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PEARLS OF ALBANIA TOUR IN EIGHT DAYS (3 UNESCO SITES)

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Duration

8 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

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Overview

This 8-day tour program is designed to offer a combination of best historical UNESCO sites such as Berat, Gjirokastra and Butrint with traditions, local culture and culinary wonders. This tour of Albania takes you through some of the most beautiful national parks. During these eight days, you will be able to visit some medieval splendor cities such as Kruja, Berat and Gjirokaster and spectacular land and seascapes of Albania.

* 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

  • Shkodra castle (Kalaja e Rozafes)
  • The pedestrian street (Pedonale)
  • Venetian mask showroom in Shkodra
  • The Catholic Cathedral in Shkodra
  • The Great Mosque in Shkodra
  • Fortress of Berat
  • Mangalem neighbourhood
  • Gorica neighbourhood in Berat 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)
  • Zekate House
  • The old city of Gjirokaster
  • Medieval bazaar in Gjirokaster
  • Blue Eye
  • Butrint National Park
  • Himare
  • Llogara National Park
  • Muradie Neighbourhood
  • Muradie Mosque
  • Independence Monument
  • Kruja castle
  • The Etnographic Museum OR Skanderbeg Museum in Kruja
  • Dollmës Tekke in Kruja
  • Skanderbeg square in Tirana
  • Bunk’Art in Tirana
  • Venetian tower in Durrës
  • Amphitheatre of Durrës

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 – Shkodra
Day 1 Tirana – Shkodra

Our professional tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Tirana to start our journey towards Shkodra. The city is situated in the north-western part of Albania, giving its name to the biggest lake in the Balkans. The oldest wall of the Shkodra castle dates from the 1st millennium BCE. The Roman historian Livy cited the town as the capital of the Illyrian king Gent, who fought the Romans in 168 B.C. We will visit Rozafa castle offering tremendous scenery of the lake and the three rivers melting all together in the Adriatic Sea. The city’s architecture is highly influenced by the Venetian style, and if you are lucky enough to join the tour of Shkodra in February you might experience the carnival festival. Most of the guests are surprised to learn that most of the Venetian masks are handmade and produced in Shkodra. The city’s favourable geographic position has always been an important trading tie through the centuries, making it possible for different civilisations to encounter. Overnight in Shkodra.

Day 2 Shkodra – Berat
Day 2 Shkodra – Berat

Our next destination will be Berat, known as the city of 1001 windows and part of UNESCO world heritage. Walking through the narrow 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. You will have some free time to enjoy a delicious lunch and wander through the city by yourself. Overnight in Berat.

Day 3 Berat – Gjirokastra
Day 3 Berat – Gjirokastra

Today we will go towards Gjirokastra, which is also known as “The Stone City”, part of UNESCO World heritage and 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 century 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 4 Gjirokastra – Blue Eye – Butrint – Ksamil - Albanian Riviera
Day 4 Gjirokastra – Blue Eye – Butrint – Ksamil - Albanian Riviera

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.
Ksmail will be our next destination! You will feel like you are exploring some tropical paradise when being on its white sandy beaches with the view of the four islands in-front of the beach. Ksamil is the pearl of the Albanian Riviera and it surely is one of the best beach destinations in Europe. Ksamil is primarily known for its fine sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. The Albanian Riviera has many pretty beaches, however, this beach gives you that Bora – Bora feeling.
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. Overnight near the Albanian Riviera.

Day 5 Albanian Riviera – Himare – Dhermi – Llogara National Park
Day 5 Albanian Riviera – Himare –  Dhermi – Llogara National Park

While driving along the Albanian Riviera, we will pass some of the most beautiful beaches of Albania; Palase, Llamani and Dhermi beaches.
Himara will be our first destination for this day. Himara town is located next to imposing mountain peaks covered in deep green forests, crystal-clear seas fringed by long white beaches and sparkling springs. You can enjoy a walk by the seaside, fantastically tasty food combining local cuisine and some influence by neighboring Greece. The promenade by the sea side gives you the opportunity to try fresh fruit juice and even shop handmade souvenirs
Our next destination will be Dhermi, one of the most famous beaches in Albania. Known for its hidden coves, pebble beaches and crystal-clear water inviting you to dive in. You will have some free time to absorb and store all the sunshine. Later we will also pass some 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 National Park.

Day 6 Llogara National Park – Vlora – Tirana
Day 6 Llogara National Park – Vlora – Tirana

Before heading to Tirana, we will make a stop in 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 7 Tirana – Kruja – Tirana
Day 7 Tirana – Kruja – Tirana

Our next destination is visit Kruja, a historical city symbol of the Albanian resistance against the expansion of the Ottoman Empire during the XV century. Kruja is situated in central Albania on a rocky mountainous terrain about 560 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Sarisalltik Mountain. Walking through Kruja’s Medieval Old Bazaar (one of the biggest and oldest in Balkans) gives you a sense of a passage through the history. The castle of Kruja (built during the 5th century A.D.) is strategically placed on the top of a rocky hill, making it difficult for the enemies to attack. Our local guide will take you through some hidden paths, used by the locals to leave the castle without being noticed during periods when the enemies surrounded the castle. Overnight in Tirana.

Day 8 Tirana – Durrës – Tirana
Day 8 Tirana – Durrës – Tirana

Today we will head to the ancient town of Durres to explore the Amphitheatre, the Roman ruins and the Venetian Tower. Durrës is the main port in Albania and second largest city in the country. Because of its geographic position, in the shores of the Adriatic Sea, Durres has always been a very important city throughout the history. Founded as Epidamnos in the ancient region of Illyria in 627 BC by ancient Greeks, Durrës has been one of the most important cities in the history of Albania. Known also as the centre of Archaeology in Albania, it has the largest Ancient Roman-style Amphitheatre in the region. The Archaeological Museum is one of the most important of its kind and of great interest to visitors. In the late afternoon, we will go back to Tirana, this marks the end of this amazing experience through history and culture.

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
  • 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
Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off
Local Transport
Personal Tour Guide
Road taxes
Tourists taxes

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