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8-Day Tour Of Albania's Towns And Other Highlights From Tirana
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, Archeology, History

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • Activity Level

    Medium

  • Language

    English

Description

Explore Albania's ancient towns of Tirana and Kruja, where you can taste Albanian cuisines and the rich heritage of Shkodra. Drive along the Albanian Riviera on the Ionian seaside and discover its hidden gems. Visit the famous archaeological parks, the magnificent Blue Eye Natural spring and a 14th-century Ottoman fortress in Gjirokastra. Try out the local wine, Raki in Berat!

Highlights
  • Visit the main attractions in Tirana Square
  • Taste some traditional Albanian cuisines in the town of Kruja
  • Explore the Castle of Rofaza in Shkodra, located in the Albanian Alps 
  • Go to the Greek colony of Durres
  • Drive along the Albanian Riviera and visit its hidden gems
  • See the Gjipe canyon overlooking the Ionian sea 
  • Witness amazing vistas of the Blue Eye Natural Spring
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage town, Gjirokastra  
  • Day 1: Arrival In Tirana expand_more
    • You will be picked up by our representative from Tirana International Airport and escort you to your hotel. 

    Stay the night at a hotel in Tirana.

  • Day 2: Tirana - Kruja - Shkodra expand_more
    • Start your day by visiting the main attractions at Tirana Square. 

    • In the second half of the day, visit Kruja where you will be introduced to the 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. Explore the town, especially areas that have rich historical relevance.

    Stay the night in Shkodra.

  • Day 3: Skodra - Durres - Vlora expand_more
    • After breakfast, visit the Castle of Rozafa located on a hill overlooking the lake of Shkodra and the Albanian Alps. It was built in the 4th century BC and was named by the legend, Rozafa.

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

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

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

    Stay the night in Vlora.

  • Day 4: The Albanian Riviera expand_more
    • Start your day with a long drive along the Albanian Riviera on the Ionian seaside. Drive through the forest of Llogara National Park where you can make a stop at about 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, see amazing views of Gjipe canyon overlooking the Ionian sea. 

    • Later, 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, also 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 exploring the bay, visit the Borshi water springs. 
    • In the evening, check in at a hotel near the sea in Saranda.

    Stay the night in Saranda.

  • Day 5: Butrint National Park - Gjirokastra expand_more
    • Start your day by visiting the Butrint National park, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. Founded in the 7th century BC, it became one of the most important Greek colonies in the Ionian sea. Nowadays, it is the best-preserved archaeological site in Albania. 

    • Take a short break by the sea on the white beach of Ksamil and then, 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 at your hotel.

    Stay the night in Gjirokastra.

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

    • Next, start your trek to a 14th-century Ottoman fortress and visit 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 Berat and check-in at a traditional accommodation.

    Stay the night in Berat.

  • Day 7: Berat Tour expand_more
    • Start your day by visiting the medieval centre 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 and stay the night in Tirana.

  • Day 8: Departure expand_more
    • After breakfast, start your journey towards the airport for departure. 

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

  • Breakfasts for seven days

  • 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 

Meeting Point

Tirana, Albania

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
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From

EUR EUR---- 790.00
EUR 790.00 / Standard

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