Day 1 ”Mother Teresa” AIRPORT – TIRANA
Meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Tirana. Driven tour of main attractions in Tirana, Clock tower, Scanderbeg Square, Tabak Bridge, Ethem Bey Mosque, Catholic and Orthodox Cathedral, Ministry Building, visit of an old Traditional House of Tirana.
Overnight in Tirana.
Day 2: TIRANA – DURRES – BERAT
After breakfast we visit on the National Historic Museum in Tirana, this visit will introduce you with the Albanian history from prehistoric times to present day. Drive to the old town of Durres which is the second largest city of Albania located on the central Albanian coast, about 33 km (21 mil) west of the capital Tirana. Lunch near the see. Visit the old town and surrounding walls, Venetian Tower of Durrës and the Amphitheatre. After the visit, proceed to UNESCO Heritage town of Berat. It is one of the country’s most beautiful towns, having been preserved as a museum city by the communist government. Its most striking feature is the collection of white Ottoman houses climbing up the hill to the castle, earning it the title ‘town of a thousand windows’.
Overnight in Berat.
Day 3: BERAT – APOLLONI – VLORE
After breakfast we visit the three old quarters of Gorica, Kalasa and Mangalem which has given Berati the name ’the town the city of thousand windows’ the the Leaden Mosque, the King’s Mosque, the Bachelor’s Mosque and the Alveti Tekke. We proceed with the visit in the Fortress of Berati and Onufri Museum. Lunch in local restaurant in the Fortress of Berati.
Departure 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. Continue to the coastal town of Vlora. Afternoon free to explore the town.
Overnight in Vlora.
Day 4: VLORE – ALI PASHA FORTRESS – BUTRINT – SARANDA
After breakfast we visit the Independence Museum, situated in the original house that was the seed of the first independent Albanian government. We depart for Saranda driving on the spectacular Albanian Riviera looking down at the Ionian Sea. Breathtaking sceneries await us at the Llogara pass – 1000 m above sea level. We continue on to Saranda, make a short stop at the fortress of Ali Pasha a fortification used to control the sea trade routes. Then we continue to the ancient city of Butrint a UNESCO world heritage site and the most important archaeological discovery in Albania. Legend associates this city with Trojan settlers who fled Troy under the leadership of Aeneas. In fact the city was first settled by Greek colonists and was continuously inhabited for centuries forming archaeological layers of several eras of civilization. Apart the beautiful antique ruins it has the added benefit of being situated in a beautiful peninsula, rich in flora and fauna. After the visits we drive to Saranda. Dinner at Lekursi Castel in Saranda.
Overnight in Saranda.
Day 5: SARANDA – MESOPOTAM – BLUE EYE SPRING – GJIROKASTRA
After the breakfast we will visit the Monastery of Mesopotam, one of the most visited historic and natural monuments in the region outside the walls of Butrinti. Then proceed for the visit of Blue Eye spring. After the lunch in local restaurant in Blue Eye we drive to Gjirokasta the museum city and UNESCO heritage site. The place of birth of our famous writer worldwide Ismail Kadare and dictator Enver Hoxha. We visit in Gjirokastra: the Castle, Ethnographic Museum the house of our ex dictator Enver Hoxha. Visit to an old characteristic house of Gjirokastra.
Overnight in Gjirokastra.
Day 6. GJIROKASTRA – PERMET – KORCA
After breakfast drive through breathtaking scenery of the mountainous area of Leskovik and Kolonja. Light on the way in Leskovik (optional). Before arriving to Korca stop for a visit at Kamenica Tumulus, one of the most representative funereal monuments in the prehistory of Albania and that of the wider region. It is the largest monument of its kind discovered and investigated so far in the country.
Overnight in Korca.
Day 7. KORCA – POGRADEC – ELBASAN – TIRANA
In the morning visit the city Korca, which is the center and heart of the region, it is also known as “The city of Events”, with the biggest beer festival in Albania, Carnival, Celebration of Christmas and Easter, the traditional serenades, and many other activities. Visit of Orthodox Cathedral, first Albanian school, Museum of Medivial arts. After the visits continue onto Pogradec on the shores of Lake Ohrid for lunch. Lunch in traditional restaurant in the village of Tushemisht to enjoy the fresh fish from the lake and traditional cuisine of the region (optional). Short visit to the Park of Drilon where is the fishing villa of our ex dictator. Proceed towards Elbasan, stop for a coffee in the castle of Elbasan (the only castle in the country given to a private entity with concession which has proved very successful in preserving and restoring this monument).
Overnight in Tirana
Day 8. TIRANA – KRUJA – SHKODRA
Morning departure to the northern city of Shkodra with the most important town of north Albania and the Illyrian capital, in the 3rd century Bc. We visit the Marubi Museum (Master photographer of the end of 19th century). It has an exposition of old prints starting with the oldest photograph in the Balkans in 1856. Afterwards visit to the Mesi Bridge an old bridge built in the 18th century with beautiful mountain scenery as backdrop. After we visit the Rozafa castle with spectacular views all around. Afterwards, we proceed to Kruja, a small town perched high on the face of a hill, center of the Albanian resistance against the ottoman Turks under the leadership of our national hero Scanderbeg. Visit the fortress of Kruja, the Scanderbeg Museum, Ethnographic Museum, and the old bazaar full of souvenirs including handmade ones.
Overnight in Tirana.
Day 9: TIRANA – “Mother Teresa” AIRPORT
After breakfast at leisure until time of transfer to the Airport. End of our service.
Tour review scores and score breakdown
Based on 1 reviews
Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of Best of Albania.
- Value for money
- Program accuracy
Ein Dankeschön an Rozana von Albanian Treasures Ich habe mit der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für militärhistorische Studienreisen (GMS) Albanien besucht, für mich ein unbekanntes Land, ein weisser Fleck auf dem Globus. Die Reise zum Thema „Brückenkopf für fremde Herrscher“ dauerte vom 25. Mai bis 31. Mai 2015. Ich habe ein Land kennengelernt das viele Facetten aufweist: • eine wunderbare Landschaft, • ein stolzes und clever Volk, • Leute die die Religion leben und vorleben, • Eine aufstrebende Nation. Geschichtlich eine wunderbare Region die vieles erklärt und noch mehr bestätigt. Ein Land das leider auch unter einer schrecklichen Diktatur, Knechschaft lebte. Ich habe Albanien erlebt wie es war dank Dr. Jürg E. Schneider und wie es heute ist dank unserer kompetenten Reiseleiterin Rozana Gjergji, Sie hat es geschafft mir diese unbekannte Welt zu zeigen und zu eröffnen. Vielen Dank und vielleicht auf Wiedersehen! Ulrich A Aeberhard, Schweiz