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Albania Natural Beauty and History

(heritage, hiking ,Sea & Sunbird watching, wine tasting, delights food)

 

Welcome in the new millennium in a less traversed corner of Europe, the Balkan Peninsula. Come visit Albania and see what few people have seen: an untouched coastline, hidden valleys, and rugged mountains. Visit Albania and receive one of the warmest receptions in all of Europe. The people of this small country are known for warmth and hospitality. From the mountains in the north to the archaeological sites in the south, from the growing city of Tirana and the port of Durres to the rural villages throughout the country, there is surprising diversity for travelers in Albania to discover. 

Duration8 days
Length920 km, total driving
Minimum group size25 Travelers
PriceStarts from 590 EUR’(HB basis)
Addition130 € for single room accommodation

01.

Arrival to Tirana (Say hello to our colorful capital) (20 km)

Reception from our guide at the airport and transfer to Tirana. Sightseeing tour in Tirana where you can visit the Et’hem Bey Mosque, Clock Tower which are situated in 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.

Dinner and overnight at 4* Hotel in Tirana.

02.

Natural Wonders of Theth (180 km)

Transfer by private coach to the Thethi, one of the most known villages of northern Albania, because of it’s stunning nature and the traditional houses.

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 as a shelter), the Thethi Waterfall, and the Grunasi Canyon.  Visit also to the 2007 discovery-the Cyclopean stone walled terraces dating from the late bronze era! Overnight at one of the guest houses of Thethi Village. (B,L,D)

03.

Boat trip to lake Koman and retour (200 km)

Early morning departure from Theth to the Koman terminal. and the arrival in Koman at 09:00 am,after a 40 min sail we arrive at Peace Island, enjoying one of the most beautiful views in Europe, After these exploring and entertaining tours, around 13:00pm, we all gather to eat lunch at the Guesthouse, with traditional foods and drinks, after which you can also enjoy seasonal fruits. After a small break, a coffee and some photos, we get ready to return with the Ferry ,around 14:45 pm, which will land there particularly to pick us up around 15:30 am. While the departure from Koman is at 15:30 pm and arrival in Shkodra around 17:030 pm.

Sightseeing tour in Shkodra is an ancient city founded in the fourth century B.C. as the main center of the Illyrian Label tribe and was originally named “Scodra”. Shkodra is one of the main centers of Albanian culture and history. Visit to Rozafa Castle and it’s museum to learn about the legend of the woman who was walled alive during the construction for the castle. The castle has been built in the II Century BC.

Upon arrival depending on time in disposal check in Hotel.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Rozafa 4* or similar 4* Hotel. (B,L,D,)

04.

Shkoder-Kruja- Karavasta Lagoon (160 km)

After breakfast, the trip continues to the historic city of Kruja, where you’ll visit The Medieval Castle, the Museum of our National Hero Gjergj Kastrioti Scanderbeg and the Ethnographic Museum.

Kruja:  Home of Albania’s National and most important hero, Scanderbeg, whom in the 15th century successfully kept the Turkish at bay for over thirty years.

A stop at the Old Bazaar where you can have handmade souvenirs shopping.

Departure from Kruja to the Karavasta Lagoon.

Accommodation in 4* Hotel, near Karavasta Lagoon (Divjake). (B,L,D)

05.

Adventure & Food cooking and tasting in rural Berat (70 km)

Morning hiking and bird watching in Karavasta National Park.

Drive to Berat part of UNESCO heritage since July 2008. Berat is one of the oldest city in Albania where you can enjoy it’ culture, history and traditional cuisine.

wine tasting and lunch at Kantina Luani.

Afternoon, city tour in Berat, visit to the castle, build on the hills of the city, Onufri Museum, Saint Trinity Church, Saint Nicolas Cathedral and museum quarters of Mangalemi and Gorica.

Accommodation in  Belagrita Hotel 4* or Tomori Hotel 4*. (B,L,D)

06.

Rafting Adventure & Food cooking and tasting in rural Berat (120 km)

Awake refreshed and enjoy breakfast at the Hotel. Drive to the Osumi Canyons, which are located 60km from the city and takes about an hour and a half to arrive.
After arriving to the Canyon, the guides will assist you in preparation for the rafting adventure. This trip will provide magnificent scenery as you float by the Canyon walls and will certainly make a memorable experience. Eight waterfalls, a cathedral, the unspoiled nature, and the soothing sounds of running water combine to create a truly unique trip. A packaged lunch is prepared in advance and will be served under the blue waterfall. The river trip lasts about 3-4 hours, and depends on the water level.
Departure from the Canyons.
Based on the itinerary some trip participants can meet with a regatta team in Corovoda.

Return at the hotel where you can assist a traditional food cook show like Japrak and Gliko.

Home – made wine and “Raki” are pleasant drinks to accompany your food. (B,L,D)

07.

Apollonia –Ardenica – Durres-Tirana (200 km)

In the morning ,departure from Berat to Apollonia to visit the 6th century BC ruins.

Apollonia Archeological Park, which is among the largest in the Adriatic basin and the most mentioned among 30 other cities with the same name, from the antique time.

It was established around the beginning of the IV century BC.

Apollonia’s ruins were discovered in the early nineteenth century.

Drive to Ardenica, an Orthodox monastery built in the 13th century, where, based on history, was held the marriage of the Albanian national hero Scanderbeg in the 15th century. After Ardenica we proceed to Apollonia, situated in the famous Via Egnatia.

Drive 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 became Dyrrah. In the evening you’ll visit the fortress of the city build in the IV-V century BC, the Roman amphitheater with the capacity of 20.000 spectators and the Venetian Tower. Departure to Tirana, the capital of Albania.

Dinner served at a local restaurant. Accommodation in 4* Hotel. Overnight in Tirana. (B,L,D)

08.

Departure (20 km)

After breakfast time at leisure until transfer to the airport and flight back

Details

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 7 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
  • 7 nights Standard Hotel 3/4*
  • Private Transport
  • Boat Trip/Koman
  • Rafting, Osumi river
  • Driver(s) and interpreter guide
  • All taxes

Excluded

  • Travel tickets for international flight
  • Entrance fees
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and personal exes

*In case you have special requirements, our packages can be customized and adjusted to your convenience.