Many don’t know that Albania and Kosovo have many similarities like the same language, belong to the same ethnic group and have similar cultures. We explore the vibrant cities of Tirana and Prishtina, experience the local hospitality, visit the well preserved monasteries and churches of Decan and Peja, learn about the history of Albanians in Kruja and Prizren, admire the Ottoman architecture and atmosphere of Gjirokastra and Gjakova.
Highlights: • Wander in the beautiful bazaars • Be enchanted by the well preserved monasteries • Admire the medieval Mosques • Learn about the independence of Kosovo What you can expectDay 1. TiranaTransfer from Mother Theresa Airport – visit the Historic Museum. Day 2. TiranaCity tour in Tirana – visit the ex- communist residential area – house of Enver Hoxha (former dictator ) – underground tunnels. Day 3. Tirana – Durrës – BeratVisit the city of Krujë and castle of Scanderbeg, Durrës and the Roman Amphitheatre, visit the castle of Berat. Day 4. Berat – Fier – VlorëVisit Berat and the ex – Textile Mill “Mao Ce Dun”. Continue to the archeological center of Apollonia in Fier. Day 5. Vlora – Orikum – Porto Palermo – SarandëWe start in Vlorë to visit the square where the Independence of Albania was proclaimed in 1912. Another interesting archeological site is the old city of Orik dating back to 4th century BC. Day 6. Saranda – Butrint – GjirokastërVisit the archeological center of Butrint one of the most visited sites in Albania. In Gjirokastër we visit the house of Enver Hoxha. Day 7. GjirokastërVisit the castle of Gjirokastra and Weapons Museum, visit the house of the renowned writer Ismail Kadare. Day 8. Gjirokastër to ShkodërVisit the castle of Ali Pasha in Tepelena and Rozafa castle in Shkodër. Day 9. Shkodër to KosovëDrive to Kosovo and visit the infamous prison of Spac. Pass the border with Kosovo and accommodate in Prizren. Day 10. Prizren to PejëVisit the Albanian League of Prizren and ottoman bazaar in Gjakovë. Travel to Deçan to visit the Serbian monastery. Day 11. Pejë to PrishtinaVisit the historic center of Peja, excursion in Rugova canyon, visit the memorial of Resistance in Prekaz. Day 12 Prishtina – Mitrovica.Take a walk in the center of Prishtina then continue to Mitrovica and visit the dividing bridge between the Albanians and Serbian communities. Day 13. Prishtina to FerizajVisit the Gadima Cave in Janjevëa nd continue the journey to Ferizaj to visit the American military camp “Bondstill”. Day 14. PrishtinaFree time – tranfer to Prishtina Airport. Departure.