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8-Day Tour Of Albania From Tirana To Gjirokastra, Berat, & Beyond
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Architecture, Archeology, History

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • Language

    English

  • Activity Level

    Medium

Description

Known as the 'land of the eagle', Albania is home to some of the most historically relevant towns that you can explore in the 8-day tour. Visit the iconic Tirana Square, take a time of the old cities of Kruja & Shkodra, explore the castle of Rozafa in the Albanian Alps, and find intriguing monuments dating back to several hundred years.

  • Day 1: Arrival In Tirana expand_more
    • Our representative will meet you at the Tirana International Airport and escort you to your hotel. Overnight in Tirana.

  • Day 2: Visit Kruja and Shkodra expand_more
    • The day will start by visiting the main attractions at Tirana Square. 

    • In the second half of the day, visit Kruja where you will be introduced to traditional Albanian cuisine and culinary skills. 

    • After a visit to the old town of Kruja, drive north towards the town of Shkodra, and check-in at your hotel. 

    • In the afternoon explore the town, especially areas that have rich historical relevance. Overnight in Shkodra.

  • Day 3: Visit Durres and Ardenica expand_more
    • After breakfast, visit the castle of Rozafa (name given by the legend of Rozafa) located on a hill overlooking the lake of Shkodra and the Albanian Alps. It was built in the 4th century BC.

    • In the second half of the day, drive to Durres, the capital of Albania from 1272 – 1920 and one of the biggest Greek colonies on the Adriatic sea coast. 

    • Next, visit the Ardenica Christian Orthodox monastery, which is famous for its church with walls covered in colorful frescoes and wooden carved altars. 

    • In the evening, drive towards the town of Vlora and relax in your hotel. Overnight in Vlora.

  • Day 4: The Albanian Riviera expand_more
    • Start your day with a long drive along the Albanian Riviera on the Ionian seaside.

    • On the way, drive through the forest of Llogara National Park where you can make a stop at 1025 meters above sea level. From the spot, you can admire the whole coastline and the Greek islands in the Ionian sea. 

    • After a visit to a hidden gem in the village of Dhermi, don't miss the Gjipe canyon overlooking the Loninan sea. 

    • Next, continue towards Himara and take a small break before heading to your next destination. The Ali Pasha castle, located in the middle of Palermo bay (known as Porto Palermo), was build in the first decade of the 19th century under the supervision of French engineers and is an example of French military architecture in Albania. 

    • After you're done exploring the bay, visit the Borshi water springs. 
    • In the evening, check in to your hotel near the sea in Saranda. Overnight in Saranda.

  • Day 5: Visit Butrinti a UNESCO World Heritage Site expand_more
    • Begin day 5 by visiting the Butrinti archaeological park, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. Founded in the VII century BC by the Corcyrians, it became one of the most important Greek colonies in the Ionian sea. Nowadays it is the best-preserved archaeological site in Albania. 

    • After a short break by the sea on the white beach of Ksamil continue east towards Gjirokastra, a UNESCO World Heritage town.

    • On the way, do not miss visiting the Blue Eye water springs natural park. In the evening, continue towards Gjirokastra where you can relax in your hotel. Overnight in Gjirokastra.

  • Day 6: Gjirokastra and Beyond expand_more
    • After breakfast, you can explore the old town of Gjirokastra, a UNESCO World Heritage town since 2004. 

    • Next, start your trek to the Ottoman fortress (14th century) and continue with a visit to the old bazaar.

    • In the afternoon, take a tour of the Apollonia Archaeological park which was built in the 7th century BC as the ancient town of Apollonia. As the second-largest Greek colony in Albania, Apollonia became one of the most important towns in the region in the 4th century BC. Nowadays it is one of the biggest archaeological parks in Albania.

    • In the evening, drive towards and check-in at your traditional accommodation. Overnight in Berat.

  • Day 7: Berat Tour expand_more
    • The visit to Berat UNESCO World Heritage town will start from the medieval center of the old town of Berat, known for its Sunni and the Helveti mosques. Next, continue your tour with a visit to the 4th century BC fortress located on the hill overlooking the Osumi valley. The fortress is known for its old Christian Orthodox cathedral, where the Onufri Icon Gallery is located. 

    • Admire some of the most beautiful and oldest icons in Albania, dating from the 14th century. The Berat tour will end with a pleasant visit to a local winery where you can taste the best Albanain wine. You can also taste Raki, the traditional Albanian drink that's a local favourite. 

    • In the second half, drive to Elbasan to see the old fortress. Continue towards Tirana to complete your round trip. Overnight in Tirana

  • Day 8: Departure expand_more
    • After breakfast, get a ride to the airport where you can fly home or to your next destination.

What's Included
  • 7 overnights in double or twin shared room. (Accommodation will be in 3* hotels and guesthouses which provide European standard facilities and services)

  • 7 breakfasts

  • All land transportation's costs with comfortable air-conditioned vehicles

  • English-speaking tour guide throughout the tour

  • Comprehensive sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary

  • Entrance fees in museums and archaeological sites

  • Transfers from and to the Airport 

  • Luggage assistance 

  • All taxes are included in the price

What's Excluded
  • Single traveller (single room) supplement: 145 euro

  • International airfares

  • Lunches and dinners 

  • Personal expenses
  • Whatever not mentioned or included in the final price 

Know before you go

Reservation and Payments:

  • You should book the tour in advance.

Meeting Point

Tirana, Albania

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Starting From
USD EUR USD
USD 958 / adult

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