Come enjoy a tour specifically designed to get back in touch with your Albanian roots! This comprehensive tour of Albania also includes a night in beautiful Macedonia. Experience the vast history of Albania and immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Albanian people! This eleven day ten night tour departs on the May 14th and returns on May 24th.

5/14/2019, Tuesday: Arrival Tirana  

Arrival at “Mother Teresa” Airport by LH 1424 at 13.00 –Transfer to Tirana – afternoon visit the ex-block area and dinner at local restaurant – overnight at hotel Tafaj……………………………………………………………..… (D)

5/15/2019, Wednesday: Full day Tirana  

After breakfast visits Mosaics of Tirana, the National Historical Museum and the Bunk’Art 2, the former anti-nuclear bunker of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. After optional lunch at local restaurant visit the Arts Gallery and the ”Bektashi Tekke” of Tirana (the World Head-Quarters of Muslim Bektashi Sect) followed by excursion to mount Dajti by cable car (highness 1200 m, 15 min ride) where you enjoy the dinner with amazing views of the illuminated city, including the Adriatic Sea in the distance.Overnight at your hotel in Tirana…………………………………(BD)

5/16/2019, Thursday: Tirana-Kruje-Durres-Tirana

Morning departure for Kruja, home of Albania’s National hero, Scanderbeg, who in the 15th century successfully fought off the Turks for over thirty years. Sightseeing at the Old Castle, the impressive Scanderbeg Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, and shopping at the Turkish-style old bazaar. Optional Lunch at local restaurant with delicious traditional dishes. Continue on to Durres. This busy seaport city is one of the oldest Roman cities in the Mediterranean. Visits to one of the largest Roman Amphitheaters in the Balkans and the Archaeological Museum. Late Afternoon dinner in Durres. Return Tirana. Overnight at hotel “Tafaj” ……………………………………..(B, D)

5/172019, Friday: Tirana-Elbasan-Ohrid

At morning drive to Elbasan where visit the ruins of the ottoman fortress in the city center – visit the St.Mary Orthodox Church – continue on to Pogradec traveling alongside the banks of Shkumbini river, through the Domosdova plateau, site of Skanderbeg’s first victory over the Turks in 1444 – proceed to Ohrid through Qafa e Thanes cross border – optional lunch at local restaurant. Free afternoon to enjoy the panoramic view of the area and visit few highlights of the city. Dinner at local restaurant with Koran fish – overnight at hotel Tino..…..(B, D)

5/18/2019, Saturday: Ohrid- Korca – Voskopoja – Korca

After breakfast, early departure for Korca, one of the most important cities in South-Eastern Albania. Visit the Museum of Medieval Arts and Birra Korca factory, which produces one of most famous beers of Albania. Continue to the isolated mountain village of Voskopoja, one of the most important towns in the European part of the Ottoman empire during the 18th century. Voskopoja claims distinction for the first printing house in the Balkans established in 1720 and the Academia of Voskopoja founded in 1744. Visit the Church of St. Nicholas, which is a treasure of early 18th century frescoes. Portraits of saints, emperors, and warriors and scenes from the Bible fill every foot of the interior and the outside porch. Return to Korca to visit the First Albanian School, the Old Korca bazaar, and Mirahori Mosque. Dinner and overnight at hotel “Regency” ………………….…………………………………. (B, D)

5/19/2019, Sunday: Korce, Dishnica, Boboshtica, Korca

This morning you travel to village Dishnica then to Boboshtica where visit the village and 2 Orthodox churches – after BBQ lunch back to Korca – afternoon visit the Bratko Museum of Oriental Art, which is the  First Oriental Art Museum in the Balkans It is the gift of the late G. Dimitri Boria, who was an esteemed world class Albanian-American photographer. This is a collection which Boria began during his 14 years in post-war Japan as photographer for General Douglas MacArthur, and which continued as a lifelong passion embracing all countries and cultures of the East. Dinner at local restaurant – overnight at your hotel  ……………………………….… (B,D)

5/20/2019, Monday: Korce – Gjirokastra – Saranda

At morning drive to Saranda through southern highlands, via Erseka, Barmash Pass, Permeti, Kelcyra  Gorge and Gjirokastra – optional lunch in Permeti. Afternoon visit the Castle and Ethnographic Museum in Gjirokastra then proceed to Saranda – dinner, overnight at hotel Grand ………………..………………………………… …… … (B,D)

5/21/2019, Tuesday: Sarande-Butrint-Sarande

After breakfast drive to Butrinti Albania’s most important archaeological site  where we visit the Greek and Roman ruins of Butrint,– optional lunch in local restaurant in Ksamil – afternoon visit to the Jewish Synagogue and the city center of Saranda – dinner at Lekuresi Castle restaurant – overnight at your hotel ……….…………………… .(B,D)

 

 

 

5/22/2019, Wednesday: Sarande – Vlore – Berati

This morning drive to Vlora along the mountain road known as Albanian Riviera, enjoying the beautiful and dramatic scenery and landscapes of the Ionian Coastline. En-route visit the Ali Pasha Fortress at Porto Palermo Bay. Optional lunch at Dhermi restaurant (or Llogara). Proceed to Vlora through Llogara Pass (3500 feet above sea level). After visit of Independence house where Albanian independence was proclaimed in 1912. proceed to Berati – dinner, overnight at hotel Mangalemi  …………………………………………………………………………….(B,D)

5/23/2019, Thursday: Berat- Ardenica-Tirana

Breakfast – Visit the Citadel, built on the top of a rocky hill, and the ruins of about 20 churches – visit the Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Onufri Museum) and the Church of St. Mary of Vllaherna (13 C), which has 16th century mural paintings by Onufri, the Albania’s most famous Medieval painter and his son Nicola –drive to Lushnja to visit the Ardenica Monastery- optional lunch at local restaurant then drive to Tirana – dinner at local restaurant, overnight at hotel “Tafaj”  ..………………………………………………………………………………………………………..….(B,D)

 

5/24/2019, Friday: Tirana – Airport

After breakfast transfer to airport for departure back home……………………(B)

 

Prices

Double/ Twin share room:$2,300

Single supplement: $307

 

Included

* Accommodation in the hotels on HB base

* Transfers and Transport throughout the tour by private vehicle

* Esc.Guide Service throughout the tour

* Local guide service in Ohrid

* BBQ in Boboshtica village

* Visits and Museum entry fees

* Cable car ticket to mount Dajti

* Porterage at the hotels

* Water everyday on the bus

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