Albania Classical Cultural Tour - 9 Days

Tirana-Shkodra-Lezha-Durrës-Kruja-Apollonia-Berat-Gjirokastra-Saranda-Përmet-Korça 

This trip includes a long itinerary from North to South of Albania, getting to know its wonderful nature, culture, beaches, museums, traditional cuisine and the best cultural sites around the country. This is the passport-tour, the one that represents the face of Albania all in one and gives you a complete “emotions package” of your journey.

The most important Albanian cities are represented with their best sites and monuments, archaeological sites, historical hot-spots and traditional points of interes.

If you are not interested for the whole tour, we can arrange only the part of the tour of your interest.

Day 1
Arrival in Albania, transfer to Shkodra (85 km)

Meet and assistance in arrival .Transfer by private coach to the ancient city of Shkodra, which has been the capital city of Illyrians state of Labeats. In the evening walking tour to the heritage city center where you can see, the Watch Tower, Grand Church, Grand Mosque etc. Accommodation in 4* hotel. Dinner and overnight in Shkodra.

Day 2
Shkodra-Lezha-Kruja-Durres (110 km)

After breakfast in hotel, visit to Rozafa Castle and its museum to learn about the legend of the woman who was buried alive. The castle has been built in the II century BC. The tour will proceed to Lezha city, known since the IV century BC with the name of Lissus. Visit in “Skenderbey Memorial” and Lezha’s castle which is testimony of Illyrian civilization, transfer

to Kruja city where you’ll visit The Medieval castle and the museum of our National Hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbey, a stop to the old bazaar where you can do souvenirs shopping. Dinner in kruja at local restaurant.In afternoon the tour proceeds to the coastal city of Durres which is known since the year 627 BC with the name of Epidamnus, later the name of the city was Dyrrah. In the evening you’ll visit the fortress of the city build in the IV-V century BC.Roman amphitheatre with the capacity of 20.000 spectators and the Venetian tower.

Accommodation in hotel 4*. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 3
Durres-Berat-Apolonia-Vlora (170 km)

After breakfast the tour Continue to in the ancient city of Berat, part of UNESCO world heritage, which is known as “the city of one thousand windows” to make known the 2400 years of history.Visit to the castle build on the hills of the city, Onufer Museum, Saint Trinity Church, Saint Nicolas Cathedral and museum quarters of Mangalemi and Gorica. After lunch proceed to archaeological park Apollonia, achieved its zenith in the 4th – 3rd centuries B.C. In the first century B.C., Octavian Augustus studied philosophy there until he heard news of Caesar’s murder in the Senate and went on to become the next Roman emperor.In afternoon arrival to coastal city of Vlora,which is known since IV century BC with the name of Aulona. Visit to Muradie’s Mosque build in 1542 by architect Mimar Sinani who is even the architect of Sulejmanie mosque in Istanbul. Accommodation in hotel 4*, 5*. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 4
Vlora - Ionian Riviera- Saranda (130 km)

After the breakfast in hotel, the trip proceeds along the Ionian seashore or as known Albanian Riviera is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and unspoiled regions in Albania. Stopover to ancient city of Himara for lunch in the local restaurant. Continue to Saranda , short visit to Porto Palermo bay, the castle of Ali Pasha. In afternoon arrival to Saranda, accommodation in hotel 4 *.Dinner in local restaurant in Saranda.

Day 5
Saranda-Butrint-Gjirokastra( 90 km)

After the breakfast,proceed to the ancient city of Butrint UNESCO World heritage, visit to the Acropolis which belongs to the VIII ’th century BC, the Asklep Temple of IV-th century BC, the Gate of the Lake of IV century BC, the Roman theatre of III century BC, Agoraja the main trading center of the city, etc. Continue to the stone city of Gjirokastra, UNESCO’s world heritage. Visit at the fortress, built in 4-Th century, the National museum of Weapons, The Cold War Tunnel, the church in the old Bazaar, the characteristic shops of Gjirokastra.

Accommodation and Dinner in hotel 3*. Overnight

Day 6
Gjirokaster -Permet – Korca (190 km)

After breakfast, the tour proceeds along Vjosa River where you’ll see the beautiful canyons of Kelcyra outfall. Short visit in Permet city known as “Flowers City”. Proceeds to Korca. Visited Leuses Church build in 1614. Stop to Kolonja,traditional lunch with bio products of the zone where you can taste the special taste of the meat,cheese,vegetables and fruits of the season. In afternoon arrival in Korça, the serenades city. Accommodation in hotel 3* 4* . Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 7
Day 7. Korca-Pogradec-Elbasan-Tirana (170 km)

After breakfast to hotel, Sightseeing city tour, visit at the museum of Medieval Art (National Museum), which presents the material culture of the Albanian people. Proceed to Pogradec in a panoramic tour and visit Pogradec city, which is one of the most charming tourist resorts in Albania because of its position on Lake Ohrid which is distinguished itself for clear water and mountain views, and the Koran fish, unique specific of this lake in the world. Pogradec which is known since the V century BC. Here you’ll see what has remain from the Illyrians buildings, the old patriotic of V century BC and 4 monumental graves which dates since the III century BC. Stopover to Elbasan, visit “Skampa” ancient Castle which belongs to 15’Th century. Continue to Tirana. Accommodation in 4 stars hotel. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 8
Tirana, Sightseeing tour

After breakfast, Sightseeing tour in Tirana where you can visit the E’them Bey Mosque, Watch Tower situated to the main center of the city. You’ll also see the main boulevard called ”Martyrs of the nation” and it’s characteristic buildings in Italian stile. Coffee into the most trendy area of the capital, at “Kalaja e Tiranës”, the Castle of Tirana, a new charming entertainment space at Murat Toptani street. . Lunch at the local restaurant. In afternoon panoramic tour in Tirana or free time for shopping Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 9
Departure from Albania

After breakfast, free time at leisure, according to the departing hour and transfer to the airport for departure from Albania.

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