Ancient Cultures and Civilizations . 9 Days tour from 350 euro
Itinerary: Shkoder-Lezhe -Kruja- Durres-Apollonia-Vlora-Saranda-Butrint-Gjirokastra-Permet-Korca-Pogradec-Berat-Tirana
Day 1. Arrival in Albania
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 Ardians.In the evening walking tour to the heritage city center where you can see, the Watch Tower, steam-bath, Grand Church, Grand Mosque etc. Accommodation in 3 stars hotel. Dinner and overnight in Shkodra.
Day 2. Shkodra-Lezha-Kruja-Durres
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” which is found into Saint Nicolas Cathedral, and Lezha’s castle which is testimony of Illyrian civilization. In afternoon 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 have handmade souvenirs shopping. 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 4 star hotel ,overnight in Durres.
Day 3. Durres-Apolonia-Vlora
After breakfast the tour will proceed to the coastal city of Vlora. Visit to medieval monastery of Ardenica, 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 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 3 stars hotel. Accommodation in 5 star hotel,overnight in Vlora.
Day 4. Vlora-Himara-Saranda
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.
Short visit to Oricum, which was established in the 7th – 6th century B.C. Julius Caesar, stationed his troops in camps there for several months, until they were taken by Pompey (Pompeius Magnus). Stopover to Dhermi, a large and beautiful village with about 30 old churches picturesquely placed on the rough mountainside. Lunch in ancient city of Himara. After lunch continue to Saranda , short visit to Porto Palermo bay,the castle of Ali Pasha Afternoon arrival to Saranda, Here you’ll learn about the ancient history of this city known since the III century BC with the name of Onhezmi. In the evening visit to Lekursi castle from where you’ll enjoy a charming view of Saranda bay and the island of Corfu, 9 km away from Saranda. Accommodation in 4 star hotel. overnight in Saranda.
Day 5. Saranda-Butrint-Gjirokastra
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 (the healing god ) 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, the gymnasium, a holy pagan place. Continue to Gjirokastra. Stop, to visit the Mesopotamian Monastery, Saint Nicolas church which belongs to Byzantine period, and the old residual of the ancient city of Foinica. In afternoon arrival to stony city of Gjirokastra,UNESCO’s world heritage. Visit at the fortress, built in 4’Th century, the National museum of Weapons, the church in the old Bazaar, the characteristic shops of Gjirokastra. Accommodation in hotel 3* ,overnight in Gjirokastra
After breakfast, we’ll know the history of Gjirokaster, proceeding to the Historic Museum of Weapons, the Church in the old bazaar and its characteristic shops. Later the tour proceeds along Vjosa River where you’ll see the beautiful canyons of Kelcyra outfall. Lunch in Permet where you’ll taste all the traditional specialties such as: baked lamb on a spit, Chicken filled with nuts, turndown cheese etc accompanied by different drinks wine, brandy etc.In afternoon visit to Permet city known as “Flowers City”. You’ll see Leuses Church build in 1614. Stop the national park of Hotova,a natural complex where are found different kinds of wild animals such as bears, wolves etc. Accommodation in 3 stars hotel, overnight in Korca.
Day 7. Korca-Pogradec-Elbasan-Berat
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 alcoran 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 patristic of V century BC and 4 monumental graves which dates since the III century BC. These monuments are found in Selca village that has been the residency of Illyrian king Klit.. Stopover to Elbasan, visit “Skampa” ancient Castle which belongs to 15’Th century 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. Accommodation in 3 stars hotel,overnight in Berat.
Day 8. Berat-Tirane
After breakfast 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. Transfer to Tirana, accommodation in 3 stars hotel. 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 style. Overnight in Tirana.
Day 9.Departure from Albania
After breakfast. free time and leisure until departure. Transfer to departure from Albania
Group rates , Price in euro per pax ( in double room )
|15-20 pax||20-25 pax||25-30 pax||30-35 pax||Up 35 pax|
|01 October – 30 May||425||410||395||380||350|
|01Jun – 30 September||485||470||455||440||415|
In this price is included:
- Assist and transfers in arrival and departure
- Tours and excursions as per the itinerary
- Transportation by private coach with air-conditioned
- English, Italian, German, speaking guide during the tour
- Accommodation at 3/4/5 stars hotels
- Entrance fees
- All taxes
- Travel tickets in Albania
- Lunch and Dinner
- Tips and personal exes
- Euro 120,– Single supplement
- Euro 70,– dinners included
- Euro 80,– lunches included