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Albanian delights food and Heritage Cites

This tour will let you explore the culinary diversity of Albania.

When asked about Albanian food and heritage, most people would not know much but between the all-natural, delicious food, ancient cities bursting with legends and people with unique personalities, falling in love with Albania is assured. On this rustic tour, you’ll cook, eat and drink with old ladies in the countryside, explore thousand-year-old cities like Berat, Gjirokaster ( Unesco WorldHeritage sites), and discover the untouched nature of the South.

We take you to traditional grill restaurants, fish restaurants, a winery, a beer factory, a cognac factory and at the house of a local family where you can try the real taste of Raki.

Duration8 days
Length850 km, total driving
Minimum group size25 Travelers
PriceStarts from 390 EUR’(HB basis)

01.

Tirana Arrival

Arrival at “Mother Teresa” Airport, meet & greet by our representative and transfer to hotel.

Visit the National Historic Museum in Tirana offering an in depth introduction to Albanian history from prehistoric times to present day.

Dinner in a traditional restaurant with a rustic setting and a first taste of Albania’s culinary delights.

Accommodation in 4* Hotel. Overnight in Tirana.

02.

Berat UNESCO / wine tasting (140 km)

After breakfast, depart to Berat UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is also known as “the city of thousand windows”. Drive through striking hills full of olive trees.

After the check in into the hotel, we will have a walk in the neighborhood called “Mangalem” and lunch a local family Mangalemi traditional restaurant, where we will have some special Raki, where you taste all the traditional specialties.

In the afternoon visit in Mosque, the Holy Trinity Church and Gorica Bridge enter into the Berat Castle for a guided tour with Onufri Museum.

In the evening enjoy traditional food in a Castle Park restaurant on the hill, facing the lights of the city.

We will taste some delicacies of this region, such us pickles, local cheeses, bio olive oil, several kinds of bread etc. in their rustic form. The main Specialty of the restaurant is young goats’ meat done in a traditional way. Accommodation in 4* Hotel. Overnight in Berat.

03.

Sightseeing tour of Gjirokaster and typical food  (160 km)

After this great experience we will continue our way to Gjirokaster to discover the stone city, visit into Zekate house, the oldest Ottoman tower house.

Pass by the Ottoman Bazaar and historic wooden houses and visit the Ethnographic Museum, Albanian Communist dictator’s home.

Drive to Dhoksat and experience a day in an Albanian countryside cottage. Step inside and learn about food, life and traditions of an Albanian family.

After lunch, soak up to the rich history of the castle and enjoy the view of the “city of stone”. 

In the evening enjoy traditional food in hotel restaurant on the hill, facing the lights of the city.

We will taste some delicacies of this region. Accommodation in 4* Hotel. Overnight in Gjirokastra.

04.

Food cooking and tasting in rural Permet  (70 km)

After breakfast transfer to Permet, known as “Flowers City, the tour proceeds along Vjosa River where you’ll see the beautiful canyons of Kelcyra outfall.

On the program today is a short walk of 20-30 minutes in one of the villages of Permet housing a wonderful church St Mary Church, with incredible frescoes.  Leusa is a traditional village made of stone where we will visit the church and a local family where we will experience an authentic way of life.

Walk through gardens, picking ingredients by yourself, and learn how to cook traditional food like Japrak and Gliko. Home – made wine and “Raki” are pleasant drinks to accompany your food.

After lunch visit you’ll see Leuses Church build in 1614.

Dinner in local family where we will have some special Raki and where you taste all the traditional specialties in  family restaurant. Overnight in Permet.

05.

Permet –Korca (Visit Factory of Birra Korca and sightseeing ) /140 km

After this great experience we will continue our way to Korca. Arrival and delicious lunch in the

Birra Korça ( Korca beer factory) They make ‘blond’ beer and is also the only brewery in the Balkans to make dark beer, using the latest Czech and Italian technology and employing 125 people.

Highlight of the factory tour is the brewing room where the massive steel brewing tanks are surrounded by tile tables depicting the brewing process and the consumption of the end product.

After this beer, it is time for the real qofte (meat-ball) from Korca served with “salcekosi” (sour cream) and bread.

In the afternoon there will be some free time to stroll around the city we will visit the Museum of Medieval Arts, The first school of Albania, the Mosque of Mirahori, one of the oldest in the country, and the Orthodox Cathedral.

In evening we will have a traditional dinner in a local restaurant serving qofte or kernacka (meet-ball), kolloface and lakror (pie). Accommodation in 4* Hotel. Overnight in Korca.

06.

Pogradec -Elbasan –Tirana (170 km )

In the morning we have a short ride to Pogradec where we can enjoy some free time overlooking lake Ohrid. For lunch, we have something special for you, Koran and Belushke fish, a real specialty from Pogradec which only occur in rare deep tectonic lakes like Ohrid and Baikal.

(Prohibitive to catch and eat on the other part of the lake in Macedonia).
After lunch we depart for Tirana. Short visit in Elbasan.

Accommodation in 4* Hotel. Overnight in Tirana.

07.

Durres (Skanderbeg cognac factory )-Kruje medieval –Tirane (120 )

After breakfast, depart to Durres short sightseeing (one of the oldest and most important cities of Albania),

Durres– There are also several museums such as Byzantine Forum, Venetian Tower (small castle open as a bar), Ancient city wall, Amphitheater, which is one of the biggest in the Balkan Peninsula, it has the form of an ellipse with the capacity of 20.000 spectators. The city’s beaches are also a popular destination for many foreign and local tourists.

Transfer to the canteen “Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeg”,the biggest one in Albania, established since 1933.

There you can taste the delicacy of the famous Skenderbeg cognacs brand, a cognac well known in Europe

After sightseeing in Durres we continue to the historical city of Kruja, where you’ll visit The Medieval castle and the museum of our National Hero Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbey and ethnographic museum.

Kruja – the home of Albania’s most important hero, Scanderbeg, who in the 15th century successfully kept the Turks at bay for over thirty years. A stop to the old bazaar where you can have handmade souvenirs shopping.

Lunch in Panorama restaurant where several good traditional; tave kosi, burani,japrak etc.

Afterwards we head transfer to Tirana where we will spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure before a dinner in a special venue overlooking the capital. Accommodation in 4* Hotel. Overnight in Tirana.

08.

Departure

Free time to explore Tirana, followed by the airport transfer for your return flight home.