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!
Tirana International Airport Nene Tereza
Immediately after Flight
Airport pick-up : Welcome to Albania! Get settled in the hotel and for those of you not too tired, there is a guided walking tour of the city center before dinner in a traditional restaurant in the evening.
Transfer to Berat passing through striking hills full of olive trees. Get settled in the hotel and head for lunch in a local restaurant facing the city.
Set out for a walking guide through the UNESCO old town with our local guide, admiring the White Mosque, the Holy Trinity Church and Gorica Bridge. Enter into the Berat Castle for a guided tour. Enjoy a free evening in the city of “A Thousand and one windows”.
Transfer to Bogove and start your 30min walk towards the waterfall. Enjoy the exotic vibe of the fall.
Head back to Bogove village and have a home made lunch on the river shore. Home – made wine and “Raki” are pleasant drinks to accompany your food. In the afternoon visit the town of Polican, famous for its Weapon Factories during the Communist time. The abandoned factories and people in this remote town are a strong reminder of the country’s’ past.
With a short drive we arrive at Nurellari Winery. Enjoy a Wine Tasting tour in this family run Winery, walk around the vineyard and savor local products with 4 varieties of wine. Head back to the city and enjoy free time in the evening exploring the ancient neighborhood of Mangalem and Gorica.
Transfer to Gjirokaster to discover the city of “a thousand steps”, driving through small villages. Get settled in the hotel and head out for lunch in a small, local restaurant for a taste of the city’s authentic dishes.
Step into Skenduli house, the nicest Ottoman tower house and listen to its history and details from the 10th generation of Skenduli family and your local guide. Soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the view of the “city of stone” from above. Pass by the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses and visit Gjirokastra’s Obelisk dedicated to the first school of Gjirokastra and enjoy the 360º view from there. Overnight in Gjirokaster.
Drive to Saraqinisht and experience a day in an Albanian countryside cottage. Step inside and learn about food, life and traditions of an Albanian family. Start cooking with three generations of Albanian ladies or drink raki with cheese and olives with “Grandpa” and listen to Commie stories. In the afternoon, there is the possibility of a 40min hike towards St. Mary Church built on the face of a cliff and its Monastery beneath. You will have the chance to enter in these two amazing 400-year-old constructions. In the evening, transfer back to the city but not without visiting a bunker on the road. Enter and see what it feels like inside a Communist thick, concrete bunker.
Transfer to Himare and enjoy free time in this typical seaside city. Get together with your Tour Leader and group and enjoy an evening of raki drinking. Visit Archaeological Park of Butrint, On the Blue Eye and marvel at the spring’s shades of blue and nature around it . Overnight in Himara.
En route to Apollonia, stop at Llogara balcony for a stunning view from above of the South Coast beaches and then head for lunch to Llogara National Park freshened by the mountain breeze and pine trees. Set off a guided tour in Apollonia in the afternoon, where an on-site archeologist explains the history behind the temple of Artemis, the Odeon and the Triumphal Arch. On the way to Tirana, stop for the delicious Byrek in the city of Lushnje.