Day 1 Airport - Tirana
Welcome to Tirana- our metropolitan capital! Arrival at “Mother Teresa airport”, assistance in arrival and transfer to the Hotel. Taking a rest and start a walking tour with the visit of: Skanderbeg Square – dedicated to Albanian’s national hero and pedestrian space of Nowadays, The Clock Tower – symbol of capital, which stroke every full hour. The Et’hem Bey Mosque – one of the oldest buildings left in the city National Museum- the largest museum in Albania contained a well- documented history of our country The Palace of Culture – which houses the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Bunk Art2 – the story of the communist regime. Accommodation in Tirana.
Day 2 Kruja - Shkoder - Tirana
After breakfast, your morning tour begins with the visit to Kruja–hometown of Albanian’s National Hero rich in tradition and history. Start the visit to: The Castle – the most important defensive fortress of Albanians identity Skanderbeg Museum – a national treasure, devoted to the most important Albanian heroes. Ethnographic Museum – presents traditions throughout centuries, After the visit of the castle, is free for you to explore Kruja’s old bazaar with authentic and antique shops. Traditional lunch at local restaurant in the fortress of Kruja Continue to Shkodra – one of the oldest city in our country Visit the castle of Rozafa – the impressive legend of the castle, archaeological area reach of history make your visit unforgettable. Return to Tirana. Accommodation in Tirana.
Day 3 Tirane - Durres - Berat
Today you will visit Durres– the ancient Greco-Roman port city of Dyrrachium. Visit to the town including the Byzantine city walls, Roman amphitheater – pearl of the Balkans, remains one of the most majestic of the ancient world Archaeological Museum – a breathtaking collection of historical artifacts, dating back to the Illyrian Greek, Roman and Byzantine times. Drive to Berat. Accommodation in Berat.
Day 4 Berat - Apollonia - Vlora
A morning tour of marvelous city of Berat – known as “the city of thousand windows” Visit the pride and magnificent Castle of Berat – ancient castle with continuity of daily life inside her ancient walls! Visit to Onuphri Icon Museum – that contains some of the finest examples of his work as well as other outstanding Albanian artists. Continue your journey among the vineyards to discover and taste authentic wines of Berat city. Winery tour: Tasting authentic Albanian wine accompanied with traditional lighter appetizers in one of the most well-known wineries in Berat city. After the amazing visit of Berat city proceeds to Apollonia – an ancient Greek colony city and former bishopric in Illyria. After the visit to Apollonia continue to Vlora – an historical and coastal city, second largest port city in Albania. Accommodation in Vlora.
Day 5 Vlora - Dhermi - Himara - Saranda
After breakfast drive up to Albanian Riviera. Climbing and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ionian coast beaches lapped by crystalline waters. Drive along traditional stone villages as Palase, Dhermi and stop for a delicious seafood lunch in any of our coastal villages. On the way to Saranda a short visit to the bay of Porto Palermo where the castle of Ali Pasha is situated. Depart for Saranda the hillside town facing the sea, famous for its magnificent “Butrinti” archeological site. Accommodation in Saranda.
Day 6 Saranda - Butrinti - Saranda
Today experience an included excursion to Butrinti Archaeological Site, Visit the Temple of Aesculapius – The ancient Greek god of medicine temple The Baptistery – the second largest building of this type in the Byzantine Empire The Theatre – one of its most notable monuments Roman portico and baths- the most magnificent part of the ancient city. Christian Baptistery- the beautiful mosaic floor of the ancient Christian baptistery Byzantine Basilica- the favorite piece of history in Butrint National Park Nymph- a fountain built for the water nymphs in form of a temple with apses. Defense Wall- demonstrates the importance of the place in times past. The Acropolis- the highest part of the hill inside the site Enjoy the lunch in any of sea view restaurants of Saranda city In the afternoon depart to visit the “Blue Eyes” – formed by underground springs. Balance of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Accommodation in Saranda.
Day 7 Gjirokastra - Tirana
This morning depart to Gjirokastra known as “Stone City”. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offer a rich history shown in visits of each museums and historic houses, rich culinary with delicious traditional cuisine. Visit the Castle – build in a 4-th century overlooking the city being one of the most visited place of our historical cities Leaving Gjirokastra and drive towards Tirana Organized a folk show dinner will live performance of dancers and instrumentalist make the end of this tour unforgettable and amazing. Accommodation in Tirana.
Day 8 Tirana - Airport
Transfer to “Mother Teresa” airport for your return flight home.