|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Tirana, Albania|
|DEPARTURE TIME||On your Arrival time|
|DURATION OF TOUR:||5Days
Price will be match with your requests
|WEAR||Comfortable clothing, hat and sunscreen.|
Day 1 Tirane-Berat (98km km-2h)
Welcome to Albania.
A local guide and the driver will wait for you in the airport welcoming you with some Albanian sweets.
Transfer to Berati.
Arrive in Berat and start the sightseeing tour with local guide.
This upland city in south-central Albania has 2,500 years of history, which has bestowed it with stunning archaeology, quaint residential areas and preserved monuments. Berat’s appeal lies in its UNESCO World Heritage architecture and the epic mountain scenery that shelters the city. Since coming under the yoke of the Ottoman Empire in the 1400s Berat is also a place where Christians and Muslims have lived together in relative peace, with churches and mosques sharing the same space. The cityscape is part of Berat’s charm, where picturesque stone houses on the steep hillsides seem to be stacked on top of each other.
Excursions to :
Visit Berat Castle-The castle dates back to 2500 years. It houses many historical elements. More than 20 Christian churches, and a central museum which surrounds one of the largest Orthodox churches with many 16th century paintings.
Life never ended inside the castle and still today there are living families in their traditional houses built since XVII century.
Visit Onufri Museum Part of the tour will be also Onufri Museum, situated in the Kala quarter’s biggest church. Today Onufri’s spectacular 16th-century religious paintings are displayed along with the church’s beautifully gilded 19th-century iconostasis. The red of Onufri used in his Icons were very unique and is mysterious still today.
After the guided tour of Berat have lunch in a local restaurant inside the castle.
After lunch you will enjoy some free time inside the castle and have the chance to buy unique handmade souvenirs by locals.
Spend some time at Gorica Bridge which was built during XVIII Century to connects 2 neighborhoods Mangalemi and Gorica, once a time divided Mangalemi lived by Muslims and Gorica by Christians.
Overnight In Berat
Day 2 Berat -Gjirokaster-Sarande (215 km-4h)
After Breakfast transfer to Gjirokaster
Visit the City of Gjirokaster
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town of Gjirokaster is famous for being a well-preserved Ottoman town. With its fortress overlooking the entire city, the old houses lean against the slopes of the hills with their beautiful old wooden facades. The birthplace of communist leader Enver Hoxha and notable writer Ismail Kadare, there’s plenty to see in this exceptional town.
Visit The castle of Gjirokaster-the most popular tourist attraction in Gjirokastër, dominates the town from up the hill.During the rule of Ali Pasha, the castle was a military fortress, while in the Second World War it served as a shelter for the city residents against aerial bombing. The castle’s prison was used extensively by Zog’s government and housed political prisoners during the more recent Communist regime.
After the visit of the Castle have lunch in a local restaurant
Visit Skenduli House The lovingly restored Ottoman-era Skenduli House has been in the hands of the same family for generations and you’ll most likely be shown around by a member of the family. Dating from the early 1700s, the house has many fascinating features. The guide ,which is the 9 th generation will explain you all about life style during centuries.
Have some free time in the bazaar
After transfer to Saranda.
On the way visit Blue Eye
The Blue Eye is a water spring with extremely light blue water bubbles in a more than 50-metre deep pool. You’ll be mesmerized by how clear the water is, to the point that you’ll be able to see straight to the bottom.
Visit Saranda considered as the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera, a city plenty of things to see and do, especially in summertime when it gives its best. Saranda is one of the favored destinations by Albanians to spend their holidays. Here, you can walk admiring the gorgeous sea views or sit at a bar, order a coffee and relax.
Visit the synagogue -These ruins of a 5th-century synagogue are located right in the heart of town and provide evidence of one of the earliest Balkan-Jewish communities. There are four floor mosaics here, which are normally covered with sand to protect them, though photos are provided on the walls.
Transfer to Lekursi Castle
Visit Lekursi Castle
Its strategic position on a hill of about 300 meters in height as well as its panoramic views of Saranda, the Butrint Lagoon and even the island of Corfu, make this destination a tourist favorite. Not to mention that, inside the fortress, you will find one of the best-known bars and restaurants in Saranda which also offers the most beautiful view of the sunset.
Have a wonderful evening enjoying authentic Albanian folklore show and delicious four-course dinner.
The meal is served in a superb restaurant located in one on top of the castle.
Have dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 3 Sarande -Butrint -Llogara NP-Vlore (233km- 4h)
Meet with the local guide and transfer to Butrint National Park
Arrive in Butrint
Visit the national Park OF Butrint
Of the countless antique ruins and landmarks of Albania, Butrint is the one most responsible for putting Albania on the map. Butrint’s glorious 2500-year-old ruins, are some of the most well-preserved in Europe. In 1992, Butrint was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it sits comfortably at the top of every international list of must-sees in Albania. What is especially wonderful about Butrint is that its many gorgeous, well-preserved monuments reflect each distinct stage of its rich history, starting from the Hellenistic period and continuing on to the Roman, Byzantine and Venetian periods. Each has left its own beautiful trace on this place!
Have lunch at MusselS House Rerstaurant
The Mussel House Restaurant is a beautiful and relaxing restaurant near Butrint Lake where you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner with family and friends. Fresh seafood and mussels straight from the water to your table. Friendly staff and prices for all budgets. At the Mussel House everyone feels like in his own house!
After lunch transfer to Llogara National Park.
On the way we will have a few stops to take some nice pictures of the Albanian Riviera Beauty.
Arrive in Llogara and taste a cafe with the view or riviera or taste a yogurt with honey , a traditional dish by locals
Visit Llogara NATIONAL Park Where the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas meet, begins the journey towards the Llogara National Park. The lush forests of pines and oaks are only the beginning of this “mountain of panoramas,” which is beautifully surrounded by numerous mountain ranges and the majestic Ionian Sea.
It was there where Julius Caesar asked for help to attack and ruin the Pompeii. The road he prescribed passed through Llogara and the first place where the army set the camp was later named after him and since then it has been called ‘Caesar’s Pass’. From this place you can see the whole Dukat valley and the Vlora Bay.
Transfer to Vlore
The city carries historical importance to Albania as it hosted the First National Assembly, which declared the country’s independence from Ottoman rule on November 28th, 1912. Vlora is the starting point of the Albanian Riviera and is one of the most frequented areas of Albanian tourism.
Visit National Museum of Independence
As the building which hosted the operations of the very first Albanian government. This museum offers the most comprehensive information regarding the most culminating events in the life of a country. It was in the famous balcony of this bright yellow, traditional house that Ismail Qemali raised the Albanian flag in 1912.
Day 4 Vlore-Apolonia National Park-Tirane (165 km-3h)
After breakfast, transfer to Zvernec Monastery,8 km from Vlore City.
Visit Zvernec Monastery- The monastery is an impressive object of significant cultural and religious value. Its construction is thought to have occurred between the 12th and 13th centuries and, thus, boasts an architecture that is typical of the Byzantine era. To reach the monastery, you follow the charming bridge that, stretching over the water, connect the island with land.
Transfer to Apolonia Archeological park.
Arrive at the park and start the sightseeing tour with Local guide.
Visit Apollonia Archeological Park– Apollonia is a gorgeous archaeological site. In the ancient times, Apollonia was one of the most important economic and trade centers of Albania and the world with a population of approx. 50.000 inhabitants. The future Roman emperor Octavian Augustus also studied in this city.. The site hosts also an Orthodox monastery and an archaeological museum.
After the visit of the park have lunch nearby Ardenica Monastery and after it, visit the monastery ,where Albanian National Hero got to marry there.
Transfer to Tirana.
Overnight in a hotel in city center.
Day 5 Tirana -Airport (17km -30 min)
Tirana, the heart and capital of Albania, like all other capital metropolises has never -ending movement and energy. With its clubs ,bars ,cafes and taverns, Tirana is worth discovering by both day and night. The hospitality shown towards tourists is something that will mark your journey not only in Tirana but also all over the country. Have a walk from the main square through the boulevard and finish the tour with a visit of Bunkart 2.
Visit Bunkart2-The little cousin to the main Bunk’Art, this museum, which is within a communist-era bunker and underground tunnel system below the Ministry of Internal Affairs, focuses on the role of the police and security services in Albania through the turbulent 20th century. While this might not sound especially interesting, the whole thing has been very well put together and makes for a fascinating journey behind police lines.
Have a walk from the main square through the boulevard
Depends on your departure time ,we can arrange some other activities