Tirana & South Albania 8 days Trip
Tirana & South Albania 8 days Trip
Depending on time of arrival in Tirana, we may do a short city tour before or after check in at the hotel. In the evening, we'll have dinner at a traditional restaurant and then explore the nightlife of Tirana, walking in the ex-block area known as 'the forbidden town' where the villas of the communists leaders are still standing next to trendy boutiques, expensive jewelry shops and active local pubs. Overnight in Hotel De Paris Tirana
Tirana- Kruja- Durres
Today you will see examples of an age of unbounded creativity.
Your morning tour begins from Skanderbeg Square, named after the Albanian hero the main landmark of the city. Pilgrims from far and wide reach the Et'hem Bey Mosque to offer prayers. The Clock Tower next to the Et'hem Bey Mosque, National Museum- north of Scanderbeg Square, The Fortress of Petrela, The Palace of Culture, The monument to Mother Albania and The National Historical Museum are the significant spots that catch up the attention of one and all who make a visit to the city.
Continue the tour with the visit to Kruja–one of the biggest cities in Northern Albania is the “city of history” and the best known as hometown of Albanian’s National Hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg.
Visit to the Castle, Skanderbeg Museum and Ethnographic Museum.
After the visit of the castle, is free for you to explore Kruja’s old bazaar with authentic and antique shops.
The route continues to Durres– the ancient Greco-Roman port city of Dyrrachium.
Overnight in Durres. Hotel DolceVita, or Oaz
After breakfast we will drive to Berati , before reaching Berati, we will stop and visit the Winery of Cobo, were we can try the best different red and white wine the best Albanian wine,. After we go straight to the Castle, before we visit the Castle we will have Lunch in Local Restaurant inside the Castle wer It is known as the “City of one thousand windows” and is declared a Museum City.
Berat, overshadowed to the east by Tomorr Mountain 2415 m, and is an ancient Illyrian settlement founded in the 4th & 5th centuries B.C. on the territory of the Illyrian tribe of Desarettes.The town is composed of 3 parts; Gorica, situated on the far side of the river;Mangalem, situated on the fortress side of the river and the Residenial quarter within the fortress known as KALAJA.The old part of the city has some religious buildings like mosque and Byzantine churches. It is known as the “City of one thousand windows” and is declared a Museum City”.
Berat, overshadowed to the east by Tomorr Mountain 2415 m, and is an ancient Illyrian settlement. Overnight in Hotel Magalemi Berat
After Breakfast we Proceeds to the ancient Greek settlement of Apollonia – (founded in 588 BC).
After the visit to Apollonia continue to Vlora – an historical and coastal city. tour takes you to a sightseeing tour in Vlora and visit the Independence house
Overnight in Hotel Nimfa Vlora. (Sea view room)
Vlora- Dhermi-- Saranda
After breakfast we will drive After breakfast drive up to Albanian Riviera.
Continue climbing to 3,000 feet where you can enjoy the best views, as we drive through the fertile slopes and villages.
Drive along Dhermi, one of the best Albanian beaches, continue to Himara coastline and stop for a special lunch,
En route making a short visit to the bay of Porto Palermo where the castle of Ali Pasha is situated.
Depart for Saranda the hillside town facing the sea, famous for its magnificent, “Butrinti” archeological site. overnight in hotel Brilant (few meters from the sea.)
Saranda- Ksamil Beach- Butrinti Archeological Site
Today experience an included excursion to Butrinti Archaeological Site, visit the Temple of Aesclepios, the Baptistery, Nymph, The Theatre, Lions Gate, the Acropolis, etc. Lunch in Ksamil Vilage (Sea Site)“Lekursi Castle restaurant (built on the ruins of an old castle).
Balance of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own.
Overnight in Hotel Brilant Saranda.
Saranda- Gjirokastra- Tirana
After breakfast we will depart to Gjirokastra known as “Museum City”. In the way we will make a stop and visit, Visit the “Blue Eye” spring, formed by underground springs and the unusual continue to Gjirokastra city where the dwelling houses have the form of medieval towers constituting a building ensemble with a characteristic architecture.
Visit the Castle and the Museum of Weapons. Drive to the museum city of Gjirokastra, birthplace, of the former iron-fisted dictator of Albania, Enver Hoxha. Gjirokastra is a strikingly picturesque town, perched on the side of a mountain above the Drino River. The tour includes the district museum, housed in the building in which Enver Hoxha was born and the pre-Ottoman citadel, a former political prison and now a weapons museum. Continue to Tirana for an overnight stay.
• Transfers and transportation with AC Private Car
• Guide in speaking
• Accommodation in good 3 * Hotels with HB ( Breakfast Dinner )
• All taxes