Classic Tour of AlbaniaA wondrous journey through culture and History. Explore with groups of friends and family to make lasting vacation experience in Albania.
Arrival in Tirana area. Welcome drink and dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast we'll take a trip to Historic City of Shkodra. During this trip you'll visit the magnificent castle of Rosafa and museum inside it, with a beautiful mythological back story. From the walls of the castle there's a gorgeous view of the river and valley below! Following will be Shkodra city tour where you'll have a chance to visit the old district, famous Marubi Photo Museum and handmade Mask Factory. Dinner at the hotel.
Visit of Kruja and City tour of Tirana. Kruja was the epicenter of Albania during 15th century, at which time under the leadership of "Skanderbeg" defeated the Ottoman Empire for 20 consecutive years. We will visit the castle and Skanderbeg museum followed by a visit at the Kruja Ethnographic house which displays the way indigenous people lived during Ottoman era. After lunch Walking city tour of Tirana. Visit of Heqem Bey mosque, Skanderbeg square, Heroes Boulevard, Communism era elite district and Orthodox church.
After a warm breakfast we will start our trip for Berat City (City of One Thousand windows). Berat is a world heritage town. We will visit the old district of Mangalemi with typical ottoman era houses, Castle of Berat with an intriguing mythological back story, famous Onufri museum ( named after Albanian icon painter and prist 16th century), and old orthodox churches.
Explore the Monastery of Ardenica, Apollonia archaeological park and Vlora City. Get a great experience wondering inside the monastery and talk to the monks about the history and actuality of the church. Exploring Apollonia archaeological park with take you back to 558BC with its dynamic history supported by many
authentic relics inside the museum. A trip to Vlora City is fun and wondrous. The start of Ionian sea with its deep blue water surrounded by magnificent landscape.
Starting the day with a mix of salty and fresh air will drive through Albanian Riviera (Number 4 from top 10 destinations for Mediterranean region during 2014. New York Times) . Albanian Riviera is famous amongst bikers and adrenaline drivers with many curved roads sneaking along the shore line. A visit of Porto Palermo Fort, built for the young wife of Ali Pash Tepelena (infamous ruler of 18th century) surrounded by beep blue waters. After lunch visit of Butrinti archaeological park, - another wondrous destination (world heritage park) with many layers of history dating back to 400BC. Dinner on a local beach restaurant.
This day explore the city of Gjirokastra old district (World Heritage Site) Gjirokastra is well preserved Byzantine era town. Its castle has a mix of dark and glorious history! A visit of the army museum, and replica birth house of ex-dictator Enver Hoxha. In the afternoon a trip back to Tirana with sightseeing of countryside. Dinner at the hotel. (Traditional festive dinner optional)
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Sugested for this tour:
- 5 nights HB accommodation in middle class hotel in Tirana
- 1 night HB accommodation in middle class hotel in Vlora
- 1 night HB accommodation in middle class hotel in Saranda
- Entrance to Rasafa Castle and museum
- Entrance to Marubi museum of photography
- Entrance to Kruja Castle
- Entrance to Skanderbeg museum
- Entrance to Ehtnographic house of Kruja
- Entrance to Berat Castle
- Entrance to Onufri museeum
- Entrance to Apollonia Archaeological Park and museum
- Entrance to museum House of Independence
- Entrance to Porto Palermo fort
- Entrance to Butrinti Archaeological park and museum
- Entrance to Gjirokastra castle & museum
- Entrance to replica birth house of communist dicator Enver Hoxha
- Entrance to mask factory
Optional tour Enhancements:
- Happy Hour each evening 5 euro/person
- Albanian Festive dinner 28 euro/person
- Cable car ticket to Dajti Park above Tirana 7euro/person
- Trip to Bunkart (Nuclear bunker during communism) 10 euro/person