General

PROGRAM

1st DAY: ITALY(YOUR COUNTRY) – TIRANA

Departure by scheduled flight from Italy(your country), arrival at Tirana airport, meeting with guide / companion.

Arrangement in hotel in Tirana, dinner and overnight.

 

2nd DAY: TIRANA – DURRES
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the city of Tirana, the capital of Albania, with one million inhabitants, almost a third of the Albanian population. Visit the National Historical Museum, Skanderberg Square, the Ethem Bey Mosque and Bunkart the largest anti-atomic bunker of former dictator Enver Hoxha. Free lunch and in the afternoon departure for Durazzo, visit of the Amphitheater, the Archaeological Museum, the Villa of Durres and the modern city.

System -action in hotel in Durres, dinner and overnight.

3rd DAY: BERAT – APOLLONIA – VALONA

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Berat, one of the oldest cities in Albania, founded in the 4th century BC from the Illyrians. It is known as the “City of a thousand and one windows” and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visit the Castle, the Onufri Museum or the Icons and its many churches and mosques.

Free lunch and continuation to Apollonia, the ancient city founded by the Greek Corinthian settlers. Visit the Archaeological Site and its antiquarium and the remains of the ancient city, the Monastery of Santa Maria. Continuation for Valona, passing from the city of Fier (Fieri the “Albanian Milan for its industries). Visit of Vlore with a walk on the boulevard to the birthplace of Albania’s founding father Ismail Qemal up to the Flag Square.

Dinner and overnight.

4th DAY: SARANDA – BUTRINTO

At first we will  breakfast at hotel. Drive south along the spectacular coastal road that leads to Saranda. Stop at the Llogara Pass (1025 m asl). Arrival in Saranda, free lunch and visit of the promenade. In the afternoon departure for Butrint and visit of the Archaeological Site declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It includes the Agora, the Theater, the Sanctuary of Esculapio and the medieval Basilica with the intact mosaic floor decoration.

Hotel accommodation in Saranda,

Dinner and overnight.

 

 

 

5th DAY: BLUE EYE – ARGIROCASTRO

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Argirocastro and along the road stop at the Blue Eye, a karstic spring

of incredible transparency. Argirocastro, called the “City of Stone”, has an imposing Castle, inside which is the Museum of Arms, the Ethnographic Museum, the birthplace of the dictator Enver Hoxha and several other characteristic dwellings of the old noble families .

Free lunch and visit to the city center.

Hotel accommodation in Argirocastro, dinner and overnight.

6th DAY: BYLIS – DURAZZO

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Durres and stop for a visit to the Bylis Archaeological Park which is located in an extraordinary naturalistic position overlooking a valley. Extending over an area of 30 hectares with massive walls extended for over 2 km, it was the residence of an important “barbaric” community of Illiri. Free lunch and departure for Durres.

Accommodation in hotel in Durres, dinner and overnight.

 

7th DAY: SCUTARI – KRUJA

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Scutari, considered “The cradle of Albanian culture”, located between the shores of Lake Scutari, near the rivers Drin, Buna and Kir.

Visit of the Rozafa Castle built on a high hill, covered entirely with rocks that are difficult to climb.

For its strategic position it was for centuries an impervious bastion. Later visit to the historical center of the city and to the Catholic cathedral of Saint Stefan. Free lunch and departure for Kruja, the ancient capital of Albania, a symbol of the anti-Ottoman resistance, as well as the city of the national hero Skanderbeg. Visit the fabulous baazar and the castle. Medieval Skanderberg with, within its walls, the National Museum of Skanderberg and the Ethnographic Museum.

Return to Durres,

Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay.

 

8th DAY: RETURN TO ITALY

Breakfast at the hotel and time available until transfer by private coach to the airport for the return to Italy by scheduled flight.

SERVICES INCLUDED

Direct flights in economy class with 20 kg hold baggage
Coach GT with expert local driver (for departures with a minimum of 2 people, circuit in car with Italian speaking driver-guide)

7 overnight stays at accommodation in a standard double room
Half board (1/2 l of mineral water and 1 glass of local wine or beer)
Italian/English speaking guide / professional guide
Entrance fees to museums and monuments as planned
Transfers
Medical and baggage insurance and cancellation

 

QUOTES

Prices per person at 4 * or 5 * hotels in a standard double room, half board and flight from all over Italy included (minimum guaranteed departure 2):

 

Departures Quotes
23/6-30/6 856 €
14-21/7 e 1-8/9 960 €
15-22/9 920 €

Full board supplement:

– € 105 per person per week.

– 3rd bed reduction: – € 70 per week.

Single supplement:

– May, June and September € 135 per week.

– July and August € 230 per week.

List of facilities:

Tirana: Prestige Hotel or similar 4 *

Durazzo: Diamma Resort or similar 4 *
Valona: Partner Hotel, Bologna Hotel or similar 4 *
Saranda: Bouganville Bay Hotel, Apollon Hotel or similar 4 * / 5 *
Gjirokaster: Kerculla Resort or similar 4 *

Guaranteed Departures Minimum 2 Persons

Flights with daily departures from all major Italian airports

 

Available departures

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