Eight days around Albania
This is a special tour because it leads us to discover the true unknown reality of this country, (which is very different from that reported by the media) and of this people, the Albanian, politically divided into several states (Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro), but united by the common ethnic origin, language, history, culture and traditions, even if with obvious and particular diversity. We will travel from Albania (Scutari) the cradle of Albanian culture to the deep South (Saranda) where we can admire the Albanian butrint Pompeii heritage of UNESCO and the emerald sea of Ksamil called the Bora Bora of the Ionian, visit the capital Tirana (real metropolis of more than a million two hundred thousand inhabitants, visiting with his story up to the six-story underground bunker of the dictator Enver Hxoha last act of the communist dictatorship, and then Kruja city of the hero symbol of Albanian resistance against the Turks whose leader and national hero, Scanderbeg, earned the title of “protector of Christianity” to which Rome has dedicated a square and a large statue, and then Durazzo the port city of Albania already important in Roman times that they called “The Taverna of the Adriatic “With the largest amphitheater in the Balkans, and then Berat the UNESCO” city of a thousand and one windows “with the cast ello at the top and the Iconographic Museum Onufri the most important of Albania, Apollonia Illyrian city placed on the ancient Via Egnatia, we will climb up to 1,000 meters to the Passo di Llogora where a breathtaking view of the Ionian coast will deserve a stop, we will descend to Himare, we will see the submarine bay of the period of the firm, we will stop in Porto Palermo to visit the Castle of Ali Pasha Tepelene, and tired but amazed in the evening we will arrive in Saranda on the beautiful bay from where you can admire the sunset on the island of Corfu (Greece ) a few kilometers away.
On the penultimate day we will visit Argirocastro the village and the castle and we will enter the mountains to discover another Albania the less tourist more in contact with the people.
Then we will go to Permet a small town located in the south of Albania, on the banks of the river Vjosa, in a valley of great beauty (from here you can reach the Redhi i Hotovës National Park, to plunge into its woods and its deep canyon) and weather permitting we can visit the Canyon of Lagarice and the historical sites, walk on the ancient Ottoman bridges and visit the remains of one of the oldest Orthodox monasteries in the area, but we will also find the time for a moment of pure relaxation to immerse yourself in one of the thermal baths present of sulphureous water at 28 ° enjoying the natural corollary., and thanks to our guide of the place that will then take us to visit Benje a small town where time has stopped in the 50s and a workshop of the famous Gliko.
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, the delicious Kos cheese, the white Feta cheese and the salted sheep butter and then the liquid yoghurt, but also desserts such as Bakllava, Kafaif and Ballokume but especially in Permet the most famous is Gliko, a whole fruit compote that is produced in families and served as a welcome to guests usually accompanied by a teke (small glass) Raki the local grappa of grapes but also blackberries and dogwood, you will warm up with the mountain tea, which the expert hands of the mountain women gather in places not very accessible, sweetened with honey of sage always local.
You will certainly not get bored, and you will not get tired, you will not always have the suitcase in your hand as we will only make you stay overnight in two structures. 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. We will cheer you with a musical evening with an Albanian singer with keyboard player, violin and singer with songs and popular Albanian music and for “par condicio”, Italian and Neapolitan (only for groups).
You will travel on a GT coach with an Albanian professional guide, accompanied by an Italian (if possible) and / or by a local guide in Italian language prepared and available to fulfill your every wish.
At the end you will return to our Italy after eight intense days around this country saying yes there have been, but above all of having lived it and never could have imagined it so fascinating and full of seductive surprises.
The package includes 8 days 7 nights in HB, GT coach with Italian guide or in Italian, additional guides in Italian for sites and museums, musical evening, admissions included in the sites and museums as planned.
Quotation by open group of 50 PAX to €. 420.00 pax
by date from April 28th to May 5th 2018.
1. Lunch in the restaurant during the tour € 8. 150.00
2. Single room: 7 nights €. 180.00
If interested you will be sent the complete package.
Possible other dates and quotations for pre-established lower groups.
The package is scheduled with arrival in the port of Durres and / or at the “NeneTeresa” 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 quotation above is reported and valid only for the months of March, April, May, June, September and October 2018. Prices are to be considered blocked only when the appropriate confirmation deposit is paid and the contract is signed accordingly. this 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.
• For entry to Albania it is sufficient to show a valid identity card
• No, no health prevention is necessary. The only precaution is to avoid drinking tap water, better to use bottled water.
• The local currency is the Leke which is now being traded at about 133 Leke for one Euro (it is advisable to change some Euro for own expenses to avoid non-regular exchange).
It is recommended for visits to the places indicated sports shoes with sole with a little ‘tank, practical clothing “onion”, and a swimsuit for those who want to immerse themselves in the thermal waters.
The hotels are located in Durrës in the locality PLAZH (Durrës beach) about 2.5 km away from the city center. and in Saranda, about 200 meters from the promenade, in the center of the town.
Hotel in Durres 4 *, it is located on the sea front of the long sandy beach of the Bay of Durres is easily accessible and also served by public transport. Recently renovated, it has excellent rooms with more types of accommodation very good, even the standard consists of an entrance hall, bathroom with glass enclosed shower and accessories including bidet. The beds are either double or twin. The room is furnished in a modern style with plasma TV, hot and cold air conditioning and a few frigobar with balcony. It has a park of pine trees, parking, swimming pool and an excellent “a la carte” restaurant overlooking the beach in front, managed by a chef with decades of experience in Italy. Lounge bar, beach bar, umbrella and deck chairs, swimming pool and beauty center complete the complex available to selected customers from all over Europe and from Italians.
Hotel in Saranda 4 *. is located in the center of Saranda at 200 mt. from the Promenade along the sea where you can take a relaxing evening walk and have a coffee or an aperitif in the many bars present enjoying the scent of the sea and enjoying the sunset over the bay. The rooms are modernly furnished with air conditioning, mini-bar, Wi-Fi; It has sea-view rooms with a balcony. It does not have a restaurant inside but only 100 meters from the hotel.
Hotel in Permet 3 *. The hotel is located in the center of Përmet. It offers comfortable accommodation and quality services and a great breakfast buffet. The hotel has double rooms with TV, Wifi internet, air conditioning and bathroom. The restaurant is in the immediate vicinity.