General

This program is designed for groups who want to know Albania in a few days, in its most important parts of culture, and its ancient history by visiting the so-called “unmissable”. Thanks to this tour you can discover in a few days some of the most important places of Albania, the most fascinating places, its sea, the historical and archaeological sites of the center and the south, accompanied by a local guide in English according with standard and assistance adapted to Italian.

 

         

This tour offers you a view on what is and has been Albania in antiquity, you will have the opportunity to visit the two most important archaeological sites of the country, Apollonia (founded by the Greeks in the fourth century BC) and Butrint (heritage UNESCO) certainly the most important archaeological site of the country as well as the relative antiquarium where important finds from the Greek period and later are collected with true mastery and museological professionalism, we will pass from Fier and from Valona the city of the Declaration of Independence occurred in 1912 We will climb up to 1,000 meters to the Llogora Pass where a breathtaking view of the Ionian coast will deserve a stop, then we will go down 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 then go to Saranda coveted and famous seaside resort 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 first the Mesopotam Monastery, then the strangeness of the Blue Eye nature and finally the village and the castle Argirocastro. The last day, in which your departure is scheduled in late evening from the port of Durres, we will visit the “White City or the Thousand and One Windows” Berat (UNESCO heritage) and in the afternoon if we have a few hours to be able to visit the city of Durres in its most important parts.

At the end of this tour you will have the true dimension of this country seen, assimilating the spirit and culture in the centuries that have made it proud.

 


 

 

Activities

PROGRAM

 

1-st DAY - Friday 20 April. Departure from Durres to Saranda

Arrival scheduled in the early morning in the port of Durres with own coach. Reception of the group by our staff for assistance.

9.00 am departure for Saranda via Egnatia.

10.00 am Visit to Ardenica. Orthodox monastic complex still in use built in 1282 and repeatedly destroyed and recovered and where in 1451 the marriage of Skanderberg, Albanian national hero, was celebrated. Built in the thirteenth century, on the promontory of a hill in a dominant position not far from the Via Egnatia (via Ignazia natural continuation of the Via Appia) the communication route of the port of Durazzo with Constantinople at the time of Roman domination. The church is dedicated to the Madonna and is famous as a place where the Albanian national hero Giorgio Castriota Scanderberg married to Andronika Ardaniti. From 1780 there is a school of Orthodox theology for monks still present. Beautiful interior of the church full of precious frescoes and icons of the era.

10.30 am departure to Apollonia with scheduled arrival at 11.15 am and visit of the park and the archaeological museum until. APOLLONIA not far away from the important Via Egnatia (via Ignazia, natural continuation of the Via Appia) or the communication route of the port of Durazzo with Constantinople at the time of the Roman domination. (Founded in 588 BC by the Greek colonists of Kerkyra (today Corfu) Corinth, Apollonia was one of the most important commercial centers of the time and was defined by Cicero: "magna urbs et gravis" - that is - large and majestic city Its ancient beauty was brought to light in the early twentieth century by a French team, although many of its treasures remained hidden.

12.45 pm Free time for snacks or lunch in a restaurant.

13.45 pm Starting from Saranda with a stop along the road from the first to the Llogora pass where you will be amazed with the breathtaking view of the Ionian coast and then to Porto Palermo with a visit to the castle with a "technical stop" on the seafront of Himare where You can take a good espresso.

7.00 pm Booking and accommodation in Saranda hotel.
Overnight at the hotel and dinner in an outdoor restaurant.ü

2nd DAY Saturday 21st April. VISIT OF THE BUTRINTO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE.

 

8.30 am Breakfast at the hotel.

9.30 am Departure Butrinto.

10:15 Visit to the archaeological site of Butrint (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Departure from Saranda for the Butrint site, the flagship of Albanian archeology. Butrint dates back to the 7th century BC and according to Virgil was founded by Eleno son of Priam Re di Troia, the Greeks make Butrint a fortified commercial city (the remains of the acropolis are still visible). Its 6th century BC fortification evokes all the military power of the city and is a symbol of a rich culture and an important and thriving city. It then became an important Roman colony. It then fell under the dominion of the Venetians and Turks, losing its importance over the course of the century and beginning its decline. The city found (only partially excavated) is a very important microcosm of almost 3,000 years of Mediterranean history. Visit to the precious antiquarium (museum) on the spot.

1.00 pm Free time for snacks or lunch in a restaurant.

2.15 pm Short stop in Ksamil the most beautiful beach in Albania (called the Albanian Bora-Bora) with Caribbean sand and emerald sea.

15.- 15.30 Visit to the Castle of Saranda (castle of Lekures), it preserves two imposing towers terraces and walkways, the biggest spectacle is the panorama on the city on the gulf and on the island of Corfu.

6.00 pm Return to the hotel.

8.00 pm Overnight in hotel and dinner dinner in outdoor restaurant.

3rd DAY. Sunday, April 22nd.

 

8.00 am Breakfast. Later departure for Argirocastro.

9.30 am Stop for a visit to the Byzantine Monastery of San Nicola (XIII century) called Mesopotam.

10.30 am Stop for a visit to the Blue Eye, a natural monument of a karstic spring. Its depth is over 100m; its generating sources are still shrouded in mystery.

1.00pm. Free time for snacks or lunch in a restaurant in Argirocastro.

14.00 Visit of Argirocastro or Girocastro (World Heritage Site - UNESCO) (Argirocastro, its name in Greek means Silver Fortress and the city clearly shows the meeting of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Turkish and Albanian cultures) visit to the city old, shopping in the various local craft shops, visit the castle on the top of the hill.

6.30 pm Arrival in the city of Berat and accommodation in the hotel.

20.00 Dinner in hotel restaurant.

 

DAY 4. April 23rd - VISIT OF BERAT AND RETURN TO PORT IN DURRES.

8.30 am Breakfast at the hotel.

9.30 am Departure to the old city of Berati or Berat in Albanian, the City with a thousand windows, (in 2008 the historic center of Berat was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, as a "rare example of well-preserved Ottoman city" ", the Castle of Berat where there are 42 churches present, many of which of the IV -V century of which few have preserved over time the original traces, the museum Onufri, housed in the ancient Orthodox Cathedral of the" Dormition of the Virgin ", ( from the name of the 16th century Albanian painter of icons), and ancient Orthodox churches. Visit to the historical and ancient part of the city the district of Mangalemi with the typical Ottoman houses.

Visit the historic Gorica district and the Gorica bridge

Hours 13.00 - 14:00 Free time for snacks or lunch in a restaurant.

2.15 pm Departure for Durazzo

4.00 pm Arrival in Durres and short visit of the City (Boulevard, Piazza Baskja, Ottomanne Walls, Venetian Tower)

Approximately 18.30 hours embarking at the port customs in the port of Durres or at the airport in Tirana for your country.

 

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Quotes

 

Price per person in double room €. 255.00 per person for 50 PAX

Price per person in double room €. 265.00 per person for 40 PAX

Price per person in double room €. 285.00 per person for 30 PAX

Price per person in double room €. 325.00. per person for 20 PAX

The package is scheduled with arrival at Tirana airport or in port in Durazzo on the first morning of the first day and departure for your country from Tirana airport or in port in Durazzo in the evening of the last day.

Program changes are possible based on group needs based on arrival and departure times.

Delays inconveniences or other factors not dependent on our will therefore will not be imputable to LivingAlbania and will not be subject to any refunds. If what is involved in additional costs will be assessed and charged to the customer.

The above quotations are reported and valid only for the months of April, May, June, September, October and November 2018 (for other dates the price changes); the offer and prices are calculated on the basis of established and closed groups. The quotation may be subject to updating if the confirmation does not occur within a very short time from the date of sending this. Therefore, to avoid this inconvenience, we recommend booking as early as possible giving us the opportunity to block the rooms already being exhausted considering the period and the related prices.

Possibility of quotation with coach excluded if coming from your country with own.

THE QUOTES INCLUDE

  • - 3 nights in a standard double room (the twin has another price) with services in 4 * hotels (as accredited locally) in Saranda (2 nights) and in Berat (1 night).
  • - 3 breakfast buffets in the hotel;
  • - 3 dinners as per program in an external restaurant or in the hotel restaurant (including water 0.33 l. And 1 glass of wine or draft beer p.pax.) Coffee and bitterness excluded;
  • - Transportation in Albania by GT coach, and / or minibus adapted to the number of participants with driver referenced in Italian 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.
  • - 1 Accompanist in Italian or for the whole trip during the above-mentioned service hours.
  • Paid admissions including:
  • Berat: Castello,
  • Berat: Onufri Museum,
  • Apollonia: Apollonia Archaeological Site
  • Apollonia: Archaeological Museum.
  • Butrint: Archaeological site.
  • Butrint: Archaeological Museum.
  • Byzantine monastery of Mesopotam.
  • Blue Eye.
  • Argirocastro, Castello.
  • Saranda, Castello.
  • Port Palermo, Castle.
  • - Special internal guides in:

- Apollonia, archaeological site,

- Butrint, Archaeological site,

- Berat, Castello,

  • - Gratuity. One free person for every 25 paying people with accommodation in a double room.

THE QUOTES DO NOT INCLUDE:

Flights to and from your country to Albania.

Lunches.

Twin double rooms (with separate beds).

Drinks at meals (except those mentioned in "the quotas include").

Drinks, liqueurs, snacks etc ...

Medical insurance - baggage possible additional charge € 20 pax. (Mandatory).

Internal guides to archaeological sites and or museums except those mentioned above.

Extra personal and anything not expressly indicated under "the price includes"

Tickets for museums, sites, locations not expressly contained in the aforementioned "The quotas include".

Single room.

Mance.

Anything else not specifically specified in the program.

SUPPLEMENTS (not counted in the price):

 

N ° 4 Lunches in the restaurant during the tour supplement €. 65.00.

Single supplement €. 60.00 for 3 nights in HB.

Twin bed supplement (twin beds) in HB €. 15 for 3 nights.

 

HOTEL DESCRIPTION

Hotel in Saranda 4 * (as accredited locally) located in a scenic area on the Saranda Gulf. It is a 4 * star recently renovated, the rooms are newly furnished in a modern way, has Wi-Fi, private parking; some rooms with balcony have air conditioning, mini-bar and a hotel in this category.

 

Hotel in Berat 4 * (as accredited locally) located in the semi-peripheral area of the City. The rooms are newly furnished in a modern way, has Wi-Fi, private parking; some rooms with balcony have air conditioning, mini-bar and a hotel in this category.

It is specified that 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.

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

  1. For entry into Albania and Montenegro it is sufficient to show a valid identity card.
  2. No health prevention is necessary. The only precaution is to avoid drinking tap water, better to use bottled water.
  3. Compulsory medical insurance, if you want to do it directly in Italy at your agency for any
  4. The local currency is the Leke in Albania which is now changed to about 132 Leke for one Euro (it is advisable to change some euros for own expenses to avoid non regular exchange). In Montenegro, the currency is the euro.

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 in 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.

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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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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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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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Saranda

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Vlora

Vlora

Vlora….

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Durres

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Albania

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