Tour of Albana, Montenegro, Kosovo & Macedonia in 14 Days

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

14

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Maximum Seats

50

Grand tour of Western Balkans

Professional tour guide
Airport or hotel pickup and drop off.
Accommodation for all overnights
Breakfast and Dinner for all overnights
Museums’ tickets

This fourteen days tour program is tailored to offer its participants the best combination of historical sites of Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia with some of the most important national parks and tourist attractions of these four Balkan countries.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Shkodra

Our professional tour guide will pick you up at 9:00 am at your hotel in Tirana. Right after the group gets together we start our journey toward northern Albania. On our way to Shkodra we will visit the historic town of Kruja, its medieval castle and the Scanderbeg National Museum. Overnight in Shkodra, where we visit Rozafa castle, and the Venetian style pedestrian street “pedonale”. Overnight in Shkoder.
Day 2

Podgorica

On our way to Montenegro you would be invited by Shkodra’s lake glistening in the sunshine. Within 1 hour we arrive in Podgorica, capital city of Montenegro, where we explore the city’s most important attractions. Our next destination is a slow food farm in a rural village in Northern Albania. Overnight at the agro – tourism.
Day 3

Valbona Valley

Komani Lake journey is described as “one of the World’s greatest boat trips”. As we take the turn from the main road the area becomes more rural, with fewer cars but more wild nature and amazing landscapes. We will stop for a short break by Vau i Dejes Lake, a beautiful and tranquil setting. At 09:00 we get on a ferry that will take us through Komani Lake offering spectacular views of the Albanian Alps, waterfalls, rural villages and wild forests. Our next destination will be Valbona Valley National Park. After a delicious traditional lunch, we hike to Kukaj, explore the area and admire the so-called Crown of the Albanian Alps. Overnight in Valbona.
Day 4

Prizren

Our journey continues towards Prizren (Kosovo). This town played an important role in the region firstly as an Illyrian settlement and as a crossroad for the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, contributing to the unique architecture of the city. Prizren is considered as the cultural capital of Kosovo, mixing its’ rich history, incredible nature, religious tolerance and gastronomic delights. Overnight in Prizren.
Day 5

Tirana

Tirana, the capital of Albania would be our final destination for the fifth day, where we have full day city tour. Colourful, 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 daily basis. Tirana offers a great combination of very interesting museums, historic sites, national parks and mountains, ottoman, Italian and communist style architecture all clashing between each other, offering however a great pleasure to wander. Not to be missed is Tirana’s delicious food varieties, from the tasty and cheap street food to the finest gourmet options. Overnight in Tirana.
Day 6

Ohrid

Ohrid (Macedonia) is one of the most seductive destinations in Macedonia, indicated as one of the oldest human settlements in all Europe. Ohrid city and Ohrid Lake are part of UNESCO World Heritage since 1980. Ohrid Lake and its surroundings where inhabited by the Illyrian Tribe of Enkeleys. Ohrid became an important centre for the Orthodox believers during the Byzantine Empire and is famous for it’s 365 Orthodox churches, said to have one church for each day of the year. The houses where 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 7

Drilon

We continue our journey towards Korça in the southeastern region of Albania, one of the most beautiful and important cities in the country. Because of its beauty, 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 “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. Late in the afternoon we head to Pogradec. Drilon national park was the favorite 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. Overnight in Drilon.
Day 8

Berat

Our next destination is Berat, also known as the 1001 windows city, 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 above 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 churches’ painter all-over the Balkans, distinguished for creating a specific reddish colour still difficult to imitate. Overnight in Berat.
Day 9

Vlora

On our way to Vlora we visit the Narta Lagoon, the island of Zvërnec and its ancient Monastery of Saint Mary (XIII century). Our tour continues towards Vlora where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet. Free afternoon by the seaside. Overnight in Vlora.
Day 10

Himara

We drive along the coastline known as Albanian Riviera. We will shortly stop at Llogara National Park offering a spectacular view of the Palasa Beach. Our next stop will be the beautiful castle of Ali Pasha at Porto Palermo. Himara would be our final destination for this day. Himara town is next to imposing mountain peaks blanketed in deep green forests, crystal clear seas fringed by long white beaches and sparkling springs inviting you to dive in. Overnight in Himara.
Day 11

Saranda

The ancient site Butrint, is our next destination. Part of the UNESCO world heritage, Butrinti is the most important archaeological site in Albania. In the evening we take a city tour of Saranda, including the synagogue and Lekursi castle. On the ruins of the old castle there is a bar with a breath taking view of Saranda and Corfu Island. Overnight in Saranda.
Day 12

Gjirokaster

On our way to Gjirokastra we will visit the natural wonder of Blue Eye. Gjirokastra is also known as “The Stone City”, part of UNESCO World heritage. The origin of the city starts with the castle of Gjirokastra, built in IV century AD, and is considered one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Balkans. 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 full of beautiful narrowed stone decorated streets, where you would be amazed by the wide variety of hand made crafts from local artisans and producers. Overnight in Gjirokaster.
Day 13

Përmet

Përmet, our next destination, is the greenest and the cleanest town in Albania, also known as the "city of roses." The small town of Permet is famous for its folk music, literature personalities, and the good cooking, especially sweets, the so called 'gliko', or preserves. The area is also famous for good wine and strong raki. Very near to Përmet is Bënja, a natural hot thermal spring with a spectacular mountainous view. Overnight in Përmet.
Day 14

Apollonia

After breakfast we head back to Tirana our final destination for this tour. On our way to Tirana we visit the ruins of the ancient city of Apollonia the Odeon Theatre, the Church of Saint Mary, the ancient statues of Illyrian times and the mosaic. This marks the end of this amazing experience through history and adventure.

It includes:

HB (Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner)

Comfortable AC minibus or private car depending on the size of the group

Museums’ tickets

Professional tour guide

Airport or hotel pickup and drop off.

Office’s Assistance during the whole trip.

Tourist City taxes

Road Taxes

Not included:

Lunch, Drinks & Snacks

Souvenirs

Personal spending

All what 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.

* Please note that prices are calculated on triple or quadruples room occupancy. Double or single room occupancy is possible on extra charge.

* The Triple/Quadruple room occupancy means you might share the room with other travelers and/or the tour guide (whom could be males or females).

* Double room occupancy is possible on 10 Euros extra charge per night per person.

* Single room occupancy is possible on 20 Euros extra charge per night per person.

Possible options about this tour:

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

* Minimum number of participants for this tour is 3 Pax. Please contact us if you are fewer participants for a quotation.

* Children Discounts: Age 0 – 3 Free of charge; Age 4 – 8 discount of 50%; Age 9 – 12 discount of 30%, Age 13+ 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.

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

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