a free evening in the city of “A Thousand and one Windows”. 

DAY 03

Walking Tour & Wine Tasting in Berat (UNESCO)

This morning set out for a walking guide through the Unesco – recognized old town with our local guide. 

  • Admire the White Mosque, the Holy Trinity Church, Gorica Bridge and the Berati citadel/castle.

  • Step in the Onufri National Iconographic Museum, built-in 1986. The Museum’s name honours the Albanian master painter of the 16th century, Onufri, who is responsible for a rich legacy of iconography in the country. The museum contains an immense collection of one-hundred and seventy-three select objects from Albanian churches and monasteries.

  • Head for lunch in a local restaurant facing the city.

  • Head to Roshnik wine region and visit Alpeta Winery. The tour of the facilities includes a complete view of the process of vinification and detailed explanations by a member of the family. Follow him on a short walk through the vineyard to see "Pules" and "Merlot" grapes that are used to create the winery’s signature red and white wines. 

  • Sample some of the wines and raki, and exchange stories with a member of the Alpeta family while enjoying a variety of homemade Albanian cheeses and locally grown olives.

  • Return to Berat for a free evening.

DAY 04

Sightseeing tour of Gjirokaster (UNESCO)

  • Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover the city of “a thousand steps”, driving through small villages.

  • Get settled in the hotel and head out for lunch in a small, local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes. 

  • Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family.

  • Soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above.

  • Pass by the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses and visit Gjirokastra Obelisk dedicated to the first school of Gjirokastra and enjoy the 360º view from there.

  • Spend the evening in the relaxed atmosphere of the "Neck of the Bazaar" with a great view of the castle. 

DAY 05

Typical food from Rural Gjirokastra

  • Drive to a village close to Gjirokaster and experience a day in an Albanian countryside cottage.

  • Step inside and learn about food, life and traditions of an Albanian family. Start cooking with three generations of Albanian ladies or drink raki with cheese and olives with “Grandpa” and listen to stories. 

  • Transfer back to the city but not without visiting a bunker on the road. Enter and see what it feels like inside a Communist concrete bunker.

DAY 06

Blue Eye Spring & Butrint National Park (UNESCO)

  • Travel to the Blue Eye and marvel at the spring’s shades of blue and nature around it.

  • Set off on a guided tour of Butrint National Park where a local guide explains 2500 years of history embedded in the Amphitheater, the castle, the churches and the Lion Gate.

  • Drive to Ksamil and enjoy lunch at The Mussel House.

  • On the way to Saranda, stop for coffee-break Lekursi Castle for a view from above of the city of Saranda.

  • Get settled in the hotel and enjoy a free evening in this typical seaside city.

DAY 07

Vlore via Porto Palermo & Llogara National Park

En route to the city of Vlore:

  • Explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director. Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who built it, Ali Pashe Tepelena.

  • Stop at Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view from above of the South Coast beaches.

  • Head for lunch to Llogara National Park freshened by the mountain breeze and pine trees.

  • Visit the city of Vlore in the afternoon, hometown to the National Independence movement. 

  • Visit the Flag Square with its Independence Monument right in the center, the Muradie Mosque and Vlore Lungomare.

  • Transfer to Tirana and get settled in the hotel.


  • 865 EUR Per Adult
  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily

  • 1 Dinner with beer or wines

  • 5 Lunches with beer or wine 

  • 1 Cooking Lesson in the countryside

  • 1 Wine Tasting experiences

  • Expert Tour Director & local guides 

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 5 Guided sightseeing tours and select entrance fees  

  • Drop-off on the last day

  • Single Supplement

  • Gratuities

  • Tirana's Skanderbeg Square

  • The Roman Ruins of Durres

  • The pretty Berat & Alpeta Wine Tasting

  • City of Stone – Gjirokaster

  • The UNESCO Archeological Park of Butrint

  • The hospitality of families in the countryside

  • The Albanian Riviera 

Tirana, Berat, Gjirokaster, Sarande, Kruje, Durres, Butrint National Park, Llogara National Park, Vlore

Food
Food and Drink Tour
Rural
Rural Experience Tour
Eco
Eco Tourism Tour
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Type of Tour

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