Discover The History Of Albania With The Albania Tours
This 8-day custom-tailored luxury tour takes you around from the pristine beaches of the Albanian Riviera to the ancient ruins of Butrint and the historical sites of Tirana. Albania is a Balkan country of fascinating contrasts where ancient traditions blend with modern influences. Experience the best of what Albania has to offer. Indulge in traditional Albanian cuisine, discover hidden gems, and explore the stunning mountainous landscapes. With this itinerary, you'll craft an unforgettable experience in Albania that you won't soon forget.
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Meet your private guide at the Tirana airport, and transfer to your hotel. Rest up at your hotel and set off on a guided tour to stretch your legs post-flight and get acquainted with the city. Our travel guide will take you to visit Tirana's National Historical Museum, which delivers a brief introduction to the history of Albania. Visit a traditional Albanian restaurant for a dinner consisting of exquisite local delicacies.
Day 2: From Tirana to Shkodra and Kruja
After breakfast, drive towards Shkodra. Visit the Rozafa Castle. The castle has three large courtyards. The Illyrian Wall, Sultan Mehmet Fatih Mosque, which formerly housed the Church of St. Stephen, and various medieval remnants are all accessible there. After exploring these, end your day at Kruja, a center for Albanian resistance against the Turks, specifically under Scanderbeg.
Day 3: Apollonia and Vlora
Visit Vlora, where the independence of Albania was proclaimed. Next, explore the Monastery of Ardenica, believed to be built in the middle ages. Move forward towards the ancient city of Apollonia, located at Via Egnatia. Visit the Apollonia archaeological park. The archeological park's captivating terrain, which has been preserved in remarkably good shape, combines the natural beauty of the area with the beauty of the monuments, creating a tranquil and contemplative atmosphere.
Day 4: From Vlora to Butrint Saranda
Have an early breakfast and depart towards Saranda. Visit the Albanian Riviera that looks down towards the Ionian Sea. Then, continue towards the past Saranda, Butrint - the ancient city and UNESCO world heritage site, the archaeological discovery in Albania, as it is a must-see. Visit the enigmatic Blue Eye, Syri I Kaltr, a freshwater spring that receives its water naturally from the Bistric River. Its name refers to the fact that it is a sphere-shaped body of water with a captivating cerulean hue that is always in motion.
Day 5: Saranda to Gjirokastra Berat
Visit Gjirokastra, a UNESCO heritage site, as well as a museum town holding a pool of beautiful, distinctive architecture. Visit the Medieval Castle. Initially, this castle was a political prison during an era of communist dictatorship. Moreover, the Ethnographic Museum was also the house of the Albanian dictator, as he was born here.
Day 6: Berat to Durres - Tirana
Visit the Onufri Museum and Berat castle. This castle is particularly to the taste of the people's interest. This is because people wish to live inside the castle's walls like their ancestors did for centuries. Visit Durres for a seaside lunch. After having a meal, lead yourself towards the Amphitheatre and enjoy some sightseeing. This is situated in the midst of the modern city. The last destination of the day is the Archaeological Museum.
Day 7: Departure from Tirana Airport
After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the airport for your international departure.