Gege Tour , or tour of Northern Albania, (the Albanian language is divided into two subgroups: South Albania speaks the Toske dialect, and Northern Albania speaks the Gege / Gego dialect), from which we also got the name of this package as we will visit the beauties of nature and discover the history that hides the part of North Albania and also Kosovo. Eight days around the Low Balkans, in areas that until recently were off-limits because of the war that raged in the late 90s and early 2000s. Even today, especially in Kosovo, the fragments of those years are evident, while the ethnic-cultural division is palpable in common life.
Two United States, even if in part from a single ethnic origin and a language, the Albanian, often similar traditions that reflect a unique cultural identity coming from the times and united by colonization and submissions by other peoples and ferocious and intransigent dictatorships.
In fact, the Ottoman Empire lasted almost half a millennium, leaving behind customs, traditions, and its own culture, above all by subjecting its own religion to Islam, a people per se Christian Orthodox and Christian Catholic from the origins of Christianity.
Tirana (about 1,000,000 inhabitants) the Albanian Milan, trainer of the Albanian economy and city in evolution on the wave of Western capitalism. Pristina (with the metropolitan area around has about 450,000 inhabitants) where the ethnic Albanian is tangible everywhere, where the war has left memories as horrible as incurable. Valbone, a small village that seems like a real paradise, then Scutari Scutari, the cradle of Albanian culture, visiting the Rozafa castle, where we will relive the ancient and sad legend of poor Rozafa, to go later to the Shrine of Shna Ndoi, sanctuary of miracles , visited by people of all religions in Albania.
We will be able to taste some local dishes, here in Albania the food and wine is enhanced by natural products – bio such as fruit and vegetables, but also by fine wines (from the native vines of the white Debine and the red Kallmet), with its products highly bio, we will taste some of the most famous dishes among which the Tave Dheu and Kosi, the kid in the oven or on the spit, the famous and delicious Byrek, which in the north is also called “Fli”, a Byrek different from that served in Tirana , the delicious Kos cheese, the white Feta cheese and the salted sheep’s butter and then the liquid yogurt, but also desserts such as the Bakllava, the Kadaif and the Ballokume, taste a teke (small glass) Rakì the local grappa of grapes but also of blackberries and dogwood, you will warm up with the mountain tea, which the expert hands of mountain women gather in places not very accessible, sweetened with sage honey always local. You will dine in excellent and well-served restaurants, and time permitting outside with the scent of the sea that will conciliate your appetite, where you will find everything you want.
1st Day – Visit of Tirana (The Capital)
Arrival from the airport and accommodation in a hotel in Tirana. Our tour begins with a visit to the National Archaeological Museum and then continues with a visit to the center of Tirana, to the Scanderberg square (Giorgio Castriota Scanderberg, the national hero who for twenty years resisted the invasion defending Albania and Europe and its Christian moral and religious values from the Ottoman-Turkish invasion) symbolic place of the City (Ethem Bey Mosque, the Clock Tower). Walk in the Taiwan park and boulevard Deshmoret and Kombit (Pyramid of Enver Hoxha, Government Palace, Qemal Stafa Stadium). (Tirana, the capital of Albania, has almost one million inhabitants, hence almost a third of the entire Albanian population, a city of business par excellence, a western city for the quality of life and the way of life of the people of Tirana. nightlife is in fact that of any other European city very different from all other Albanian cities, here it is commonly spoken Italian and especially English).
2nd Day – Visit of BunkArt and Kruja
Breakfast at the hotel.
In the early morning visit of (BunkArt) Bunker’s underground anti-atomic bunker of the dictator Hoxha with a photographic and didactic path inside, a true example of the dictatorship to which the country was subjected for almost 50 years. The bunker is inside a military base, to enter you need a permit that obviously we have and it winds underground for six floors, not a claustrophobic feeling because the corridors are spacious and high and is well ventilated, obviously feeling closed, the visit lasts about 30/45 minutes.
After lunch we will visit the town of Kruja, located on the side of a mountain, Croia or Kruja in Albanian is the most important city of the Albanian resistance that under the guidance of Gjergj Kastrioti “Scanderbeg” in the 15th century successfully fought the Ottomans for over 25 years old. Visit the castle with shopping in the beautiful old bazaar. Climb up to the tower from where you can admire a splendid view of Kruja and its surroundings. From 1.30 to 2.30 pm free time for lunch, shopping, etc. .. Kruja Castle was built in the 4th century AD on the remains of a previous Illyrian settlement of the III century BC In the early evening return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
3rd Day – Visit of Pristina
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure for Pristina at 08:00 am, passing from “Rruga e Kombit”. Arrival at half day, lunch in restaurant.
Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, is home to the government and has about 450,000 inhabitants in the hinterland. Located in northern Kosovo it has a beautiful modern center where it is still visible, in some structures the architecture, characteristic of the Tito period. Easy to find on the streets military of various nations in uniform by means of the Kfor-Nato, of which many Italians.
Visit to the National Archaeological Museum where is preserved the famous statuette symbol of Pristina. For those who feel it (there are very strong photos of a massacre of entire families) on the top floor you can see the Adem Jashari Museum, known in the country as the “legend commander”, hero of the UCK, perished during a fight with departments of Yugoslavia together with all the families (about 64 people, including a third of women and children). Walk along Boulevard Madre Teresa practically the city’s living room full of bars, cafes and restaurants. Continuing to reach the modern National Library in the university area within a green and quiet park. A visit to the Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Blessed “Mother Teresa” can not be missed. In the early evening, accommodation in hotel and hotel dinner.
4th Day – Visit of Prizren, then Valbona
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Valbona.
We leave for Valbona at 9:00 am going from the town of Prizren, where we have lunch in a restaurant with a typical Albanian menu. After lunch we will make a short stop at the Orthodox Monastery of Gracanica (XIV century) which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site where there is an important collection of icons from the fourteenth century and extraordinary example of Byzantine architecture and symbol of Serbian nationalism (subject to protect UN forces). Short visit to Prizren, to leave later for Valbona. Arrival expected in the early evening. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
5th Day – Visit of Valbona
Breakfast with a view of the Albanian Alps. Even if one day is not enough to visit all the wonders of the valley, we will try to take the best of the beautiful Valbona, named after an Italian pretext, who saw the call: “Valle buona”, to remain forever the name of this valley. Closed up to a few years ago like a shell because of the missing roads, now we are able to enjoy this little Albanian paradise, not for a long time since the Albanian state will build a hydroelectric propio in this valley. Those who want can take advantage of our guide for a trek up to the Valbona waterfall. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
6th Day-Departure for Shkodra, passing by ferry from Lake Koman.
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Scutari.
Leaving behind the marvelous valley of Valbona, we take the ferry for a short cruise on the Koman lake, surrounded by the Alps, and the green of the lake we go towards the city of Scutari, “the cradle of Albanian culture”. In the early afternoon we will visit the city center, we also visit the Catholic cathedral Shen Shtjefni.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
7th Day – Visit of the castle of Rozafa and Santuario di Sant ‘Antonio.
Breakfast at the hotel, visit of Scutari and transfer to Tirana.
In the early morning we will visit the castle of Rozafa, which is located in the entrance of Scutari, from where you can admire the entire city, from the Alps to Lake Scutari, an overview not to be missed. After we leave for Tirana, with a stop to the city of Laç, to go to the most known and visited sanctuary of Albania, Santuario di Sant ‘Antonio of Padua or Shna Ndoi as they say in Albania. A place known for the miracles that happen there, where you find people of all Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim religions too, you can really see that the only religion of the Albanians is “Albanian”. In the early evening return to the hotel in Tirana.
8th Day – Return to Italy.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to “Nene Tereza” airport in Rinas. (Program of last day will adapt to base of departure times.)
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THE QUOTES INCLUDE:
– 7 nights in a standard double room with 4 * and 5 * Hotel services in all locations.
– 7 buffet breakfasts in the hotel;
– 7 lunches as per program in restaurant including 0.33 l water. and 1 glass of wine or draft beer p.pax.) Coffee and bitters excluded.
– 7 dinners as scheduled in the hotel’s on-site restaurant (including 0.33 liter water and 1 glass of wine or draft beer p.pax.) Coffee and bitters excluded.
Internal transport with minivans and / or GT coaches (depending on the number of participants) for the itinerary indicated in the program expert in the Albanian guide and well aware of the roads, the road network and its local problems.
– Accompanist in Italian or Italian throughout the trip during the above-mentioned service hours, with good knowledge of the roads, the road network and its local problems.
Transfer to and from airport and / or ferry for pre-arranged groups of over 20 people.
Fee-paying admissions included in the price.
Tirana: National Historical Museum, BunkArt.
Pristina: National Archaeological Museum
Shkodra: Rozafa Castle
Kruja: Skanderberg Museum inside the castle.
Ferry ticket from Koman to Shkoder.
THE QUOTES DO NOT INCLUDE:
Ferry and flights to and from Italy to Albania.
Drinks at meals (except those mentioned in “the quotas include”).
Drinks, liquors, snacks etc … during the tours.
Medical insurance (obligatory) supplement € 20 pax.
Transfer to and from airport and / or ferry.
Personal extras and anything not expressly indicated under “the price includes”
What else is not explicitly specified in the program.
The package is scheduled with arrival in the port of Durres and / or at the “Nene Teresa” airport of Tirana on the first morning of the first day and departure for Italy on the evening of the 8th day.
Any changes to the aforementioned program resulting from and / or due to delays or other factors not dependent on our company will not be imputable to LivingAlbania and will not be subject to any refunds and if this involves additional costs they will be charged to the group leader / or responsible for the reservation.
The above quotation is reported and valid only for the months of September October and November 2018. The prices are to be considered blocked only when the appropriate confirmation deposit is paid and the signing of the relative contract therefore up until that date they may be subject to increasing variations. Therefore to avoid such increases we recommend to block the package with the booking as soon as possible.
Methods of payment will be provided upon confirmation.
Costs person 50 pax €. 640 pax
Costs person 40 pax €.670 pax
Costs person 30 pax €. 710 pax
Costs person 20 pax €. 790 pax
* Single room 7 nights €. 150.00
** Medical insurance (obligatory) supplement € 20 pax
The hotels are 3/4 *, they were chosen based on our knowledge of the area.
Hotels may vary according to availability at the time and in Albania the assignment of the “stars” “*” is free and decided usually by the managers and not by Associations of category Bodies or state structures. The stars shown are credited on Booking.com
To enter Albania it is sufficient to show a valid identity card
No health prevention is necessary. The only precaution is to avoid drinking tap water, better to use bottled water as elsewhere.
Mandatory medical insurance.
The local currency is the Leke which now changes to about 125 Leke for one Euro (it is advisable to change a bit of Euro for one’s own expenses in order to avoid non regular exchange and therefore loss).
The visits are not difficult and demanding, they are quiet and affordable for everyone, but being the ground often in cobblestone and / or in stone sometimes uneven and up and down serves especially to pay attention to walking.
It is recommended for visits to the places indicated sports shoes with sole with a little ‘tank, and seen the season clothing practical “onion”.
We will make appropriate “technical stops” during motorway transfers or in facilities where normal physiological needs can be met, usually halfway between one place and another, but in any case every one and a half hours (except for details).
Livingalbania has been operating for years in Albania, knows the country as few others and as they say here of us better than an Albanian, also counts in its customers, with its satisfaction, customers of the “Third Age” thanks to the standard with which it is careful to the needs of people who are no longer young.