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Explore Albania And Northern Greece
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Culture, History, Sightseeing

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Description

Meticulously selected from each city are the very best locations for a once in a lifetime experience. Discover Albania and North of Greece with this tour program that brings travelers to some of the most amazing locations that Albania has to offer. Explore Tirana, Pogradec, Korca, Gjirokastra, Saranda, Vlora, Berat, Durres, Kruja and visit sites and museums as National museum, Butrinti Archaeological Site, Greek Settlement of Apollonia, Onuphri Icon Museum, Roman amphitheater, Skanderbeg Museum. A two-day extension to Meteora and the city og Ioannina (northern Greece) will be another unforgettable experience.

Highlights
  • The ancient city of Butrint was first settled by Greek colonists and was continuously inhabited for centuries forming archaeological layers of different civilizations, making it an important discovery in the Mediterranean.
  • Enjoy the charming town Gjirokastra, a UNESCO World Heritage City.
  • Onufri was an Albanian master painter of the 16th century who had a preference for a particular red color he used so much that it is known today as the Onufrian Red.
  • The most famous and probably the best monastery out of all Meteora monasteries, the Great Meteora Monastery or as it is known locally the Megalo Meteoro Monastery or Metamorphisis.
  • Arrival to Albania – Tirana (17 km) expand_more
    • Meet at airport and transfer to Tirana.

    • Afterwards, take a tour of the major sites of Tirana, including the colourful buildings the Albanian capital is now recognized for. The dull grey communist architecture buildings have been transformed into modern art canvases through splashes of bright colours and abstract shapes—an ingenious way of uplifting the facades and the moods of the inhabitants.

    • Overnight in Tirana.

  • Tirana – Kruja – Berat (UNESCO) (175 km) expand_more
    • As we leave the crowded Tirana, will have a new experience in the medieval town of Kruja located on the slope of Sari Salltiku Mountain. Take a walk along the old Bazaar known as the best place to find handicrafts. 

    • Next, proceed to the 6th-century fortress were still families living inside. Pay a visit to the Ethnographic Museum and History Museum.

    • Afterwards, proceed for overnight in Berat.

  • Berat (UNESCO) – Korce (190 km) expand_more
    • This morning, proceed to explore the wonderful city of Berat.

    • Visit the Castle, Onufri Museum and several churches and mosques. Onufri was an Albanian master painter of the 16th century who had a preference for a particular red colour he used so much that it is known today as the Onufrian Red. Many of his wonderfully painted Icons remain in the museum while others can be found in churches in Albania and Greece where he worked.

    • After visiting Berat, proceed for overnight in Korca.

  • Korca – Kalambaka (190 km) expand_more
    • Korca it is one of the largest and most important cultural and economic centres of Albania, located in the southeastern part of the country. The city is known for its typical quarters, composed of low houses and villas, which are paved with cobblestone. The city owns several museums such as the Education Museum, The Museum of Medieval Arts, Archaeological Museum, Bratko Museum etc. There are found in the city beautiful churches to be seen and XV century mosque. Enjoy some free time on your own along the “Bulevardi Republika” or visiting the Old Bazaar part of the city.

    • After visiting Korca, we will cross the border with Greece.

    • Afterwards, we will drive for overnight in Kalambaka.

  • Kalambaka – Meteora (UNESCO) – Ioannina (110 km) expand_more
    • In the morning depart to Meteora, a wonderful monument of nature complemented by the ingenuousness of man. Breathtaking rocks hundred of meters high situated in the middle of vast lowlands which seem to have fallen off the sky, very likely the word Meteora has been purposely been used based on this impression the rocks give to anyone who sees them. These rocks which on their own are stunning enough carry on their backs wonderfully crafted monasteries which make for a monumental interaction between nature and man which never ceases to impress new and repeat visitors to this place. The most famous and probably the best monastery out of all Meteora monasteries, the Great Meteora Monastery or as it is known locally the Megalo Meteoro Monastery or Metamorphisis. 

    • Depart to Ioannina, Greece, where we will visit the castle of Ali Pasha in the centre of Town, the burial place of the pasha and the Mosque turned into his museum. 

    • Overnight in Ioannina.

  • Ioannna – Blue Eye – Butrint (UNESCO) – Saranda (140 km) expand_more
    • This morning, we will proceed to Albania. After crossing the border, we will proceed to visit the ancient city of Butrint (another UNESCO world heritage site. The city was first settled by Greek colonists and was continuously inhabited for centuries forming archaeological layers of different civilizations, making it an important discovery in the Mediterranean. It is situated in a beautiful peninsula among dense vegetation offering visitors more than just old ruins.

    • Afterwards, have a visit in the Blue Eye (Albanian: Syri I kaltër) is a water spring, natural phenomenon. A popular tourist attraction, the clear blue water of the river bubbles forth from a stunning, more than the fifty-meter-deep pool. Divers have descended to fifty meters, but it is still unclear what the actual depth of the karsts hole is.

    • Overnight in Saranda.

  • Saranda – Gjirokastra (UNESCO) – Durres (255 km) expand_more
    • We will spend this morning in the museum city of Gjirokastra, which is also one of the three UNESCO sites in Albania. The city is overlooked by Gjirokastër Fortress, where the Gjirokastër National Folklore Festival is held every five years. It is the birthplace of former Albanian communist leader Enver Hoxha and notable 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 roofs covered with flat dressed stones. Gjirokastër features an old Ottoman bazaar which was originally built in the 17th century; it was rebuilt in the 19th century after a fire. There are more than 500 homes preserved as “cultural monuments” in Gjirokastër today. As leaving Gjirokastra city, continue next to the ancient city of Durres, that is also the most important seaport in Albania.

    • Visit the Amphitheater, the biggest in the Balkan Peninsula (capacity 15.000 spectators) with a rare wall mosaic, which belongs to the 2nd century A.D.

    • Overnight in Durres.

  • Durres – Mother Teresa Airport (35 km) expand_more
    • Transfer from Durres to Tirana airport. 

    • End of our service.

What's Included
  • Accommodation in good 3*  4* standard hotels with breakfast.

  • Transportation with comfortable a/c vehicle.

  • English (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese etc), 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
  • Alan

    We took a personalised 6 day tour, starting in Budva, Montenegro, and finishing in Tirana.An excellent round Albania itinerary was suggested by Albania Express and this proved to be fascinating and most enjoyable.The overall success of the trip was down to our guide/ driver Adam who was quite outstanding. A really good and careful driver, in a comfortable Range rover, who has extensive knowledge and insights into history, politics and personal anecdotes. Always trying to make our trip a success. His knowledge of back roads and routes not used by tourists added to the interest.His experience and authority proved useful on at least two occasions when he rearranged our prebooked hotels after inspecting them, and immediately found much better accommodation for us.The one downside of Albania Express therefore is that they clearly did not suggest the best possible accommodation within the price range. Hotels in Albania are very cheap.

  • Cinzia

    Julian accompanied us to do the Tirana tour.

    He was very kind, helpful and competent.

    To recommend

  • Margaret

    This trip went beyond my expectations in every aspect. Albania Express Travel knows what they're doing and provides the most thoughtful and best experience. I've done many organized trips over the world with other companies, and this was one of the best I've taken. The company and guides create a trip that feels personal (not touristy at all) of the most amazing spots of Albania, while choosing exceptional and beautiful  hotels & places to stay. This was exactly what I was hoping for (even better). This trip has one activity after the next, so if you enjoy being active, you will love this trip. Thank you, Albania Express Travel!”

  • 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.

  • Gertraud

    We were on the Albania Express Travel touring through Albania. We searched and found the company “Albania Express Travel”. We booked  and were very delighted with our choice. We beat the major tour buses to all the popular destinations and did not wait in line once. And we toured where we wanted to tour. We were dropped off at the entrance to every tourist attraction we wanting to tour. We did not walk all over Albania, we were chauffeured by very nice driver in very nice vehicle. I would definitely use this company again if were went back to Albania! I give this company 10 out of 10!

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