ENJOYING CENTRAL & SOUTH ALBANIA

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8 Days

Overview

 

8 - day program

 

Kruja – Ardenica-Apolonia - Vlora – Karaburun Penisula - Zvernec – Ionion Riviera- Saranda -Butrint – Gjirokastra –Berat-Tirana. 

 

 

 

 

Included/Excluded

Assistance and transfers during arrival and departure
Tours and excursions as for the itinerary
Accomodation at the 3 or 4 stars hotels
Transportation with air-conditioned private coach
English or Polish guide during the tour
Breakfast and dinner
Entrance fees
Cruise Trip + Entrance
All taxes
Travel tickets in Albania
Lunch and alcoholic drinks
Tips and personal exes

Itinerary

Day 1:
 ARRIVAL TO THE TIA AIRPORT
Accommodation, free time. Dinner and Overnight.
Day 2:
 KRUJA - ARDENICA - FIER
Breakfast. Check-out. Transfer to KRUJA. Sightseeing of the Skanderberg Castle, the greatest national hero of Albania and visiting the Ethnographic Museum located inside it. A visit to the local bazaar, free time. Transfer to ARDENICA, visiting the Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God, in which the frescoes from the eighteenth century are located. Transfer to FIER, visiting the famous Archaeological Center of Apolonia, where there are the remains of the city from 558 BC, where Emperor August studied. Transfer to a hotel in the area of Vlore, accommodation. Dinner, overnight.
Day 3:
 VLORA – KARABURUN PENISULA
Breakfast. Start tour at 08:00 for a City sightseeing . Visiting VLORA, the place where the Ionian Sea meets the Adriatic. In 1912, the independence of Albania was proclaimed here. Walk through the center: Flag Square, Independence Monument, Muradije Mosque from the 16th century. Start the cruise at 10:00 from the port of Vlora . Return from the cruise in the evening . Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight. Depending on sea & weather conditions . Optional : Free time on the beach in Vlora.
Day 4:
 ZVERNEC - PORTO PALERMO - SARANDA
Breakfast. Check-out. Go to the Narta Lagoon and visit ZVERNEC, walk around the nearby Virgin Mary's Marii monastery from the 13th century located on a picturesque island covered with tall Pine beer forests ? , leading to a 270-meter long wooden bridge. A scenic route through the Llogary Pass at an altitude of over 1 thousand. m.! Arrival in PORTO PALERMO and visit in the fortress of Ali Pasha from the eighteenth century, from where the picturesque landscape of the Ionian Sea stretches. Transfer to SARANDA, a popular Albanian resort on the Ionian Sea. A walk along the seaside promenade, free time. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation, dinner, overnight.
Day 5:
 MESOPOTAM - BUTRINT - P.N. SYRI I KALTER
Breakfast. City sightseeing . A visit to MESOPOTAM, where the impressive Byzantine church of St. Nikolas from the thirteenth century. Transfer to BUTRINT, an ancient port city called "Balkan Pompeii", inscribed on the UNESCO list. Visiting the archaeological site remains of Roman baths, agora, amphitheater, Asklepiosa temple, Ceremonial Avenue and the temple of Minerva. Transfer to the SYRI I Kalter ( Blue Eye ) and NATIONAL PARK. Walk to the crystal clear springs called the "Blue eye", considered one of the most beautiful places in Albania. According to a legend, the underwater source was created from the tears of a killed dragon who kidnapped girls from nearby villages. Free time for commemorative photos. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6:
 GIJROKASTRA – COBO VINERY
Breakfast. Transfer to GIJROKASTRA, the stone city of the former dictator Enver Hoxha, inscribed on the UNESCO list. Entrance to the fortress of Kalaja, visiting one of the museum housed in its walls. Walk around the charming old town with stone houses. Free time to explore the home of Skandula, a traditional home with many well-preserved exhibits of home use. Transfer to COBO VINERY, familiarization with the process of producing local wine and tasting. Transfer to a hotel near Berat, accommodation. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7:
 BERAT - TIRANA
Breakfast. Check-out. Visiting BERATU, the city of "a thousand windows", inscribed on the UNESCO list. Visiting the medieval Byzantine Berat fortress and the Onofrio Museum. A walk around the historical districts: Magal and Gorica. Free time. Transfer to Tirana. Walk through the center: Skanderberg Square, observation tower from 1830, Ethem Beja Mosque from 1789, Presidential Palace. Visit to Bunk Art - a bunker from the Cold War era, which was transformed into a museum, currently considered the city's greatest attraction. Accommodation in a hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 8:
 Departure
Breakfast. Check-out. Free time (depending on the time of departure). Transfer to Tirana airport and departure to Poland. For those who extend their stay for a week's rest: breakfast, check-out, transfer to a selected hotel.

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