|04 Jun - 11 Jun|
10 Sep - 17 Sep
Albania has natural beauty in abundance.
Discover the country’s highlights on this small group tour which journeys from Tirana to Roman archaeological sites and UNESCO World Heritage cities, and along the Albanian Riviera where the landscape changes from Adriatic to Ionian.
Stay in boutique-style hotels, enjoy delicious food and uncover a beautiful land of unspoilt countryside and off-the- beaten-track historical gems.
Arrive in Tirana, meet your local guide and transfer to the charming UNESCO-listed town of Berat, also known as ‘the town of a thousand windows’. There will be a light dinner on arrival. (D)
Spend the majority of the day exploring Berat and its upper and lower quarters, passing by Ottoman Iaic architecture, byzantine churches and elegant mosques.Visit the Kalaja Fortress, the icons museum in the old cathedral church of the castle and the ethnographic museum. In the afternoon, visit the archaeological site of Apollonia, a vital Roman stronghold, and embark on a guided walking tour. Continue to Vlora and enjoy a tour of the city. (B,D)
Drive along the stunning Albanian Riviera towards Saranda with stops in the National Park of Llogara and Porto Palermo castle, located south of Himarare on a small peninsula and built by Ali Pasha of Ioannina in the early 19th-century. In the afternoon visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint. The Greek and Roman ruins of Butrinti are Albania's most important archaeological site. Continue the drive to coastal Saranda. (B,D)
Today, drive to the UNESCO-listed town of Gjirokaster. En route, visit the Blue Eye water spring, a hypnotic pool of deep blue water surrounded by electric-blue edges where turtles, water lilies, dragonflies and kingfishers can be found. In the afternoon, arrive in Gjirokaster. Known by many as the City of Stone, it comprises hundreds of Ottoman-style tower houses with distinctive stone roofs, wooden balconies and whitewashed stone walls. A visit to the vast 13th-century castle brings the adventurous tales of mediaeval rulers and communist atrocities alive. (B,D)
After breakfast leave Gjirokaster and drive towards the Albanian capital, Tirana. Stop en route at Durres, the country’s most ancient city which has been an important trading hub ever since the first ships docked in the 7th-century BC. Though little of its rich history remains on display today, the Archaeological Museum houses a superb collection of Illyrian, Greek and Roman artefacts. Continue to Tirana and spend the afternoon at leisure. (B,D)
Tirana is located on the site of a Byzantine fortress and has been the capital of Albania since 1920. Enjoy a city tour including visits to the Mosque of Ethem Bey, the Clock Tower, the National Museum, National Art Gallery and various government buildings. (B,D)
After breakfast, leave Tirana and head north to reach Shkodra. Set on the banks of a sparkling lake with a backdrop of mountains, Shkodra is the cradle of northern Albanian culture. Embark on a city tour of the town visiting the ruins of Rozafa’s Castle, the city centre with its monuments and Marubi Museum. Continue to Kruja, perched atop a hill and famous for its fortress. Overnight here. (B,D)
After breakfast, enjoy a city tour visiting the Ethnographic museum, the castle ruins, the Scanderbeg museum and wander through Kruja Bazaar to pick up some last minute souvenirs. Transfer back to Tirana for the flight back to the UK. (B,D)
|Itinerary Dates||From Price||Single Room Supp.|
04 Jun 2020
11 Jun 2020
10 Sep 2020
17 Sep 2020