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Day 1: Mother Teresa Airport - Tirana

Stop At: Skanderbeg Square, At the center of Tirana, Tirana Albania
Mother Teresa Airport - Tirana
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: 3-4 * hotel in Tirana

Day 2: Tirana – Shkoder

Stop At: Muzeu Historik Shkoder, Rruga Oso Kuka 32, Shkoder Albania
After breakfast we will visit the National Historic Museum in Tirana offering an in depth introduction to Albanian history from prehistory to present day. Afterwards drive to Shkodra the most important city in North Albania, set in a beautiful plateau in front of the largest lake in the Balkans named after the town, and with the Albanian Alps as a backdrop. On the way we stop at a village between Lezha and Shkodra, to dine at a small restaurant built with sustainable agro-tourism in mind in a local family’s lands with lush vegetation. We will taste some delicacies of this region such us pickles, local cheeses, bio olive oil, several kinds of breads in their rustic form. The main specialty of the restaurant is young goats meat done in a very traditional way. Afterwards we continue to Shkodra a town with Italian and Austrian architectural influences. A walking visit of the center of town is a great way to appreciate the city and at the same time increases the appetite for our next delicacy, Shkodra Lake Carp baked in the oven Shkodra style. For those not so keen on carp, there are plenty of other choices. We will have such a delicious delicacy for our dinner at one of the best traditional restaurant.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Shkodra

Day 3: Shkodra – Lezha – Kruja – Durres

Stop At: Kruja Castle, Near Tirana, Kruje 1501 Albania
After this mouth watering experience we had for Kruja - the center of Albanian resistance against the Turks under our National Hero Scanderbeg. He kept them from crossing into Western Europe for 25 years, thus earning the title “Protector of Christianity” given by the Pope. We will visit some interesting sites such us the castle with its rich Scanderbeg and Ethnographic museums.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Durres

Day 4: : Durres – Berat (UNESCO)

Stop At: Berat Castle, Rruga Mihal Komnena, Berat 5001 Albania
After breakfast drive to Berat - a UNESCO town for its wonderful architecture where houses look as they were built on each other’s backs. Just before arriving we stop at Cobo winery to taste one of the best Albanian wines with some finger food specialties.Here we visit the inhabited castle where many families still live within its walls, several small churches from the 15th century and the uniquely beautiful St.Mary’s church turned into Onufri museum, in honor of this great Albanian Icon master painter of the 16th century. Lunch in a traditional restaurant in Berat castle run by a family living in the castle, where home cooking will be experienced . After lunch free to explore further this wonderful town. Traditional dinner with Berat specialties’ at Mangalemi and overnight will be at a traditional house in the old quarter turned small hotel. A unique experience.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Berat

Day 5: Berat (UNESCO) – Ardenica – Apollonia – Vlora

Stop At: Ardenica Monastery, Ardenice Albania
After breakfast, depart for Vlora. On the way we stop at the Monastery of Ardenica, supposed to have been built in the middle ages in the 15th century as seen in one of its stones. However the first building belongs to the beginning of XVIII century. Today inside the church you can admire icon paintings of 1743-1745, by Albanian artists such as Konstandin and Athanos Zografi, as well as Konstandin Shpataraku. The Albanian National Hero Scanderbeg was married at the chapel of this church. Afterwards proceed to the ancient city of Apollonia situated on the famous Via Egnatia - one of the most important cities in Roman times. The Roman Emperor Augustus Octavian studied here. A characteristic lunch of the Muzeqe region with small hens baked in the oven with rice will be had in traditional village restaurant. After lunch a visit of the site and continue to Vlora for overnight. Dinner will be a fresh seafood specialty affair in a local restaurant.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Vlora

Day 6: Vlora – Butrint (UNESCO)– Saranda

Stop At: Butrint National Park, SH81, Butrint Albania
Afterwards we proceed visit the ancient city of Butrint a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was first settled by Greek colonists and was continuously inhabited for centuries. It is considered the most important archaeological site in Albania and the monuments it unveils in a beautiful peninsula among dense vegetation, are a live testimony of this. After visits return to Saranda, check in and relax at the hotel.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Saranda

Day 7: Saranda – Syri i Kalter (Blue Eye Spring) – Gjirokastra (UNESCO) – Permet

Stop At: The Blue Eye, Vlore 9706 Albania
quick visit at the interesting Blue Eye natural spring an amazing spring in the shape of a deep blue eye
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Permet

Day 8: Permet – Korca

Stop At: Korca Old Bazaar, Rrugica Piro Lena, Korce 7001 Albania
After breakfast drive to Korca one of the most important towns of South East Albania and a well known culinary town. The path takes us through spectacular landscapes with spectacular nature with gorges, mountains and river valleys offering a truly fulfilling experience. Lunch in the traditional family restaurant in Boboshtica just before reaching Korca. After lunch we visit the Museum of Medieval Arts and the Mosque of Mirahori one of the oldest in the country. Dinner will be in a uniquely conceived restaurant which in its dinning room houses a large collection of all kinds of items from Albania’s 50 years of communism. Overnight in Korca
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Korca

Day 9: Korca - Pogradec –Tirana

Stop At: Driloni National Park, Rruga e Drilonit, Pogradec 7301 Albania
After breakfast continue any Korca visits not completed the day before and then drive to Pogradec on the shores of Lake Ohrid, where we will visit the Drilon area where the dictator used to have its fishing villa. Lunch in family restaurant to enjoy unique Koran fish a rare fish of the trout and salmon family, found only in this Lake. Visit at Drilon where the old fishing villa of the dictator is situated. Departure for Elbasan, visit at the castle where a stop for refreshments. In Tirana we will have a farewell fine gourmet dinner at one of the best restaurants in Tirana. Overnight in Tirana.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: 3-4* hotel in Tirana

Day 10: Tirana - Mother Teresa Airport

Stop At: Skanderbeg Square, At the center of Tirana, Tirana Albania
After breakfast, free to explore until time of transfer to Airport. End of our services.


Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick up at airport
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Duration
10 days
Return Details
Tirana Airport
Inclusions
  • 9x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 9 nights
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • All activities
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entry/Admission - Skanderbeg Square
  • Entry/Admission - Muzeu Historik Shkoder
  • Entry/Admission - Kruja Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Berat Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Ardenica Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Butrint National Park
  • Entry/Admission - The Blue Eye
  • Entry/Admission - Korca Old Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Driloni National Park
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • All Fees and Taxes
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
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