Day 1: Mother Teresa AIRPORT – TIRANA
Fly to Tirana. Transfer to the hotel and check in for 2 nights.
Day 2: TIRANA
Begin with a full day city tour. Tirana is located on the site of a Byzantine fortress and has been the capital of Albania since 1920. Included are visits to the Mosque of Ethem Bey, the Clock Tower, the National Museum, National Art Gallery, Skanderbeg Square, The Martyr’s Cemetery, Grand Park and various government buildings.
Day 3: TIRANA – KRUJA – ARDENICA – APOLLONIA – VLORA
Drive to Kruja. Visit the Skanderbeg Museum set inside the restored castle and wander around the old Turkish Bazaar, which has a wonderful selection of authentic antiques and souvenirs. Drive to Fieri via Ardenica Monastery and tour the Archaeological Centre of Appolonia. Continue to Vlora and stay overnight in a hotel on Vlora beach.
Day 4: VLORA – SARANDA
Continue along the Albanian Riviera through the Llogara Pass with its stunning views of the Ionian coastline. En route, visit the fortress of Ali Pasha of Ioanina at Porto Palermo. Check in to hotel in Saranda for 2 nights.
Day 5: SARANDA – BUTRINTI
Morning visit to Albania’s most important archaeological site, Butrinti, and in the afternoon, visit the remains of a monastery of the 40 Saints, from which the modern name of Saranda is derived. Rest of afternoon at leisure.
Day 6: GJIROKASTRA – BERAT
Drive to the museum city of Gjirokastra, birthplace of the former iron-fisted dictator of Albania, Enver Hoxha. Gjirokastra is a strikingly picturesque town, perched on the side of a mountain above the Drino River. The tour includes the district museum, housed in the building in which Enver Hoxha was born and the pre-Ottoman citadel,a former political prison and now a weapons museum. Continue to Berat for an overnight stay.
Day 7: BERAT – DURRES
A half day tour of Berat, Albania’s second most important museum town and called ‘the city of a thousand windows’ for the many windows in its red-roofed houses. The tour includes the leaden Mosque, the King’s Mosque, the Bachelor’s Mosque and the Alveti Tekke, a smaller shrine where the Dervishes once practised. After lunch, drive to Durres for tour of the Roman Amphitheatre and the Archaeological Museum. Depending on your choice, you will either return to Tirana for the last night or stay in a hotel in Durres on the beach.
Day 8: DURRES – Mother Teresa AIRPORT
Free morning in either Tirana or Durres before transfer to airport for flight back home.End of our service.