DAY 1: TIRANA – SHKODER (110 KM)
Great our driver and Guide and drive to Shkoder City
We drive directly to Shkoder , we will continue our journey towards Shkodra, the most important city in northern Albania.
Upon Arrival depending 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.
Mesi Bridge – Built in the 18th century by Kara Mahmud Bushati, the local Ottoman pasha, this bridge is often referred to as the ‘Lord of the Rings Bridge.’ It is one of the longest Ottoman bridges in the area and spans the Kir River.
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.
After Tour turn back to Hotel
Accommodations and Dinner in HOTEL
Traditional hotel, or similar
DAY 2. SHKODER – APOLLONIA – LLOGARA NATIONAL PARK (270 KM)
08:00 after breakfast check out and drive to Apollonia Park
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.
Lunch optional can be eaten in Fier or Apollonia , with traditional food
Afternoon we will continue our journey towards Llogara National Park, a park which in 1966 was declared as a National Park by the Albanian Government.
Dinner and accommodation will be in a hotel-restaurant traditional inside the park
HOTEL LLOGARA or ALPIN
DAY 3 – THE RIVIERA OF FLOWERS (90 KM)
08:30 after breakfast check out and leave to Saranda
On the way enjoy the panoramic view of spectacular Riviera
In the morning we start exploring the white beaches ofPalasa, Drymades, Dhermi, the extraordinary Beach and amazing Canyon of Gjipea, walking around 1 hour.
Depart towards the town of Himara where we will make a cultural visit in the Castle of Himara, which rise s on a hill of 1ha area, inhabited since the late Bronze period and surrounded by defensive walls, began to be built in the 8th century BC and continued without interruption until the later Middle Ages.
12:30- Possibility for Lunch in Himara City
After lunch visit the castle of Porto Palermo. Porto Palermo Castle is located in the bay with the same name on the coast of the Ionian Sea in southern Albania, it is located in a very nice position in the tectonic Peninsula of Porto Palermo (in antiquity known as Panorma’s bay).
The castle is situated not far from the village of Qeparo and it has a triangular form. Its dimensions are 150 m x 400 m. The height of the walls reaches 20 m.
After this visit we will start the journey towards the coastal city of Saranda, where we will accommodate.
Overnight: accommodation hotel 4*Saranda.
Dinner: local restaurant
HOTEL BRILANT 4* or SARANDA INTERNATIONAL
DAY 4 . SARANDA-BUTRINTI- GJIROKASTER 95 KM
08:30 after breakfast drive to Butrinti
This will be a day which will be dedicated only to cultural visits and beauties of Albanian nature.
During this day we will be able to visit the ancient city of Butrint.
The archaeological site of Butrint’s National Park has an area of 15 hectares and is located at a heigh t from 30 to 50 meters above sea level. This ancient city is a jewel of archeology, listed as a world heritage si te by UNESCO. In an exceptional environment between the lake and the sea, the Hellenic style buildings are a museum that contains archeological restored traces.
LEAVE Butrinti and drive to Gjirokaster , on the way stop at BLUE EYE
Possibility for lunch ,
Blue Eye, a magical place, this source of groundwater is surrounded by woods and enjoys its name of blue color, like the colored part of the eye. This is one of the most beautiful natural curiosities of Albania.
Our journey will lead us to the town of Gjirokastra , diferent called as the city of stone.
City of Gjirokastra is included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 2005, as one of the few surviving examples of commercial cities in the Balkan’s Ottoman style. We also will have the opportunity to visit the city’s fortress.Visit in traditional house in Gjirokastra.
The Castle of Gjirokastra, associated with the city of Gjirokastra, is mentioned for the first time as a city and a castle in 1336.
In afternoon ,check in hotel and prepare for dinner
OVERNIGHT IN HOTEL CAJUPI OR HOTEL ARGJIRO
Dinner in Hotel
DAY 5 – GJIROKASTER – BERAT- (THE CITY OF THOUSAND WINDOWS) (170 KM)
08:00 after breakfast drive to Berat
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’s buildings.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 6. HIKING ADVENTURE & SCENIC NATURE
08:00 after breakfast start our adventure
Transport in Mount Tomori, and visit at KulmakuTekke.
The place where it is held the biggest pilgrimage in Albania for the Bektashian sect.
To arrive at the top of mountain were it is found bektashian Kulmak Tekke we have to walk around 30 min, medium difficulty climb. A holy place for bektashian devotees, attended even by the devotees of other religions.Proceed driving at the waterfall of Bogova, lunch in a panoramic restaurant near the river.
Return in hotel.
After turn back again in Hotel in Berat
Traditional dinner in Hotel.
Or GRAND WHITE CITY (5 km far from the city)
DAY 7. DURRES-KRUJA-TIRANA (SIGHTSEEING TOUR) 175 KM
08:00 after breakfast leave Berat and Drive to Durres
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
Accommodation in Hotel,
Dinner hotel or Local restaurant
Optional: after dinner, people can go for a drink in “Blloku” – once the district of the communist elite, it is now the “hip” bar district of Tirana (in walking distance from our hotel).
HOTEL TE STELA RESORT 4* ,
(in high way Tirana –Durres )
Or similarDAY 8.TIRANA – “NENE TEREZA” AIRPORT
Check out and leave to apt
After breakfast at the hotel, free time at leisure until departureDepending on your flight schedule we will leave toward “Nene Tereza” Airport.
Say goodbye to our guest and finish the services