A Taste of Albania& Macedonia
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 tiny 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.
Day 1 ARRIVAL IN TIRANA! SAY HELLO TO OUR COLORFUL CAPITAL
Transfer from Mother Theresa Airport to your hotel in Tirana.
Please flight details are needed in advance
Afternoon visit to the National Museum of History, rest of the day free to explore the city.
Tirana – “The Albanians” – a mosaic on the face of the National Historical Museum, Statue of Skanderbeg in Skanderbeg Square, Et’hem Bey Mosque at the south east corner of Skanderbeg Square – The Clock Tower next to the Et’hem Bey Mosque, Government buildings: at the south end of Skenderbeg Square . Roman Catholic Church of Saint Paul: The Tabakëve and Terzive bridges (respectively in front of the Parliament building and on Elbasani Street) date from the beginning of the 20th century. The Palace of Culture (Pallati I Kulturës), where the Theatre of Opera and Ballet and the National Library stand, The monument to Mother Albania, 12 metres high, was inaugurated in the Dëshmoret e Kombit cemetery in 1971. The Academy of Sciences building , The Gallery of Figurative , The International Cultural Centre, Popularly referred to as ‘the Pyramid’.The Palace of Congress, and President Resident, all this wonderful buildings, extended, along the Bulevard Deshmoret e Kombit,
VISIT : Entres
After short sightseen continue to Durres city.
If time permits a brief city tour in Durres
Dinner and overnight at Hotel 4* in Tirana.
HOTEL TIRANA INTERNATIONAL 4*(just in center )
Or MONDIAL or similar
Day 2 TIRANA- KRUJA – SHKODER
Drive to 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.
Visit Scanderbeg Museum and Turkish-style bazaar.
After breakfast, we will drive on to the port city of Durres (92km/1hr 30min), continue to the historic city of Kruja, visit the medieval castle and the museum of our National Hero George Kastriot-Sca nderbeg, the old bazaar where you can have beautiful souvenirs
In afternoon transfer to Tirana city the capital of Albania, will take a walking tour through the city’s most known spots like Scanderbeg Square,visit to the watch tower(35m high) build in 1830,the E’thembey mosque build in 1789.Walking tour to the main boulevard “Deshmoret e Kombit” where you will see the governmental buildings in an Italian style
We drive directly to Shkoder , we will continue our journey towards Shkodra, the most important city in northern Albania.
Upon Arrival depening on time in disposal check in Hotel
After continue with Shkodra city tour
Shkodër its, Albania’s fifth-largest city, it’s called as well Caiptal of North Albania. According to the Lonely Planet, Shkodër is “one of the oldest cities in Europe.” As you explore formidable fortifications and even twentieth-century sites of important significance with us, we are certain you’ll feel that history.
Rozafa Castle – Set on a rocky hill approximately 130 meters above sea level, this imposing fortress has beautiful views of Shkodër and its surrounding areas. It was built by the Illyrians and is more than 1,000 years old.
Cathedral of the city.
The Cathedral of Shkodra is called the Great Church because, at the time of construction, was one of the largest churches in Balkan. Then we will visit the Mosque in Shkodra. The New Mosque, EbuBekr, is the largest in Albania and among the largest in Balkan.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel Colosseo in Shkodra.
HOTEL COLOSSEO 4*(just in center)
DAY 3 –SHKODER –DURRES – BERAT
Leave Shkodra for Dures.
Durres – Some important buildings in Durrës include the main library, the cultural center with the Aleksander Moisiu Theater, the Estrada Theater, the puppet theater, the philharmonic orchestra, etc. There are also several museums such as Byzantine Forum, Venetian Torra (small castle open as a bar), Ancient city wall, Archaeological Museum. The city’s beaches are also a popular destination for many foreign and local tourists.
VISIT : Entres
Upon arrival start the tour of Beratunesco heritage, where we will accommodate in a hotel near the city
Berat is the best-preserved historic town of Albania. Illyrian, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Socialist buildings accumulated over 2400 years, showing the importance and the rich history of Berat.
We will walk in the characteristics neighborhood “Mangalemi” to visit the Ethnographic museum. Then we will hike up to visit the citadel district of Berat, its splendid orthodox churches and the Onufri Icons museum – named after the famous 16th century master painter of icons and murals. The building where the museum is housed shows the important architectonic values of Berat’sbuildings.Visit in Cobo winery production farm.
Overnight in Berati.
Dinner in Hotel or local restaurant
Or GRAND WHITE CITY (5 km far from the city)
DAY 4 APOLLONIA – DAJTI – TIRANA
Leave Berat for Apollonia to visit the 6th century BC ruins.
It was established around the beginning of the IV century BC.
Apollonia’s ruins were discovered in the early nineteenth century.
Excursion to Mount Dajti via cable car.
Tour the city from the skies at Dajti Ekspres “Cable Car”. Many use the attraction to transport them to the mountaintop for a meal or refreshment at the on-site restaurant, which rotates to give you a full panoramic perspective. Ticket price includes a round-trip fare, so take your time at the top.
The cable way is of the 8-MGD type (Mono-cable Gondola detachable for 8 persons / per gondola). The enclosed cabins, highly comfortable, provide full protection against the elements, and are designed with a strong focus on the special needs of families and the elderly.
Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight
11:30 Upon Arrival start the tour
HOTEL TIRANA INTERNATIONAL 4*(just in center)
Or MONDIAL or similar
Day 5 –TIRANA –OUT
Transfer to Mother Theresa airport. (B)