Itenerary:Shkodra,Thethi,Tirana,Berat,Bogova,Vlora,Narta,Sarande,Butrint,Gjirokaster,Permet,Korca, Durres

Day 1.  Departure to Shkoder

Meet and assistance in arrival. Transfer by private coach to the ancient city of Shkodra.In the evening walking tour to the heritage center of the city where you can see the Watch Tower, steam-bath.Grand church and grand mosque etc. Accommodation in 3 stars hotel. overnight in Shkodra.

Day 2- Thethi’s attractions

The tour will proceed with the surroundings of Thethi, one of the most known villages of northern Albania, because of its stunning nature and the traditional houses.The beauty of the Albanian alps.
The group will walk downhill from the house, and visit the attractions near by the village, including   the Church, the (Tower of Isolation) (a tower house used in the past by men as a shelter against on going vendetta), the Thethi Waterfall, and the Grunasi Canyon.  The tour will also visit the 2007 discovery-the Cyclopean stone walled terraces dating from the late bronze era! We will overnight at the same house as the night before, Thethi village

Day 3.Zogaj “carpet village”                                                                                                

After the breakfast, transfer to Zogaj village which is known as the “carpet village” and is situated in the south coast of Shkodra lake. This village is noted for hand made tradition of the carpets. There you’ll visit the parlor of the hand made carpets and will know some of their articles. Lunch in a restaurant water-front of the lake where it is served fresh fish baked on a tile, cooked after the traditional style. After lunch transfer to the capital of Albania, Tirana, a well known city for the tradition of median Albania. Accommodation in 3 stars hotel. overnight in Tirana.

Day 4.Berat , Bogova Village, Cascades Osumi River

In the morning we’ll travel to Berat, drive through the scenic Osumi valley we will be in the little Bogova village. We leave the vehicle behind and start our easy 2-hour round walk, to inhale the clean air of the countryside, and visit the fascinating cascades of Bogova. We encourage the hero swimmers among us to take a refreshing bath in the cold spring water. Back to the village of Bogova we will have a good appetite for lunch. Famous for its quality and taste is the Bogova lamb, which we shouldn’t miss to try out on this occasion.

We’ll be back to Berat in the early afternoon. Berat part of world heritage of UNESCO, 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, museum quarter Mangalemi and Gorica .Accommodation in 3 star Hotel. Overnights in Berat

Day 5. Zverneci Island & Saint Mary church

In the morning we’ll proceed to Narta village, a well-known zone for the production of the wine. During this visit you can have the possibility to know the secret of the production and elaboration of the wine. Hunting and fishing is another tradition of the zone. During the lunch you can taste fresh fish or wildfowl meat and the famous wine of Narta. After lunch you’ll move to Zverneci Island to visit the Saint Mary church and the Monastery builds in the XVI century. Transfer to Vlora city. Accommodation in 5 stars hotel. Overnights in Vlora.

Day 6 Jonian Albaniaan Riviera

In the morning transfer to the top of Llogara Mountain 1040 m high where you can have a coffee and enjoy the wonderful view of jonian see.Walking tour to national park of Llogara. Along the way to Saranda you can enjoy also the wonderful Albanian Riviera, with its characteristic villages which spread along the sea shore. We will make a stop at a panoramic restaurant near the sea shore where you can taste a lunch with sea products according the traditional Albanian cooks.

In afternoon arrival to Saranda city, Accommodation in 4*hotel.overnight in Saranda.

Day 7. Sarande –Butrint-Gjirokastra

In the morning sightseeing visit to the ancient city of Butrint which is part of world heritage protected by UNESCO.You will visit the amphitheatre of the 4’th century BC,the grand basilica, the museum etc.Lunch at local restaurant to Ksamil. After lunch continue to “Blue Eye” source where you can have a coffee during the time that you learn about the legend of this amazing place. In afternoon arrival to stone like city of Gjirokastra which is part of UNESCO, world heritage.  Accommodation in 3* hotel. overnight in Gjirokastra.

Day 8. Traditonal & beauty Vjosa valley

In the morning the tour will proceed to Lunxheria region which is known for bee’s cultivation. Here you’ll prove the honey and it’s incomparable taste and learn about the handicraft mode of its elaboration. This zone is also known for ethnical-folk songs as “Lunxheria Dance” and its beautiful uncial folk costumes. Another old tradition of this zone is the collection and the elaboration of medical plants. The tour proceeds along the way you’ll be amazed from the natyral beauty of  Vjosa valley river where you’ll see the wonderful canyons of Kelcyra outfall. During the lunch you’ll taste all the traditional specialty of this zone such as: baked lamb in spit, turndown cheese, harapash etc. In the course of the visit you can hear live the songs of lab  izopolyphony, which are part of world heritage culture of UNESCO. overnight in Permet.

Day 9. Permet-Tradition and hospitality

In the morning it will be served Gliko (a kind of jam) which is traditional of this zone. During the tour to Permet region you’ll be introduced with the old traditions of the zone such as: fabrication of famous grapes brandy(Raki). Tradition of Permet cuisine is even the chicken filled with nuts .You can prove it’s dainty flavor during the lunch. Permet which is known as the “Flowers city”. Along the way to Korca you can enjoy amazing views of nature, the National park of Hotova. a natural complex where are different kinds of wild animals  bears, wolves foxes etc. overnight in Korca. (Serenades city)

Day 10Traditional and natural beauty.  Korca Region

In the morning transfer to Drenova which is known for cultivation of the black mulberry from which is done a special brandy, tradition of this zone. Later we’ll  proceed to Dardha village a tourist place 18 km of distance from Korca city and 1350 m high from sea level. During the tour you can learn about the traditional lifestyle and the popular traditions of Korca region. The traditional costumes are part of national heritage. During this tour we can make possible a live traditional dance show interpreted by the girls of the village. Overnights in Dardha village

Day 11 .Voskopoje-Pogradec-Durres

In the morning transfer to Voskopoja 20 km of distance from Korca city, known since 1330.In 1769 this village has had 30.000 inhabitants. There you can visit 24 small churches with great historical quality. In lunch time you can taste the traditional cuisine with wild animals or another traditional specialty of the zone such as kernacka (croquette) and pickles of cucumber. During the visit you’ll know about the traditional handicraft of embroidery made by Korca’s girls.

The tour proceeds to Pogradec city which is one of the most beautiful tourist places of Albania for its position water front of Ohrid Lake. It is distinguished for alcoran fish which is found in this lake. lunch at local restaurant Continue to Elbasan, distinguished for its traditional cuisine where you can taste (tave elbasani and kid meat roast in a spit) Arrival to Durres coastal city. Accommodation in 4 stars hotel. overnight in Durres.

Day 12. Departure from Albania

After the breakfast we’ll move to know about the 3000 years of history of this ancient city. Visit the fortress of the city build in the IV-V century BC. The tour proceeds with visits to the Roman Amphitheatre with a capacity of 20.000 spectators’ and the Venetian Tower. In afternoon transfer to” Mother Teresa” airport or Durres harbor to depart from Albania.

Group rates , Price in euro per pax(in double room)

Periods

15-20  pax 20-25 pax 25-30 pax 30-35 pax Up 35  pax
01 Octob. –  30 May 510 499 485 465 445
01Jun–30 Septemb. 570 559 545 525 505

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 in the hotels as per itinerary
  • Breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • All taxes

Excluded:

  • Travel tickets in Albania
  • Lunch, Dinner and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and personal exes

Supplement

  • Euro 165,– Single  supplement
  • Euro 125,–dinners included
  • Euro 140,– lunches included