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8 Days
Availability : Starting from February
Tirana, Albania
Min Age : 7+
Max People : 1-4 people with personal car and driver; 15-20 people
Tour Details

Inhabited since prehistoric times, Albania may be one of the Europe’s least-visited countries, but it is also home to a myriad of fascinating historic sites. You will find plenty of ruins and century-old traditions, as well as numerus castles in Albania that can take you back to the old times. Visit all culture and UNESCO sights of Albania with this tour!

Departure & Return Location

Tirana International Airport Nene Tereza

Departure Time

Immediately after Flight

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Driver at your disposal
  • Comfortable transportation
  • Accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotel
  • Breakfast for all days of stay
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Museum entrances

Price Excludes

  • Air Fare
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
  • Everything not mentioned in the “included” section
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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Tirana

If this is your first time in Tirana, be prepared for a treat. Welcome drinks are scheduled for the afternoon, or evening, which include the traditional raki, different kinds of liquor and a visit of the capitals main attractions.

Day 2Historic Elbasan and Berat (UNESCO)

Once a very prosperous city known for its handcrafts, Elbasan has retained its historical center and cobbled streets. Visit of the ancient fortress and one of Albania’s oldest mosques, testament to the Ottoman Empire.Later, we head to the UNESCO city of Berat. Distinctive for its architecture; you will be charmed by its white houses and steep streets.

Day 3Albanian History

Lean about Albania’s history when visiting Gjirokaster’s museum and citadel and, explore its distinctive districts and shaded terraces. The UNESCO-protected city has also retained its characteristic “old Albanian houses” architecture. Tonight you’ll get to stay in one of these grand buildings, now transformed into a hotel.

Day 4Ancient Greece and the Ionian Coast

Explore the Ancient Greek city of Butrint – a UNESCO world heritage site reminding us of Albania’s turbulent history.Later, visit the nearby village of Ksamil; a beautiful coastal village for you to relax in. Sit back and enjoy the beach or jump into the water to enjoy some of the aquatic activities on offer. The evening will be spent in Saranda and you will enjoy a delicious seafood meal right on the beach, while watch the sun set.

Day 5Admire the South Coast

A full day dedicated to the magnificent landscapes of the South Coast. Visit the area’s many traditional, seaside villages, including Porto Palermo (known for being a submarine base in Communist times).In the afternoon, head to Llogara National Park, rich in flora and fauna, for fantastic views over to the sea.

Day 6The Largest Archeological Park of Albania

Explore the Ancient Greek archaeological site of Apollonia and, its Odeon and library (in which Emperor Octavius studied), as well as some bunkers from the Communist era.In the afternoon, visit the Orthodox monastery of Ardenica; the final one still operating in Albania, the quality of its frescoes attract many visitors each year.
Then stop by the Tavern of the Adriatic in Durres. An important merchant city, it is the starting point of the via Egnatia.

Day 7Hometown of Skanderbeg

Leave for Kruja, a very important historical city as well as the hometown of Albania’s National Hero, Skanderbeg. Learn more about this great leader at the Skanderberg museum. Later, stroll between the stalls of the old market on a charming square with cobbled streets: ideal to pick some souvenirs!Afterwards, depart to Tirana for a full visit of the capital. Discover a city famous for the colorful facades of its buildings and the harmony between the various religions in the country. Visit the city’s mosque and Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals, or better understand Albania’s rich history by visiting the National Museum and BunkArt. In the evening, explore the district of Blok, which is now a trendy neighborhood for a drink or a nice meal.

Day 8Last Day in Albania

One of our agents will take you to the airport according to your flight schedule.

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