General

                                                                       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.

Supplements:

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.

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NOTE:

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.

GENERAL INFORMATION

• 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.

STRUCTURES DESCRIPTION

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.

Available departures

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Butrint

Butrint

Butrint in a World Heritage of Humanity- UNESCO, the site of Butrint is considerate the Albanian archeological buttonhole flower. It dates back to the 7th century BC and according to Virgil it was founded by Helenus, the son of the Trojan King Priam. The Greeks made Butrint a major fortified commercial city (the acropolis ruins are still visible). Its fortification from the 6th century BC evokes all the military power of the city and is a symbol of a rich culture and an important and flourishing city. It then became an important Roman colony. Later it fell under the dominion of the Venetians and Turks lost over the centuries its importance began to decline. The city (partly excavated only) is a very important microcosm of almost 3,000 years of Mediterranean history

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Shkodra

Shkodra

Shkoder is the biggest city in the northern Albania and is in fact considered “the cradle of the culture”

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Orikum

Orikum

Oricum or Orikos  in the northern part of Epirus (modern south Albania), at the south end of the Bay of Vlorë. The city is an Archaeological Park of Albania. The city, said to have been founded by Euboeans (perhaps as an Eretrian emporium), was originally on an island, but already in ancient times it became connected to the mainland; it covered an area of 5 hectares, but archeological remains are scarce.

It was well situated for communication with Kerkyra (Corfu), and was only 40 miles across the sea from Otranto, making it a convenient stopping point on the journey between Greece and Italy. Ancient sources (for instance, Herodotus) describe it as a limen, or harbor, but eventually it achieved the status of a polis, and from around 230 to 168 BC it issued its own coins with the legend ΩΡΙΚΙΩΝ (‘of the Oricians’).

It had military importance under Roman rule, serving as a base during Rome’s wars with the Illyrians and with Macedonia (which occupied it for a time); it was the first city taken by Julius Caesar during his invasion of Epirus, and he provides a vivid description of its surrender in Book 3 of his De Bello Civili.

The Ottomans renamed Oricum Pashaliman, ‘the Pasha’s harbour’, and the lagoon still bears this name, as does the nearby Albanian navy base.

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Ksamil

Ksamil

Ksamil is a village and a former municipality in the riviera of Southern Albania, and part of Butrint National Park. The coastal village, built in 1966, is located south of the city of Sarandë off the road to Butrint.  Ksamil is one of the most frequented coastal resorts by both domestic and foreign tourists. Ksamil Beach and Albania’s Jonian Coast further north was included in the Guardian’s 20 of the best bargain beach holidays for 2013.

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Llogora

Llogora

Llogara or Llogora National Park (Albanian: Parku Kombëtar i Llogarasë/Llogorasë) is a national park in Albania declared since 1966 by the Albanian Government.The park covers an area of 1,010 hectares (2,500 acres) and protects the forests on the north side of the Llogara Pass between a height from 470 to 2,018 m (1,542 to 6,621 ft) above sea level. In the park can be found many black pine (Pinus nigra) trees, Bosnian pines (Pinus heldreichii), Bulgarian fir, (Abies borisii-sign) and ash trees (Fraxinus).

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Dhermi

Dhermi

Dhërmi  is a village in Vlorë County, Albania. It is part of the municipality Himarë. The village lies 42 kilometers south of the city of Vlorë and about the same distance north of the southern city of Sarandë. The village is built on a slope of the Ceraunian Mountains at approximately 200 meters in altitudeThe foundation of the village is lost in the history. Himara, where Dhermi is included, was inhabited by the Epirote tribe of Chaonians.

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Permet

Permet

In 15th century Përmet came under Ottoman rule and became first a kaza of the sanjak of Gjirokastër and later of the Sanjak of Ioannina. In 1778, a Greek school was established and financed by the local Orthodox Church and the diaspora of the town. After a successful revolt in 1833 the Ottoman Empire replaced Ottoman officials in the town with local Albanian ones and proclaimed a general amnesty for all those who had been involved in the uprising

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Ardenica

Ardenica

The Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Ardenica or simply Ardenica Monastery (Manastiri Lindja e Hyjlindëses Mari) is an Eastern Orthodox monastery, distant ten kilometers north of Fier, Albania, along the national road that links Fier to Lushnjë. Built by Byzantine Emperor, Andronikos II Palaiologos in 1282 after the victory against the Angevins in the Siege of Berat, the monastery is famous as the place where, in 1451, was celebrated the marriage of Skanderbeg, the national hero of Albania, with Andronika Arianiti. The Byzantine Emperor, Andronikos II Palaiologos started building the monastery in 1282 but the scholars claim that the chapel of Saint Trinity was already there, erected centuries before. A pagan temple, dedicated to Artemis had existed on the site before the chapel, and it is thought that the name of Ardenica stems from Artemis

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Fier

Fier

Fier

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Berat

Berat

La città è situata sulla riva destra del fiume Osum. Berat è una delle città più antiche fondata nel IV secolo a.C. dagli Illiri. L’attuale nome della città in albanese è Berat (o Berati, a secondo del contesto nella lingua albanese). Durante l’antichità il territorio è stato il sito di una Polis Greca, Antipatreia (Greco: Ἀντιπάτρεια, “città di Antipatro”), mentre durante l’era dell’Impero Bizantino il nome della città era Pulcheriopolis (Πουλχεριόπολις, “città di Pulcheria”).
La maggiore attrazione della città è il castello che fu costruito nell’epoca Illirica e ricostruito in difesa degli Ottomani. Sulla roccia sottostante il castello ci sono piccoli monasteri che meritano una visita per gli interessanti affreschi. Peculiare è la Moschea di Piombo, chiamata così per il materiale di rivestimento delle sue cupole, la moschea Re e la Moschea degli Scapoli.
Nel 2008 il centro storico di Berat è stato aggiunto ad un preesistente patrimonio dell’umanità, la città museo di Argirocastro, quale “raro esempio di città ottomana ben conservata”. Secondo l’UNESCO, Berat dimostra la pacifica convivenza di varie religioni nei secoli passati.

The city of the windows one above the other.

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Kruja

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Tirane

TiraneRead more

Gjirokastër

GjirokastërRead more

Saranda

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Vlora

Vlora

Vlora….

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Durres

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Albania

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