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Explore Europe's Hidden Gems En-Route To Montenegro
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Boating, Food and Drink, Culture

  • Duration

    10 Days

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English, French, German, Italian

Description

Access some of Europe’s lesser-known national parks and wildlife sanctuaries between the ancient cities bursting with legends, Mediterranean beaches bathed in sunlight and local people with unique charm.

Highlights
  • The pretty Berat & Wine Tasting
  • City of Stone – Gjirokaster
  • UNESCO Archeological Park of Butrint
  • Castle of Kruja & Old Bazaar
  • Prosciutto & Wine in Njeguši
  • UNESCO's Bay of Kotor & Lake Skadar
  • Wine Tasting lunch in Virpazar
  • Ionian & Adriatic Riviera
  • start your journey from tirana expand_more

    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 and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.


  • Walking Tour & Local Food in Berat (UNESCO) expand_more

    Transfer to Berat passing through suggestive hills full of olive trees.

    Get settled in the hotel and set out for a walking guide through the UNESCO – recognized old town. 

    • Admire the White Mosque, the Holy Trinity Church, Gorica Bridge and the Berati citadel/castle.
    • Step inside a local home inside the castle of Berat for a coffee, raki and dessert break.   

    Transfer to the scenic and family owned Alpeta Agrotourism & Winery located among the rolling hills that surround the city. Tour the facilities for a complete view of the process of vinification, its cellar and vineyard.  

    After the visit, enjoy lunch with their seasonal home-grown and locally sourced organic delights and their fine wine.     

    Return in Berat for a free evening.

  • Saranda via Gjirokaster (UNESCO) & Blue Eye Spring expand_more

    Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover the city of “a thousand steps”.

    • 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.

    Stop 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.

    Travel to the Blue Eye and marvel at the spring’s shades of blue and nature around it, before reaching Saranda in the late afternoon.

  • Butrint National Park (UNESCO) & Mussel Tour Boat Ride expand_more

    Travel to Butrint Archaeological Park where a local guide explains 2500 years of history embedded in the Amphitheater, the castle, the churches and the Lion Gate.

    • Afterwards, hop on a boat for a tour of the “Queen of Butrinti Lake” and learn about the mussel cultivation, how to collect your own mussels, clean them, open them, and then taste them in fresh olive oil and lemon juice, with bread, by the side of the lagoon with a glass of local wine while the warm breeze comes in across the water. Reach the lakeside restaurant by boat and enjoy a pleasant meal. 

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

  • Ali Pasha Castle & Llogara National Park expand_more

    Head to Porto Palermo and explore the Ali Pasha Castle with your Tour Director.

    • Marvel at the architecture and listen to entertaining legends about the man who build it, Ali Pashe Tepelena.

    En route to Durres, stop at Llogara “balcony” for a stunning view from above of the South Coast beaches and then head for lunch to Llogara National Park freshened by the mountain breeze and pine trees.

  • Kruja & Shkoder expand_more

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

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

    You will have plenty of free time for lunch and to wander around the Old Bazaar, with beautiful cobblestone alleys and lovely old architecture. 

    En route to Shkodra, a small city situated at the foot of the Albania Alps, stop and visit the hilltop Rozafa Castle. 

    • Enjoy its amazing views and the fortress’s fascinating history.
    • Get settled in the hotel in Shkoder and experience the Old Town, St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral and the Ebu Bekr Mosque on a guided tour.

    Enjoy free time in the “Pedonalja”, the beating heart of Shkodra. Equipped with everything you need to relax, it’s a great street to wander around, shop and drink something.

  • Podgorica, Virpazar & Wine Tasting Experience expand_more
    • En route to Budva, stop and visit the capital Podgorica:

      • Explore Independence Square and the Roman Bridge, where the Moraca and Ribnica rivers converge.
    • From the new capital we will head to the old market town of Virpazar, where the whole country in the past came to trade.

      • We drive towards Skadar lake natural park (UNESCO) and enjoy beautiful panoramas.
      • Our tour continues with lunch and wine Tasting in a local family-run Winery.
    • Continue along the Montenegro coast to Budva, paying a visit to the charming peninsula village of Sveti Stefan en route. 

      Please note: Travelers should be prepared to show their passports at the border crossing between Albania and Montenegro. 

  • Boka Kotorska | Kotor & Perast (UNESCO) expand_more

    Today we explore the sunny city of Kotor on a guided walking tour.

    • Passthrough the UNESCO-recognized medieval old town to view the ancient city walls and Cathedral of Saint Tryphon.
    • See the old clock tower and Orthodox Church.

    You will have the option to hike up with your Tour Director the section of Kotor’s UNESCO–listed fortified walls located on the mountain of St. John to enjoy stunning views of the Bay of Kotor.

    Enjoy free time for lunch and to wander around the Old Town. 

    • Travel along the Bay of Kotor to the Venetian Town of Perast. Here, you’ll embark on a boat trip out to the man-made islets of Saint George and Our Lady of the Rocks. 

    Return to Budva in the late afternoon.


  • Lovćen National Park & Local Food in Njeguši expand_more

    Head for Lovćen National Park, where Njegos tomb’ is positioned at its top.

    • Visit the tomb and admire the stunning views of the summits of Montenegro, Skadar lake, (the largest lake in the Balkans) with the Albanian Alps in the background as well as Cetinje, the Adriatic coast and Boka Kotorska Bay.

    Afterwards we head for our meze-style lunch to Njeguši through a spectacular mountain drive. A village best known as the birthplace of the Petrović dynasty, which ruled Montenegro from 1696 to 1918. The village is also known for its traditional folk architecture as well as its local forms of cheese and Njeguški prosciutto made solely in this area.

    Return to Budva for the last night on tour and in the evening gather with your group to celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner. 


  • Departure Day or Return to Tirana (Optional) expand_more

    Depending on your flight back home, you can choose either to get your flight home from Montenegro or drive back to Tirana with your driver and Tour Leader without any additional cost.

What's Included
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily

  • 4 Lunches with beer or wine

  • 1 Meze-style Lunch in Njeguši

  • 1 Lunch with Wine Tasting experience

  • 1 Dinner with beer or wine

  • 1 Boat Ride

  • Expert Tour Director & local guides

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 6 guided sightseeing tours and select entrance fees 




What's Excluded
  • Drop off is not included

  • Single Supplement

  • Gratuities

Meeting Point

Tiranë, Albania

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Price Details
Adult
1 To 1 EUR 1495 Per Person

This is a group tour

Tour Reviews
  • Kevin

    Very disappointed.  The guide was a nice enough young man but was clearly pressed into service for some reason.  He spoke little English.  

    The car was a very old two door Opal and there were four of  us and the driver. 

    Albania was beautiful and the people we met very friendly and helpful, but the tour was a disappointment. 

  • Marc

    It was a full day of very enriching moments. The drive around the countryside was beautiful. Golem, Berat and Durres all have very nice qualities. My guide was really cool and gave me an awesome experience. Lunch was a lot of food haha but delicious. I had a really great time. 

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