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4 UNESCO SITES: TOUR OF ALBANIA & N. MACEDONIA IN EIGHT DAYS

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Duration

8 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

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Overview

This eight-day tour program offers a combination of deservedly famed historical UNESCO sites such as Ohrid, Berat, Gjirokastra and Butrint with traditions, local culture and culinary wonders. This tour of Albania & North Macedonia takes us through some of the best national parks of these two Balkan countries. During these 8 days, you will be able to visit some medieval splendour cities, UNESCO protected lake Ohrid and spectacular land and seascapes of Albania and N. Macedonia.  

* Single Supplement: To guarantee tour departure even for one participant we require a single supplement of 936 Euros. If other participants join this tour, you will be refunded 50% of the single supplement amount and your room occupancy will be still private. We organize small groups up to 8 pax. Please contact us if you are a larger group of participants for a quotation.

* Please note that prices are calculated on double/twin/triple room occupancy and 3 stars hotel accommodation.

* Hotel upgrade is possible on extra charge.

* Single room occupancy is possible on 30 Euros extra charge per night per person.

* All participants are responsible for having their own health/travel insurance.

* Children Discounts: Age 0 – 2.99 Free of charge; Age 3 – 7.99 discount of 50%; Age 8 – 11.99 discount of 30%, Age 12+ full fare.

* Choose Balkans reserves the rights to add other participants in and during the tour program. If you are interested in a private tour, please contact us for a quotation.

* On request this tour may also depart from other cities of Albania or neighboring countries such as Montenegro, Macedonia or Kosovo. Please contact us for more information on the extra costs.

* Please note that transaction and payment fees are on the sender (you in this case). We will notify you with a print screen of the amount received at our account as soon as we receive your down payment.

* Please note that Credit/Debit card payments are possible at our office in Tirana and apply a 5% bank commission.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samoils Fortress Ohrid
  • Church of St. John at Kaneo
  • Mosque Halveti Hayati Tekke in Ohrid
  • Ohrid bazaar and shopping area
  • The ruins of Ohrid Amphitheater
  • Museum of Bitola
  • Pedestrian boulevard in Bitola
  • St Naum monastery
  • Galichitsa National Park
  • Cathedral of Korça
  • The Old Bazaar in Korça
  • The National Museum of Medieval Art in Korça
  • Drilon National Park
  • Fortress of Berat
  • Mangalem neighbourhood and Gorica neighbourhood in Berat
  • “Ura e Gorrices” – Gorrica Bridge in Berat
  • The Onufri Museum OR Ethnographic Museum in Berat
  • Xhamia e Beqarit – Bachelor’s Mosque in Berat
  • The fortress in Gjirokaster (Kalaja e Gjirokastres)
  • Zakete House in Gjirokaster
  • The old city of Gjirokaster
  • Medieval bazaar in Gjirokaster
  • Blue Eye
  • Butrint National Park
  • Porto Palermo
  • Llogara National Park
  • The Independence Monument in Vlora
  • Muradie Neighborhood
  • Muradie Mosque
  • Skanderbeg square in Tirana
  • Clock tower in Tirana
  • Bunk’Art in Tirana

Bulk discount (by amount)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Single Supplement 1 1 -936
2 +1 2 8 0

Itinerary

Day 1 Tirana (Albania) – Ohrid (N. Macedonia)
Day 1 Tirana (Albania) – Ohrid (N. Macedonia)

Our professional tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Tirana to start our journey towards Ohrid (N. Macedonia). This city is one of the most seductive destinations in N. Macedonia, indicated also as one of the oldest human settlements in all of Europe. Ohrid city and Ohrid Lake are part of UNESCO World Heritage since 1980. Ohrid Lake and its surroundings were inhabited by the Illyrian Tribe of Enkeleys. The city became an important centre for the Orthodox believers during the Byzantine Empire and is famous for its 365 Orthodox churches, said to have one church for each day of the year. We will continue our visit of Ohrid. The houses were built with a very specific architecture that created narrowed streets, tunnels and tiny yards on the hilly terrain, making it possible for every house to have a good view of the lake. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 2 Ohrid – Bitola – Ohrid
Day 2 Ohrid – Bitola – Ohrid

Our destination for today is Bitola. The city combines the old with the new, Ottoman buildings next to modern office buildings. Our first visit is to the museum of Bitola that houses the region’s most valuable cultural and historical treasures. The building used to function as a high school before it became a military academy and eventually a museum. Our tour continues to the ruins of Heraclea Lyncestis. The site is the most authentic well-preserved city from the ancient Macedonian empire in the whole country. We will also walk through the pedestrian boulevard full of shops, cafes and restaurants. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 3 Ohrid – St Naum – Galichitsa National Park – Korça (Albania) – Pogradec
Day 3 Ohrid – St Naum – Galichitsa National Park – Korça (Albania) – Pogradec

We will continue our tour to St Naum near the Albanian border and one of the most beautiful locations in Macedonia. On our way there, we will have to go through the Galichitsa National Park, located between the Albanian border, Ohrid Lake and Prespa Lake, with again stunning nature and impressive mountains. The monastery of St Naum is also known as Sveti Naum where stunning nature blends with religious heritage, creating a picturesque location.
We continue our journey towards Korça, southeastern Albania, one of the most beautiful and important cities in the country. Because of its French-style villas and coffee culture, Korça is also called the “Little Paris of Albania”. We will take a city tour of this lovely enchanting town. Not to be missed is “Pazari i Vjetër”, the most charming neighborhood in Korça and an area that looks like it was pulled straight from a fairy tale; narrow streets, colored buildings, nice cafés and small boutiques can be found everywhere you look. Overnight in Pogradec.

Day 4 Pogradec – Drilon – Berat
Day 4 Pogradec – Drilon – Berat

Located next to Pogradec is Drilon National Park. This park was the favourite place of dictator Enver Hoxha, who used to come here to relax. Today Drilon is an attractive summer destination, thanks to its beauty, sandy beaches and delicious cuisine.
Our next destination is Berat, also known as the city of 1001 windows, part of UNESCO world heritage. Walking through the narrowed stone streets offers a fantastic view of the medieval old houses, with windows that seem to stand on top of each other. Berat has it all; a beautiful medieval castle, ancient churches and mosques, a lively lower town consisting of grand old houses draped on steep hillsides, an old stone bridge, great museums and remains from the communism era in Albania. Berat is also known as the birthplace of Onufri, the famous painter of churches all-over the Balkans, distinguished for creating a specific reddish colour still difficult to imitate. Overnight in Berat.

Day 5 Berat – Gjirokastra
Day 5 Berat – Gjirokastra

Our main destination for today is Gjirokastra, also known as “The Stone City”, part of UNESCO World heritage is situated in Southern Albania on the eastern side of mountain “Mali i Gjere”. Gjirokastra resembles a fortified city where every single house is like a small fortress. The origin of the city starts with the castle of Gjirokastra, built in IV A.D., and is considered as one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Balkans. Every five years Gjirokastra becomes the capital of the Albanian folklore and traditional music, where passionate folklore ensembles gather in the “stone city” and perform their traditional music, dances and show off their costumes. Right before entering the castle of Gjirokastra you would have to pass by the medieval bazar. The atmospheric old town cascading down in graceful hill crammed with beautiful narrowed stone decorated streets, where you will be amazed by the wide variety of handmade crafts from local artisans and producers. Overnight in Gjirokastra.

Day 6 Gjirokastra – Blue Eye – Butrint – Porto Polermo - Llogara National Park
Day 6 Gjirokastra – Blue Eye – Butrint – Porto Polermo - Llogara National Park

From Gjirokastra, we will move towards Butrint, but not before making a stop at the natural wonder of the Blue Eye, a source of fresh water surrounded by evergreen trees. The source comes from "Mali i Gjere" and reaches a depth that has not yet been discovered, so far divers have gone deep to 50 meters. The water temperature does not go above 10 degrees. The Blue Eye looks like it come straight out of fairy tale but you can actually visit it. You will not be able to keep your eyes off the mesmerizing crystal-clear blue water.
Our tour continues to the National Park of Butrint. Part of the UNESCO world heritage, Butrint is the most important archaeological site in Albania. It was the first site in Albania that became part of the UNESCO list. The ruins combined with the stunning natural surroundings make it worth a visit.
We drive along the coastline known as the Albanian Riviera. Our next stop will be the beautiful castle of Ali Pasha at Porto Palermo. While driving by the Albanian Riviera, we will pass by some of the most beautiful beaches of Albania; Borsh, Llamani and Dhermi beaches. We will pass the small villages one by one clinging to rock faces by the seaside, all tumbledown stone walls and narrow pathways, overhung with vines full of grapes, and trees heavy with figs and walnuts. Overnight in Llogara.

Day 7 Llogara National Park – Vlora – Tirana
Day 7 Llogara National Park – Vlora – Tirana

AOn our way to Tirana, we will visit the city of Vlora where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. The city was founded in the 6th century BC under the name of Aulona. Vlora is known as the ‘’City of the Flag’’; the independence of Albania was declared here on the 28th of November 1912. We will visit the Flag’s Square and the Independence Monument. We will then have a walk in Muradie Neighbourhood, visit Vlore’s main mosque an Albanian National Monument built in 1537. The Muradie mosque is a stunning Ottoman building which has been well preserved for almost half a millennium. The Mosque even managed to survive Albania’s communist regime that oversaw the shuttering of many religious buildings. Free afternoon by the seaside. Overnight in Tirana.

Day 8 Day tour of Tirana
Day 8 Day tour of Tirana

After breakfast we see more of Tirana, the capital of Albania. Colorful, lively, vibrant, dynamic, 24/7 and crazy nightlife - these are some of the words that better describe this city where the communist and capitalist-era buildings battle on a daily basis. Tirana offers a great combination of very interesting museums, historic sites, national parks, mountains and Ottoman, Italian and communist style architecture all clashing with each other, but offering a great pleasure to wander through. Not to be missed is Tirana’s delicious food varieties, from the tasty and cheap street food to the finest gourmet options. BUNKART is one of the most interesting museums in Tirana. Initially designed as a nuclear bunker offering shelter to the Albanian communist supreme leader Enver Hoxha and his close party members during the cold war. The bunker was hidden to the general public until 2014, when the Albanian government decided to initiate an interesting project that converted the nuclear bunker into a museum. BUNKART is video museum exhibition dedicated to the history of the Albanian communist army and to the daily lives of Albanians during the regime. This marks the end of this amazing experience through history and adventure.

Included/Excluded

  • BB (Accommodation and Breakfast) for all overnights
  • Professional tour guide
  • Transport provided by the company
  • Hotel pick up in Tirana
  • Hotel drop off in Tirana
  • Entry tickets for the ‘’will be visited’’ sites
  • Tourist taxes
  • Road taxes
  • International car insurance
  • Petrol
  • Lunches, Dinners, Drinks & Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Personal spending
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the included
  • * Tips are not a must in Albania or the Balkans, however, our recommendation is to tip the tour guide/driver 5 – 6 Euros per day/person as an international practice to tip good service.

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BB for all overnights
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